Mine to Hold. Cynthia Eden.
I loved the first two books in this series. I remembered Noah from the last one, but couldn’t recall Claire at first. Cynthia explains the connection though. The books are all connected but are each stand alone novels, so you don’t need to have read previous ones ( though they are well worth reading). I mostly read contemporary and paranormal romance, though enjoy a foray into romantic suspense every now and then. Having not enjoyed the last two in this genre though I was feeling a bit negative, so it was a real treat to get a novel that does what it should. One with characters who act as reader would expect, who are people I can empathise with, and with a plot that’s believable and keeps me guessing. And this novel did all of that and more. Each time I thought I’d worked out what was going to happen Cynthia threw me for a loop, and took the story in a direction I didn’t expect.
I loved Noah – dark and dangerous and yet so much in need of love, and Claire – she’s been through so much and yet still managed to keep holding on. I really felt for her and understood why she kept herself so closed off from others. She seemed so lonely though – I wanted good things for her. I’m glad Cynthia picked her up from the last book and gave her one 🙂 I do like books which let me feel characters could be real, and that make me want things for them. That’s a real mental escape for me, from the real world into one that’s full of happy endings. As with the other books there’s lots of hot, erotic, sensual sex too, with the attraction between Noah and Claire jumping off the page. Noah makes it clear what he wants very quickly, at their first meeting in the book in fact, but Claire holds him off for a couple of chapters before the attraction and the circumstances make her need of him too great to defy any longer.
Its a hot and steamy read, but with a storyline that takes the reader on a journey that twists and turns, and keeps you riveted to see just what’s going to happen next. After the two that frankly bored me I was reminded of just what a treat a well written romantic suspense is. I’ll certainly read any other books by Cynthia, she’s an author with the talent to write novels that grip the reader.
ARC provided via Netgalley.
Stars: five, cracking read 🙂
Sera’s Gift. Book 3 of the Destiny’s Trinities series. Tracy Cooper-Posey.
I loved the first two in this trilogy so was pleased to get the third for review. Much as the other two there’s lots of hot, steamy, erotic sex wrapped up in a simple plot. The third trinity hasn’t yet formed, and everyone is getting impatient. Then Sera arrives to help her brother and ….bam, as before the other two are instantly drawn to her. There are problems though – Vampire Diego is a cynic about the whole thing, and has been needling his ex flatmate constantly about being part of one. Its payback time for him! Then there’s human policeman Blake who kows nothing of the supernatural world that surrounds him, but has been worried about the increasing weird violence in his city. Both of them need to accept their part for the three trinities to win the war, but they’re not receptive to the idea, and things don’t go as easily as with the other two. There’s a heartbreaking decision to be made too – that was really hard to read and very emotional.
Once again I enjoyed this story and the way it wrapped up the trilogy neatly. As always I’d have preferred a longer book, but the three being connected does allow for the whole story and characters to get expanded. It’s priced at £1.93 for 105 pages.
ARC supplied via Netgalley
Stars: four and a half. BTW – Please take note of the sex warnings – I hate to see books critised for offending readers when they give prior warning. If you don’t like this type then don’t read it.