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One to Take: One to Hold, Book 8 Paperback – May 11, 2016
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"FIVE STARS: Another must read from Tia Louise!" -Kaylee Ryan, USA Today bestselling author
About the Author
From “Readers’ Choice” nominations, to USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning the 2015 “Favorite Erotica Author” and the 2014 “Lady Boner Award” (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.
A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the USA with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations...
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Top Customer Reviews
From the first page of this remarkable novel, a panoramic video unfolds that is so vivid and realistic that you don't realize you are reading. Tia Louise creates a narrative that paints a picture with words filled with drama, angst, love and mystery. In book eight of her One to Hold series, this talented author shares the life of two very different individuals that meet, fall in love but find the path to true love and happiness is not always easy or expected. Marisa and Stuart's story touches the heart and warms the soul, in One to Take, a beautifully written novel with unexpected kinks that you will not want to miss.
Finally Mariska Heron has claimed her man. After a rocky start the man she dreamed of is her fiancé and they are starting their happily ever after. But her dreams have returned and they are nightmares that she cannot explain. The only thing she has to hold on to is her love, Stuart Knight. Will that be enough?
He never wanted a woman, or a love story, until Mariska. Her freely given love, magnetic personality and gypsy spirit makes her unforgettable and irresistible. Now, Mariska is his and he will hold on tight and never let go. Sometimes the past comes back to haunt and destroy the future. Stuart will not only have to fight his own nightmares, but also save Mariska from hers.
Fantastic addition to my Contemporary Romance library. The brooding, wounded Marine turned cowboy is a character so beautifully formed that you will want him for yourself! The storyline is refreshing, edgy and at times will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next!
Stuart is an alpha that has been broken but uses that strength he's put forth in the military to fight to put himself back together. It makes him more 'real' rather than just the big-muscled blustery males you get in other novels. He's now in a place that he knows Mariska is his forever but he'll still have one more battle to overcome within himself in order to be the man she needs him to be.
Mariska is fun, bright and so solid that this story kind of took me by surprise. This is good as I hate stories to be predictable. She is having dreams/nightmares again, but this time they are not about Stuart, but about herself. All of her 'special' abilities are useless as she is haunted by what these nightmares are trying to tell her. Add in a horrific tragedy and you have a woman who will have to re-evaluate everything she's ever known/thought about herself in order to find her HEA.
I really don't want to say any more and give anything away!! If you haven't read 'One to Leave', you will be ok, but you'll really be missing out on Stuart's backstory and the story of how Stuart and Mariska became a couple.Read more ›
Hot Cowboy/Ex-Marine -- Check
Determined lead female character -- Check
Heartbreaking story -- Check
Happily Ever After -- Check
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Tia Louise's writing and this series, so I was ecstatic to get my hands on One To Take and read more of Stuart and Mariska. Mariska is a free spirit with a "gift" which makes her unique. She usually sees things in peoples futures, and this gift is what brought her to Stuart to begin with. Now the two of them are back on the ranch for a few weeks, and happier than ever. Mariska is loving being on the ranch, and so happy that she gets to help Stuart break a new horse, who she fondly named Jessie. Everything is perfect in their world, until it isn't.
Both Stuart and Mariska are stubborn and think they know what is best for them, so when things come to a head, it doesn't end well and it pulls them apart. Watching them find their way back to one another made my heart hurt. I wanted them back together so bad, but I understand they had to do it their way, which in the end, I think made them even stronger than they were apart. Their journey isn't easy, and at times I wanted to yell and scream at both of them, but in the end they was happy for them and how they got their HEA.
This book is a definite emotional read that pulled at my heartstrings. I swooned over Stuarts alpha tendencies, his kindness and his love for Mariska. I laughed at how stubborn Mariska is with Stuart, and I cried when things came to a head for these two. Their story is beautifully written and I felt connected to both of them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh man. This story hit so close to home for me. I really understand what Mariska was going through and I cried. It is one of the hardest thing to go through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thi
GREAT STORY! LOVE THIS SERIES! Start from the beginning and go all of the way through. Tia is awesome! :DPublished 2 months ago by Heyurs
I loved how this story continued Stuart and Mariksa's story and how sometimes you have bumps along the way but at the end of the day, the two of them can talk things through to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kati C
I am a huge fan of the One to Hold universe. Tia Louise gives us another hot and steamy romance, with Stuart and Mariska at the center of this tale. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ashley Lighthizer
One to Take in the One to Hold series was my first Tia Louise book to read. While part of a series it can be read alone. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Annette
Stuarts story is simple... FATE. This man that was brought down by war and the pain that it brought to his life. Never thinking he would find peace. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Book Fairy Reviews
I couldn't stop reading this book once I started. I love Stuart and Mariska. There were parts that tore up my heart and had me sobbing but in the end Tia will put you back... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karie Gibson
Really enjoyed this book following Stuart and Mariska story through the happiness and sad times, you can feel all the emotion right along with them as you read their story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathy
Hard knocks abound in this book. Things that make you cry and despair. You hope Mariska and Stuart come out if this solid but you just don't know.Published 4 months ago by Mauaqui