Review

Review: Holding Pattern by Jennifer W. Smith (2020)

Landing in Love, Book #2

Heat Factor: closed door

Character Chemistry: Instant tingles → “I haven’t felt this way in forever…or ever.”

Plot: Billionaire entrepreneur needs to chill out, lobsterman can help with that

Overall: Easy breezy

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Review: Forever and a Duke by Grace Burrowes (2019)

Rogues to Riches, Book 3

Review of Rogues to Riches, Book 2

Heat Factor: This is not a steamy book, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delightful

Character Chemistry: It’s sweet, not spicy

Plot: A duke needs help untangling his finances as quickly and discreetly as possible and calls upon Eleanora Hatfield, current accountress (I made that up) with a dark past, to clean things up. Things get real cute. 

Overall: It’s not going to be for everyone, but it’s a genuinely good read.

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Review: Hedging His Bets by Celia Kyle and Mina Carter (2013)

Honey and Fur, Book #1

Heat Factor: Phew boy! 

Character Chemistry: Pygmy hedgehog burrowing in huge breasts kind of chemistry

Plot: Werehedgehog wants his mate, who won’t give him the time of day

Overall: Couldn’t get over Blake’s extremely bad behavior

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Review: The Beastly Earl by Monica Burns (2019)

The Reckless Rockwoods, Book #5

Heat Factor: They succumb to their lust, but it’s not too scintillating.

Character Chemistry: “I’m going to heal your inadequacy complex with my TLC.”

Plot: It’s a lot: wounded war hero, guilty widow, psychopath, vengeful mother, etc.

Overall: I have some concerns.

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Review: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai (2018)

Forbidden Hearts, Book 3

Heat Factor: For as raunchy as the sex is, there is not nearly enough of it.

Character Chemistry: They are too busy having Feelings about their Complicated Family Drama to actually interact that much.

Plot: She’s had a crush on him since forever. He’s had a crush on her since…last month. Now they are in a wedding together at a secluded cabin in the woods. 

Overall: Too. Much. Angst. 

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Dueling Review, Rant, Recommended Read

Dueling Review: Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas (2016)

If Erin were to review this book, she would call it a Recommended Read. If Holly were to review this book, she would write a Rant. Clearly, we needed to review this book together.

Welcome to Dueling Reviews.

Moderated by Ingrid, the Voice of Reason.

Holly’s Take 

Heat Factor: If you’re into the whole dynamic where a shy virgin teaches a sexually experienced hero how to “make love” with her magical vagina, then it’s pretty sexy

Character Chemistry: Please ignore Helen’s personality transplant

Plot: High melodrama thanks to a ridiculous and honestly unnecessary plot device

Overall: SO DISAPPOINTING. This is the book that made me give up on Lisa Kleypas

Erin’s Take

Heat Factor: There are a couple of sex scenes, but it’s mostly angsty pining

Character Chemistry: They don’t spend a great deal of time together, but somehow I still felt they had great chemistry

Plot: Angsty unworthiness and unsolicited advice all around!

Overall: LOVED IT. Kleypas heroes are basically my kryptonite, and Winterborne was no exception.

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Review: Never Deny a Duke by Madeline Hunter (2019)

Decadent Dukes Society, Book #3

Review of Decadent Dukes Society Book 1, Book 2

Heat Factor: Understated but present

Character Chemistry: Also understated but believable

Plot: Exploration of the past helps us grow into our future

Overall: Sometimes subtlety is satisfying

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