Monday, July 27, 2015

One To Hold (One To Hold #1) by Tia Louise [Audio Review]

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.

 4 Finding the right one Stars

This is my second Tia Louise book. One to Hold is a standalone and is part of the One to Hold series. I read book 7, One to Chase and I loved it so much I’m going back and making my way through the series. The writing style is a bit different in this one. I would say it’s a little more formal and not as laid-back like One to Chase. Regardless, both writing styles work for me. I’m not too picky, I kind of like the variety because it kind of changes things up.

This is Derek and Melissa’s story.

Melissa is going through some stuff. She goes away to get away from it all. She runs into Derek. Melissa doesn’t do one-night stands and she isn’t reckless, but Derek is so hard to resist. I got Melissa. You are in a rut and you find an attractive guy, so why not? They have hot and steamy times. The chemistry between Melissa and Derek go into insta-lust fairly quickly. I’m a fan of fast-pace novels and this didn’t bother me.

Derek is an investigator. He is in town for the week and after steamy times with Melissa, he wants more. One week more. He asks Melissa to stay with him and afterwards both go on to their separate ways. I liked that Derek pursues Melissa and I like the one-week-no-strings-attachment situation. It adds some mild tension and the beginning just grabs a hold of you.

But not everything is what it seems. The second half of the book shifts and it took me by surprised. I wasn’t sure if I was okay with this, but as I read, I learned to accept it. It added another level of issues and you feel for both parties (more on Melissa’s side).

There’s a bit of reflection on Melissa’s part and while she was going through her emotions. The book is from Melissa’s POV and I wished we got Derek’s (we get his at the epilogue). I wanted to know where he stood and how he felt. A lot is jammed into this book and props to Tia for providing me a bumpy journey.

I did the audio version. I can’t stress enough how much I love audio books. I do a lot of re-reads this way, but every once in a while I will throw in a new book I haven’t read. I like this because I never know what I get and the emotions it makes me feel. I enjoyed the audio a lot.

Audio Questions

If you could sum up One to Hold in three words, what would they be?
Short, Sweet, Steamy

What other book might you compare One to Hold to and why?
It kind of reminds me of Beloved by Corinee Michaels. Not only does it have a similar pretty cover, but it has the mid-shift-in-the-book plot with a military guy. The pace feels the same too.

What about Lucy Rivers and Christian Fox ’s performance did you like?
Lucy is a great narrator. You can tell she has done many narrations, she just seems so professional. She can voice transition well and I completely got her emotions as she read. Christian only does the epilogue and I LOVED his voice. He sounds like a twenty-something Hero (sometimes male narrators can sound really old, like in the 50’s), I wished I could have gotten more of him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I really like the beginning. I found it fast-pace and really steamy. I like two strangers meeting and hooking up dynamics. It just seems very modern and easy.


 One to Hold #1 (Derek & Melissa) AMAZON - B&N - FREE!!!
One to Keep #2 (Patrick & Elaine) AMAZON - B&N
One to Protect #3 (Derek & Melissa) AMAZON - B&N
One to Love #4 (Kenny & Slayde) AMAZON - B&N
One to Leave #5 (Stuart & Mariska) AMAZON - B&N
One to Save #6 (Derek & Melissa) AMAZON - iTunes | Google Play | Kobo | Are
Runaway #6.5 AMAZON - FREE!!!
One to Chase #7 (Amy & Marcus) AMAZON | REVIEW
Tia Louise is the Amazon and International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series. From "Readers' Choice" nominations, to picking up USA Today "Happily Ever After" nods, to winning a 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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