[585]: Maverick by Julianna Stone

22927007 Maverick by Julianna Stone
Series: The Family Simon, #3
Self-Published | February 18th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Maverick Simon lost his mojo somewhere between the last film he scored and a nasty break-up with one of Hollywood’s elite. Burnt out, a vacation is just what this California boy needs. His brother’s empty house in Maine offers the perfect sanctuary. But plans go awry when he meets a woman who rocks his world in more ways than one. She’s not his usual type—she’s edgy, opinionated, and downright rude. But something about the prickly Charlie Samuels sparks his interest. Maverick must decide if that something is exactly what he needs, or if the smokin’ hot chemistry they share is nothing more than a vacation fling…

Charlie Samuels had always dreamed of leaving her small New England town for something bigger. But that dream disappeared the day her father died, leaving her to raise her younger brother and keep the family business afloat. Now a mechanic, she’s knee deep in grease and oil, and with a pile of bills to pay, has no time for someone like Maverick Simon—a guy who’s just passing through. She can’t deny the tall, brooding, sexy-as-sin, Maverick, causes her pulse to race, but she knows that he’s way out of her league. So why is she contemplating an affair? Especially when she knows that Maverick Simon could cost her more than she’s willing to give, namely, her heart…


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Perhaps the least favourite of mine amongst the series. Oh don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t kick him off my bed if I find him lounging on it, I just don’t have the same love for him as I do for Jack. Maverick is one of those take-charge-manly-man, but he’s far from annoying. He doesn’t throw his weight around. But he’s a sucker for women who’s down in the dumps. It’s what drew him to Charlie to begin with. Along with her brother who hasn’t spoken since the day he witnessed a traumatic event.

Charlie is a strong heroine. She’s trying to keep both her and brother afloat as a mechanic. But even the strongest heroines hides a weakness they wouldn’t want to expose. Maverick has the potential to destroy rock her world. She also knows that he’s just passing through. And as in the case of strong heroines in romance novels, Charlie is reluctant to risk her closely-protected heart.

Why do I read romance novels? They’re fast reads and has the ability to let me forget about time and real life passing. I could devour them in one sitting. So I’m never going to stop reading them. This book is exactly that: a bag of chips I couldn’t resist eating bite after crunchy bite. On a side note, I’m not a fan of that demented looking Maverick on the cover.

  • Ksenia

    “I wouldn’t kick him off my bed
    if I find him lounging on it” – lol. I love romance too, it a great way to
    escape reality.

  • Gorgeous review Joy. <3 I'm glad you liked this one, despite not loving it 😀 YAY for reading and loving romance books, though. <3 You are awesome. Thank you for sharing about this one 🙂

  • Hmm I don’t think I like the guy on the cover either. Sorry this wasn’t the greatest, but hey a bag of chips can be pretty yummy 🙂

  • Sounds like a fun quick romance read. I can see what you mean about Maverick, seems like he’s smirking at something!

  • Maverick sounds like an opposite to the girl drawn to the knight in shining armour, or the ones who they think they can save. Glad you’re enjoying the series!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I don’t think anyone would kick this man off their bed. 😉 But I completely agree that some books resonate better because of the leading man–I feel the same way about so many of my favorite companion romance series–so thanks for that tip. I’ll be sure to check out the other hero’s first!

  • This is the only phrase you bolded “I wouldn’t kick him off my bed if I find him lounging on it”. Hm. I read till the end and saw your cover comment and then had a glance about and the creeper face is uncanny.

  • I agree, Joy, reading romance is a happy escape from real life, and I take advantage often! I’m not a fan of that cover either. :/

  • Sometimes you just need a junk food read like that!

  • Great review. I hope the next one works out better for you.

  • demented? lmao.. funny. sorry this one didn’t completely work for you.

  • Yup, that’s why I’m binging on romance this week. With this slump, predictable HEA’s is all I can read

  • So true and well said. Romance novels really are like bags of chips. Delicious, salty chips.

  • I love romance and feel the same – it’s what I goto when I need a break from it all. I just need my HEA and won’t give it up. Charlies sounds like a heroine I would really like, and … I agree the cover could be better 😉

  • kindlemom1

    *giggles* I loved your review Joy! The whole not kicking him off the bed was priceless. 😉 Sorry this wasn’t quite as good as the others in the series but yay for still liking it. 😉

  • Bwahahaha your review had me laughing. Maverick certainly does look demented. Glad he doesn’t come off that way in the book! I still have not ventured into this series, but I do have a thing for strong heroines. Oh and female mechanics. Yum. 😀

  • ” I wouldn’t kick him off my bed if I find him lounging on it,”
    *DIES*
    Hahaha!
    I’m sorry this wasn’t your favorite in the series. It’s always a bummer when that happens but I guess the other guys set the standard pretty high. I’ll never tire of romance novels myself! They are just so addicting!
    I have to agree with you on the cover model. He does like creepy!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    “They’re fast reads and has the ability to let me forget about time and
    real life passing. I could devour them in one sitting. So I’m never
    going to stop reading them.”

    DITTO JOY!!!! I need romance novels in my life, they just make me happy. I like knowing things are going to end well every single time. I agree with you on the cover, not a huge fan and his smirk is kind of creepy, but this sounds like a fun read all the way around:)

  • Jazmen

    Romance reads are great fillers, great mood lifters..they’re great for that kind of thing. At least you enjoyed this one and didn’t hate it.

  • Yeahh… I am not such a big fan of that cover either. A bit disappointing when the inside seems to be pretty decent. It sounds like a nice enough romance but not like it holds anything magical for you in this read…

  • Melliane

    Ah too bad to see that this one was your least fav in the series…

  • Hopefully the next one is better, if there is a next one