I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book. The romance, the steaminess, the suspense! It was an all around great book that was hard to put down.
The story begins where we meet Melissa who is at a resort with her best friend, Elaine. We are given the sense that Melissa is running from something or someone, but that is not revealed until later. For now, her and Elaine are adamant about spending their week relaxing and receiving spa treatments. One night she ends up meeting the dark, handsome, mysterious Derek Alexander. Their chemistry is off the charts. Melissa and Derek immediately connect and end up hooking up that night. Normal, right? Wrong. Something develops between these two, but they only have one week. Can two attractive people fall for each other in a week?
This fast paced adult romance story captured me the moment I started. The connection between Melissa and Derek was electrifying, exciting, and truly heartfelt. Neither one knew what they were missing in their lives until they found each other. This author did a great job in allowing two perfect strangers to meet and to fall for each other so deeply. This isn't insta-love. Love knows no time limit, no boundaries. Derek and Melissa are proof of this.
This story consumed me not only with romance but with suspense as well. There are secrets on both sides that I did not see coming. While Melissa is battling with her inner demons she finally allows herself to let Derek in. They spend more time together and although scared, she falls for him. Hard and quickly. No pun intended. Ok well maybe. :) Derek is sexy and swoon worthy. I would love to see more of their story, especially from Derek's POV. If you enjoy a hot and suspenseful romance story then this is the one for you. This is a great debut from the author and I am excited to see what she comes up with next.
**BOOK Two, One To Keep, IS COMING SOON!**
WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!
There's a new guy in town...
"Patrick Knight, single, retired Guard-turned private investigator. I was a closer. A deal maker. I looked clients in the eye and told them I’d get their shit done. And I did..."
Patrick doesn't do "nice."
At least, not anymore.
After his fiance cheats, he follows up with a one-night stand and a disastrous office hook-up. His business partner (Derek Alexander) sends him to the desert to get his head straight--and clean up the mess.
While there, Patrick meets Elaine, and blistering sparks fly, but she's not looking for any guy. Or a long-distance relationship.
Patrick's ready to do anything to keep her, but just when it seems he’s changed her mind, the skeletons from his past life start coming back.
Standalone, M/F, HEA; Coming Jan. 16, 2014!
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.