Review – Until You’re Mine by Cindi Madsen

REVIEW:

This is a review I fully did not anticipate I would be writing.  First, because it’s new adult, something that doesn’t hold my attention at all and second, because I put it down and picked it back up 3 different times since it couldn’t hold my attention.  But something was nagging me about it in the back of my head so I decided to give it a go for a final time two nights ago…just for sh**s and giggles.  And I know what was nagging me….the writing was good and I could sense the potential and I was so right and blown away I can’t believe I was going to DNF it!  Until You’re Mine may have started out way too slow for my usual liking but the second half of the book packs such and emotional and visceral punch, it’s worth a little bit of boring back story to get to the heart of what this book is about….enduring, faithful, searing LOVE that has no limits and no regrets.  Our hero, Shane, lost it all because his head wasn’t in the sport he loved so much and he had a very good reason for this.  He is trying to re-build his credibility with the MMA community and is working with our heroines family gym.  I completely fell head-over-heels for Shane.  He has such a great work ethic, especially when you take into account his childhood.  But more than that, it was his pure emotion and want he had for Brooklyn that made him all the more fantastic.  And his ultimate display of that love at the end?  One of the most epic romantic moves EVER!!!!  Our heroine, Brooklyn, has returned home for the summer temporarily to help get the family gym back in order.  She has plans and dreams and isn’t willing to sacrifice them…for anyone or anything.  She has a tempestuous relationship with her father and there were a few times I wanted to crawl into this book and ring his neck.  Brooklyn is drawn to Shane but there are many factors at play that keep her fighting what she feels for him.  Not just tiny, insignificant factors either.  I loved the scrappy determination in which Brooklyn displays about everything in her life…..fighting for the future she wants, the man she thinks she needs, and the man who could be her everything.  She was a heroine that really spoke to me.  I adored the relationship she had with her brothers too!  As Shane and Brooklyn fight their attraction, circumstances in her life change and Brooklyn becomes incapable of denying that she wants Shane desperately, despite the fact she is convinced they can never work.  These two have some super-charged chemistry but even better, the emotional pull they have towards one another makes it even more erotic.  The sex scenes were both titillating and decadent.  There is some angst….naturally when to people are this young, you are going to get that, but it didn’t take anything away from the story in the least.  There are some pretty important family dynamics that play out and bring many moments of laughter and tears to the story.  The plot is well written, despite the fact that I found the beginning to drag out too slowly, it did pick up speed and my interest.  And the ending of this book….it was perfect and flawless.  I’m so glad I made the choice to finish because I would have missed out on a very epic love story!  I’m looking forward to seeing what Ms. Madsen has up her sleeves next because she definitely has my interest peaked!  4.5 stars.

 

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Title: UNTIL YOU’RE MINE

Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Until You’re Mine:

You might’ve heard of me, Shane Knox, the guy who rose quickly through the MMA fighter ranks, only to crash just as fast. No one cares about personal reasons when it comes to losing fights and money. I’m determined to get back to where I was. For you to hear my name again. I’ve finally convinced the owner of Team Domination to take a chance and get me back in fighting—and winning—shape. What I didn’t bargain for is the guy’s spitfire of a daughter. Factor in her two professional-fighter brothers who are acting as my coaches and the fact that my career hangs in the balance, and Brooklyn’s the last girl I should be fantasizing about.

 

The closer we get, the more I want Brooklyn. The stakes are high, and I know there’s a big chance of both of us getting hurt, but I won’t stop until she’s mine.

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About Cindi Madsen:

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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Blog Tour – Found by Claudia Burgoa

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:


All I’ve ever wanted was for someone to choose me. My mother didn’t. My father didn’t. The beautiful boy next door, who grew up to marry me, didn’t. Neither did the next man with whom I thought my heart was safe.

Back in the Bay area, three thousand miles from New York City, I can start fresh. Become one with the sea again, rise or fall on the tide of my own choices. But on the first day of my bright new life, the darkest shadows of my past follow me through my office door. The two men whose names are definitely not on my five-year plan.

If I let it consume me—my need for one man, my love for the other—the darkness will swallow me whole. I can’t let that happen. Not again. This time, the waves of emotion crashing against my heart won’t drown me. This time, I get to choose my happy ending.


EXCERPT:

It’s time to get back to the hotel. Fitz and I have been helping Hazel set up her apartment. Installing the sound system was the last thing on her list, and I’m almost done. But I don’t want this day to end. Not yet.

I don’t want to leave her.

I want to bask in the light of the infectiously cute smile she wears everywhere she goes.

I want to stay with her for the rest of the night.

Forever—if she allows it.

Hazel Beesley has been warming my cold soul since the moment I met her. She isn’t like any women I’ve come across. I met her the summer she came to live with her grandfather.

Everything about Hazel captured my heart from the beginning. Her big eyes, long braids, wicked smile and a smart mouth. Her luscious, full lips. The eagerness to learn and help people. Behind the professional hard shell she shows to the world, there’s a smart, sensitive, caring woman. She adores her family and helps everyone around her.

My relationship with her has been by stages. The big crush happened when I met her. Slowly, I fell in love with her, and one day, we kissed. In that instant, her air became mine, and my soul was branded with her name. Her presence calms the demons inside my head. She knows most of my secrets and my fears. Hazel held my hand while we face my most significant challenges.

My phone buzzes. It’s a text from Harrison, my oldest brother.

Harrison: Where are you?

Scott: San Francisco.

Harrison: Why am I not surprised? Are you and Hazel getting back together?

I snort. That’s the plan, but there’s a complication.

Scott: I’m working on it.

Harrison: If I could, I’d talk some reason into her, but … you fucked up, and I can’t help you.

No one can help me. I let out a long, frustrated breath. Harrison is her best friend. They are so similar. According to him, I have a hefty price to pay before she forgives me. Then, I must grovel, and maybe we will salvage something. At least, that’s what he said after Christmas.

Scott: It’s back to square one. I have to remind her how great we are together.

Harrison: That puzzles me. That the two of you fit just right. You are so different. And yet, you stayed together for a long time.

He’s right. On the surface, we don’t look compatible. However, deep down we fit perfectly. Like a key in its lock, I belong to her. It’s in the way she makes me feel. The yearning when she’s away. The joy I experience when she’s steps away from me. She holds the power in our relationship, not me.

Scott: I regret being a coward, and letting her slip out of my hands knowing that this day would come. The day she’d move back to San Francisco and see the boy she fell in love with since they were kids.

Harrison: Well, you better apply yourself before she sees him. 

Jesus, I rub the back of my neck. What am I doing here?

Scott: This might be a lost battle. She already saw him. 

 

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Claudia is an award-winning, international bestselling author. She lives in Colorado working for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. And a wonderful husband who shares her love for all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

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Cover Reveal – The Secret Thief by Nina Lane

 

 

Behind his beautiful eyes
Lay a thousand secrets and lies.
But my own secrets are all laid bare
The twisted reality of a disgraceful affair.

I once deciphered the mysteries hidden in art
Then mistakes and desire tore me apart.

Now I’m shipwrecked at the end of the earth
Desperate again to prove my worth.

The lighthouse keeper is a stranger to me
Yet one night with him sets me free.

We find ourselves united by the stars above
Both of us needing the salvation of love.

Until our secrets and shame continue to build
And what was flourishing will soon be killed.

 

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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