Because You're Mine by Claire Contreras
Published on July 12, 2018
Genres: Adult, Crime, Romance, Suspense, Romantic Suspense
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When you grow up in the most feared mafia family, it's easy to identify the kind of men that are bad news.
They're the ones with experience. The ones with secrets. The ones that exude sex just by saying your name.
From the minute I laid eyes on Lorenzo, I knew he wasn't just bad news. He was the headline.
My opinion didn't change on our second meeting.
Or our third.
But my head and my heart are at war.
He’s too mysterious, too gorgeous, too wild, and now, he wants me. I should run far away. So why am I racing toward him? I’m totally going to get burned. I know it. A man like Lorenzo won’t leave me unscathed. He'll make ashes of me.
Warning: This will be another post with me gushing about Claire’s talent.
I don’t tend to rush to pick up a book if it is Mafia themed in any way. I’ve watched many mafia movies, and I was obsessed with the Sopranos, but it has never translated really well into books for me. I cant exactly explain it….maybe just hadn’t found the right books yet? So when this book was announced and the word mafia was thrown around, I did not even blink before knowing I would read it. This was the same with The Player – I am so weird and picky about sports romance, but I do love soccer, and The Player was amazing! Anyway, based on experience, I knew there was a damn good chance that this book would work for me.
And boy did it. Knocked it out of the park.
I’m addicted to watching you dance…
Or maybe it’s just you I’m addicted too.
Catalina is a ballerina, and comes from a family hard wired in the mafia business. She has had bad experiences and wants nothing more than to separated from that part of her life and those parts of her past. She is so likable, being headstrong and determined, and a reasonable, realistic person. Like someone I could know. I loved this about her character. Yes, she has turned a blind eye to many things in her life where the mafia business is concerned, but that is to be expected in these types of scenarios. I really enjoyed her character.
I love that this book was dual perspective. Lorenzo is that full of himself, typical mafia guy – at first glance. He had many more layers hiding in there, and so many secrets. He was possessive in the way that women want, to be protected and cared for, and know they are desired, not in the way where it shows ownership and sounds more like you are a prisoner than anything else. I just imagine that he has an eternal smirk on his face for some reason. That’s the Lorenzo in my head.
The twists, reveals, and action were so awesome. Sure, a few things you may have seen coming, but the big action scene I was not expecting to happen when it did and how it did, and it was so vivid in my mind, my heart raced. There were a couple of times at reveals (and at some steamy moments) that I was laying in bed like “OH SNAP.” and my husband wakes up to me talking to a book in the middle of the night… whatever. ::Shrugs::
This book was both rough and delicate. Light and dark. We were shown the hard edges of a life of crime and the soft edges of love. Catalina and Lorenzo’s chemistry was so wonderful, their desire and connection felt so real and so right. I loved getting to know some of these other characters, and I can’t wait to see what Claire does with their stories, and what kind of glimpses of Cat and Lorenzo that we might get in the future. I really hope she picks up on some of what was being mentioned through the end of the book as well. I loved this world.
Also, that cover? So simple…. so sexy. ::wipes off drool::
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