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One to Protect (Derek & Melissa) (One to Hold Book 3) by [Louise, Tia]
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"5 out of 5 Breathtaking Stars!!!" -The Book Nuts

"Amazing heat, a bit of suspense and an unexpected shocker near the end." -Goodreads

* International Bestseller * Recommended Read on USA Today's Happy Ever After blog. *

One scar.
One betrayal.
No escape.

When Sloan Reynolds beats criminal charges, Melissa Jones stops believing her wealthy, connected ex-husband will ever pay for what he did to her. Derek Alexander can't accept that--a tiny silver scar won't let him forget, and as a leader in the security business, he is determined to get the man who hurt his fiancée.

Then the body of a former call girl turns up dead. She's the breakthrough Derek's been waiting for, the link to Sloan's sordid past he needs. But as usual, legal paths to justice have been covered up or erased.

Derek's ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family when his partner Patrick Knight devises a plan that changes everything. It's a plan that involves coloring outside the lines and taking a walk on the dark side. It goes against everything on which Alexander-Knight, LLC, is based. And it's a plan Derek's more than ready to follow.

A ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and heavy subject matter, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2225 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TLM Productions LLC (19 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JT1YE0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 April 2015
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Full price book , too short, yes it does carry on from the previous book, but just more of the same one problem is elimated, sex of baby is disclosed, other than that nothing different, no ending, no closure
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy continuation 16 October 2015
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After "One to Hold" I was so keen on finding out what is going to happen with Derek and Melissa that I decided to pick the installments where they feature out of chronological order. Consequently, " One to Protect" is the continuation of "One to Hold".

This installment gives further insight into how Melissa and Derek try to find their pace in their common life and how they try to establish a certain routine. Within all these transitions Sloan Reynolds re-appears and finds his devious way into their lives. The book doesn't end exactly with a cliffhanger but it will be interesting to see how the couple intends to face the consequences of Derek's impulsive action (in the next installment "One to Save").

I liked how the plot dealt with the controversial issue of Derek's spontaneous and uninhibited way of "problem solving". On a logical basis I don't want to accept Derek's action. However, the emotional struggle leading to this action were, to a certain degree, comprehensible. In any case, I appreciated how the author tried to put this inexcusable action into perspective by showing how Derek himself had difficulties to "digest" what he did.

This installment alternated between Derek's and Melissa's narration of the events, leading to a more balanced result than in "One to Hold". Again, there were again numerous hot and steamy sex scenes but the suspense part was more dominant in this installment, which kept me well entertained.

A very worthy continuation! I loved it and have already downloaded "One to Save".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart stopping tale of love, lust and peril 21 August 2015
By Kim R. - Published on
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I first fell in love with Derek Alexander and Melissa Jones in the debut book of Tia Louise's provocative One To Hold series. This couple is a fan favorite (me included!) so I was thrilled to see their story continue in this riveting third installment. Now engaged to be married and expecting a precious baby, this couple is more passionately in love than ever. Although they are temporarily living apart due to work commitments, they are joyously planning their lives together. But when the specter of Melissa's menacing ex-husband threatens to destroy their happiness once again, Derek vows to move heaven and earth to protect what's his. But will the cost of his intense devotion ultimately threaten the very thing he treasures most in this world?

Tia Louise has done it again! Seamlessly weaving tender-hearted romance and heart stopping danger, she leads readers on an enthralling journey of love, passion and intrigue. I was even more invested in this couple this time around because I had the privilege of watching them fall head over heels in love in One to Hold. Once again, I really relished the hot sensually and soul-deep connection between these characters, and Derek is a delicious hero! So strong and tender with a fierce protective streak that left me breathless.

Ms. Louise also skillfully incorporated other key series players in Derek's risky plot to bring down his greatest enemy, and there's a jaw dropping plot twist that proves to be a total game changer. But, ultimately, it made me worship Derek that much more. Swoon alert: There is NOTHING this man won't do to safeguard his family.

My only personal qualm is that I wish there were less alternate povs of secondary characters and more scenes of the hero and heroine interacting because their romantic chemistry is red-hot and I selfishly want more ...more...more! But fans seem to respond positively overall to this unique storytelling format, and I do respect this author's clever editorial choices.

Ultimately, Tia Louise is a gorgeous storyteller with a true gift for captivating fans with her tantalizing couples, suspenseful plot twists and searing emotional depth. This book is not to be missed and I look forward to the "conclusion" of Mel and Derek's love story in One To Save!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Derek & Melissa, Patrick & Elaine 7 April 2015
By Julie H - Published on
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MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS - OK, I was on the fence about Patrick, the young surfer looking private detective who joined forces with Derek. But now we have this new dynamic - hot, broody, sexy, older Derek with beautiful Melissa who plays off well with hot, young, funny, spunky, horny Patrick & his love Elaine. These two couples together are amazing & now I love how Patrick & Derek interact. Derek is still my favorite alpha male, he loves that Melissa is happier now by his side & she's a little rounder with their baby on the way. Derek finds this killer combo irresistible! He is still hellbent on getting Sloan out of their lives, especially when a prostitute turns up dead...the hooker bearing a close resemblance to Melissa. Toni, AKA Star the hooker for hire who set up Patrick in the last book, is the unlikely teammate who helps Derek & Patrick nail Sloan. I also loved this part of the book because Toni seeks revenge & also decides to change her life. Derek fights with how they had to deal with Sloan & so does Patrick, but you've got to get some mud on you to slaughter a pig (Patrick's words of course!) I want more Nikki, the secretary who dresses provocatively - she has the hots for Patrick's older brother so hopefully Nikki will get her own book. The next book is about Kenny, Patrick's baby mama and I'll be so relieved if she gets her happy ending. The girl did the absolute best she could do with a bad situation & I loved how she treated Elaine with such respect.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER 30 May 2014
By Amjedi - Published on
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One to Protect is the third installment in the One to Hold series featuring Derek and Patrick, who are security experts. This book picks up where the first book, One to Hold left off. Melissa, Derek's finance is pregnant and they are currently living in two cities: Princeton, NJ and Wilmington, NC. Melissa's ex-husband, who was physically and emotionally abusive towards her still wants to wreak havoc in Melissa's life. He was thrown in jail for assaulting Melissa in the 1st book, but he manages to get out of jail with just a slap on the wrist. When Derek learns that Sloane is still gunning for Melissa, Patrick and Derek come up with a scheme to permanently get Sloane out of their hair for good. We also get to visit with Patrick - Derek's partner, and Elaine - Melissa's best friend as they continue to have passionate love for each other, in spite of the fact that Patrick has a baby on the way with a one-night stand (Kenny) he had before he met Elaine.

The same passion exists for the two couples; they have the same amazing, steamy sex coupled with romanticism. This book is less romantic because there is more focus on getting Sloane out of their lives. I won't give it away but some of the things that they do to get back at Sloane are illegal and unethical. At one point in the book, I was shaking my head and mumbling "this is jacked up" when they involve Toni/Star in their scheme. On one hand they want to protect Melissa but then they basically pimp Toni/Star out to achieve their goal. To the author's credit, she has Derek really struggle with these moral dilemmas. It raises some thought provoking questions re do the ends justify the means - should you use evil to fight evil or does evil beget evil? If we use the same tools as our enemies to achieve our goals, don't we in essence become just like them?

I think I liked the first book the best of the three, primarily because it was the most romantic. Yes, it's probably a stretch to believe that everyone has Insta-love (although my husband & I fell in love at first sight and we've been married 28 years this June) and it is a little far fetched that Sloane doesn't suspect he's being set up and its really a stretch to believe that "Star" in the first book is willing to help them set Sloane up, particularly since the last time she saw Patrick, things didn't go that well, but hey - its are romance novel and it's fiction - everything doesn't have to be plausible, that's why it's a fantasy. Once again I think the book did a good job bringing the reader's attention to the issues involved in prostitution and domestic violence. I look forward to reading book 4, which focuses on Kenny - Patrick's baby's mama. If you read this post Tia Louise - PLEASE MAKE THE BOOKS LONGER - THEY END TOO SOON AND A LITTLE TOO ABRUPTLY BUT FANTASTIC READING!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Derek and Melissa 27 February 2016
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“It’s pure…and real…and gorgeous…and f*****g hot.” One to Protect is book 3 in the One to Hold series. In this book, we get more Derek and Melissa. We also get quite a bit more from Patrick and Elaine. One to Protect definitely has the suspense. It seems Melissa’s crazy ex-husband Sloan is still a threat, so Patrick comes up with a plan that involves Toni aka Star who we met in book 2 to put a stop to Sloan once and for all. I’m a fan of detective/action type stories and this one was well done. You still get the romance and hot sex, which is sizzling between these characters, plus you get to see these guys work.
I cannot wait to read more. In fact, moving on to book 4 is exactly what I am about to do. If you haven’t read a Tia Louise book, I recommend that you grab One to Hold, which I think is free at the moment, and give her a chance. I’m glad I did. This is one of my favorite series of all time!!

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