4 I did not see that ending coming Stars
You were my dream, when I was in a nightmare.
When I read and loved Mine to Take, I wasn't aware that the author was planning a second book for Trace and Skye. I was skeptical about reading this book since I wasn't sure what more could possibly be told of the couple. But I gave in because I was curious to learn more about the mysterious Trace and also because I have yet to read a Cynthia Eden book I haven't enjoyed. Mine To Keep was certainly no exception.
Mine To Keep starts off exactly where Mine to Take left off. Skye is still recovering after being held captive by her crazy ex-lover. She's still hunted by nightmares and she is beginning to see that she is not the only one. While she may have been in love with Trace since she was a teenager, she is beginning to realize that she barely knows him. Trace hides nightmares of his own, and his past is a dark shadow that threatens to overtake their current happiness. But not all things stay in the past, and when something from his past threatens his future, Trace knows there isn't anything that he won't do in order to protect Skye.
If there is one thing that Cynthia Eden is good at, it's writing one hell of a Romantic Suspense. Every time I thought I knew what was coming, she would yank the rug right out from under me. Mine to Keep was a spine tingling suspense filled with so many twists and turns, that it will keep you at the very edge of your seat until the last page. But let's not forget the steam, because well...I like me my steam. This book was damn hot.
Trace was just as delicious as he was in book one. He's arrogant, fiercely protective, and broody. Which is a winning combination for me.
I loved Skye and Trace's relationship. While it wasn't perfect, there were moments that just melted my heart.
"I never understood how you could spin that fast, that much without getting dizzy."
"It's easy, I just look at you. You're my center. My focus. For every spin, a ballerina needs a focus."
We get to find out about Trace's past and his time in the military. Although from all the build up, I was expecting something much worse than what it turned out to be.
I also really enjoyed how Skye came into her own in this book. Even though she loves Trace, she knew her limits to what she will be able to accept, and she wasn't scared about drawing that line.
What ultimately made this a solid 4 stars for me was the suspense. As much as I thought I knew what was coming, it caught me by complete and utter surprise. And even then there were still more twists. No it wasn't quite a 5 star book, only because I felt that I had gotten my fill of Trace and Skye in book one, and felt that it could have been just one longer book as opposed to 2. And while I doubt it would be a book I would re-read, I still enjoyed it thoroughly.
We were also introduced to 2 men from Trace's military past, Drake and Noah. While I am enjoying the delicious golden eyed Noah right now in Mine to Hold, I really hope that we get a book for Drake. There is just something about a broken man that gets to me, and Drake is all sorts of broken, broody and dark.
**ARC courtesy of author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
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