TITLE - Simmer
AUTHOR - Stephanie Rose
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.
Simmer was such a wonderful story to read. The title was perfect for this story. I felt such a heartwarming love story. This book is a standalone. The genre I would say is contemporary romance. This is the first book I’ve read by this author.
This book was about how someone can love you no matter how old you are. That falling in love isn’t foolish. I really enjoyed it because it felt real and nothing was forced.
The main characters of this book are Sara and Drew. Sara who is older than Drew has baggage, a daughter named Victoria. I really liked her character as she was such a loving mother and wanted what was best for her. Drew was my favorite though as he was swoon worthy. Even though he was younger he knew what he wanted. I loved how he was charming and didn’t mind that Sara had a daughter. I also liked how he pushed Sara to believe in love and fight for it.
Holy heavens the heat. It didn’t simmer, it boiled and burned! Sara and Drew had a pleasant connection that wasn’t forced. Yes, they had chemistry.
Stephanie wrote this book flawlessly. The way she mentioned other characters that were needed in this blended nicely. I read this book in a few hours, so it grabbed me from the beginning.
Simmer was such a wonderfully easy read. If you like contemporary romance and want to read a “what could happen in real life” story then go one-click. I will look forward to reading more books by this author.
“It was the second time I’d seen it, but I knew it was as rare as it was beautiful- like a shooting star.”
“Merry Christmas, Fire and Ice.”
Heat – 5/5
Writing Style- 4.5/5
Overall Rating- 5/5