Sonnet Coupled by Roxanne D. Howard

Sonnet Coupled by Roxanne D. Howard
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F, masturbation
Length: Full (180 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

Sheltered and cosseted, Sonnet Mendoza abided by her papi’s wishes her whole life: no boys, studies first and always. Now an ER nurse in a busy Chicago hospital, medical school is so close Sonnet can taste it. Just like her father always wanted. Just like she can taste all the things she wants—like Griffith Parker, the man of her dreams and her new housemate.

Working “graves” in a large hospital as a security guard while attending the police academy during the day doesn’t leave ex-Marine Griffith Parker any personal time, but after meeting the beautiful Sonnet Mendoza, business as usual is anything but. Sassy, smart…and interested in him, too? Except, she’s made an art of keeping her distance, and she’s been clear that her plans don’t include him. But the heart wants what the heart wants. His wants Sonnet. He’ll put it on the line to win her.

Great characters are the glue to this story. I absolutely adored both Sonnet and Griffith, and the author included a diverse and interesting group of secondary characters as well. I’m a huge fan of character driven stories, and this one definitely fits that criteria.
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Sonnet is living on her own for the first time. Her much loved father passed away the year before and she’s learning how to really stand on her own two feet. She’s beautiful. smart, intelligent and driven, but finding that maintaining a house on a nurse’s income isn’t that easy. She decides she needs a roommate.

Griffith is equally beautiful, smart, intelligent and driven. To be honest, my only complaint about the main characters was that they really didn’t have any flaws. From the moment Sonnet and Griffith met each other, Griffith was there for her whenever she needed him. He clearly wanted more than friendship, right from the start, but was incredibly patient with Sonnet’s reticence and put up with a lot of “no” from her.

This brings me to the sex portion of this story. It was honestly just about perfect. Unlike so many erotic romances, these two didn’t jump into bed immediately. There was a lot of fantasizing (and self-pleasuring) and then plenty of foreplay before they finally came together. I appreciated that the author let these two develop a deep relationship before they hit the sack. Once they did, they certainly scorched the sheets, but it was all appropriate to the plot.

To be honest, there really wasn’t a lot of conflict in the story, or much doubt these two both belonged together and would end up together. There’s a little at the end regarding a job change, but in my mind there was no way Griffith was going to give up that easily.

So, in a nutshell, this was simply a well written, sexy novel populated with three dimensional characters I cared a lot about. Did I wish I’d felt a little more anxiety about them? Sure. But in the end it didn’t matter that much. I just had a lot of fun reading about them, I completely enjoyed the cast of character (main and secondary) and I never once even thought of putting the book down. This author is very talented and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Oh my gosh. Thank you so much for your review! That gave me goosebumps. I’m available all day to answer any questions readers might have. Thank you for having me on the blog!
    All the best,

  3. Sounds good.

  4. I totally agree. In my review today, I pretty much said the same thing when it came to them having sex. Very appropriate for the characters and damn, I just loved them.


  5. Lisa Brown says

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  6. James Robert says

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  7. Rita Wray says

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  9. Bernie Wallace says

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for hosting.

  10. Bridgett says

    I just love your cover and I would love to read your book.

    • Thank you, Bridgett! I’d love it if you WOULD check it out and leave a review! I really enjoy reading what readers think. Be sure to also check out Flip the Beat, which I have coming out with Boroughs Publishing on July 10th! 😉 Happy Reading! Let me know how you get on.

  11. Gwendolyn Jordan says

    Love the cover

  12. Danielle Merkle says

    sounds like a great read!

  13. Victoria says

    I’ve enjoyed following the tour for Sonnet Coupled and look forward to checking it out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. Bernie Wallace says

    What is the best book that you have read in the last year?

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