Review

Review: Reputation by Lex Croucher (2022)

Heat Factor: It gets pretty steamy, but not remotely with the romantic couple.

Character Chemistry: They end up kind of being a balm for the rest of the very difficult to like cast of characters

Plot: It’s an Emma/Mean Girls mashup, essentially. Georgiana is the impoverished new girl in town, who catches the interest of wild child Frances and her rich group of friends. On the periphery of the friend group, Georgiana meets Mr. Hawksley, who is actually a good person, etc.

Overall: I almost DNF’d it three times. I struggled with this one because it was good but it was really uncomfortable to read and if that makes me a goody-two-shoes nerd, then so be it.

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Review: Electric Idol by Katee Robert (2021)

Dark Olympus, Book #2

Review of Dark Olympus, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s a lot of sex, but I wouldn’t call it spicy

Character Chemistry: If you say so

Plot: Eros is supposed to kill Psyche, and marries her instead

Overall: Decidedly meh

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Dueling Review, Recommended Read

Dueling (?) Review: Headless by Aveda Vice (2021)

For our final monster smut of October, we’re talking about Headless. This is not so much a duel as a short discussion because (spoiler alert) we all liked it. Definitely recommended if you’re in the mood for some Halloween reading.

Heat Factor: It’s very much about how their sexual relationship keeps them connected, but it’s more evocative than squelching body parts.

Character Chemistry: Big sad feels that they only have their throuple together one night per year!

Plot: After Brom disappears one Halloween, Abe and Katrin spend the rest of their Halloweens awaiting his ghostly return

Overall: I was expecting Headless Horseman throuple sexytimes and this is that but…it’s completely different than I expected

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Neon Gods by Katee Robert (2021)

Dark Olympus, Book #1

Heat Factor: Look, the King of the Underworld has a certain reputation to maintain

Character Chemistry: Sparring that veers into dominance play, but underneath all that they really come to care for each other

Plot: A sexy Hades / Persephone retelling with some serious anti-Zeus intrigue happening

Overall: Satisfyingly fun and sexy

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Review: My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh (2019)

The Union of the Rakes, Book 1

Heat Factor: Two steamy sex scenes in the last few chapters

Character Chemistry: Gotta love a man in glasses, but Sebastian is too woke for his own good

Plot: In order to attract some dude’s attention, Grace gets her friend Sebastian to pretend to woo her. Because dudes gotta have competition to think a woman is sexy, obviously. 

Overall: Too much winking at the audience for my taste

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