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Review: No Way Out by Juno Rushdan (2019)

Final Hour Series, Prequel

Heat Factor: Shower sex after a very dangerous river dunking

Character Chemistry: I was slightly distracted by constant emotional turmoil

Plot: CIA agent doesn’t follow orders, everything that can possibly go sideways does

Overall: It’s the prequel to set up the series, and it does that very well

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Review: Love Done Write by Amelia Foster (2019)

Heat Factor: Many chili pepper emojis

Character Chemistry: They spend a lot of time getting off anonymously via the interweb

Plot: Number one fan writes fan mail to sexy romantic erotica writer’s pen name. After some time going back and forth, they meet up for IRL and explosions commence.

Overall: It’s a wild romp, and a fun read.

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Review: The Restart by Nicole Falls (2020)

New Beginnings, Book 2

Heat Factor: “…if I were reading into my countenance on a purely superficial level I’d attribute it to getting stellar pipe as the sun rose…”

Character Chemistry: When you know what you want, you know what you want. 

Plot: Shocked by a personal loss, a young woman decides to shake things up. The man she made a marriage pact with during a vacation years ago lets her know he’d like to collect.

Overall: I was looking for a soccer romance, and this is not that, but it was totally sweet.

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Review: The Lawyer’s Luck by Piper Huguley (2014)

Home to Milford College, Prequel

Heat Factor: Not a “hot” book – more of a tender book.

Character Chemistry: Kind of an “us against the world” type love.

Plot: Realie is tantalizingly close to freedom in Canada, but is accidentally shot when she attempts to steal a horse. Lawrence, an upstanding Miami Indian/Negro man and aspiring laywer, is determined to heal and help Realie after accidentally shooting her. These two sacrifice and take great chances to build a life together, and it’s both heartbreaking and beautiful as they strive for their dreams.

Overall: This is a remarkably balanced historical romance. Huguley somehow manages to hold to the truth of history and weave a story of love and commitment between Realie and Lawrence, which is perhaps easier said than done when “happily ever after” can’t ever mean truly “free” for Realie.

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Review: Being Hospitable by Meka James (2019)

Desert Rose Hook-Ups, Book 1

Heat Factor: Masturbation → shower sex → light BDSM

Character Chemistry: More focus on sex than deep emotional connection

Plot: “I need to stop fantasizing about my friend’s little sister!” / “Why won’t my brother’s friend go for my seduction already?!?”

Overall: If you want something short and steamy without any annoying alpha males or unnecessary conflict, this hits the spot

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Review: Respect for Christmas by Grace Burroughs (2016)

Heat Factor: Fade to black

Character Chemistry: She’s jaded after years of being the most sought-after courtesan in London, but he makes her feel sparks

Plot: Two lonely souls are traveling to Oxfordshire. Their coachmen intervene to keep them together as long as possible. 

Overall: Moderately heartwarming, but no butterflies

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Review: All I Want for Christmas by Nora Roberts (1994)

Heat Factor: There is some not-very-explicit sex but the tone is quite chaste

Character Chemistry: Him: I need to resist you. Her: Why?

Plot: Twin boys wish for a mom for Christmas

Overall: Christmas special warm fuzzies in book format.

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