Mine to Hold is book three in Cynthia Eden’s Mine series. Once again this author gives us a story chalk full of suspense and intrigue with a deliciously sexy alpha hero and a strong heroine. There are so many plausible villains thrown at you that you will be wondering who actually is on the right side of the law. Obsession is the name of the game in this book. The question becomes whose obsession has turned deadly?
Claire Kramer’s life was turned on its axis when her ex-boyfriend murdered her parents. Years later she is still dealing with the loss. To make matters even more horrifying, Claire’s sister has recently been caught in the crossfire of a psychotic man who was after her boss and was killed. Claire has essentially lost her entire family. She is broken. She is lost. And, she needs help. For so long she has lived a life where she has done nothing but run from her past, detaching herself from any commitments, relationships, and emotions. After all, for her love has always led to death. Asking for help is something that Claire has never wanted to do but she has had enough. Her past keeps catching up with her and she is going to the one person who offered to help her...Noah York.
Noah York is a man with a deadly past. Since his days in the military Noah has made a success out of himself. He is powerful, rich and certainly has the sex appeal to charm any woman. Noah meets Claire when her sister is brutally murdered. After the funeral Claire simply disappeared and Noah had to reign in his desperate urge to protect her. Now, Claire has shown up at his office seeking his help. Noah is determined to help Claire at all costs. She walked away from him once and he is not going to let her go again. Claire has been claimed by Mr. Intensity.
I must admit that I admired Claire. Despite all that she has been through and continues to go through with her ex’s family still hell bent on seeing her suffer, Claire is determined to move forward with her life. She wants to feel safe. Normal. When murders start to happen making everyone seem like a suspect, Noah proves that he will do absolutely anything to protect the woman who he has claimed as his. He is a man who has lived and breathed violence and death. With sheer determination, mercilessness and his influential power, Noah goes up against the threat to Claire. Can he save her before it is too late or will the past be repeating itself?
All in all, Mine to Hold is an edge of your seat suspense thriller that will leave you wondering who the true monster is right up until the end. This is a Cynthia Eden book so also expect some sweat-inducing sexy time. Holy hell, was Noah ever full of panty-melting goodness. I have to say that this is my favorite book in the series thus far. There was just something about Noah that drew me in. What the heck am I saying? You give me a protective, intense and sexy-as-hell hero....I melt into a puddle of goo. Yes, it is as simple as that. I am sure hoping that Ms. Eden has a book planned for Drake. Bring on another mysterious and stoic alpha.