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Review: A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos (2020)

Heat Factor: There’s a fire in this kitchen

Character Chemistry: He’s a manipulative douchenozzle

Plot: It went some unexpected places

Overall: I was so excited about the premise, but the execution was disappointing

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Review: Dirty Work by Regina Kyle (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s a sexy one

Character Chemistry: No wishy-washy chemistry here — it’s clear from their first interaction there’s only one way this is going.

Plot: Ainsley started an Executive Concierge business after quitting her job as a high-powered attorney and gets roped into breaking her “no dog care” rule when a friend needs her to help her brother with dog-sitting. Jake’s sole focus is the popular nightclub he owns with his best friend. When Jake is injured and requires someone to stay at his house with him, Ainsley agrees to help — and they POOF/KA-BOOM into an explosion of sexy-times.

Overall: This is just a classic, you-know-what-you’re-getting romance – no twists or turns or fresh takes on an old theme here. But the upside of a classic romance is that even if the story is new, you can depend on your happily ever after and all the warm fuzzies that come with it!

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Review: An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale (2020)

Gilded Age Girls’ Club, Book 3

Review of Gilded Age Girls’ Club, Book 2

Heat Factor: They may think they’re each meeting fire with fire but really they’re just one big sexy inferno

Character Chemistry: I wanted them to get there so, so badly and audibly said “YES!” when they did.

Plot: Two unstoppable titans of business come head to head across the street from one another — he, the self-made man determined to destroy her family’s business and she, the wiser, stronger, natural-born leader of her family’s empire. 

Overall: If you want to walk away from a steamy romance standing taller and looking deeply satisfied, you should definitely read this.

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Review: The Siren by Tiffany Reisz (2012)

Thank you to Jess at Escape on a Page for the push needed to finally check out Tiffany Reisz. (Here’s her review of Winter Tales, which is what convinced me.)

Original Sinners, Book 1

Heat Factor: There’s flogging but no descriptions of genitalia.

Character Chemistry: Nora is all that is desirable, and therefore has pretty good chemistry with just about everyone.

Plot: Erotica Writer and Stuffy British Editor revise her latest book. 

Overall: Please read this book so I have someone to talk to about it.

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Review: Eight Kinky Nights: an f/f Chanukah romance by Xan West (2019)

Heat Factor: We open with fisting and go from there

Character Chemistry: Leah and Jordan are unfailingly kind and gentle with each other

Plot: Jordan has been suppressing her desires since forever, so her best friend gives her kink lessons

Overall: An object lesson in compassion

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Review: A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon (2020)

Cowboys of California, Book #1

Heat Factor: Definitely not closed door, but I wouldn’t say explicit either

Character Chemistry: I’m going to have to quit reading second chance romance because the “I’m so sexually attracted to you but I really can’t get over my emotional baggage” just does not work for me.

Plot: see above but toss in a healthy dose of amnesia

Overall: I’m not sure emotional maturity is a good fit for a second chance romance

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Review: Huddle with Me Tonight by Farrah Rochon (2010)

New York Sabers Football, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s got kitchen heat, athlete heat, and sexy heat!

Character Chemistry: They’re well-matched from the first witty clash

Plot: A book reviewer/writer pans a famous football player’s book and puts his new restaurant venture at risk – both are in the middle of critical shifts in their careers. If they can team up to help one another, they’ll both benefit…but only if they can keep their sizzling romance under control.

Overall: Loved the chemistry and characters, but the climactic moment was a little sudden and unexplained for me

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