Recommended Read, Review

Review: Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez (2020)

Filthy Rich, Book 2

Review of Filthy Rich, Book 1

Heat Factor: Fire. Fuego. אש. 🔥. 

Character Chemistry: Emotionally complicated hate sex.

Plot: “My first love destroyed me and I hate him now. But I must have a fake relationship with him for the paparazzi in order to save my kingdom. What could go wrong?” 

Overall: I couldn’t put it down.

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Dueling Review, Let's Talk Tropes

Trope Duel: Two Views on Second Chance Romance

We haven’t done any buddy reads in a while, so for this installment of Dueling Reviews, Holly and Erin share their thoughts on Second Chance Romances. Holly thinks they’re great. Erin thinks they’re nothing but nonsense. Moderated by Ingrid.

Ingrid: Let’s start this Trope Duel with a definition of the “Second Chance at Love”:

This romance trope can play out in a number of ways. Perhaps a couple breaks up only to reunite decades later. Maybe they have been deeply hurt in the past, and have spent years avoiding any kind of romantic relationship. Now they will meet and learn to give love another chance. This is a hopeful trope that readers enjoy because it enforces the theme that “it’s never too late.”

Annnnnd…GO!

Erin: Okay, so now we all have the definition … of malarky. The problem with Second Chance Romance (henceforth SCR) is that the characters have fantastically wasted huge amounts of time and then they’re coming back to a relationship that didn’t work in the first place and somehow magically whatever’s wrong is not a problem anymore, which is ridiculous because things and people don’t really change. 

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean (2020)

Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 3

Review of Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 2

Heat Factor: Very sexy

Character Chemistry: If you’re looking for a 380-page grovel, you’ve come to the right place

Plot: Stay with me – He tried to kill her when they were kids – Stay with me! – Now he’s a fraudulent duke – Stay with me – And she’s the queen of the Covent Garden criminal underground

Overall: MacLean nailed the close on this trilogy.

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (2020)

The Rajes, Book 2

Review of The Rajes, Book 1

Heat Factor: Fade to black

Character Chemistry: Swoon-worthy

Plot: Ashna enters a cooking competition in a bid to save her floundering restaurant, only to discover that her competition partner is her high school boyfriend slash love of her life. 

Overall: If you can power through the angst, the payoff is so worth it

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan (2019)

Final Hour Series, Book 1

Erin’s review of the Final Hour Prequel Novella

Heat Factor: I’m just gonna go grab that fan over there…

Character Chemistry: They’re so angsty about each other! SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE AAARGH!

Plot: “I’ve got to stop a bioweapon from being unleashed and, what do you know, I need to use the ex-fiancé I thought was dead in order to do it!”

Overall: This book is what romantic suspense should always be.

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