Release Blitz & Book Review- 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.



~My Review~
4 Stars

I Was Provided A ARC By The Author
(Possible Spoilers) 

All that eighteen old Melanie Cannon wants, hopes for, is to escape town, and head off to college in Chicago. She had it all lied up, she was ready to leave behind her run down town, the memories of her farther, and her alcoholic mother. But that all goes crashing down when her best friends drugs are found in her locker. Now Melanie is facing her fear of a future being stuck. Her dreams of college seem to be slipping further away. Melanie feels like she is slowly spiraling out of control. The one bright spot in the mess that seems to be Melanie's life, is the new guy in town, Jake Beck.

Detective Jake Beck is everything Melanie feel's she needs to feel alive through all this mess. He shows her that she is worth so much more than she believes. Jake wants her to believe in herself and wants to show her she can make it out of this awful town and have a happy life. But how can they have a chance together when their is so much stacked against them. He's older, a cop, she's trying to hold on and make it through the last months of high school. Can they make a relationship, one that they have to hide, work? Or will doubts and worries halt their relationship before they can even have a real chance at making it work. 

A beautiful, captivating, sexy love story. Melanie and Jake's taboo relationship is very well written. It was intriguing, fun, and scorching hot. I really enjoyed the story of this young women desperately reaching for her future, and a lost man running from his past. Maria Monroe is a author I'm very happy I discovered and I look forward to reading lots more of her stories.

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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