Reviews by Maria Rose

B+
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 ...

B
Up in Smoke

Kate Meader's books have been on my radar since her Hot in the Kitchen series debuted in 2013.  That was followed by her Hot in Chicago series (Playing with Fire, a scorching enemies to lovers romance remains a favourite and made my top ten list in 2015).  Since then she's delved into some hockey ...

B+
Kissing Games

I've read several books by Stefanie London (I particularly liked the ones she wrote for the now defunct Harlequin DARE line), including Kissing Lessons, the introduction to her Kissing Creek small town romance series.  Kissing Games, the second entry, has a fairly typical plot – an injured baseba ...

B+
Boss Witch

Witch Please by Ann Aguirre was the introduction to the author's Fix-It Witches series, a fun romp into a paranormal world where cousins Danica and Clem run a repair shop using their witchy powers to fix equipment. While that story focused on Danica and mundane human baker Titus, there's a point in ...

B+
The One You Need

The first books by Emma Barry that I read were her Fly Me to the Moon modern historical romances (co-written with author Genevieve Turner) set in the era of the American space race. They were all favorably received here at AAR. But prior to this series, the author had written and published a politic ...

B
Accidentally Perfect

I've read a couple of Marissa Clarke's contemporary romance series previously (Anderson Brothers and Animal Attraction) but it's been a while since I've seen anything from her (2018 was her last under this pen name that I read; she does write YA as Mary Lindsey so maybe that's where her time has bee ...

A
Sink or Swim

Annabeth Albert has entertained me in the past with several of her m/m romances, and in Sink or Swim, the second book in her navy-themed Shore Leave series, she's upped the ante with a charming, single dad meets playboy romance.Felix Sigurd, newly divorced doctor, parent to his two nieces Madeli ...

B
Breakaway

There used to be a feature on Goodreads (which I use to track all my reading) where you could see a list of your most read authors. While they sadly discontinued that option a few years ago, I know from having looked at it that Noelle Adams is at the top of my list. She's a prolific romance author, ...

A
Make It Sweet

Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan was my favorite romance read of 2021.  (You can view the rest of that list HERE).  The first time I read it, I was swept away by the characters, the story, and the feelings it evoked in me.  Now that I've read it a second time, I can articulate why it ended up at ...

B+
Cream and Punishment

Susannah Nix is a new-to-me author but I've heard good things about her writing so I decided to give her King Family series a try. I'm not a stickler for reading a series in order unless there are continuity/world building concerns, which usually isn't the case in contemporary romances with multiple ...