I enjoyed "Mine to Hold", but it's not quite a four-star read for me because I felt that it ended very much on a HFN note with what I'd consider a very minor cliffhanger. There is a slight spoiler to follow at the very end for those who need more information on what's left unsaid. This is part of a joint series by multiple authors, so I guess one has to read the other books to get the full picture of where Siren will end up.
Vance, Silke, and Leo are charismatic, wonderful characters. They've all come from different backgrounds, but their morality and honor is a common thread between them. Leo could have tried to edge out Vance, but I was very impressed that he never even tried to. Vance consistently tries to give Silke his best, which was extremely endearing and made me d'awww on more than one occasion. Silke is just lovely. I'm hoping to see more of their story, to see what happens when they get to their home.
* Slight spoiler: there was an explosion on the ship and there is DANGER. That danger is not quite resolved. So it's a HFN for me.
Getting caught between two lovers has never been more dangerous.
Captain Leo Grady is making his third trip to Solitaire. He’s spent five years in space and is ready for a change. Not wanting to go back to Earth, he’s chosen to pay off on Solitaire. All he needs is a woman willing to be his wife. Given that women are heavily outnumbered on the fleet of first settlers he knows he can’t sit around and wait. He has to act.
Vance Knox has been working with vet, Silke Rask, for the last six months. He fancies her, but refuses to do anything about it because he still has a twenty year sentence to serve. He has nothing to offer any lover and he expects nothing. He made his choices a long time ago. But it burns to see her getting closer to Grady.
Silke is torn between the sensible choice of Grady and the more dangerous attraction she has for Vance, but as secrets are revealed she realizes that she has to fight for what she wants. Not everyone on the ship is there because they earned their place, and old Earth money still has power.
When disaster strikes and threatens the lives of everyone on board she realizes that sometimes no choice has to be made. Why should love have limits?