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Say You'll Be Mine

(NOLA Heart #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  789 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
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;

Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Published April 27th 2017 by Alkmini Books, LLC
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Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Say You’ll Be Mine is the first book in the NOLA Heart series by Maria Luis, and I’ve been intrigued about this one for quite some time. In fact, the NOLA Heart series grabbed my attention more than the Blades Hockey series, yet my introduction to the author’s work came through Blades Hockey rather than NOLA Heart. Enjoying the Blades Hockey series, however, simply made me even more desperate to read NOLA Heart.

As I had hoped, Say You’ll Be Fine was an addictive read, one that had me hooked thro
Kinda cute, but not really

I liked the story well enough, but I thought the reasons for their twelve year separation was pretty lame. It was so mysterious and OUT drama and when we find our all the reasons I kept thinking, "Really? That's why?"
Wit & Wonder Books
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Say You’ll Be Mine by Maria Luis was cute, sweet and charming of the start of her NOLA Heart series. Guarantee you’ll laugh, you will cheer for the second chance with bated breath and you will find out the mystery of what happened those 12 years ago to make Shaelyn disappear from Brady. Enjoy the ride…

Maria Luis delivers complex characters and complex drama with a side of sexy to keep it entertaining. Dual POV’s to grasp each individ
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read the first 60% or so several days and many stresses before I finished so my memory is fuzzy enough that this will be a short review. I found the characters very childish throughout the entire thing and because of that I didn't especially care what happened to them. It really irked me the way he blew up at her towards the end because she left after he lied. Like yeah she's running jerk wad you can't be trusted who wouldn't run from that? He started to take responsibility for his actions but ...more
Elizabeth Marr
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually have mixed feelings about this book so I’m rating it 3.5 stars. Ill be honest, I like this book but I also don’t like it, if that makes any sense. The story line is great. I love the fact that the couple gets a second chance together and I also liked how it came about. But this book was a hard read for me, especially at the beginning. It felt slow and some parts I didn’t know who was talking/thinking so I kept having to re-read those spots just to try and understand what was going on. ...more
Keleia Blackman
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute but not that realistic to me.

This was a really cute story. I absolutely love the author and everything I’ve read by her so far has been amazing. I love the characters in this book and the New Orleans culture. Would’ve given this book a 5 star if it wasn’t for Shaelynn (whose name I love). She was just too wishy washy for me. She was so hot and cold and indecisive. I just wanted her to make up her mind and stop being a freaking tease. Also, I didn’t think it was realistic how she just up an
Katherine Evans
Ugh, OMG. Hot, hot, HOT, and it was mostly the dialogue. Loved it. Starting book 2 now.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I really liked this book! I loved the main characters and their witty comments lol I think the best part of the book for me was the detail given so you understood where they came from and how they got to where they are now.
Lizard And Wombat Romance Reviews
Lizard: 4⋆.
Wombat: Pending⋆.
Overall: Pending⋆.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was not a favorite. I was able to finish it (barely) so I gave it two stars but I will not be continuing the series. The characters were boring and their story dragged on and on without any depth. The big problems that inevitably tear the main characters apart both as teens and then as adults are stupid and petty. The best part of this book was when it was over and I could move on to more interesting reads.
3.5 Stars! Say You’ll Be Mine (SYBM) is my first book by Maria Luis and a descent start to the NOLA Heart series.

Shaelyn Laurence had never planned to return to New Orleans. It has been twelve long years since she’s been home, and she’s hoping to make the trip as temporary as possible. She’ll get in and get her grandmother on the mend, and get out. Eluding her high school sweetheart and the still-too-handsome reason she left Louisiana is her goal. But Shaelyn should have known that New O
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bad. Whinny, boring, poorly written, and in some parts down right stupid.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance


My first book by this author but definitely won't be the last. It was perfect and amazing read. Loved it from start to finish. Loved the setting - NOLA - and the characters are so loveable and relatable. They were real so it was easy to connect with them. The writing and plot were well written and well developed. Enjoyed every single page and minute reading it.

First love
Friends To Lovers
Enemies To lovers
Second chance at love

Shaelyn is funny, sassy, loving and stu
Aug 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
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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
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Ok, to say I liked this book, would be an understatement! I absofreakinglutely LOVED this book! I loved everything about it! Talk about hot! Oh my God, Shaelyn and Brady's chemistry practically melted the screen right off my Kindle! Let's just say I definitely had to fan myself off a time or three!

I was hooked from page one! I felt connected to the characters immediately and was totally sucked into their world. I loved that I laughed, cried, felt frustrated and swooned all in the same para
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this book from Kindle Unlimited on a whim. I'd read the synopsis and thought 'Eh, okay, exes aren't really my thing, but uniforms are.' It sat in my waiting to read pile for a month or two before I finally picked it out to read while I was bored. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters and the setting. New Orleans was vividly portrayed by Maria Luis and I often felt like I was right there with the characters.

Shaelyn was funny, lovin
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Twelve years ago, she ran from town after finding out something. Now, finding out something else has her returning to that same place she swore she'd never come back to. However, her sick grandmother needs her help. That old woman is a treat! I love her plan for getting Shaelyn and Brady back together. Him being a detective and all, what could go wrong? You will laugh a great deal, guaranteed. You will cheer for the second chance love to make it work this time. You will find out what really happ ...more
Cathy Pardue
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Say you'll be mine

Super cute, sexy and sweet romance. I loved Brady, his actions and how he treated Shae. He is the perfect amount of alpha, without being an alphahole. I would have preferred Shae be less wishy washy and have a little backbone.
Shaelyn and Brady dated in high school and split due to a misunderstanding just after graduation. Both have meddling grandparents with boundary issues. Shae comes back to New Orleans to care for her grandmother after 12 yrs. After to many crazy scenarios
Kristen Lewendon
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of the funniest things I've ever read. It's not a quick book. There's a lot of time and attention spent setting the scene of how Shae and Brady got to where they are now and giving us the background for their motivations. Their families and coworkers have got to be some of the wackiest characters in a city that's already known for it's unique personalities. I loved watching these two find their way back together. It drove me completely mental the number of times they each sabot ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this series has been a very enjoyable discovery! The writing is witty, the hot and steamy scenes satisfy my need for books with a kick, the characters are well-rounded (with some dealing with inner demons or difficult pasts), the storyline is diverting, and the quirky love stories end in HEA. The author herself calls the books flirty, and I completely agree.

In Say You’ll Be Mine, Shaelyn and Brady have a second chance at love after a misunderstanding that lasted a decade. While Shae an
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know you're in for an interesting ride when you have men in red dresses and the female hygiene aisle all happen in the first few paragraphs. This book continued on the same quirky, fun vein throughout.

Shaelyn and Brady have a past together but when Brady broke her heart, she ran. Shaelyn is back and the attraction is still there. With meddling families, a potential promotion for Brady, a killer on the loose and Shaelyn's past escapades all combine to create one fun and interesting ride. The
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good Book , but not Great

The book was pleasant to read, but I got whiplash from the mood swings of the female character, Shaelyn. First she is major adamant she was not having anything to do with her ex-boyfriend, Brady. Then, the next thing she is at his place having a heavy make out session with him! The change was so abrupt that I literally went back and scanned the last chapter to see if I had missed something. Also, the whole premise of the grandmother lying to Shaelyn didn't work for me. W
Cee Cee Houston
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shaelyn Lawrence and Brady Taylor were highschool sweethearts until Brady caused her to leave New Orleans swearing never to set foot back in the town. 12 years later and she’s back, and the first person she sees is him. The man who crushed her heart.
Shaelyn doesn’t want to talk to him again… ever, but Brady wants to talk to her. In fact he wants more than that. He wants to explain and get a 2nd chance but Shaelyn’s having none of it.
I liked this book, the couple were sharp-witted and funny, the
Nicole Normand
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the author via Shifted Sheets; this is my honest review.
This story has several LOL moments; other times you feel like the h's manic to run away every time she has a problem is getting old - she does it a lot right from the beginning; other moments are sweet and you're happy you're reading the book. I would have been okay if the book had been shorter. Some issues dragged on too long or too often. I'm not one to be offended if someone doesn't tell me the whole truth, nothing
Angela's Book Addiction
Say You'll Be Mine (NOLA Hearts Book 1) by Maria Luis is a second chance, contemporary romance told in alternating POV. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it definitely will not be the last.

I really enjoyed the chemistry and banter between Brady and Shaelyn. The romance of finding their way back to each other was sweet, sexy and fun. There are several quirky characters and humorous moments. There's also a light touch of suspense. The author did a fantastic job of seamlessly ma
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maria Luis writes the New Orleans culture like no other

I’ll start by saying that I love when an author submerges you in the culture and feel of the city they are writing about. New Orleans is a vibrant, city rich with culture and history and using that as a backdrop for this sexy, funny second chance romance is perfection! From crazy Meme Elaine to Ghost tours through the streets of NO, you will fall in love with Shae and Brady and root for their HEA. If you are looking for a hilarious and stea
This was a Kindle Unlimited Freebie that was discovered from KU Bedtime Stories. I am glad that I gave Maria Luis a try. This was a funny story with lots of angst between the couple. You also get some crazy medling senior citizens to add to the mix and the story is worthy of the next installment. All the charaturees were entertaining and I can't wait to see more of what happens down in New Orleans!

Side Note.... I loved the name Shaelyn and her nickname Shae

Can't wait to see what happens with Dan
Shontell Walker
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute,funny,suspense, action

This book included ask the above adjectives. Shae and Brady had very crazy but expected upbringing due to their hometown New Orleans. However their odd grandparents also bright about their eventual separation, reconnection, disconnect and reconnecting lol. Meme Elaine was the craziest yet adorable character that you love to hate. Then of course her adorable co conspirator Mary, her frenemy who happens to be Brady's grandmother, Elaine belongs to Shae.

You won't regret
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.6 stars

This book was a joy to read. It was filled with humor, great characters, and hot chemistry. I loved the snark and wit of the characters (especially if it was on their head). The grandma's and cousin were hilarious too, but the best moments were with Julian. Some of his one liners had me laughing out loud.

Definitely recommend this book if you need a perfectly balanced RomCom.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Say You'll Be Mine

This is the first book in this series. It is about a couple who broke up when she mistook what he said back right after high school graduation. She left with our a backwards glance. Now twelve years later she is back to help her grandmother. But meddling family and friends keep getting in her way at leaving again. What happens in New Orleans just means everyone is involved. Let the good times roll!!!
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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!)

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“Another shrug—the chiffon strap slid even lower. This, Shaelyn decided, was how her cousin attracted hoards of men like bees after nectar. Without even realizing it, Anna reeled them in like bait. Clearly she and her cousin did not share the same genes.” 2 likes
“What I saw was her lookin’ like she’d like nothing more than to run you over with her car, and you lookin’ at her like she was a new Glock you wouldn’t mind getting your hands on.” 1 likes
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