One to Hold

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* Amazon Top 50 Bestseller
• #1 Bestseller in Military Romance. *

Derek Alexander is a retired Marine, ex-cop, and the top investigator in his field. Melissa Jones is a small-town girl trying to escape her troubled past.

When the two intersect in a bar in Arizona, their sexual chemistry is off the charts. But what is revealed during their "one week stand" only complicates matters.

Because she'll do everything...

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Overview

* Amazon Top 50 Bestseller
• #1 Bestseller in Military Romance. *

Derek Alexander is a retired Marine, ex-cop, and the top investigator in his field. Melissa Jones is a small-town girl trying to escape her troubled past.

When the two intersect in a bar in Arizona, their sexual chemistry is off the charts. But what is revealed during their "one week stand" only complicates matters.

Because she'll do everything in her power to get away from the past, but he'll do everything he can to hold her.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE, ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and elements of erotic romance, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. (M/F)

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Editorial Reviews

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/721002408 - Kate Roth
"A sexy read with just the right amount of drama. Louise's characters pulled me in and didn't let go." --Kate Roth, author of The Low Notes
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/717278304 - Magan Vernon
"Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Will have you waiting up at night for your husband so you can recreate scenes." --Magan Vernon, author of The Only One
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/691754234 - Patricia Saolmea
"Beautiful, meaningful and extremely sexy. Tia Louise created an amazing story that hooked me and kept me guessing."
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/724543070 - Karrie Puskas
"One to Hold is One to buy!! Holy mother of god is Derek Alexander HOT!!!!"
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/722774246 - Linda C.
"Bravo Tia Louise. If there's any way to debut a book, you have found the way."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494469177
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 330,798
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Tia Louise is the Amazon and International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.

From "Readers' Choice" nominations, to picking up USA Today "Happily Ever After" nods, to winning a 2014 "Lady Boner Award" (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.

A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the USA 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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    If your review is more than a paragraph you are putting way too

    If your review is more than a paragraph you are putting way too much information. No one wants to read the book in a review!

    21 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Good not Great

    Fast hot beginning, intrigue and little slow in the middle, then rushed ending. Just over 130 pages.
    Likeable characters, different story line, good read for free.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Review: One To Hold #1: One To Hold

    One to Hold by Tia Louise is the first book in her One To Hold series. And it is HAWT!

    Melissa has had a crap year and is on a week long get away in the desert with her lifelong best friend Elaine. What she doesn't expect to happen is the sexy god-like hook up that completely blows her mind. Is he gonna make a repeat appearance? Does she want him to?

    Derek just met the most beautiful but sad woman he's ever seen. Something about Melissa speaks to some part of him that was broken till now. What started as a one night stand, a really sexy one night stand, NEEDS to become more. Every cell in his body insists on it.

    There's a passion between these two people that will draw you deep into their stories. Melissa has to decide if her past will limit her future but she first needs to decide if she can ever get past Derek's shocking secret! I absolutely loved this book!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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    My Rating: 4.5 of 5¿¿ Melissa spots him across the bar at th

    My Rating: 4.5 of 5¿¿




    Melissa spots him across the bar at the hotel, where her best friend has dragged her for a week's worth of spa treatments. An escape, from what she has set in motion back home. She knows she has to go back and deal with the fall out, but for now, she is going to try and enjoy this one week of relaxation. She will need all her strength whe she gets back, in order to tie up all the loose ends and make a new beginning.




    She is sitting alone at the bar when Derek sees her, and without hesitation he starts making his way over. He is in Arizona for a conference, giving lectures on Internet Security, one of the things his company specializes in. He had just wandered in for a drink when he spotted her, beautiful, but looking unbelievably sad. Not quite sure what is drawing him, he feels the need to make her smile.




    Their attraction is immediate and combustible, and for the duration of their one week stay in this Arizona hotel, they can't seem to help but continue to seek each other out. What neither counted on, were the growing intimacy and emotions, as well as the piling up of questions and uncertainties. But when the week is up, they each have to return and deal with life as they knew it, but what did they know?








    *****




    Wow, hose me down!!!! ....... This is the second time I have been blown away by the quality of a debut novel, written by a journalist or former journalist. There is something about the ease with which this book seems to flow. A certain rhythm and confidence, all it's own, that you don't often see in debut novels. Don't get me wrong.....those other novels can still be excellent, but the writers are often still finding their comfort zone, their 'groove', if you will. 




    Tia Louise quite obviously has found her 'groove' already, she tells this story with a confidence that I was able to sense from the first page. 




    Not only does she tell the story confidently........she tells a damn good tale. An interesting storyline that pulls you in from the start, but only shows little glimpses of an underlying picture, slowly revealing an increasingly intricate plot, with a twist over half way through, that caused me to have a physical reaction. 




    Her characters are more mature, which is something that certainly appeals to me. Their emotional responses tend to be more mature and thought out and that is perfectly reflected in the writing. These are people who take themselves and others seriously. No playing games when it comes to feelings. 




    Melissa is a private person. She feels very conflicted, but is determined to finish what she set out to do, by herself and under her own steam. One of the most self-reliant heroines I've encountered. She also has a passionate side she is only now starting to discover and explore, or perhaps, she has only now met the person she feels free enough with to allow that side of her to come out.




    Derek is in a complex and difficult situation. He is immediately taken with Melissa, but he can tell right from the start that she is a woman who carries a heavy load. Having taken a long time to get over his own heartbreak, he recognizes pain when he sees it. He acts on duty, feeling and instinct, not necessarily in that order, and leaves any decision making out of the equation, for now. 




    ¿A fabulous debut, with emotional turmoil, tense moments of suspense and thigh-clenching sex scenes!¿




    **ARC provided in return for an honest review.**

    6 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book. The romance, the

    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.   

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Worth the read.

    Nice story, different twist. I really liked it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    Good story

    Good story. On Nook, the story is 135 pages long. I purchased to 2nd book in the series for $3.99. It is only 130 pages long. While a good stoey it is serialized. I am tired of short serializes stories. Why not just put it all in one book. There are 3 parts to this story. This 1st one is free. The others are $3.99 each. That is too much for a novella. Will not purchase any other book from this author unless I can be sure it is a real book of at least 200 pages.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    A great debut novel!

    This was a quick sexy read. I loved the way it was written. The way Derek and Melissa came together and how everything was mysterious. The story took you on a ride of emotions. It was filled with sex, romance, and agnst. It kept me captivated wanted to know what would happen next from start to finish.

    A great read! I'm looking forward to more by Tia Louise.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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    4.5 Stars On holiday with her friend escaping something

    <b>4.5 Stars</b>

    On holiday with her friend escaping something we don't quite know how bad at the beginning.......Melissa pops to the bar on her own
     and her eyes meet Derek.........hot, muscly, bearded, 'let me show you the desert sky' Derek.

    Well.......holy freaking hotness, sparks and smoke coming out of my e-reader! What ' let me show you the desert sky '
    actually means these days is.......let me do very very explicit things to you and make you cry out and whimper over and over again!

    Jam packed with drama, there is an undertone of what she is escaping from back home and why she can't commit to anything further
     like her friend Elaine &amp; Patrick who she meets on the mini break, (who also just happens to be Derek's partner!) 

    The one week stand continues and it is a tug on your heart strings as you are routing for them, it is a budding romance and the
    chemistry is freaking electric!  but you know she has issues to deal with first at home and boy when she gets home............

    Sloan, her husband, 'he is who she went away from'...........All I will say about him is Tia has him down to a tee...HIM, I had chills when
     he walked in ! 

    Nothing is plain sailing from that point on, there are twists and it is a twist that floored me! <b>HOW COULD HE?????</b>
    how could
     anyone be so cruel?????? Can't say anything else as it will spoilt it, but it is very intriguing.......

    I had a great time reading this, the week holiday is witty, lol moments, very sexy! And melt your heart romance........but with some twists,
     drama and some tough subjects too when she got home....I was on the edge of my frigging seat! 

    loved the epilogue! ! 

    A fan of Tia's !

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Great read

    Very enjoyable. Looking forward to Patrick's story!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Wonderful story

    This was a great story. I can't wait to read more from this author. Must read (383pgs)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    love lost or love found

    finally some mature characters....melissa had something to hide..something to run away from...derek was in over his head from the gate..but he kept his stride...their chemistry was so powerful it could not be denied...a week to live a fantasy...and then the unraveling of deception after the smoke had cleared....how much of what we want is true?...how far will we go to get it?...how much of ourselves are we willing to chane?....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    5 Stars! One to hold is a heartwarming incredibly steamy debut n

    5 Stars!
    One to hold is a heartwarming incredibly steamy debut novel from author Tia Louise. My heart skipped many beats through the course of this novel it had me feeling true romance and tender love. Everything you could want out of a contemporary romance novel is included in this book.
    Melissa Jones needs an escape. She needs a few days to relax and fix her broken life. With that in mind her and her best friend Melissa go to a spa retreat in hopes of giving her courage to face the reality back home. Melissa did not plan on having a handsome man observe her at the bar and she certainly did not plan to have the feelings that she did.
    &quot;But he didn't look away. And like a deer caught in headlights, I couldn't either. My breaths stilled as my eyes stayed on his, as I waited for him to release me.&quot;
    Melissa was a strong character. She stuck to what she wanted and fought until she got it. She faced what she needed to head on and then moved on.
    &quot;This was not me. I did not fantasize about hooking up with strange men in bars. And cocky alpha who studied me like I was a frontier landscape he was ready to conquer had never been my type. He probably wanted to tie me up or handcuff me to something. A delicious shiver passed through me at the thought.&quot;
    Derek is an ex-marine who is &quot;attending&quot; a banker's convention. He sees Melissa across the bar and there's something about her that lures him to her. He is incapable of taking his eyes off of her. After they share an intense and hot staring contest, Derek decides to go for it and take a chance with her.
    Together they embark on an affair. The sexual chemistry between these two is undeniable. In a matter of a few seconds they both share the most erotic experience either of them has ever had. A one night stand quickly turns into a one week stand. There week was filled with desire, lust, passion and steamy hot sex.
    The first few chapters are panty melters. Melissa and Derek are HOT together.
    What started out as an affair quickly turned into something more. Together through there week of fun sexual encounters they fell in love with each other.
    “He’d survive without his heart. He had mine to use in its place.”
    This book was amazing. It was the first one by Tia Louise that I have read, however; I most definitely won't be my last. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some steamy romance.
    &quot;All I can remember is that night in the desert when she'd wanted to say she loved me.&quot;

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Fantastic.

    This book was recommened on Haleigh Lovell's facebook page. So I took a chance. It was awesome. I love derek and melissa. I will read patrick's next. I loved the epiloge by derek and his point of view. A MUST read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    Melissa and her best friend Elaine go for a spa week for a menta

    Melissa and her best friend Elaine go for a spa week for a mental health break - Melissa's idea, she needs to get away from some thing. The first night there she meets Derek and it's fireworks when they get together. He knows she's hiding something and he's being a bit vague. They have the week together, who knows when they'll see each other again.......

    I love how Tia kept you guessing what it is Melissa is hiding. I love Melissa's character, she's someone you can relate to or know someone just like her. And girls there's a new book boyfriend on the block in in the form of Derek Alexander.

    I was hooked when I started reading this I couldn't put it down till id read it. I loved it. For a Debut book it was amazing, you wouldn't think it was a debut book. Tia is an Author to watch out for.

    This gets 5/5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Steamy and sweet

    Loved this book. Author did such a wonderful job I was surprised with ho awesome this book was. I will defintely read more of her work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    4.5 One to Hold by Tia Louise I was given this ARC in exchange

    4.5 One to Hold by Tia Louise

    I was given this ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is due to be released 10.9.13.

    First off, Sloan I hate you. No one should ever underestimate your influence.

    Next, Derek I should hate you. But after all your drama, why are you making me feel like this? I'm so upset, because I don't hate you, not even a little bit, not even at all.

    Thanks to the author for screwing with my emotions, it was a nice ride.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2015

    Fun, engaging & enjoyable

    A perfect hot little romance filled with all the things I love. Well done, Tia!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2015

    Richmond Tx

    Good storyling with a happy ending for all. DEREK AND Melissa and Elaine and Patrick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2015

    Highly recommended

    I didn't want to put it down

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