Title: Make You Mine
Series: Nine Circles #2
Author: Jackie Ashenden
In the Nine Circles Club, one lucky man gets more than his share of money, power, and women–until he meets a beautiful opponent who plays in the name of love…in Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden. He’s raising the stakes. 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… I read the first book in the series, Mine To Take, a few months ago and really liked it so when I saw the opportunity to get this from Netgalley, I was on that like white on rice.
The first book introduced Alex and left me wondering about him. What was his story? What happened to him? What is his connection to all the mystery? I was happy to learn the answers to some of these questions. Alex has suffered through a very painful experience which has separated him from his family, by his own volition. Now he wants revenge and he’s going to use his bodyguard to help him get it.
Also introduced very briefly in the first book was Alex’s bodyguard, Katya. I enjoyed Katya in this book. She has suffered a great loss that has impacted her life, and is still trying to cope with it. Her past also compels her to take care of people she feels need help.
What starts off as a business arrangement becomes more to both of them, even though they are reluctant to admit it to each other or themselves. They have crazy chemistry and before they know it, they’re acting on it. Although some questions were answered, I now have even more questions. Saying that there’s so much intrigue would be an understatement.
The members of the Nine Circles keep opening another can of worms and I can’t wait to find out what is actually happening. They are slowly peeling away the layers. I cannot wait for the third book in this series where I’m sure more will be revealed.
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.