Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Irish-influenced romantic mystery -- Because You're Mine

Colleen Coble's Because You're Mine is a romantic mystery where the main characters make up an Irish band currently touring in the southern United States.  Colleen brings a generous sampling of Irish brogue into the story, helping to set the stage for the reader.

The characters are interesting and quite diverse, but I did have some difficulty really connecting with them.  Some of their interactions were somewhat stilted and did little to encourage my engagement. 

The backstory of Alanna's and Liam's relationship provided a great romantic element to the story.  The mystery was obviously present throughout but did not drive the plot as well as I had hoped.

All in all, this was a good story, but not my favorite of Colleen Coble's work.  I would recommend that her fans give Because You're Mine a read to see if it strikes a favorable chord.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of this book.  I was happy to share my own thoughts about the story.

About the Book:

Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.

When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.

Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.

To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.

But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?

About the Author:

Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at

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