Title: Hold It Close
Author: ML Nystrom
Series: MacAteer Brothers #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2021
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: BookSmith Design
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A man recovering from a toxic relationship and slowly healing. A woman recovering from a divorce and seeking a new life.  When their worlds collide, will Garrett and Bertie finally heal and find their happily ever after? 

Garrett MacAteer has rejoined his family and is trying to rebuild his life after escaping a toxic relationship that has left him scarred, vulnerable, and with nothing more than the clothes on his back and the strength of his hands.  

After Bertie Shore's marriage descends into an unfulfilling placeholder in her life, she takes a big leap and finds a new direction and leaves to pursue her lifelong ambition of owning a bed-and-breakfast inn.

Neither is looking for a connection, but one night they find it.  Can they survive the challenges they face long enough to accept new love, take it, and hold it close?

The tension in his shoulders relaxed a bit under my fingers. “Been a shitty day.”
Those beautiful eyes suddenly looked sad and my heart pinged for him. “I’m sorry.”
“Not your fault. Just really bad timing.”
“I get that.  My day’s been rough too.”
As the song played, we descended into silence. Keeping any distance proved impossible on the jam-packed dance floor and from time to time, his body brushed against mine.  The raw lyrics and driving chords echoed in my head and a different kind of heat started in my belly.  One I hadn’t experienced in a long time.  It made me ultra-sensitive to his every movement.  His hands stayed on my waist, but his thumbs brushed across my ribs in a teasing caress.  The tips of my breasts grazed his chest, and I wanted to press them in harder.  Our lower bodies connected, grazing against each other.  He was hard, and my mouth watered with need.  I didn’t remember anything this forceful the last time Karl, and I were together or any time before that.  My imagination took over, and I pictured this green-eyed man driving into me.  Oh, I could almost feel it happening right here and now.
He pulled back and his eyes looked into mine.  “I need to get out of here.”
Their intensity hit me like a lightning strike. I became feverish and my belly quivered with tightness.
“Come with me.”

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MacAteer Brothers Series

Run With It (bk 1)

Ready For It (bk 2)
Risk It All (bk 4)

I've had stories in my head since I was a child.  All sorts of stories of fantasy, romance, mystery and anything else that captured my interest.  I'm a voracious reader, and have spent many hours in my life devouring books, therefore it's only fitting I should write a few myself!  

I've spent most of my life as a performing musician and band instrument repair technician, but that doesn't mean I'm pigeon-holed into one mold.  I've been a university professor, belly dancer, craftsperson, soap maker, singer, rock band artist, jewelry maker, lifeguard, swim coach, and whatever else I feel like exploring.  As one of my students said to me once, "Life's too short to ignore the opportunities."   I have no intention of ever stopping so welcome to my story world.  I hope you enjoy it!

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