Hold Me Today by Maria Luis

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Title: Hold Me Today
Series: Put A Ring On It #1
Author: Maria Luis
Genre: Sexy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 17, 2019

 

Blurb

 

Rock bottom has never felt so good.

At least, that’s what I tell myself when I bargain with the enemy and score a renovation for my hair salon. 

The enemy? Nick Stamos, my best friend’s older brother. 

He’s got a body and face the Greek gods would envy but his personality needs a major overhaul. 
 
He’s surly. 
A rule-follower.
Did I mention he’s seen me naked? 
 
I may have crushed on him for years, but the only place I want Nick swinging his hammer nowadays is at my salon. 
 
Except, he needs something in return. . . 
 
A fake girlfriend. 
 
And I’m just reckless enough to say yes.

 

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Excerpt
~ Mina ~ 

 

A masculine hand sticks through the closing elevator doors, cutting off my train of thought as I lurch forward to jab the KEEP OPEN button. I smack it once with a heavy, don’t-fail-me-now finger, then again, my gaze flitting to the doors that are inching closed like the gates of Mordor. 
 
That hand balls into a fist and then a suit-encased forearm appears, followed by a long leg and a brown, leather dress shoe. The leather is so soft, so visibly supple, I wouldn’t doubt that they cost more than my mortgage. 
 
Gamóto.” 
 
At the Greek curse for “fuck”, and the more than familiar gravel-pitched voice, my back snaps straight, and I yank my gaze up. Up past the lean waist not even a suit jacket can hide. Up past the barrel chest and the bulging, I-swing-hammers-for-a-living arms. Up to a face that’s as unforgiving in its aristocratic, angular bone structure as his hair is a wild, dark mop on his head.
 
Only that curly hair and a pair of full, pillow-soft lips—not that I’ve ever tasted them, of course—make him seem more human than rigid statue.
 
Bingo.
 
Has there ever been more appropriate timing? I don’t think so.
 
She who asketh shall receive—or however the saying goes. 
 
For possibly the first time in six years, I smile at the man standing just inches away. 
 
Nick Stamos stares down at me, his pewter eyes hard and narrowed with suspicion. “Trying to amputate my arm, Ermione?” 
 
My smile slips, hackles twitching like a cat’s fur standing on end when stalked by a predator. Er-me-o-ne. His tongue rolls over the R in my given name, his Greek accent perfect and sultry despite the condescension dripping heavy and thick with every purred syllable. 
 
Don’t let him get to you
 
Only, he’s gotten to me for years now.
 
“If by amputate you mean save,” I murmur with practiced flippancy, “then sure. It’s not my fault if technology doesn’t want to work for you.” 
 
Those slate-gray eyes, unlike any pair I’ve ever seen, drop to where I’m still pressing the KEEP OPEN button. When his dark brows rise, taunting me with their perfect arches, I follow his lead and glance down at the illuminated button. 
 
CLOSE DOORS.
 
Oh. Oh.
 
Air puffs up my chest with indignancy as I inhale swiftly. “You didn’t really need that arm, did you?”
 
Nick snorts derisively. Without sparing me another look, his big hand circles my wrist. His touch is bold, his skin hot. A shiver of something—revulsion, I hope—rolls down my spine, unwinding and unfurling until even my gold-painted toes curl in my heels. And, as though he fears I’m completely incompetent, he angles my still-pointed finger at the button to close the doors. 
 
Pushes down and lingers, as though to taunt, see? This is how a contraption called an elevator works. Welcome to the twenty-first century, Ermione. 
 
Ermione. Even in my head I can hear him slinging around the name I inherited from my maternal grandmother, knowing that it makes my mouth pinch and my hands clench. 
 
My smile has, as it always does around him, completely evaporated.
 
The elevator pings shut. 
 
Locking me in with Satan’s mortal sidekick, my best friend’s older brother.

 

Author Bio
Maria Luis is the author of sexy contemporary romances, though she may or may not have afew historical romances hiding in the cobwebs of her computer.
When she’s
not writing about strong men and the sassy women who sweep them off their feet,
Maria is a historian who specializes in medieval England and 19th century
New Orleans. What do the two eras have in common, you ask? Not much, except for
disease, scandalous activities and crime–Maria’s favorite topics.



Maria lives
in New Orleans with her better half, where she can generally be found hiking
with her two dogs, Zeus and Athena, kayaking in Louisiana’s inter-coastal
waterways, or curled up on the couch with a good book.
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Giveaway

 

Hold Me Today
Maria Luis

This was a highly anticipated release for me, even though I have never read from this author. The blurb reeled me in like no other. I have an obsession with falling for a best friends brother, I don't know if its because I live, day to day life with falling for my best friends brother or what. I just adore it. Hold Me Today was everything. It had it all, the romance, the comedy, a woman fighting for herself, her dreams , and a man willing to stand by her side through it all... GAHHHH, IT IS A TOTAL SWOONWORTHY READ! Maria Luis sure knows how to write a book, and since it is written in dual pov, it makes it even easier to get into each characters heads.

Nick Stamos, is a GREEK Adonis that built his own business from the bottom to the top, called Stamos Restoration and Co. Even after having his heart put through the grinder, this man still craves a life, he can share with someone else. He is hopeless romantic, and is not afraid to admit it. This huge-hearted man, is compassionate, understanding, with a good dose of humor.

Mina is a dream driven Greek woman, that will stop at nothing to achieve her dreams. She has lots of insecurities that stem from her child hood, but uses that to push her more. She is sarcastic and witty, and the most forgiving heroine I have ever read about. Most people do not know how to take her because she is spontaneous and she flies by the seat of her pants. Most importantly she is loyal to the core.

When Mina has to put her pride aside, and ask Nick to help her with the renovation of her salon called AGAPE, will the feelings that she felt when she was a teenager come rushing back?? Or can Nick show her what it really means to have someone by your side that really wants to be there?

On another note, I really enjoyed the secondary characters in Hold Me Today. The banter that they put on, was hilarious, and I can not wait to see what Maria has in store for them.

*I recommend this book.

*Reviewed for Reviews From the Heart

~ Ashley

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