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Review: The Beastly Earl by Monica Burns (2019)

The Reckless Rockwoods, Book #5

Heat Factor: They succumb to their lust, but it’s not too scintillating.

Character Chemistry: “I’m going to heal your inadequacy complex with my TLC.”

Plot: It’s a lot: wounded war hero, guilty widow, psychopath, vengeful mother, etc.

Overall: I have some concerns.

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Review: A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas (2008)

Wallflowers, Book 4.5

Heat Factor: Get cozy on the rug in front of the fire heat level

Character Chemistry: Very solid, considering it’s a novella that also involves all four Wallflowers

Plot: I shouldn’t love you, you rogue, but I can’t help myself.

Overall: Very good for a snuggle with a blanket and a cuppa

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Review: A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan (2012)

The Brothers Sinister, Book 1.5

Heat Factor: 19th century condoms are super sexy

Character Chemistry: They’re drawn to each other, irresistibly 

Plot: Man with terrible social skills adores woman who’s nice to everyone except him

Overall: The tone is a little different for historical romance, but it’s a fun little novella

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Review: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (2019)

A League of Extraordinary Women, Book #1

Heat Factor: Who cares about sex? The angsty yearning set my socks on fire! (There is sex, though.)

Character Chemistry: Lit.

Plot: Unequal romance between dutiful Duke and suffragist, non-virgin bluestocking

Overall: So. Much. Yes.

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Review: Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas (2019)

The Ravenels, Book 5

Reviews of previous books in the series: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4

Heat Factor: It’s a slow warmup, but when it gets going, it really goes

Character Chemistry: It acts like hate to love, but it’s really just getting to know and like what you see in another person

Plot: Does she hate him? Is he not good enough for her? Does she face a threat? So many options here

Overall: I was looking forward to this one, and I was not disappointed

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Review: Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (2018)

The Ravenels, Book 4

Reviews of previous books in The Ravenels series: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3

Heat Factor: Moderate level of historical romance-style heat 

Character Chemistry: Sort of an odd couple, but they’re very committed to each other

Plot: Spinster surgeon finds love, become embroiled in government conspiracy

Overall: Come to while away a few pleasant hours, not to be blown away

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Review, The Duke Project

Review: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne (2019)

Devil You Know, Book 1

Heat Factor: There is a stupendous amount of very detailed foreplay

Character Chemistry: Their chemistry carries the book

Plot: Overcoming sexual trauma, with a heavy side of blackmail and death threats

Overall: The relationship is great, but the rest didn’t quite work for me

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