Series: One to Hold #1
Published by TLM Productions on October 7, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Derek Alexander is a retired Marine, ex-cop, and the top investigator in his field. Melissa Jones is a small-town girl trying to escape her troubled past.
When the two intersect in a bar in Arizona, their sexual chemistry is off the charts. But what is revealed during their "one week stand" only complicates matters.
Because she'll do everything in her power to get away from the past, but he'll do everything he can to hold her.
I liked this story but didn’t love it, primarily because of its structure. It begins with the encounter between Melissa and Derek, before knowing anything about them. It all makes sense as you delve further into the story but it’s always difficult for me when a story begins with the sex and I haven’t had a chance to invest in the characters.
The entire story is told from Melissa’s point of view until the epilogue and we get Derek’s perspective. It was a great way to close this chapter of the series. She’s got a troubling backstory that also adds a layer of tension and suspense. Their romance develops strangely and quickly, ramping up to intense until it falls apart. It all culminates in a fairly exciting climax. Be prepared for a few twists and surprises about both of them.
I do plan to continue the series as I also liked the secondary characters and Melissa and Derek’s story isn’t totally complete (no cliffhangers!).
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