Never Mine: A Base Branch Novella

Megan Mitcham
Never Mine: A Base Branch Novella
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Titan World LLC
Release Date
January 2017
Book 1 of Titan World
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

From New York Times best-selling author Cristin Harber and USA Today best-selling author Megan Mitcham comes an exciting collaboration…

Jillian Cooper never wanted Callum, until a dream morphs him from her best friend's husband to a singular nocturnal fantasy. Revolted by her own mind and loyal to a fault, she refuses to give the dream life. Still, it manages to make her awkward around her only family; Amery, Callum, and their two stunning daughters. As an orphan and an Explosive Ordinance Tech with the Navy, things have a way of crashing down around her. The world crumbling call came in the form of a single car, single fatality accident. Amery died.

While she spins in dizzying circles, the girls she's loved since they were in their momma's belly cling to her. When Callum's strong arms fortify them and keep them all from falling apart, Jillian's inner struggle reaches a breaking point. She does the only thing she can to honor her friend's to the other side of the world to contract for Titan Group, an elite private securities force in need of an EOD.

Callum Bradfield adapts and overcomes. Even after the tragic death of his wife, his core values as a Navy SEAL march him safer waters. His gig as mission transport for Base Branch—the special operations force for the UN—isn't as adrenaline laden, but he refuses to make his girls orphans.

Things are beginning to regroup when Jillian bales on his girls—and him—without a word. To ensure she's safe, he hacks her personal information and follows the crumbs into Titan's database. Crossing that line gets them both under a microscope in the middle of a desert, searching for the proof they need to show their innocence, while he tries to convince Jillian he's more than just her dream.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 10, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
54 people found the following review helpful
4 dusty, dirty and explosive stars for NEVER MINE.

Jillian Cooper and Callum Bradfield have been friends for years, but after Callum's wife and Jilly's BFF Amery dies, their relationship is strained. And when Jilly takes off for Abu Dhabi to work at Titan Group's Middle East HQ disarming bombs, Callum fumes – he's furious that she won't return his calls or acknowledge him in any way. Doing what he needs to do to get her attention, Callum does some creative maneuvering to get some face time with her. The pair soon realize that their long friendship has grown into something more, but while Callum easily comes to terms with that new reality, Jilly can't let go of the guilt of being in love with her BFF's husband and their two little girls. Can she figure out this new dynamic or will she risk losing Callum and the girls completely?

NEVER MINE is a novel by Ms. Mitcham in the Titan World series by a variety of authors writing in and around the world of the Titan series by Cristin Harber. I liked this book a lot, especially the prominence of the Titan team in the Middle East. Jillian and Callum's relationship--I'm a little less enthusiastic about. I had mixed feelings on the admission of love that the two of them felt when the wife/BFF was still alive. Even so, there was nothing unsavory about their unconventional family dynamic (other than some dirty Navy SEAL dreams). I loved the adoration between Callum's girls and Jilly. She was in so many ways a second mother to them and they all acted as such. The couple has such an easy rapport and camaraderie, and I wound up really liking them together as the book progressed. There was the perfect amount of danger and sex in NEVER MINE as well, and both of them were nicely written (and in the case of sex, yummy). I'll be picking up more in Ms. Mitcham's Base Branch series.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; no condom use; mild BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; violence, murder.
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