Published by Self-Published on 09 October 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Inkslinger PR
First Line(s): In the cool darkness of the semi-crowded bar, I could allow the last year to dissolve into a hazy fog, a far-off memory.
One to Hold is the debut romance from Tia Louise and one that I read in a single sitting. Its a short book and a quick read but, for me, there was no mega wow factor about it. This was a typical meet and greet fall in love romance with a random backstory that got a bit convoluted by the end.
One to Hold was a hard book for me to get into at first. I had trouble determining the ages of the characters and initially thought that the heroine, Melissa, was so much older than the hero, Derek, based on various comments and internal dialogue moments that she had. But then later on, Derek reveals his age via some comments and the way I calculated it he was a couple years older than Melissa. So that was a bit weird and off putting.
I also wasn’t a huge fan of all Melissa’s cryptic references to events that happened in the past. When we finally do learn about these events its in this long info dump that just took me out of the story. I am not a fan of the info dump and think all of the information could have been given during all those times she was alluding to past events. There was also this crazy over the top, random ending that just left me going ‘huh…did that just happen?’
Melissa is a bit a Mary Sue character and tends to be fairly passive. Derek is more of an alpha male but not in an over-powering dominate or aggressive way. In many ways he is a good match for Melissa and does help her stand her ground. A bit. I did like how these two characters had a lot of chemistry together and its that chemistry that kept me reading until the end. I wanted Melissa and Derek to have their happily ever after.
I also enjoyed the little side romance between Melissa friend, Elaine, and Derek’s partner, Patrick. Although I did get confused a few times as to what Derek and Patrick’s working relationship was as Patrick first calls Derek his boss and then later the business name is revealed and they are partners. This was just one of a few inconsistencies in the story-line.
One to Hold reads as a debut novel as it is flawed but even with the flaws there is a promise to the writing. While I didn’t love One to Hold the characters did grow on me and I do look forward to seeing what Tia Louise comes up with next.
About the book:
WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!
Derek Alexander is an ex-Marine, ex-cop, and the top investigator in his field. Melissa Jones is a small-town girl trying to escape her troubled past.
When the two intersect in a bar in Arizona, their sexual chemistry is off the charts. But what is revealed during their “one week stand” only complicates matters.
Because she’ll do everything in her power to get away from the past, but he’ll do everything he can to hold her.
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.
ONE TO HOLD is her debut adult romance.
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