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Review: The Roommate by Rosie Danan (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s sexy, but if you’re thinking it’s going to be super extra hot because the hero’s a porn star, I am here to tell you that is not the case

Character Chemistry: Josh is pretty cinnamon roll-y, so I feel like he has to have chemistry with his partner

Plot: Accidental roommates catch feelings

Overall: It would be great if we could get over our rigidly traditional views of monogamy and be happy for partners in healthy and meaningful relationships that might be different than our own. But I guess today is not that day.

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Review: Stripped by Zoey Castile (2018)

Happy Endings, Book #1

Heat Factor: It’s a sexy one!

Character Chemistry: They’re totally hot for each other. Possibly to the exclusion of good decision making.

Plot: He’s a stripper and she’s a mess, and her best friend is getting married

Overall: It was light and non-rage-inducing, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if Robyn had ever actually grappled with her feelings about Fallon being a stripper

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Review: Love at First by Kate Clayborn (2021)

Heat Factor: It’s sweeping and romantic

Character Chemistry: So perfect

Plot: He first saw her as a teen, on a day that changed his life forever. Sixteen years later, he meets her again – only to discover that they’re now on opposite sides of an emotional divide.

Overall: Automatic favorite. I am wrecked.

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Review: Daddy Crush by A. Anders (2020)

Heat Factor: I’d imagine it’s everything you’d expect in a sexy version of “virgin learning how to sex” story

Character Chemistry: Woo, boy, do these two want to jump each other’s bones

Plot: Sheltered mid-20-something wants to experience all the sex and romance that her family wouldn’t allow now that she’s independent, but the only man who does it for her is her standoffish silver fox neighbor

Overall: This just scrapes the surface of daddy kink

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Review: Lost in LA by Amy Craig (2021)

Heat Factor: It has a few moments but I wouldn’t say it screams “fire”

Character Chemistry: They just don’t have that connection that leads to a satisfying HEA

Plot: Wylie is a freelance beachside yoga instructor who ends up temporarily homeless after getting kicked out of her sublet. She strikes up an Instagram promotional deal with a food truck vendor and before long she finds herself forging ahead with a new life in a shared house situation, all while falling for Nolan (the food truck secret billionaire).

Overall: This book leaned into Smut Adjacent territory because the couple’s romance ended up taking a back seat to the sub plot.

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