Author: HelenKay Dimon
Sometimes I read a book and need to sit down and process what I’ve read. It takes me awhile to formulate my review. Mine was like that for me. In a good way.
This third title in HelenKay Dimon’s Holton Woods series definitely brought lots of action—both in and out of the bedroom! It was a great balance, though. The pacing was quite well done. Many times in RS, there’s a chunk that’s all action and I ask myself, “Hey, where’s the sexytime?” That didn’t happen with Mine.
I’m going to admit it: I was looking for a more Alpha-y male, based on the blurb. Color me pleasantly surprised. Gabe was actually a breath of fresh air from the chest-thumping, broody (well, okay…maybe he WAS a little broody…), alpha males we get in many D/s titles. And, this was a SUPER well done D/s title. The exchange of power was exceptional, in my opinion.
I must admit, I had a girl-crush on Natalie. I was extremely impressed with her change/growth, too. Originally a hugely important CIA operative, seeing how she evolved as a character was intriguing. Nat was the type of person that holds a lot of her identity in her job. I mean, it was practically ALL she did for ages. It’s natural she would hesitate to give up control to someone. Completely realistic, actually. Through the course of the story, we see the evolution of Natalie’s identity, and we also are able to capture her shift of worth. That ‘aha’ moment, for me, caused a whole lotta self-reflection. We’re often relegated to roles, and that’s how we see ourselves. Whether our main roles are professional or personal—like answering to Mum or Dad—we often see our entire identity wrapped up in that singular role. Even though we’re MUCH more than the singular role. It was almost the whole ‘when one door closes, a window opens’ thing. Or, at least it felt that way to me. Natalie turns out to be a pretty cool chick. I’d totally hang out with her… after we’re sure the CIA is off her ass.
Gabe is a really complex character. He has so many facets, and the way he was presented was cloaked in mystery for part of the novel. I liked it. And, I never predicted one of the familial reveals. Looking at Gabe as a protector isn’t difficult. He exudes that whole ‘I got this’ persona. Until you get in his head. It was pretty cool watching Gabe’s evolution as a character as well. The conflict between his outer persona and his inner turmoil were well-played. As all good alpha males are, Gage was stubborn. Oh. My. But, there’s a change that happens about 2/3 to 3/4 through the book. It’s almost a resignation that is evident in his interactions with Natalie. To a lesser extent, the communication with his brother and other ‘outsiders’ as well. Like that time when… oh, wait. That’s spoilery. *shakes head*
As with the entire Holton Woods series, Ms. Dimon has done a fabulous job creating multi-dimensional characters and a fantastic plot arc. I hope we get to see cameos or hear a little about Gabe and Natalie in future titles in the series.
She doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. He intends to make her his completely.
Natalie Udall thought her position at the CIA was secure—until protecting her team earned her an armed escort into certain danger. Natalie can’t stand the idea of being secreted away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, especially since it means sharing close quarters with the controlling bodyguard enlisted to keep her alive.
Gabe MacIntosh joined the military to support his son, trained as a sniper and dealt with death on a regular basis. Now retired and operating a security firm, his first assignment is to protect a CIA agent on the run. She’s strong willed and difficult—and all Gabe can think about is exerting his domination and stripping her of every expectation she has.
Natalie has no intention of giving in to Gabe’s straightforward demands of dominant sex with no attachments—even though the very idea of giving up control thrills her like nothing ever has…
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Series: Holton Woods #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format(s): paperback (320 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Mine (Holton Woods #3)