STRICTLY OFF LIMITS by Stella Holt: Review

Posted June 28, 2023 in Book Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments

STRICTLY OFF LIMITS by Stella Holt: ReviewStrictly Off Limits by Stella Holt
Series: Legacy of the Maguires #3
Published by Tule Publishing
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2023
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 212
Source: Review Tour
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

This irresistible flirt would do anything to get his girl—but clearing his name could be out of his jurisdiction.

 D.C. paramedic Hannah Paletti has just one problem: the ripped detective who’s starred in every romantic fantasy she’s ever had. Not only is longtime crush Conner Maguire her new partner on a community service project—he’s her brother’s sworn enemy. Hannah’s determined to raise enough funds for a community center to keep kids off the streets. And Conner, who denies betraying her brother, is all-in on her project. After one kiss, she can’t resist Conner anymore, and she doesn’t want to. But if her family finds out, she’ll lose more than just her heart.

Conner Maguire’s biggest problem has curves that make his hands itch, red curly hair, and enough sass to keep him hooked and booked forever. But to this day, he doesn’t know how her brother’s college sweetheart ended up in Conner’s bed, and he never cared to figure it out—until now.

Because choosing between family and love is tearing Hannah apart, so he needs to offer her both.




What happens when you fall out with your best friend, whose baby sister you’ve always had feelings for? Well, she becomes STRICTLY OFF LIMITS. The best friend’s sibling trope is catnip to me and I really wanted this book as soon as I read the blurb. This is a fun, sweet and lighthearted read I really enjoyed and finished in one sitting.

The main theme of this story is family, but there are other themes in the story like the lies and manipulations of a spoiled socialite, which cause the rift between friends; as well as love, acceptance and forgiveness, which Ms. Holt handles with a light hand.

Connor may have the movie star good looks and be well off financially with the attendant trappings, but at his core is a adorable guy, thoughtful and down-to-earth, who is very family oriented and not ego-driven. Plus he’s very charming. But he’s still a guy and what may have been resolved with a bit of time became a multi-year grudge between him and his ex-best friend and he has to walk away from his growing feelings for Hannah.

Hannah is also very focused on her family, and is understandably torn between loyalty to her brother and her feelings for Connor and she is willing to give up the one thing she’s wanted for a very long time – a relationship with Connor – in order to keep the peace in her family. I wanted to shake her a few times for jumping to conclusions and hug Connor for his patience, but most of all, I wanted to knock some sense into her brother.

Getting to happily ever after is a fun experience for Hannah and Connor, with an entertaining cast of secondary characters. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and getting to know the Maguire family.



About Stella Holt

Author of your next binge-worthy romance series, Stella has been plotting sexy, tear-jerker stories since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Born a Georgia peach, Stella loves all things country but calls the beach home even though she’s currently living outside D.C. with her family. Most days she can be found drinking too much coffee, collecting lipstick she forgets to wear, and baking.

Stella’s first series featuring first responders debuts in 2023. You can find her on Instagram @stellaholtbooks and


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