Recommended Read, Review

Review: My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin (2012)

Heat Factor: There is some sex at the end, but I frankly think that the book would have been better without it. (SHOCKING!) Not because it wasn’t hot, but because the pining was so much hotter. 

Character Chemistry: Oh, the pining. 

Plot: Fei Long’s sister was supposed to be a peace bride, but ran away instead. To save the family honor (and the peace agreement), Fei Long decides he’s going to pass off a teahouse girl as his sister. 

Overall: The first half is slow, but the tension builds and builds and I really didn’t know how they were going to get out of their predicament.

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Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt (2016)

Maiden Lane, #10

Heat Factor: Val shows off his splendid physique

Character Chemistry: Even though there is a *serious* power imbalance between these two, it doesn’t *feel* like there is.

Plot: Val is the literal worst. Bridget is his housekeeper.

Overall: I finally understand the appeal of morality chain romances, because I loved every single minute of this book.

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Review: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin (2013)

The Lotus Palace Mysteries, Book 1

Heat Factor: It takes Lord Bai a couple of encounters before he masters Advanced Consent

Character Chemistry: Yue-ying sees right through Bai Huang, and it’s good for him

Plot: A courtesan is found murdered, so a minor lord and a servant from the pleasure quarter team up to crack the case

Overall: This was a fabulous read—gripping mystery, interesting setting, lush writing, great characters—but I am conflicted about the relationship.

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Review: Indigo by Beverly Jenkins (1996)

Heat Factor: It’s pretty steamy for a reasonably standard old school historical romance 

Character Chemistry: Galen makes Hester feel things. He also thinks she’s arresting.

Plot: Slave catchers are roving around, looking for our protagonists, in antebellum Michigan

Overall: The work this book does is really something special

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Series Review

Series Review: Vorge Crew 1-4 by Laurann Dohner (2018)

Heat Factor: Quantity varies but it’s always magnificently explicit

Character Chemistry: Super insta

Plot: Humans getting into weird situations (mostly requiring rescue) with a bunch of aliens

Overall: Satisfying sci-fi smut fluff

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