* Review * THE ROAD TO ROSE BEND by Naima Simone

* Review * THE ROAD TO ROSE BEND by Naima SimoneThe Road to Rose Bend by Naima Simone
Series: Rose Bend #1
Published by HQN Books on April 27, 2021
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If it was only about her, she might never have come back to Rose Bend.

But it’s not only about her anymore.

Sydney Collins left the small Berkshires town of Rose Bend eight years ago, grieving her sister’s death—and heartbroken over her parents’ rejection. But now the rebel is back—newly divorced and pregnant—ready to face her fears and make a home for her child in the caring community she once knew. The last thing she needs is trouble. But trouble just set her body on fire with one hot, hot smile.

Widower and Rose Bend mayor Coltrane Dennison hasn’t smiled in ages. Until a chance run-in with Sydney Collins, who’s all grown-up and making him want what he knows he can’t have. Grief is his only connection to the wife and son he lost, and he won’t give it up. Not for Sydney, not for her child, not for his heart. But when Sydney’s ex threatens to upend everything she’s rebuilt in Rose Bend, Cole and Sydney may find that a little trouble will take them where they never expected to go.


A heart-wrenchingly emotional journey of healing! Naima Simone brings on all the feels in the spicy first book in her Rose Bend series and I simply loved it! The ending was a tad abrupt and I wanted a little more there, but overall the emotional depth was spot on, the romance was steaming hot and the characters were so easy to like and cheer on. I’m looking forward to more of Rose Bend!

Sydney is impossible to dislike. She’s reached the point in life where she’s tired of living for someone else and she wants to be happy for a change. Her surprise pregnancy shook up her semi-friendly divorce, but coming home to Rose Bend seems like the way to go.

Cole is complex. One one side, he’s obviously still buried in grief for his wife and son, but on the other side he’s so ready to wrap his dirty talking body around this woman that makes him want to do wicked things to her every single time she is near. I loved his entire family!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a passionate romance that heals the wounds of hte past as a happily ever after rolls onto the scene one day at a time.


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