Series: One to Hold #4
Release Date: October 9, 2014
Publisher: Tia Louise
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★ ½
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.
But I digress.
One to Love picks up Kenny's story, we first met her in One to Keep. She wasn't a main player but she was an important one and one I wanted to get to know more of. While you can read One to Love as a stand alone, I would not suggest it. There is some pivotal information in One to Keep that will help you understand Kenny better.
Kenny is getting her life back together after the loss of a husband and an accidental pregnancy. She's been through tragedy and is finally beginning to find her way in the world, and finally ready to open her heart again.
Slayde has tragedies of his own. Of his own making. Forgiving himself for those bad decisions isn't easy, but he's working on them. Kenny makes him feel like he can be a better man, like she is his reward for being the man he wants to be.
Louise does a wonderful job with the chemistry between these two, it's hot yet playful and fun. They work together as a couple really well, each guarding themselves just enough while learning to trust a new relationship. And each understanding the need for that. This was the aspect of the book, I loved.
I love broken people, I love reading how they reconcile all the hurt, the pain, the loss. I love seeing how they overcome it, if they do.
Yet, I'm not sure I could have overcome this level of hurt. I truly don't believe I'm that kind of person. Sadly.
You see, One to Love is really about forgiveness. Huge forgiveness. HUGE.
While the forgiveness given in this story is heartbreakingly beautiful, I needed more time with it. It's the only thing that didn't work about this love story for me, and it's a personal issue. I needed more reconciliation, it moved quicker than my head could process it. My heart was still breaking by the time I got to the end of the book. I can say bravo to Louise for making my black heart beat! But I still needed more conversation between Kenny and Slayde about the problem at hand. I needed the knock out, drag out, spill your heart on the floor because it can't possibly still be beating in your chest, kind of discussion.
I adored Slayde and his sweet interior that struggles to balance his harsh exterior. I loved Kenny and her goodness. If I had gotten just that one scene that I desperately needed, this would have been a great read for me. It's still a good one, and I recommend it to those of you like me...constantly looking for tragic people's stories.