ONE TO PROTECT

TIA LOUISE

Publisher:  TLM Productions

Published Date: April 19, 2014

ASIN:  B00JT1YE0I

Genre: Romance

Series: One to Hold #3

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

One scar.
One betrayal.
No escape.

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.

MY THOUGHTS:

One to Protect by Tia Louise is the thrilling conclusion to her series One to Hold.  Both the series and the book only get better the longer they go on.  In this book the issues surrounding Elaine, Patrick, Melissa, and Derek are fully explored, boundaries are pushed, justice is delivered, and life continues in all its difficult glory.

Derek comes out of his characterization shell in One to Protect.  His backstory, his character arc are impressive.  Just when you think you know him, something else comes up.  Even better, he shows a genuine-ness at the end that is very well done.  No real arc is needed for Melissa but it is clear that she too is changing as the situation and her pregnancy progress.  The depth and strength of the characterization are particularly good.

The hard issues this book confronts – prostitution, revenge, spousal abuse, murder – all handled with a great deal of both realism and sensitivity, never moving into the realm of schmaltz or schtick.  With Melissa’s ex-husband moving against her, Patrick and Derek are hard-pressed to protect her.  But, we are talking about two men who have seen combat and as private investigators, see the darker side of humanity.  They respond in the only way they can to protect and defend those they love.  As the issues surrounding them get darker and harder, the story really takes off and the suspense is off the charts.

This is a hardcore romantic suspense story with an underlying darkness that is only tempered by the love the main players feel.  This gives this book a much stronger plot than either of its predecessors and it shines through in dialogue and pacing as well.  In the final showdown, can love win out over pain?

If you like romantic suspense, you will really like One to Protect.  I highly recommend it!

RATING: 4

Heat Rating:  Fiery, Hot

REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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