Simmer by Stephanie Rose
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars from Ari
Narration: Inés del Castillo, Joseph Discher
Length: 8 hrs, 7 mins
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.
Oh my god, Stephanie Rose! This audiobook has turned me into a complete puddle of swoon! I’d tell you to stop it, but I loved every single moment of it.
Simmer is the perfect slow-burn romance. Emotional, raw, and filled with such intensely real feelings, this is the one story that slowly consumes you and doesn’t let go. The delicious sexual tension between Drew and Sara is only paralleled by their intense chemistry and beautiful love. I cheered for this couple, I ached with them, and I shared in their happiness.
This book is basically perfection! Stephanie Rose dazzles with her gorgeous storytelling and ability to turn a character into a person you feel like you know in real life. Emotional, raw, and beautiful are only a few ways to describe this incredible must read book. And if you haven’t read or listened to Rewrite go back and do it because everyone needs more Stephanie Rose in their lives.
Narration for this book was stellar! Both narrators were new to me, but absolutely blew me away with their performances. Inés del Castillo was the perfect Sara by beautifully bringing out her vulnerable side while initially maintaining her gruff exterior. Joseph Discher was delicious. No seriously, listen to that voice speaking as Drew and tell me you don’t want to eat it up with a spoon! The swoon factor is strong with this one! Both narrators do superb work of magnifying all the emotions and making this emotionally stirring, sexy, and beautiful romance unmissable. 5 Stars.