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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Temptation by Marla Holt 💕 Book Blitz & Gift Card Giveaways 💕 (Contemporary Romance)

Broke and widowed, Rachel Ferrer has already lost so much that when her tarot reading roommate pulls The Tower card, Rachel isn’t phased. What are upheaval and chaos when the worst had already happened? When Rachel’s late husband’s childhood best friend, Nicolas, reappears in her life and brings a handsome friend along with him, Rachel forgets the cards. She takes a chance on Blake even though she can’t stop thinking about Nicolas. It isn’t settling if the person you want is married, right?

Nicolas Rivera has always been a man of faith. His marriage and his job at the church have been his pillars, but when the foundations of both begin to crumble, doubt and a forbidden attraction tempt him to seek comfort in the one woman he shouldn’t go anywhere near.

Nicolas and Rachel have been on the periphery of each other’s lives for years, but as circumstances push them together, lightning crackles between them. Will they be able to resist the electricity or will they get burned by Temptation?

Temptation is the first volume of The Lightning Crashes Duet. Volume one is a slow-burn forbidden romance that ends on a cliffhanger. Volume 2, Absolution, will be available April 20th, 2021, complete with all the happily ever afters.

Nicolas was covered in dirt and sweat, and his skin itched. If he hadn’t just destroyed one of his favorite parts of his year, he would have been satisfied with a good day’s hard work. As it was, the catharsis he’d been looking for felt more like a dead end. Like he was slowly erasing himself and his legacy from the church instead of controlling the narrative.

Rachel collapsed on the curb beside him. They sat on the edge of the church parking lot, looking out over the now-barren field where the garden had been.

She was just as dirty as he was, but it didn’t change how adorable he thought she was. He’d been so distracted by the way her tied-up T-shirt accented her waist that it had taken him more than an hour to realize she was wearing one of Blake’s campus ministry T-shirts. Because she had come from Blake’s place this morning.

He’d spent the rest of the day reminding himself of that.

“Here,” she said and handed him a red cup full of Coke.

He tried to hand it back. “I don’t drink soda.”

She pressed her fingers against his forearm, and the warm touch of her hand soothed the sore muscles like a balm. He wanted to lean into her but focused on the drink in his hand instead as she said, “It’s what’s in the soda, Nicolas.”

He sniffed. “Whiskey?” And a lot of it too.

Rachel looked to the sky and sighed. “Gabe’s funeral was five years ago today.”

Nicolas didn’t think. He wrapped an arm around her shoulders and pulled her into his side. “I’m sorry. I didn’t make the connection. How are you doing?”

Rachel shrugged and sagged against him. It was too hot to touch for long, but Rachel didn’t seem bothered by the heat or the fact that their significant others could turn from where they were gathered around the food table at any moment and see them embracing.

“It’s been five years, but I still miss him. Sometimes I wake up, and I still expect to find him in the kitchen making coffee and talking back to the news, like normal. Even if I have to resign myself to knowing things are never going to be normal like that again. I think that’s part of the reason why Naomi was determined to make this into a party. That and it was an excuse for her to flirt with your wife.”

Nicolas chuckled at her attempt at levity. He’d noticed the way Naomi had tracked Kat’s every move all day long. “I didn’t quite believe it before, but I think you might be right.”

Rachel only shrugged and motioned with her cup to where Naomi and Kat stood with Blake and the kids across the parking lot. Naomi squealed and pulled Kat into what looked like a spontaneous hug. Everyone else was smiling, so Nicolas chose to do the same. It hadn’t really been that bad, having them all here today.

Nicolas nudged Rachel, who was staring off into space, with his elbow. “What shall we toast to?” He didn’t want her to be sad today.

Rachel motioned toward the decimated field with her red cup. “To new beginnings,” she said. 

Nicolas knocked his cup against hers and said aloud the one thing he’d been trying to garner for himself lately when it came to his job, and maybe his marriage. “To having the courage to start the journey.” They shared a sad smile before they both drained their drinks.

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Lightning crashes.

The tower falls.

Rachel Ferrer thinks she’s already hit rock bottom, but then the ground crumbles beneath her feet. Alone, she is finally forced to face the darkness she’s been avoiding. Rachel doesn’t dare hope the spark of light in the distance might include Nicolas, even when she can’t forget the feel of his lips on hers.

Nicolas Rivera has always been the stable one. He is who others come to when their worlds shatter, but suddenly his life is the one in ruins. He doesn’t hope to connect with Rachel in the aftermath, but he discovers her in the last place he expected to. Uninhibited at last, the electricity between them finally ignites.

Is their flame enough for Rachel and Nicolas sift through the rubble, rebuild, and finally emerge, together, into the light?

Absolution is Volume 2 of the Lightning Crashes Duet and should be read after Temptation. Melt into this forbidden, slow-burn duet with a guaranteed happily ever after today.

💕 To be released April 20 💕

Marla Holt believes in second chances, romance, and the radical notion that everyone deserves a happily every after. She's living her own fairy tale, writing contemporary romance novels in her Kansas farmhouse with her husband, three boys, three cats, and flock of imaginary sheep. Follow her at or on Instagram as @marlaholtauthor


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  1. Congratulations on your new release Marla, the book sounds like an emotional read and the cover is fab too.

  2. Rachel and Nicolas are an interesting couple! I am excited to read their story!


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