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One to Leave

(One to Hold #5)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  874 ratings  ·  136 reviews
(Stuart & Mariska)

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.

WARNING: Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and elements of erotic romance, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. (M/F) #SexyCowboys
Published December 29th 2014 by TLM Productions
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4.5 dream-of-me stars

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"Be sure to thank you soul for wanting my broken one."

Stuart William Knight
Deep in my heart, I knew he belonged to me, but that wounded warrior wasn't letting anyone in. He had his plans and for whatever reason, they didn't allow room for love.

Stuart is was a Marines lifer, but two years of escaping the pain and nightmares that the job brought him left him with an even bigger problem. Retired and broken
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 Wounded Warrior Stars

Stuart Knight had locked his heart up tight, but I was determined to break in and steal it.

Let me start by saying that even though the synopsis says it this book can be read as a standalone, and technically it can be, I wouldn't recommend it. Although each book focuses on a different couple throughout this series, there's still a whole lot of character and story development that continues through each book that would be lost on you if you read it on it's own. I
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tia Louise Fans, Romance
4 Sometimes We are Fated that Way Stars
* * * * Warning, a LONG Review
My addiction to Tia Louise's Alpha Men continues and with this entry...brooding, tortured, protective, self-sacrificing Stuart is front and center. This is a man who wanted to live up to the image of his father but not be his father in practice.
The man was a Marine lifer, which is what Stuart feels is his calling but as a Marine for life, he saw his father away from his mother. The Father was not there when he was needed time
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 "You're Mine" Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Stuart Knight aka Captain Asshat :)) is a 36 yr. old marine whose career was cut short when he was forced to retire after being injured in a grenade blast. After years of active duty, and working for a private security company overseas, Stuart returns to the U.S. to work at Alexander-Knight, a company he started with his best friend & partner Derek. They served together in the marines, and Derek is like a brother to him. He moves into Derek
4 Stars!

-- One to Leave is a part of the series, yet it can be read as a standalone. Although, I suggest. you read the whole series!

Stuart Knight. He's marine. His whole life is focused on being loyal to his country - He was born to serve and protect. That's all there to Stuart.. until one day on a battle field he got pretty injured - He would been forced to retire. Which left him wounded physically and emotionally.

Personally, I enjoy reading about characters who are damaged, who buries their p
Kelli C
4.25 Never Leave Stars!

So Ms. Tia Louise has done it to me again. She has held me captive in her One to Hold Series thus devouring a book in one sitting! This series has had amazing heat with just the right amount angst. While each book is standalone, she continues to build on the established relationships and never leaves the others behind! (thank you for that epilogue!) I will freely admit that Derek and Melissa still continue to rule this series for me, but here she brings about a new approac
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "All of this... it's a lot to take in." Stars!

I love this series, and I love Tia Louise's writing of it. Each and every character brings a little something to the mix that the others do not have and as a whole, you have a wonderfully entertaining and eclectic mix of people, all of which you fall a little in love with as their stories are told, and the series as a whole progresses.

"So much has happened, and not enough."

It is pretty safe to say I will never get bored of reading each of the epi
Tia Louise
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Hope you love this damaged, angry, sexy, dominant alpha--shew! Mariska sure does~ ;) <3
Lana Reads
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was intense and angsty and all so good.

I know some people were bothered by "improbable setting" where the heroine just followed the hero after meeting him for two minutes and then having some dreams about him... Well, you know what, the author made totally believe that motivation!

And as soon as they reconnected again, sparks flew and I was in for a hot and emotional ride. Because... wounded grumpy ex-marine meets bubbly quirky sunshine artist - do I need to say more?!
ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review.


Do love at first sight exist? If you met a stranger in passing and felt an instant magnetic pull to him, would you be willing to drop everything and stand in his doorstep? They say love can make you do crazy things so how far would you go? And in Tia Louise’s 5th installment, One to Leave, be prepared for one magical romantic and unforgettable read. In this beautiful, touching, and riveting story of two strangers who are drawn to one anoth
Duchess Nicole
I love angry heroes. I love tough guys. I love alpha males. Oh, and those too. So yeah...I loved Stuart. He's got one hell of a background and I couldn't help but feel the need to hug him and hold him and make everything better.

Tia Louise channeled her inner romantic suspense author with the opening scene of the book. She brought us to a war zone, where two friends and comrades are fighting for their lives. Stuart is a career Marine...his work is his life, and he feels like he's
Dec 15, 2014 marked it as to-read

**ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARC kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review .

so happy i got this book i ve enjoyed the series so far the men r hot an sexy an the women r great the stories have been so good
this book was stuart an mariska i was dyin 2 know more about stuart we hadnt seen a lot of him just heard about him an got a lil bit of him in the last book at the end an there was chemistry between mariska an stuart then but stuart was in a bad place an he was in the beginnin of this book he as b
Holly Hotness...there is nothing better that one angry Marine.

Meet Stuart, the Captain Asshat.

After years of active duty, one severe contusion and a few doses of medications too much he has a choice to make that is about to change his life forever.

Devastated by the turn of events and constant pain he takes as some of us may say the coward way out and gets away to hide his struggle and deal with the repercussions of drug withdrawal symptoms.

Here comes the "but":
He did not predict that one pair o
Stand-alone? Forget it. The way this book is written is so confusing. Every character gets multiple POVs, some more than others. In fact, the book starts off with Nikki, a one-night stand of Stuart. But there is more...Stuart's best friend, Derek, gets a chapter, also Stuart's brother, Patrick, and don't forget Stuart's uncle. (There are more female POVs too). Because of this, it was hard for me to really get to know the lead characters. Plus I found their romance a little unbelievable.Then ther ...more
Jezabell Girl
One To Leave = Stuart and Mariska = hot, hot, hot!!!

It's book 5 and this series continues to go from strength to strength. After loving Kenny and Slayde's story so much I was worried that Stuart and Mariska's story may pale into insignificance but I needn't have worried, Stuart was ready to lift my expectations!

I swear Tia's writing gets hotter and hotter and some of the scenes *phew* were extremely spicy. I was on the fence about calling Tia an erotic romance writer before, choosing instead to
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ok Seriously, who doesn't love a hot, sexy cowboy??! Add to that the fact that he is a dark brooding military man and you have automatic deliciousness!!!!

One to Leave is book five in this wonderful sexy series!! Those of you that know me know that Derek Alexander is my ULTIMATE BOOK BOYFRIEND and the moment I met Derek I was instantly in love with the OTH Series and all of the sexy men that have come with it, as well as their amazing women!

I say all that to say Stuart is one sexy, brooding cowb
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The BEST One To Hold novel to date! Stuart not only broke my heart, but carefully mended it back together. This Marine turned Cowboy is battling more than one addiction. And one of them holds the power to break his heart and damage his soul.

Tia Louise knows just what buttons to push when it comes to this series. I came in late in the game in her One To Hold series, but I am finally caught up, and I gotta say, she raises the bar with each new addition. I've been craving Stuart's story for as lon
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Heart Stopping! Page Turning! Burning Passion!
Utterly mind blowing, One to Leave is the latest release from Tia Louise-It is steamy, electrifying, and heart wrenching. One to Leave is written in several points of view giving the reader deeper sights in each of the characters which we love.

Stuart is a broken man who is as edgy as he is gorgeous with a deep yearning and determination to get back to his life mission of protecting his country. Stuart spends time at his uncles trying to fight an int
Jennifer LaFon - Book Bitches Blog
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*

4.5 “captain asshat” Stars!

Ok, so I am a little mad at myself. Mad that I haven’t stayed up to date on this series!! I have a lot of catching up to do. Oh, and by the way…I am totally in love with Stuart. Hehe :) So, I read the first book in this series many, many moons ago, and then life got in the way. Now here I am picking up the 5TH book and loving it.

“Sometimes it takes more courage to give up one dream for a new one.”

Stuart is rou
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing

One to Leave (One to Hold #5)
by Tia Louise


(Stuart & Mariska)

And the Story continues, Stuart a damaged yet struggling marine with the dedication he lives for. Is fighting the Demons of his past. A horrific scene in combat, put everything in his life on hold.
Mariska a gypsy free spirit with a heart of gold, who believed in life and the beyond. A hippy at heart, but she would risk it all
Jenny Harris
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. This is Stuart's Story at the end of One to Love we get a hint of something going on with Stuart but until this book we don't fully understand it. In the first book One to Hold we find out the Derek has a partner that works out in the field instead of in the office. This partner is Stuart they started the security company together after something happened that brought them both back from their military service oversea's.

In One to Leave we fin
Beatriz Perez
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
And Tia has another winner!!

One more time I'm blown away with Tia Louise's story writing. This series gets better and better and better!! When we met Stuart in the last book in this series, I knew I was going to love him. And I was not disappointed. One minute I wanted to hug Stuart, the next I wanted to kick him in the balls. I loved this story!!

Mariska is very free spirited. She knows what she wants, and she goes after it. And after setting her eyes in Stuart, she couldn't deny the connectio
DJ Sakata
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Favorite Quotes:

“He might color outside the lines, but he manages to turn it around and come out on top. He's a good man.”

“My need to protect her was overwhelming. I'd never felt anything like it. She was sunshine and warmth and fire under my skin.”

“Elaine's voice grew wistful, 'If you love someone, set him free.' ... 'If he doesn't come back, hunt him down and kill him.'”

“He kissed me like I was a country to be liberated, and he was he Marine for the job.”

“I saw you and my soul ca
Michele McMullen
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I must say that I truly love this series that Tia brings to us!

Stuart Knight is a troubled man. He has served his country as a marine and has certainly seen his share of tragedy and humanity at it's worst.
The fight for freedom has left him a constant battle within himself. He needs to get away and try to heal. He feels that he is broken and he may need more help than he thinks and it may come from the strangest place.
Mariska Heron is a beautiful, sensitive caring women. The day she crosses paths
Aleatha Romig
A cowboy setting and a man with deep secrets...what could be sexier?

This review is from: One to Leave (One to Hold Book 5)

It's no secret I'm a fan of this series. I love all the characters. They're all so complex with their own individual stories. One to Leave was no exception. Stuart has issues that only the love of the right woman can help heal. The rustic cowboy setting is super sexy and as always I love the banter and friendships that evolve! 5 stars for the entire ONE TO HOLD series!!! Don
Monika Adams
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So Love the writing style Ms Louis has. Her characters seem to catch your imagine and your breath by their actions & looks. The story is fresh with just enough angst to make you go WHF??? If you Love Cowboys, Stuart is your man and Mariska is just the little minx to help him heal from his demons.
I was given an ARC but I am so willing to pay for these books! and I am looking forward to any and all books Ms Louis writes
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! So bummed that I have to wait till spring for book 6, after devouring the first five books in about a week.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it tooooooo much!!!
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Tia Louise's One to Hold series. All of her heroes and heroines are strong and resilient; they fight for what they want every step of the way, and they never allow anyone or anything to stand in their way. Derek and Melissa, Patrick and Elaine, and Slayde and Kenny have all had to work through their pasts and overcome present obstacles in order to be together, and they've all done it because they knew they didn't have a choice - their lives are far better and mean more now that ...more
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Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of sexy-sweet military romance, small town romance, single parent romance, and romantic suspense novels.

After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped.

Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.


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