Review: One to Keep

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
One to Keep One to Keep by Tia Louise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed “One to Hold” so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this arc of “One to Keep”.

“One to Keep” is a contemporary romance and tells the story of “One to Hold” from Patrick’s side and you finally get to read about all the glorious and juicy goings on between him and Elaine while Derek and Melissa were pre-occupied in “One to Hold”.

In “One to Keep” you are introduced to Patrick from his first meeting with Derek. He has recently split from his ex-fiancĂ© and is finding life post Stacy difficult to stomach especially while he still bears the tattoo of her name on his arm. At a local tattoo parlour he arranges to remove Stacy from his life once and for all but in doing so, Patrick meets Kenny and arranges to take her on a date. After getting drunk and enjoying each other’s company, Kenny and Patrick go their separate ways but having formed a bond, decide to keep in touch.
“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.”
Back at the office, Patrick manages to make yet another mistake after falling into the arms, or mouth, of someone who he assumes is the new office temp. Realising his mistake, Patrick decides to change his ways but first he needs to find out exactly who Star is and why she had targeted him before disappearing.

It was during a business trip to Arizona that Patrick meets Elaine Merritt. Struggling to maintain his new mantra of “all work, all work”, Patrick becomes spellbound with her and the two spend the rest of their time in the desert enjoying each others company.
“And in walked Elaine Merritt like a stealth bomb straight to the heart.”
As you can probably guess, it’s not all flowers and hearts for Patrick and Elaine and some twists and turns happen to raise the question as to whether their relationship and love will survive all that is thrown at them.
“I want your eyes on me.” She kissed my lips lightly. “I want your thoughts on me. Only me. All the time.”
I was partly expecting this book to be just a mirror image of “One to Keep” but it wasn’t. Yes there were some parts which reflected the storyline in “One to Keep” but this story is so much more. Although there are twists and turns they are not very in-depth and don’t keep you on the edge of your seat for too long.

If you like your sweet easy to read contemporary romance books with HEAs then this is definitely the book for you.

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