Mine To Take by Cynthia Eden is a romantic suspense novella that packs action, danger, violence, obsession, love, and friendship into a short read.
Trace is an uber-alpha male. He's not afraid of violence and he's comfortable with revenge. He's a fairly dark hero and a secret military past. He chose the unselfish path by pushing Skye away so she could pursue her dream years ago. But when she comes to him for help, he's not going to let her go again.
Skye seems fragile though as a prima ballerina she is anything but in the physical sense. Plus, she survived a lot as a kid, something Eden shows glimpses of throughout the novel. She doesn't hide from Trace's darkness. Now she needs the kind of protection he can provide but is afraid to trust him again because he broke her heart once.
I didn't guess who the stalker was until the reveal so that's a plus in my book - it wasn't so obvious that the suspense wasn't suspenseful :) In fact, I was pretty convinced it was one of the "good guys" but I won't say which one because I don't want to spoil it.
Eden also announced that there will be a follow up book, a full length novel, in the fall featuring Trace and Skye so we'll get to read more of there story. I'm glad for that because there was a lot alluded to in the novella that I think could be explored further and I'd like to see where their relationship goes next.
If you're looking for a sexy, suspense read that won't take long, I highly recommend Mine To Take.
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?