Recommended Read, Review

Review: You, Me and the Sea by Elizabeth Haynes (2021)

Heat Factor: Think “roaring fire in a simple wood cabin” and you’ll have it

Character Chemistry: It’s like a healthy dose of sexual healing along with some blustery island magic

Plot: Two emotionally immobilized people find themselves on a misty Scottish island filled with birds and combust, and aren’t ever the same again.

Overall: This book just completely blew up my week because it was so incredibly good and I have not been okay since.

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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: Say Hello, Kiss Goodbye by Jacquelyn Middleton (2020)

Heat Factor:

Character Chemistry: He is a super Star Wars fan. Her name is Leia. Need I say more? (She hates Star Wars.) But in all seriousness, they obviously really like each other.

Plot: Low drama, high angst

Overall: There was a lot to like about this book, but the writing style didn’t work for me.

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Review: Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen (2020)

Steampunk Proper Romance, Book 4

Heat Factor: Their first kiss was boring

Character Chemistry: Hate and love are two sides of the same coin

Plot: It’s marketed as Steampunk Cinderella but it’s more enemies-to-lovers / bodyguard / road trip

Overall: DNF at 50%. I was slogging and then just couldn’t take it any more when Gus-Gus the friendly pumpkin farmer appeared.

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Review: Best Laid Plaids by Ella Stainton (2020)

Kilty Pleasures, Book #1

Heat Factor: My glasses are foggy

Character Chemistry: These guys are totally adorable, made more so together

Plot: PhD student studying delusions motors around Scotland with a PhD who lost his position because he talks to ghosts

Overall: Got bored with the sex, but the relationship was ACES

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