Author: Cynthia Eden
Series: Mine #4
Release Date: March 10, 2014
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
HE TAKES WHAT HE WANTS.
From the moment that billionaire casino owner Drake Archer sees Jasmine Bennett, he’s obsessed. Consumed by desire for the mysterious redhead, Drake will do anything necessary to claim her. Yet as desire rages between them, danger is stalking ever closer. Drake’s past isn’t dead, and the ex-Special Forces agent will soon have to face the ghosts he left behind.
SHE’S HIDING SECRETS.
Jasmine isn’t who she pretends to be. She’s a woman on a mission—and she’s supposed to be stealing secrets from the mysterious Drake. Falling for him isn’t on her agenda, but when lust and love tangle together, all the rules get broken.
AN ENEMY IS CLOSING IN…
When Drake learns of Jasmine’s betrayal…all hell breaks loose. He knows that he should turn his back on her, but it’s too late for him. He can’t let her go, but he can teach her a lesson. No one betrays him…not without paying a heavy price. Drake will destroy all of the enemies on his trail, he’ll bury his past, and he’ll teach Jasmine to want only him…just as much as he craves her.
Mine To Crave is simply wonderful. The action, the banter, the chemistry, the suspense? All of it is just perfection. This book had so many twists and turns I couldn't even blink or I'd miss a story altering fact. Whatever you think you know going into this book, Ms. Eden will shatter than truth before too long. I love books like this. It's not a cookie cutter book. It has everything and anything I want out of a romantic suspense book. But it doesn't just concentrate on the suspense. The characters have very strong ties to one another, and their relationships develop and grow exponentially over the course of the book. As for Drake and Jasmine, our hero and heroine, they just melt my heart. Even when they're unsure of each other, they're completely consumed by their feelings. And they show it! Gah! I can't tell you how infuriating it is when the characters just play up their doubt and ignore their other feelings. You can have conflicting feelings. Ms. Eden showcases that perfectly in Mine To Crave. You really cannot ask for more well developed characters than the cast this book supplies.
Drake and Jasmine are two individuals who are molded and haunted by their pasts. They both deal with regret and heartache. Despite the trials they have faced, when they come together, albeit under abnormal circumstances, they aren't willing to let each other go. Drake has every reason to hate Jasmine and turn her over for her betrayal, and Jasmine has every reason to turn and run as fast as she can. Something about their connection, and the feelings evoked, stop them dead in their tracks. Just when you think you know whose team everyone is playing for the author will hit you with surprise after surprise until you don't know which way is up anymore. The momentum in this book is hard, fast and unforgiving. You have to pay attention to every nuance, and every blink if you're going to make it to the end. Jasmine and Drake have every road block thrown at them. They never catch a break and it's not a pretty journey to their ending.
In short, I loved every minute of this book. It was refreshing to not have so many moments where the characters acted like idiots. Jasmine and Drake made rational decisions, for the most part, and their story was a believable, once in a million tale that I devoured.
Characters: Strong, developed, and funny when appropriate
The Steam: While the book isn't riddled with sex, Jasmine and Drake's chemistry is off the charts when they do hit the bed... or wall
Story: Awesome. Perfect blend of suspense and romance.
All of the Mine books are standalone, however there are some minor overlapping details from book to book. I have already added the previous books to my TBR list, so definitely look for those reviews in the near future. I really can't wait to hear about Noah and Trace's HEAs!
*Gifted copy from publisher/author in exchange for an honest review*
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