Review

Review: Husband Material by Brenda Jackson (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s hot. There’s lots of booty.

Character Chemistry: This is fully established physically, but (likely due to length) the emotional chemistry is less developed.

Plot: Carmen and her ex, Matthew, end up stuck sharing their beach house for the summer. When both decide to punish the other through seduction, they cave almost instantly and rekindle their relationship.

Overall: It’s not fully fleshed out but there’s flesh out. (See what I did there?)

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Review: Gnome Sweet Gnome by Elva Birch (2022)

Lawn Ornament Shifters, Book #2

Review of Lawn Ornament Shifters, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s definite heat intermingled with some absurdity and puns. And absurd puns.

Character Chemistry: It’s spelled out WHY they click but it doesn’t really…feel like they do?

Plot: Harriet is an owl shifting orphan and an incredibly wealthy thief who covers her criminal activity with a cupcake business. Tobias is a gnome billionaire who figures out her game–and then has to convince Harriet to give in to their mate connection and try being together.

Overall: It’s short and sweet, but it certainly feels like a bridge and doesn’t feel entirely fully developed, perhaps for that reason.

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Review: Tofu Cowboy by Lola West (2020)

Big Sky Cowboy, Book #1

Heat Factor: They’re making each other hot and bothered

Character Chemistry: Luke is the most emotionally aware romance hero I’ve ever read, which makes chemistry adorable

Plot: Luke and Maddie meet, start dating, act cute together, and fall in love—but Maddie has a *secret*

Overall: I read it in an hour and my heart went pitter-pat

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Dueling Review

Dueling Review: Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare (2013)

This month, our theme week—inspired by SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge—was the Blue Collar archetype. What could be better than a cross-class blacksmith romance?

Spindle Cove, #3.5

Holly’s Take

Heat Factor: He gets her all dirty

Character Chemistry: They’ve been pining from afar for a while and are finally ready to admit their feelings

Plot: Let’s try this courtship thang!

Overall: There are a couple of really standout scenes

Ingrid’s Take

Heat Factor: I mean, it opens with her admiring the size of his………………wrists. And it ends with zero doubt some dirty stuff went down. 

Character Chemistry: There’s heavy longing suggested, but things get cooking right away, which is nice for us.

Plot: They want each other, but can they HAVE each other?

Overall: It’s really cute and I can tell this is one that will stick in my memory if not just because there are some very memorable (and unique!) moments.

Erin’s Take

Heat Factor: It’s a novella, so there’s a lot of desiring from afar but only the one fateful night 

Character Chemistry: There are some undercurrents between Diana and Aaron earlier in the series, so this book involves a good deal of pining followed by taking action

Plot: Diana and Aaron finally decide to stop dancing around each other and see if their feelings can overcome their class divide

Overall: I enjoyed it more the first time I read it years ago, but it’s still well-constructed and charming if you don’t mind some dated ideas

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: The Threefold Tie by Aster Glenn Gray (2020)

Heat Factor: Scenes as couples are closed door, but they have one interlude at the end

Character Chemistry: I felt all their feelings very intensely

Plot: Three people who have all loved each other for some time are shocked into re-examining their relationship

Overall: What a great feelings book

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