Reviews by Maria Rose

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Coast to Coast

Hockey romance authors will generally create a fictional NHL team as the backdrop for their series, so it's rare to find an author who digs down into the farm teams that build up the players for their chance in the spotlight. That's what Melanie Ting has done with her Vancouver Vice series. The Vice ...

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At Your Service

If you're looking for an exciting and humorous mystery, a bit of adventure, an older-couple romance, and aren't squeamish about blood and bruises then At Your Service should definitely be on your to-read list. The hero is a Daniel Craig type of James Bond figure and the heroine is a self-assured, sm ...

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The Boss

The Boss is the first story in Abigail Owen’s dragon shifter series, Fire's Edge. It's a smart and sexy story about Finn Conleth, leader of several dragon shifters from different European clans who've relocated to America. His mixed clan uses the cover of being smoke jumpers/wildfire firefighters ...

B+
Single White Incubus

Single White Incubus is the first story in E.J. Russell's Supernatural Selections series. It's a spin-off from her Fae Out of Water series and is about a dating/mating agency that sets up paranormal species connections. When I read the synopsis for the story, I was immediately intrigued and I'm ha ...

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Beautiful Sinner

The Devil's Rock series deals with inmates of the federal prison system or their family members on the outside, and is now on its fifth instalment. Each can be read as a standalone romance though there are connections between the characters across the different books. In the previous novel, Beautifu ...

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Got it Bad

Christi Barth wraps up her Bad Boys Gone Good series with Got it Bad, the third story about three brothers who've ended up in a witness protection program. You'd benefit from reading the first two books in order to obtain a more thorough background of how they got from big city Chicago to small town ...

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The Royal Runaway

Part mystery, part adventure, part romance, The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory is her entry in the current trend of regal-themed romances. Princess Theodora is recovering from the humiliation of being dumped on her wedding day but discovers things aren't quite what they seem in this story of duty, s ...

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Fool Me Forever

What does a modern day Robin Hood look like? That’s the question author Ainslie Paton tackles in her latest series, The Confidence Game. It’s about the Sherwood family and their allies, modern day thieves who excel at breaking the law but do it with a sole purpose in mind – to rob the rich of ...

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Swagger

Coming at a timely juncture, Liz Lincoln’s new contemporary sports romance Swagger, book two in the Milwaukee Dragons series, covers a lot of territory. Just like in real life, in this story about a football player and a PhD student, football and college are both in full swing for fall and the nov ...

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Rumor Has It

I got a little bit tricked by Jessica Lemmon’s Rumor Has It. That is, I didn’t realize it was part of the Real Love series because the title and cover didn’t match the first three books, two of which I’d read and quite enjoyed. (This is especially true of Arm Candy, which got DIK status for ...