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Review: Refuge by Willa J. Brand (2020)

Heat Factor: Smoulder, smoulder my friends (but behind closed doors)

Character Chemistry: They just kind of systematically click on every level from the first moment.

Plot: Taylor is escaping an abusive marriage with her infant son when her car breaks down in Montana. When she’s rescued and hired by a local rancher, she ends up meeting the rancher’s wife’s brother, Owen, whose steady and secure nature is kind of exactly what she needs.

Overall: This book is SO well done–the worry over Taylor’s precarious and abusive situation, the warmth from the ranchers and the beauty of Montana…it’s really good stuff.

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Review: A Cowboy for Keeps by Laura Drake (2020)

Chestnut Creek #3

Heat Factor: It’s not like a bell pepper but I certainly wouldn’t call it a ghost pepper either.

Character Chemistry: It’s a slow dance with some initial foot stomping.

Plot: Lorelei West and Reese St. James learn their respective siblings died in a car accident leaving behind a surprise baby. Together they have to figure out how to navigate both their new responsibility and their budding feelings for one another.

Overall: It’s a classic “poor woman saved by rich guy” type situation with a lot of curveballs.

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Review: Letters and Lies by Colleen L Donnelly (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s not ‘hot’, but don’t let it deter you.

Character Chemistry: You hope she’ll fall for the hero but there’s so much else going on it’s not a sole focus.

Plot: Louise Archer gets jilted by her unseen suitor at the last possible moment by telegram and decides to hop on the train as planned anyway so she can convince him to change his mind. But when she lies to a US Marshal and ends up in a dismal little town in desperate need of saving, Louise can’t help but jump right in… 

Overall: This is not a steamy, relationship-driven romance but it’s darn good and it sticks with you.

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Review: The Gunslinger’s Vow by Amy Sandas (2018)

Runaway Brides, Book 1

Heat Factor: This burn is slow, but once it gets going, we’ve got a full-on conflagration

Character Chemistry: Extremely stoic men are hard to develop chemistry with, but our heroine manages it

Plot: Woman runs west to find herself, finds true love in the process

Overall: Based on the first chapter, I thought I would hate this book, but I ended up really enjoying it

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Review: Holding Out for a Hero by Ana Leigh (2009)

The Frasers, Book 5

Heat Factor: Lots of sex off stage, plus a few mildly detailed scenes that we get to see.

Character Chemistry: The first time they meet, he gets a boner and she is rude for no reason.

Plot: A lot, but none of it seems to matter.

Overall: Meh.

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