Recommended Read, Review

Review: Sailor Proof by Annabeth Albert (2021)

Shore Leave, Book #1

Heat Factor: Bed sex, bathtub sex, shower sex….lotsa sex 

Character Chemistry: I feel like a heart eyes emoji right now

Plot: Two men who are absolutely not a good match engage in a fake welcome home kiss that turns into a fake relationship that turns into OMG is this a good match?!?!

Overall: This is one of those delightfully tropey romances that feels like a warm hug to read

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin (2012)

Heat Factor: There is some sex at the end, but I frankly think that the book would have been better without it. (SHOCKING!) Not because it wasn’t hot, but because the pining was so much hotter. 

Character Chemistry: Oh, the pining. 

Plot: Fei Long’s sister was supposed to be a peace bride, but ran away instead. To save the family honor (and the peace agreement), Fei Long decides he’s going to pass off a teahouse girl as his sister. 

Overall: The first half is slow, but the tension builds and builds and I really didn’t know how they were going to get out of their predicament.

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane (2020)

A Gathering of Dragons, Book #1

Heat Factor: ✋🩸🍆

Character Chemistry: Maddek wants to hate Yvenne, but he can’t

Plot: Epic fantasy revenge marriage of convenience road trip

Overall: Holy shit

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Dueling Review

Dueling Review: Ashwin by Kit Rocha (2017)

Erin recommended a bunch of Morality Chain books to Holly this week, so that Holly would understand the greatness of this trope. Ashwin did not convince Holly that Morality Chain is the best trope, so we decided to review it together.

Gideon’s Riders, Book #1

Erin

Heat Factor: I mean, I think it’s designed to be erotic romance (or adjacent thereto), so a lot of the connection between the protagonists is sex-related

Character Chemistry: Heavily based on yearning

Plot: Ashwin is on assignment to infiltrate a powerful sector leader’s guard but, OOPS, his only emotional connection EVER got adopted by the sector leader, too, and that’s really throwing a spanner in the works

Overall: The morality chain aspect was probably my favorite part of the romance/relationship component, but overall I was more drawn to the Riders and the political intrigue. 

Holly

Heat Factor: So many multiple orgasms

Character Chemistry: Kora makes Ashwin feel, and since he has been conditioned (read: tortured) to not feel, that is a problem

Plot: Ashwin is infiltrating an elite bodyguard biker squad, and Kora is making him feel things

Overall: The romance was ok, but I was very distracted by all of the questions I had about the worldbuilding

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Review

Review: Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder (2021)

Third Shift, Book #1

Heat Factor: They have a lot of sex, but there aren’t a ton of details

Character Chemistry: Immediate and explosive

Plot: Neha is on Joe’s legal team, working on his defense for taking out some Russian Bratva members—and when they get shot at in the courthouse, goes on the run with him

Overall: I mostly liked it, but it would be a stronger romance if it were leaner

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