After eight years in prison, Levi Rush is finally out and back on the gritty streets of Detroit to claim the future he was owed. A future that includes the one woman he’s wanted for years—his former best friend Rachel. She’s the reason he went inside and if getting her to do what he wants means buying the building that houses her tattoo studio and using it as leverage, then that’s what he’ll do. Because if there’s one thing he’s learned inside it’s that if you want to win, you have to play dirty.
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
Out on November 29th 2016 by Kensington
Well, this sure isn’t what I was expecting from this story. I though I would get, I don’t know, something more dark or even more disturbing, since all the previous reviews led me to believe that there is some doubtful consent and unmoral doing going on between those two main characters. As far as I’m concerned when you are given a choice and you choose maybe not your liked choice but a willing choice nonethless then I don’t see that as something you are forced into, since you could have chosen a different path. But if you really want something you have to play with the devil and that’s what Rachel sure does.
But if you think that’s a dark and disturbing read then you have trully never read a dark and twisted tale before. Like Pam Godwin or Pepper Winters or so many other great ‘dark’ writers who know how to make you doubt yourself and your own humanity. It’s safe to say that once you’ve done reading those books, your view on the world and yourself will change. You will either need some professional help or you will accept the fact that you just don’t give a f*** and that you have some dark tendencies yourself.
But back to this story. I honestly don’t have that much to say, other that I was a bit dissapointed by how the ending turned out. Levi holds up the story, that’s for sure. He’s one hell of an angry guy with a sweet revenge plan for the one person who he thought was his sun but in the end turned the reason he went to prison. And eight years in the cell will definitely change a man and in this case not for the better. He’s cold and his only goal is to make his home town a better place with everybody willing or not. And of course to get his revenge, no matter the cost. And boy, he does that all. The only problem? This little feeling called love. I guess it’s hat time of the month again, where I have to be all smiles and butterflies NOT. Over more than the half of the story those two characters have a love-hate relationship that slowly, really slowly, starts to turn back to what it once was. I was really looking forward to something dark and twisted to read about but instead got a story about regret, love and forgivness. I guess that’s OK, too but I would have enjoyed the story more had I not read the previous reviews. Learned my lesson (hopefully).
All I can say is that this story is great for those readers who want a more emotional read that will maybe make them think about life mistakes and how people find the strenght to forgive and move on.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
about the author
Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who’ve just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.
She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she’s not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.