Apr 18, 2017

Rough Around the Soul by Maria Monroe Review

Rough Around the Soul
By Maria Monroe
Released: April 18th, 2017
Self Published
Tour Host: Elle Woods PR

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.
When I first picked up Rough Around the Soul by Maria Monroe, I was intrigued by the "taboo" take on the book; with Jake being 25, which is 7 years older than Melanie's 18 years, but to me, the more delicious angle, was the fact that Jake is a cop and Melanie is weeks away from graduating from high school! For me the power was the biggest taboo, and I loved every second of it!

When it came to the characters,  no one intrigue me more than Melanie; Extremely smart and loyal, even to her alcoholic mother! And to her princess of an ex-best friend. But despite all the setbacks, Melanie persevered and she was rewarded for it! I honestly didn't expect the lead female characters to be so strong! But honestly, the author wrote her character perfectly.

And while normally, the male lead would be this perfect specimen of male-ness, the author made Jake's character, imperfectly human! Which just gave the book that little bit extra, and I honestly adored it.

Now, Maria Monroe is a new author to me, so I wasn't exactly sure how I would respond to her storytelling, but if you couldn't guess from my ramblings above, I fell for this book hook, line, and sinker. The writing was excellent and I adored the storyline. I would definitely read this author again.

I give Rough Around the Soul, 5 stars!

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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