Reviews by Maria Rose

B
Hot to the Touch

As a fan of Jaci Burton's contemporary romances, especially her Play by Play multi-sports series, I'm always happy to see her name on an upcoming new release. So when I saw that she was starting a new series featuring firefighters, I quickly added Hot to the Touch - the first in her Brotherhood by F ...

B+
The Chai Factor

Given it’s set in the multicultural city of Toronto, it's no surprise that Farah Heron's début, The Chai Factor, delves into some serious issues such as racism and cultural and gender equality. Yet even so the author maintains some nice comedic flair and tells a sweet opposites attract romance ma ...

A
A Prince on Paper

Whenever I read a romance by Alyssa Cole I think 'okay, this one is my favorite!' - and then she writes another book. That's been my experience with The Reluctant Royals series, novellas included, and her most recent addition about two people used to hiding their innermost selves is a delightful, em ...

A
Late Fall

Late Fall is a departure from Noelle Adams’ contemporary romance stories, in that it goes somewhere most romance novels shy away from – to the reality of what it’s like to be a senior citizen and fall in love. Ellie is in her early seventies and has just moved into an assisted living senior ...

A
Midlife Crisis

What do you do when your life goes in the direction expected, but not the one you wished for? That’s the burning question in this story of finding love in middle age, with a partner who is willing to be your second chance at happiness. Cam McGhee’s life followed a predictable pattern for a gu ...

B+
Sold Short

Ainslie Paton takes the tried and true friends-to-lovers trope and adds her own unique twists in Sold Short, a story of college friends and business partners Dev and Sarina, whose future plans find them at a crossroads. Sarina wants to have a baby. She’s tired of waiting for the right man to co ...

C
Down & DIrty

I started Rhenna Morgan's Men of Haven series late in the game, with book five, Stand and Deliver. I really liked it, and picked up a few of the previous titles as well as the next in the series, Down & Dirty. Each book is designed to be read as a standalone but there are glimpses of secondary c ...

A
Cuff Me

Cuff Me is the third story in Lauren Layne’s New York’s Finest series, centered around a family of police officers. There are four brothers and one sister, two of whom (Luc and Anthony) featured in the first two stories in the series (Frisk Me and Steal Me) both of which I quite enjoyed, so I wa ...

A
Forever Wolf

Maria Vale's The Legend of All Wolves series is a unique entry in the broad and popular world of shifter romances. No one would define it as cute or fun, so if that's the kind of paranormal romance you want, you'll have to look elsewhere. But if you like a meaty story full of gristle to chew on, you ...

B
Sugar & Spice

Sugar & Spice by Christine d'Abo is the second book in her Sugar series. It's about an internet dating site that pairs sugar daddies (or mommas in this case) with younger partners for companionship and more. I read the previous book in the series, Sugar Sweet, and quite enjoyed it so I had high ...