"Turns out, Erika Kelly is a master at bringing out some serious feels. MINE FOR NOW is crazy hot. The sexual tension simmers between Dylan and Nicole, and when it finally explodes, it's so, so satisfying."--Krista's Dust Jacket
She’s had enough drama in her life.
Nicole O’Donnell is more than ready for the fresh start college offers. After a lifetime of trying to help her alcoholic mom and ex-boyfriend get sober, she’s finally learned her lesson: people don’t change. They certainly don’t change for her.
He can never leave his drama behind.
Thanks to his mom’s substance abuse issues, Dylan McCaffrey’s persona non grata in his hometown of Gun Powder, Colorado. So when he scores a free ride to the top university in the country, he’s determined to make something of this fresh start. But his mom has always relied on him, and she’s not handling his absence well at all. If he can just keep up his grades, pay her bills, and come home every break, he might be able to pull off this opportunity.
True love won’t be denied.
No matter how determined they are to steer clear of each other, their combustible connection explodes, especially when Nicole offers Dylan the one thing he can’t bear—hope. Once he has a taste of it—and the irresistible force of her—there’s no going back.
But when he falls too deeply, when he loses sight of his priorities, he might just lose it all.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dylan is the perfect guy. Handsome, super smart, a natural leader. It's just that he's messed up. Messed up by spending his life as the co-dependent, care-taker child of an addict mother. He never expected to find his perfect match, but he does. Nicole's had a similar early upbringing but is now full of sunshine and light. Trouble is, Dylan's not ready to give up the responsibility and guilt he feels regarding his mother, even though she's ruining his big chance at the life--and the woman--he wants Erika Kelly is such a fine writer. I immediately connected with Nicole and Dylan. Kelly delved deep into these characters, completely exposing them in the end. Letting the reader see and understand the personal dynamics that shape Dylan and Nicole. It takes a lot of soul searching and work to get to Dylan's happy ending, and when it happens, it's sweet. Be aware this book is steamy hot with lots of sex. The genre is new adult.
Getting away from Gun Powder, CO, and all the drama there is the best thing that Dylan McCaffrey could have done. It's his chance to do things differently, to make something of himself. Meeting Nicole O'Donnell is an unexpected bonus, and the breath of fresh air that Dylan so desperately needs. But there are those back home that aren't as happy for Dylan's success, and that will do anything and everything to draw him back in. I was excited to read MINE FOR NOW by author Erika Kelly since I'd liked her Rock Star Romance series so much. And, I did like this book, although it was very different from her other books. While I understood Dylan's dilemma regarding his relationship with his mother, with Kelsi, and with all that his home of Gunpowder, CO, represented, I got impatient with his constant decision to go back, rather than moving forward. But that's the role of the co-dependent, and maybe I'm only now realizing that Erika has done a good job of writing a flawed character that wants to change, that wants a different outcome for his life more than he can say, but just doesn't know how to get it. He doesn't think that he deserves his life in New York, his relationship with Nicole, to make something more of himself than staying in Colorado and caring for his mother will allow. And, until he does, until he admits that he can't control his mother and his decisions, he's not going to change, either. Like many co-dependent people, Dylan is really the one standing in his own way, unable to see that his worth has nothing to do with the choices that his mother makes, that his past does not define him. "But you're not...You're not poor, you're not working class, you're not middle class, you're not anything. Your parents might be, but you're just a college kid. Just like the rest of us...And you get to build from here. You get to decide what and who you become. This is the one time in your life when you can finally break free of all the labels. Dylan, you can be whatever you want. Starting now." I sometimes have a hard time connecting to the characters in a New Adult read, but I really do enjoy Erika's writing. In MINE FOR NOW, she's created characters that, though young, and so dealing with all of the angst of those years, are still interesting in that they have been formed by pasts that will either leave them stronger or continue to create a vacuum where they cannot move on. Ultimately, this is a story of strength, of pushing past obstacles that appeared to be immoveable, and coming through, whole and healthy, on the other side. This is a solid 4-star read for me, and I'm looking forward to reading MINE FOR A WEEK, the next book in Erika's new series.
4.5/5 Stars!! Oh. My. Goodness! I finished this book 3 days ago and I still haven't stopped thinking about it. Mine For Now is quite a rollercoaster ride of emotions and I loved every single second. This is a story of friendship, trust, love and family. Dylan has some serious family issues. A mother with issues who tries to guilt him into coming home at every turn. His other family isn't much better. Dylan escapes his family issues by going to college on the opposite coast, but it still isn't far enough. He meets Nicole, who has some pretty serious issues of her own. He's intrigued by her quirky personality and her beauty. Dylan's roommate James is another great character who adds some interesting turmoil to the mix. Eventually, the three of them, Dylan, Nicole and James, move into a house together and some drama ensues. The story builds and builds until a big decision has to be made that will affect all of their futures. This is my first Erika Kelly book. It won't be the last. I encourage you to go one click this book and enjoy the freefall! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
MINE FOR NOW is the first installment in Erika Kelly’s contemporary, new adult WILD LOVE erotic, romance series focusing on the O’Donnell siblings. This is eighteen year old college students Nicole O’Donnell, and Dylan McCaffrey’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Nicole and Dylan) MINE FOR NOW follows the building romance between college students Nicole O’Donnell, and Dylan McCaffrey. When her roommate Caroline Thayer goes ballistic, Nicole finds herself sleeping across the hall in Dylan McCaffrey’s room, and along with his roommate James, they discover that the trio has quite a bit in common. But when Dylan’s addicted and alcohol dependent mother shows up at school, Dylan is forced to look for a new place to live, and Nicole and James go along for the ride. As Dylan and Nicole’s relationship begins to grow, Dylan’s co-dependent relationship with his mother begins to affect his life at school and his relationship with Nicole. MINE FOR NOW is a story about addiction, co-dependency, toxic relationships, betrayal and loss. Dylan and Nicole come from families with a history of addiction, and in this our leading couple are kindred spirits in body and mind. Their earlier years are filled with horrendous neglect and abuse but each has ventured down a different path of acceptance and denial. Dylan is unable to walk away whereas Nicole has pushed her past behind her. The relationship between Nicole and Dylan is fraught with a lack of communication and mistrust. Dylan keeps secret much of his past including a former girlfriend who is in constant connection with our story line hero. Nicole’s path towards a future includes a professor who inadvertently pushes our heroine a little too far, and she is worried about acceptance into a specialized program. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including many college students but especially James, Caroline and Sydney. We are introduced to Nicole’s supporting and loving family-father Bill, and brothers Brandon and Ryan. Dylan’s Uncle Zach is his rock and support system; while Dylan’s ex girlfriend Kelsi and his addicted mother are destroying Dylan’s life. MINE FOR NOW is a story about one man’s emotionally destructive relationship with his addicted mother. Dylan is unable to walk away and his need to protect his mother is harmful and enabling, and affecting his relationship with the woman he loves. The premise is heartbreaking and emotional; the characters are broken, charismatic and animated; the romance is a struggle between two people caught in a world of addiction and pain. MINE FOR NOW looks at a classic scenario of co-dependency, enabling and addiction that is destructive for everyone involved.