I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One to Protect by Tia Louise
Series: One to Hold #3
Narrator: Christian Fox, Lucy Rivers
Published by Tantor Audio on October 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 5 hours, 8 minutes
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When Sloan Reynolds beats criminal charges, Melissa Jones stops believing her wealthy, connected ex-husband will ever pay for what he did to her. Derek Alexander can't accept that--a tiny silver scar won't let him forget, and as a leader in the security business, he is determined to get the man who hurt his fiancée.
Then the body of a former call girl turns up dead. She's the breakthrough Derek's been waiting for, the link to Sloan's sordid past he needs. But as usual, legal paths to justice have been covered up or erased.
Derek's ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family when his partner Patrick Knight devises a plan that changes everything. It's a plan that involves coloring outside the lines and taking a walk on the dark side. It goes against everything on which Alexander-Knight, LLC, is based. And it's a plan Derek's more than ready to follow.
This series has a continuing story arc
Melissa and Derek’s relationship continues to develop in this story, with her psychotic ex-husband always in the background. Because they’re still living separately, he in Princeton, New Jersey, she in Raleigh, North Carolina, Derek is worried that he can’t adequately protect her from what he feels is certain retribution from Sloan so he enlists his partner Patrick’s help who’s already relocated to be near Elaine.
I enjoyed this story as the focus was more on the deepening relationship between Melissa and Derek. The interesting plan to trap Sloan involved some strange “bedfellows” and the way that plot unfolded is sure to create issues down the road. There were some creepy moments, too, that added to the intrigue, though this was definitely more about the romance.
I really liked the use of dual narrators, too. While it can be a little odd that they only perform separately when the story transitions between Melissa’s and Derek’s points of view and not throughout the story, it all works in the end. I especially liked Christian Fox’s performance.
Based on how this story ended, there are sure to be repercussions in later stories. While I’d only committed to reading the first three books in this series, I fear that plan is now shot:)
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