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Courtney Stanton

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The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting (Paperback, 2021, KJC Books) 5 stars

Robin Loxleigh and his sister Marianne are the hit of the Season, so attractive and …

Another classic from KJ Charles

5 stars

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The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting (Paperback, 2021, KJC Books) 5 stars

Robin Loxleigh and his sister Marianne are the hit of the Season, so attractive and …

One thing KJ Charles is hella good at is writing sex scenes where characters stumble and trip up and things don’t go smoothly and it’s all extremely Not Perfect — AND instead of it being some sort of ridiculous traumatic plot device or a very unsexy Oh Joy Sex Toy style educational segment, somehow the realistic foibles of people trying to figure out how to communicate about turning each other on become part of the sex scene and add depth to the characters and their relationship to each other. This book might be setting a new bar though, even for her.

Life on Pause (2017, Riptide Publishing) 3 stars

Sweet but uneven

3 stars

This book does one of my least favorite things and creates conflict by having one character knowingly lie to another character, and then continue the lie for an extended period while understanding that doing so is only making the situation worse. I’m not opposed to dishonest characters, it’s just that it’s far more interesting to me when characters are deceiving themselves as well. Otherwise I end up rolling my eyes and thinking “come the fuck on my dude” and it makes it hard to root for them, and I don’t read romance novels to /not root for the characters/.

The world building in this is great and generally was far more interesting to me than the angsty back and forth trust issues of the central romance. Rusty in particular felt a bit empty on the page; his sister seems to exist just to float in and out of his life …

The luckiest lady in London (2013) 4 stars

Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want …

A fun romp

4 stars

This is a good modern historical romance (ie: set in the past but the people behave generally like people and have relatable motives, and the world isn’t mysteriously bereft of queerness or something just because it’s the 1800s) that has some fun twists. I especially enjoyed that the woman takes one look at the guy and is basically like, “oh no, he’s too hot” and has to spend the rest of the book persuading him into bed, essentially. (A nice reversal from the usual blushing virgin routine.)

I found the eventual final conflict and resolution to be pretty rushed, but that’s a romance novel for you. The sex is all well written while being surprisingly generalized — there are a lot of scenes of teasing or extended foreplay through objects — which again, is a nice change up and is interesting to see an author do instead of Yet More …