I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Just when I thought Tia Louise couldn’t top the other books in the series, SHE DID! My heart was fully invested in this story from the very first word of the first page to the end. You are pulled in to the life of these characters. You want nothing more than to understand their past and see where their story leads them. One To Love added a lot of depth to the series. It is much more emotional, it goes deep. Putting this down was not an option.
“True love destroys fear. It covers sins. It’s stronger than any human emotion.”
Love. Love hurts. Love destroys. Love also heals. Kenny and Slayde have lived through this. Kendra (Kenny) Woods lost the only love of her life at such a young age. Life was not kind to her. Even with her son, she feels in a bit of a stand still. Her life is in a rut and she has no idea how to get out of it. Until Slayde Bennett. He becomes her light. Slayde, an ex-fighter has a dark past. He coasts through life as he truly doesn’t believe he is worth of anything good in life. Definitely not love. Until Kenny. While things between Slayde and Kenny begin to heat up, their relationship is rocked to the core as past and present collide. In a way no one ever thought possible.
“In a period of just a few weeks, she’d become the light in my otherwise bleak existence.”
Slayde and Kenny end up meeting through an unfortunate circumstance. But through that, they became forever connected just through that moment. One thing about life, you always end up where you belong. The chemistry between Slayde and Kenny is off the charts. Their build up of falling for each other was perfect. The emotions are raw. As mentioned before both have dark pasts. Pasts that dictate the individuals they are today. But this is no insta love story. Slayde and Kenny fall in love. Slowly. Deeply. Their love shatters anything you thought you knew about getting a second chance at love and life.
“You’re free from the pain you try to hold on to.”
One To Love is flawlessly written. The storyline is detailed and I could not put this one down! I was immediately drawn to Slayde Bennett. His real and genuine demeanor made me feel every emotion he was feeling. I felt his strong desire to love, but understood his guarded demeanor. His past was heartbreaking. And Kenny? She was such a fun character. Even with her past, you do not expect her to want to love again, but then you realize she loves harder than anyone else. Her love saves. It saves Slayde. Their love put their broken pieces back together.
“What she couldn’t know was the heart in her hand was mine. She’d hold it forever. I never wanted it back.”
Sometimes you find love when it’s least expected and in the darkest of places. Kenny and Slayde found that when their love was tested beyond what either would could have ever imagined. Their love didn’t know boundaries, it destroyed them. And even when it seemed impossible that their love could even surpass the huge blow to them, it did. The author is truly talented in allowing you to see the story through her character’s eyes. You simply do not read her stories, you crawl inside of them and live there. One To Love is no exception and I found it to be an amazing addition to this series.
The muscle in his jaw moved, and his voice was a throaty whisper. “Being with you is incredibly easy. Whether it’s a mistake, I guess we have to wait and see. I’d like to think it’s not.”
My body swayed with the movement of his thumbs over my breasts. “I want you to kiss me.”
In one swift movement, his mouth covered mine. An ache of longing moaned from my throat into his lips, and he pulled my bottom lip between his teeth. Wrapped in his arms, tight against his firm chest, heat sizzled under my skin.
He whispered over my lashes as he pressed his lips to my forehead, the scruff of his beard roughing my skin. “I’ve dreamed of holding you this way since that first night. I hated myself for it because you’d been hurt—”
“You kept me from being hurt.” My voice was breathless with desire.
His lips moved back to my cheek, down to my jaw. “You’re so beautiful standing here in the moonlight.”
Dropping to his knees, cool air flooded where the warmth of his body had been. Strong hands moved to my waist, one holding my side, the other flat against my lower back as full lips kissed my stomach through the damp shirt. His mouth moved to my hip, and I felt my legs start to tremble.
“Slayde,” I whispered, barely staying on my feet. It had been so long since I’d been touched this way, I wasn’t sure how much I could bear.
The One To Hold Series
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 Protect, #3)
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