Hold Me Today A Put A Ring On It Novel #1 Maria Luis Nick, or Mr Predictable, Mr Safe except for that one time he secretly went on a dating show to find his one true love. That didn’t work out so well. Mina is spontaneous and drives men crazy. She took a leap of faith to open her own salon but the contractor ran off with her cash before the renovation and Mina is in over her head! She cannot let anyone, especially her family find out. Both believe they have hit rock bottom. They have know each other their whole lives but her best friends brother is off limits. Ms Luis is the best at the banter and wit! She is the absolute queen. Her characters come to life off the page and she makes you get all the feels with them. Clearly this author has links to ‘the motherland’ and weaves her knowledge throughout. It is the kind of book that you want to race through, pure enjoyment, but you don’t want to reach the end. It is over too soon. Nick has a heart of gold and Mina needs all of that love. This is the first book in the “Put A Ring On It Series” but reads as a stand-alone with hea. I can’t wait for Dom’s story and the bonus epilogue! Maria Luis always leaves you happy and wanting more of her find characters. I received an arc of this book.
Maria is a wonderful storyteller. It's clear that she loves to write, loves to create worlds with characters that are relatable and human. I read this book knowing it involved two tropes I don't particularly care for - best friend's sibling/sibling's best friend and reality TV - and with a lesser writer, I know I wouldn't have enjoyed it at all.
Nick Stamos has known Ermione 'Mina' Pappas since they were kids. Mina has had a crush on Nick since they were teenagers. They've never really been friends - his sister, Effie, has been the buffer - but they've always been in each other's orbit. When Mina desperately needs help to create her dream salon, she turns to Nick and his construction company for assistance. But she doesn't have any money, after being ripped off by the man she hired to do the work, so Nick makes her a deal: he'll do the work for free if she agrees to fake being his girlfriend to get the paparazzi off his tail, since they're hounding him after he appeared on a Bachelor-style reality TV show.
The more time they spend together, the more they realise how much fun they have. They go from frenemies of sorts to best friends. Mina's long buried feelings for Nick surface again, and Nick finally sees Mina in a different light. There are moments of brilliance in this book, some scenes that really stood out. I liked Nick, and I really felt for Mina in some scenes where she's trying to figure out her place in the world.
If you've never read any of Maria's books, you really should, because this girl can spin you quite the tale :)
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction book blog. You know when you're on social media like Facebook and they have those status's that want you to list your one-click authors? Well I never respond to them because who can just whittle it down to one? - not me!! But what I will say is that Maria Luis is one of those authors that are a definite one-click for me. I first fell in love with her hockey series, and since then I have tried to devour every book I can find that she has written. So how could I not be excited when she has released a new book in a whole new series?? Loved the concept of this book, and as it is quite often referred to throughout the book - I did feel like I stepped in to Maria's version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. And I loved it. But can I say I especially loved Nick.... What a brilliantly written man. If I were twenty years younger and single, he would be what I would love to have as a partner. Instead I hope that my teenage daughter finds someone like him when she is old enough. Then there is Mina. What a beautiful person - inside & out. She totally deserves Nick, it is like he was actually made for her. They just both had to go through that thing called life until their time was right. Thankfully, Dom's story will be released in April - not too long to wait.
I liked it. I just have never preferred storylines where the heroine has been pining for the hero her whole life, and the hero knew it, but has never shown any interest. Sure, he later says that she was always special to him... but it wasn’t very believable to me because he’d turned her down in the past without regrets. It seemed that it never occurred to him to be interested in her in that way. The only thing that might have made me think differently was his parents reaction to their relationship, but that was never explained. Otherwise, I did like the story. I was kind of disappointed with her reaction at the end, but overall it was a good read.