About SSBR

-Owner and reviewer

Mandy can’t think of anything else she’d rather do than sit down with a book and she enjoys talking about books almost as much as reading them.  After catching the reading and reviewing bug on Goodreads, Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews was started in 2013 and is still going strong!

Mandy is married and a mom of three, a blogger, literary publicist, VA/PA (aka “literary plate juggler”).  She also lives with 2 cats and 2 dogs who merely let the humans hang out in their house. 😉

Some of my favorite “go to” authors: Tessa Bailey, Amy Harmon, Chanel Cleeton, Jeannie Moon, Christina Lauren, Kaylea Cross, Karla Doyle, Cristin Harber, Claudia Connor,Jessica Scott, Kristen Ashley, Kele Moon, J.B. Salsbury, Daisy Prescott, Penny Reid, Lauren Dane, Elle Kennedy, Marie Force, Emma Chase, Sarina Bowen, Skye Jordan and that’s barely scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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Tonya has always been a prolific reader and she really enjoys discussing books with others. She has made some really great friends online through some of her favorite books. Tonya loves when she helps someone find a great book that they really enjoy. She enjoys pretty much any genre of romance, historical novels, and New Adult.  When she’s not reading she is baking or knitting or otherwise other crafting. Basically, she’s a hobby collector.Tonya is married with 3 kids and spends her days wishing she was a librarian.

Some of my favorite “go to” authors: Diana Gabaldon, Paullina Simons, Kristen Ashley, Julie Garwood, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Penny Reid, Elizabeth Naughton, Colleen Hoover, JD Robb, Lisa Kleypas, Penny Reid, Lori Foster, Jill Shalvis, Susanna Kearsley, Abbi Glines.

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Maria Rose


Maria Rose first started reading romance books when her junior high locker partner would bring her mom’s Harlequins to school for them to swoon over. From there she branched off into historical romance by classic authors such as Johanna Lindsey, Barbara Cartland, and Kathleen Woodiwiss. Though she still loves historical romances to this day, she also really enjoys contemporary, new adult and erotic romances. Maria Rose is married with 2 young children and works full time as a chemist for a pharmaceutical company. She loves books that combine humor and romance, and any type of science is always a plus!

Some of my favorite “go to” authors: Laura Florand, Jackie Ashenden, Cara McKenna, Noelle Adams/Claire Kent, Sarah Mayberry, Molly O’Keefe, Penny Reid, Erica Monroe,Sarina Bowen, Lauren Layne and Lynda Aicher.

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Erin considers herself a romance newbie. She began reading romance in the Fall of 2014 and began reviewing a little over a year later. Although she began reading paranormal romances, she has expanded her TBR list to include contemporaries, erotica, historicals, inspirationals, fantasy, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She hasn’t read about a small town she didn’t want to visit. Erin is married, has one daughter and works full time as an academic advisor. She hails from St. Paul, Minnesota and loves when books are set in the upper Midwest!

Some of my favorite “go to” authors: Maya Banks , Lara Adrian, J.R. Ward, Carrie Ann Ryan, Bella Andre, Laura Kaye, Donna Grant, Katee Robert, Lisa Kleypas, Shelley Laurenston, Sabrina York, Julie Ann Walker, Robyn Carr, Suzie O’Connell, Nalini Singh, Nora Roberts and Lizbeth Selvig.

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I am an avid reader, have been since I learned to read at nursery. The greats like Enid Blyton, Judy Blume, and Roald Dahl took me to magical places and on numerous adventures through my childhood. I have since upgraded to the likes of Rebecca Zanetti, Katie Reus, Cynthia Eden, Sarah Morgan and Jill Shalvis. That said, nothing gives me more pleasure than discovering a new talent and watching them grow with every subsequent release. I love romance of pretty much any genre, although I tend to give Dark Romance & MC books a wide berth (hey we can’t all love the same thing), I spend far too much time on Goodreads, if you fancy chatting books you can find me at the following –


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Lisa has always loved reading, and until a few years ago nothing was better than getting a stack of books from either the library or her friends.  But then one day her husband came home from work with a free Kindle, which stayed in the box for several months until a friend posted on Facebook “I’ve just read the BEST book and it’s lendable on Kindle – who wants to read it?”  This was about the same time her only daughter left for college, leaving her home with a husband and two boys who talk baseball and bodily functions ALL THE TIME.  And thus began her reading addiction.  Now she has over 70 books on her Kindle and about 100 books on her “To Read” list.  She gets three emails each day with book deals, and can’t seem to stop downloading more books!

Some of my favorite “go to” authors:  Tracey Garvis-Graves, Claudia Connor, Cristin Harber, Emma Chase, Amy Harmon, Beth Ehemann, Dahlia West, Robyn Carr, Aly Martinez, Corinne Michaels, Mia Sheridan, Tara Sivec

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