HOT SAUCE REVIEWS
Serving good old-fashioned tough love reviews of books (mostly romance novels), movies and music since 1999.
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.
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.
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
- 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)
- Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire
- 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
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