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4.43  ·  Rating details ·  368 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
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
Published May 16th 2018
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May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating - All the stars!

If there is anyone who should dislike this book, it’s me. We first met Sara in Rewrite, which is one of my favorites, and she made the lives of characters I love quite the challenge. However, Ms. Rose’s talent knows no end, because she quickly won me over and made me fall in love with Sara. Sara’s motivations become clear early on in Simmer, and we see that there is so much more to her hidden below the surface. This book easily became on of my favorites!

“Fire and Ice”

MELISSA *Mel Reader*
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 “You’re Worth Everything To Me” Stars!
(ARC provided by Give Me Books Promotions)

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Sara Caldwell is a 32 yr. old single mom living in New York trying to make ends meet. She works multiple jobs and still struggles to support herself and her daughter Victoria. She grew up not feeling loved by her own family, and now that she has her own child, she wants to give her everything. Victoria was her entire world, so when she gets an opportunity to provide a better life for her she takes it. Her dream
Alex ♈
DNF @ 53%

I absolutely love books with older heroines, absolutely!
I know so many couples in real life where a woman is older, and it’s beautiful!
I wish we had more books with this trope!

However I have my pet peeves and this one touched one of those.

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May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, fav-author
When I was introduced to Sara in Rewrite I wasn’t her biggest fan so I was prepared not to be won over when I started Simmer. Lo and behold I was converted in a matter of no time. Sara, her strength, character and her unconditional love for her daughter Victoria was something I couldn’t help falling in love with. Her doubts and wanting to do right by Victoria and her daughter’s father Josh was relatable and I could easily imagine her struggles cause Stephanie Rose captured and depicted them so b ...more
♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥

When I met Sara, the female protagonist, in a previous novel it is an understatement to say that I did not like her at all and I honestly wasn't sure how the author would make me warm to her. I wasn't sure I'd be invested in her living happy-ever-after, but somehow, along the way of this story, she did. The beginning of SIMMER shows Sara's perspective on all the WHYs of her actions from the previous novel, her struggle in life, her care for her daughter. I understood her motivation and saw her s
Dilek VT
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was nearly halfway when I realized this was the continuation of Rewrite from the same writer and I had already met the side characters here as the hero & heroine in Rewrite. However, let me tell you that it won't make any difference if you haven't read Rewrite. I just happened to have read it.

I liked this book much more than Rewrite because Rewrite had some of my pet peeves and also I am not very good at loving second chance romances and Rewrite was a second chance romance.

May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, arcs
5 “The Dream” Stars

Simmer is a story about finding yourself and accepting love and friendship while moving forward. Sara’s life has been at a standstill since she had her daughter. Now that her daughter is older and her one night stand is now a permanent figure in her daughter’s life, Sara is finding herself needing something more. Getting a paid internship is what she always dreamed about and yet taking that step is harder than she could have imagined. But once she makes her mind up, she’s all
Stephanie Rose
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Simmer is LIVE!!

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Pick it up today for the limited-time price of $2.99 or download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Numbers don’t matter, not in time or age. What we have is timeless.”

Oh, oh, oh. You guys, I think Simmer is the perfect title for this book. It has raw, real emotion bubbling below the surface—a constant tension, ache, love that cannot be ignored—and then these moments where it just . . . boils over into all the feels.


Which probably explains why I didn’t want to put this book down. I forced myself to at 1:15am, knowing I’d remember it better, experience it better, love it better if my mind was
Karen Mc
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I’m SMILING and I can’t stop! I’m so BREATHLESS from the DREAMY story I savored! I still feel butterflies buzzing around me from a book that BEGUILED me. Author Stephanie Rose’s latest sensation, SIMMER, is the EPITOME OF ROMANCE, a love story that SWEPT ME AWAY. Simmer is a friends-to-lovers tale—friends on fire—that touches the heart and MELTS EVERYWHERE.

This story picks up where Rewrite left off, following a jaded heroine and her soulmate of a hero who helps her broken parts become whole. Sar
B.L. Berry
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simmer is poignant, passionate, and the kind of slow burn that will have you boiling over with excitement as you devour every last word.

It's no secret that I love Stephanie Rose's books. But what I especially love about Simmer is it's a story about redemption. Sara is a dynamic and complex woman and I am so happy that she was given a voice in this book. She is a headstrong single mom who is more driven than she realizes. And with this kind of mentality, comes many challenges ... especially with
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
My heart is full! Drew and Sara’s story is so sweet and passionate. This is my first book by Stephanie Rose. The chemistry between the two characters….taking it slow….you can feel it heating from their first meeting and it’s worth the wait. All of the characters in here have a great connection and friendship; I love how they all consider Victoria’s feelings in this parenting circle and large family. Of course, it has some heartbreaking moments but they make the heartwarming ones all the more spe ...more
Livros A Go-Go ~Joyci ~
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

Sara é uma mãe solo com grandes problemas de confiança e afeto, já que nunca teve esses exemplos em casa e foi expulsa pelos pais quando apareceu grávida de um homem que só estava de passagem pela cidade. Anos se passam e agora que o pai de sua filha ressurge, dividindo a responsabilidade pela criança e promovendo com isso a chance dela retomar seus estudos, ela muda-se para outra cidade onde deverá ficar por 1 ano até a formatura. Lá ela conhece Drew, um estudante alguns anos mais novo que e
Faith Andrews
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 sweet and savory stars!

From the moment I read the blurb of this book, I knew I was in for a Stephanie Rose classic. Simmer is the perfect concoction of a sweet and savory romance that sizzles off the page.

The instant Sara and Drew are thrust together, he finds a way to bring out the best in her. Even when she's too jaded to see she possesses the qualities that make her the strong, relatable female character she is. Although they are an unlikely pair, this couple compliments each other better
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
This is a sweet story of redemption. I understood the plot and liked the premise. Older woman, younger man, lots of complications and lots of angst. A friend to lovers story with characters from a prior story......all sounded wonderful.

Drew- While this is Sara’s story, Drew, the younger man, stole the story. His careful and slow courtship, his determination in the face of skittishness, and his constant and abiding love for Sara was perfect. While 7 years younger, he was mature and definitely wi
book bruin
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Edited 8/30/18
Audiobook Review

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 h
Kristy Love
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read a Stephanie Rose book, I expect a swoony, slightly alpha hero. It's her special talent. She makes the guys in her book completely irresistible. What I wasn't expecting was for her to make me fall completely in love with her heroine.

Yes, Sara has bristly. She has rough edges, she's prickly sometimes. But she has her reasons. She's been hurt a lot, she's been unloved for so long, and she's used to be hurt and left behind. But when you let her icy exterior thaw, she becomes thoughtful,
Brooklyn JoJo
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This was ok. Nothing terrible but nothing great. I found myself skimming and bored at many parts. The H was v likeable but the h was a bit harder to like, especially for the ridiculous hiccup she caused in the relationship just before they finished school. A mediocre read.
Vanessa (nessreads)
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

5 "Fire and Ice" Stars!!!!

I want to start off by saying that I've claimed Drew Kostas. He's mine! End for story! Don't come at me because I won't play nice. That man is MINE! So now that we have that cleared up, on to my review.

Simmer was intoxicatingly delicious. It brought so many emotions. Likable characters that had me smiling so hard. With a swoontastic Hero that gave me all the damn heart eyes. And a heroine that had me rooting for her
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For those Stephanie Rose fans who have read Rewrite and are positive that Sara can not be redeemed: I implore you to read this with an open mind. Because you will get to know a side of this single mom, who has virtually no one in her life. The struggling introvert, who nevertheless does everything and anything she can to make sure that her daughter is provided for, but more importantly, to let her know that she is LOVED. And then you'll meet the man who shows her that, for the first time in her ...more
Rose White (WhiteRoseStories)
Whatever life did to her made that smile hard to come by. It was the second time I’d seen it, but I knew it was as rare as it was beautiful—like a shooting star.

This book had me hooked from the beginning till the end. It was different from what I usually read but I enjoyed it so much and just had to keep turning the pages.

I’d get through those walls she caged herself in, one tiny crack at a time.

This couple is just the cutest and will leave you wanting more. Simmer is a book that will make
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely swoon worthy!
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Fire and Ice Stars!

“I fought hard to not let myself fall in love with him, but I feared I already lost the battle.”

“He made me feel loved, protected, and worth it.”

Simmer is a sweet second chance romance with a slow burn that leaves you aching for more…

Simmer follows the story of Sara and Drew. We first got a glimpse and taste of Sara in Rewrite. And I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t 100% sure that she would be able to redeem herself. But, if there is one thing I love, it’s when authors prove
Luna Sol
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and what the essence of it was. A strong woman fighting to give her daughter the very best she could. Sara suffered a huge rejection in her life by the two people who always should be by her side. This is the first time I met Sara as I have not read the book where she was i introduced yet. Apparently, she was not the most lovable person but she is in this book. So obviously she has changed for the best. I also loved the setting in this novel. Sara being in culinary school to be ...more
Reading with 2 book lovers
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is such a great read by Ms rose.
Sara is a single mom to Victoria and I really felt connected to her.
drew is so dreamy I loved these 2 characters.
I highly recommend this book.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love everything by this author and this book was no exception. Her words are simply amazing. If I'm being honest, I wasn't sure how I felt about the situation Sara was creating but I could completely understand her reasoning and actually found her to be stronger because of it. I felt like it allowed her to really find herself and reflect on some of the heavy situations she has been through. Drew was instantly likable. I loved everything about his character and the fact that he wouldn't give up ...more
J.A. DeRouen
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Rose has done it again! Simmer is the sexiest of slow burns and the sweetest of romances. I just couldn't get enough of Sara and Drew. Their chemistry was off the charts and I can't recommend Simmer enough! <3 <3
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There's something to be said about an author who can make you love a character that you went in despising. Simmer is about Sara and Drew. If you read Rewrite (which you absolutely SHOULD!) Then you know Sara was kind of a witch......with a b.

I absolutely know why Stephanie named this one "Simmer" because that's exactly what Drew and Sara did. The heat between them was palpable! One of my favorite reading experiences is being in my Stephanie Rose bubble. I completely shut the rest of the world do
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
**Simmer generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

3 "Your a good guy, Drew." Stars

Stephanie Rose's romance stories are idyllic, soft pieces that are easy to read while surrounding you with feel-good journey's of overcoming and triumph. Simmer keeps that going with the story of Sara and her second chance of fulfilling her dreams. The shining light is Rose's keen sense of story telling and the way she makes you feel a sense of comfort in her words.

Sara has led a life of loneliness i
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
-Megan, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Simmer is simply a five star read. I was so enthralled with the story from the first page.

Sara’s definitely a flawed person. But it’s her flaws that make her such a relatable character. Her fears, her brokenness, the depths of her love for her daughter are all part of her appeal to this reader.

She’s been kicked out of her home when she turns up pregnant from a one night stand and it’s several years later when her one night stand, Josh finds out she’s given birth to their daughter,
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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 seven-year-old LEGO obsessed son. She believes there is nothing sexier than a good guy who loves with all his heart, and has ma
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