Review

Review: Cute But Prickly by Zoe Chant (2021)

Shifter Bites, Book #1

Heat Factor: It’s closed door (this whole new series is meant to be no sex/closed door)

Character Chemistry: Their shifter personalities flow into their interactions SO WELL

Plot: Hester is getting over a cheating ex when she ends up snowbound with her fated mate

Overall: Adorbs! 

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Review: A Wolf After My Own Heart by MaryJanice Davidson (2021)

BeWere My Heart, Book 2

Review of BeWere My Heart, Book 1

Heat Factor: Barely there (though there is some closed door hanky panky just before the end)

Character Chemistry: “I’m weirdly driven to procreate with you” + antagonism in the mode of grumpy/sunshine

Plot: Non-shifter accidentally rescues child werebear and gets roped into all the were-CPS crime-solving shenanigans

Overall: If you like your books with a healthy dose of absurdity, this checks the box

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Bear with Me by Lucy Eden (2019)

Heat Factor: He marks her. Yowza!

Character Chemistry: That log splitting scene tho. 

Plot: Chellie has a public meltdown and goes and hangs out in the woods for a bit. Where she meets a very friendly bear and a very surly man. Who happen to be the same person. 

Overall: I had so much fun reading this book!

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Dueling Review, Rant, Recommended Read

Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (2006)

All three of the Smut Reporters read A Hunger Like No Other. Erin and Ingrid loved it, but Holly was a little meh on the whole thing. Which means it’s time for a Dueling Review!

Immortals After Dark, Book 1

Let’s start by each giving our metric for rating the book:

Erin

Heat Factor: There was a point I told my husband to stop talking to me because I was in the middle of some hot, bitey werewolf/vampire sex

Character Chemistry: For the first few chapters I was extremely concerned by his anger and her cluelessness, but they turned it around.

Plot: Innocent, sheltered vampire tames powerful, fierce werewolf

Overall: Hahaha, Yaaaaaaas!

Holly:

Heat Factor: Never accept a blow job from a vampire. 

Character Chemistry: “I hate you! But you’re my mate! I am so confused!”

Plot: Uh, all the magical creatures are being forced into confrontation so that they can kill each other off. And that means that this werewolf finally finds his mate and she’s a vampire and he hates vampires. And that’s just chapter 1! 

Overall: This book was well-executed, but epic paranormal romances are so not my jam. 

Ingrid

Heat Factor: I really can’t deny the steam factor in this one.

Character Chemistry: It went from “Omg these guys need therapy. Separately.” to “They’re going to have 10 babies and I love it so much” in pages. PAGES.

Plot: Ok, well…she’s really green about the fangs and he’s got some centuries of torture issues going on and then they turn it all around and heads come off and furniture gets broken but like, in a hot way.

Overall: I had a few spots where I was like, oh no I don’t know if this is going to work, but then it was extremely diverting and I ended up really liking it.

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Review: A Viking’s Peace by Zoe York (2014)

Vikings in Space, Book #1

Heat Factor: Space Vikings are sex Vikings, in fact

Character Chemistry: ”These feelings are not appropriate for this mission.” → “My mate was brought to my planet by the gods.”

Plot: She’s a diplomat from Earth, He’s the son of the king of Midgard, and this diplomatic mission is not supposed to include any funny business.

Overall: I was entertained

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