Saturday, January 24, 2015

ONE TO LEAVE by Tia Louise ~*~*~*~*~ Blog Tour, Giveaway & Review

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"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

By Tia Louise

(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


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One to Leave
By Tia Louise
© TLM Productions, 2014


I rolled us together onto our sides, wrapping both my arms around her waist and burying my face in her hair. Her hands slid down my arms until our fingers entwined, and we held each other through the whispers of afterglow.
All those nights in the desert, all those conversations. I never could get Stuart to see how great a wife, a home could be. Now he was pulling me away from mine.
I softly kissed the top of Melissa’s shoulder, and she struggled to get free, so she could turn and face me. Sliding closer, she wrapped her arms around my neck, and our bodies touched everywhere, shoulders to chest to hip to knee, even our noses met—just before she kissed my lips. I pushed her onto her back and parted them, sweeping my tongue inside for a deeper kiss that earned me another little noise.
My lips moved to her cheek, and I held myself over her. “Stuart wouldn’t be lost if he had this.”
Reaching up, she held my face, lightly tracing her thumbs over my cheeks. “Aren’t you the same age? And he’s never had a serious relationship?”
My brows pulled together as I thought about it. “If so, he’s never told me. I mean, he can get laid whenever he wants, but he never lets it go far. He says women are a distraction.”
Blue eyes narrowed. “How many distractions did you have in the service?”
That made me laugh, and I moved to lie beside her. “None. I was with Allison, and then… I guess I shared his opinion for a while. Until you.”
Those dark years after my first wife died seemed so far away now that I had Melissa and Dex. When the cancer took Allison so cruelly and so fast, I turned to stone, my heart a ball of rage and bitterness. I’d done my duty to God and country and came home planning a long life with my wife, starting a family, building a home. She was gone before we ever even had the chance.
When I met Melissa, everything changed. She was beautiful and kind and strong and so sexy. She soothed the anger in my heart. She healed me with her love, and she gave me a son. I could remember my past, of course, but it made my present so much more precious.
She rolled up beside me. “I love you.”
“I love you more.” I smiled, touching her cheek, and she continued.
“So what does all of this mean for us? What are you thinking?”
My eyes went back to the ceiling. “I might have to leave you for a bit if he needs help.”
“Derek! He’s a grown man.” She fell back on the bed, arms crossed, and it was my turn to prop up beside her.
“He saved my life, Mel. If he’s in trouble, I have to be there for him.”
“Doesn’t he have a family?”
“His dad was killed in the service. It’s just his mom, Patrick, and their little sister Amy.” With a big sigh, I rolled onto both elbows, onto my stomach. “Amy’s a college kid, and he’d rather punch Patrick in the face than take help from him.”
“Sounds like a prick.”
I couldn’t help laughing again. “I know you love Patrick, but I had that initial response to him myself.”
“Patrick is one of the good guys. If you can’t see that—”
“Settle down, I can see that. He might color outside the lines, but he manages to turn it around and come out on top. He’s a good man.”
That satisfied her. She smiled and relaxed her crossed arms, I reached out and pulled her against my side. “It’s more than an obligation. I want to be there for Stuart. You’d feel the same way if it was Elaine.”
She couldn’t argue with that, so we were quiet a moment. A tiny squeal from down the hall broke the silence, and we both grinned. I was out of the bed first, heading down the hall without bothering to grab underwear.
Of course, Mel catcalled after me. “Holy shit! Check out that rear view!”
Dammit again. Stuart had better have a good reason for pulling me away from this.

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About the Author:

Tia Louise is the Amazon and International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.

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...



One to Love by Tia Louise
Review by Jennifer Ballam
Stars: 5

My New Leading Man Crush
Yes I loved this book as I loved all of Tia Louise’s before this but I have to admit to being able to predict what Slayde’s past was. I guess I have read so many novels that I am able to see these story lines quickly!!

Despite all of this I couldn’t help but love the ride that was Kenny and Slayde’s story. I loved them both. Kenny for how she deals with her past loss and Slayde for how he is wearing his past and is trying to be a better person. I have to admit to having a new favourite male lead of Tia Louise’s. I can’t help but feel guilty, however Slayde with his tattoos and angst….sigh.

The story is an erotic one and yet at the same time the romance between the two has you sighing and going ahhhh due to the sweetness of it!!

I am so pleased to have discovered Tia Louise as she truly is amazing at weaving the tales that she does. I have fallen in love with all of her characters thus far and I cannot wait to fall in love with more.

Please note that all of her novels can be read as standalones although the characters appear throughout the series.

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


One to Protect by Tia Louise
Review by Jennifer Ballam
Stars: 4.5

More From Our Favourite Couple, Derek and Melissa

We first met Derek and Melissa in One To Hold. It was in this book that we learnt the truth about her husband. If you haven’t read this book then I have to say that although they are slated that they can be read as stand alones I have to say that you would definitely have a better understanding of what is going on and the deep feelings that are held by the characters if the previous books were read first.

Derek and Melissa are happy despite still not located in the same place. They have a baby on the way and they are still insanely attracted to one another and the intimate scenes certainly reflect that!! They are smoking hot! The only blight on their happiness is the same problem they were facing previously, Melissa’s e- husband. He is up to his old tricks, and some new ones it would seem. Derek on a case that he is on discovers something troubling things and sets in motion a plan to end Sloan’s, for want of a better phrase, reign of terror.

The way that the plan pans out is a satisfying one if not worrying. The way that it ends leads me to think that this may not be the end of the story but I guess only time will tell in regards to this. I for one hope that they get their HEA, they do at the end of this but, as I say, there is a distinct possibility that this is not the end.

Please note that I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


One to Hold by Tia Louise
Review by Jennifer Ballam
Stars: 4.5

This is where I have to admit to being mean in the amount of stars that I have given this book. I have read quite a few books recently and I have to admit that had this not been the case I would have given this 5 stars. Instead count this as a 4 1/2 star review.

The book is all about Melissa who is running away from her life for a week away with her friend. She starts the book sitting in a bar staring into her drink and musing about all the carefree people around her when her eyes connect with those of a man across the bar. That encounter leads to a sexual encounter against a wall!! That man was Derek.

Melissa knows that with everything going on a week long affair with this person would be a silly thing to do. Only problem is she cannot get him out of her mind. When a chance encounter gets them together again what else can they do but get together again.

The week ends and she heads back to her life wishing that she had been free to tell Derek that despite their short time together she had fallen in love with him.

Her life consists of a husband, Sloan, who from the first things he says just has you thinking 'what a slime ball'(perhaps something worse to be honest!). When Melissa comes across something that blows apart the thing helping hold her together she confronts 'it'(sorry spoilers if I say anything other than this!) with pictures of why she was running away for a week and emails.

Will she be able to heal enough and love Derek? Or will her past come back to haunt her that one time too many?

This is a great little read that moves along at a good pace with plenty of steam but also with enough depth to actually make you care about the characters. Derek at times I really wanted to slap and shout 'WHY!!?? Are you stupid? Why did you do it?'. Melissa I wanted to give a hug and I admit to tearing up when she recounted her tale.

A great debut novel and I cannot wait for the book on Melissa's friend and rock, Elaine, in January 2014, One To Keep.

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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