Title: One To Keep (One To Hold, #2)
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 16th. 2013
WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!
There’s a new guy in town...
“Patrick Knight, single, retired Guard-turned private investigator. I was a closer. A deal maker. I looked clients in the eye and told them I’d get their shit done. And I did...”
Patrick doesn’t do “nice.”
At least, not anymore.
After his fiancée cheats, he follows up with a one-night stand and a disastrous office hook-up. His business partner (Derek Alexander) sends him to the desert to get his head straight—and clean up the mess.
While there, Patrick meets Elaine, and blistering sparks fly, but she’s not looking for any guy. Or a long-distance relationship.
Patrick’s ready to do anything to keep her, but just when it seems he’s changed her mind, the skeletons from his past life start coming back.
(Standalone, M/F, HEA)
One To Keep is the second book in the One To Hold series by Tia Louise. For me this book acts like more of a companion novel to the first book (One To Hold) despite being about a different couple. Much of the book took place during the same timeframe that book one was set in. We have a playboy hero who has given up on love who meets the one woman who grounds him and gets him to believe in happily ever after once again. Very swoon-worthy. Very sexy. A very enjoyable read.
Patrick Knight has relocated to Princeton to take on the position his brother left to return overseas, being the other half of the private investigation team of Alexander & Knight. He is also in Princeton to start over. After finding his fiancé in a compromising position with the neighbor, Patrick is determined to have a fresh start. He no longer believes in love. He wants to embrace the single life and take it by the reigns. Needless to say, this is exactly what this lovable lothario does. And, he does it well. That is until he gets into a pickle due to the fact that he lets his dick take complete control of his brain.
Derek, his partner and our hero in book one, sends Patrick to Scottsdale, Arizona for a job to get him away from the mess he has created. Patrick goes to the desert location to redeem himself in Derek’s eyes and to get his head focused. For the first time in a long time, Patrick is not willing to let his “little Patrick” make the decisions. He wants to focus on work and nothing else. While in Scottsdale, however, he meets Elaine Merritt. Patrick is immediately attracted to the beautiful blonde and knows instantaneously that she is someone special. The pair share some smoking hot sexy times while in Scottsdale. When it is time to say good-bye Patrick is not ready to let Elaine go. But, Elaine is not willing to do the long distance thing.
Despite their distance, Patrick is ready to do anything to keep Elaine in his life. He just has to convince her that they could make it work. As they both try and figure things out and navigate the beginnings of a new relationship, Patrick’s past indiscretions come back to haunt him. Can Patrick and Elaine make it work? Do they have something worth fight for and worth keeping?
I really enjoyed this new Tia Louise novel. This book, with the exception of the epilogue, is written solely in Patrick’s point of view. I, for one, quite enjoyed being inside Patrick’s brain and I think this author did a pretty great job getting into the mind of an unapologetic rake. I loved seeing Patrick fall hard for Elaine, something he believed he would never do again. My only complaint about this book is that I wish Elaine had been in the book from the very beginning. The first 25% or so was great reading but Elaine was nowhere to be found. I would have liked more time with her and more time with her and Patrick together. I think if this were to have occurred, it would have cemented their relationship a little more clearly and definitively for me. Other than that, I am one happy camper when it comes to this book. It was a gratifying read that I flew through.
Tia Louise has written another book that had me happily smiling and rooting for the characters. It was a lot of fun to read. I am definitely looking forward to more and to seeing what else this author has cooking in that brain of hers.
She didn’t push me away or tell me no as I kissed her again with more urgency this time. She turned, and I kissed her cheek.
“I’m too weak when it comes to you,” she murmured as I traced the line of her jaw with my lips. “I should be stronger.”
My kisses moved to her temple and into her hairline. She was so beautiful, and I had her again. “You’re incredibly strong,” I murmured. “You held me off for three weeks when everything in me wanted to come here and take you back.”
I could feel her breathing pick up as I kissed her, and the tension below my waist grew tighter. My mouth returned to hers, and it opened quickly, tongues uniting, her fingers now threading in my hair.
Her lips were so sweet, but I moved my kisses to her chin, dropping down to her neck, and unfastening the buttons on her shirt, kissing every spot of delicate skin that was revealed as it came apart…
Series Reading Order
- One To Keep
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About The Author
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.
She lives in the center of the U.S.A. with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…
It’s possible she has a slight truffle addiction.
Books by Tia Louise:
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014
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