Buddy Read Chat Review w/Berls ~ Mine to Take ~ Cynthia Eden #COYER

Posted 3 February, 2020 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 4 Comments

Buddy Read Chat Review w/Berls ~ Mine to Take ~ Cynthia Eden #COYERMine to Take by Cynthia Eden
Series: Mine #1
Published by Selfpublished on June 12, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 169
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Freebie
4 Stars

Sometimes 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?

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We both were hooked at the prologue. It was the last few sentences that did it for me. Having finished, I’m still curious about who the speaker was. What hooked you? And if it was the same thing, are you still curious as well?

Ditto! It hooked me and quite literally gave me chills. Even now, rereading it, I get chills because, yeah, I don’t know who it is!!! And I want to know why she clearly didn’t remember that moment (if she had, there would be no mystery… Or a different one) and will she in a future book? Do you think CEden left it deliberately unresolved? 

I hadn’t thought about her leaving it unresolved on purpose. That’s totally a possibility. It was super creepy though, especially Skye’s reaction to it. Now I’m even more eager to read the next book. 😉


The way CEden introduced us to Skye and Trace was well played. It made me wonder about their history as well as setting up the suspense. What did you think of that meeting?

It was perfect, really. It introduced their chemistry and kept me questioning and trying to read between the lines. CEden was a master at that – the whole book I was questioning and second guessing my suspicions and conclusions.


The suspense element was well-crafted. With each new potential villain, CEden threw my suspicions every which way. And my theory was all wrong! I think you read more romantic suspense that I do? Did you think the suspense was well-done?

So well! I read about 1 suspense a month or so – so not as many as some people, but definitely like to think I’m not that easy to trick. But she had me all the way to the reveal! She kept throwing in twists that made me either more certain in my (wrong) suspicion or completely thrown off.

What about you? At what point did you realize you were wrong? Was it at the reveal for you too?

I was totally off-base until reveal! CEden did do well at throwing me off the scent 😉 but I love that in a suspense story. 


The romance did it for me as well. We didn’t talk about it in our check-ins though. I liked that they had a history and even though they’d been apart, I could appreciate the reasons behind it. (misguided as they may have been 😉 ) Their reunion was meant to be, in my opinion, even if the circumstances for it sucked. Trace was just the right amount of alpha and I admired that Skye wasn’t a wilting violet. How did you feel about the romance?

The romance was secondary for me, despite the fact that it sizzled. Their chemistry was so electric, in part because it was so punctuated by my own uncertainty about their trustworthiness. She made me doubt their reliability as narrators and that just intensified their chemistry for me, as well as the suspense. After all, that kind of passion can lead to instability and stalker behavior. But I wanted it to work out badly, because I just love a good second chance romance.


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Brandee is a mom of 3 and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also an avid reader, a genre omnivore, and a compulsive one-clicker - but she's in recovery. Besides being a reader, she's also a writer and hopes to divide the vast quantities of spare time she'll soon have between reading and finally publishing her first book.

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4 responses to “Buddy Read Chat Review w/Berls ~ Mine to Take ~ Cynthia Eden #COYER

  1. Sophia Rose

    Glad you both had a good time with this one and didn’t guess the solution until the end. I loved this one, too. Some day I need to keep going with the series.

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