Recommended Read, Review

Review: Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai (2020)

Modern Love, Book #2

Heat Factor: Sweet and awkwardly real

Character Chemistry: Two-way pining is the best!

Plot: #planebae reimagined

Overall: This book is so excellent! Read it!

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Review: Holding Pattern by Jennifer W. Smith (2020)

Landing in Love, Book #2

Heat Factor: closed door

Character Chemistry: Instant tingles → “I haven’t felt this way in forever…or ever.”

Plot: Billionaire entrepreneur needs to chill out, lobsterman can help with that

Overall: Easy breezy

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (2019)

The Brown Sisters, Book 1

Heat Factor: P-r-e-t-t-y steamy

Character Chemistry: They spend a ton of time together so it’s very good.

Plot: Near death experience triggers desire for living more fully; very good-looking super helps

Overall: I’m in squee territory

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas (1994)

Gamblers duology, Book #2

Heat Factor: Toe-curling

Character Chemistry: Mousy woman with steel spine brings worldly man low, and he’s totally into it

Plot: “We come from different worlds so I’m going to save you from yourself by refusing to be with you even though it’ll kill me to live without you.”

Overall: It’s basically a replacement for chocolate.

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Dueling Review: Priest by Sierra Simone (2015)

If Holly were to review this book, she would call it a Recommended Read. If Ingrid were to review this book, she would write a Rant. Clearly, we needed to review this book together.

Welcome to Dueling Reviews.

Moderated by Erin, who has no emotional investment in this book at all.

Ingrid’s Take:

Heat Factor: It’s scorching…which is fitting, because with the stuff these two pulled in a Catholic church they may very well end up somewhere toasty.

Character Chemistry: I don’t dig what they dig…but they dig it, and each other, a LOT.

Plot: Catholic priest ends up attracted to a woman who is apparently irresistible but has no hobbies or interests or personality and they end up finding a new, sexy spiritual path together.

Overall: This book has some majorly interesting dynamics but I had to put it down out of sheer frustration many times (and not the FUN kind of frustration, either).

Holly’s Take:

Heat Factor: Absolutely filthy, in the best way

Character Chemistry: Father Bell would have chemistry with a cardboard box

Plot: Catholic priest has sex, angst ensues

Overall: I had so much fun reading this book

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Review: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai (2018)

Forbidden Hearts, Book 3

Heat Factor: For as raunchy as the sex is, there is not nearly enough of it.

Character Chemistry: They are too busy having Feelings about their Complicated Family Drama to actually interact that much.

Plot: She’s had a crush on him since forever. He’s had a crush on her since…last month. Now they are in a wedding together at a secluded cabin in the woods. 

Overall: Too. Much. Angst. 

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Review: Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean (2019)

Bareknuckle Bastards Series, Book #2

Heat Factor: I love the way MacLean writes sex. A+

Character Chemistry: The bickering-because-I’m-into-you is great

Plot: bananas

Overall: I wouldn’t mind being Hattie

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