For the most part, it was a pretty predictable plot but that doesn't bother me. I've read plenty of romance novels that have similar outlines and stilFor the most part, it was a pretty predictable plot but that doesn't bother me. I've read plenty of romance novels that have similar outlines and still find them incredible. The last third of the book went by quickly, I just wanted to see how it would all end. I'll slowly but surely check out her other books to see what becomes of the support characters because I enjoyed them immensely. ...more
I usually don't read romantic suspense and I had not heard of this author before but I was lucky enough to win the second and third books of this seriI usually don't read romantic suspense and I had not heard of this author before but I was lucky enough to win the second and third books of this series. Of course I had to check out Deadly Fear which is the first book. It was GOOD. There was a really great balance of suspense and romance. Let me tell you the romance in this was intense and HOT. I loved both of the characters and thought they fit perfectly together. Luke was the only one to break through Monica's icey facade and I wouldn't have it any other way. My one complaint was that we didn't get any flashbacks to their past when they first met.
I also liked seeing Hyde's somewhat fatherly figure to Monica, someone who guided her into something of herself instead of a victim.
I had a few suspects from the beginning but just as soon as you think you've got the guy pegged, she twists it around. Eden definitely kept me on my toes. Needless to say I'm hooked on the series.
I wasn't entirely sold on the love story in this one. I liked it. They had chemistry, they were hot but it just didn't click with me. The serial arsonI wasn't entirely sold on the love story in this one. I liked it. They had chemistry, they were hot but it just didn't click with me. The serial arsonist plot was a little less suspenseful than I expected. I figured who it was instantly though motive didn't come for me as quickly.
In general, this was a good one. I like Cynthia Eden's writing. Like book one, she does a wonderful job balancing out the mystery with the romance.
While this book is fine as a stand-alone, I think it's best if Deadly Fear is read to get the entire story of what happened to her. Sam, stilSO GOOD!
While this book is fine as a stand-alone, I think it's best if Deadly Fear is read to get the entire story of what happened to her. Sam, still trying to heal from the aftermath of book one, is determined to show the other Serial Service Division members she can handle the pressure. A wealthy self-made Max happens to be Sam's target for a one-night stand. An insane kidnapper also happens to set his target on Max through his stepbrother Quinlan. Soon he finds that Sam isn't being entirely truthful with her identity but he must put his trust in her as she's the one who's the best bet to get Quinlan back safely.
The mystery plot was a lot better than the previous book. It's up there with Deadly Fear's case. It was pretty interesting how Cynthia Eden changed it up versus the previous perpetrators. I pegged out who it was a little bit into the story but with it was great how she spun this one. She did a great job to keep things up in the air and make you doubt who you think the killer was.
The romance between Max and Samantha was ah-mazing. I pretty much fell for them instantly. They had that spark and intensity. I know they were sleeping together right off the bat—by the way, they sizzled, like whoa—but I believe there was something much deeper going on with them than just sex. I was turned into a puddle of goo watching them grow together and be there for each other. I just hope that Sam doesn't leave the SSD à la Kenton.
Monica and Luke, the core couple! They own my heart and I love seeing their relationship taking the next step. I view them as a Jack and Mel (from Virgin River) of this series. It always comes back to them. :) I hope to see more scenes of them as the series goes on.
Happy to see Kenton appear. So pleased to hear his news but ugh, I still wish he was part of the group. There are potential stories for Hyde (!), Jon (!!!), and Kim; I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for them to come out (hopefully)....more