by Tia Louise
Series: One to Hold #1
Published by Tantor Audio on September 15, 2014
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, New Adult
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Derek Alexander is a retired Marine, ex-cop, and the top investigator in his field. Melissa Jones is a small-town girl trying to escape her troubled past.
When the two intersect in a bar in Arizona, their sexual chemistry is off the charts. But what is revealed during their "one week stand" only complicates matters - because she'll do everything in her power to get away from the past, but he'll do everything he can to hold her.
The feels! This book gave me so many of them.
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.
Rating: 4 stars