Reviews by Maria Rose

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Write Before Christmas

I haven't read anything by Julie Hammerle before but that will definitely change as I really enjoyed the setup and romance in this fun Christmas-themed story! Write Before Christmas is the type of story that would feature in a Hallmark Holiday special and would definitely be one I'd watch. When f ...

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Kissing Lessons

Stefanie London has written a host of contemporary romances that I've read and enjoyed and her latest is Kissing Lessons, the start of a new small town series - Kissing Creek - where the stores have cute names and the friendly townspeople all know each other and their histories. So when a stranger c ...

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My Christmas Charade

My Christmas Charade, an-enemies-to-lovers trope story, is the final installment in Melanie Ting's Holiday Hat Trick series and it's my favourite of the bunch! Em works as an economic forecaster and she wants her love life to be as smooth and well-planned as her day job. She's recently met Thomas, w ...

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Can't Help Falling

I loved the first full-length novel in Cara Bastone's Forever Yours series, Just a Heartbeat Away, which featured a widowed single dad and a teacher. In that story, secondary characters Serafine St. Romain and Tyler Leshuski were introduced as friends of the heroine and hero respectively, and seemed ...

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Yours to Keep

I've been a fan of Lauren Layne ever since I read Only With You back in 2014. (According to Goodreads, I've read seventeen of the author's books which is a good indication that she a) writes a lot and b) is one of the authors whose new releases will generally catch my attention). But I hadn't read a ...

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Trade Deadline

I'm a fan of sports romances and hockey themed ones in particular. I read and enjoyed Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn's Off the Ice and while I missed the second in the Hat Trick series, Goalie Interference, I got back into the game with Trade Deadline. It's a well told story of a man ready for his caree ...

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The Hitman

A romantic comedy with a hitman hero definitely doesn't follow the norm of mafia romances, which tend to be of the 'dark romance' variety. Yet author Katrina Jackson has done a delightful job of combining a lot of humor, sexy scenes, and yes, action too, in The Hitman, the second book in The Family ...

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Just a Heartbeat Away

I haven't read too many début stories this year, but I heard good chatter on social media about Cara Bastone's Just a Heartbeat Away, the first full length novel in her Forever Yours series. (Technically her first book is a prequel novella to the series, When We First Met, but this is her first ful ...

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Engagement and Espionage

Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid is the start of a spin-off mystery series from her highly entertaining Winston Brothers series. In Beard Science, Jennifer Sylvester and Cletus Winston began their romance when Cletus helped Jenn attain her independence from her parents. It was my favorite of t ...

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Forbidden Desire

You don't go into a Planet of Desire book by Robin Lovett without a general understanding of what's going to happen (lots of sex) yet I always find something new to like about each book in this series. Forbidden Desire is book four and another fun and entertaining read. Niva is a bonafide sex god ...