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You Are Mine (Nine Circles Series #3)
     

You Are Mine (Nine Circles Series #3)

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by Jackie Ashenden
 

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In the Nine Circles Club, there's a fine line between pleasure and pain, sin and salvation, heaven and hell. And it takes one bold pair of lovers to cross it in You Are Mine by Jackie Ashenden.

He's master of the game.
Zac Rutherford is one of the most powerful and sought-after men in New York's private club scene. Masterful and

Overview

In the Nine Circles Club, there's a fine line between pleasure and pain, sin and salvation, heaven and hell. And it takes one bold pair of lovers to cross it in You Are Mine by Jackie Ashenden.

He's master of the game.
Zac Rutherford is one of the most powerful and sought-after men in New York's private club scene. Masterful and demanding, he attracts beautiful women willing to surrender to his every whim, every desire, and every command. But Zac is in love with one woman, and one woman only. She is his true passion-and sole obsession. A glorious angel in the flesh...who refuses to be touched by any man.

She doesn't play by the rules.
Eva King owes her life to Zac. Seven years ago, he rescued her from darkness. Still, in spite of her attraction to Zac, she refuses to allow any man to touch her body, let alone her heart. But when a dangerous enemy from Eva's past reappears, Zac is the only one who can save her-if she's willing to bare her soul, shed her inhibitions, and surrender control...to him.

The Nine Circles series is:
"Sexy, emotional." -Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author
"Sinfully sexy" -Opal Carew, New York Times bestselling author

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/02/2015
The hot and tingly third installment of the Nine Circles (following Make You Mine) continues the story of self-made billionaires on a quest to take down the corrupt criminal elements who darken their pasts. Zac Rutherford is an ex-mercenary and British aristocrat with a dominant side. He's allergic to compromise until he falls for Eva King, a brilliant hacker with a prickly exterior and an inability to trust anyone. Eva can't face her past, even when it becomes clear that the group's investigation requires her to share information from the years she spent as an abused captive. Zac unleashes his pent-up lust to begin a seduction that will push Eva to come to terms with her history and accept the passion brewing between them after years of denial. As a teasing, lusciously sexual dynamic develops between the protagonists, Zac must struggle to control his need for mercurial Eva, and for revenge against the man who hurt her. The plot makes almost no sense, but the extended and top-notch sex scenes more than make up for that drawback. Agent: Helen Breitweiser, Cornerstone Literary. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

“With a distinct voice and fresh, complex characters, Mine To Take is a sexy, emotional read that gripped me from page one. I can't wait to see what Ashenden brings us next.” —Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author

“A scintillating, heart-pounding love story. A dark, sinfully sexy hero with a tortured past. I loved it!” —Opal Carew, New York Times bestselling author

“Outstanding, unabashedly sexy...pulls out all the stops for emotional drama and exquisite passion.” —PW Starred Review on Make You Mine

“Ashenden twists and tortures her characters with impressive skill, placing everything they desire just beyond the boundaries of what they have promised.” —The Washington Post on Mine To Take

“The sex is dirty-sweet, with a dark lick of dominance and the tantalizing potential of redemption, and an explosive ending provides the perfect closure to Gabe and Honor's story while setting up the next installment.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Intriguingly dark and intensely compelling...explosive.” —RT Book Reviews on Mine To Take, Top Pick!

“Powerfully suspenseful and, above all, sensual and meaningful...not to be missed.” —Top Pick! RT Book Reviews on Make You Mine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250051783
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/06/2015
Series:
Nine Circles Series , #3
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
154,275
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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You Are Mine


By Jackie Ashenden

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2015 Jackie Ashenden
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-5259-4


CHAPTER 1

"Can I buy you a drink?"

Zac Rutherford turned his attention from the heaving dance floor packed with scantily clad bodies.

There was a woman leaning on the bar next to him. A brunette with a full, red mouth and pale skin. She looked like Snow White. Except Snow White wouldn't be wearing a red leather dress with cut outs on the sides to emphasize the curve of her hips, the hem so short if she bent over he'd be able to see her panties. If she was wearing panties that was, and he was pretty sure she wasn't.

No, she definitely wasn't Snow White. And he was no Prince Charming. He wasn't even the Huntsman.

He was the dragon in the cave that ate virgins for breakfast.

The woman smiled at him then looked down. A submissive looking for a Dom for the evening. Limbo, New York's finest and most exclusive BDSM club, was full of them.

Perhaps a couple of months ago he would have been tempted. Hell, perhaps even a year ago he would have taken her up on the offer and not even thought twice.

But not now.

"I'm sorry, love," he said, regretfully. "Not tonight."

Her face fell. He had a reputation in BDSM circles — the Gentleman Dom they called him — for being exceptional when it came to psychological mind-fuckery, and some subs loved that more than a good beating. It was also an added turn-on for them that he hadn't been seen in the club for months, and they all wanted to be the one to lure him back.

Sadly for them it wasn't going to work. He'd been here only an hour and already he wanted to leave.

"Oh," she said. "You sure I can't change your mind?"

Perhaps if she had long white blonde hair and silver gray eyes. Wore black and liked to call him an asshole. Perhaps then ...

No. Not even then.

Zac shook his head. "I'm afraid not. But thank you for the charming offer. I'm sure there are many Masters here tonight who'd jump at the chance for a drink with you."

She blushed, pouting prettily. "Thanks. But I was kind of hoping ..."

He reached out, took her chin in his hand and gave it a gentle pinch. "No, love. And we'll leave it at that. Understand?"

She responded instantly to the undercurrent of iron in his voice, her gaze lowering. "Yes, sir."

"Good girl." Zac released her then gestured to the barman to fill up her glass. The least he could do was buy her another drink. Manners were important, and he wanted to show her that he was flattered by the offer. No more than that though.

Turning away from the bar, he began to make his way to the exit of the club. Scantily clad people all moved out of his way, responding instinctively to his authority.

On a stage near the dance floor a scene was in progress, a sub tied to a post in the process of being whipped. The Dom supervising the scene, a guy he knew vaguely, paused and raised an eyebrow at him, gesturing with the whip. Obviously an invitation. Zac shook his head and continued on toward the club's exit.

Christ, this visit had been futile. He hadn't been even remotely interested in either the pretty sub or the whipping scene. What the hell was wrong with him? He'd hoped to be tempted back into renewing his Limbo membership, but far from being tempted, he couldn't wait to leave.

Nodding to the club's doorman, he stepped out into New York's early March chill, with snow heaped on the sidewalks and a cold bite in the air. Pulling his overcoat tightly around him, he headed across the street to where his car and driver waited.

So much for that. Perhaps he should give up on the idea of finding out just where the bloody hell his libido had gone.

You know where it's gone.

And that was the problem, wasn't it? He knew exactly where it had gone. It was worshipping at the temple of Eva King. His angel. Which meant that sooner or later, if it didn't get any sustenance, it was bound to die of hunger.

Something stirred in his gut. Probably anger. Zac ruthlessly crushed the emotion as he pulled open the car door and got in. Anger was never advisable and certainly not when it came to Eva.

"Where to, Mr. Rutherford?" Angus, his driver, asked.

"Home I think, Angus."

As the car pulled away from the curb, his phone vibrated in his overcoat. He took it out and checked the screen.

Second Circle. Now. You're late.

It was from Gabriel Woolf, his friend and fellow member of the small group of misfits and loners who'd banded together years ago and who now called themselves the Nine Circles club. After Dante's Inferno, naturally.

He frowned. A meeting? Now? No one had informed him about it. A strange time for it too, at eleven at night. Then again, maybe they'd had a breakthrough with unraveling the mystery of who was behind one of the most notorious underground casinos in New York. Who'd had a man shot and a boy brutalized. Who'd torn the St. James family apart. And who, perhaps, had tried to get a particular piece of videotape destroyed.

A piece of tape that still hadn't given up its secrets no matter how many times he'd watched it.

Zac stared at Gabriel's text for a moment then typed a reply. I wasn't aware there was a meeting.

Another couple of seconds and a response came back. Eva didn't tell you?

Once again anger stirred, this time not so easily dealt with. So Eva had called the meeting, had she? And hadn't told him. Eva, who almost never did anything or went anywhere without him.

Eva, who was apparently hiding something from him.

Zac sent back a curt reply. I'll be ten minutes. Then he put his phone into his pocket and settled back in his seat. "I've changed my mind, Angus. Second Circle. Immediately. And don't spare the horses."

Angus didn't. And precisely ten minutes later, they were drawing up outside Alex St. James's club, the Second Circle, where the Nine Circles members held their regular meetings.

The doorman inclined his head as Zac approached, pulling open the doors with alacrity.

Zac nodded an acknowledgment then stepped inside, heading straight for the stairs that led to the club's private rooms.

He ignored the slow burn in his gut, the one he usually associated with anger. Clearly Eva hadn't informed him about this meeting for a reason, but by God it had better be a good one. She always told him first whenever she had something to share with the others. At least, she always had.

Until now.

He didn't want to think about what that might mean.

Zac pushed open the door that led to the Nine's favorite room and walked straight in, kicking it shut behind him.

The room had a warm, luxurious feel to it, with wood-panel walls, tall library bookshelves, and subdued lighting. A couch stood before a roaring fire, flanked on either side by two leather armchairs, one currently occupied.

There was a silence.

Zac didn't speak, nor did he look at anyone but Eva.

She stood by the fire, her small, fragile figure dressed in her usual uniform of black skinny jeans and black Doc Martens, Iron Maiden T-shirt, and leather biker jacket. Her hair, the color of pure white snow, was pulled back in a messy ponytail, strands of it hanging around her face. Her eyes were a pure, crystalline charcoal gray and met his, full of her usual prickly defiance.

He could feel his body already beginning to gather into yearning, like she was a compass point he turned to no matter where he was. A feeling he was starting to hate since it would never, ever go anywhere.

Eva, his beautiful angel, the girl he'd rescued nearly naked and broken and bleeding from the side of the road one night seven years ago, had never given him one sign, not a single one, that she felt anything for him beyond a twisted kind of friendship. And that rendered her untouchable.

He wouldn't push himself where he wasn't wanted. Ever. Especially not with her. Her past had damaged her beyond repair, or at least beyond his ability to help. A fact that ached like a piece of broken glass lodged deep in his soul.

Pity his body didn't seem to be taking any notice. It wanted her with a single-mindedness that bordered on obsession.

Luckily he'd gotten very good at ignoring it.

"Sorry I'm late," Zac said, directing this to Eva as he put his gloves down on a nearby table and shrugged out of his overcoat. "I was unavoidably detained."

She lifted her chin. The look in her eyes told him she knew he was angry she hadn't told him about the meeting and that she didn't care. But then she never did. And the way she constantly challenged him was part of her charm, part of his fascination with her.

"You haven't missed anything," Gabriel said. "At least not yet." He was sitting in a chair near the fire, his long legs extended. A pale, exquisite woman sat in his lap, black hair and blue eyes, perfectly dressed in a pencil skirt and blouse. Honor, Alex St. James's sister and Gabriel's lover, a new member of the Nine Circles.

On the couch sat her brother, one shoulder heavily bandaged from the gunshot wound he'd taken the previous week. Alex had only just come out of the hospital and looked like it too — shadows under his blue eyes, a pallor to his skin. Beside him, her hand on his thigh, sat his Russian bodyguard, Katya Ivanova. Another new member.

Really, it was getting far too crowded in here.

Zac nodded a wordless thanks to Gabriel for informing him of the meeting then walked over to the couch, slung his overcoat over the arm, then leaned his hands on the back of it, staring at the fine-boned woman standing in front of the hearth, the fire leaping at her back.

"Do go on, angel," he said levelly. "Don't let me interrupt you." But if you think I'm not pissed off about this you're mistaken.

The shrug she gave him was almost imperceptible to anyone but him. I don't give a shit whether you're pissed off or not. Aloud she said, "Okay, so where was I? I think I mentioned I've got a team at Void Angel dedicated to investigating this apparent human trafficking link Alex and Katya discovered at Conrad's Four Horsemen casino? Well, I've also been reviewing the security footage we got from him." She jammed her hands into the back pockets of her jeans. "And I think I may have some information."

Tension crawled along Zac's shoulders, stiffening his spine.

"Nothing," she'd said to him as they'd sat there, going over and over the tape Alex had gotten from Conrad South — casino owner; erstwhile member of Alex's father's mysterious Seven Devils club; rapist; and, as they'd lately found out, murderer. Footage taken at the Lucky Seven casino nineteen years ago, when Alex had been assaulted by the man.

It was their only lead to solving the mystery of who was behind the Lucky Seven and who had given the order for Alex and Honor's father to be killed and made to look like suicide. Why Honor's stepfather, still in a coma, had been shot. And why Alex had been warned off digging too deeply into the doings of the Seven Devils by a mercenary he'd met in Conrad's own casino.

So, Eva had lied to him. It would have surprised him if he hadn't guessed that already. If he didn't know her the way he did, every expression, every inflection in her voice. He always knew when she was holding back or when something scared her, and that day, watching the tape, something had scared her. And he'd hoped, he'd really hoped like he always did, that she would come to him with it.

You always hope that and yet you are always disappointed.

Story of his whole bloody life.

"What kind of information?" Alex asked, leaning back against the couch, his hand covering Katya's where it rested on his lap.

Eva rocked on her heels. She was nervous, Zac could immediately tell. No, more than nervous. He recognized the tilt of her chin, the rigid cast to her shoulders, the cynical amusement in her eyes. Eva wasn't nervous, she was scared.

Instantly he straightened. "Sit down, Eva, and I'll get you some tea."

"I don't want any fucking tea."

Oh yes, she was scared all right. Was that why she didn't want him here? Christ, what had she seen on that tape? Unease shifted inside him.

"Say what you have to say then," he ordered. "Now." The quicker she said it, the quicker they could get on to sorting what it was that had scared her.

The quicker he could get on to finding out who'd brutalized her all those years ago.

The quicker he could shoot that fucker in the head.

Eva's gaze remained on his. "Last time I checked, you weren't my boss. Which means I'll tell you whenever I'm goddamned ready, okay?"

He didn't react to the aggression in her voice — she always got belligerent and pissy when she was afraid. Merely held her sharp, silver stare. Waiting.

"I recognized the guy who was guarding the bathroom door," she said flatly. "I've seen him before."


* * *

Eva's fingers curled in the back pockets of her jeans. They were cold no matter the fire burning at her back, but then again, her hands were always cold. She could never get warm, no matter where she was.

And now she felt colder still.

None of the others would know the significance of her confession — she'd never told anyone about her past and she never would — but Zac would know. Which was why she'd wanted to tell the others without him here. She didn't want to see the flare of knowledge in his familiar golden eyes. Or the glitter of anger on her behalf. The anger that made her so fucking tired. That made leaving behind what had happened to her impossible.

But someone had told him to come, and so here he was. She would just have to deal with it.

So she braced herself and stared at him, and sure enough, there it was, the understanding. And close on its heels, the rage. It burned like a banked volcano in his eyes, a heat he never let out because Zac never let anything out. She'd never met a man so completely in control of himself, which was why he was her one and only friend.

He was the only person she ever felt utterly safe with, a fact that both annoyed her in the extreme and yet formed the entire foundation of her present life.

Oh yeah, there was a reason she was in the fucked-up billionaire's club. She was probably the most fucked up out of all of them.

"What do you mean you've seen that guy before?" Alex sat forward, frowning. His blue eyes were so sharp. Too sharp. "Where? How?"

Eva's jaw tightened. "I'm not telling you where or how. Don't ask, don't tell, remember? All you need to know is that I recognize him. He's hired muscle. And the last time I saw him was around seven years ago."

Alex's frown deepened. "Well, what the fuck does that mean? We need context, Eva."

Beside him, Katya gave Eva a narrow look that Eva returned unflinching. She respected the hell out of the Russian woman, but no one was going to make her say anything she didn't want to, ex-military or otherwise.

"No you don't." Her fingers curled tighter in her back pockets. "All that matters is that he's hired muscle and if we can track him down, we might be able to find out who he was working for back then."

"We don't need to track him down for that. He was working for fucking Conrad, obviously."

"But do you know that for certain? Everything we've discovered so far points to involvement that goes deeper than Conrad South, Alex. Perhaps this guy wasn't working for him at all."

Alex's gaze was sharp as a sword. "Yeah, which is why we need context."

A silence fell in the room, the fire at her back crackling in the hearth the only sound.

"He's right, Eva," Gabriel said at last. "Context would be extremely fucking valuable here."

She shifted her attention to the other man in the armchair, Honor St. James sitting in his lap like a queen on a throne. His arm was around her waist, his hand resting loosely on her stomach, and there was something proprietary about the hold that Eva found deeply unsettling.

She ignored the feeling. Honor clearly welcomed the attention and seemed to enjoy having such an obvious claim stamped on her. It made Eva shudder, but if the other woman was happy, then that was her business. "I'm afraid you're not getting any context, so if you're expecting more you're shit out of luck."

Gabriel's dark eyes glinted. "Tremain is still in the hospital and Honor's life is possibly still under threat. Daniel St. James was murdered. Whoever is behind this is in all likelihood involved in drugs and human trafficking, and yet all you're worried about is your fucking privacy?"


(Continues...)

Excerpted from You Are Mine by Jackie Ashenden. Copyright © 2015 Jackie Ashenden. Excerpted by permission of St. Martin's Press.
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Meet the Author

Jackie Ashenden lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids and two cats. When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband. Jackie writes the dark, sexy contemporary romance series Nine Circles for St Martin's Press, including the books Mine to Take and Make You Mine.

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You Are Mine 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long story short is i took a gamble on another new author per Maisey yates& hot damn! Hot passionate politically correct Dom relationship portrayed with such tender caring respect for his receptive sub to be!! My heart melts thinking of how well Zak chose hus words and timing to get Eva to surrender in order to move forward! Bravo jackie!!! Im a new fan follower of yours!!! Traci south FL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I accidentally skipped the second book, but I wasnt lost in reading this. Loved Eva!
Anonymous 6 months ago
My name is emily im in sixth grade my favorite color is purple. I have blond hair with blue tips and i have brown eyes.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Really impressed with the way she really develops the characters. Well written and suspenseful.
Shortybang 8 months ago
I totally fell in love with Zac! Alpha male to the core! I loved this book!
Anonymous 10 months ago
I had a tough time with Eva she seemed almost childish and selfish I get why but still didn't make it any easier to like her. I hope the next book gives us more closure. Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read loved it
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what can i say i love this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very good. I read straight through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disipointed in this book. Was looking foward to it and was let down.
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TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Zac rescued Eva years ago and is her safe place but Zac wants more. Zac is a Dom who knows what he wants and it is Eva and finally tells her so. After having been kidnapped and a sex slave she hasn’t allowed a man to touch her since then but what will she do when she is faced with Zac’s ultimatum. This is a fast paced, drama filled story with plenty of heat that had me hooked from beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down. Great Read!
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review. This is the 3rd book in the Nine Circles series and I recommend reading the first two books before this one because there is a plot line revolving around a group of wealthy men called the Seven Devils, that continues through all the books and to really understand the story and the members of the Nine Circles Club, you need that background. Zac is a member of the Nine Circles Club. Eva escaped from captivity with Zac's help seven years ago but is still bound by fear. Zac is Eva’s rescuer and protector. Zac is a patient man but he's waited long enough. For seven years he has put up with her hands-off attitude and her anger...seven years of wanting her. Now she may be in danger again and he is done waiting. He will do whatever he has to to break her out of that prison of fear. I loved when Zac finally showed his dominant side to Eva and the sex scenes are scorching and intense. This book, like the others in the series, is an emotional, well-written story with a lot of drama. I love this excellent series.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Eva King is a scarred and fragile individual who has dealt with far more in her life than anyone should have to, she is constantly worrying about her past coming back to haunt her, and having to always look over her shoulder. She has no interest in letting anyone get close to her, for fear of being hurt again, so she keeps everyone at arms length. When her worst fear is realized, and the past she has tried so hard to forget has caught up to her yet again she turns to Zac Rutherford for safety, he saved her once before and he is only person she trusts, only problem is Zac wants a little more in return... Zac Rutherford has had eyes for only Eva King for a long time, seven years ago he saved her and since then he has never been able to shake her from his thought, only problem is she has made herself completely unavailable to him. When she walks back into his life and asks for his help, he is more than willing to help her escape her demons...but wants a little more from her in return... This story was third installment in the Nine Circles series, and I have to say it is my favorite so far, it definitely had the makings of a perfect romance story. It was packed with suspense, romance, drama, & some sinfully good love scenes that had me reaching for a fan!! Ms. Ashenden has truly outdone herself with this one!!! ARC kindly provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Wow. This third book in the Nine Circles series brings answers to a lot of questions. While many people say this can be read standalone, I have to disagree. Without having read the first two books in the series I would have been totally lost and would not have enjoyed this book. As with all her books, the writing is superior, the sex scenes are off the charts hot, and in the case of this series the characters are edgy, raw, and emotionally damaged. Zack and Eva, the H/h of this story, may appear to be a bad mix but in the end prove to be exactly what the other needs to help heal their emotional wounds. While this is a complete story, without a cliffhanger, the end of this story sets us up for the next story in the series. It had me rushing to find out exactly how long I have to wait. Very nicely done Ms. Ashendon. If you enjoy stories on the edgy darker side, this is a series I highly recommend.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This third story in the Nine Circles series can be read as a standalone but continues with plot threads begun in the previous books. For that reason, I would recommend reading them first, though there is some explanation to catch up new readers. This story focuses on Zac, a successful businessman and Eva, computer genius extraordinaire, both members of the Nine Circles club. They've been secondary characters since the first story, but now we get to see some of their background, and it's pretty dark. They both come from broken homes, and Zac was the one who rescued Eva from a tragic situation seven years earlier. For all this time, he's been waiting for her to come to him and let him in, emotionally and sexually - and he's finally not waiting any longer. Confronting her means she's going to have to share her past or lose him once and for all - will her choice, and his, bring them closer together or destroy them? Like all the stories in this series, this one is an intense read, though I think it's the most gripping of the three to date. Zac comes across as a powerful man. And indeed he's a Dom in his private life when he visits sex clubs, a man who isn't used to waiting on the sidelines. And he's been waiting for Eva to acknowledge him, to realize that he wants more from her than her friendship. Their friendship isn't really a normal one anyway - it's more just Zac doing whatever Eva needs, her anxiety manifesting in panic attacks that have been getting worse as they've been tracking down the secrets revealed in the previous two stories, ones that are hitting too close to home. He's been her rock to stand on, but no longer. His burning desire for her is finally out in the open and Eva doesn't have a clue what to do with it. She's never realized until now how much she relies on him, and when he makes it clear that he wants all of her, not just to be at her beck and call she finds herself drawn into an erotic and deep relationship with Zac, one that is almost painful in its intensity. There were times in this story that I thought Zac pushed Eva too far, that he didn't understand what she'd gone through and how he was only making things worse. But of course, he knew exactly what she needed to have the breakthrough that would lead to her gaining back her sense of self. The sex scenes in this story are therefore quite intense and push Eva's boundaries. But they also push Zac too, as he confronts his own feelings for Eva. And through it all, there is the suspense plot that continues to dig into the Casino underworld, a world that is hiding a secret that the nine circles team is working to uncover fully. The characters from the two previous stories play their part here of course, as well as making it clear that there will be more in the series, with new characters coming to light and gaining importance. The second half of the story is action packed and one of those page turners that you just can't put down. This isn't the kind of story you can read on a 15 minute break. You'd better be prepared to spend some time with it once you start. Gritty, erotic and enthralling. A great continuation to the series. 4.5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The guy in the book is a jerk. He is not what a Dom is supposed to be. He never let's Eva have a choice. He blackmails her into being with him. He hardy ever shows her affection. I will not be reading another book by this author. Sorry, but Eva went through hell and then the guy doesn't even care. He just wants to screw her. I'd give this book no stars if I could.