HOT SAUCE REVIEWS
Serving good old-fashioned tough love reviews of books (mostly romance novels), movies and music since 1999.
Like many of Christina Dodd’s contemporary romances, this one feels like it has been written in the 1980s, after a binge on books by Sidney Sheldon, Harold Robbins, and Danielle Steel.
The best thing about this standard kidnap fantasy of a medieval romance is how it reminds me of better medieval romances in the past. Nostalgia ain’t bad, not when these days you’d need to search long and hard for a medieval romance.
Parents may cringe when Ariana Grande sings about things like “Don’t let these eyes fool ya, I can take it. Hold nothing back – give it to me!” but I’m sure their kids would definitely approve. Bang bang into the room, baby!
Cher Lloyd shows marked improvement in her follow-up effort, but because the bar was set so low previously, this means a new and improved Cher Lloyd is about the same level as the Demis, Arianas, and other mini-skirted sweet tarts out there. Sirens is a fine song, though, worth a few listens.
Janice Sims is back with another story with sane likable people who fall in love like it’s the most natural thing ever. Even when there are drugs and dead people involved, imagine that. The plot doesn’t compare to the romance, though, which is a bit of a shame.
I have my reservations about the plot (it’s a workplace romance revolving around deception), but the romance is so fun and the love scenes are hot, hot, hot. Let’s put it this way, I don’t know why this book isn’t called When Autumn Comes.
It’s a spy romance where nobody acts like a spy, a historical thriller without any thrills, with a talented spy heroine who spends all time needing rescue or sexual healing. Wait, what is this thing again?
Robots, aliens, spacecrafts, and violence in a fantasy setting, ooh. Now, how on earth did this one end up being an obvious extension of the campaign setting splatbook, churned out as part of a marketing plan, instead of a story in its own right?
The only explanation for the plot of this movie is that it is the frantic delusions of the director as he is seized by a powerful high, and this movie is his way to pay off his dealers while secretly Morse-coding all of us to intervene. Or something like that.
Video game adaptations tend to be awful, and this low-budget thing with a D-grade cast is bound to be bad, right? Of course it is.
It looks like Seanan McGuire has gotten the mojo back into the InCryptid series, as this one introduces a new cast, a new setting, and some new lore with style and panache. Cobras, gorgons, nerd action heroes, and – of course – guns for everyone!
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.
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
Hottest Posts This Month
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- Lady in Black by Christina Dodd
- Castle of the Wolf by Margaret Moore
- My Everything by Ariana Grande
- Sorry I’m Late by Cher Lloyd
- Safe in My Arms by Janice Sims
- When Morning Comes by Harmony Evans
- A Lady’s Revenge by Tracey Devlyn
- Reign of Stars by Tim Pratt
- Lucy (2014)
- Tekken: Kazuya’s Revenge (2014)
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