Title: One To Protect (One To Hold, #3)
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 21 2014
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.
Note: Standalone, M/F, HEA.
“I’m the guard, baby. Protection is what I do best.”
One To Protect by Tia Louise is book three in her One To Hold series. This is the continuation of Derek and Melissa’s story, the hero and heroine we meet in book one. While the first book in this series does end in a happily-ever-after, I was ecstatic to discover that this author would be providing us with another book about this couple. It was a real treat to simply get more of their story.
We find Derek and Melissa still completely and madly in love with one another and also still commuting the eight hours between Princeton, New Jersey (where Derek lives) and Wilmington, North Carolina (where Melissa lives) very much undecided who should be the one to relocate. A decision must be made but neither one has given in yet.
“Being with her is enough. She is home and comfort and warmth and all the good things I thought I’d never have again. She’s my future and my desire and my love.”
When Melissa is contacted by Derek’s assistant who tells her Derek is dealing with a lot of stress, Melissa decides to surprise him with an impromptu visit. What Melissa does not realize is that Derek’s anxiety and tension is related to her ex-husband. With his criminal charges behind him, Sloan is up to his old tricks and Derek believes that it is only a matter of time before he goes after his ultimate obsession…Melissa. Derek is a man on a mission determined to protect the woman he loves. But, just how far will Derek go to keep what he cherishes safe?
I loved catching up with Derek and Melissa. What they share is absolutely beautiful and they have worked hard to get their happy forever. This book is in both Derek and Melissa’s point of views and I loved seeing just how deep and profound their connection has gotten. Derek’s protective nature is on high alert and Melissa is a strong enough woman to stand by his side and not get in the way of what he feels he needs to do to keep her safe. The pair also continue to share some seriously sizzling hot sexy times. Let me tell you, this author writes some panty-melting sex scenes. Damn!
All in all, One To Protect was a wonderful addition to this series. It was a book that left me happily sighing by the end. The next book in this series will be about Kenny. We met her in book two via her associate with Patrick. I am looking forward to what Tia Louise has in store for us when it comes to her story.
One To Hold
One To Keep
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
One To Protect (Derek & Melissa), 2014
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