She doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. He intends to make her his completely.
Natalie Udall thought her position at the CIA was secure—until protecting her team earned her an armed escort into certain danger. Natalie can’t stand the idea of being secreted away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, especially since it means sharing close quarters with the controlling bodyguard enlisted to keep her alive.
Gabe MacIntosh joined the military to support his son, trained as a sniper and dealt with death on a regular basis. Now retired and operating a security firm, his first assignment is to protect a CIA agent on the run. She’s strong willed and difficult—and all Gabe can think about is exerting his domination and stripping her of every expectation she has.
Natalie has no intention of giving in to Gabe’s straightforward demands of dominant sex with no attachments—even though the very idea of giving up control thrills her like nothing ever has...
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Tuesday at six fifteen. That’s when Gabe MacIntosh’s patience officially expired.
He’d been listening to Natalie Udall argue her case for over an hour. The woman sure could talk. She sat in the office chair and swiveled the seat back and forth. Tapped her fingernails against the conference room table. Ignored the water bottle he put in front of her more than thirty minutes ago while she battled every point he made. Treated him to her whole I’m-a-pissed-off-woman routine while repeatedly making it clear she thought she was in charge.
Smart and sexy but so wrong.
“Are you almost done?” he asked, hoping to wrap up the discussion and move on to the protection part of the program. He had to get to work. Much more non-bodyguard time alone with her and it would be a race to see which one exploded first, his brain or his dick.
The whole mind-wandering thing was new to him. He’d never had trouble concentrating or staying focused during an operation. He’d been trained by the best. An untold amount of government money had been spent, years consumed, honing his skills and turning him into an ace sniper. He could hunker down in a field for hours with hostiles lurking nearby, almost stepping on him, and never make a sound. Not until he was ready. Not until he decided to unleash a rash of fury and fire.
With her, something shifted. He noticed too much. Thought about her when he should have been concentrating only on her safety. Everything about her reeled him in. The straight long blond hair he dreamed about wrapping around his hand while he entered her. The way her slight southern accent slipped in when she rushed her words or got really pissed off.
The first time they met she wore a suit. The skirt had hit just above her knees and had his brain misfiring as he dreamed about running his palms up those pale thighs. Wrapping those lean legs around his waist. Today, weeks later, she wore pants, but the impact on him didn’t lessen one bit.
No question the strong female type appealed to him. So did that body, fit yet curvy. Hips that would fit his hands. Every other part of her perfect for licking and tasting. He never fucked on a job. He viewed an assignment as just that, a file he memorized and a body he watched over. Emotionless and straightforward. But with her he saw a woman, smart-mouthed, determined not to be a victim, competent and hard to scare.
So fucking hot.
But he’d been hired to protect her and that put her on the off-limits list . . . no matter what his dick thought.
She’d left her black-ops position with the CIA after a lengthy negotiation through her attorney, and an extraction agreement stored in a vault somewhere proved it. The pages of legalese spelled out her rights and responsibilities, and acted as a supposed guarantee that she would not be harmed. They both knew better. A pile of papers wouldn’t stop some ticked-off asshole in power from taking her out. From deciding she knew too much or made a wrong move.
Back when she had a job she’d been brave and determined. Refused to take a seat when the idiot men in her office had insisted she be quiet and blend in. That kind of shit made enemies. Which was why she needed him right now. Just for a short time. His presence as bodyguard added some assurance no one could get to her. That was the theory anyway.
Now he just had to convince her of his value.
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This is the first book in the Holton Wood series that I have read and I can say that this book can definitely be read as a stand alone issue. MINE is well written, with magnetic characters, an intriguing plot and some Laugh Out Loud dialogue. The H/H do not go easy on each other and that in itself is entertainment... Gabe MacIntosh is an ex-military sniper who only joined the service to support his son in the first place. He is retired now and started his own security business. Gabe volunteered to protect an ex-CIA agent on the run. He can't help but be attracted to the this strong willed and sometimes difficult woman. Gabe also wants to strip and dominate her, exert his control over her. She won't make that easy... Natalie Udall is now an ex-CIA agent who lost her job trying to protect her team. She has certain information that is keeping her in danger and being hunted by those who want to see her dead. It is Gabe's job to keep her safe and that includes stashing her in a cabin safe house. Natalie is fighting tooth and nail not to be sharing quarters with the no nonsense, bearded, tough guy that she can't help but be attracted to. Needless to say, Natalie, does not like his controlling ways and will not give in to Gabe's demands. Gabe is straight forward about his erotic intentions on dominant sex and insists there will be no attachments. Natalie gives into passion and delights in learning what he can do to her body but her will is strong and she doesn't like to give up control. Both are dominant and do not like to give up control, they do not go easy on each other, and in the end will they both end up giving in and calling each other MINE???
Natalie is a top CIA agent, head of an elite team - and she's on the run. Someone has been hunting down her agents, picking them off one by one and there are only a few left. Her life is in danger, and the only way to show the top bosses that the information she is privy too is not worth killing her for, is to stay off the grid and prove to them that she is not going to sell them out. To that end, Gabe has been hired as her bodyguard. An ex-military sniper, he's the perfect choice to protect Natalie and he's decided that keeping her at his isolated Montana cabin is the best place for him to ensure her safety while at the same time having his security team and her lawyer convince her bosses that she's no threat to them. But putting these two strong willed individuals alone, in the woods, is a recipe for disaster as the heat between them threatens to send everything up in flames. Can Gabe keep Natalie alive long enough for her to see him as more than just her bodyguard and consider making things more permanent? The suspense in this story comes less from action and more from the tension that underlies both the relationship between Gabe and Natalie and the waiting - waiting to see whether someone is going to come after Natalie or not. It was a definite nail biter for me, as from the very start, Gabe and Natalie have a sizzling sexual tension between them, and once they are alone, it's not long before they can't keep their hands off each other. Gabe is the one who wants to be in control in the bedroom, something that Natalie has never really experienced. She's always the strong one, in charge, and to let go and let Gabe be the sexually dominant one is freeing for her. The sex scenes between them are super hot, and Natalie makes it clear that in other aspects of her life, she needs that control as much as he does. Knowing that at any time someone could be out to kill her makes their scenes also fraught with tension as they never know when their safe location will be compromised. Gabe's family plays a significant role in this story. His younger brother Andy works with him at the security company and is responsible for him being on this assignment. They have a solid friendship. On the other hand his older brother Rick and him are at odds, for personal family reasons as well as professional as Rick is one of the people sent to look for Natalie. Gabe has a son, Brandon who has started college, and his relationship with him is warm and protective. He'll do anything in fact to protect his son and for this reason has kept his extra-curricular activities away from him, including not bringing any women home. But Natalie is different, and Gabe finds that as their relationship deepens, he wants to share this part of his life with her too. Coming from the same type of work background, they can relate to each other the way normal people can't. They've both experienced severely traumatic events, personal and professional and when they open up to each other, it only serves to tie the bond between them even tighter. Trust is the key and they both must work hard at letting the other person in, but the reward is worth it. The story is told from both points of view (always a plus for me) and is dramatic and super steamy. Several characters from the previous stories in the series make appearances in this one, so readers familiar with the earlier books will enjoy seeing them again. It was an exciting read. 4.5 stars.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Mine by HelenKay Dimon Book Three of the Holton Woods series Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: October 6, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): She doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. He intends to make her his completely. Natalie Udall thought her position at the CIA was secure—until protecting her team earned her an armed escort into certain danger. Natalie can’t stand the idea of being secreted away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, especially since it means sharing close quarters with the controlling bodyguard enlisted to keep her alive. Gabe MacIntosh joined the military to support his son, trained as a sniper and dealt with death on a regular basis. Now retired and operating a security firm, his first assignment is to protect a CIA agent on the run. She’s strong willed and difficult—and all Gabe can think about is exerting his domination and stripping her of every expectation she has. Natalie has no intention of giving in to Gabe’s straightforward demands of dominant sex with no attachments—even though the very idea of giving up control thrills her like nothing ever has… What I Liked: That cover. It is super steamy looking. If you don't like the cover, then ignore it. The book is really, really great. I so enjoyed this book! Steamy, smart, engaging, and heartwarming, this novel had it all. It's definitely on the sexy, more erotic side of romance, which I actually found myself loving. I'm typically not an erotica person (I cannot handle threesomes, voyeurism, things like that). This book is probably mild in terms of erotica, but more steamy than your average romance novel. Definitely one of the hottest romance novels I've ever read! I really enjoyed it - but not just the chemistry and romance. The story was so good too! Natalie doesn't want a bodyguard. She is forced to leave the CIA, and she is told that she needs protection and to lie low, in case people don't want her spilling any secrets that she has from working with the CIA. Natalie is great at her job, and doesn't like that she had to leave, or that she needs a bodyguard. She and Gabe have been working on the details for quite some time, and the chemistry between them has sizzled. Now that they are actually in hiding, the chemistry explodes. Protecting Natalie is Gabe's job, and he never screws around on a job, but he has been waiting too long for this chance. Gabe is demanding in every way that turns Natalie on. But will Natalie be able to walk away when the danger is over? Oh this book! It's not just about the sexy times, even though I probably have made it sound like it is, as well as the cover is screaming "sexy times here!", and the synopsis. But there is so much more going on! Natalie and Gabe are in a cabin in Montana, hiding from possible threats to Natalie's life. There are people that want her "silenced", since she is no longer with the CIA but know a lot of intel from working with them. And then there is all the personal problems that both Natalie and Gabe have - especially Gabe. There are a ton of heartbreaking things that are happening to him. I won't get into the specifics because that would be super spoilery... Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
MINE is the third full-length installment in HelenKay Dimon’s contemporary adult Holton Woods erotic, romantic suspense series. This is CIA operative Natalie Udall, and former army sniper/private security agent Gabe MacIntosh’s storyline. MINE can be read as a stand alone but for cohesion and backstory I suggest reading the series in order. Told from dual third person perspectives (Natalie and Gabe) MINE follows two paths: the first focuses on Gabe and Natalie’s building relationship while Gabe keeps Natalie in protective custody. Natalie’s ‘keepers’ at the CIA have targeted our heroine for her role in protecting her team when everything went to h*ll. With three members of her team dead, Natalie is the CIA’s next potential target. What ensues is a sexual relationship between Natalie and Gabe, one with a possible end date when Gabe’s assignment is over. The second path looks at Gabe’s troubled relationship with his eldest brother Rick- a relationship destroyed eighteen years earlier by betrayal and heartbreak. Present day finds Rick and Gabe in an ongoing battle that will break one brother’s heart and reassure the other about the sins of the past. The relationship between Gabe and Natalie begins acrimoniously as Natalie is determined to prove she doesn’t need protection or a babysitter. She has survived an abusive childhood, dangerous CIA assignments, and isn’t willing to let someone else be responsible for her survival. Gabe’s assignment is to protect Natalie from the people who once protected her back, and in this Gabe finds himself falling in love with his latest ‘assignment’. The graphic $ex scenes are numerous, erotic, seductive and hot. Several of the secondary and supporting characters crossover from previous storylines including Gabe’s youngest brother Andy who still holds out hope that Elijah Sterling (Taken 2.5) will come to his senses and realize that Andy is the man for him. But Eli is in love with Wade, and Andy must come to terms with his broken heart. Gabe and Andy’s brother Rick is the black sheep of the family, having betrayed his brother years before. Sebastian Jameson (Only #2) plays a small role as the lawyer who works behind the scenes trying to negotiate with the CIA for Natalie’s freedom. MINE is an entertaining storyline but fell short in the area of the possible threats against Natalie’s life. The threats were negligible; the intrigue and suspense continued to build but nothing came to fruition; the action and danger were virtually non-existent. In the end, the main focus of the story was redirected at Gabe and Rick’s relationship, and the secret both men kept to protect someone they love. HelenKay DimMINE is the third full-length installment in HelenKay Dimon’s contemporary adult Holton Woods erotic, romantic suspense series. This is CIA operative Natalie Udall, and former army sniper/private security agent Gabe MacIntosh’s storyline. MINE can be read as a stand alone but for cohesion and backstory I suggest reading the series in order. Told from dual third person perspectives (Natalie and Gabe) MINE follows two paths:on’s wonderful HOLTON WOODS series continues to focus on several former CIA agents and the operation that now targets all of the former team members connected to Natalie Udall. The premise of MINE is interesting and suspense filled but fell short in the action and drama; the characters are colorful, animated and well developed; the romance is provocative and sexually graphic.