Type: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: NetGalley
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.
Mine To Hold is book three in Cynthia Eden’s self pub romantic suspense series, Mine, and she once again delivers a flawlessly written, exciting book that I want to read again and again!
Noah York is a complex, over protective, dark, man who has prided himself on remaining in control no matter what the odds. His past is littered with destruction and death and yet he’s maintained a coolness that not even his best friends have been able to penetrate. Until the moment Claire walks through his door asking for a job. It’s obvious she’s in trouble and the immediate reaction he feels whenever she’s around is unrivaled to anything he’s felt prior.
I really love alpha males…DUH….and I really love when they skirt the lines between alpha and dickhole of epic proportions. You may ask why I love that…simple…when these men fall, they fall hard. Harder it seems than your average man. This is usually because they are heroes in suspense or paranormal books and the tension is so much thicker. Noah is no exception, with his checkered, more black than gray past. He finds himself falling for Claire when she’s clearly extremely fragile and her skiddish behavior makes him want to protect her even more.
Even with her horrendous past, Claire has managed to take care of herself for a lot of years. The thought of someone else dying because of her is something she simply can’t risk, so she keeps people at a distance. Noah doesn’t give her much of a choice though and she soon finds herself immersed more fully in his world than she would have liked.
What I loved most about Mine To Hold is the progression Claire’s character takes. She starts the book as someone who seems afraid to voice what she wants because of her past and those that want to see her hurt, but as the books continues becomes more secure with Noah and finds that he is willing to protect her and look past the things she considers as her flaws and drawbacks. Noah isn’t going to give up on her and that fact gives her a strength to stand and fight against the evil that stalks her. Understanding that she’s no longer alone in the world seems to fortify her and give her a strength she hadn’t realized she had. She’s smart and capable but that softening of her emotions and allowing Noah in was such a swoonworthy moment. Their chemistry together was spot on and filled to the brim with sexual tension that was very well wrote.
The awesome thing about Cynthia Eden is that she knows how to throw me off course and I never know exactly where she’s going to go with her books. I may have an inkling but she quickly casts suspicion off what I would think is going to happen. I never know who is going to end up being behind everything and that tension filled build up is just what I need when I’m staring down a book slump and wanting something to put me on the edge of my seat. In Mine To Hold I kept second guessing myself up until the very end.
I give Mine To Hold by Cynthia Eden 4 stars!