I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Tia has seriously mastered the art of writing a series that gets better and better with each addition. While this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend you start at the beginning as these characters and their stories are interconnected. One To Leave was one that I just could not put down!
“Deep in my heart, I knew he belonged to me, but that wounded warrior wasn’t letting anyone in. He had his plans, and for whatever reason, they didn’t allow room for love.”
Stuart Knight returns from his service in the Marines, a broken man. He battles demons and struggles to return although he is injured. He wants nothing more than to give his service to his country. But deep down, he knows he must heal...physically and emotionally. Fate allows Stuart to meet Mariska Heron for a brief moment. But that brief moment was all that it took. Mariska felt something in that meeting. Something she is not willing to let go.
“You saved me from going back to a life that was killing me. How?”
Stuart ends up at his uncle’s ranch in Montana to heal and this sexy cowboy absolutely stole my heart. Without giving it away, fate intervenes once again and Mariska ends up at this ranch. Stuart feels this pull towards the beautiful woman. He is not interested in love, but his soul has recognized it’s other half in Mariska. Their pull is almost magnetic. I felt it. And it only deepens with time.
“You loved me when I wasn’t strong enough to love myself, let alone you.”
I found One To Leave to be the most sensual of all the books in the series. It’s not something that can be described, the connection is simply felt. Their chemistry is undeniable. The idea of fate and one’s soulmate is a constant and common theme throughout this book. I wouldn’t call this insta love. I would call this desire. Stuart and Mariska whole heartedly desire one another. This desire is passionate. It allows two people to truly follow their heart. This story is simply romantic.
“Be sure to thank your soul for wanting my broken one.”
Overall, One To Leave continues to add to the list of books by this author I have enjoyed and devoured. What I love about this series is that there are so many personalities that you will never find in any other series. Tia Louise’s writing adds depth to her characters and their stories. You will find yourself wishing you can be friends with him in real life. One To Leave is a heartfelt and wonderful addition to this series. I am absolutely over the moon that there will be more!
“I’m not leaving,” I gasped, needing him to stop.
He didn’t stop. He gave me three more swift thrusts before holding himself deep inside me, leaning over my shoulder as he groaned through his orgasm. He pulsed, filling me, then growing still. My heart beat so hard, and I couldn’t move. My bones were liquid as I lay on the bed.
Two more breaths, and he climbed onto the mattress, pulling me with him. I couldn’t resist if I wanted to as he wrapped me in his arms, holding me against his chest. His face was at my shoulder, buried in my hair, and he breathed deeply. We were both panting. Holding him, I could feel his pulse at my temple.
“Stuart,” I whispered.
“You’re mine.” He rumbled against my skin. “You don’t leave me.”
My jaw clenched. I was still recovering from that blazing fuck, and I hated how shockingly true his words were. I’d need the strength of Hercules to walk away from him. At the same time, I knew I had to stay strong.
“But you can leave me?”
He didn’t answer. He only held me firm against his chest. Our breath swirled in and out, mixing and mingling, and I wondered if he’d ever let me go. I wondered if I ever wanted him to. After a few moments, he did relax. He reached down and pulled the Indian blanket over me. Kissing my shoulder, he went to the bathroom and closed the door.
I pulled the blanket tight around me trying to calm my swirling emotions.
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014
One to Protect (Derek & Melissa), 2014
One to Love (Kenny & Slayde), 2014
One to Leave (Stuart & Mariska), Dec. 29, 2014