17 October 2013

What is the line between obsession and love? Cynthia Eden's Mine to Hold explores that fine line.

I really enjoy Cynthia Eden's books and cannot believe that somehow I missed the publication this summer of the first two books in her Mine trilogy (Mine To Take and Mine To Keep ). However, when I received Mine to Hold to review, I quickly rectified that lapse and loaded the other books onto my Kindle. I'm so glad I did. And if you haven't already done so, I'd suggest you do the same, as this is a really interesting series that explores aspects of love that border on darkness.

In a quick recap, the first two books in the series focus mainly on the relationship between former ballerina Skye Sullivan and billionaire (and super alpha male) Trace Weston. The third book that we're focusing on here, Mine to Hold, explores the relationship between two characters that were introduced in Mine to Keep, Claire Kramer, the sister of Trace Weston's former assistant, and Noah York, Trace's former military associate, now a billionaire hotelier based in Manhattan.

When we meet them, Claire is pretty much at the end of her rope going to Noah for a job. We quickly find out that she's been stalked since her teens, and her family murdered, by the son of a prominent politician. Noah, as the alpha protagonist we realize quickly, will do anything and everything to protect Claire.

There are enough plot twists and turns to keep your fingers burning as you flip pages in your e-readers - assassinations, bombs, untimely arrests. But what really defined this book for me was not the suspenseful elements (of which there are many), but instead the trajectory of the relationship between Noah and Claire.

Eden is masterful at letting us see the shadows that can obscure possibilities - and facile at finding ways to brush them aside. Her prose is clean, crisp, and elegant.

Readers will find this book steamy enough to heat up a cold winter's night, while at the same time, moving enough to bring tears at the end.

Now, did I really need to read the first two books in the series before this one? No, quite frankly, Mine to Hold could be a stand alone book, however I felt more informed and in tune with her characters with the benefit of having the first two books in my consciousness. Plus they were quite wonderful reads and I'd highly recommend them to you.


From the Publisher

Mine to Hold by Cynthia Eden
ISBN 9780985554491
Price $2.99
(publication date: 21 Oct 2013)

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden continues her dark and sexy "Mine" romantic suspense series with...MINE TO HOLD.

She was one man's obsession...

Nine years ago, Claire Kramer's lover brutally killed her family, and he tried to kill her. She escaped, but she's been haunted ever since that attack. Too afraid to trust another man and too worried that her past will catch up with her, Claire never gets too close to anyone. But then she meets Noah York.

He must have her.

Noah York is a man with secrets. The world sees him as a billionaire hotel tycoon, but Noah has a dark and dangerous side. For years, he worked covert military operations before he built his fortune. When it comes to death, Noah is a master. He knows that he should steer clear of Claire, but the white-hot attraction Noah feels for the delicate beauty is instant--and consuming.

He will never let her go.

Someone else is just as consumed by Claire--someone who will kill to possess her. And if Noah can't stop the hunter in the darkness, he may just lose the one woman that he can't live without.

Author's Note: MINE TO HOLD is a dark and sexy romantic suspense novel. It contains a twisted killer, a hot hero, and a heroine who has been pushed to the edge. Adult language and sexy situations are included. Please consider yourself warned.