Mine (Holton Woods #3)
by HelenKay Dimon
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…
I went into Mine with absolutely no knowledge of the previous books in this series, and luckily, that was a non-issue. I'm sure some of the characters overlapped but I didn't feel lost at any point. That being said, after reading the blurb I was expecting more action, suspense, and danger and in reality we hardly get any of those. As a contemporary romance it wasn't bad, just not what I was expecting.
So when this book opens up Gabe and Natalie have already known each other for a few weeks. Natalie was recently let go of her position in the CIA and Gabe has been hired by her friends to protect her. Things pick up rather quickly when Gabe drugs Natalie and rushes her off to a hidden location.
I was really expecting some running through the forest, some gunfire, and of course some adrenaline induced sexy times. While I didn't get everything I was expecting, I definitely got the sexy times. The sexual tension between these two was apparent from the get-go and it didn't take long for them to give in to their desires. Add in the element of seclusion in a cabin and possible danger and it was smoking hot.
There was quite a bit of drama that I wasn't expecting revolving around Gabe's brother and son... And, of course, for the sake of relationship drama Natalie plays a pretty big role in that area. Luckily, the big fight at the end didn't play out for too long, which I can really appreciate.
Overall, this was a good read, again just not what I was expecting when I went in. That being said, I'm sure it'll be enjoyable for someone that's looking for a sexy contemporary romance.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Mine in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.