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Simmer

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Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Summary

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.

©2018 Stephanie Rose (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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utter perfection. fabulous narration of one of my favourite books. I die for the accents.

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  • Book Bruin
  • 31-08-18

Amazing Slow Burn Romance!

This was such a beautiful and delicious slow burn romance! I had already enjoyed Simmer when it was released on ebook, but listening to it on audio took it to a whole new level! Yes, this is an older woman/younger man romance, but it's also so much more. Sara is a complex character and the book focuses just as much on the romance as it does on Sara's journey of healing and moving on from her past. Drew was everything you hope a book boyfriend will be and could not have been more incredible. He was supportive, considerate, sexy, patient, loving, and just the right amount of alpha. The build up between Drew and Sara was so perfect thanks to their amazing chemistry. Even though Sara was introduced in the book Rewrite and some previous characters do appear, Simmer can be enjoyed as a standalone. This was my first time listening to Ines del Castillo and Joseph Discher and overall I was impressed by both of their performances. Joseph Discher especially nailed it as the sexy and swoony Drew. He truly made me fall in love with Drew all over again! Ines del Castillo had a slightly more youthful voice than I imagined for Sara, but I felt like she captured the vulnerability of the character so well. I didn't find her character voices (male and female) as distinct as Joseph Discher's though, so there were a few times that it took me a second to figure out who was speaking (except for Victoria). I still enjoyed both narrators and look forward to listening to more of their work. Truly a wonderful book that shows that it really is never too late to listen to your heart and change your future. Overall 5 stars Performance 4.5 stars Story 5 stars

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  • J and M
  • 09-10-18

Simmer

Stephanie Rose is just so real. I love the way she did Sara. Clearly, Sara didn't seem like a very nice person in the first book. But, yet all those churning and conflicted emotions she was going through came out in this book. And, it was so real. What I love the most is the way she processed and dealt with all those emotions Sara had. They are so real. And, we can all relate to not having the best thoughts or feelings about others or situations. But, how we respond to them or act is what really defines who we are. And, Sara was just so awesome and so real. Some people in difficult situations spiral down to ridiculous drama, and others choose to do what's best given the situation. And, Drew?! Love Drew. He was so awesome. Honestly, even the age issue. It may not be an issue at all for some, but is for others. And, it was handled so well. I love that she dealt realistically and fairly with such complex issues without turning into a shock and awe overly drama situation. This is my second book by this author and I am now securely in the fan spot. The narration on this was really great. I don't think I've head either of these narrators. I was super impressed with Ines del Castillo. Both narrators did a great job.

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  • Mandi
  • 08-10-18

So cute!!

Simmer is a perfect name for this book! the slow burn that is Drew and Sara’s love story is an awesome listen! I loved Drew and Sara! Drew had a very hard shell to crack with Sara and he did it with complete ease and super swoon worthy sweet/alpha way! Sara went through so much growing up I didn’t think she would recover from it, and I am so glad she did. This was my first time listening to Ines del Castillo and Joseph Discher and they did a fantastic job!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-08-20

good

the narrator has a good NY accent. I didn't care for Sara too much I thought her a downer in life who made her own hurdles . Drew was good for Sara

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  • Dayanara RQ
  • 15-04-20

Loved it❤️

This is my first book by Stephanie Rose and I am hooked oh yes I am! Loved this story first of all her determination to rise even when her own family turn their back on her, the struggle to survive and with a child, but what I loved the most is that love is possible even when looks impossible, the fact that he’s younger that her is even better! With Drama enough and the characters that complement at perfection the whole story made this book fantastic!

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  • JLH
  • 09-12-19

Sara and Drew!!!!

I absolutely love this author and she blows me away every single time I read one of her books and this one is no exception! Rewrite is my favorite book of hers and am always a little worked about companion novels or duets not being as good as the first and this one is just as good. I do think you could read this one as a standalone but it'll hold so much more feeling and emotion for you if you read Rewrite first. I loved reading Sara's story and falling for Drew right along with her! Victoria will pull at every mother's heartstrings and probably even a few who aren't yet. I also loved catching up with Josh and Brianna and still find Josh just as amazing in this novel as he was in Rewrite. If you love a sweet romance with some spice and sizzle this is a great blend and will give you plenty of emotional ups and downs! I loved having the two different points of view told by two different narrators, it makes it seem so much more real and these two did a fantastic job of bringing all the characters to life for me!

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  • Monica M.
  • 10-01-19

My first by this author, definitely not my last

This is my first listen by this author and I was blown away. I thoroughly enjoyed Sara and Drew's journey. It was emotional, heartfelt and even sad at times, but it was also cute and sweet. Drew was a great hero and perfect for Sara. The narration was also spot on.

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  • A.M. Johnson
  • 07-12-18

Her Best Work

This story is not only relatable, it's relevant. Strong women are few and far between in romance these days. In a world where alpha males rule, Stephanie takes her leading lady and creates, not only a true and raw world, she gives her redemption without stripping away the strength that makes her unique. Sara saves herself like always, but in the end, her growth as a character is forged together with Drew, not because she needs him, but because she wants him. This book shouts to my inner feminist. Stephanie has out done herself. Every word, every detail has heart, and needs to be read.

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  • Laura F
  • 04-12-18

Love!!

After reading Rewrite, I needed to know more about Sara. Sara and Drew's story is amazing. I loved getting to know Victoria's mom and the man who showed her what great love is. I loved everything about this book and audio.

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  • Book Lover
  • 30-10-18

Romance at its finest!

I love Stephanie Rose. I can always expect a good book from her and this was no exception. This book was so layered, so dimensional. I loved it. I loved that Sara was different, that she wasn't the perfect heroine that was always nice and friendly. I loved that she had bristles, sharp edges. I love that she is so hard working and determined. She was the best character in ths book, as far as I'm concerned. The audio was perfection as well. Stephanie Rose gives good audio as well as good book! I highly recommend!