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Review: The Will Darling Adventures by KJ Charles (2020-2021)

Heat Factor: They just crash into each other. It’s intense.

Character Chemistry: The way that Will knows he can’t trust Kim but also just really wants to love him is *chef’s kiss*

Plot: After WWI, Will Darling struggled with the return to civilian life until his uncle bequeathed him a bookshop. A bookshop that embroils him in a conspiracy, and brings into his life the perturbing and slippery Kim Secretan.

Overall: Exceptional. Absolutely exceptional.

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Review: Mad for a Mate by MaryJanice Davidson (2022)

BeWere My Heart, Book #3 

(It doesn’t say it’s part of the series on Goodreads or NetGalley, but it is.)

Reviews of BeWere My Heart Book #1 and Book #2

Heat Factor: The slowest of horny slow burns, with hot fading to deep purple after 90%

Character Chemistry: I liked them for each other, but there was more focus on the banter and the danger than on the emotional development

Plot: A loner werebear with a checkered past finds a naked woman washed up on his island. Then she hops up and swims off, and he goes after her. Banter ensues.

Overall: I definitely laughed out loud.

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Review: The Last Mermaid by Shana Abé (2008)

Heat Factor: It’s pretty fraught and steamy

Character Chemistry: There are four pairs in this generational story, and all of them have this desperate, meant-to-be energy

Plot: This is a romance that spans centuries and revolves around the sirens of the Island of Kell. It’s very gothic and desperate and sexy.

Overall: It was a tad slow for me in the beginning but then I got really into it and ended up loving it.

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Review: Sea Change by Jessica Marting (2021)

Magic & Mechanicals, Book #2

Heat Factor: Not as cold as the North Atlantic waters Calla likes swimming in, but not high heat by any means

Character Chemistry: She gets all shivery when he touches her scales

Plot: Writer and mermaid hang out in a maybe-haunted house with very rude neighbors

Overall: This book feels very “social justice-y”

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Review: Oak King Holly King by Sebastian Nothwell (2022)

Heat Factor: It’s a lot of handies starting at 20%, with some other play mixed in, but the text is not especially focused on the sex

Character Chemistry: Insta affectionate and tender love

Plot: Shrike has to figure out how to survive being crowned Oak King; meanwhile, in the mortal realm, Wren is wound up in his employer’s guardianship drama probably more than he should be

Overall: If you like lush descriptions and the slower pacing of a historical faerie fantasy, I have a book for you.

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