Shannyn Schroeder ~ Hold Me Close ~ Blog Tour / Teasers / Excerpt / Giveaway

Today we have the blog tour for O’LEARY SERIES by Shannyn Schroeder! I am so excited to share this sexy series with you—including the last in the series, Hold Me Close!


Author: Shannyn Schroeder

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: O’Leary’s, Book 6

About Hold Me Close:

Taming a spirited, fun-loving O’Leary may be harder than he realized…


After more than a year in Ireland, Maggie O’Leary is finally coming back to Chicago with a plan for her future. Confronting the tragedy that destroyed her is her first step. But to do that, she needs to work in her family’s bar–something her family doesn’t want. Luckily, her best friend, Shane Callahan, is her biggest support–and lovable in a way she doesn’t remember.


Determined to protect Maggie, Shane refuses to leave the bar when she’s working late. And when Maggie boldly tells him that she wants him to help her conquer her final fear—sex—Shane knows a single night together won’t be possible. The idea of a spirited Maggie in his bed is everything, but will she believe he wants her heart too?


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Maggie stared at Shane’s big hands on top of hers. His words reassured her. She’d always been able to tell him anything. Things she could never tell her family. Her fears, her nightmares, her hopes, her dreams—Shane had heard them all. Why hold back now?

“Part of why today made me angry was that I thought this was something I needed to get over. Something I needed to accomplish in order to fix myself. I’m mad because as it turns out, this wasn’t holding me back.” She itched to move, but Shane held her hands fast. She swung her legs out under the table instead.

“Holding you back from what?” He looked directly into her eyes.

She loved that he did that. Like he could see every piece of her. Except for the pieces she couldn’t show anyone.

She leaned forward on the table and spoke quietly. “I feel like myself. Mostly. Like before Todd raped me. I don’t walk around in fear all the time. I feel like I can live life again.”

“That’s good, Mags.” Shane’s thumb stroked her hand.

“But I can’t…I’ve tried….” Why the hell couldn’t she just say it?

“Can’t what?”

“Have sex.”

His thumb froze, and for a flicker she saw his muscles twitch before he covered with a smile. “Uh…”

“We don’t have to talk about this. It’s okay.” Sex was one thing she had never talked to Shane about. They’d both had relationships over the years, and they respected that, but they didn’t get into the nitty-gritty details.

“We can talk about whatever you need to talk about. I’m just not sure what going to O’Leary’s has to do with sex. Other than the obvious, of course.”

She slid her hands away from him and sank back in the booth. The cool, red vinyl was smooth under her palm. “While I was in Ireland, I dated a few guys. There was one guy, Ian, and I liked him a lot. We had a great time together. But when I wanted to have sex with him, I couldn’t follow through.”

Shane’s hand curled into a fist. “Please tell me he didn’t—”

“Oh, God, no. I mean, he wasn’t happy I called it quits, but he was a good guy.” She took a sip of water. “I thought that I couldn’t sleep with him because of my unresolved issues here. And if I didn’t have an issue at the bar, then there’s still something wrong with me.”

He ran a hand over his head. “Christ, Maggie. There’s nothing wrong with you. It’ll happen when you’re ready. You’re just not ready. And if some guy can’t be patient and wait, then he doesn’t deserve you.”

Her cheeks warmed. Shane always made her feel better. Not because of the words, although they were nice to hear, but because he meant them. “Thanks. That’s pretty much what Dr. Janzen said. I’m just frustrated.”

“Let’s put that away for now. Tonight is supposed to be about celebrating. You did accomplish something. Just because it wasn’t hard doesn’t take away from it.” He raised his glass in a toast. “To new beginnings.”

She tilted her glass toward his. “To great friends.”

While having lunch with Olivia had been good, a meal with Shane was always better. She relaxed around him, even after blurting out her issue with sex. She still couldn’t believe she’d done that. He was so cute with pink cheeks. She couldn’t recall ever seeing him blush before. Who’d’ve thought talking about not having sex would make Shane Callahan blush?



Catch Up on the Series!

A Good Time:

Amazon | Nook | Apple Books | Kobo

More Than This:

Amazon | Nook | Apple Books | Kobo | IndieBound

Something to Prove:

Amazon | Nook | Apple Books | Kobo

Catch Your Breathe:

Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo

Just a Taste:

Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo


About Shannyn Schroeder:

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series and the For Your Love series, contemporary romances centered around large Irish-American families in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about nerdy friends finding love. Look for her new series – The Dating Challenge in 2019. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.


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One thought on “Shannyn Schroeder ~ Hold Me Close ~ Blog Tour / Teasers / Excerpt / Giveaway

  1. I love all of the book covers and the excerpt. This is a must read series for me. Thank you so much for posting.

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