Series: One to Hold

Romance and a Touch of Intrigue! One to Protect by Tia Louise

Posted June 17, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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Romance and a Touch of Intrigue! One to Protect by Tia LouiseOne 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
Format: Audiobook
Length: 5 hours, 8 minutes
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

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.

 

Icon SUSPENSE icon SEXY icon ROMANCE 

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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About Tia Louise

Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire ALL of her stories… *wink*)—turned wife, mommy, and novelist.

It’s possible she has a slight truffle addiction. And she will never look at a family restroom the same way again.


He’s a Keeper! One to Keep by Tia Louise

He’s a Keeper! One to Keep by Tia Louise

Posted June 9, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    This story runs parallel at times to the first book in the series. Patrick Knight replaces his brother as Derek Alexander’s new partner in their private security consulting firm. He’s recovering from a painful engagement where his fiancée betrayed him. He meets Elaine Merritt at the conference in Flagstaff and they have an instant, steamy attraction and romance, though neither is really interested in anything long term.   What begins as a casual romance blossoms into something deeper for both of them. Patrick wants to pursue it, see where it leads but Elaine’s not interested in a long distance relationship (he lives in New Jersey, she in North Carolina).   I enjoyed the story, especially when a bit of suspense and intrigue emerged. […]


One Sexy Hold! One to Hold by Tia Louise

One Sexy Hold! One to Hold by Tia Louise

Posted May 26, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    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 […]