Review: A Match Made in Lipa by Carla de Guzman (2022)

The Laneways, Book #2

Heat Factor: In the first chunk, there’s one chaste kiss and one toe-curling kiss

Character Chemistry: Butterflies

Plot: Toxic Family + Corporate Shenanigans + Astrology + Chocolate

Overall: I struggled through the first third before giving up

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Review: Competence by Gail Carriger (2018)

The Custard Protocol, Book 3

Review of The Custard Protocol Book 1, Book 2

Heat Factor: There’s no heat, really

Character Chemistry: It’s a long time coming, but not really super important

Plot: A journey of self discovery on a journey of (supernatural) species discovery

Overall: An interesting read

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Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (2013)

Crazy Rich Asians, Book 1

Heat Factor: Nothing sexy, but a few scenes of spectacular vulgarity

Character Chemistry: We are told there is chemistry, but we aren’t shown it.

Plot: The trappings of a classic romantic arc covered in couture and diamonds

Overall: Do not let the movie marketing fool you. This is not really a romance.

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