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Be still my heart. Derek Alexander. Your love knows no boundaries.
“Love is a risk.”
If you’ve been with this series from the beginning, you know that the author has a habit of pulling you in from the very first page. One To Save is NO different! If I didn’t think Derek Alexander owns my heart before, he sure does now. And I don’t think I ever want it back. With the secret Derek is keeping from Melissa, he becomes consumed by it. As the happy couple plans their future, Melissa feels Derek pulling away from her. And this becomes dangerous as it reminds her of her dark past. Little does Derek know that keeping the secret is more damaging than the actual secret itself.
One To Save truly reminds us of the resilience of love and how love always wins. Love endures. It saves. Despite the secret between Derek and Melissa, their love remains strong. It never falters. And you are never told. You simply feel it. Honesty and lies are a huge part of this book. They drive a wedge between Derek and Melissa. But if there’s one thing Melissa knows, its Derek’s heart. That he would risk anything and everything to save her, including himself. Soon Derek realizes that he is the one that needs saving, and Melissa will stop at nothing to get her heart back to where it belongs.
“You’re so far in my life, I don’t know where you begin and where I end.”
One To Save absolutely reminds me why Derek and Melissa are my favorite couple. This journey is suspenseful, yet emotional and still sweet and sexy. My heart was in this book the entire time. You fell the push and pull they go through. The twists and turns in the story were unexpected. I read this in one sitting as I was unable to put this one down. The author is brilliant in weaving a beautiful heartfelt story with characters that will forever be in my heart.
One to Save
By Tia Louise
*unedited draft, subject to change
Release Date: March 26, 2015
Page 1, Chapter 1: Secrets Melissa In the cool darkness of the semi-crowded bar, I study the glass in front of me and consider my journey. Memories of my old life fade like smoke in a glass. The shame that held me so tightly now dances at the edges of my mind like the whisper of a bad dream, a flicker of shadows that no longer make sense in my world.
Young women in their shiny slip dresses twist and laugh on the dance floor, but instead of resentment, my lips melt into a smile. My old self—cynical, bitter, defeated—is a memory I have to work to recall. These days I could dance all night with them, but I’d rather spend my energy on other activities.
The slim glass holds a pale amber liquid, and I can’t resist taking a sip. An involuntary wince pinches my eyes as I put it down. Seven and seven. Refreshing citrus dragged down by the heavy undertone of whiskey. So gross.
Sliding my palms over my thighs, I realize my outfit isn’t much different from those girls on the dance floor. The deep red silk is fitted at my waist, and drapes loosely over my torso. My long dark hair is swept over one shoulder revealing a thin spaghetti strap. I lightly touch the delicate gold chain around my neck leading to the floating heart pendant that sits between my collarbones, and light glances off the thick gold cuff on my wrist.
Unlike that first night, I’m alone here. My best friend Elaine is miles away with her new husband, most likely indulging in that blissful honeymoon period of early marriage. Make that, most certainly indulging. I know those two very well.
I came by myself to the bar in Princeton after finishing my business with a client in town. My infant son is back in Wilmington, spending the weekend with his grandmother. Studying my hands, I admire the deep blue sapphire ring on my finger, but I have no wedding band.
At thirty-two, I’m an unmarried mother of a beautiful little boy, and I wouldn’t change a thing… Yet. The tiny silver scar at my hairline reminds me of what a bad marriage is, and with my successful marketing business and the gorgeous cottage at the beach that I own, I’m satisfied with my life, calm. Not desperate. I’ll take my next steps deliberately, with confidence.
All these thoughts preoccupy my mind when I blink up and catch him watching me from across the square-shaped bar. Blue eyes, strikingly blue because of the way they stand out beneath his dark brow, coupled with collar-length thick dark hair.
He’s massive, at least six-two, and elegantly dressed with a thick stainless watch on his wrist. I can spot his type a mile away—rich, powerful, accustomed to getting whatever he wants… I know what he wants. A smile teases at the corner of my mouth. No coincidence I happened to look up at that exact moment to catch his gaze.
He starts to move, but his eyes never leave mine. I don’t look away either. I also know what I want. Thick cords of muscle ripple beneath the thin black sweater he wears as he glides past the oblivious patrons talking and laughing. Some are more animated than others, waving their arms and putting their drinks in peril. A close beard shadows his face, and the muscles low in my pelvis tighten at the thought of how it will feel brushing the soft skin of my inner thighs...
ONE TO HOLD (One to Hold, #1)
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ONE TO KEEP (One to Hold, #2)
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ONE TO PROTECT (One to Hold, #3)
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ONE TO LOVE (One to Hold. #4)
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ONE TO LEAVE (One to Hold. #5)
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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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