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Review: To Charm a Naughty Countess by Teresa Romain (2014)

The Matchmaker Trilogy, Book 2

Heat Factor: Detachment → sexytimes → detachment

Character Chemistry: I don’t understand how they simultaneously work so well together and communicate so badly, but the give and take is wonderful to read

Plot: Eccentric Duke comes to London to find a wealthy bride. Naughty Countess gives him courtship lessons. 

Overall: Just the book I needed

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Review: A Widow’s Guide to Scandal by Hallie Alexander (2020)

Sons of Neptune, Book 1

Heat Factor: Sometimes you gotta bang on the kitchen floor

Character Chemistry: They are really mean to each other, but they seem to like it

Plot: Marcus breaks his ankle fixing Henrietta’s roof, and is stuck in her house while he heals. Plus there’s some light espionage action. 

Overall: I had some problems with the writing style

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Review: Rash and Rationality by Ellen Mint (2020)

Happily Ever Austen, Book 2

Heat Factor: The sex scenes come late, but I was legit fanning myself. 

Character Chemistry: Believable best friends with confusing pants feelings.

Plot: Gender swapped Sense and Sensibility. But only the Marianne / Willoughby / Colonel Brandon bit. 

Overall: The Official Austen Retelling Expert at The Smut Report Approves.

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Review: The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite (2020)

Feminine Pursuits, Book 2

Review of Feminine Pursuits, Book 1

Heat Factor: Slow, steady, burn.

Character Chemistry: So much pining! But also, believable BFFs. And they do that thing where they call each other by last name and I swoon every time. 

Plot: A year in the life of Flood and Griffin. 

Overall: The plot meanders but sometimes a book (even a romance) is more than a tight plot. I recommend reading this one.

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Review: More than Neighbors by Shannon Stacey (2020)

Blackberry Bay, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s a little more heart-centered than…pants-centered

Character Chemistry: The chemistry and connection is obvious from the first page with these two

Plot: Meredith is a wealthy widowed mother who moves back home to Blackberry Bay with her young daughter to start over. Cam has been living in his newly discovered (and deceased) birth grandmother’s lake house and is uncovering his origins when he starts to enjoy being drawn closer to his neighbor and her daughter.

Overall: This book was a cover to cover hit. Real characters, great setting, magnetic chemistry, and perfect pace.

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