Recommended Read, Review

Review: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (2019)

Heat Factor: The heat comes from the witty dialogue, not hanky panky

Character Chemistry: I mean, it’s Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth—only in Pakistan, and just as satisfying.

Plot: It’s a classic P&P, folks—only the new setting and fresh take by the author make it an absolutely riveting read.

Overall: I feel that if I were Jane Austen and read this retelling, I would feel very seen. It simply rocks.

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Review: Catch a Falling Duke by Eve Pendle (2021)

Fallen, Book #3

Heat Factor: Sex first, emotions later.

Character Chemistry: He lifts the weight from her shoulders, and she does the same for him.

Plot: Duke has existential crisis. Runs away. Meets lady farmer. Has sexy rumpus, realizes it’s love. And then works on her dairy farm for a year to prove himself. 

Overall: I liked it, but I didn’t LOVE it.

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Dueling Review, Recommended Read

Dueling (?) Review: Glitterland by Alexis Hall (2013)

Spoiler Alert: We all loved this book. So this is more of a long discussion post than a duel.

Spires, Book #1

Holly:

Heat Factor: Sex first, emotions later

Character Chemistry: I’m not entirely sure why Darian puts up with Ash, but I’m glad he does

Plot: One-night stand becomes something more

Overall: I finished this book and immediately made Erin and Ingrid agree to read it because I needed to talk to someone

Erin:

Heat Factor: There’s a lot of sex, and the sex does a lot of work, but it’s poetically rather than graphically written

Character Chemistry: “It doesn’t make any sense, but something in you speaks to something in me.”

Plot: Ash puts himself way outside his comfort zone and challenges himself to embrace the happiness he finds there

Overall: This has been on my TBR for a while, and I had a couple false starts because Chapter 1 was really uncomfortable, but the rest of the book was really beautiful

Ingrid:

Heat Factor: It’s kind of like eating dessert first, and then getting a little uncomfortable, so when you get the real food you’re kind of relieved/grateful and also just deeply satisfied?

Character Chemistry: This is probably a healthy dose of sexual healing mixed with a serious case of the ole grumpy + sunshine

Plot: Ash meets this glitter pirate, Darian, who just oozes joy at a stag party and tries really hard to pretend this man isn’t leading him into a life where he can find his own happiness and it DOES NOT WORK.

Overall: This book is absolutely like that song you hear on the radio and you’re like, oh god I’m not going to be able to stop humming this later, and that’s exactly what happens but you really love it…

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Review: A Nordic King by Karina Halle (2018)

Nordic Royals, Book #3

Heat Factor: They like to get into that boss/nanny kink dynamic in the bedroom

Character Chemistry: With the tension of the forbidden in the mix, the chemistry was great

Plot: Nanny with secrets “Mary Poppinses” Danish King’s family, but he has secrets of his own…

Overall: Totally hit the spot

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Review: Stripped by Zoey Castile (2018)

Happy Endings, Book #1

Heat Factor: It’s a sexy one!

Character Chemistry: They’re totally hot for each other. Possibly to the exclusion of good decision making.

Plot: He’s a stripper and she’s a mess, and her best friend is getting married

Overall: It was light and non-rage-inducing, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if Robyn had ever actually grappled with her feelings about Fallon being a stripper

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