Review: Mine For Now by Erika Kelly

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From the award-winning author of the Rock Star Romance books comes a sizzling new series about the O’Donnell siblings. The pull of wild love is irresistible.

 

 

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She’s had enough drama in her life.

Nicole O’Donnell is more than ready for the fresh start college offers. After a lifetime of trying to help her alcoholic mom and ex-boyfriend get sober, she’s finally learned her lesson: people don’t change. They certainly don’t change for her.

He can never leave his drama behind.

Thanks to his mom’s substance abuse issues, Dylan McCaffrey’s persona non grata in his hometown of Gun Powder, Colorado. So when he scores a free ride to the top university in the country, he’s determined to make something of this fresh start. But his mom has always relied on him, and she’s not handling his absence well at all. If he can just keep up his grades, pay her bills, and come home every break, he might be able to pull off this opportunity.

True love won’t be denied.

No matter how determined they are to steer clear of each other, their combustible connection explodes, especially when Nicole offers Dylan the one thing he can’t bear—hope. Once he has a taste of it—and the irresistible force of her—there’s no going back.

But when he falls too deeply, when he loses sight of his priorities, he might just lose it all.

 

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4 Star

Tracey’s Review

Getting away from Gun Powder, CO, and all the drama there is the best thing that Dylan McCaffrey could have done. It’s his chance to do things differently, to make something of himself. Meeting Nicole O’Donnell is an unexpected bonus, and the breath of fresh air that Dylan so desperately needs. But there are those back home that aren’t as happy for Dylan’s success, and that will do anything and everything to draw him back in.

I was excited to read MINE FOR NOW by author Erika Kelly since I’d liked her Rock Star Romance series so much. And, I did like this book, although it was very different from her other books.

While I understood Dylan’s dilemma regarding his relationship with his mother, with Kelsi, and with all that his home of Gunpowder, CO, represented, I got impatient with his constant decision to go back, rather than moving forward. But that’s the role of the co-dependent, and maybe I’m only now realizing that Erika has done a good job of writing a flawed character that wants to change, that wants a different outcome for his life more than he can say, but just doesn’t know how to get it. He doesn’t think that he deserves his life in New York, his relationship with Nicole, to make something more of himself than staying in Colorado and caring for his mother will allow. And, until he does, until he admits that he can’t control his mother and his decisions, he’s not going to change, either. Like many co-dependent people, Dylan is really the one standing in his own way, unable to see that his worth has nothing to do with the choices that his mother makes, that his past does not define him.

“But you’re not…You’re not poor, you’re not working class, you’re not middle class, you’re not anything. Your parents might be, but you’re just a college kid. Just like the rest of us…And you get to build from here. You get to decide what and who you become. This is the one time in your life when you can finally break free of all the labels. Dylan, you can be whatever you want. Starting now.”

I sometimes have a hard time connecting to the characters in a New Adult read, but I really do enjoy Erika’s writing. In MINE FOR NOW, she’s created characters that, though young, and so dealing with all of the angst of those years, are still interesting in that they have been formed by pasts that will either leave them stronger or continue to create a vacuum where they cannot move on. Ultimately, this is a story of strength, of pushing past obstacles that appeared to be immoveable, and coming through, whole and healthy, on the other side. This is a solid 4-star read for me, and I’m looking forward to reading MINE FOR A WEEK, the next book in Erika’s new series.

***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***

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erika-kelly-author-picAbout Erika Kelly:

Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

 

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