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Rachel Hamilton is a tattoo artist and one hell of a tough girl. Detroit is her home, and she s determined to make it a better place. But her plans are threatened when her old friend Levi reappears and gives her an ultimatum: she gives herself to him body and soul, or else she and her business are out on the street. Levi s got no room in his heart for anything but anger and the lust he s been carrying around for so long.But the only thing stronger than the secrets of their shared past is their fiery attraction to each other . . .
Praise for Jackie Ashenden s Mine to Take
The sex is dirty-sweet, with a dark lick of dominance and the tantalizing potential of redemption. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Intriguingly dark and intensely compelling . . . sure to keep readers in suspense. RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, Top Pick
Ashenden twists and tortures her characters with impressive skill. The Washington Post"
- ISBN-13: 9781496703927
- ISBN-10: 1496703928
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: November 2016
- Page Count: 300
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds
Series: Motor City Royals #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Ashendon fumbles the balance on her second Motor City Royals erotic contemporary (after Dirty for Me), set in Detroit. Rachel Hamilton and Levi Rush were best friends before Levi spent eight years in prison for manslaughter; theyre not sure how to be friends again now that hes out, since Rachel never visited him. Sexual tension drips off the interactions between them, but they dont act on their lust until Levi blackmails Rachel into playing out his fantasy of what their life could have been like if hed never gone to prison. Readers may find this to be a very uncomfortable underpinning for the characters relationship, especially given their asymmetrical power dynamic in bed. Rachel and Levi both learn and grow from first mimicking a romance and then building a real one, but they dont overcome the sketchy nature of the blackmail, which makes the happy ending feel disappointingly unearned. The story is compelling despite its flaws, and Ashendons fans will find plenty to enjoy and have higher hopes for future installments, but readers new to the series should start elsewhere. (Dec.)