One to Love by Tia Louise
Series: One to Hold #4
Source: Review by Request
Copy Provided by the Author
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Tattoos, bad boys, love…
Boxing, fame, fortune…
It’s the one thing Kenny and Slayde have in common. Until the night Fate throws them together and everything changes.
Their chemistry is undeniable, their love blazing hot, but is history destined to repeat itself?
It’s a story about fighting. It’s about falling in love. It’s about losing everything only to find it again in the least likely place. And it’s about the one hit you never see coming.
I’ve got some serious feels I need to share about this book…
((Spoiler Free Review – Even though it’s killing me))
She said I’d saved her, but the reality was she was the angel who saved me. Now I was trying to hold onto her – as if I could be tat lucky.
Let’s start off by saying that I have read all three of the previous One to Hold novels, so I knew all about Kenny’s back-story before starting. One to Love might be marked as a stand-alone, but you really need an understanding of her time with Patrick in order to appreciate her current situation…
I was not one of the readers who wanted Kenny & Patrick to end up together in One to Keep – That was a pretty big (and fun) debate among readers of that book. To be honest, I wasn’t in love with Kenny’s character at all… Which is probably why I’ve been dragging my feet about continuing this series.
On the subject of honesty: I enjoyed this book more than the others in the series – It was ballsy, sexy, and emotional. There were themes of strength and redemption woven into the story which I really appreciated…
Having said all that, know that I can enjoy a story and have major criticisms at the same time.
My biggest problem with this story: I figured out the “twist” on Kenny & Slayde’s second date. That was so far in advance of the actual reveal, that it really affected my opinion of the characters…
It always bugs me when I pick up on things so far in advance of the main characters – It means that for the rest of the book I’m mentally judging these characters for being so oblivious to their situations.
It creates a disconnect between the reader and the characters – I spent a great deal of time wondering why Kenny and Slayde couldn’t see what was so obvious to me, and subsequently dreading the moment their happy little bubble was going to burst…
If I hadn’t figured it out so early in the game, would I have rated the book higher? I’d really like to think so.
I think Tia Louise worked hard to sprinkle clues throughout the text in the lead up to the reveal. Those clues would have been fabulous to someone who figured out the twist during the natural reveal point, but they wound up being glaringly obvious to someone who had the whole thing worked out so far ahead of the main characters…
THAT is the reason I have a hard time writing this review.
On the one hand:
I’m reading this book and thinking:
1. How are you willfully ignoring all of these obvious signs?
2. Why do you complain about falling for the wrong guys, but head vagina first for the guy who is practically wearing a shirt that says ‘wrong guy’?
3. How can you claim to be in love with someone if you know nothing about them?
On the other hand:
In a world of repetitive modern romances where the main characters are required by formula to dramatically push each other away before they can actually get their HEA… At least these two characters had a damn good reason not to be together…
She deserved better, yet she wanted me. She touched my face and asked me to let her see inside my darkest places. Now I had to decide if I was brave enough to say yes, to risk losing her by granting her request.
The saving grace of this problem with my personal experience reading the book, it that the whole plot did NOT lean on the shock of the twist.
There was a lot to love about this book, and most of my complaints are subject to my own experience reading it… But, ya know, ALL book reviews are subjective…
Like I said, a lot to love:
Kenny and Slayde had a really lovely dynamic – mutually wounded, and worried about how their pasts would overshadow the present.
When Kenny let go of her grief, it was a beautiful thing to see.
This book has one of the BEST ‘first kiss’ scenes…
Definitely in my Top ten. Wowza!
Wounded alpha-male with a hunted past who can be healed by the power of love?
Spunky tattooed chick who literally kicks ass?
Athletes in a gym setting that didn’t seem generalized or trope-y?
So yeah, dispite my criticisms, I quite enjoyed this book. There was an intriguing set up for the next book in the series, One to Leave, which will focus on Patrick’s mysterious brother (and Derrick’s former business partner) Stuart Knight… Different characters, different situation, different setting… It sounds promising.
About 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.