Rough Around the Soul by Maria Monroe



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Gritty. Sexy. Taboo.

Melanie Cannon is troubled, desperate, and only eighteen. Taking the fall for a friend, she’s forced into a drug education class, which she expects to be boring as hell. Until Detective Jake Beck walks in as her instructor.

Jake knows it’s a mistake to get involved with a high school senior.

But their passion is undeniable.
Their bond is the kind that lasts forever.
Their connection is more than just lust.

Jake’s willing to risk it all—even when harsh betrayal and ugly secrets threaten everything.



About the Author:
Maria Monroe writes sexy and smart romance, often focusing on new adult characters. Bad boys, especially gruff and sexy ones, are her favorite alpha males to read (and write) about.

Her contemporary romance novels include The Rescue, Julian & Lia, Love (Literally), and Afterglow, an apocalyptic love story.

Maria has also published two BDSM books, Her Millionaire Master and Kept by the Commanders, through Stormy Night Publications.

She enjoys reading, playing Pokemon, building bonfires, drinking wine, sarcasm, hiking, and laughing about inappropriate things.

She’s from Chicago and currently lives just outside the city with her three awesome kids, two rescue dogs, two rescue cats, and the most supportive husband in the world.

You can learn more about her (and her two sisters, who are also romance authors!) at

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Rough Around the Soul
Maria Monroe

4.5 stars

I loved Rough Around the Soul by Maria Monroe. It was sweet and charming with a touch of forbidden. A story about two people facing their own struggles and trying to find their way.

Melanie Cannon is an eighteen-year-old senior, but in her short life, she has known desperation and disappointment. More than any person her age should ever face. Having basically raised herself, the only thing she dreams of is leaving Bells Park. Her only chance, attend college and make something of herself. Now, because of a friend that should have stood up for her, she is taking the blame for drugs that are not hers.

I loved Melanie. She was drowning in so much disappointment, but she was also so strong, determined and loyal. Which is amazing from a person who literally had no one to count on for most of her life. She was beautiful, kind and determined to make something of her life, even as obstacle after obstacle stood in her way.

Detective Jake Beck is lost. After a tragedy shook him to the core and feeling his life moving in a direction he was not prepared. When his uncle asked for his help, he accepted. He needed a change of pace to help him redirect his life. What he did not expect was a to meet Melanie and how he would change his life. Or that she would be one of his students in the drug education class he was leading.

Though Jake is a bit lost right now as he is sorting his life out, he is strong, caring and determined to do the right thing. Even as the gorgeous, courageous student with the sad eyes and even harder life in his class tests his strength at every turn.

Though Melanie is 18 and Jake is 25 and a cop, their story is so charming. Jake tries to do the right thing, but Melanie touches his heart in a way no one else ever has. When Melanie is with Jake, she feels safe and happy. He gives her a security she has never known. Their connection is strong and their chemistry is off the charts.

I truly enjoyed Rough Around the Soul. There were so many feels and times my heart just broke. It was really such a sweet story about two very unexpected people who found each other when they least expect it. How could something so wrong feel so right? A great read I would highly recommend.

~ Liz


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