Monday, July 15, 2013

REVIEW - Mine To Take by Cynthia Eden:

Goodreads Book Blurb:
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?

Genre - Adult/Contemporary/Mystery

I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review by author, Cynthia Eden, through NetGalley.

3 Simple Stars!
A Bit On The Thrilling Side... But A Bit On The Flat Side Too!

The Review:
This was a quick read that was filled with a mysterious “who done it” feel with intense characters and an interesting story. And though I liked it well enough to give it three stars, I just didn’t get any tingly feelings for the characters or a strong love of the story itself. It was just so-so for me and fell a little short.

Skye Sullivan walks into Trace Weston’s private security office needing help. She hasn’t seen him for ten years but she’s desperate because she thinks she’s being followed, and has been for a while, possibly even going back to the night of her crash which resulted in an injury where she could no longer dance professionally. She’s reluctant to go to Trace because they used to be friends and lovers, until the day he told her he never wanted to see her again.

The initial meet is intense and full of longing looks and alpha male goodness. The moment we meet Trace, you know he’s going to be a yummy handful. Skye is a bit timid but she has reason to be. The last time she saw him, he rejected her out of the blue and told her to get out of his life. So the tension is immediate and sets the stage for a lovely push-pull relationship filled with doubt and hurt.

But immediately, Trace wants back into her life now that’s she’s come to him for help and he’s willing to do anything to keep her there.
With a mounting list of suspects from Skyes past lovers, it's anyone’s guess as to who the guilty party is. Everyone suspects everyone and the suspicion is even thrown towards Skye at one point as parts of her past are revealed.

Though all this buildup makes the story and characters interesting and I read straight through to the last page, when I was done, I just didn’t feel any strong connection to the read. I also thought the logic behind Trace leaving Skye was a bit cowardly. He wanted to get his life straight, become something more, so that if she ever came back, he would be ready. But we get the sense Skye is this fragile thing and Trace is this tough alpha. After all his success, he should have gone after her, done anything to win her back. The conflict just didn’t make much sense to me and it could have if there had been more details, more story, more history to fall back on.

Also, you have these highly trained security people, at least one who’s been in Black Ops and are supposed to be the best in the business but they get foiled by.... the stalker. I won't name who it was, but really? How did this get past them?

The Wrap Up:
This read fell a bit flat for me. I wanted to rate it higher because I didn’t dislike it but I couldn’t give it more than three stars because I didn't love it either. Maybe if there had been more history with the characters such as flashbacks or even some idea of what happened to them while they were together, how they moved on from being friends to lover to ex’s, then I might have cared more about their situation. Either way, it wasn’t a miss but it wasn’t a hit either.


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