Reviews by Maria Rose

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Do Over

The cover and synopsis of Delaney Diamond's latest contemporary romance Do Over were what drew me to it; the execution of the plot and the sexy results are what will make me take a look at her extensive backlist. Ms. Diamond's Brooks Family series is about an extremely wealthy African American exten ...

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Until I'm Yours

Until I’m Yours by Kennedy Ryan was my top read in 2016, a difficult feat to achieve when you consider that I read over 400 books that year. But a review for it has never been posted at All About Romance, so I’ve taken the liberty of doing so now. It’s the fourth book in The Bennett series whi ...

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Hot Response

Shannon Stacey's Boston Fire series takes an in-depth look at the lives and loves of those who work for the fictional fire department, Ladder 37. I've read and thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in this series and like how the author has balanced the seriousness of the vocation with the less inte ...

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Pretending He's Mine

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa was one of my favorite reads in 2017, so it was pretty much guaranteed that I’d want to pick up the next book in the Love on Cue series. The characters in Pretending He’s Mine were introduced in that first book and there was already a hint of a little ‘something-s ...

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Her Perfect Affair

Priscilla Oliveras had a successful debut romance with His Perfect Partner, the first in the Matched to Perfection series about three Puerto Rican sisters finding love amid the laughter and tears of everyday life. I enjoyed that story, though I did find it quite emotional as the women deal with thei ...

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One and Only

My experience reading Jenny Holiday to date has been an enjoyable one, with two of her more recent releases, Famous and Infamous, ending up on my favorites of 2017 list. This sets up pretty high expectations for anything new she puts out, and fortunately she lives up to those with the first romance ...

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Bad Bachelor

On the surface, Stefanie London's latest release, Bad Bachelor, is a fun, romantic comedy with a modern premise. It's the story of an unlucky-in-love librarian finding herself in a relationship with a playboy bachelor she first sees on a dating app. While it definitely lives up to that promise, it a ...

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Raw Power

As a longtime fan of Jackie Ashenden's writing, you'll find that most of my reviews for her books feature words like 'Intense!' and 'Steamy!'. This applies whether she's writing erotic romances like her Living In ... and Lies We Tell series or riveting romantic suspense like her Nine Circles series. ...

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Dangerous Promise

Megan Hart is best known for writing erotica and erotic romances so I already know from past experience to expect some high quality sex scenes in her writing.  However Dangerous Promise goes in a whole new direction than her previous books. The first in a futuristic sci-fi romance series entitled T ...

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Claiming Bailey

Susan Stoker has a few romantic suspense novels under her belt but Claiming Bailey is the first of hers that I've read. It's the third story in her Ace Security series, about a group of brothers who run a security company in Castle Rock, Colorado with the aim of aiding battered women and children. L ...