Title: Mine To Hold (Mine, Book Three)
Author: Cynthia Eden
Release Date: October 21, 2013
ARC provided by NetGalley
She was one man’s obsession…
Nine years ago, Claire Kramer’s lover brutally killed her family, and he tried to kill her. She escaped, but she’s been haunted ever since that attack. Too afraid to trust another man and too worried that her past will catch up with her, Claire never gets too close to anyone. But then she meets Noah York.
He must have her.
Noah York is a man with secrets. The world sees him as a billionaire hotel tycoon, but Noah has a dark and dangerous side. For years, he worked covert military operations before he built his fortune. When it comes to death, Noah is a master. He knows that he should steer clear of Claire, but the white-hot attraction Noah feels for the delicate beauty is instant—and consuming.
He will never let her go.
Someone else is just as consumed by Claire—someone who will kill to possess her. And if Noah can’t stop the hunter in the darkness, he may just lose the one woman that he can’t live without.
I am a huge fan of Cynthia's writing, especially her romantic suspense titles. Mine To Hold is part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
The story starts out with an on-the-edge-of-your-seat moment. Sixteen year old Claire Kramer is being held at gunpoint by her stark-raving-mad, lunatic of an ex-boyfriend, Ethan Harrison . He is obviously not stable (duh) as he waves a gun around, demanding to know why Claire has left him. Before she can be rescued, Ethan reveals that he has killed her parents and says, "You can be mine, or you can be dead. Because I swear...you will never leave me for another."
Fast forward nine years later, and Claire is lost everything: her sister, her job, and her dwindling bank account. She is desperate and it is that despair that has lead her outside of York Towers in New York City.
She is about to face the man that a few months ago, stirred something deep inside Claire for the first time in a very long time. It is those feelings that make Noah York a very dangerous man to Claire. She has avoided any kind of relationship for the last nine years, but Noah could be the man to break through all of Claire's defenses with just a touch.
Noah York is a dominating man in the Big Apple--his riches made by owning dozens of luxurious hotels around the world. And he is sexy as hell--a playboy who lives the lifestyle, never having a serious relationship of any kind.
But his first glance at Claire Kramer, months ago while in Chicago, has left Noah on edge. He wants her and he is determined to have her. Protect her at any cost. If you are a fan of the dominating, alpha male who speaks his mind, Noah York is right up your alley. His control is on a hair-trigger, something that could easily send Claire running away in the opposite direction.
Claire has been on the run, losing job after job, when word gets out about her past. Ethan Harrison may be behind bars, but his father--an ex-senator big-wig in D.C.--is determined to see Claire ruined. Just as she has ruined his son. Claire's move to New York City is her last hope to get a job, stay employed, and hopefully, move on her with her life.
But someone is the shadows is watching her---and wants her dead.
Noah York is a man used to getting his way, and he will do anything to find out the identity of the man trying to kill Claire Kramer. But the past has a way of catching up with both Noah and Claire. And can Claire risk it all to give her heart to a man with such a violent past?
Mine To Hold is a fast-paced read with action, suspense, and a few surprises as the killer's identity is revealed at its climatic end. Add some sexy and highly-sensual interludes, and you have yourself a very good read that will keep you squirming in your seat.