Title: Mine to Keep
Series: Mine (Book 2)
Author: Cynthia Eden
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Wow! This book took me on an intense ride and at the end I felt like I left my stomach at the top of the first big hill. Mine to Keep picks up just a few weeks after the huge showdown in Mine to Take. We find Skye and Trace hiding away on a secluded island trying to heal from the trauma of Skye's stalker ex-boyfriend attempt to kill both Skye and Trace. Unfortunately, the couple doesn't really have time to connect before the next crisis arrives. Will the couple survive Trace's secrets? Can Skye accept living in the dark and never really knowing who Trace really is outside of his relationship with her?
I must say that I enjoyed Mine to Keep much better than I did Mine to Take mainly because Eden allows Skye to emerge as a formidable mate for Trace. Skye has been through hell and she survived! She allows this knowledge to propel her into reclaiming her life without being overshadowed by Trace's overprotective instincts. Additionally, Skye faces off with Trace and demands he allow her to live her life without constantly being watched and guarded.
Trace continues to be overbearing and super alpha-male, however we get more insight into his past with the Black Ops team, and the types of missions he had to endure before he returned state-side and started his security company. Readers are also introduced to 2 new characters that were part of Trace's Black Ops team: Noah and Drake. I really enjoyed Noah's character and think he brought more life into the book. His book Mine to Hold is up next and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on that one. The other new character introduced was Drake, who is quite a dark character and I for one am wondering how Eden will develop his role in the series. I'm rooting for a particular pairing between Drake and the sister of the villain in this book.
Cynthia Eden definitely delivered in this installment of the Mine series and words just cannot explain how surprised I was when the person behind the mayhem was revealed! I DID NOT even see that coming! If you enjoy romantic suspense books with super alpha males and just a tad bit of humor, pick up your copy of Mine to Keep. I'm giving this one 4 notes and 3 flames.