Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Simmer by Stephanie Rose

Title: Simmer
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2018


Simmer (verb): to stew gently below or just at the boiling point; to be in a state of incipient development

My life was always at a simmer… only stewing, never going anywhere. I was left to fend for myself when it came to affection or love, so I learned to go without. 

I refused to let them see how broken and lonely I was; it was much easier to hide behind a false reality. I didn't want anyone's pity. I didn't need it. Pity wouldn't put food on the table or keep a roof over our heads. That was all me.

Now, I have a second chance at a dream long forgotten. It demands hard work and sacrifice—with absolutely no distractions. A recipe I already know all too well, raising a daughter on my own. 

Drew Kostas is everything I’ve ever wanted but couldn't let myself have. He’s younger, gorgeous, charming—and relentless. He sees beyond the hardened shell I’ve built to protect myself, coaxing out a softer me I don't recognize. 

It doesn't matter how I melt in his presence when the heat between us threatens to boil over. 

That's the thing about heat. When it rises, everyone gets burned. 

Especially when they're foolish enough to fall in love.


Rating: 4.5*

 It took some time to warm up to Sara and her choices but I ended up admiring and respecting her for her strength and courage in following her dreams to make a better life for herself and her daughter.

In going back to school to become a chef, Sara is classed as a mature student, having taken the decision for her daughter to spend the year with her father.  Entirely focused on getting through the year and back to her daughter and create a better life.  She never expected the younger Drew to come into her life and become a part of her life.

Drew does come across as more experienced in life than Sara despite being younger.  He sees through her walls and sees the amazing person she is.  It is a hard sell to get her to consider becoming involved with him but he is patient and persistent.  This was a read that grew on me and had me in the end fully engaged in their story.  This book simmered before it sizzled.

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Author Bio

Stephanie Rose grew up loving words and making up stories. Being able to share them with readers is her dream come true. This lifelong Bronx girl loves Starbucks, wine and 80s rock. Her voice often gets mistaken for a Mob Wives trailer.

She married her prom date and has a LEGO obsessed son. She believes there is nothing sexier than a good guy who loves with all his heart and has made it her mission to bring as many as she can to the page.

Follow her everywhere, she loves hearing from readers!

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