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One to Hold (Derek & Melissa): A thrilling, second-chance military romance. Kindle Edition
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There are some interesting plot twists and well designed confrontations. Melissa beats us over the head a few too many times in the beginning telling us how “unavailable” she is. The reveal when she returns home would have been more dramatic if it hadn’t been so obvious. Still Melissa and Derek are both likeable characters, and they have quite a few hot and heavy scenes. On the downside to that, there is instant lust but nothing to illustrate how they fall into instant love. The first person POV story moves along well. The ending was actually pretty satisfying till the epilogue, which left me slightly frustrated. Too much is crammed into it (some things that I’m not sure even work time wise), cracks in the whole instant love/lust scenario become evident, and more plot doors are opened rather than closed. While there is a HEA and no actual cliffhanger, be warned—the epilogue serves to set up a future novella for the pair, rather than provide closure on the current story.
Melissa is on vacation at a spa in Arizona with her friend. Several hints are dropped about an incident that Melissa is trying to forget and recover from. The trip is intended to help her regroup mentally as well as physically. At the bar one night, Melissa locks eyes with Derek, a retired Marine, former cop, and current private investigator. The two connect immediately and their one night stand turns into a one week stand.
The emotion in this book is so well written. Even though Melissa and Derek hook up right away, there's an undercurrent of genuine trust and caring between them that goes beyond the physical. When the week is over, they're both left wanting more.
When Melissa returns home, we discover the mystery surrounding her past. There's also a big plot twist that I didn't see coming at all. Normally, plot twists drive me crazy, but this one is well done and resolved nicely.
The majority of the book is told from Melissa's point of view, so we get a clear sense of who she is as a person. Since only the epilogue is told from Derek's point of view, I felt that I didn't get to know him as well as I knew Melissa. I would have liked to see more about Derek's back story, especially since he has had such a broad experience in the military and law enforcement.
I listened to the audio edition, which is narrated by two of my favorites, Lucy Rivers and Christian Fox. As I mentioned, the majority of the book is told from Melissa's point of view, so Christian Fox's narration only comes in at the end. Speaking of which, I appreciated that the epilogue is substantial and really added to the story as a whole, rather than just being a hasty afterthought.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The depth of emotion between the main characters is credible and moving. This is book #1 in the One to Hold series and I'm so excited to read the rest of the series.
The sex is hot and intense. The story has that, abuse and the aftermath, friendship, adventure, etc. It was a very different kind of love story. I was told character development is when a character starts out as one thing but over the course of the story they grow and evolve. I thought the characters in this story did - except for the jerk of an ex-husband. But then he started evil and he ended evil and it is just who he was!! I thought the two main characters took a hold on their life and made changes for the better. I enjoyed the story and I would definitely recommend it. I read the one star reviews and I just didn't get what they were talking about. I didn't agree with them at all.
I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is just my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.