Review

Review: That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran (2013)

Heat Factor: 🍆🍆🍆

Character Chemistry: Instant attraction → Denial → We can have just one night → Is this…love? → BUT DUTY!!!

Plot: The set-up is bonkers and makes no sense, but who cares? 

Overall: The back and forth between these two is just *chef’s kiss*

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Review: Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas (2021)

The Ravenels, Book #7 

(a.k.a. The Wallflowers, The Next Generation, Book #3) 

(a.k.a. The Devil in Winter Epilogues, also Book #3)

Erin’s reviewed the whole Ravenels series: Book #1 | Book #2 | Book #3 | Book #4 | Book #5 | Book #6

Heat Factor: These are some horny Victorians

Character Chemistry: It’s totally insta-love, and it was written lucidly enough that it worked for me

Plot: “We’ll never work because of an unequal match” + “Why is someone trying to murder me?”

Overall: I re-upped my membership in the Bad Decisions Book Club for this one and read it in one sitting. No regrets.

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Review: Flirting with Forever by Sara Ohlin (2021)

The Graciella Series, Book #3

Heat Factor: It’s kind of an instant, angry, heated clash and then it burns but in a more friendly and less publicly appropriate way

Character Chemistry: This is absolutely a case of matching wounds meeting matching wounds but it actually made sense to me…THIS TIME. 

Plot: Cass is on the tail end of a deeply traumatic experience—so traumatic she loses her sense of smell, and unfortunately she’s a food writer. She regains it when a really attractive farmer accidentally throws manure all over her, and then they get in a really rude argument, and afterwards they pretty much start matching themselves right up in ways that are understandable and steamy.

Overall: This was a really sweet read and it did surprise me in a lot of lovely ways.

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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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Review: Admonition by Kathryn Amurra (2021)

Soothsayer’s Path, Book #2

Review of Soothsayer’s Path, Book #1

Heat Factor: It’s more tender and sweeping romance than it is ripped bodices and handsy stuff

Character Chemistry: So, I feel like it was obvious Sabina would like a wholehearted and upstanding person like Lucius after reading about her first marriage. Some people just have their heads on straight.

Plot: Sabina chooses a life of silence after she believes she’s responsible for her husband’s murder. But when she meets Lucius, her vow of solitude and silence is tested on all fronts.

Overall: I was actually riveted by the second Soothsayer book—the plot is really carefully unraveled and I loved the sweetness and maturity of Sabina and Lucius’ love for one another.

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