Reviews by Maria Rose

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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 ...

A
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 ...

A
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 ...

B
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 ...

C
The Dare

Elle Kennedy is one of my favorite authors for new adult college sports romances and The Dare is part of her Briar U spinoff of her Off Campus series. While other stories in the series have been quite fun and entertaining, this one left me somewhat disappointed, reasons for which I'll outline below. ...

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One Wicked Lick from the Drummer

Ainslie Paton can always be counted on to write sexy, compelling, and unique romances and she's done it again with One Wicked Lick from the Drummer, the third story in her The One series. Mena Grady had a wild life as an older teenager, hitting the groupie circuit for popular rock groups, and hoo ...

B
Wrong Bed, Right Man

I've enjoyed several of Rebecca Brooks’ steamy contemporary romances in the past and happily picked up Wrong Bed, Right Man, the third story in her Accidental Love series hoping for more of the same. I can attest that it delivers an enjoyable, low-angst reading experience -  just what I was looki ...

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Turn Up the Heat

When I reviewed Serena Bell's So Close (Tierney Bay #1) earlier in 2020, I remarked that it was set in the same locale as a 2015 book that I had read and loved by this author called Turn Up the Heat.  At the time, it was no longer available in stores but I'm happy to share that it has now been re-r ...

B+
The Dragons of Summer

I've been enjoying Jeffe Kennedy's Uncharted Realms fantasy romance series since I picked up The Crown of the Queen, a bridging novel between the author's Twelve Kingdoms series (which I've yet to read) and her Uncharted Realms series (which I've now read almost to completion). The end of that serie ...

B
Right Kind of Wrong

If you're like me, a lighthearted contemporary romance is always appreciated, and the third story in Sara Rider's Books and Brews series, Right Kind of Wrong, delivers a comfort read with likable characters and plenty of laughs to make for an enjoyable reading experience. It's especially so if you l ...