Recommended Read, Review

Review: The Larks Still Bravely Singing by Aster Glenn Gray (2021)

Heat Factor: Gentle, encouraging, exploratory, emotional

Character Chemistry: They have big hug energy to offer each other, even though they both think they shouldn’t ask for it themselves

Plot: Boarding school besties Robert and David both come out of WWI with scars both physical and mental, and find their way back to themselves with each other

Overall: My heart is so full and so wrecked

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Review: Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale (2010)

Heat Factor: The time they have sex when they’re seventeen is a little too real

Character Chemistry: It’s obvious to everyone but her that he’s head over heels

Plot: First love reunited

Overall: This book is ridiculous

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Recommended Read, Series Review

Review: The Executive Office Series by Tal Bauer (2016-2017)

Heat Factor: It is a not insubstantial amount of soul-searing lovemaking

Character Chemistry: OMG, I was so invested

Plot: There’s a global conspiracy to burn down the world, and the US president and his secret service detail lead find themselves right in the middle of it

Overall: The three primary books are a total of 52 hours and 48 minutes in audio plus there’s a 200 page holiday interlude story as well, and I devoured them all in 5 days. What even is sleep?

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Review: A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall (2022)

Heat Factor: A little bit of feisty bedroom action in an otherwise very gentle book

Character Chemistry: So. Much. Angst.

Plot: How to buck oppressive expectations + Interrogating gendered expectations

Overall: I expected this book to make me cry, and it totally did not.

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Review: Sink or Swim by Annabeth Albert (2022)

Shore Leave, Book #2

Review of Short Leave, Book #1

Heat Factor: So tender! There’s not a lot of sex in this book, and it mostly occurs relatively early on.

Character Chemistry: “I don’t trust you, but you’re definitely hot, and we’re stuck together in this cabin.” → “OMG, feelings!”

Plot: Calder “wins” a cabin from Felix’s mean ex-husband, they end up stuck together there for a weekend, and why wouldn’t that result in a friends-with-benefits-but-actually-dating situationship?

Overall: If you are looking for Big Hug Energy in your romance, this whole relationship is that

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