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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