17 May 2018

Review Tour & Giveaway ~ Sonnet Coupled by Roxanne D. Howard

Sonnet Coupled
by Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: New Adult/Multicultural/Interracial/Erotic/Contemporary Romance

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.


Sonnet put water in the K-Carafe and listened to the hiss and gurgle of the brew as she got some organic eggs and soy milk out to scramble. She decided to make Griffith breakfast, too, even if it had to wait for him in the fridge. It was nice to have someone to look after again.

Hell, after yesterday, he deserved it. She knew she shouldn’t entertain starting something with him with medical school on the horizon, but after spending time with him, a great weight had been lifted off her shoulders, and she was ready to start fresh and tackle her workweek. She sang a little, opened the fridge, and bent to retrieve the bacon from the bottom shelf. A sharp intake of breath filled the silence from a few feet away.

From under her arm she saw Griff, half naked in black sweat bottoms with the Police Academy logo. Her eyes drifted to the hard planes of his abs, a sculpted eight pack most men would give their left nut for. His stacked chest rose and fell, and his fists clenched. Like a current in the air, she could feel him trying to keep it together.

Her gaze trailed past his ribs and flat stomach, down the sharp V of his hip flexors, to the promise of what lay beneath.

Finally, her brain kicked in and she realized her bikini thong was on display with the globes of her ass cheeks parted and raised in the air, like she was waiting for him to grab hold and ride. Her hair chose the wrong moment to slide over her shoulder and into her face, and he let out a strangled moan.

Oh, God.

She stood and yanked the hem of her shirt down. “Jeez, I’m so sorry. I didn’t think you were up. I was just about to make breakfast before I got changed.”

He gulped. Her eyes flicked to the hardened bulge of his cock, which tented against his sweats. He looked like he wanted to devour her. “I…need to use the bathroom,” he growled tightly, then marched down the hall and slammed the bathroom door.

She looked at the exposed bottom half of her panties, and rolled her eyes. “Great, Sonnet. Just great.” She turned off the stove, abandoned the breakfast food, and made her way to her bedroom. A stifled moan escaped from behind the closed bathroom door as she passed, and stopped her in her tracks.

In any other circumstance she wouldn’t give it a second thought—people moaned all the time because they were tired or relieved—but she listened. It was a certain kind of moan, one she made the first night she’d met him when she touched herself.

She heard a distinctive rhythmic thwacking of flesh upon flesh, a series of muffled pants, a grunt, and soft thud against the wall, and her pussy throbbed. She clenched her thighs together and put her palm over her mouth.


Sonnet Mendoza has been doing everything possible to achieve her dream and all that hard work brings her one step closer she receives an unexpected opportunity. The one thing she didn't plan on was meeting a man that could change everything.

Griffith Parker is a man of duty, so attending the police academy after getting honorably discharged from the military. His goal is simple until he meets a woman that calls to him like none before.

Their connection grows the more they get to know each other. A passion like theirs can only be fought for so long until it combusts.

But when their careers threaten to take them in different directions, will they find a way to stay together or will they walk away from each other to achieve their dreams?

Sonnet Coupled is a witty, saucy, entertaining read that captivates the reader from page one until the delightful conclusion.

Sonnet is a kind, generous person and that shows in everything she does. She appreciates the little things and doesn't take things for granted. Even though she's lived a largely sheltered life she isn't afraid to try new things even if it takes it out of her comfort zone. I really love her spirit.

Griff is a man's man and sexy as all get out. A man that will do whatever it takes to protect the people he cares about is heartwarming. His dedication to his job is honorable. And he's a man that knows what he wants to doesn't stop until he gets it.

I loved Sonnet Coupled a lot more than I expected. The storyline is engaging and charming, the hero tempting and upstanding, the heroine alluring and respectable, and the romance intense and all consuming.

I would highly recommend Sonnet Coupled to any looking for a read that will take them on an emotional journey and leave you with a smile.

About The Author

Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She also writes science fiction and stage plays as Haley Cavanagh. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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  1. This review touched me more than words can say. Thank you for having me on the blog today! ♥ I'm available all day to answer any questions readers might have. :)
    All the best,
    P.S. There's a book trailer for Sonnet Coupled on YouTube and BookReels!

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. You are more than welcome, Lisa! Be on the lookout for Flip the Beat, an erotic rom-com I have coming out with Boroughs Publishing on July 10th!

  3. Great post, I enjoyed reading it :)

    1. Thanks for your comment, Victoria! I hope you'll check out the book. :)

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    1. I agree, Edgar, this review blew me away. Thanks for your comment!