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Review: You, Me and the Sea by Elizabeth Haynes (2021)

Heat Factor: Think “roaring fire in a simple wood cabin” and you’ll have it

Character Chemistry: It’s like a healthy dose of sexual healing along with some blustery island magic

Plot: Two emotionally immobilized people find themselves on a misty Scottish island filled with birds and combust, and aren’t ever the same again.

Overall: This book just completely blew up my week because it was so incredibly good and I have not been okay since.

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Recommended Read, Series Review

Series Review: Forever Eve and After Eve by J.B. Lexington (2020)

Heat Factor:  Very steamy. Extremely steamy. Lots of moments containing steam.

Character Chemistry: We have ourselves here a duet (please say trilogy) of books starting with a lovely dose of fated mates and proceeding right on into “seducing my spouse” so I’d say it’s meant to be and meant to stick.

Plot: We start with Izabel’s marriage to Bo, and a whole fleet of waving red flags. As Izabel struggles to understand what’s going terribly wrong in her marriage, she ends up seeing a hypnotherapist specializing in past life regression therapy. Things go nuts. That’s book one. Then on with the second book and my poor heart…

Overall: This duet was really pretty great–extremely sexy with a really creative execution and likeable characters. I’m including a few trigger warnings for violence against women.

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Review: Blood and Bone by Paula Dombrowiak (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s steamy but it’s a slow build and it’s a very unique unfolding.

Character Chemistry: There are so many kinds of chemistry here it’s impossible to summarize.

Plot: Jack is a world-famous musician whose career began with his other half, Mia. At perhaps the twilight of his career, Jack is interviewed by Erin, a journalist. Together they unfold a story and also a deep and profound connection.

Overall: This is a two-fer – one romance, smut adjacent but deeply touching. The other, a very sweet HEA. I would not categorize this as a classic romance, but a very well written adult fiction with an engaging romance story line.

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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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Review: Bear with Me by Lucy Eden (2019)

Heat Factor: He marks her. Yowza!

Character Chemistry: That log splitting scene tho. 

Plot: Chellie has a public meltdown and goes and hangs out in the woods for a bit. Where she meets a very friendly bear and a very surly man. Who happen to be the same person. 

Overall: I had so much fun reading this book!

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