Say You’ll Be Mine (NOLA Heart #1), by Maria Luis

3 two wrongs don’t make a right stars!!!


Say You'll Be Mine (NOLA Heart, #1)

Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Published April 27th 2017 by Alkmini Books, LLC

Falling in love with your ex should never feel this good…

Twelve years, three cities, and too many pairs of stilettos later, Shaelyn Lawrence is back in the one place she vowed never to return: New Orleans.

Thankfully, her hometown stint is temporary. Better yet, she has a plan guaranteed to get her out ASAP:

Return her aging-but-still-crazy grandmother back to health;

Help her cousin with her boutique;

Evade Brady Taylor, her high school sweetheart, a.k.a the reason she fled Louisiana in the first place.

Brady isn’t even a footnote… until one unexpected run-in with him changes everything. She shouldn’t be tempted by his drawl, she shouldn’t be tempted by the promise of his kiss, she shouldn’t want him.

But she does.

Oh, boy, this was so not the plan.


Twelve years, one city, and too many issued traffic tickets later, Homicide Detective Brady Taylor is all geared up for being promoted to sergeant within the New Orleans Police Department. Or, he would be — if he wasn’t sitting in third place.

Thankfully, he’s cut out every possible distraction:

Hanging out with his buddies;


And, God help him, football.

His life should be distraction-free… but then Shaelyn Lawrence waltzes back into it, with her sexy red lips, curvy body, and her f***-me heels. Brady should run in the opposite direction. He definitely shouldn’t spend time pursuing her, kissing her, or landing her in his bed.

But he does.

Shaelyn may have left once, but Brady is determined to prove that Shaelyn belongs in New Orleans. She belongs with him.


My review…

This blurb had me hooked and I wanted to read it right away… it started out so well.  They grew up together with so much promise of a great love and friendship together then something drove them apart. Now she’s back and is of course going to run into him.

Okay now that the premise is out of the way, Shae was just to uh dimwitted? It was like things were placed out in plain view and she couldn’t see them at all.  I also get that the running away is her fatal flaw, but it really gets old when she does it for the 800th time. Now her relationship with her grandma and her bff in the shop was something I could totally get behind.  Her grandma was an absolute hoot and made me laugh my butt off at some points. I loved how her BFF just adopted her and they had these great conversations just like any normal friends would.

Brady was a good character he has some great backup in this book with Luke and Danvers.  He did make some mistakes in the past and didn’t get to make up for them.  I’m not sure why this mistake was drawn out so long, it could’ve been cured way before now.  His patience with Shae was more than enough, half the time I’m not sure why he puts up with her running away.  Then sometimes he would lash out for not apparent reason, I guess he had a reason sometimes.

While I somewhat liked these characters, they also frustrated me.  Some of their problems seemed to be really dramatized for the book, like Shae’s secret not that huge of a deal however it was almost as if she was killing people.  Will I continue on with the NOLA series I’m not sure…. Maybe…


“Back off Brady,” she hissed.

Arrogantly he cocked his head to the side. “I’m experiencing deja vu.”

Her eyes narrowed. “Back to the time I kneed you in the balls?”

“Nope, not the time I was thinkin’ about.”

“What a shame.”


About the Author…

Maria Luis

Maria is a big fan of books, nature, dogs, and pretty things – not always in that order, though.

By day, Maria is a historian who specializes in 19th century New Orleans and 14th century London. What do the two eras have in common? Not much, except for disease, scandal, and crime – Maria’s favorite historical topics. (For real, if you want to talk any of the above, just reach out!)

When not digging through the archives, Maria writes romances about strong men and the sassy women who sweep them off their feet.

Her favorite book will always be “Scandal in Spring” by Lisa Kleypas – she’s worn the pages so much by re-reading it, but will never give it up.

She loves hearing from readers, so feel free to reach out 🙂

One thought on “Say You’ll Be Mine (NOLA Heart #1), by Maria Luis

  1. I was hoping for a better review of this, but I totally get what you’re saying. This author is on my list to try (I think because of you), but I will skip this book and try another. Great review!

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