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One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine) (One to Hold Book 2) by [Louise, Tia]
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"All the right ingredients: hot man, independent woman, intrigue, fun, and hot sex!" --Aleatha Romig, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Consequences series 
  
"Holy shit is Patrick hot!" --Panty Dropping Book Blog
  
"If you enjoyed One to Hold, you will love One to Keep, and if you haven't read either one, seriously... what are you waiting for?!" --Holly, Sweet Spot Book Blog
  
"This is a steamy, fun and intense world." --Sassy Girl Books
  
"Sexy, romantic and quite emotional." --Book Addict Mumma
  
"A touching story of seduction, betrayal and rewards." --Ripe for Reader Book Blog
   
"Patrick is the hot younger unbroken stallion ... But Elaine certainly becomes a horse whisperer to this stud!" --All Booked Out

From the Author

All books in the One to Hold "series" are full-length, stand-alone novels. 
  
Derek & Melissa books:
One to Hold, One to Protect, One to Save
  
The Player:
One to Keep
  
The Fighter:
One to Love
  
The Cowboy:
One to Leave
  
Chicago Knights:
One to Chase
  
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Exclusive Excerpt - One to Keep
© 2014, TLM Productions
  
Patrick
  
We sat with our bodies touching, and we sat apart, with her feet in my lap. But that never lasted long before we were back to bodies touching again. Finally, I looked around at the deserted patio and realized how late it was. I could see she was tired, and I stood, holding out my hand to help her up. 
  
"I'll walk you back to the spa."
  
She nodded slowly. We didn't speak the entire way, and all I could think about were her lips and covering them with mine. I'd been thinking about it all night, but I wanted to handle this one differently--right for a change. 
  
Stopping at the entrance, I paused, lightly cupping her cheeks. Her green eyes met mine, and she smiled. In a flash I kissed her, opening her mouth, finding her tongue for the first time. My arms moved to her waist, pulling her closer. Our bodies molded together and a little noise escaped her throat. The sound sent a blaze of desire racing through me, focusing directly below my belt. But I wasn't rushing that. Not this time.
  
"Goodnight." My words should have parted us, but I held her closer. 
  
Her arms held me tightly as well, and I knew this was different from anything I'd experienced before. All of this was tectonically different.
  
Forcing myself to let her go, I stepped back. I couldn't look in her eyes or I'd never do what I had to do right now. 
  
"I hope I'll see you tomorrow." An ache was in my throat. 
  
"I'll call you." Her voice was quiet.
  
I turned away, and my heart, my soul, everything stayed behind as I took the first step and then the second back to the main hotel where I was staying. I'd only made it three feet when I heard her rushing up to me.
  
"Patrick?" It was a high whisper, and I immediately stopped, turning to face her. 
  
She was gorgeous standing in the moonlight, the dry breeze pushing her silky hair off her shoulders. I wanted to cover those shoulders with kisses, wrap my fingers in that hair. She reached out, and I caught both her hands in mine. 
  
"Yes?" 
  
"I don't want you to leave me." She was breathless. "I know this is fast. It seems crazy, but... I want to spend the night in your arms." 
  
Her delicate pink tongue touched her bottom lip, and she didn't have to ask me twice.
  
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Product Details

  • File Size: 3017 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TLM Productions LLC; 2 edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVFGHUO
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I have to start off by saying Tia Louise did it again. I absolutely loved Derek and Melissa's story. Derek and Melissa's story was book 1 One to Hold; which had its own HEA. This is book 2 in the series and tells Patrick and Elaine's story, which I loved just as much as the first. This is a standalone but I do recommend reading One to Hold first. Not only was it a great story, but you will get an insight to Derek and Melissa's character when reading this book.

Patrick Knight is newly separated after finding his out his fiancee was cheating on him. Patrick decides on a fresh start after that and gets in business with Derek working as his business partner as a private detective. Also starting fresh he knew he didn't want to get back into a relationship. He was going to live the single life and have fun at it. After having on heck of a one night stand and one messed up office hook up. That could not have turned out any worse, Derek sends him to the desert for a new job. While working in the desert that is when he met Elaine.

Elaine went to the desert to visit the spa and get away for the week with her best friend Melissa. Not looking for anything other than a little relaxation and to take care of her friend while there. When she sees Patrick she sees no harm in interacting with him. But what is going to happen after the week at the spa and one amazing time with Patrick? Not looking to get in another relationship and a long distance one at that she tries to keep it simple.

Now I know I haven't given you much other than what was in the synopsis. But nobody likes spoilers so I will say this was a great HEA story. I loved the fact that this was from Patrick's POV. To me recently it has been hard to find a good story written from the guys POV.
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My rating: 4.5 of 5

I was kindly given an ARC in return for a honest review. 

Patrick Knight needs a new start. After finding his Fiancé cheating with the neighbor, he promises to make a change. No more relationships, love, or trust! Patrick moves to join Derek Alexander as a partner in a investigations firm. On a business trip, he meets Elaine, a vacationing school teacher and everything changes. It is heartbreaking love at first sight for both of them. Elaine is struggling after ending a long term relationship and Patrick's mistakes haunt them and threaten their happy ever after. No spoilers here, but I loved this story! It had twists and turns, angst and hot sex scenes. I was pulling for Patrick and Elaine the whole time. And, a new character who becomes a big part of their lives! 

This book is the companion story to One to Hold. It is a standalone with no cliffhanger, but I strongly recommend reading One to Hold before One to Keep. First of all, it's a great book, but it will also give you backstory and enrich the journey this book takes you on. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in a hot steamy romance!
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This is the second book in the One to Hold saga, stand alone books that feature super hot, sexy alpha males and strong heroines. The first book is about Melissa and Derek, who meet at a spa in Arizona and fall in love. This book is about Elaine, Melissa's best friend and Patrick, Derek's business partner. Patrick is younger than Derek, more impulsive and kind of a screw-up with a good heart. He and Elaine also fall in love at the spa but have a series of obstacles to overcome because of some poor choices Patrick made, won't say what all of them are so I don't spoil the plot, but lets just say that a lot of Patricks problem is he sometimes thinks more with his little 'head' than his theoretically big head! But thru all the obstacles, they find a way to make it work.

Some of the situations they go thru may seem far fetched, but I actually know of several couples who have similar obstacles. It just goes to show you that love really can conquer most things if we are willing to forgive and not allow past mistakes dictate our futures.

What I really liked about both books (besides the incredibly hot sex!) was that the heroines were strong women, who the men respected, they liked that the heroines were strong and wouldn't put up with any do-do, it made the heroes respect them. I loved the fact that both of the men were not afraid to tell the heroines that they loved them, they didn't play little games or worry about being viewed as wimpy, neither man was "too proud to beg"! The men were strong alpha men but never domineering, one of the sweeter scenes in One to Keep is when during an erotic moment,Patrick ties Elaine up. When she starts to protest and ask that he stops, he becomes alarmed, not realizing that she was role playing.
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This is a great read, while Patrick makes a couple stupid mistakes his love for Elaine makes him face them. The story makes you want to smack him up side his had a couple times but it holds your interest, you won't want to put it down
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Ms. Louise has the ability to take life, with all its complications, and squeeze out the essence necessary to make a plot work. Patrick and Elaine are perfect examples of that ability. While Lanie may be less complicated, she is the perfect foil to Patrick's lack of foresight.

His explanation to Lanie was spot on, revealing his vulnerability without diminishing his Alpha-ness. The scene with the tie...just yummy!

I am enjoying these stories, reading without constantly being jarred out of the story because of bad grammar is a nice change of pace. Everything flows.

I'm on to the third book, One to Protect.
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