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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: Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger (2016)

Supernatural Society, Book 1

Review of Supernatural Society, Book 2

Heat Factor: Heated moments are shrouded in euphemisms

Character Chemistry: Longing glances, “accidental” touches, and purposeful misunderstanding

Plot: Parlourmaid falls for wacky inventor, seduction ensues

Overall: A delightful read

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Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (2018)

Kiss Quotient, Book 1

Heat Factor: So hot and so awkward, all at the same time. It’s quite impressive, actually.

Character Chemistry: They **get** each other. It’s very sweet.

Plot: “I am socially awkward, please give me sex lessons.”

Overall: I stayed up well past my bedtime because I couldn’t put it down.

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Review: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (2019)

The Rajes, Book 1

Heat Factor: Longing glances and orgasmic food

Character Chemistry: Spot on

Plot: Gender swapped Pride and Prejudice, but without the desperate marriage plot

Overall: I. LOVED. IT.

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Review: Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase (2015)

The Dressmakers Series, Book #4

Heat Factor: Emotional heat > sexual heat

Character Chemistry: Absolutely

Plot: An unequal match to fight for and a dastardly villain to fight against

Overall: This one might be a guilty pleasure

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