Mine to Take by Cynthia Eden
Sometimes you want someone so much…
Sometimes you need someone so much…
Lust can become love.
And love can turn into a deadly obsession.
Skye Sullivan knows that someone is watching her. Not just watching—stalking her. Months ago, Skye was involved in a dangerous car accident. The accident ended her dancing career and sent her fleeing back to Chicago. Skye is convinced that her stalker caused the crash, and she fears that he won’t stop pursuing her, not until she’s dead.
When someone breaks into her apartment in Chicago, Skye turns to the one man she believes can protect her—Trace Weston. Once, Trace was her lover. Two lost souls, they’d come together in a firestorm of need and desire. But then Trace had pushed her away. He’d joined the military, vanishing from her life. She’d put all of her emotion into dancing, and she’d tried to forget him.
Now Trace is one of the most successful men in the United States. Rich, driven, and carrying dark secrets, he agrees to help Skye. He’ll protect her from the danger that lurks in the darkness, but Trace wants more than to just be a guard for Skye.
He wants her. And he’ll take her. The years have changed him, hardened him. He’s not just a poor kid from the streets any longer. Now, he can have anything—or anyone—that he wants. And the one woman he has always wanted has just come back into his life. He won’t let her go again.
But with the threats mounting against Skye, she suspects that her stalker may be intimately close. He’s a man who knows her too well. As his attacks grow ever more dangerous, she realizes that if she trusts the wrong man, she could be making a fatal mistake.
Lust. Love. Obsession.
Just how far would you go in order to possess the one person you want the most?
Author's Note: MINE TO TAKE is a sexy romantic suspense novella—it contains approximately 41,000 words. MINE TO TAKE is intended for adults. Sexy situations and adult language will be found within the pages of this story—please consider yourself warned.
About the Author
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings. She has always wanted to write (don't most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters-vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters who populate her romantic suspense stories.
If I am perfectly honest, I have to admit to the world and myself that I am sucker for affairs of the heart that go astray as a result of a misunderstanding. It’s a soft sell really. No one is to blame; the gentleman is not a cad, the heroine is not evil... it’s just a series of unfortunate events - and possibly all the more frustrating because of it!
Mine to Take is almost that kind of story. It’s not exactly a misunderstanding that forces “an obviously destined to be together couple” apart, but the separation is not the fault of neither the guy (Trace) nor the girl (Skye). No spoliers here though, “so that’s all I’ve got to say about that” (Forrest Gump)
Plot and Pacing
Both the Plot and the Pacing in Mine to Take were solid. I was enthralled from beginning to the end. Enough information was divulged to keep me keen, with trail confusing tidbits that also kept me wondering “who the hell is the stalker?” This agony was made much worse when the hero Trace himself became a suspect? That was a real “NO WAY... devo!!!” moment! And that wasn’t the only such moment (poor Skye).
If you skip to my rating below you’ll notice I’ve given this story 4+ Daisies. The only reason this story didn’t make the full 5 is because of one small little teensy tiny detail at the end. I can’t say much about it (I’ve made a solemn pledge to myself not to leave spoilers) but when the stalker is finally revealed, you come to understand a previous event in a new light and I just thought it was poorly done. Perhaps a subtle suggestion woven into a chapter or two earlier would have helped me to believe that little circumstance.
Skye and Trace (I don’t like the names, but I’m not their parent so...) Wow! Those two are perfect together. They (and their relationship) were so well described that I found myself getting butterflies as I read. My tummy would flip flop and I felt like a young girl in the throws of her very first love. Honestly how many authors do you know that can create such a realistic relationship so as to inspire a physical response (not including the raunchy ones that inspire a physical response of a different kind)? Anyways that is an author I will follow.
I obtained an ARC from the publisher with a view to providing an honest review. The thoughts expressed above, are entirely my own. I don’t really like the concept of rating novels as they are subjective and subject to change. A five star book today, may be re-evaluated when compared to future novels.