Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mine to Claim (Damaged Hearts #1) by A.C. Arthur

Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts—a deeply emotional, unforgettable New Adult paranormal romance series by A.C. Arthur about the men who are sworn to protect the females—human or otherwise—from the savage fury of his own nature…In Mine to Claim by A.C. Arthur, Grace Kincaid has been trapped her whole life. Controlled in every way by her domineering parents, she has never had any moment of excitement or passion in all her eighteen years. When a rare night out with a friend ends in violence, Grace believes that perhaps her parents are right to keep her under lock and key. There’s just one problem—she can’t get the irresistibly sexy, mysterious man who saved her from danger out of her head. She knows she should go back to her safe world, but her newfound passion for life—and for her enigmatic protector—are making that impossible…Despite his strength and power, Aidan Sanchez cannot escape. Bound by his Shifter bloodline, he is repulsed by the very attributes his family wishes him to embrace. His main goal is to keep his more dangerous…hungers… under wraps. But when a fight at a club forces Aidan to protect the most alluring woman he’s ever seen, there’s no turning back. He knows he shouldn’t drag her into his world, but she’s awakened a fire within him, and for once, he’s willing to lose control if it means having Grace… Don't miss Part of Me coming in May 13, 2014 and Hunger for You coming June 10, 2014.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***

Overall Rating:  3.25 Rockin’ ★★★

"Fun was not in my vocabulary.  I should've known better than to try."

"College was my new start.  It was the place I'd come to study biology, which had always been my favorite subject, and to figure out who I was and what I really wanted out of life."

"it seems everything was simply getting out of my way, preparing me for this, for Aiden and all that he is.  This is where I was meant to be."

"I liked touching her, a lot.  Too much.  Everything I wanted to do to her was too much.  I knew that and yet here we were."

"She was adorable.  No, the punch of lust I experienced every time I looked at her sort of downplayed that word.  But right now she looked like an innocent teenager in a hotel."

"Somewhere deep inside me I felt like I had no other choice."  

"Our lips collided and it was like a whoosh of air being sucked from my lungs."  "Inside the cat roared, it pressed its weight against me, its hunger the most prevalent thought in my mind.  This is why I couldn't stay away from her."

Aiden Sanchez is a captivatingly appealing and mystifying character.  I was drawn to him immediately by his leather and motorcycle riding.  However, Aiden's secret is that he's a jaguar shadow shifter, who wants nothing more than to forget his heritage.  Grace Kincaid is a soft, naive young woman, pursuing her dreams on her own at college.  She is desperately trying to get away from her parents unending pressure, tight grips and their maniacal plots of accusatory formalities.  

The story takes place on a college campus, full of life, and excitement, but there is also an heir of lust and darkness throughout the campus.  The couple is thrust together by an undeniable force of mating.  Though fighting their feelings was never an option.  It just stands to reason that no matter what the circumstances, natures force cannot be denied.  As is the case with Aiden and Grace.  Like a magnet, they are drawn together in a whirl wind of lust and love.  Although I would've liked more, this book was a good quick read, to surely give the reader a glimpse of indisputable enchantment...Grēta

Hero - Aiden Sanchez 3.5 stars
Heroine -  Grace Kincaid 3.5 stars
Steam Level: 2.5 stars 
Plot: 3.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes

Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!

Buy book on Amazon available on April 8, 2014

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