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.
4 Star Review by Ashley
I'm not going to lie, after meeting Sara in Rewrite (you don't have to read that first but it would probably help some), she wasn't my favorite person. However, I adore Stephanie Rose's writing so I knew I would give Simmer a chance and my goodness was this book good! I was invested from the first heartbreaking chapter.
I loved that Sara was flawed. Life had happened to her and it wasn't pretty. That being said, I admired how hard she worked to redeem herself. Make a better life for both her and Victoria. How she gradually let her guard down. How for the first time in almost a decade she let people in. And a lot of that was thanks to Drew. Insert the swoon here...Drew- sigh. He was just wonderful. Intelligent. Patient. Kind. Generous. Determined to woo Sara. The age gap didn't bother him and neither did the fact that Sara had a daughter. Those things made him all the more infatuated and determined to be with her.
Simmer was just that, slow burning romance at it's finest. From strangers to friends to more the progression of Sara and Drew's relationship was natural and oh so sweet to witness. They faced real life problems- work, family and the like. While those situations were the source of discontent for a bit, all it took was something unexpected to make Sara come to her senses and admit what she really wanted; Drew.
Hats off to Stephanie Rose, she did it, she made me just adore a woman I didn't think I would or could. Redemption and forgiveness was the name of the game here and for Sara it came from more than place. It was great getting to catch up a bit with Bri and Josh too. And don't even get me started on the cuteness attack that was Victoria. That little girl was something extra special and gave everyone more reason to love.
About the Author
Stephanie Rose grew up loving words and making up stories. Being able to share them with readers is her dream come true. This lifelong Bronx girl loves Starbucks, wine and 80s rock. Her voice often gets mistaken for a Mob Wives trailer.
She married her prom date and has a LEGO obsessed son. She believes there is nothing sexier than a good guy who loves with all his heart and has made it her mission to bring as many as she can to the page.
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