Mine Until Morning takes place over the course of twenty-four hours during a blackout in Philadelphia. Jonas Berringer, a security specialist grants a favor to Senator James Rose and agrees to look after his daughter, Tessa Rose. The senator does not give a specific reason he wants Jonas to protect Tessa but Jonas sees the assignment as a way to make amends and smooth things over after a previously botched assignment involving the senator’s daughter in which he was injured and lost his eyesight. Jonas and Tessa had become involved in a romantic relationship and during the time they spent together and Jonas feels he let his professionalism slip and he failed to adequately do his job. He also feels betrayed by Tessa after he believes she disclosed information about their relationship that could have affected his job and reputation.
Tessa is very independent and feels that her father is over-protective and meddles in her personal life. In her younger days she was rebellious toward him and although she still doesn’t care for her father’s involvement in her life she has matured and settled down. After the attack, with the relationship seemingly over, she may still have feelings for Jonas. So when he calls saying he is need of help she goes to him, not realizing that Jonas is using her attraction to him to get close to her to protect her at her father’s request.
Whew! This is a difficult book to summarize and I really did not do it justice. There are several twists and turns and a few surprises in Mine Until Morning and in not wanting to give too much away I feel my summary is a bit lacking. I had many moments where I wondered why and what, but in the end I had all my questions answered and my confusion set straight. I’m sure others will do a better job at summarizing this story than I did but I hope you get the general idea.
Jonas is part owner in the security company that has been hired to protect Tessa. He owns the company with his brothers and I mention this because there is small secondary romance involving one of the brothers that I will get to in a minute. Jonas is an interesting type of alpha male hero. He’s protective and strong and the kind of man that makes people feel safe around him. But I think because of his blindness he takes on a softer edge. He is forced to rely on Tessa in some situations giving him a bit of vulnerability. But there is never a time when I felt sorry for him, he is still every bit the strong hero even without his sight.
Tessa owns a specialty soap shop and would like to live an average life and avoid the notoriety of being a Senator’s daughter. Unfortunately that is not always possible and the need for personal protection comes with the territory. She still has very strong feelings for Jonas and is confused by his cold behavior toward her. She thinks there might still be a chance for them and she is willing to put herself out there for a second chance with Jonas.
This is a Harlequin Blaze and so one would expect a hot romance and some very steamy sex scenes. Mine Until Morning certainly delivers in that department with Jonas and Tessa engaging in some risky business in public places. Although they have some serious relationship problems and even bigger trust issues they can’t seem to fight the physical attraction and they engage in a little sexual healing out and about town in the dark of the night.
I really liked the romantic chemistry between Tessa and Jonas but I did feel a little on edge knowing that Jonas felt betrayed by Tessa and in turn he was also betraying her. While they worked out their relationship and feelings for one another there was always that underlying tension and I knew of course that it would all blow up any minute. It all comes together in the and all the loose ends are tied up for Jonas and Tessa but the tension is quite thick at times.
The only thing that put a downer on this story for me was the secondary sex. I say sex and not relationship because there really was no relationship. One of Jonas’ brothers has a brief sexual encounter with a past lover. It felt tawdry and out-of-place in this story and I didn’t care for the outcome. It involves a scenario that never works for me in contemporary romance so not only did the sex scene feel gratuitous and out-of-place, the encounter left me feeling uncomfortable and wishing it would not have been included at all. I assume the Berringer brothers will all have romances of their own coming up and this scene was inserted as way to set up his story but it really didn’t work for me. Luckily this is only a brief scene but since it happens late in the story my feelings about it lingered.
Mine Until Morning is a fast paced read, with a super steamy romance that delivers a very nice happily ever after. The secondary romance didn’t work for me, but I very much enjoyed the romance between Tessa and Jonas and was pleased to come upon a few unexpected twists and turns in the story. If you like a sexy alpha hero minus the arrogance then you’ll want become acquainted with Jonas Berringer.
Samantha Hunter has generously offered to do a fun giveaway. Since her heroine Tessa is the owner of a specialty soap shop she is giving away a gift basket loaded with some fun things you might find in Tessa’s store as well as a signed copy of Mine Until Morning.
The Mine Until Morning gift basket includes:
One signed copy of Mine Until Morning
One large bar of handmade Mine Until Morning Honey-Almond soap
Two small bars (nice for sachets!) Mine Until Morning Honey-Almond Soap
One package of Mine Until Morning Edible Honey Dust with Feather applicator
One Mine Until Morning solid Honey-Almond perfume
One pretty writing pad with magnetic cover
One container of dark-chocolate covered potato chips from Speach’s Candy — a Syracuse landmark.
To enter just leave a comment here on the review and let us know you’d like to be entered. Giveaway is open until May 22, winner announced soon after. Open to those with a US mailing address only please.