Rough Around the Soul by Maria Monroe

A Bookworm Review by Ana

Rough Around the Soul

Contemporary Romance

I give this book 5 stars!

Age is just a number so when we find love we need to grab it and never let go.

Have a look at the blurb:

Gritty. Sexy. Taboo.

Only $.99 for a limited time!

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.

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The amazing thing of being a reviewer, if I can call me that, is the opportunity to meet new authors, to live their words and to dream high.
I know that I’ve already said this but I’m on cloud nine right now and it keeps getting better and better every single day.
Maria Monroe is a new author to me and let’s just say that I’m hooked. Her writing is simple, appealing, intense and heartfelt. She has a way with words that will make you dream.
Round Around the Soul explores Melanie and Jake’s lifes.
She’s a high school senior, she has her problems like every teen but she is a very loyal friend. She wants to graduate, be someone and get away from that town. To save her best friend she takes the blame and is obligated to take a drug education class. But she couldn’t have guessed the teacher she was about to get.
Jake is the police officer in charge of teaching a drug education class. He takes his job very serious and has a very restricted set of rules.  The first one is never to get involved with a high school senior but it’s easier said than done. Lol. When he meets the beautiful Melanie things will change… But for the better or for the worst?
What a book this was. The story is so intense and so heartfelt that almost put me to tears. We can feel their emotions, their fears, their joys and even their sadness. The story unfolded smoothly and with a lot of hot stuff into the mix. Let’s not forget that this can happen just around the corner, with your friend or even neighbor. Just because is not well accepted doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. Love can flourish when you least expect it.
I’ve always been told that the forbiden fruit is the one we all want to eat, and this book is a very good exemple of what I’m saying.
Maria Monroe if your other books are forbidden like this one I’m on the front row waiting for them

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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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