Hold Meby Courtney Milan
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT
Published on October 25th 2016
Format: eBook Source: Owned
Jay na Thalang is a demanding, driven genius. He doesnâ€™t know how to stop or even slow down. The instant he lays eyes on Maria Lopez, he knows that she is a sexy distraction he canâ€™t afford. Heâ€™s done his best to keep her at armâ€™s length, and heâ€™s succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.
Maria has always been cautious. Now that her once-tiny, apocalypse-centered blog is hitting the mainstream, sheâ€™s even more careful about preserving her online anonymity. She hasnâ€™t sent so much as a picture to the commenter sheâ€™s interacted with for eighteen monthsâ€”not even after emails, hour-long chats, and a friendship that is slowly turning into more. Maybe one day, theyâ€™ll meet and see what happens.
But unbeknownst to them both, Jay is Mariaâ€™s commenter. Theyâ€™ve already met. They already hate each other. And two determined enemies are about to discover that theyâ€™ve been secretly falling in loveâ€¦
I’m a big fan of Courtney Milan’s historical romances.Â I wanted to read another one of her books for AsianLitBingo but they don’t qualify because they don’t have Asian main characters.Â I decided to try one of her contemporary romances.Â Most contemporary romances don’t work for me.Â I like romances PG-13 or less and you don’t generally get that in a contemporary.
I chose this book instead of the first book in the series.Â The first book is about a billionaire.Â That’s one of my key NOPE words in descriptions.Â I don’t want to read about billionaires in romances.Â This one is billionaire-free although the said billionaire is lurking around as a secondary character.
- a professor at a university in California
- a frequent commenter on a website who moved to being an online friend of the creator of the website
- an older undergrad at the same university
- a self-proclaimed girly-girl
- the creator of a blog that examines end-of-the-world scenarios
- the sister of one of Jay’s friends
Jay takes an immediate dislike to Maria when they meet in person through her brother because he perceives her to be overly interested in shoes and makeup and girl stuff.Â He finds her shallow. He can’t even seem to make a connection between a woman he sees in front of him and the woman he has been flirting with through science and mathematics for two years.Â They aren’t even the same species in his mind.
I’m not a big fan of books that are all about mistaken identity.Â This book ends the mystery about halfway through.Â The rest of the book is about them trying to translate a two year online relationship into real life.Â Maria has some major abandonment issues that cause her to be very fearful of committing to a relationship.Â Jay needs to deal with his dismissals of women who appear very feminine.Â He considers himself to be a feminist but still thinks women in dresses and makeup must be dumb.
I thought these issues were handled well in the story.Â There was a lot going on.Â The author writes flirting very well.Â I wasn’t completely swept away with the romance here.Â I think that is more an issue of not being a huge fan of contemporaries instead of being completely the fault of the book.Â If you like contemporary romances that deal with issues and aren’t purely fluff, I’d recommend this one.
So well then after I read this one I had to go back and read another one of her historical romances, didn’t I?Â This one happened to be all about mathematical flirting too.
This is a rare historical romance novella set in England that acknowledges that England at that time was not uniformly white.Â Rose is black.Â She is staying with her pregnant sister who is about to have her baby while her Naval Officer husband is at sea.Â They are dealing with the horrible racism of the doctor who is supposed to be helping.Â At the same time, a once in a lifetime astronomical event is about to take place.Â Because Rose is just a woman who does the calculation in the lab, she isn’t going to be allowed into the prime viewing space to watch it.Â
When she finds out that she has a suitor who is white, she is unimpressed by his assertions that everything will work out just fine.Â She knows that he has no idea of the prejudice that they will face as an interracial couple.Â
This is part of the Brothers Sinister series but it can be read alone.Â There is great dialogue between the characters.Â I like these stories because they feature women who know their worth (and it is based on something other than their money or their looks) and men who are actually nice and worth caring about.