Reviews by Maria Rose

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Arm Candy

Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon is just the kind of romance you'll want to pick up if you're looking for something lighthearted, sexy, and relatively low on angst. I've read a few of the author’s books in other series and enjoyed them, so with the cover and synopsis snagging my attention, and knowing ...

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The Betting Vow

K.M. Jackson’s The Betting Vow is the third standalone story in the Unconventional Brides series.  The series takes a lighthearted and humorous view of the institution of marriage and all the trappings that go along with the ‘perfect’ wedding. This story veers into marriage of convenience ter ...

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Love in a Sandstorm

Pine Harbour, Ontario is the fictional setting for a small town contemporary romance series by indie author Zoe York. Some romances in this kind of setting veer into stereotypical territory – think gossipy neighbors, the coffee crowd at the local diner, high school sweethearts, etc.. This author h ...

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Worth the Wait

According to a recent Facebook post by author Lori Foster, Worth the Wait is her 100th unique story, which is an amazing accomplishment! Writing for just over twenty years in the romance genre, her books obviously resonate with readers who keep coming back for more. The first novels of hers I read w ...

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A Most Unlikely Duke

My reading resolutions for 2017 included trying some new authors and reading more historical romances, a genre that is my first love but has been neglected of late. Accordingly when the opportunity came up to review Sophie Barnes’ new historical romance A Most Unlikely Duke, I decided to take the ...

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On Point

The Out of Uniform series by Annabeth Albert has had some interesting heroes to date – a virgin newish recruit in book one, Off Base, and a widowed active duty father in book two, At Attention. Now she turns her hand to a fairly common trope, that of best friends and roommates who are attracted to ...

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The Wedding Date Bargain

Mira Lyn Kelly writes sweet and sexy romances featuring real people living their lives and looking for love. The Best Men series - now re-titled as the Wedding Date series - is a planned set of four standalone books with best friends Jase, Max, Sean and Brody as their heroes. Jase got his happy ever ...