6 July 2018

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TITLE: Because You're Mine
AUTHOR: Claire Contreras
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: July 12th, 2018

Is a full length Mafia novel, set in the world of the Italian Mob by Claire Contreras. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ In this we meet Catalina & Lorenzo Costello 

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Catalina is a 28-year-old ballerina and has not long left the Royal Ballet where she’d been dancing and has auditioned for the New York City Ballet. She'd found out naively that her family was deeply involved in the mafia by catching a late night tv programme focused around organised crime where her family was named. Her mother had fled the country, neither sister knowing if she is alive or dead. Family is supposed to be untouchable, but once in the mob, always in the mob.

So she’s cautious when her sister Emma asks a favour of her because the last favour had her moving continents and due to this she's vying to stay under the radar. 

Her sister has been offered a job to write an article for a paper and needs Catalina to sit in her class ‘The Evolution of Organised Crime in America, twice a week for her, this favour seems pretty straight forward enough.

Catalina’s main concern is that the lecturer starts discussing their background and how closely they are connected to a well known mafia family. Between performances and rehearsals Catalina barely has enough time for herself. 

Nothing prepared her for the professor, he’s what some would call panty dropping gorgeous, that has all the females within the classroom eye balling him. And one look at his face and like all the rest of the students she was also under his spell, a goner. Mesmerised by how gorgeous he was. Insta-lust ran through her veins. 

Lorenzo is a bit of an enigma, shrouded in so much mystery, is he working under cover for the FBI? Which is what Emma believes, or is that just misguided information. 

He came into her life like a hurricane, disrupting her life, turning it upside down. She's been around dangerous men all her life, and something tells her that he's someone to be feared. These two have such an off the charts connection, it's pulls you in, and you can feel it sizzling off the pages. 

It's not until you reach the half way mark is when things start to really pick up long buried secrets started coming out of the closet which shook Cat's very foundations to the core, it made her question everything. 

Being that this was a first mafia novel by this author was what took me by surprise, this genre is my all time one click above all other genres that I tend to gravitate towards. I must say though that this wasn’t as dark as what I’m used to, but I still think the author did an amazing job, admittedly it did start off slow and made for somewhat of a confusing read as there seemed to be many plot gaps, where we the reader had to connect the pieces together in some parts but in saying that I still really enjoyed this one. I can not wait to see what else she has up her sleeve for the rest of the characters.
When you grow up in the most feared mafia family, it's easy to identify the kind of men that are bad news.
They're the ones with experience. The ones with secrets. The ones that exude sex just by saying your name.
From the minute I laid eyes on Lorenzo, I knew he wasn't just bad news. He was the headline.
My opinion didn't change on our second meeting.
Or our third.
But my head and my heart are at war.
He’s too mysterious, too gorgeous, too wild, and now, he wants me. I should run far away. So why am I racing toward him? I’m totally going to get burned. I know it. A man like Lorenzo won’t leave me unscathed. He'll make ashes of me.


Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages. She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book.

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