Reviews by Maria Rose

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Must Love Coffee

Sarah Mayberry is an author well known to those who read contemporary romance. It's been a while since she's released anything new so when I saw that she had a romantic comedy novella coming out, I made sure to pick it up. She's good at evoking a lot of emotions in both her characters and her reader ...

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Two Nights in Paris

I discovered author Delaney Diamond last year with Do Over from her Brooks Family series, a delightful romance between a billionaire heiress and a police officer that garnered Desert Isle Keeper status. While Two Nights in Paris doesn't rise to that level, it's another enjoyable look at the wealthy ...

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Jaded, Bearded, Wolfish

Jaded, Bearded, Wolfish by G.G. Andrew is the third standalone romantic comedy in her Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish novella series, and the first one I read (though as soon as I finished I was at Amazon picking up the other two faster than you can say Boo!). I admit to being completely pulled in by the titl ...

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A Match Made for Thanksgiving

Jackie Lau continues to surprise and delight me with her variety of romance novels and novellas, and when I heard she was writing a holiday novella series featuring the Wong family, (aptly named Holidays with the Wongs) I immediately added them to my to-read list. First up is A Match Made for Thanks ...

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The Play

Fans of New Adult sporty romances set on college campuses likely have writers like Elle Kennedy on their auto-buy lists and I'm definitely one of them. With her current series, Briar U, she's been profiling some good guy hockey players, young men with an eye for the ladies as much as the game. Now i ...

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Living in Secret

Jackie Ashenden’s Living in Secret is an erotic exploration of a marriage in trouble and the third story in the author's New Zealand set Forbidden Desires series.  Connor and Victoria have been separated for a year and are on the verge of divorce but Connor can't make himself sign the papers, des ...

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Unsolicited Duke Pic

If you look past the intentionally laugh inducing title, Nico Rosso's historical romance novella Unsolicited Duke Pic actually has a lot of substance and interesting plot ideas; enough that I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the end result. When Thomas Halsey, Duke of Lighthorn, loses a ...

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Single Dad

If you're a fan of sexy small town contemporary romances that cover the range of tried and true tropes (marriage of convenience, enemies to lovers, best friend's sibling etc.) with likable characters and low angst plots, then Noelle Adams should be on your reading list. Though she has written a few ...

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The Mysterious Stranger

Since romances set with cults as backgrounds are among my least favorite books to read (that and serial killer stories rank in my top two of Nope!), there are few authors whose books I would even consider with that type of plotline. Lucky for Ainslie Paton, she's delivered enough compelling and uniq ...

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The Bear's Chosen Mate

Vivian Arend is a prolific Canadian romance writer. I first discovered her books with her Adrenaline Search and Rescue series (which I love!) set in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and then I dove into her multiple contemporary series set in and around Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. But she's also wel ...