One to Love
By Tia Louise
Tattoos, bad boys, love...
Boxing, fame, fortune...
It's the one thing Kenny and Slayde have in common. Until the night Fate throws them together and everything changes.
It's a story about fighting. It's about falling in love. And it's about losing everything only to find it again in the least likely place.
*A STAND-ALONE, ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. New-Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
This review may contain spoilers.
I’ve been waiting for Kenny’s story since we met her in One to Keep. For all of her foibles, she’s a very likeable character. However, I found myself questioning some of her decisions and motivations, like why, if she’d dropped out of art school, did she choose to live eight hours from the “most important part of her life”, her son? I didn’t see anything in the story that caused her to stay where she was. Kenny had rebuilt her life to a positive point from when we first met her.
Slayde has secrets, which really turns into one big secret. He’s just trying to keep his head down and start over. Looking for nothing but a chance, Kenny’s a big distraction he doesn’t need or want. You can sense, even though he’s done something he regrets immensely, that he’s a good guy.
Kenny and Slayde are immediately attracted to each other, but one is determined not to have anything to do with the other, but that doesn’t last long. Thank goodness. The relationship between the two of them really works. It’s sweet and has a genuine feeling to it. Those are the kinds of stories I like to read. They make you sigh and think what if. Not every hero has to be a billionaire with a kinky side.
The only drawback for me wasn’t the twist in the story, but how quickly Kenny seemed to accept it. Up until that point she had romanticized her deceased husband and then all of a sudden, when she wanted someone else, she saw all of his faults. I would have liked to see a little more struggle and Kenny and Slayde having to work through the issue before the HEA arrived.
Overall, One to Love is good. It doesn’t have the darkness from Derek and Melissa’s story, so it’s much lighter in that respect. Kenny and Slayde are both likeable, and I wanted them to work no matter what the twist the story took. The tension in the book is short and doesn’t leave you hanging for chapter after chapter. A solid afternoon read about paths crossing and intersecting in the most unlikely ways.
I would recommend reading One to Keep prior to One to Love so the reader can understand the dynamic between Kenny, Patrick, and Elaine and why their relationship works as it does.
Reviewed by Liz.