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!
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.
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