Author: Jackie Ashenden
Published: May 5th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Alex St. James was left with a choice. Pick up the dice and find where they lead, or walk away. Choosing to see where the snake-eyes go, Alex plays in a poker game run by the devil who haunts his past. He will risk everything to find answers—that is, until his alluring, enigmatic bodyguard, Katya, becomes someone he cannot risk losing…
Katya is fiercely conflicted. Aching to break free from Alex to track down her former lover, Katya agrees to one last job—to protect her dangerously sexy boss as he gambles his future in exchange for clarity about his past. As the stakes are raised, Katya's loyalty shifts from the man she loved to the man she swore to protect. But in order to get what she wants, Katya will have to go all in…
Going into this one, I anticipated it being one of those "we can't be together because we work together" kind of romances... which it is... but it ended up being so much more. The romance was just the icing on the cake--the rest of it was so in depth and unexpected, but in a surprisingly good way.
Alex's life has been insane to say the least, and he's out to do everything in his power to regain what he lost. He gets Katya, his bodyguard, to assist him in the matter. Along the way, they realize there's something between them, but it's not a line they're willing to cross for one reason or another. There are secrets they both have, and once revealed, who knows what will happen next. Can they find a way to let go of the past and step into what could be a much better future?
Make You Mine was a powerful story, one that you can't stop thinking about even when it's done. I will admit that it took a little bit of time for me to be fully invested in the characters, but once I was, there was no going back, not after I learned the secrets. My heart went out to them, and I loved seeing them start to break through the barriers of their own lives to be together. Jackie Ashenden's Nine Circles series has definitely caught my attention.