Title: One to Love (One to Hold, #4)
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: October 9, 2014
Tattoos, bad boys, love...
Boxing, fame, fortune…
It’s the one thing Kenny and Slayde have in common. Until the night Fate throws them together and everything changes.
Their chemistry is undeniable, their love blazing hot, but is history destined to repeat itself?
It’s a story about fighting. It’s about falling in love. It’s about losing everything only to find it again in the least likely place. And it's about the one hit you never see coming.
A STAND-ALONE, ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
“True love destroys fear. It covers sins. It’s stronger than any human emotion.”
One to Love by Tia Louise is book four in her One to Hold series. I will start by indicating that while this book can certainly be read as a stand-alone, I feel like it would be a much more fulfilling read if you have read the previous books in the series (particularly the last one). I have been a fan of this series right from the onset; however, I was unsure as to how this book would pan out for me seeing as Kenny is the heroine in this one. Kenny has not been a favorite of mine due to what occurred between her and Patrick. Therefore, I kind of went into this book a little hesitantly.
We first meet Kendra Woods (a.k.a. Kenny) in One to Keep when she had an encounter with Patrick (the hero from that book) forever changing the course of their lives. Fast forward two years and Kenny is living in her home town of Bayville once again, working as a fitness instructor and simply trying to move forward with her life. She has definitely not had an easy go when it comes to life and is no stranger to devastation and loss. Kenny is still struggling with the loss of her husband five years ago and wonders if she will ever be able to let go and fall in love again. It all changes one momentous night, in the blink of an eye.
“What’s your story, Slayde Bennett?” I whispered. “Could you be just as scarred as I am?”
Slayde Bennett has come to Bayville to start over to push past the man he once was and become someone worth redemption. Because of one critical lapse in judgment and a whole lot of uncontrollable anger, Slayde lost everything. And, he has been paying for it ever since. He’s struggling with the loss of his former life and can barely make ends meet. Slayde takes on a job as a janitor at a local gym. A job is a job and he is not above cleaning up after others in order for him to have enough money to eat. This job may not be much but it is a start. A start at piecing the shattered parts of his life back together.
Slayde and Kenny work at the same gym but they first meet when he comes to her rescue, a white knight in shining armor. But, Slayde is anything but a white night. When they discover that they both are employed by the same gym there is no denying the sizzling chemistry between the pair. Will Kenny be repeating past mistakes by giving in to the temptation that is Slayde? Can Slayde open up enough to take a chance on love even though he feels like he doesn’t deserve one? When an earth-shattering discovery comes to the forefront, will they both be able to let go of their pasts in order to focus on the future, a future together?
While I may not have fully understood Kenny and all the decisions that she made in her past, I did sympathize with her. She was a broken girl who had already endured so much in her young life. Slayde won me over right from the start. His back story is tragic but there is something to be said for him trying to forget the dreams he once had and make a new normal for himself. Kenny and Slayde are tragically connected and their road to a happy forever was most definitely choppy and full of rough waves (more like one huge tsunami). Watching them reach for love with one another was bittersweet, overwhelming and lovely. Sometimes the most meaningful things in life are the ones we must work the hardest for.
All in all, One to Love was a great addition to this series. For me, this was my favorite book in the series so far. That says a lot considering the hotness that is Derek and Patrick from the previous books. We all deserve a second chance and sometimes fate has a way of stepping in to ensure that we get that chance. I am definitely looking forward to the next book, One to Leave, which I believe is about Stuart (Patrick’s brother) due to be released in late 2014/early 2015.
The muscle in his jaw moved, and his voice was a throaty whisper. “Being with you is incredibly easy. Whether it’s a mistake, I guess we have to wait and see. I’d like to think it’s not.”
My body swayed with the movement of his thumbs over my breasts. “I want you to kiss me.”
In one swift movement, his mouth covered mine. An ache of longing moaned from my throat into his lips, and he pulled my bottom lip between his teeth. Wrapped in his arms, tight against his firm chest, heat sizzled under my skin.
He whispered over my lashes as he pressed his lips to my forehead, the scruff of his beard roughing my skin. “I’ve dreamed of holding you this way since that first night. I hated myself for it because you’d been hurt—”
“You kept me from being hurt.” My voice was breathless with desire.
His lips moved back to my cheek, down to my jaw. “You’re so beautiful standing here in the moonlight.”
Dropping to his knees, cool air flooded where the warmth of his body had been. Strong hands moved to my waist, one holding my side, the other flat against my lower back as full lips kissed my stomach through the damp shirt. His mouth moved to my hip, and I felt my legs start to tremble.
“Slayde,” I whispered, barely staying on my feet. It had been so long since I’d been touched this way, I wasn’t sure how much I could bear.
One to Hold series
ONE TO HOLD (One to Hold, #1)
ONE TO KEEP (One to Hold, #2)
ONE TO PROTECT (One to Hold, #3)
One to Love (One to Hold, #4)
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.
It's possible she has a slight truffle addiction. And she will never look at a family restroom the same way again.
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