Saturday, January 16, 2016

Candy Hearts Romance reviews: BE MINE by April Hollingworth

About the Book:
Beth has always loved Mark. He was the boy of her dreams even though she was nothing more than his little sister's best friend. Now he's back from the military and looking at her differently. Though that could be the plate of lasagna she dropped in his lap.

A series of mishaps gives Mark opportunity to spend time with her. He is sure that he is the man for her but experience has taught Beth not all men can be trusted. Can he convince her that he wants her to be his for Valentine's Day and ever after?


Exiting my car, I spot Mark’s, a couple of parking spaces away. Hurrying into the building, I can’t wait to see him. When I do, I come to a screeching stop, tripping over my own feet; I stumble forwards only to be caught in his strong arms. 

“You okay?” He asks steadying me. 

“I’m fine, thanks to you,” I reply, looking him up and down, I ask the question slamming around my brain, “So why are you dressed in only shorts?” 

A laugh escapes him, as he traces my jaw line. “I was training,” he explains. A second later, the door opens to the gym area; Jonathan appears also dressed in loose shorts, similar to Mark’s. 

“Hey Beth, are you early or am I running late?” he inquires while wiping the sweat from his muscular torso. 

“Both,” I reply, for lack of anything better to say. 

“Okay, I’ll be back in a second,” he replies, walking past us and into the men’s changing rooms. 

“I best get ready too,” Mark informs me, releasing me slowly, before heading into the changing rooms. I can’t help turning around and watching his fantastic back disappear. Just before the door closes, he pops his head out, and with a wicked grin on his face asks, “Did you enjoy the view?” 

“Oh yes,” the words fly from my mouth before I can think about stopping them. Heat enters his eyes burning brightly into mine, before he retreats behind the closing door. “Damn.” I mutter, before finally moving into the ladies room to get ready for class.

My Take:
Be Mine is a sweet romance of second chances. Beth has had a crush on her best friend's brother since forever, and now that he's moved back into town she keeps running into him. But things have happened since she last saw Mark that make her doubt men, and doubt the idea of love. Will Mark be the one to change her mind?

I enjoyed reading this story, and watching the relationship unfold between the couple. Beth had to learn to trust, and Mark was patient, kind and willing to put up with a lot of klutzy mishaps, including that opening serving of lasagna in his lap. Cute, fast read that had enough HEA to satisfy, and enough dangling questions to leave me thinking about the characters long after I turned off my reader. 4.5 candy hearts for this cute, sweet tale.

About the Author:

Born in Dublin, April Hollingworth now lives in West Cork but wants to move to America. She says, "When I was a child I fell in love with books, amazing stories filled with mystery and intrigue, danger and fantasy this love has progressed into a passion with me. I also like photography and cemeteries, the older the better." Find her online:

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