Reviews by Maria Rose

B
So Over You

Kate Meader has been a reliable source of sexy contemporary romances, having written about chefs, firefighters, and now hockey players taking center ice. The Chicago Rebels series, all standalone romances but with a continuing background story arc, details a struggling NHL franchise and their make-o ...

A
Infamous

Though romances starring rock star heroes or heroines aren't usually on my list of favorites, I may have to make an exception after reading this latest romance by Jenny Holiday. On the strength of my enjoyment of previous stories of hers, in particular the 49th Floor series of romantic comedies, I e ...

B
Dirty Scoundrel

Jessica Clare’s Dirty Scoundrel is the second book in her Roughneck Billionaires series. It's also the first novel of hers that I've read, part of my quest to read more new to me authors this year (though she'd been on my to-read list for a while). The series name gives a good hint as to the backg ...

B+
Most Eligible Bastard

Annika Martin has a backlist that spans multiple romance genres. Under the pen name of Carolyn Crane, she's written a taut and exciting romantic suspense series, The Associates, as well as an urban fantasy series The Disillusionists. As Annika, she's gotten to explore a more erotic style, with Taken ...

B
Bad for Her

The first story in Christi Barth’s Bad Guys Gone Good series sets the stage for a set of romances about three brothers who, through a set of unconventional circumstances, find themselves in small town USA, specifically Bandon, Oregon. While the hero seems more of a bad guy in name only, Bad For He ...

B+
Totally His

Erin Nicholas writes enjoyable small town romances, including the Sapphire Falls series that first attracted me to her writing. Now she's moved on to the bigger city of Boston, but by focusing on a local theater and its community players she successfully retains that close knit feel while being able ...

B+
Slap Shot

I’m a big fan of sports romances, especially those written by authors who have proven in their writing that they are either fans of their sport of choice or have researched it enough to be credible. Kelly Jamieson is one such author for hockey romances. Her Aces Hockey series has been one I’ve c ...

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Take the Lead

If you’re a fan of Dancing with the Stars or other reality TV show dance competitions you are definitely going to want to pick up Take the Lead, a lively, energetic and sexy contemporary romance by début author Alexis Daria. And if you’ve never watched one of these competitions before, after re ...

C+
Bad Reputation

Nicole Edwards came to my attention with her self published Club Destiny and Alluring Indulgence series. They are steamy, erotic, often BDSM themed stories, some featuring polyamorous relationships, that I greatly enjoyed reading. Now she’s turned her hand to a more conventional trope – a friend ...

C
The Final Score

Though the title of Jaci Burton’s new romance The Final Score might imply otherwise, it isn’t the final volume of her multi-sport contemporary romance Play by Play series. It is, however, a check-in of sorts for fans, with the couple getting their happy ever after being recent college graduates ...