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ONE TO LEAVE (One To Hold, book 5) Blew. Me. Away. In all honesty, every new book I read by the marvelously talented Tia Louise I proclaim my favorite, and this one is no exception! There is just so much blistering passion, breathtaking romance, turmoil and angst in Stuart and Mariska's story. And OMG...the feels! The feels were so intense!! It was like a nonstop adrenaline rush of pure, pulsing emotion.
Set primarily against the spectacular Sky Country backdrop, it features embittered ex-Marine Stuart Knight who wants to be left alone to lick his wounds and kick a nasty addiction at his uncle's rustic cabin, but a chance encounter with the beautiful, free-spirited Mariska Heron is about to turn his world asunder!! She penetrates his heart of darkness, heals him from within, and shines a beautiful ray of light into his desolate soul. Gives him a flicker of hope for a new beginning...and stirs his every possessive, protective, primal instinct.
"My need to protect her was overwhelming. I’d never felt anything like it. She was sunshine and warmth and fire under my skin."
I was immediately sucked into this story. The prologue was riveting and heartbreaking and totally gutted me. Shed light on Stuart's true heroism. And brilliantly set the stage for what was to come! And then in the opening chapters when we saw the full extent of the physical agony Stuart was in as he tried to detox from his painful addiction, vowing to suffer in silence and not burden his friends and loved ones, it made me ache gutturally for him. He is truly a lone wolf who puts others before himself.
ONE TO LEAVE is an ultra steamy read with searing emotion, and in my opinion there is nothing hotter than a taciturn Alpha male who meets his match in the form of a sweet and feisty heroine who refuses to back down, chips away at his ironclad barriers, and eventually forces him out of his shell! And I never could resist a rollicking Western tale that unfolds in the wild plains of Montana!
Stuart is so deliciously dark and tormented and ruggedly alpha male. A strong, silent loner who harbors battle scars from his time in the military, he isolated himself from his loved ones so he could be left in peace to sulk and brood and try to pick up the tattered remnants of his life. Then, against all odds, fate and destiny collide in the form of one remarkable, resilient, impossibly stubborn woman! Mariska is his beautiful sunset gypsy, the balm to his tortured soul.
“You loved me when I wasn’t strong enough to love myself, let alone you."
Granted, Stuart is not an easy man to love...he's brusque, unyielding, commanding, fiercely dominant and emotionally unavailable. And dang it...he always has one foot out the door! But he is also strong and sexy and gruffly tender... This is a man who is all about Honor. Sacrifice. Serving and Protecting. A true patriot at heart, he struggles valiantly to banish his inner demons, regain his lost pride and find something to fight for again. Can gentle-hearted, flamboyant Mariska, who is harboring some mighty big secrets of her own, convince him to stick around long enough to fight for her...for them...for a love of a lifetime?
Ultimately, this is a beautiful, soulful, tension-fraught romance teeming with love, lust, raw emotion and unbridled passion. A book that made my chest throb with longing, stirred my senses and set my heart on fire. There are just so many nuanced, emotional layers to this romance, so much hope and heartbreak and depth of feeling, it literally rendered me speechless at times.
The romantic connection between Stuart and Mariska was just so incredibly profound, deeply spiritual and utterly Intoxicating, I could go on and on singing their praises! Fair warning: the sex is hot! Scorching, sweltering, off the charts hot. The passion was so explosive, titillating, even volatile at times, it made me melt!
"He kissed me like I was a country to be liberated, and he was the Marine for the job."
I actually fell so blissfully in love with this couple they gave fan favorites Melissa and Derek a serious run for their money! Speaking of which, it was so fun to catch up with all the recurring characters. Derek, Patrick, Melissa, Elaine, Kenny and Slayde added vibrancy, warmth, humor and emotional texture to the plot, and as always, Ms. Louise masterfully weaves all the key players into the canvas to broaden the scope and add fascinating facets and unique perspectives into this tale.
So if you have a hankering for a red-hot, Western flavored romance with a lonesome Alpha Cowboy, earthy, flamboyant, slightly kooky heroine, and a PASSIONATE, slow-burning love story that is fated in the stars, you won't want to miss this one!