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Because You're Mine

Colleen Coble
Because You're Mine
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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-... Read More

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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?

Product Details:
  • Pages: 336
  • Released: 01/2017
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jan 10, 2017
  • UPC: 9780718083809
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Jan 10, 2017
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 100
  • Audience Age Minimum: 18
  • Audience Gender: Gender Neutral
  • BISAC: "FIC042060"
  • ISBN: 0718083806

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Disappointing! by Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader on 1/25/2017

Because You’re Mine is the latest novel by Colleen Coble. Alanna Connolly is a singer and fiddle player in the band Ceol. Alanna created the Celtic band that includes Fiona, Ciara, Ena. Alanna’s husband, Liam plays percussion instruments for Ceol. After a performance in Charleston, Liam is going out with his friend, Jesse Hawthorne. The pair went to college together in Ireland. Liam leaves with Jesse and Alanna heads out in the van with her bandmates. They get down the street when there is an explosion. Jesse’s yellow sports car is in flames. Only one of the men survived the explosion. The paramedics ask the survivor his name and they are told Jesse. Alanna is devastated at the loss of her husband especially since she is four months pregnant with their first child. Upon returning to Ireland for the funeral, Liam’s father, Thomas threatens to sue for custody of Alanna’s baby (their last link to their son). Alanna will not let them get her son and asks Barry Kavanagh, lawyer and band manager, for assistance. Alanna wishes to become a citizen of the United States. Barry tells her the fastest way to accomplish it is to marry and he proposes. Barry is from an old southern family in Charleston, and he will be able to keep the child (and Alanna) safe. Alanna quickly agrees and they marry eight weeks after Liam’s funeral. After the wedding, Barry takes Alanna to his old family home twenty miles from Charleston. The big house is positioned near a swamp that is home to a gator named Pete. The home is in desperate need of repairs. It turns out that Barry neglected to mention a few things to Alanna. The crumbling Kavanagh home is full of secrets and danger. To make things worse, Jesse keeps popping up in Alanna’s life. Jesse has memory of life before the accident and he does not like what he has discovered. He wants to make changes. Join Alanna, Jesse, and Barry in Because You’re Mine.

Because You’re Mine is nicely written and easy to read. I found the storyline to be predictable. I could tell how the book would end before Alanna married Barry (I forecasted every “twist”). I found several things odd and just plain unbelievable. Alanna likes to walk around without her shoes on. Would you walk near a swamp without shoes on? Especially since there are snakes and gators (one that has tried more than once to take a chomp out of her) hanging around! I can understand wanting to protect her unborn child, but rushing into marriage with a man you barely know. Alanna also fails to research citizenship requirements or custody laws for herself (would you trust an American attorney on Irish law). I give Because You’re Mine 2 out of 5 stars. I thought Alanna to be very naïve and gullible for someone who is about to turn thirty. I was disappointed in the books ending. The author did not wrap up all the threads with the epilogue. I felt Because You’re Mine is an expected love story, and it reminded me of those chick flicks that I do not watch (on the very famous women’s channel). This book was not up to Colleen Coble’s standards.

Because You're Mine by kp on 1/9/2017

The latest book from Collen Coble, entitled Because You're Mine, will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will meet Alanna and her husband, Liam, as the celtic band they are both members of is closing up their latest performance. After the concert ends, Liam heads out with his best friend, Jesse, to check out his new car. Alanna is left behind to worry about whether her voice will hold up during future concerts. Suddenly, the unthinkable happens. The car transporting these two men becomes a ball of fire, after a bomb explodes!

When Alanna learns that Liam has died in the explosion, she immediately accompanies his body back to Ireland for burial. Not only does she not know which way to turn now that Liam is gone, she encounters new trouble from Liam's parents. When Alanna shares with them that she is four months pregnant, her father-in-law threatens to take custody of her baby. Alanna knows she must seek a place of safety and before you know it, she is marrying her band manager, Barry, to ensure custody of her child. The only thing she does not realize is that the world that Barry will draw her into is scarier than Alanna could ever have imagined!

After Jesse recovers, the band adds him to the group to replace Liam for the remainder of their tour. As you watch Alanna try to figure out what Barry's intentions are for her, you will also see Alanna try to adjust to Jesse, who for some reason is behaving a lot like Liam. He seems to know details about her life that she only had shared with Liam. Hang on until the last page to find out where Alanna ends up and who will be by her side!


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