HOT SAUCE REVIEWS
Serving good old-fashioned tough love reviews of books (mostly romance novels), movies and music since 1999.
Two very interesting characters in an interracial romance set in Victorian England… should have been something to read and remember, right? Alas, it just has to be a novella.
Normally Zoë Archer can deliver a kick-ass story full of excitement, but this one is rather flat. Still, the heroine is actually kick-ass, and the hero can be pretty charming for a big dumb lug.
Three sets of annoying teens are looking for romance during a big snowstorm. Why can’t they go watch movies or play video games like normal people? And no, nobody dies, what a shame.
Hot guy flees one psycho stalking ex-girlfriend into the clutches of a wildly insecure, violently emotional mess who is convinced that he’s cheating on her the moment he’s out of her sight. This will end well, oh yes.
Suffragettes are tricky character to handle, as conventional romance tropes often make them look like wannabes or fickle flakes who jettison the cause the first moment they get a man to look their way. Here, things are actually pretty good.
The final entry in the Fifth Avenue trilogy finally sees justice for the pavement pancake Sarah and all the women the villain has abused and wronged. Yet, the loser in all of this seems to be me.
From World’s Zombie Day to Saint David’s Day, Superman’s Birthday to National Hollerin’ Contest, every day is a festival if you believe this cute little book. Isn’t it wonderful how we can find a reason to celebrate a day – any day, every day?
This Western romance started out really good, but it soon becomes apparent that the heroine is robotic in her persistent obstinacy and paranoia. Oh, and she doesn’t want to be a whore. You’d be hearing that one a lot.
Why is it that every story that claims to have a scandalous or notorious heroine always end up serving a heroine who wants desperately for people to believe that she’s a good person? Sigh.
Sia discovers a new generation of dreamy little girls who would ordain her as the spokesperson for their little earthquakes. Hey, with Kate Bush and Tori Amos getting a bit long in the tooth, may as well hand the job to Sia.
We have “street thug” Iggy Azalea and now we have “punk band” 5 Seconds of Summer. What is wrong with Australia and why are they doing this to the rest of the world?
This movie is a reboot, and tells a familiar tale, but it is completely ruined by that brain damaged bimbo who is responsible for every single mess in this movie.
Two hundred tornadoes hit a town all at the same time (or so it seems), things get blown up, inconsequential characters die, everyone else survives to proclaim how amazing humanity is because tornadoes can’t kill them despite their stupidity. In other words, business as usual.
Pro: this one is set during World War 1. Con: it’s a collection of three short and very forgettable stories.
The round faces are called oogies (don't ask). Generally:
5 Oogies: Excellent
4 Oogies: Good
3 Oogies: Okay
2 Oogies: Oh dear
1 Oogie: Oh god
- Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan
- Sweet Revenge by Zoë Archer
- Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
- Legal Seduction by Sharon C Cooper
- The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
- Expose Me by Kate Hewitt
- How to Make Stonehenge Out of Biscuits by Tracey Turner
- Salvation in the Rancher’s Arms by Kelly Boyce
- A Lady of Notoriety by Diane Gaston
- 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia
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