One to Protect - Tia Louise

Monday, April 28, 2014


One to Protect - Tia Louise
Synopsis:
WARNING: Recommended for adult readers (18+) only. Mature themes, strong language, and sexual content.

One scar.
One betrayal.
No escape.

When Melissa's ex-husband Sloan beats criminal charges, she stops believing he 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 he is determined to get the man who hurt his fiancee.

Then a face from the past turns up dead.

After exhausting all legal options, Derek is ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family... until his partner Patrick devises a trap that changes everything.


Purchase Links:
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My Thoughts:
Disclaimer: “One to Protect” was the continuation of “One to Hold” while it also happened before the end of “One to Keep”. Just a note, “One to Hold” and “One to Keep” were standalones though a reader must read “One to Hold” to be able to understand “One to Protect”.
Also, this novel is adult-themed. Mature readers only.


First and foremost, Tia Louise had done it again. She had written another beautifully-crafted novel. It was still as heartfelt like the previous ones she had written. I praise for her finesse as a great storyteller: knows how to pace the story, makes the flow fluid, knows how to drop a climax and to end it while asking for more; but mostly, she knows how to make a reader immerse in her novel.

Congratulations to the author, Tia Louise, since my ultimate favorite was “One to Hold” yet “One to Protect” stood so close! This was a tricky and a well-thought story. Tia Louise had used layman's terms and wrote a very detailed narrative of the scenes. The way she had written each POV was spot-on without giving away too much of the story. Once again, as a reader, I was captured by the magnificence of the story. As always, Tia Louise never fail to make me ache as the characters – I felt lost while Mel was confounded on what Derek was doing and I was frightened while Derek was just to protect his family.

As for the double POV, it had enlightened the story more. The passion, love and care that each Derek and Mel had for each other was shown here. But who was the One to Protect? Was it Mel? Dex? Derek? Patrick? Elaine? Who?

“Entangled with a mess from the past,
Haunting their future,
And fear lingering the present.
How will they overcome this?”

“One to Protect” had that suspense, thrill and heart-clutching moments. It made me sit up right on my bed, my leisure reading became an all too consuming fist-sheet-clenching reading as I swipe pages to unravel what would Derek do and what would happen to Sloan. In all honesty, I am a TV crime-drama bias and I would admit that this novel was like watching one. Though this novel dealt with such anticipation for action, it was still filled with unconditional romance. The action was there, the risks, the emotions and the reason that kept the character doing these things.

It was again Derek and Melissa’s story but now they were faced with a bigger fight. Mel's case was not yet done… Sloan was taking his time. Sloan was delaying and it was the calm before the storm.
Sloan was, if not, like a psycho. He was obsessed. Obsessed with what or obsessed with whom? I couldn't help but think it was an obsession of an idea. An idea of Mel or the physicality of Mel? But one thing was clear: Sloan had this obsession to possess. He once had Mel and it had kept him addicted to the thought of possessing Mel. The one he deemed he loved and the one who was his. He was like a victim on loose, he was needed to kept tabs with but Sloan was sneaky, rich, powerful and he had his mind set on what he wanted and he would go for it. A person with a mind like his would always seek what he wants and he would do his best to get it… especially if he knew it was his on the first place. As if Derek would not put up a fight? Mel was, is now, Derek’s and no one would change that. Yes, Mel was Sloan’s before but it already ended. Derek was also a man with a mindset like Sloan. This would be difficult, both guys were competitive and they always reach their goals. And sometimes you resort to different tactics and strategies, to protect someone.

So that the gang was back and they were stronger than ever. Mel was still that strong woman I had described in my “One to Hold” review, like Derek was still an enigma of sorts in here. There were things that changed for the better between these two. Not just the baby in the mix but also how their relationship had become. They were each other’s saving grace. When all felt like life had let them down; they found each other and everything was almost right again. It was as much as a drama-filled book as it was cloaked with romance. The book shouted “I’d do anything for love”. The sacrifice and all in-between? Amazing.

The development and progress of the story were congruent with the characters and their relationships. It showed that Mel and Derek were in a very serious relationship. They were let talking about building a future together. A path where there would be no turning back. Full-on responsibility and deciding together. That would lead there. But first, Derek must eradicate the barrier. Yes, eradicate. Intentionally or not. Then there were times that the story was all-too-consuming and I was glad Elaine and Patrick were there. They were the ice-breakers in the story. Yet, I also feared for Elaine and Patrick since they were helping Mel and Derek; they were also at risk (more so on Patrick, too).

Like at “One to Hold”, I was still mystified with Derek and it helped that he had his POVs in here. There was a heavy feeling I always encounter whenever I read Derek's POVs; that I felt trapped with his darkness yet overwhelmed by all his emotions for Melissa. He was still moving-on from his past love and he was consumed by a real and new love with Melissa. It was tougher because Mel and he were faced with a very strong opponent. I saw, felt and knew how powerful his love was at Mel especially that part when he voiced out his fear at Mel, I couldn’t remember it verbatim but Derek said that he fears a person who could take Mel away from him (that was total spoiler and swoon-alert!) not only that, consequences be damned he has a goal in mind: Mel and Dex. No questions asked and no second thoughts. He was all-in, to hold and to protect.

As for the romance, I covet every moment Derek and Mel meet. It was like a lover who was sent back from the war (no pun intended). It fills that longing. They relish the affection and the savor each moment together. The sexual tension and the intimacy were there, as powerful as ever. The fire from within was ignited and they fused not only their bodies but also their hearts and minds. The raw craving, that I mentioned back at “One to Hold”, to feel again was met and love was included in the equation, it made the story overwhelming, brilliant and beautiful.

On another note, it felt like there was more to the story. I thought about how it still had the sense of elation yet the closure was not fully-reached. Derek and Patrick still had an unfinished business. For me, I'd say he did what he had to do and it was justifiable. A piece of advice: have a great defense attorney. That aside, the problem ended all right but there were still strings attached and I couldn’t wait if there would be more or that was it. Either way, the overall story had created a great sense of balance of romance and drama.

Lastly, what I loved the most was that after reading this novel, there was something that clicked. It was the double entendre about the title. It was not to be overlooked. I literally said, ‘Oh! Oh! I get it!’ when I had the light-bulb moment and I even disclosed what I thought to Tia Louise! The title really acknowledged not only Mel and Dex but also for Derek (and Patrick). The questions were: ‘Who was the one to protect?’ and ‘Who was the one protecting?’ There were interconnections within those questions; plus the epilogue was very fulfilling.

“’It is over, we’re going to be okay.’
An assurance, a half-truth.
That was all he needed to say…
For now.”


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


Book Trailer: http://vimeo.com/91764757

One To Protect by Tia Louise from MsKelley Kell (The Book Nuts) on Vimeo.

Check out the first two books in the series that can be read as a Stand-alone:
One to Hold (One to Hold, #1) - Tia Louise
WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!

Derek Alexander is an ex-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.


Standalone, M/F, HEA.


Purchase Links:
Ebook:
Amazon     |     Barnes & Noble     |     Kobo     |     All Romance     |     Smashwords 
Paperback:
CreateSpace     |     Amazon

You can check out my review of the first book: One to Hold review


One to Keep (One to Hold, #2) - Tia Louise
About ONE TO KEEP:
WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!

Patrick Knight is not a nice guy.
At least, not anymore.

After a failed engagement, a one-night stand, and a random office shag, he’s sent to the desert so his business partner (Derek Alexander), can clean up his mess. Before he kicks his ass.

When Patrick meets Elaine on his desert exile, all he wants is to make her his. The problem is Elaine’s not looking for any guy—or a long-distance relationship.

Now Patrick’s doing everything he can to change her mind. And just when it seems he’s convinced her he’s the one to keep, the skeletons from his past life start coming back.

Note: Standalone, M/F, HEA


Purchase Links:
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In the mood to read a long poem? After my review, I made a long poem about this book


Stalk the Characters of One to Hold & One to Keep:


Author Bio:
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.

ONE TO HOLD is her debut adult romance.

Books by Tia Louise:
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014

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Release Day Launch: My Not So Super Sweet Life - Rachel Harris

Monday, April 21, 2014



HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!



My Not So Super Sweet Life (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #3) - Rachel Harris
Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.




MY NOT SO SUPER SWEET LIFE is a special digital only, fan requested addition to the series!

It's also told in DUAL POV. Woohoo!


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ABOUT RACHEL HARRIS
Author Bio:
Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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Release Day Launch (Teasers + Excerpt + Giveaway): One to Protect - Tia Louise

Title: One to Protect (One to Hold #3)
Author: Tia Louise
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour Host: The Book Nuts Author Promotions



Readers are saying…

“Derek is hot! Patrick is equally hot! Put these two hot men together and what do you get?!? Panty Dropping holy mother of god hotness! The gang is back and I couldn't be happier!”
      Karrie, Panty-Dropping Book Blog

“Each scene flowed into the next effortlessly… drama, suspense and then a scene that will have your pulse racing and your eyes dilating.”
      Daphnie, Bound by Books blog

“5 of 5 breathtaking stars.”
        Lisa, Goodreads reviewer

“The sex scenes are hot, and the story is great! The love Derek has for Melissa just pulls you in and you know he would do anything in his power to make sure she is safe, which makes him a new addition to my book boyfriend list!”
      Chrissy, Reading Past My Bedtime blog

“I love this series. I think I enjoyed this book the most because of the suspense element.”

      Helen, Kinky Book Klub

One to Protect - Tia Louise
Synopsis:
WARNING: Recommended for adult readers (18+) only. Mature themes, strong language, and sexual content.

One scar.
One betrayal.
No escape.

When Melissa's ex-husband Sloan beats criminal charges, she stops believing he 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 he is determined to get the man who hurt his fiancee.

Then a face from the past turns up dead.

After exhausting all legal options, Derek is ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family... until his partner Patrick devises a trap that changes everything.


Purchase Links:
Amazon US     |     Nook     |     Google Play     |     ARe     |     Amazon UK

Book Trailer: http://vimeo.com/91764757

One To Protect by Tia Louise from MsKelley Kell (The Book Nuts) on Vimeo.

Excerpt:
ONE TO PROTECT
By Tia Louise
© 2014, Tia Louise

“What have you done?” His voice is full of warmth as he watches me from the sofa.

“Since you’ve been working too hard—”

“Exaggeration.”

“Since you’ve been working too hard,” I repeat, “I decided to recreate our relaxing spa vacation in the desert.”

Placing the tray on the coffee table, I hand him his flute and lift mine. “To family restrooms.”

He laughs and clinks back. “To the gorgeous woman who drives me to crazy extremes.”

We sip and I crawl forward on the couch to kiss him and tell him again. “I love you.”

He leans forward, placing his flute, the tray, my flute, all of it on the coffee table. Then his hands move through the open robe to pull me onto his lap in a straddle, facing him. Just that fast, his mouth is on my neck, nibbling and kissing. My eyes are closed, and I’m powerless.

“I love you more,” he says beside my ear with a deep inhale. “You smell so good.”

Threading my fingers in his hair, I kiss his temple. “I wore the red lace…”

A rumble of approval, and his lips touch that spot behind my ear, a light scruff against my skin, sending shivers flying down my legs.

“My favorite.” His voice is thick as I pull his cheeks, reuniting our mouths.

For a moment, we make out like teenagers, hot and breathless, tongues entwining. He holds me against his bare chest, my elbows are bent, and my palms are on his cheeks. His mouth is like some rich, decadent chocolate I can never get enough of tasting. As we kiss, I feel him relax, and my hands slide behind his neck, my lips travel up to his brow. He hugs me against his torso and doesn’t move. Neither do I.

This big, strong man saved me twice. If comfort is what he needs, I’m here to give it to him. I’m here to give him anything. After a few more breaths, his arms relax. I lean back and study his face a moment. The robe has dropped around my shoulders, so I’m basically sitting nude on his lap, but I don’t care.

“Hungry?” I reach for the sandwich plate and hold it between us, right at our chins. “You probably won’t think it’s as good as Central Grocery, but I think it’s delicious.”

His blue eyes take me in before he bites. “Mmm…” is all I get.

Giggling, I lean forward and take a bite myself. The tangy, savory flavor of olives and smoky provolone fills my mouth.

“Delicious!” My voice is muffled.

His smile glows as he watches me, his voice full of love. “How’s the baby?”

Lowering the sandwich to the plate, I turn and put it on the side table again. “I can’t feel a thing, but the doctor said he’s doing great.”

My last checkup was a week ago, and we both agreed unless something unusual occurred, Derek could miss the routine exams. So far everything has been by the book.

“So he’s a boy now?” I love his grin at the prospect of a little son.

Shrugging, I acquiesce. “Maybe… it’s too soon to know.”

His attention moves from my face to my abdomen. Large hands span my bare stomach before he leans forward and kisses me right below my sternum, right at the top of my belly.

“I love you,” he whispers to the little bean growing there.

I’m certain my heart melts in that instant, and I catch his face again to cover it with kisses. He’s right with me, lifting me in his arms and carrying me to the master suite. A California king-sized bed fills the space, and he spreads me out on the soft mattress, lying on his side next to me.

I trail my fingers lightly over his brow, to his temple, following a line to his strong jaw. He looks at me like I’m the most fragile thing in his bed—another detail he knows isn’t true.

We don’t disturb the moment, though. The truth might be that both of us are strong as iron, tough as flint, but holding each other, we know how precious it is that we’re here, together.

The randomness of chance keeps us both in awe, and for that, we treasure these moments. After working so hard, our reunions are the sweetest bliss. He holds me, and I feel very needed and extremely sexy. This man is like water in the desert to me, and it isn’t hard to see the feeling is mutual.

“I’m sorry I interrupted dinner.” Leaning forward, he nibbles the skin at my neck, and a surge rises between my legs. “Can you wait?”


My voice is thick as I answer. “I guess so…”

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One of two signed copies of One to Protect,
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Check out the first two books in the series that can be read as a Stand-alone:
One to Hold (One to Hold, #1) - Tia Louise
WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!

Derek Alexander is an ex-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.


Standalone, M/F, HEA.



Purchase Links:
Ebook:
Amazon     |     Barnes & Noble     |     Kobo     |     All Romance     |     Smashwords 
Paperback:
CreateSpace     |     Amazon

You can check out my review of the first book: One to Hold review


One to Keep (One to Hold, #2) - Tia Louise
About ONE TO KEEP:
WARNING: Mature themes, strong language and sexual content. Recommended for adult readers (18+) only!

Patrick Knight is not a nice guy.
At least, not anymore.

After a failed engagement, a one-night stand, and a random office shag, he’s sent to the desert so his business partner (Derek Alexander), can clean up his mess. Before he kicks his ass.

When Patrick meets Elaine on his desert exile, all he wants is to make her his. The problem is Elaine’s not looking for any guy—or a long-distance relationship.

Now Patrick’s doing everything he can to change her mind. And just when it seems he’s convinced her he’s the one to keep, the skeletons from his past life start coming back.

Note: Standalone, M/F, HEA


Purchase Links:
Amazon     |     Barnes & Noble     |     Kobo     |      ARe

In the mood to read a long poem? After my review, I made a long poem about this book


Stalk the Characters of One to Hold & One to Keep:


Author Bio:
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.

ONE TO HOLD is her debut adult romance.

Books by Tia Louise:
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014

Author Links:
Amazon Author Page
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Cover Reveal: Intoxicated - Monica Murphy

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Intoxicated

We are so excited to share the cover for Monica Murphy's INTOXICATED with you all! INTOXICATED is a sexy Contemporary Romance novella in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse. It is available for pre-order. Links are below!!

ABOUT INTOXICATED:
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.
It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment. It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to.
If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up.
Is everyone a winner?
Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?

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EXCERPT:
"I’m going to have a baby," Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me.
Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows. Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon. I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason. “I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.” She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.” “I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?” Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”

MonicaMurphypic-250x373ABOUT MONICA MURPHY: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.