After Alanna's husband Liam dies in an explosion which may have been a murder suicide attempt by his best friend Jesse, she marries Barry their musicaAfter Alanna's husband Liam dies in an explosion which may have been a murder suicide attempt by his best friend Jesse, she marries Barry their musical group's manager to prevent her manipulative father-in-law from taking her unborn baby away from her. Together they flee Ireland to his home in near Charleston where they try to get Alanna United States citizenship to permanently keep Liam's father from taking the baby. After moving in to Barry's home she discovers that somethings are not quite right and that someone may be trying to kill her or her unborn child. Jesse somehow survived the car bomb that killed Liam, but now he seems to want to get closer to Alanna. Danger is lurking and she has no where to turn.
I like Colleen Coble's books because you pretty much know what you are going to get from her novels. They tend to be predictable, but that isn't always a bad thing. Yes, I had the whole thing figured out long before the final page--actually, I had pretty much predicted what was going to happen before the end of the first chapter. Still there is comfort in predictability--isn't that why we watch Hallmark Movies or read romance novels? (Speaking of which, Because You're Mine would make a great addition to the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel--absolutely perfect!)
Alanna is a likable character though a bit naive. She is heartbroken over the loss of Liam, the love of her life, and desperate to protect her unborn child. I love that she played the fiddle and was part of a band that wants to be the next Celtic Woman. The setting in the swamp with the alligators and snakes added to the atmosphere of the nearly deserted and run down mansion that was Barry's home.
Overall, this is a fun light read for people who enjoy Christian fiction and who like to know what to expect in their mystery novels. It was entertaining and light. ...more
Things aren't going well for Roxie. Her career as a private chef in LA starts falling apart and her mother wants her to come home to run the family diThings aren't going well for Roxie. Her career as a private chef in LA starts falling apart and her mother wants her to come home to run the family diner in upstate while she and Roxie's aunt go off to compete in The Amazing Race. The last thing Roxie wants to do is to return home to the small town where everyone knows your business, the place she couldn't wait to leave, but having nothing better to do, she head home planning to only stay a few months. On her first day back he has an encounter with the local farmer and his organic walnuts. He's hot, and she could use a summer fling, but could this summer lead to something more?
Prepare yourself for some steamy romance and laugh out loud craziness when you read this novel. The cast of characters are fun, though Roxie and Leo are our primary focus. I love food, and this novel appeals to the foodie who loves romance. Be prepared, this one is definitely spicy! This is the first in a series, but it will stand alone. Enjoyable and fun....more