One to Keep

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Overview

WARNING: Recommended for adult readers (18+) only! Mature themes, strong language, and sexual content.

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 fiancée...

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Overview

WARNING: Recommended for adult readers (18+) only! Mature themes, strong language, and sexual content.

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 fiancée 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)

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Editorial Reviews

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/765033726 - Holly Sweet Spot Book Reviews
"If you enjoyed OTH you will love One to Keep and if you haven't read either one, seriously...what are you waiting for?!"
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/814406916 - Aleatha Romig
"Great fun book with all the right ingredients: hot man, independent woman, intrigue, fun, and hot sex!"
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/801779184 - Karrie P.
"I fell in love with Derek and thought that it would be hard to fall for Patrick! Man was I wrong!!! Holy shit is Patrick hot!"
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/748842565 - Claire Robinson
"One To Keep" pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the very end (and what a beautiful ending it was too)!"
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/760254550 - Erica X
"I would absolutely recommend this story to my friends and anyone else looking for a great Hot read."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495225161
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/15/2014
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    Wow! I think my panties caught on fire while reading this wicke

    Wow! I think my panties caught on fire while reading this wickedly sexy book. What I love most about it is that it was written from a male’s POV. It was a nice change to read a steamy and scorchingly hot romance from a man’s perspective. You can’t help but fall in love with Patrick. He is your typical male and makes some serious mistakes and has to deal with the consequences of his actions. He is lucky that his boss Derek is so forgiving.

    Patrick is a private detective and has not been lucky in love. Even his one night stand turns out to be disasterous. Lucky for Patrick, the stars align and fate intervenes and brings him Laniey. She is kind, sweet, and sexy as hell. She is on a spa retreat with her best friend Melissa when she meets Patrick at the bar. The chemistry between Patrick and Lainey is scorching hot. The both have the most incredible weekend together and neither one of them want to part ways. But, how can a long distance relationship even work?

    I really enjoyed Patrick and Lainey’s story. Patrick is a walking disaster. One thing after the next happens to him and you keep turning the pages to see what is going to happen next. Lainey is amazingly forgiving and really sees what Patrick is deep down inside.

    This book is extremely hot with lots of sex from a man’s POV. You will be fanning yourself, and looking around to make sure no one is watching you while you read. What is really cool about these stories is that they are not really part 1 and 2 but side by side novels. You learn a little about what is going on between Melissa and Derek and it is all happening the same time that Patrick and Lainey’s relationship is forming.

    If you like a sexy romance that will also make you smile, you will love One to Keep.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Anon

    Just finished both books! Loved them...can't wait to read more from this author. Love all the characters and can't eait to read Kenny's story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    I adore male POV books. Patrick is a hard ass- newly made. He ha

    I adore male POV books. Patrick is a hard ass- newly made. He had his heart broken and is no longer interested in love. Or a relationship. But as he is called in the book he is dangerously sweet. He can’t just bed ‘em and leave ‘em. This comes back to bite him in the ass!




    Lainey is the amazing best friend of Melissa from One to Hold. She went with Melissa to the spa where Melissa met and fell for Derek. In OTH we had glimpses into the intense connection between Lainey and Patrick. They click. But OTK tells us the rest of the story.
    It is told along the same time frame as OTH. Just a very different point of view.




    The passion is out of this world. Their connection is so tender and sweet- his devotion to Lainey very evident. Unfortunately before he met Lainey he made decisions with his little head. Very bad decisions. And come back to bite him in the ass they do. I have to say his bad luck would make me never walk under a ladder, break a mirror or pass a black cat!




    Fortunately this is a love story- and Lainey and Patrick do love each other. It’s the finding their way back to each that is hard. With how fast everything happened it will be hard for Lainey to trust Patrick- never mind the issues with Derek and Melissa that are clouding the background.




    But Patrick knows what he wants- now to win Lainey back!




    I love Kenny- she is amazing. And one of the wonderful things to come out of Patrick’s d$#^ thinking. This is a steamy, fun and intense world- looking forward to more from TL.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    I really like the Patrick and Elaine's story as much I as liked

    I really like the Patrick and Elaine's story as much I as liked Melissa and Derek's story.  I look forward to books 3 and 4 coming out 
    this year.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

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    Review: One To Hold #2: One To Keep

    One to Keep by Tia Louise is the second book in her One To Hold series. This story take splace during the same timeframe as One to Hold (more or less) but is told from Patrick's point of view. The couple in this book is Patrick and Elaine. We met them both and got a secondhand look at them falling in love when we ourselves, met and fell in love with Derek and Melissa.

    Patrick has been betrayed to the point of driving him insane. At least his behavior is that of a crazy man. When we finally flash forward past the angst and drama to his meeting Elaine in Scottsdale, we see his take on how they met and just exactly what Elaine came to mean to him in that short week in the desert.

    There's a shocking truth that surfaces from Patricks recent past that made me a little uncomfortable with the story and very sad for all the complications that such a truth can cause. Despite this, it was refreshing to get inside the nitty gritty dirty brain of a guy for once. I enjoyed this story almost as much as Derek and Melissa's.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    ¿Whatever happened between us, in that moment, I knew the truth.

    “Whatever happened between us, in that moment, I knew the truth. She was my heart and my soul. She was the one I’d never get over. She was the one I would always keep.

    I absolutely loved every part of this book, from the very beginning to the very end. This book begins before One to Hold. So we get to see a whole other side to Patrick that we did not see before. After his breakup with his fiancé he goes from believing in love to not wanting to have anything to do with it. He begins to find comfort in other women, which leads to some trouble. Then we are brought to the part of the story where he meets Elaine. Which I loved. Because we get to read what he is thinking during all their interactions. Once they go there separate ways he returns home. We get to see how his feelings are changing for the better and realizing Love is worth fighting for, no matter the cost. Through out the rest of the book we get to see him and Elaine go through ups and downs through their relationship. Then toward the end they are hit with a major shocker that had me saying OMG! Which initially tests their relationship to the extreme. I loved the emotional rollercoaster this book sent me on. I cried, laughed, and felt angry at times. Then I would turn around and it would be a huge Awww moment and I would smile and fall in love with the characters all over again. This book also had a lot of character growth, which I love. Patrick is such an amazing character. He tries to act all bad boy, but really he is so sweet, caring, loving, protective and all together a big swoony mess of a man. He treats Elaine so awesome in this book. I love them together. They have great chemistry that you don't see a lot in book couples. Elaine is the perfect match for Patrick. She is smart, caring and loving! They both teach each other a lot about what it takes to be in a relationship. They grow as individuals and a couple. The shocker towards the end of the book makes your heartbreak for Elaine, she gets confronted with a huge roadblock from Patrick's past that you cant help but wonder where does that leave them. Will they make it or will this roadblock be too much and lead them to go their separate ways? I absolutely loved Derek in this book. I really enjoyed the relationship between him and Patrick. They are total opposites, but build a friendship along the way that I love. I really like seeing the change Derek goes through from before to after he meets Melissa. We finally get to see that Melissa truly brings out the best in him and makes him have a life Patrick's life. I loved their scenes together. They work as a team and help the other out in times of need. The final character that I cant wait to read more about is Kenny. I really liked hers and Patrick's relationship from the beginning to the end. Their relationship just proves that a guy and girl can be friends and nothing more. They are there for each other and will forever be apart of each others lives. The end of the book was perfect. What a Beautiful way to end it.

    I am so happy that I read these books. I will definitely be reading anything that Tia Louise puts out in the future. She Is a very talented and amazing writer. She knows how to keep her readers entertained and wanting more. Thank you for such an amazing story. Looking forward to reading One to Protect. If you have not read One to Hold or One to Keep, get out there and get your copy today. You will be so happy that you did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2014

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    ¿Holy Hanna!! I tripled my hot flash quota, reading this book!!

    ¿Holy Hanna!! I tripled my hot flash quota, reading this book!! ¿




    My rating: 4 of 5 ¿¿








    Taking over for his older brother, the Knight, in the investigation companyAlexander & Knight, Patrick knight has just settled into his new apartment in Princeton, where the company is located. Burned by his ex-fiancé whom he found cheating on him with a neighbour, he is eager to open a new chapter in his life, one that does not include any kind of long term commitment. He plans to simply screw any lingering pain out of his system.




    Every woman he encounters seems to offer an opportunity. The secretary at his new office, who isn't interested. The girl at the tattoo shop, who bites, but as it turns out is better suited as a friend. And finally the girl from the temp agency, who seems to throw herself at him on day one, and who is he to hold her back? But when the last one appears to want to cling, he takes off on a job that'll keep him in the hot desert heat of Arizona for a few days.




    That is where he meets her. Elaine. A beautiful blonde breath of fresh air who immediately makes his heart jump. Elaine seems to have the same instant response to him and while he is there, they spend all their time together. But Elaine is not interested in a rebound relationship and especially not one that requires a six hour drive to see each other. Depressed and frustrated, Patrick returns home to Princeton.




    Staying busy to keep his mind off Elaine, isn't really working and when Elaine calls him in tears, he is off like a shot. Staying away from each other wasn't working so well for either, but now that they are together, they still have the distance to contend with. And also some unfinished business that seems to have popped back up into Patrick's life, threatening to end the relationship before it has a chance to get started.




    *****




    Another well-written book by Tia Louise!! 




    Second in this series and although it has it's own HEA, it runs a parallel timeframe with Tia's first book, ONE TO HOLD. So I do suggest, for a better understanding, that you read that story first, otherwise some of the context may seem random. 




    Patrick is quite an impulsive and emotional guy. Acting before he thinks most of the time, as is evident in both the trouble he finds himself in as well as the speed with which he falls in love. A decent guy, though, no bad blood, simply feeling betrayed and angry and acting out somewhat irresponsibly at first. He also doesn't make the smartest choices when it comes to disclosure, which when I think about it, is one of the main reasons for problems in relationships in books (and life). 




    Elaine has a much smaller role in this book, in part because the entire story is written from Patrick's point of view. She isn't there for a substantial part of the events that take place. However, her character is an important one, at the very least in terms of her effect on Patrick. A little gun-shy herself because of a recent failed relationship, she also was not exactly looking for anything, and was bowled over by Patrick just as much as the other way around. And it was her who sought contact after they initially parted ways when leaving Arizona. Patrick's faith and trust in women had been substantially dented at this time and it was important she make herself the more vulnerable one that first move. 




    The fact that the story of Patrick and Elaine overlaps the story of Derek and Melissa, causes a bit of disruption in the flow. It wasn't quite as smooth a storyline as the first book, but rather a sequence of events that collectively made up the same timeframe that the previous book covered. So even though the romance was a complete beginning to end story, some of the side events that fed into it, seemed a tad overplayed. The temp incident and follow up still doesn't really make a lot of sense in the grand scope of the story. 




    The writing style by Ms. Louise is fabulous though, she has a flair for painting a scene, making pictures pop up in your head as you are reading her words. In some cases, that requires retreating to find some privacy!!! Holy Hanna!! I tripled my hot flash quota, reading this book!! 




    ¿A touching story of seduction, betrayal and rewards.¿




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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Great

    Love the characters

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  • Posted September 28, 2014

    This book was so amazing and wonderful. It showed how someone wh

    This book was so amazing and wonderful. It showed how someone who dealt with pain tries to move on and even though people make mistakes things can still turn out okay, if you make better choices. It also shows that love can conquer everything as long you tell the truth. It brought out all sorts of emotions and kept me interested. I loved the ending as that is what I had hoped would happen at the end and it was perfect! Great book!!!!

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

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    I loved it! Patrick had me laughing right out the gate with his

    I loved it!
    Patrick had me laughing right out the gate with his funny inner monologues that began in Chapter 1 and then continued all throughout the novel.

    A couple of my favorite LOL moments;
    From Ch. 9 Best Day Ever: Elaine caught my hand and jerked me with her away from the edge and to the steps leading down the mountain.
    I laughed as I followed her. “Slow down, you’ll trip. And it’s impossible to run with a hard-on.”
    From Ch. 10 Back to Reality: As she sipped, I noticed her eyes traveling up my stomach then meeting mine.
    It was pretty hot, and when she saw I’d busted her, she laughed. “You have great genes.”
    I glanced to the chair, going for a tease. “They were actually my brother’s, but they didn’t fit him.”

    But Patrick could be serious, too, as two of my favorite reflective passages shows;
    From Ch. 1 More than a Slip: I'd wasted a lot of time being the nice guy, the rule-follower, and I'd had my heart punted like a damn football for it.
    It was okay - it was the best thing that could've happened to me, because it brought me to my new understanding: You only live once.
    From Ch. 13 Reunited This Way: I couldn’t decide if we were making love so much as fulfilling a basic need like eating or breathing.
    Having her again was like taking a cool drink of water after a hot day in the sun. We had to come together this way.

    The story begins with Patrick settling into his new PI partnership with Derek and with Patrick trying to enforce his new carpe diem attitude.
    This new philosophy on life leads him to make some questionable although therapeutic-in-the-moment decisions as he begins to recover from Stacy's betrayal.
    Stacy was his ex-girl friend and almost fiancé, and she really did a number on poor Patrick.
    One of the cool bonus features of the e-book is that you can click on the link that takes you to the exclusive deleted prologue scene posted on Vilma’s Book Blog that details Stacy's perfidy in all its ugly, despicable glory.

    Post break up with Stacy, Patrick becomes that "live for the moment guy" who quickly learns how easily that approach could get him into hot water.
    He regroups and decides to throw himself even more fully into work and jets off to Scottsdale along with his partner, Derek.
    While at the resort, Patrick stays focused on work, even turning down a beautiful cougar type woman’s offer, until he meets Elaine.
    Their attraction is instant and undeniable. Their quick yet intense 1-week affair was fun and exhilarating to experience vicariously as the pair toured Scottsdale and had hot make out sessions that led to even hotter sex.
    What happened after they left the resort and attempted a long distance relationship was incredibly realistic. I cheered them on, and then I sympathized as they hit a roadblock.
    Ultimately, they find a solution to that roadblock and embark on their HEA.

    Before their story ends completely, we get a nice Epilogue with Elaine's POV. This gave us a chance to connect with her in a more emotional way as she and Patrick get past that roadblock.
    I also enjoyed the overlapping story line that Patrick's love story shared with Derek's.

    I’ll definitely be reading One To Protect (out now) next which continues Derek & Melissa’s story from One to Hold and then One To Love, Kenny’s story (Fall 2014).

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

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    This is the second book in this series and is about Patrick and

    This is the second book in this series and is about Patrick and Elaine story. Patrick and Elaine meet in book one the same time as Melissa and Derek. Patrick finds himself in some interesting situations all of his own doing. His was tricked in one instance but still if he would have controlled himself nothing would have happened. Elaine stays by him through all of it. They are a great couple and I loved reading about them and their story. I loved book one and I couldn’t wait to read this one. They have this instant connection that you can’t help but want to find out more about. They also both help Melissa and Derek through some of their troubles. So, while finding out about them and their story you also keeping finding out more about Melissa and Derek’s story. I love how real the books are. You go on this emotional ride with them and love every minute of it. I can’t wait to read book 3.

    I was given this book in return for an honest review.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Wow

    Probably one of the worst books I have ever read and I read a lot. the "Hero" is a douche that will basically nail anything. A third of the book is done before it gets to meeting the "heroine"... Then it is instant love and sex...no relationship developement. Just another....manwhore meets woman....falls in instant love....problem occurs....he gets let off hook and all ends well....on a positive note...the author did refrain from the male making the female tell him her lady parts were his and belonged to him every time they did the deed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Flimsy, poorly written. Don't understand other reviewers. Won'

    Flimsy, poorly written. Don't understand other reviewers. Won't buy this author again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    A worse book I ever read.

    This book have nothing appealing. A lot of stupid sexual scenes, mindless plot. Don't lost your time reading.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

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    One to Keep by Tia Louise is scorching hot between the sheets.

    One to Keep by Tia Louise is scorching hot between the sheets. Patrick's been hurt and badly by his cheating ex-fiancee and indulges in binges of sex. But when he meets Elaine at an out of town conference, that binge focuses entirely on her. From a rather innocuous first meeting to a week of fun between the sheets, and anywhere else the mood strikes, Elaine and Patrick get to know each other pretty well. But, at the end of the week, it's over, leaving both Lainey and Patrick hurting and struggling to deal with the separation.

    The beginning does not do much to make Patrick a sympathetic character with his constant womanizing. But, he grows significantly, partly because of Lainey and partly by the way he handles some of the hurdles that threaten to derail them. There are significant hurdles, not the least of which is their best friends' relationship (from One to Hold). Lainey, for her part, doesn't need a strong character arc; she's already got a lot working for her.

    After the struggles with their best friends, a mysterious woman and an old one night stand all conspire to keep Lainey and Patrick apart, though not always on purpose. This has a fairly strong plot as Patrick tries to navigate his way through the pitfalls and minefields of his past. But, he is determined to make things work with the woman he loves. How it all resolves itself is sweet, fun, and tender.

    I would recommend reading One to Hold before One to Keep though this book stands on its own very well. There is enough background in the first book that it will allow a reader to compare and contrast experiences. Over, this is a much stronger book than One to Hold with a much stronger plot line and better characterization. I'd strongly recommend One to Keep.

    RATING: 4

    Heat Rating: Fiery, Hot

    REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves

    Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

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    SOLID BEAUTIFUL 4.5 STARS!! Let me just start by saying that I

    SOLID BEAUTIFUL 4.5 STARS!!

    Let me just start by saying that I loved Patrick & Elaine's book as much as Derek & Melissa's. It was for personal reasons that I had to knock off a half star. Even though it's been a little while since I read OTH I spent the first half of this story not fully engaged in Patrick and Elaine because I couldn't stop thinking about Derek and Mel, I fell hard for them ya see!

    Now that said, I eventually felt myself fall 'all in' and I just devoured this story. We get a little taste in book one of them being blissfully happy and then having some issues, but HOLY SMOKES is there a lot going on there. There is never a dull moment in this story!

    It's safe to say before Elaine that Patrick is what we'd call A HOT MESS! But it's amazing what a good woman and her love can do. The chemistry between these two is electric. It is not an easy road for them but the pull is too much for either of them to deny and they both know they belong in each others arms.

    I am not going to give anything away since this was an ARC graciously provided to me by Ms. Louise, all I will say is if you enjoyed OTH you will love One to Keep and if you haven't read either one, seriously...what are you waiting for??!

    I will leave you with my favorite part. It made me swoon a bit!

    "Everything that was wrong with me, all the pieces that were broken or that I tried to force into the wrong spots were fixed. Your smile, your touch....everything about you made me want to be a better person. You put me back together, Elaine, and not just that, you're beautiful and sexy...You're the only woman I wan. You're the only person who completes me. None of the other stuff matters. Nothing matters to me as much as you do." My voice was a cracked whisper. "Nothing." ~Patrick

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Loved it

    I loved this book. The ending was great. I enjoyed reading about derek and melissa again. Patrick and elaine are awesome together. Thank you, tia.

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

    Loved this book! The story is amazing, sexy and funny. The chara

    Loved this book! The story is amazing, sexy and funny. The characters are great.
    In this book we get to know Patrick and Elaine's story. Patrick just broke up with is fiancée after she cheated on him and decided he needed a new start. He takes is brother place at Alexander & Knight. He decides that love isn't worth the pain it causes and starts living by a new philosophy: You Only Live Once. After messing up by having an office hook up, Derek sends him to the desert where he meets Elaine.
    Elaine is a middle school teacher. She goes to the desert for a spa retreat with Melissa and ends up meeting Patrick. They spend the week together and, although Patrick doesn't want, they go seperate ways in the end.
    After a week separated, Elaine calls Patrick and they reunite.
    This story as its ups and downs but in the end we have a HEA.
    Can't wait to read more about them and Kenny's story.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    I won this one a few days ago and got right on it :) This is a s

    I won this one a few days ago and got right on it :) This is a story about Elaine and Patrick. Another story with lots and lots of great sex :)
    Patrick meets Elaine at the spa resort where her and Melissa are staying and they fall hard for each other right away. Elaine is able to find the good Patrick somewhere inside of him and they fall in love. When their week ends, Patrick wants more, but Elaine isn`t fond of a long distance relationships.

    I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to Tia`s next book.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Pssst don`t tell Derek but I like Patrick A LOT! :) Patrick wa

    Pssst don`t tell Derek but I like Patrick A LOT! :)

    Patrick wants new fresh start. After finding his girlfriend cheating he doesn`t believe in love anymore. So all he wants is to put everything behind him. He is sent to Scottsdale, Arizona for a job. So his mission is not to get into truble and just do his job. But there he meets Elaine. She takes his breath away. Their chemistry is HOT!!! Tia Louise sure knows how to write sex scenes.

    I have to say Patrick stole my heart! Maybe because the book was in his POV and I understood him more than Derick, but ohhh I love how he fell hard for Elaine! I love how she changed his mind not to fall in love again! It broke my heart how emotionally broken he was, but Elaine healed him! Ahhh Patrick <3

    Can`t wait for the others books by this author!

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