Hold Me Today by Maria Luis + Giveaway

 

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.

 

My review:

I freaking loved this book. I wish I could read it again for the first time.
Mina is realizing her dream of owning her own salon, but the contractor she hired to do the work ran away with all her money. Desperate, she turns to her best friend’s older brother Nick, who owns a renovation and restoration company. Mina and Nick have always been more frienemies than anything. Even though they’ve grown up together they have always teased and bickered with each other.
Nick is willing to help Mina, but he needs her help too. He appeared on a Bachelor-type reality show under the coercion of his sister Effie, and even though he made it to the very end he just didn’t have feelings for the intended bride. The gossip sites are hounding him, though, and he wants a pretend girlfriend to make them leave him alone.
What I liked: SO much! Mina is incredible. She is hilarious and ambitious and unapologetic and fierce, but she’s hiding a well of insecurities stemming from her tormented childhood. Nick is practically perfect, for real. I love how he calms Mina and helps her work things out, and doesn’t try to stifle her. Honestly, if I listed everything I liked about this book we’d be here all day.
What I didn’t like: Not a thing. This book is wonderful.
Overall: READ THIS BOOK! It is soooo good.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Purchase Links
$2.99 for a limited time!
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
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 a few 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.

Author Links
Giveaway

 

 

Cover Reveal: Second Chance by L.B. Dunbar

SC_COVER REVEAL.jpg

Second Chance, an all-new sexy, silver fox standalone from L.B. Dunbar is coming January 30th, and we have the cover!

SecondChance-Amazon.jpg

Her.

A widow at forty-four, her husband left her a letter.

Contact Denton.

Once upon a time, the three of them had been best friends.

Mati Rath isn’t sure she should look back.

Her heart isn’t ready, or so she thinks.

Him.

A pleading phone call forces him to make a decision.

I’ll be there.

Yet, he hasn’t been home in twenty-seven years.

Denton Chance isn’t sure he should return.

The past still haunts his heart.

A desire that never left them, along with circumstances beyond their control, brings the past to the present.

Can one sexy silver fox face the woman he once left behind but never let go?

Sometimes love deserves a second chance.

Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2zPTqEX

Cover Designer: Shanoff Designs

About L.B. Dunbar

I’ve been accused of having an over-active imagination. To my benefit, this imagination has created over twenty novels, including the creation of a small-town world (Sensations Collection), rock star mayhem (Legendary Rock Star series), MMA chaos (Paradise Stories), rom-com for the over forty (The Sex Education of M.E.), and a suspenseful island for redemption (The Island Duet). My alter ego, elda lore, creates magical romance through mythological retellings (Modern Descendants). My life revolves around a deep love of reading about fairy tales, medieval knights, regency debauchery, and strong alpha males. I love a deep belly laugh, a strong hug, and an occasional margarita. My other loves include being mother to four grown children and wife to the one and only.

LBDunbar.jpg

Connected with L.B. Dunbar

Amazon: http://bit.ly/2ROZGHu

Instagram: http://bit.ly/2DeXoct

BookBub: http://bit.ly/2De62b8

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/2VYwUmI

Twitter: http://bit.ly/2DeXrVH

Stay up to date with L.B. by joining her mailing list: http://bit.ly/2SW11JD

Website: https://www.lbdunbar.com