Book Blitz, Book Reviews

Release Blitz & Review: Simmer

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

My Review:

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Stephanie Rose’s Simmer. Let me start by saying that I never read one of Rose’s earlier novels Rewrite, so I came into this with a clean slate and no prior opinions regarding Sara.

Single mother Sara has been struggling raising her daughter on her own, until recently she allowed the father and his wife back into her life. Now that she finally has the opportunity to finish culinary school, Josh has offered to move their daughter Victoria into his and his wife’s home while Sara is away at school. Despite the sacrifice of not being around her daughter, Sara chooses to finish her last year of school in order to provide a better future for her and her daughter. Once there, she meets a handsome, much-younger man named Drew, attending the same school but as an IT major. What starts as a fantastic friendship, however, soon develops into much more.

I struggled with this story because the idea of leaving my child to go away to school sounds absolutely unimaginable. Granted, they got to visit on breaks and Victoria was in very safe, happy, and capable hands, but for some reason that just bugged me. With that being said, I immediately loved Drew and the friendship that grew between him and Sara. After having a pretty crappy upbringing, Sara was struggling with several issues and Drew never failed to be there for her when needed. As things progressed and changed, I found myself on the edge of my seat, happily excited about how things would end up between the two of them.

This was my first time reading Stephanie Rose, however, it definitely won’t be my last. The characters were well-developed, there was a perfect balance between harmony and conflict, as well as, beautiful themes regarding love and family.



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Author Bio


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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