Simmer by Stephanie Rose

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




Blurb
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.

 

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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.
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everywhere, she loves hearing from readers!

 

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4.5 stars

I have read a few of Stephanie Rose’s previous books and have loved them. She gives us stories full of emotions and heart and Simmer is no different. In Simmer we get a story of second chances and redemption. We met Sara in Rewrite, though it can be read as a standalone, I was not sure how I would feel about her story, but I am so happy I gave it a chance.

For Sara Caldwell, nothing matters more than her daughter, Victoria. As a single mother, she is fighting to make a better life for them. But some days were harder than others, but she is determined to succeed. It has always been just the two of them, until now. When she gets a chance to finally follow her dreams and have a good future, she takes it.

Drew Kostas was everything! He was so sweet, younger and determined. He is drawn to Sara, even as she keeps him at arm’s length. He wants to show her all she can be and what they can have. He is patient and a good friend and shows her what it means to have someone stand by you.

Sara has a purpose. She did not leave her daughter for an accelerated program to be easily distracted. But when Drew enters her life, he turns everything upside down. For years, it was only about her daughter, can Sara learn to open up and let others in?

I must be honest and say I was not a fan of Sara when I first met her, but we get to see so much of her in Simmer and really begin to understand her. I loved how honest her character was. She admitted her faults and accepted them. And Drew was just perfect for her. So sweet and patient and just what she needed.

Simmer gave us a story about letting love in, learning to trust and second chances. I loved how Sara slowly learned to not only love again but love herself as well. This was not just a story about love, but about healing and growing. I loved Simmer, the characters and their journey. A great story that will stay with you.

~ Liz

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