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Review: Unmasked by Her Lover by Mary Lancaster (2021)

Seasons of Scandal, Book 4

Review of Seasons of Scandal, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s like,  “electric blanket on a cold day” warm.

Character Chemistry: We have here some childhood friends turned lovers, so it’s comfortable and sweet.

Plot: Last book in a great series–childhood friends reconnect to try to save Meg’s reputation after a scandal. But Harry is all grown up…

Overall: I stalked every book in this series and loved it!!

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Bridgerton Discussion: It’s Not Fluff

In light of it being February, which means a bunch of articles about romance novels – and how they’re nothing but fluff – we decided to hash out our feelings about Bridgerton. We had a lot of them: excitement about watching a romance adaptation (especially with our spouses, none of whom read romance but all of whom were good sports and then got totally hooked), disappointment about some of the decisions the showrunners made, discomfort about the trajectory for Marina Thompson’s character…but most of all, a sense of grumpiness in the way people have been talking about the show. Not the thoughtful critiques of the show, because there are nuanced and necessary conversations to be had about race and gender and consent and class, but the ubiquitous takes that were like, “Wow, this show is fluffy, but it’s shockingly fun!”

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Review: A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant (2014)

Blackshear Family series, Prequel Novella

Heat Factor: Two virgins together is SO FUN

Character Chemistry: The tension was killing me

Plot: Two proper, single, genteel people wind up with only one bed while trying to go about their respective Christmas plans

Overall: Perfect Christmas romance is perfect

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Review: To Charm a Naughty Countess by Teresa Romain (2014)

The Matchmaker Trilogy, Book 2

Heat Factor: Detachment → sexytimes → detachment

Character Chemistry: I don’t understand how they simultaneously work so well together and communicate so badly, but the give and take is wonderful to read

Plot: Eccentric Duke comes to London to find a wealthy bride. Naughty Countess gives him courtship lessons. 

Overall: Just the book I needed

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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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