Recommended Read, Review

Review: It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey (2021)

Heat Factor: It’s a slow-but-steady scorcher.

Character Chemistry: Folks…we have a classic Grumpy/Sunshine on our hands!!!

Plot: Piper tries to wrest control of her breakup narrative in a way that lands her in jail…so her wealthy stepfather sends her and her sister to the town they were born in, where they are meant to live in the bar apartment they inherited from their father for three months to SHAPE UP, and there she meets Brendan, the cranky sea captain who stole my heart. I mean, her heart.

Overall: Obsessed. This book was such a solid read, and so enjoyable…

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Review: The Princess Stakes by Amelie Howard (2021)

Heat Factor: There’s a lot of sexual inneundo, and then they get busy on a ballroom terrace. And also in a closet. 

Character Chemistry: They love/hate each other, so they torment each other. 

Plot: Sarani’s on the run after her father’s murder, and ends up on the ship of her first love, who now wants revenge 

Overall: Eh. I found the romance lacking.

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Review: How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole (2021)

Runaway Royals, Book #2

Heat Factor: Low heat

Character Chemistry: Sparkling

Plot: A Royal Investigator who follows the letter of the law but not the spirit + A Long-Lost Princess who has no interest in claiming the throne + A Transatlantic Voyage = Hijinks on the High Seas

Overall: It wrapped up abruptly, leaving me feeling vaguely dissatisfied

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Review: The Gift by Julie Garwood (1991)

Crown’s Spies, Book 3

Heat Factor: Initial consent is dubious at best, but after that both parties are all about it, and so am I.

Character Chemistry: That thing where a super alpha submits to a naive, innocent, young woman. 

Plot: They were married as children. He kidnaps her to get some land. She convinces him that he loves her. And destroys his scary pirate ship with a parasol. In other words: Completely Bonkers. 

Overall: If you are Bodice Ripper Curious, The Gift is not a bad place to start.

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Recommended Read, Series Review

Series Review: Into the Wind by Jean Ferris (1996)

Heat Factor: Entry Level Hotness.

Character Chemistry: Immediate and dreamy. 

Plot: Epic adventure of self-discovery… and romance… on the high seas.

Overall: True love lasts a lifetime.

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