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Rough Around The Soul by Maria Monroe | Release Blitz with Review


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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.





Rough Around The Soul is the story of Melanie, a barley 18 high school senior, and Jake, a 25 year old detective who is teaching a drug awareness class. These two cross paths in a bar (Melanie has a fake…of course.) on her 18th birthday. Jake knows nothing about Melanie, until she shows up in the Drug Awareness class he is teaching. He is quickly caught in the spell that is this girl, he can’t seem to just walk away. Jake tries to fight it and not get involved, however, Melanie doesn’t really have anyone to turn to, and it is hard for him to just let her go. As the tension builds between these two so does their chemistry, which is off the charts by the way, and neither can fight it.

Okay, so this is the first book I have read from Maria Monroe, and I did enjoy it! I would pick up another of her books for sure. Her writing was well done and well developed. However, I was a little disappointed in this book, unfortunately. From the blurb I knew I was going to have to get my hands on this one, you know I’m all about a forbidden relationship. But I didn’t feel like this was what I was hoping it would be. The forbidden aspect, while there, was just not on the level I wanted it to be. Yes, Melanie is barley 18, and Jake is kind of her teacher, but I just don’t think that the relationship was as forbidden as it was made out to be. Maybe that is just the way I feel, but I was hoping for something a little more.  Maybe there wasn’t enough drama surrounding their relationship, or not enough on the line. Anyways, as far as characters go I quite enjoyed both MC’s. Melanie is a girl who has had a hard life, between a checked-out mom and a SUPER horrible best friend, however, she has still managed to keep her head on and has gotten a full ride to a great college. I feel for Melanie, she is strong and independent. And although she has some tough struggles throughout the book, she is overcoming all odds. Jake was also an enjoyable character, he is a detective on loan helping out his uncle. He is running from some family problems of his own. But you can tell he is a good guy, he is always looking out for Melanie…although at some points his antics get a little stalkery, I still enjoyed that he was one of the only people who genuinely cared about her.

Overall, I did enjoy Rough Around The Soul and would still recommend it. It just wasn’t what I had made it out to be. If you like a steamy sexy somewhat forbidden story. Then this book is for you.

Overall rating: 3.5/5


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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