Mine To Keep by Cynthia Eden (Mine #2)

Mine to Keep by Cynthia EdenAvailable: Sept 16, 2013 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Love is the most dangerous obsession…

Skye Sullivan is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. She survived a brutal stalker and escaped his abduction, and now she is looking to the future—a future that includes Skye’s lover, billionaire Trace Weston. Skye thinks the danger is finally over for her.

She’s dead wrong.

When Trace’s past comes back to haunt him, Skye discovers that the man she loves isn’t quite who he seems to be. Trace has been leading a double-life. An ex-special forces agent, his military training turned him into the perfect killing machine. He made more than his share of enemies during his time in the military—and as he built his security empire—and one of those enemies is striking back.

He won’t lose her.

Skye is the one weapon that can be used against Trace—his only vulnerability. But he won’t let her go—he can’t. Trace will do anything necessary to protect Skye. Anything. Yet when she discovers the secrets that he’s tried to keep hidden, Skye’s pain and rage may send her running directly into the cross-hairs of a killer…

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Cynthia Eden is self publishing done right…absolutely, can’t tell the difference, awesomely right! I often feel that when I sit down to write a review for a book she has written that I never say anything different. It’s always “I loved this book”, ” This was so good”, “Why do I have to wait for more”. Because every single book, no matter the road to publication, is always top notch, a forever keeper and something I want to tell everyone about.

Due to an overwhelming reader voice wanting more from Trace & Skye, Mine To Keep was born. They captured readers attention with their all consuming passion and had them all panting for more. Myself included. I loved Trace in book one and his over the top, alpha-hole protectiveness where Skye was concerned. Some people didn’t but I have a huge soft spot for a man who puts up such a huge front in order to cover his fear for a womans safety. To love that much and sacrifice anything to ensure his  woman is not put in harms way.

I was really surprised reading this one how much Eden managed to branch out the story line. She brings in new secondary characters with ease and makes the reader invested in their stories. Makes us want MORE from these men who seem to walk the line of darkness and the women who will eventually be their light. Introducing us to Noah and Drake (men from Trace’s past) and cementing my return to this series. Each man has their own faults but they are heroic, passionate and loyal.

Trace and Skye once again battle an unknown assailant bent on harming Skye, but this time it has everything to do with Trace’s dark past. His involvement in a black ops type team and a mission gone very wrong. Eden builds the tension with the ease of the seasoned writer that she is. I waffled back in forth throughout the book in who I thought was behind the vicious attacks on Skye’s life. I never quite knew what to expect and was very surprised by the ending. Skye makes it clear to Trace she’s not as fragile as he seems to believe. She tries again and again to get him to confide in her. To realize she is more than the obstacles she has overcome. He really struggles with letting her in but in the face of her ultimatum, knows he has no choice. That crumbling of his walls, when he finally lets her into his life…that is the part I yearn for. The part that makes me sigh in contentment. The part that Eden excels at.

The only negative thing I can say about this one was that Trace’s narrative voice got a but repetitive. He’s so obsessed with Skye and protecting her from the threats that are looming. He’s constantly thinking about how he can’t live without her, how much he loves her and what he would do for her. I wanted to scream at him to show her. Prove to her how much you love her by letting her in.

Mine To Keep is an excellent romantic suspense book. Brimming with emotion, mystery and action, Eden weaves readers a tale that they won’t be able to put down! I will never tire of Eden’s voice. Book three comes out in just a few weeks…why does that seem like FOREVER????

I give Mine To Keep by Cynthia Eden 4.75 stars!

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