Thursday, January 17, 2019

Release Blitz & Review - Hold Me Today - Maria Luis

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

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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“Greek love, 5 stars”

Mina has officially hit rock bottom. She didn’t expect her contractor to run off with her money. She didn’t expect her saving grace to be Nick, but here she is asking him to help her. What she didn’t expect was for Nick to need her. Will she be able to let him in or will she keep him at arm’s length?
Nick isn’t in the business of breaking hearts, but its about to be all over the internet and public knowledge. So when Mina comes to him he decides he will help her if she helps him. What he didn’t expect was to realize Mina is the reason it’s never worked out with another woman. The only question is will he be able to convince her to take a chance on him?
I so enjoyed Mina and Nick. I loved all the Greek touches in Hold Me Today and I didn’t come up for air until the last page. They had that elementary playground feel at times with their banter, but I loved it and it was just so them. I hated what Mina went through growing up and how it affected her in adult hood. But Nick being the saint he was just accepted her the way she was. If your looking for a sweet romance that will make you want to pick up another language, then look no further.
Writing style-5/5

Oh Goodness. This book has all the feels. If you love you some forbidden romance, then Hold Me Today is for you. This book has so much feeling in it that I found it hard not to ache for these two characters. Hold Me Today rocked my world.

This book is a best friends brother romance mixed with a enemies to lovers. The plot was written beautifully. I loved the constant push and pull of the story. Will they or won't they? Is this for real or just another mistake? Will they last? Who knows?

Mina is such an amazing character. She is sassy, strong, and independent. So what happens when she has to ask from help from the last person in the world she wants to? We see her develop into an even better character. Nick is arrogant, but also too kind for his own good. I mean you don't get the nickname Saint Nick by mistake. I loved watching his development the most.

The heat between these two is smoldering. I mean take decades of pent up passion and unleash it and what do you expect? The bickering between the two characters only adds to the fire burning brightly between them. I mean just a hand holding scene had my face heating up. Great job on the heat.

The writing style of this story is great. The story is told from a dual point of view. The pace of the story is steady. I really liked the minor characters in the story. They were all entertaining on their own. I also loved the culture integrated into this story. The Greek really intrigued me.

Overall, this was a great story. I really enjoyed both of these characters. I would recommend this book to others. I can easily see this being one of my top books to reread. Amazing story!

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


~ 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.
               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.
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.


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.


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