I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My heart continues to reel over this story. While I love all couples within this series, I am a little biased when it comes to Melissa and Derek. Their love overcame so much and is so strong, intense, and passionate. And their love goes even deeper in One To Protect.
"Being with her is enough. She's home and comfort and warmth and all the good things I thought I'd never have again. She's my future and my desire and my love..."
One To Protect is told from both the POVs of Derek and Melissa. It continues their story where they are now settled into their life as a couple dealing with loving each other from a distance at times and other changes. Their lives continue to be threatened since Sloan is a free man. Derek knows that Sloan may come after Melissa as she is his obsession. However, Derek will do anything in his power to protect his precious Melissa.
"His expression is a mixture of raw desire and pure appreciation. And love. Always love."
Derek is THE ultimate protector. He is loving, passionate, and goes above and beyond when it comes to loving and protecting Melissa. Because of his past, he never thought he would love again. But with Melissa, it's different. She is the light in his life he thought he'd never see again. He doesn't believe he deserves her. He is fearful that he will lose her, so he does everything in his power to ensure her safety. What I love about Derek is that he is so genuine. While he is a protector and all alpha male everything, he completely bares his soul when it comes to Melissa.
"You're my second chance."
The mystery and suspense in this story keeps you completely engaged. I did not put this book down the minute I started it. I was captivated from the beginning to end. Derek is faced with choices and consequences, yet all he can see is Melissa and every decision made is done in her honor.
"When love is taken away, it creates a vacuum that has to be filled with new love. You were a gift I wasn't looking for, a gift I didn't deserve."
I absolutely loved that we were able to see more of Melissa and Derek's story. These two love without boundaries. One To Protect is romantic, erotic, and suspenseful. You have no idea what will happen next and there are twists and turns in the story. I would not complain if there was more to their story. I would love to know what happens to them in the future as their lives go on.
Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire all of her stories... *wink*)--turned wife, mommy, and novelist.
She lives in the center of the U.S.A. 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...It's possible she has a slight truffle addiction.
Books by Tia Louise:
ONE TO HOLD (Derek & Melissa), 2013
ONE TO KEEP (Patrick & Elaine), 2014
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