ONE TO KEEP

TIA LOUISE

Publisher:  TLM Productions

Published Date: January 11, 2014

ASIN:  B00HVFGHUO

Genre: Romance

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Amazon)

There’s a new guy in town…

“Patrick Knight, single, retired Guard-turned private investigator. I was a closer. A deal maker. I looked clients in the eye and told them I’d get their shit done. And I did…”

Patrick doesn’t do “nice.”

At least, not anymore.

After his fiancée cheats, he follows up with a one-night stand and a disastrous office hook-up. His business partner (Derek Alexander) sends him to the desert to get his head straight–and clean up the mess.

While there, Patrick meets Elaine, and blistering sparks fly, but she’s not looking for any guy. Or a long-distance relationship.

Patrick’s ready to do anything to keep her, but just when it seems he’s changed her mind, the skeletons from his past life start coming back.

MY THOUGHTS:

One to Keep by Tia Louise is scorching hot between the sheets.  Patrick’s been hurt and badly by his cheating ex-fiancee and indulges in binges of sex.  But when he meets Elaine at an out of town conference, that binge focuses entirely on her.  From a rather innocuous first meeting to a week of fun between the sheets, and anywhere else the mood strikes, Elaine and Patrick get to know each other pretty well.  But, at the end of the week, it’s over, leaving both Lainey and Patrick hurting and struggling to deal with the separation.

The beginning does not do much to make Patrick a sympathetic character with his constant womanizing.  But, he grows significantly, partly because of Lainey and partly by the way he handles some of the hurdles that threaten to derail them.  There are significant hurdles, not the least of which is their best friends’ relationship (from One to Hold).  Lainey, for her part, doesn’t need a strong character arc; she’s already got a lot working for her.

After the struggles with their best friends, a mysterious woman and an old one night stand all conspire to keep Lainey and Patrick apart, though not always on purpose.  This has a fairly strong plot as Patrick tries to navigate his way through the pitfalls and minefields of his past.  But, he is determined to make things work with the woman he loves.  How it all resolves itself is sweet, fun, and tender.

I would recommend reading One to Hold before One to Keep though this book stands on its own very well.  There is enough background in the first book that it will allow a reader to compare and contrast experiences. Over, this is a much stronger book than One to Hold with a much stronger plot line and better characterization.  I’d strongly recommend One to Keep.

 RATING: 4

Heat Rating:  Fiery, Hot

REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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