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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: The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin (2013)

Tang Dynasty, Book #4

Heat Factor: A bit of sizzle.

Character Chemistry: Literal sparring partners. Like, with swords. 

Plot: Le Fing is a bandit. Han is a thief-catcher. He’s chasing her around China after she was maybe involved in stealing some jade. Then they team up because there is something bigger afoot. 

Overall: I gobbled this one up. Nom nom nom.

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Review: Here to Stay by Adriana Herrera (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s bordering on a slow burn, but not TOO slow.

Character Chemistry: There are so many ways these two are complimentary for one another that it’s hard to summarize.

Plot: Julia left NYC with her ex and moved to Dallas only to get dumped and left with a spacious apartment and a new job at a charitable foundation she absolutely loves. However–the consultant hired to take the company affiliated with the foundation public is super dreamy, etc, and it’s a big hot mess because Julia and Rocco want to make a big hot mess with each other while their jobs are on the line. It’s a whole thing. Hard to explain. Better just read it.

Overall: This book was really, really good and I highly recommend it.

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Review: A Good Man by Rosanna Leo (2020)

Handymen, Book 1

Heat Factor: Steamy, but also very vulnerable and sweet

Character Chemistry: “Hello, I’m–SO INTO YOU”

Plot: Handyman/DIY Reality Star Michael almost immediately pegs his new featured couple as being half repulsive/shady and half his future wife. But while Emily leans on Michael to recover from the dumpster fire that was her ex, Michael ends up struggling with a secret trauma that threatens to torch his life and budding relationship.

Overall: This book was really, really awesome. I love a couple who knows how to take care of one another when they’re vulnerable!

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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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