Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review + Giveaway: One To Leave by Tia Louise

Series: One to Hold #5
Release Date: December 29, 2014
Publisher: TLM Productions
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★

Some demons can't be shaken off.
Some wounds won't heal.

Until a pair of hazel eyes knocks you on your ass, and you realize it's time to stop running.

Stuart. I am #TeamStuart.  This man, my goodness.

Stuart is a man who knows exactly who he is and what he wants.  Unfortunately, his body won't allow him to be and do what he wants.  A military injury has his world in a tailspin and he's fighting his way to make it right.  When he does get his mind and body right, he's gone.  Back to the world he knows.  The world of being a Marine, in the thick of the fighting.  Earning his honor bound place in the world.  It's who he is, all he's ever wanted.

Until Mariska.  The free spirit young woman who feels an immediate connection with this rough and tumble man and follows him to the middle of nowhere on a whim.

These two could not be more different.  Stuart is hard, controlling, demanding. Especially in the bedroom (which I LOVED).  Mariska is a bit hippie, completely caring and easy going.  Together they balance each other so well.  Stuart prompts her to attempt some control over parts of her life and take some big risks in others while she pushes him to look beyond his life long plan, to see that there is more to life then being a soldier.

But giving up your hopes and dreams isn't easy.  For Stuart it is damn near impossible and it leaves Mariska with few options.

I really appreciated the hard lines that Louise wrote into this story.  Mariska is young but knows Stuart is her future and she was willing to make some tricky decisions in the attempt to make him see it.  She wasn't a simpering heroine clinging to an impossible situation.  Stuart has his share as well.  He really fights his feelings for Mariska, which is sad, but so very real.

One To Leave is a great compliment to the One To Hold series.  Probably my favorite of them all.

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