“A cowboy setting and a man with deep secrets…what could be sexier? FIVE STARS for the entire ONE TO HOLD series!!! Don’t miss ONE TO LEAVE!” –Aleatha Romig, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Consequences series
“FIVE STARS: Spanking, pulling hair, sexy growls, and hearty demands, just gives you a little taste as to what this sexy man is capable of… Stuart not only broke my heart, but carefully mended it back together.” –Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads
“If you’re looking for a super sexy cowboy with a past to fall in love with One to Leave is definitely the book to pick up!” –Reading Past My Bedtime Reviews
(Stuart & Mariska)
Some demons can’t be shaken off.
Some wounds won’t heal.
Until a pair of hazel eyes knocks you on your ass, and you realize it’s time to stop running.
Keywords: military, western, alpha, billionaire, new adult, second chance, wedding, Thanksgiving, Christmas
A STAND-ALONE, ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. #SexyCowboy
The One to Hold series continues with One to Leave, the fifth novel in this amazing collection. Mariska and Stuart step into the leading roles but all of our favorite characters get a turn to share their thoughts. Stuart and Mariska haven’t been very involved in the previous books so I was looking forward to their story. Tia Louise did not disappoint and created a magnificent yet edgy romance for this pair.
Stuart Knight has been heading down a bumpy and dark path for the past few years but he is ready to fight back towards living the life he can be proud of. His struggle was painful and deep. I could feel Stuart’s internal battle and obvious agony radiating from each page. I wanted to comfort him and offer him support, even knowing he would push me away. Even with several people willing to shoulder some of his suffering, Stuart chose to isolate himself.
Mariska is a free spirit and I immediately loved her carefree personality. She is zaney, bold, and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Mariska’s unexpected connection to Stuart startles her since it appears completely impossible. As crazy as it seems, Mariska knows she is meant to help Stuart but she isn’t sure with what. This invisible bond ties them together somehow and I liked the fate aspect involved. I really enjoyed Mariska’s unannounced presence into Stuart’s perfectly planned solitude. He had no idea that life as he knew it was about to drastically change.
Through many awkward encounters and forced conversations, Mariska and Stuart finally reach a mutual understanding. The fireworks and explosions they create between the sheets are even better than their verbal sparring matches. They change one another for the better and their meaningful experiences together brighten the future. Stuart is broken in many ways but refuses to realize how his downfalls really affect him. Mariska isn’t afraid of the challenges Stuart constantly presents and I applaud her strength. Her devotion and perseverance shine bright.
As always, I fell head first into this amazing author’s writing. Her style speaks to me and I love getting wrapped up in her words. Stuart and Mariska’s tale isn’t about easy love. It is real and gritty, proving you have to work for the true passion hidden under the defensive walls. If you haven’t had the chance to read Tia’s books, I highly recommend them. I was extremely pleased that she added riding horses to the laundry list of Stuart’s many talents. Everyone loves a sexy cowboy. I always look forward to what happens next and she always delivers a stellar story.
“I’m not leaving,” I gasped, needing him to stop.
He didn’t stop. He gave me three more swift thrusts before holding himself deep inside me, leaning over my shoulder as he groaned through his orgasm. He pulsed, filling me, then growing still. My heart beat so hard, and I couldn’t move. My bones were liquid as I lay on the bed.
Two more breaths, and he climbed onto the mattress, pulling me with him. I couldn’t resist if I wanted to as he wrapped me in his arms, holding me against his chest. His face was at my shoulder, buried in my hair, and he breathed deeply. We were both panting. Holding him, I could feel his pulse at my temple.
“Stuart,” I whispered.
“You’re mine.” He rumbled against my skin. “You don’t leave me.”
My jaw clenched. I was still recovering from that blazing fuck, and I hated how shockingly true his words were. I’d need the strength of Hercules to walk away from him. At the same time, I knew I had to stay strong.
“But you can leave me?”
He didn’t answer. He only held me firm against his chest. Our breath swirled in and out, mixing and mingling, and I wondered if he’d ever let me go. I wondered if I ever wanted him to. After a few moments, he did relax. He reached down and pulled the Indian blanket over me. Kissing my shoulder, he went to the bathroom and closed the door.
I pulled the blanket tight around me trying to calm my swirling emotions.
Her debut adult romance ONE TO HOLD was #1 in Military Romance on Amazon, a 2014 “Lady Boner” award-winner, and a Top 20 Contemporary Romance novel for several months. Subsequent books in the series have performed equally well.
From being a “Readers’ Choice” nominee two years running, to picking up USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.
A former journalist, Louise 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…
Books by Tia Louise:
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014
One to Protect (Derek & Melissa), 2014
One to Love (Kenny & Slayde), 2014
One to Leave (Stuart & Mariska), Dec. 29, 2014
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