ARC review: You’re Mine by Emma Spring

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As the daughter of the Irish mafia’s leader, Sophia Murphy is no stranger to violence. For years, she’s begged her father to initiate peace agreements, but she never thought that he’d agree. It comes as a huge surprise to her when she’s told that after her eighteenth birthday, she’ll be married off to Enzo Carbone, son of the leader of the Italian mafia. The Murphy family’s biggest rival.

Sophia is definitely attracted to Enzo, but she’s not at all on board with the idea of this sham marriage. She wanted to escape mafia life, not get involved even more deeply by marrying into another family. But soon, Sophia begins questioning her whole life as people she’s trusted betray her and people she’s been brought up to hate offer protection.

The first thing I have to say is that the blurb for this book really has nothing to do with the plot. This is a really big thing for me because the blurb is what’s going to make people decide to read your book. And this blurb is just wholly inaccurate.

Enzo thinks he owns me because I was forced to marry him.
Enzo is actually very respectful and protective of Sophia?

He’s harsh with his enemies and demanding at home.
Harsh with his enemies, sure. But demanding at home? He never forces her to do anything.

I don’t know how I can survive him.
Seriously? He’s like a puppy.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad the blurb was wrong. I don’t think I could have made it through if Enzo was as horrible as it makes him sound.

The writing feels very immature, so I wouldn’t be surprised to find that this is the author’s debut. She had a good idea, but I don’t think it was developed as well as it could have been. The characters are poorly developed, very one-dimensional, and there seems to be little point to their actions. Sophia’s choices, in particular, don’t make a lot of sense and seem to exist only to get her into situations in which Enzo is required to save her. Both Sophia and Enzo explicitly state every emotion they’re feeling (often with a lot of exclamation points). The timing also felt a bit off, because it seemed to me that everything happened very quickly, but then we have Sophia saying things like “after all this time,” making it sound like they’re been together for years… or at least months.

I found the names a little confusing. Liam, for example, is a member of the Italian mafia. Liam is an Irish name. Why was he not part of the Irish mafia? Is there a story there? If so, we don’t hear about it. Similarly, Sophia is affiliated with the Irish mafia. I’m sure that Irish Sophias exist, but the name is definitely more Italian.

While I didn’t hate this book, it certainly wasn’t my cup of tea. It’s not the worst book that I’ve read recently, but I didn’t really enjoy it, either. I’m sure that there will be a lot of people who love it, though, given that it has a lot of action and plenty of steamy scenes. If that’s something you like, definitely give this book a try.

I received a free ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Final rating: ★★☆☆☆

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