Sunday, January 19, 2014

BLOG TOUR - One to Keep by Tia Louise

One to Keep 

by Tia Louise


WARNING: Recommended for adult readers (18+) only! Mature themes, strong language, 
and sexual content.
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.


One to Keep is the second book in the series. You do not have to read One to Hold to understand OTK, but OTK does contain spoilers for OTH.

Patrick takes over his brother’s partnership in a private investigations firm. He needs a fresh start in a new place. Patrick’s looking forward to the type of work he’ll be doing. Just as he’s getting settled in he makes a big mistake in the office. His “punishment” is go to a conference in Arizona. Patrick’s dreading the trip. When he meets the charming Elaine, suddenly the trip isn’t such a bad punishment.

Elaine takes her best friend Melissa on a much needed spa vacation. Getting massages and hanging out with her BFF is fun, the food and the lack of excitement is a boring. Elaine and Melissa escape the spa to indulge in some real food in the hotel restaurant. She strikes up a handsome guy who just happens to be staying in the hotel for a conference. The chemistry is instant and he ask her out to dinner.

From the moment Patrick and Elaine meet you can feel that the characters click. Their personalities go together so well. It’s a pleasure to watch them fall for each other. They realize a long distance relationship won’t work and make the adult decision to not pursue it with the best of intentions. Soon those intentions fly out the window when they realize you shouldn’t give up love that easily.

But as you know in books things can’t go that smoothly. When consequences from previous choices come back to haunt Patrick, Elaine is hurt by his “deception”.  Patrick begs Elaine to understand and stand by him while he handles the situation. Reluctantly Elaine agrees to give him another chance. In the end does it make them stronger or does it tear them apart? The answer is in OTK.

I will say that Patrick’s handling of the situation that arises bothered me on a personal level. I get that he was trying to do the right thing, but his letting someone else control everything and never speaking up about his feelings bothered me. ***I read the original version. The author has since tweaked these scenes to address this issue.

Otherwise I loved Patrick and Elaine. I loved them together. I enjoyed their interactions and their chemistry. I thought they were realistic while keeping that spark of romanticism that I appreciate in a love story.

Reviewed by Liz

Reviewer was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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