Review: Make You Mine (Nine Circles #2) by Jackie Ashenden

Posted December 28, 2016 in reviews / 0 Comments

Review:  Make You Mine (Nine Circles #2) by Jackie AshendenMake You Mine (Nine Circles, #2) by Jackie Ashenden
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on May 5th 2015
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Suspense/Thriller, Violence & Abuse
Pages: 384
Format: eBook, Paperback

ISBN: 1250051770
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This book is unsuitable for people under 18 years of age.

Alex St. James was left with a choice. Pick up the dice and find where they lead, or walk away. Choosing to see where the snake-eyes go, Alex plays in a poker game run by the devil who haunts his past. He will risk everything to find answers—that is, until his alluring, enigmatic bodyguard, Katya, becomes someone he cannot risk losing…

Katya is fiercely conflicted. Aching to break free from Alex to track down her former lover, Katya agrees to one last job—to protect her dangerously sexy boss as he gambles his future in exchange for clarity about his past. As the stakes are raised, Katya's loyalty shifts from the man she loved to the man she swore to protect. But in order to get what she wants, Katya will have to go all in…

Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden is the first novel I’ve read by this author and I must say I wish I found out about her sooner.

Ms. Ashendon is a great author who catches a reader right from the start with her description. I loved that I got to meet the playboy Alex and his bodyguard Katya, right from the beginning. Just from the beginning interactions between Alex and Katya in the first chapter, they made me think of Seven of Nine from Star Trek for Katya while Alex made me think of Tom Paris (also from Star Trek). The strong and unflappable Katya who is more than she seems and the emotional and pained Alex hiding behind his carefree indifferent playboy facade. I love these characters and how they each have layers that are slowly peeled away as they become closer and as the story progresses. They help each other become stronger.

Besides my love for the main characters, the story of Make You Mine is one that is intriguing. The mystery, suspense and danger mixed with moments of humor like when Alex keeps trying to push Katya’s buttons (which at times got annoying since he kept pushing) when they prepared for the trip to Monte Carlo. That aside, the plot of what happened to Alex’s stepfather, and the mystery with Eva that continues on to the next book, is great and now I wish I read the first book, Mine to Take with Gabriel and Alex’s sister Honor, first.

My only qualm is that I wish we could have seen Katya be more badass and use more of her special forces training.

Overall, Make You Mine, was a fabulous read and I can’t wait to read Zac and Eva’s story (and Gabriel and Honor’s). I highly recommend this book and series.

(Thank you to Jackie Ashenden, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for an opportunity to read an ARC of Make You Mine for an honest review.)

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