Monday, April 5, 2021

Book Review ~ SLOW DANCE AT ROSE BEND by Naima Simone

Slow Dance at Rose Bend (Rose Bend, #.5)
by: Naima Simone
Series: Rose Bend
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Publisher: HQN Books
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Goodbye is never easy…but neither is love.

Cherrie Moore is just passing through, the same way she does every year. Rose Bend’s annual motorcycle rally has been her sanctuary—two solid weeks just for herself, just for a little while; one long, peaceful ride through the Berkshires, then back home to bustling Chicago. In and out, and gone again. No strings, no commitments. Until she meets Maddox Holt.

The man is pure temptation, and he sure has a mouth on him—a redheaded bullet Cherrie knows she’d be smart to dodge. When the mysterious dive bar owner pulls her onto the dance floor that first night in town, her plans for a clean getaway turn muddy. Something’s there between them, sure…but Maddox has roots in quiet Rose Bend, and he’s looking for more than a fling.

Cherrie came here for a break from it all. After the year she’s had, her heart can’t take another hit. But before long, she’ll have to decide—should she risk her freedom for a second chance at love…or just enjoy the ride while it lasts?



If you aren't familiar with Naima Simone and her writing, Slow Dance at Rose Bend gives you a really good idea of what her writing style is like. Cherrie Moore is strong, independent, sassy, snarky, and a little vulnerable. I might have a small girl crush on her. She's a plus-size woman who rides a motorcycle and is comfortable in her own skin. Maddox Holt is charming. He's an alpha but in my opinion, doesn't show his true alpha tendencies very often. He knows what he wants. He doesn't play games.

Their chemistry is off the charts. Their love affair is quick and intense. Honestly, it's pretty amazing what Naima was able to put into a 41-page novella. I loved Cherrie and Maddox from the start. Slow Dance at Rose Bend had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. The title and the book cover definitely fit this story.

**Personal Purchase**

Rating: 4.5

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The Rose Bend Series:

The Road to Rose Bend releases April 27, 2021

A Kiss to Remember releases September 1, 2021

Christmas in Rose Bend releases October 26, 2021

Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at age 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heart of love.

She is wife to Superman—or his non-Kryptonian, less bulletproof equivalent—and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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