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.
International playboy Alex St. James always plays to win. Whether it's betting on a high-stakes card game—or bedding a high-class socialite—the gorgeous world-class gambler knows how to beat the odds using his brains, his body, and a whole lot of charm. But there's one woman who's immune to Alex's bag of tricks—which makes her the perfect challenge…and the ultimate prize.
She's going all in.Once a special operative in her native Russia, Katya Ivanov knows what kind of man Alex is. As his personal bodyguard, she's seen him seduce the richest women, place the riskiest bets, and break the hardest players. But to even a score from her past, she's willing to take a gamble on her reckless boss. Even if she has to pretend to be his lover. Even if he drives her mad with desire. And then she never wants this dangerous game to end…
This outstanding, unabashedly sexy sequel to Mine to Take, continuing a series about a quartet of misfit billionaires, pulls out all the stops for emotional drama and exquisite passion. When playboy Alex St. James obtains an invitation to the legendary Apocalypse poker game at the Four Horsemen club in Monte Carlo, he knows he must play not for money, but for a chance at revenge against the man who sexually abused him. He convinces Katya Ivanova, his icy, virginal bodyguard, to pretend to be his lover in exchange for extracting her fianc from Chechnya. Katya refuses to tolerate Alex's self-protective arrogance, breaking down his defenses with the skill of a martial artist, but their burgeoning romance puts them both at risk. Ashenden plays on the romantic trope of the sexy billionaire, but the core of the novel is a vivid story of how those who have been betrayed by family construct new connections for their sanity and survival.
Fantastic romantic suspense! Katya was an awesome character and watching her blossom throughout the book was beautiful. Her issues were painful and tragic and extremely difficult to work through. Watching Alex work through his issues was tough. A big strong alpha man reduced to a 16-year-old boy again was heartbreaking. Trust issues were HUGE for everyone in the story. The action was amazing and the storyline was intense. I definitely need to read the next book in this series, You Are Mine.
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.