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One to Leave (Stuart & Mariska): Dirty Cowboy (One to Hold Book 5) by [Louise, Tia]
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"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."--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

"FIVE STARS: I swear Tia's writing gets hotter and hotter and some of the scenes (*phew*) are extremely spicy."--Jezabell Girl Reviews
"Utterly mind-blowing."--Somertime Book Blog
"Amazing heat with just the right amount angst..." -Goodreads

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 Leave
© 2014, TLM Productions
If you asked where this sudden surge of bravery came from, I'd have to be honest. I had no idea. Stuart rode into the barn looking like sex on two legs... very tired sex on two legs, but sex on two legs all the same, and I made up my mind. After the way he kissed me yesterday, I didn't care what type of bullshit line he tried to spin, Stuart Knight was in the same space as me. He was fighting hard, but he wanted this.
Now I was in his bedroom ordering him around, and he was actually allowing it. Humoring me, more like it. Not for one minute was I suffering from the delusion that this man took orders from anyone. Still, for whatever reason, exhaustion or simple curiosity, he let me take the lead.
 Once his shirt was off, I couldn't hide the hitch in my breath at the site of his lined torso. Ridges crossed his abdomen, lines stretched across his broad shoulders and down his arms. He lay on his stomach across the mattress, and it was all I could do not to run my tongue over every inch of his beautiful body. Instead, I quickly took off my boots, and for increased mobility (yes, that was my excuse), I removed my denim shorts.
Lightly I smoothed my palm across his lower back, trying to remember the touches I'd learned in the few massage therapy classes I'd taken. Why hadn't I taken more? Kneading a little harder, I knew I had to get lower, down into the pelvic area to give him relief. 
"Do you mind if I remove your boxers?" My voice was breathless and trembling. Those snug, dark briefs didn't hide much, but I knew once I saw that ass, I'd be a goner.

One word. He'd sounded almost as cautious as me when he said it. Closing my eyes, I shook myself. Now was the time. This was my man. If I was going to make it happen, if I was going to make any of this make sense, from the day I left Bayville to this moment, I had to go for it. Fate had dropped this opportunity straight in my lap.
Inhaling a quiet breath, I gently pulled the waistband out and lowered it down his legs. I knew what was on the other side, pressed between his pelvis and the mattress, and I didn't want to hurt him. Miraculously, I got his underwear off, and
Square and tight, with palm-sized indentations on each side... For a moment, I could only stare at his backside. Perfect and golden as the rest of him.
Climbing back onto my knees, I took the quietest deep breath in the history of recorded time. It trembled going in, and my hand trembled reaching out. I touched him. He seemed to breathe at that exact moment as well--almost as if he'd been holding his breath, too.
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  • File Size: 2847 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TLM Productions LLC; 1 edition (December 29, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.5 shiny stars

There is predictability in the quality of Tia Louise's work, but not in her stories.

In One To Leave, the previously touched upon characters of Mariska and Stuart are brought to life.
Stuart, thus far a vague shadow figure, poorly understood, comes forward as an intriguingly complex and rather dark but delicious man, whose straight-lined and straight-laced life has taken a step onto a slippery and damaging side road. Reluctantly facing some of the fall out of his poor decisions, he comes face to face with a woman who instantly embeds herself on his soul.

Mariska is a contradiction. She comes across full of star-eyed innocence and perhaps even naivité yet at the same time displays an ancient wisdom that seems in conflict. She is irreverent and open, intuitive and loving, and relies heavily on her heart to guide her way. The instant she meets Stuart, she instinctively knows her path.

This story is not without its pitfalls, there are steep arcs of character evolution, in particular Stuart's, that make for a compelling read.
Theirs is a clear example of insta-love but written beautifully with a touch of magic. As a couple, these two are wonderfully contrasted, making their chemistry all the more believable.

My only note (and half-star) is for the large number of POV's this book is rich. It gives a 360 degree view of the story, but feels at times a little crowded with the many differing angles.

I highly recommend this sometimes dark, occasionally magical, but always rich and delicious novel.
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This book opens up with one heck of a combat scene, written so well that I felt like I was actually there. Wow. Marines, overseas, getting ready to come home some for good, others for a break, then to return to the middle east. Next we see Nikki, and we see her waiting for Stuart's return from Saudi at the airport. this is where we get into the nitty gritty and find out Stuart's story, and maybe more about Patrick and Derek as well. Watching the personal hell that Stuart is going through, seeing how he and Mariska meet, and what happens was very interesting to read. Watching him fight against everything that is happening, trying to get back to what he knew is hard. What happens when his breaking point comes? What does he do? Go back to Saudi or stay in the states? What happens when Nikki shows up with his mother for Thanksgiving. What does she say and do to Stuart that almost ruins everything?
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By Lisa on March 15, 2016
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I love all of the different POVs in this book. Stuart runs of to Montana, cowboy country, looking for a place offering peace and quiet for him to battle his demons. Leave it up to a young hippie chick, Mariska to hitch a ride to save her cowboy…that she had barely met, yet felt an overwhelming connection to. I freaking loved the nerve of this girl!!

“I saw you and my soul came to life inside me. All the reasons no one was ever good enough made sense. They weren’t you.”
As much as I have loved all of the books and couples so far in this series, Mariska and Stuart might be my favorite. The chemistry between these two is explosive. I can’t wait to keep reading this series. Simply amazing! This author can tell a story that keeps me wrapped up from beginning to end.
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Secrets, struggles, and fate.

Stuart Knight is a haunted, wounded man, a ex Marine, who faces struggles and pain on a daily basis.

Tired of it all, he decides to kick his habit, and venture to a remote cabin in Montana on his family's land.

Mariska is a beautiful women, with a gypsy soul, she loves easy and looks for the good in everyone. And when she set eyes on the older Knight brother that day, months ago, she knew they were meant to cross paths.

Plagued with haunting dreams, Mariska sets for Montana to help the wounded solider, who captured her heart with one look.

Once there Mariska, feels foolish and scared that Stuart will think of her as a nutcase. Following him all this way.

Stuart begins his healing, its extremely hard, but he has his mind set. Get better and get back to the desert that his Marine heart calls for.

But when free spirit, Mariska, throws a wrench in that plan, Stuart's heart starts to call for more than that desert.

A beautiful story, of two people who are fated to be together.

Mariska will have to prove to Stuart that her love, and heart are in the right place, and Stuart will have to rid the monsters from his mind and learn to let the love of this special women heal him.

Stuart & Mariska have beat out all the others in this series as my favorite couple.

Fate works in mysterious way. And in this story, it brought a damaged man back from the edge, and into the arms of a beautiful soul.
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Heart Stopping! Page Turning! Burning Passion!
Utterly mind blowing, One to Leave is the latest release from Tia Louise-It is steamy, electrifying, and heart wrenching. One to Leave is written in several points of view giving the reader deeper sights in each of the characters which we love.

Stuart is a broken man who is as edgy as he is gorgeous with a deep yearning and determination to get back to his life mission of protecting his country. Stuart spends time at his uncles trying to fight an internal battle when unwelcome family and friends show up to help him overcome his demons. Determined to get back to his dream, Stuart starts to question if his dreams can be altered and still find the peace and honor he craves. Stuart has to decide if he is willing to forsake his friends, family, and even love in his life ambition.

Mariska is a young, stunning, mystic, old soul who takes a chance on love. One quick meeting with a stranger give the beautiful woman the courage follow her dreams to a place where her heart leads her. She constructs a web of deceit in order to reach a tortured soul who haunts not only her dreams but her mind.
As love began to blossom, the lies are revealed causing Mariska to finally open her heart exposing the real reason why she followed the stranger. Determined to break through, she is determined to save the tortured and broken soul that enters her dreams at night. Will the truth being revealed cause the man to run or will she be able to convince him that her intentions were not to hurt but help him.

Tia gives us another book full of emotions, heartache and steamy moments that the One to Hold series continues to deliver. One to Leave is not different. I Love this book, series and Tia Louise. She is a very talented writer, who not only give her readers alpha men, but alpha men which varied personalities. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, One to Save
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