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From New York Times best seller Claire Contreras comes a new, sexy stand-alone novel...

When my sister asked me to take a course for her while she went out of town for work, I reluctantly agreed. I wasn't expecting to step into a university auditorium filled with overactive libidos lusting after the professor. And I certainly wasn't expecting to become one of those women myself, but there's something about Lorenzo Costello that makes him irresistible. He's the kind of man mothers warn their daughters about - mysterious, gorgeous, experienced, wild - and for some crazy reason he wants me. 

I should run far away and save myself from the impending heartache. So why am I racing toward him? I’m totally going to get burned. A man like Lorenzo won’t leave me unscathed. He'll make ashes of me.

Because You're Mine is NOT a dark romance! It's sexy and will keep you listening.

©2018 Claire Contreras (P)2018 Claire Contreras

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  • Sarah G
  • 26-08-18

It was ok.

I said it’s ok because it’s not the type of story I normally look for. I like my romances with a longer time line and not insta love/lust. The concept is sweet and it has its ups and downs. I’m sorry if this seems nit picky but I would have liked hearing from the male character’s point of view a bit more and, as stated before, a longer time frame. That being said, the voice actors did a fabulous job and I’d recommend this for those who enjoy the more basic love stories. I probably won’t listen to this again but I also don’t feel like it was a waste of time or money.

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  • Christine M
  • 19-01-21

What a world!

What a mob story!!!! I haven't read a lot of mob stories, but I'm a huge fan of Ms. Contreras and I couldn't wait to see what kind of world she'd bring me into. As in typical mob fashion, there are a million players that I had to keep track of. Catalina and her sister Emma keep themselves separate from their family, but that doesn't stop the family from being a part of their lives. Lorenzo is drawnto Catalina like he's never been drawn to another person. He loved and lost and now didn't do relationships....until her. She is the game changer.

The writing was fast paced and sucked me into this world. These bad guys have a good side, too. Lorenzo and Cat made me believe in happy endings in this world. There are so many possible stories in this world to come. I can't wait to see what is next in this world!

The narrators did a great job of really getting me into this story. Loved it!

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  • FS Meurinne - Book Enticer
  • 07-01-21

Brilliant story

Lorenzo and Catalina's story, definitely a great story full of mafia, twist, and emotional turmoil. It's dual POV and the audiobook is narrated by Scarlet Chase and Stephen Dexter, I really enjoyed Stephen's narration he was on point, creating the perfect voice for Lorenzo, accent and all. The emotions were all there, however, Scarlet was a bit different from what I expected, she did good but I loved Stephen more. The story is fantastic, with great pace, and all the brilliant things Claire Contreras is known for. A must-hear for any mafia trope lover.

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  • LAS
  • 03-01-21

Fast-paced and lots of twists and turns

Because Your Mine is one of the few mafia romances that I've listened to. I know that I like Claire Contreras, and her writing always keeps me engaged, and this definitely fit the bill for me.

Although Because You're Mine is a mafia romance, it is not dark. It's at times haunting, it is always action packed, and it's definitely fast-paced.

Catalina and Lorenzo are not the couple that you expect to match on paper. The ballerina and her sister's professor, who turns out not to be who Catalina expected him to to be. There were so many twists and turns and connections that the book was always felt like something new was developing. I don't want to go to far into the plot for fear of moving into spoiler territory, but just know that there are a lot of more connections between these two as you move through the story.

From a narration point of view, Stephen Dexter and Scarlet Chase definitely delivered on the spark, the emotion, the uncertainty and the fast paced nature of the story. Stephen in particular delivered on the sometimes frantic nature of Loren's behavior and delivery. It was a real treat to listen to.

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  • AlohaD
  • 20-12-20

Enjoyed story but had mixed feelings on narrators

I've had this book sitting on my kindle and on my bookshelf since it came out. I realized recently that I hadn't read it yet, so when I had the chance to listen to the audio, I took it. Claire is one of my automatic one clicks, so I had high expectations.

I enjoyed the storytelling and liked the chemistry between Catalina and Lorenza (aka Loren). The cast of characters and settings was totally to my liking. I liked that Catalina was this beautiful 'older' (by dancer standards) professional ballet dancer and was trying to distant herself from the lifestyle of her family in Chicago. She totally made her own life in NYC and did it on her own. I love to read about strong women and she was it. Then there was Loren. I liked who his character was trying to be at the beginning. He was like this rude guy that you could feel steam coming off of him, but you could tell there was so much more to him and his background. SO when they meet at a dinner and you get the 'real' Loren, the sexual attraction is just POW right off the page (or for me...the audio). From then on, the game is ON! The lifestyle. The attraction. The steam. The lies/coverup.

While I liked the story itself, the audio wasn't my favorite. I liked the male narrator and he seemed like an authentic New York/east coast mafia member, but the female narrator bugged me. I liked when we got into the story, but it was when she announced each chapter and her inflection in her voice that just kept drawing me out. Such a small thing to pin point, but it was frustrating.

Overall, the story was good and I'd like to read the actual book to see how my feelings on the story may change. The audio was ok. The male narrator had me, but the female narrator I had mixed feelings about. But I can't take away from the storytelling and the chemistry of the characters. They were hot and I enjoyed the romance between them and the backstory of their characters.

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  • kgagnon
  • 20-12-20

Heartpounding and Sizzling Romance!

Because You're Mine is a heart pounding, and sizzling story that held me captive from the first page to last. Cataline is a ballerina who has tried to stay away from her families business. She thinks she is innocently helping her sister when she unwittingly gets drawn in by a sexy professor. Lorenzo is more than he appears. He is mysterious, gorgeous, and has a dominance that should scare her but only draws her in. Lorenzo's plans for Catalina has changed completely when he is seduced by the beautiful ballerina and her sassy mouth. Their fiery attraction is undenyiable and their chemistry is explosive. But Lorenzo has a job to do and he is putting both their lives on the line by claiming her as his. But when Cat learns his secrets, and enemies start taking out their vengence, will he be able to keep them alive long enough for her to forgive him? This is a twisty, roller coaster ride of a romance that’s unforgettably heart-wrenching, suspenceful, but has it's tender moments as well.
Narrators Scarlet Chase, and Stephen Dexter were amazing as they brought this story to life. Chase nailed Caterina's caring, strong, and sassy character perfectly. Dexter's voice was perfect for the powerful, dangerous, yet vulnerable Lorenzo. I loved listening to them both as they drew me in and made this story even more exciting and sizzling.

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  • Gillek2
  • 20-12-20

Loren and Cat!

Catalina has been raised in a mafia family but with the losses she has suffered it is not the life she wants. Instead she focuses on her career as a professional ballerina until a favor for her sister sets her life on a collision course with Lorenzo (Loren).

Loren may be a lawyer but that is only part of who he is and he has an agenda when it comes to Cat. They are unable to deny the chemistry between them but along with that comes secrets, danger and betrayal unlike anything that Cat could imagine.

When Loren entered Cat’s life she was supposed to be a means to an end but he is about to find out that the petite ballerina just might be his downfall. Not only are Loren and Cat great characters but the secondary characters definitely add to the story. I enjoyed the way the narrators brought out the personality of the characters.

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  • Rachel
  • 14-12-20

Mafia Romance with lots of twists!

Catalina a ballerina and daughter of a mobster hasn’t spoke to her father in a decade. She doesn’t want anything to do with mob life but ends up getting sucked back in to the Mafia world when she meets Lorenzo while attending a college class as a favor to her sister. Lorenzo hides his real identity and motives from Catalina and has no plans to fall for her but he just can’t stay away. Because You’re Mine was a really interesting mafia romance that kept you guessing throughout, I loved all the twists in the story but would have liked a bit more build up to the relationship between the main characters. I personally wasn’t a fan of the female narrator, I felt her voice sounded a lot older than Catalina’s age, she did do a good job with male character voices. I loved Stephen Dexter’s narration, he is a really versatile voice actor.

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  • Nina DuBois
  • 30-10-20

An Ok Romantic Suspense

I don't know what it was, but I had a hard time focusing on this story. I found myself wandering and never quite got completely into the romance or the mystery/suspense. I'll just chalk it up to the fact that this one just didn't quite do it for me despite the fact that I really love this author. I really like Stephen Dexter, although there was some voice he was doing that I found annoying for another character. Scarlet Chase was nice to listen to as well.

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  • Victoria Longaker
  • 16-08-20

Best author

Claire Contreras is one of the best authors I’ve read in a long time. Story lines are full of surprises. Character development breaths life into personality’s . Then garnishes with interesting lives and colors.