For the Abbott siblings, the Green Mountain state has always been an idyllic place to call home. But it isn’t until they open themselves up to love that they’ll truly discover how fulfilling life can be…
Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready—or able—to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.
Nolan has loved Hannah for years, but he’d been giving her the space she needed to heal from her devastating loss. Now, when an opportunity arises to show her how he feels, Nolan can’t resist, but he knows earning her love will take more than a kiss. Somehow he has to prove to Hannah that finding love twice in a lifetime is possible—and well worth risking her heart.
Bonus: Exclusive to this edition—a never-before-in-print Green Mountain story
This was a beautifully woven emotional love story. I Want to Hold Your Hand is the first book I’ve read by Marie Force and after reading it I now need to read all her books! Hannah lost her husband Caleb in Iraq and her story with Nolan includes her struggle with her loss. Nolan is the town mechanic and is the prefect man for her. I just loved them together. He seemed to really help her heal, respect her feelings for her late husband and make her feel comfortable with sharing her grief with him. You could feel their connection. I really loved all the characters in this book. Marie Force writes in a way that really pulls the reader into the characters lives. I can’t wait to go back and read the first book in this series and check out the rest of Marie Force’s books. I highly recommend this book for romance lovers.
*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.
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Excited, confused, intrigued and aroused by his obvious desire to be alone with her, Hannah walked quickly to keep up with him. He kept a tight hold on her hand as they moved briskly on the sidewalk, attracting the attention of several passers-by, who nodded in greeting to her.
At the garage, Nolan dropped the white bag containing the BLT on top of a tall red tool chest. “There’s your sandwich,” he called to Skeeter.
“Hey, boss, Mrs. Andersen called while you were gone—”
“Take a message.”
“I did. That’s what I’m trying to tell you.”
“Tell me later.” Nolan slammed the office door in Skeeter’s bemused face.
“That wasn’t very nice,” Hannah said.
Like the day before, he pinned her to the door with the weight of his big body pressed against her. “I’ll apologize later.” He tipped his head and dropped a series of kisses along the column of her neck. “I’m addicted to the way you smell, the way you taste.” He dragged his tongue lightly over her neck, making her shudder.
With her fingers curled into his belt loops, she held on for dear life as she felt the sharp bite of his teeth. She gasped and arched against him, desperate for more.
“His truck is here,” a familiar voice said from the outer office. “I know he’s here somewhere.”
“Um, I wouldn’t go in there,” Skeeter said. “He’s . . . um . . . busy.”
“Goddamn it,” Nolan whispered.
“Is that Mrs. Andersen?” Hannah whispered back.
“The one and only. She’s an auto-hypochondriac. Always thinks something is wrong with her car and nothing ever is.”
“She’s got a crush on you.”
He drew back from her. “What?”
“That’s why she makes up problems with her car—so she can see you.”
“That is so not true.”
Smiling, Hannah tugged him by the hair, urging him to kiss her while he still could.
As his lips slid over hers, a loud pounding sounded on the door. “Nolan! It’s Mrs. Andersen. I need to speak with you about Sadie.”
“The car has a name?” Hannah whispered.
He rolled his eyes.
Hannah snuggled tighter against the erection that pulsed against her stomach, drawing a tortured gasp from him.
“Maybe I can help you,” Skeeter said.
“I don’t want you,” Mrs. Anderson said disdainfully. “I want him.”
“Told you,” Hannah whispered.
Groaning in frustration, Nolan stepped back from her and ran his fingers repeatedly through his hair, as if trying to regain his sanity. “We’re still on for tonight, right?”
“Absolutely. I’ll see you after your meeting.”
He sat back against the desk, gazing at her.
“So what did I leave here yesterday?”
Smiling, she crossed the small space to him, stepped between his outstretched legs and put her arms around his neck. “You were right. That was something important.”
“Is it later yet?” he asked with a sigh.
“Not yet, but it’ll be here before you know it, and I’ll be ready.”
He nuzzled a sensitive spot by her ear, setting off a series of tremors that had her nipples tightening. “Don’t forget the jeans.”
“They’re in the dryer as we speak.”
After a groan filled with anticipation and one last tight squeeze, Nolan let her go. “See you soon.”
“Yes, you will.”
“Poor Mrs. Anderson. She’ll be crushed when she sees you come out of here.”
Hannah patted his face. “Let her down easy, and tell her you’re taken.”
He surprised her when he took hold of her hand and touched his lips to her palm. Looking up at her, he said, “Am I?”
“What?” she asked, breathless after the shockingly erotic brush of his tongue against her sensitive palm.
“Yes, you are.”
With his hands now on her face he kissed her softly. “You have no idea how happy it makes me to be taken by you.”
A shudder of desire rippled through her entire body.
“You’d better go before I forget where we are,” he said gruffly.
“Right.” Hannah picked up her purse and hooked it over her shoulder, her hands trembling slightly. She forced herself to meet his gaze, which was still intensely focused on her. “I’m happy to be taken by you, too.”
✦Green Mountain Series by Marie Force✦
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Book 3: I Saw Her Standing There ➢ Coming November 2014
With more than 2.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases—the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.