cover image You Are Mine

You Are Mine

Jackie Ashenden. St. Martin's, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-1-250-05178-3

The hot and tingly third installment of the Nine Circles (following Make You Mine) continues the story of self-made billionaires on a quest to take down the corrupt criminal elements who darken their pasts. Zac Rutherford is an ex-mercenary and British aristocrat with a dominant side. He's allergic to compromise until he falls for Eva King, a brilliant hacker with a prickly exterior and an inability to trust anyone. Eva can't face her past, even when it becomes clear that the group's investigation requires her to share information from the years she spent as an abused captive. Zac unleashes his pent-up lust to begin a seduction that will push Eva to come to terms with her history and accept the passion brewing between them after years of denial. As a teasing, lusciously sexual dynamic develops between the protagonists, Zac must struggle to control his need for mercurial Eva, and for revenge against the man who hurt her. The plot makes almost no sense, but the extended and top-notch sex scenes more than make up for that drawback. Agent: Helen Breitweiser, Cornerstone Literary. (Oct.)