Recommended Read, Review

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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Recommended Read, Review

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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Review

Review: A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian (2019)

A Turner Series Novella

Heat Factor: Marshmallow toasting levels

Character Chemistry: Molly is just what Alice needs

Plot: Disgraced vicar’s daughter grows spine, learns art of blackmail

Overall: Good build up, abrupt resolution

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Review: Virginia and the Vagabond by Skyler Frey (2020)

Time Traveler’s Network, Book 1

Heat Factor: Three short sex scenes with a few details

Character Chemistry: Instalove based on shared trauma

Plot: Downton Abbey, but with time travelers

Overall: So much drama

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