Review: Be Mine by Isobelle Cate
About the Book: Gracie Sinclair just wants life to return to normal. Now a widow and picking up the pieces after the death of her husband, she delves into her work, seeking a new normal, until she bumps into a handsome stranger who derails her orderly life, completely. Luke can’t wait for the week to be over. Having built an engineering company into a multi-million pound enterprise in record time, he feels…empty. Nothing satisfies him anymore, not even having weekenders in his bed. But when he bumps into a woman—literally—on his way out of a bar, realizing she is his last meeting before he goes on holiday, his plan of staying away from relationships takes a nose dive. He wants Gracie Sinclair. Gracie learned a long time ago how insincere love can be, so when Luke decides to become part of her life, she tosses up every obstacle to dissuade him until he breaks down her walls and makes her realize that her life can only be complete with Luke by her side. However, something sinister from Luke’s past threatens the happiness they have struggled to find. If he concedes, he will become criminally liable and lose everything.
If he refuses, he loses Gracie’s heart…
About the Author: Isobelle Cate is a woman who wears different masks. Mother-writer, wife-professional, scholar-novelist. Currently living in Manchester, she has been drawn to the little known, the secret stories, about the people and the nations: the English, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and those who are now part of these nations whatever their origins. Her vision and passion are fuelled by her interest and background in history and paradoxically, shaped by growing up in a clan steeped in lore, loyalty, and legend.
Isobelle is intrigued by forces that simmer beneath the surface of these cultures, the hidden passions, unsaid desires, and yearnings unfulfilled.
Review: Be Mine is the second book that I have read by author Isobelle Cate. In this story, Luke Bryce is the CEO of Bryce Engineering, so his presence and reputation proceeds him in ways unimaginable. He takes whoever he wants, whenever he wants and most women are smitten with him from one glance. He wouldn’t know what real love was unless it bumped into him, literally. When Gracie Sinclair meets Luke, the connection is instant and mouth-watering. There is only one thing stopping her from going the distance and accepting Luke’s date proposal…her husband. Now a widow, the memory of her husband has corrupted her view of love and happiness to the point where she firmly believes that there will be ‘no coming back’ for her…but Luke is persistent and Gracie has a feeling that he always gets what he wants. Will Gracie give in to his desires and become just another one of his weekenders or could this connection be something deeper?
My favorite character in this novel is Gracie Sinclair. She is strong, defiant, beautiful and determined. Her first priority is her son, Flynn. When Luke appears out of nowhere and makes her lose hold of her armful of folders, she can’t deny the sudden attraction to this mysterious man…however, her determination is unwavering. She doesn’t know who Luke is, nor does she want to be involved in his seduction, knowing that he will throw her out after she gives him what he wants. With the second meeting as financial adviser, the determination is still strong but she starts to feel him breaking down the walls that she has hidden behind ever since her husband’s death. I also had a brief interest in Luke’s sister Felicity which I would love to read more about in another story, if possible.
In my opinion, women are the targeted audience since this story does bridge between romance/erotica and suspense/crime. I really enjoyed the plot; however, felt that the relationship between Luke and Gracie was a little rushed and not proportional to the other parts of the story as far as pace and complexity. I rate Be Mine with four stars because I was intrigued about Luke’s family and the suspenseful part of the plot. It was original and thoroughly enjoyable, especially since I like how the author adheres to detail.