Release Boost! 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.


Official Review!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have been madly in love with Maria Monroe’s writing since meeting the sexy as sin Julian and his innocent and gorgeous Lia in her story Julian & Lia. So when I get a chance to cuddle up with another steamy book from Maria, I am all in! After opening Rough Around The Soul, I soon found myself entrenched in the angst and heat and never wanting to escape! What isn’t to love about a story about a hot as hell bad boy cop and a barely legal, troubled young woman who heat up the sheets and melt your heart!

Detective Jake Beck finds himself about an hour away from his home in Chicago helping out the police department of the under belly, swamp infested, ghost town of Bells Park, Illinois. What he didn’t expect to find was a sexy little piece hanging out in a little rundown bar who catches his interest and so much more. Oh man! Jake is sinfully gorgeous with his scruffy, dark good looks, sexual prowess, and his big heart for strays and penchant for a certain young woman down on her luck. He had me and Melanie falling for him at stellar speeds and I couldn’t resist anything about him from his smoldering looks, muscled deliciousness, right down to his holstered gun. Handcuff me to the bed Jake… I am yours!

“He looked all adult and strict but I knew. I knew the way he kissed. The way his hands felt, tracing rough patterns over delicate skin. The sounds he made when he came. And he knew the exact hidden spots to send me into bliss so layered and complex I could barely breathe.”  

Melanie Cannon is a complete enigma with her ability to go from forlorn waif to sexy vixen in merely seconds. Her life is sad, decrepit, and seems to be crumbling right along with the buildings in her small forsaken town. Melanie stole my heart with her sardonic outlook, bouts of complete hopelessness, and her ability to pick herself up by her bootstraps and go on in life and keep hoping and wishing for a better outcome even when the chips were down. We could all learn a lot from this eighteen year old woman who is far older than her years and will give anything to care for a helpless creature, a way to get out and start her college years, and the love a sexy, older man.

“despite her tough exterior she’s actually fragile, something valueable that could break at any second.”

Maria Monroe delivers a heart breaking and inspiring taboo love story that takes us to a town that is overgrown by weeds and peeling paint with two people who are destined to be together no matter the years that separate them. I highly recommend Rough Around The Soul for romance that shows us the beauty beneath the cracked surfaces and the tenacity that real life and love takes to persevere. Maria keeps reader’s hearts wrapped around her stories and characters long after the last page is read. She knows how to create true to life, gritty characters, all consuming sexual tension, and a steamy, riveting story that you can’t help but want to absorb in every possible way.

“How fucked up is it that before me stands a troubled girl, and all I’ve thought about over the past two weeks is how good it felt to be buried deep inside her. But I can never touch her again.” 





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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