Because You’re Mine by Claire Contreras
Publication Date: July 12th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
‘You can’t catch a butterfly and expect to keep it in a glass jar forever.’
This quote may be a bit simplistic to describe the reasons Catalina has stayed away from her father, his last name, his businesses, and the company he keeps, but it does provide insight into the freedom Cat needs and the reasons she’s remained apart from her Masseria family and the dangerous and illegal lives they lead.
Being confined is something Cat has spent her entire adult life avoiding, and she’s done so by refraining from complicated relationships, refusing to reconnect with her father, and focusing solely on her profession as a principal ballerina.
But one favor for her sister complicates every aspect of Cat’s life, placing her in a number of situations that she had no desire to ever experience again and leading her down a path that forces her to face her past and the choices and actions that explain why she currently lives the way that she does.
Because You’re Mine has a complex storyline, and Claire Contreras does a great job illustrating just how interconnected many of the characters are and what that means for all involved, but Contreras makes her readers work for those revelations, constructing a path that twists and turns and poses significant problems for Cat and Loren, and because both of them are concealing pertinent information about themselves and their families, a connection between them seems impossible and only furthers Cat’s resolve to not allow her feelings to control her decisions or get mixed up with another guy she could possibly lose.
I really enjoyed Cat and Loren’s story; it’s angsty, intriguing, suspenseful, and sexy; it’s the kind of text that needs to be read in one seating because readers will desperately want and need to have all of their questions answered, and that won’t happen until the story reaches its resolution.
I’m hopeful that Contreras will continue telling stories in this world because there are several secondary characters who would make fantastic heroes and heroines, and I’m definitely not ready to leave this mafia and dancer setting.
4.5 Poison Apples
Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.
She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.
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