Reviews by Maria Rose

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Reckless Fortune

Having enjoyed Bold Fortune, the first book in M.M. Crane’s Alaska-set Fortunes of Lost Lake series, I was looking forward to reading more about the Fortune family and Bowie’s story Reckless Fortune does not disappoint! Combining a pioneering reality show, a mail-order ‘bride’, and adventure ...

B+
Her Fake Date Until Midnight

I’m always in the mood for a Cinderella story, and an overworked, underappreciated veterinarian is definitely someone who deserves a happy ending. Eve Pendle’s Her Fake Date Until Midnight , the first in her Secrets of Wildbrook series covers a few popular tropes in a sexy and enjoyable romance ...

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Do You Take This Man

It was the synopsis of Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams that prompted me to pick it up, as well as the author herself, of whom I’d heard good things but hadn’t yet had a chance to read. The set-up is quite a fun one – a female divorce lawyer who moonlights as a wedding officiant embarks ...

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Hard Job

I've been a fan of Annabeth Albert's storytelling for a few years now (fifteen books read according to my Goodreads shelves, mostly four and five star ratings) so while I missed the first in her A-list Security series, I  was interested in reading the second book, Hard Job, a bodyguard romance with ...

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Heated

If you've read books by Naima Simone (for example her erotic romance series Lick or Sweetest Taboo), you know she can bring the heat. So Heated, the first book in her Burned Inc. series, definitely lives up to its forebears. The story idea is unique, contains some classic romance tropes (fake relati ...

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Fearless at Heart

Zoe York’s Fearless at Heart is the fourth book in her Kincaids of Pine Harbour series, a spinoff series from her Pine Harbour series. It's got one of my favourite tropes - a second chance romance for a couple that were together as teenagers - and coming on the heels of Wild at Heart which was a ...

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Tanked

Earlier this year, while poking around in my TBR pile (it's quite massive), I came across Mia Hopkins’ Thirsty, the first book in her Eastside Brewery series. I started reading it and was totally absorbed, cursing myself for not having read it sooner. In short order, I read book two, Trashed, and ...

B+
Knocked Up in Alaska

Knocked Up in Alaska by Samanthe Beck is the third and final book in her Captivity Alaska series. I enjoyed the first two but I think this one is my favourite. Lilah Iquat is pregnant. Young and pregnant with a dead man's baby. When pilot Shay Shanahan died in a plane crash, Lilah had just tol ...

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Sweet Home Alaska

Sweet Home Alaska by Jennifer Snow is the first romance novel in her new Wild Coast series. She's already got a series set in Alaska (Wild River) and it's currently a popular setting (Megan Crane, Samanthe Beck and Jackie Ashenden have all published books set there over the last year). I liked the i ...

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Good Hands

I'm a fan of the vacation fling trope in romances, ones where the characters meet up again later and develop an actual relationship. So when I heard that Kelly Jamieson's most recent release, Good Hands would feature this within her current hockey series (Bears Hockey II) I was quite excited to get ...