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Mine To Take (Mine - Romantic Suspense) by Cynthia Eden - Romance>ContemporarySometimes 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?
Author's Note: MINE TO TAKE is a sexy romantic suspense novella--it contains approximately 41,000 words. MINE TO TAKE is intended for adults. Sexy situations and adult language will be found within the pages of this story--please consider yourself warned.
Reader Rating: 4.1 (19 Ratings)
Excerpt:“H-hello, Trace.” She hated that stupid break in her voice. Trace made her nervous. Always had.He stopped in front of her. He stood at several inches over six feet, while she barely skimmed five feet three. Skye tilted her head back so that she could meet his stare.
“It’s been a long time,” Trace said, the words a deep, dark rumble. His voice went perfectly with the rock hard body and the sexy face—a voice that a woman could imagine in the darkness.
She swallowed because her throat was suddenly dry. “Yes, it has.” Ten years and three months. Not that she’d counted.
That assessing gaze of his slid down her body once more. There was an awareness in his stare that she hadn’t expected. A heat that made her remember too many things.
He was close enough to touch. Close enough for her to smell the crisp, masculine scent that clung to him.
His nostrils flared, as if he were catching her scent, too.
“You look good, Skye.” Again, that heat was in his stare. A heat that said he knew her intimately.
She wished her heartbeat would slow down.
“But you’re not here for a friendly chat, are you?” And he stepped away from her. He waved to the open chair near his desk and returned to his seat.
“We’ve never really been the friendly chat kind,” she said softly as she eased into the leather chair.
She didn’t take off her coat. She just pulled it closer to her.
A faint furrow appeared between his brows. “No, we weren’t, were we? More the hot sex type.”
Her lips parted. He had not just said that to her.
His faint smile said that he had.
“I’m not here for that, either.” She’d been wrecked after her last go round with Trace.
He leaned back in his chair. The leather groaned beneath him. “We’ll get to that…”
Uh, no, they wouldn’t. She wasn’t ready to feel that burn again.
He tapped his chin. “You’re not here for pleasantries, you’re not here for sex, then why have you come looking for me?”
This was where she’d have to beg. Because there was no way she had enough money in her account to cover his services. Not with the guy sporting this high rise building and looking like he’d just walked off the cover of GQ. How things have changed. “Someone is watching me.”
He stilled. The heat banked in his eyes as his whole expression instantly became guarded. “And what makes you so sure of that?”
“Because I can feel him.” Wait, that sounded crazy, didn’t it? When she’d gone to the cops, they’d sure looked at her as if she were crazy. You couldn’t feel a stalker. So they said.
Reader Reviews (6)
Submitted By: DragonflySerena on Feb 13, 2016I don't want to be negative, but Trace Weston was a terrible male protagonist. There's a difference between hot alpha male and creepy possessive stalker. There were times when I honestly believed he was the one stalking the protagonist because he was just that possessive of her and that creepy. He treated every male that spoke to her like a despicable criminal. This book is a good example of how NOT to write your male love interests.
Submitted By: lyjo46 on Jan 25, 2015It has a workable story line, the chemistry between the hero and heroine is ok.
Submitted By: ratherbereading on Jan 8, 2015A demanding and dominant Trace jumps at the chance to save Skye from an insane stalker. A heart-thumping read that I didn't put down until it was finished. Definitely a HEA and no cliffhanger. Reminded me of the early Harlequins of the 80's- Trace is demanding and take-charge, and Skye only feels safe with him, despite years of conflicts and tragedy.
Submitted By: AnimeLady04 on Dec 3, 2014Trace has an awesome Alpha Male personality though he does have some issues as all male heroes do. Skye's character was developed and well thought out too. I much enjoyed this book and it ensnared me to read more of the author's books. This is the first book and you really need to read the books in order to understand everything the couple go through and really enjoy the books. This is a great read with much angst and a mystery thrown in with a lot of love between the heroes.
Submitted By: Not joking on Sep 2, 2014This was my first time reading this author and I really enjoyed this book. It was a mystery / romance with the heroine being stalked and the hero having to try and save her. Very sweet and I am going to try other stories by this author.
Submitted By: sadie-spencer on Feb 7, 2014Definitely a recommended read! Fast paced suspense with a great cast of characters.I'm hooked!
Mine To TakeBy: Cynthia Eden