Die For Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer is the first book in the For Me series by Cynthia Eden. Katherine is living in witness protection. Three yDie For Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer is the first book in the For Me series by Cynthia Eden. Katherine is living in witness protection. Three years ago, she started over under a new name after finding out her fiancé was a serial killer. Valentine seemingly disappeared without a trace, but hearing details of a murder on the local news has Katherine feeling faint. She knows she needs to find out if it’s the Valentine killer. She wants her life back, she’s tired of hiding. Katherine heads to the police to confirm if her suspicions are correct, that the Valentine killer is back and hunting in the city that she lives. She’s terrified of him, but she doesn’t want to run. She is determined to help the police catch Valentine once and for all.
Katherine is a great heroine. She was an intricate character; Strong, determined, smart and vulnerable. I liked her and I felt for her. She had suffered and overcome so much and worked hard to bury the past but it comes back to haunt her. She finds herself living a nightmare and the only safe haven she finds is Dane.
I really liked Dane as well. He was a tough and sexy homicide detective with demons of his own. He was perfect for Katherine. From the moment he met her, he was attracted and had a strong desire to protect her. The more he gets to know her the more he wants to know and the more protective he becomes. As the story unfolds, so does their romance. Passions heat up and the pressures increase. The hunt for a serial killer is dangerous, intense and volatile.
Die For Me was a great romantic suspense. It didn’t always surprise me, but I don’t believe it was meant too. It grabbed my attention from beginning to end. It was disturbing at times but wholly engrossing. The pacing is fast and the story intense. The characters are realistically portrayed with emotion and depth. The ending was great, a nice bright spot in a novel that didn’t have many.
Die For me was dark, macabre, sexy and romantic. I really liked it. It’s not for the faint of heart though. I would recommend Die For Me to fans of Romantic Suspense, that don’t mind a little gruesome.
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Fury of Obsession by Coreene Callahan is the 5th book in the Dragonfury series. It took me awhile to get into this one. There are several plo3.5 Stars
Fury of Obsession by Coreene Callahan is the 5th book in the Dragonfury series. It took me awhile to get into this one. There are several plot lines running concurrently and it’s not until around the halfway point that things start to gain a cohesive focus. There are several main characters. On one hand we follow Gage, who is imprisoned and being tortured. On another is Ivar and his plot to infect an entire town with a deadly virus. Then there is Venom who is struggling to overcome loneliness and takes off on his own, where he meets Evelyn. Lastly, we have Evelyn who has come across hard times, recently fired from her job and burdened with her deceased mother’s debt to the mob. Desperate times, call for desperate measures and in the course of those actions she meets Venom.
I really liked Venom. He was a wonderful hero and really sweet with Evelyn. He wanted to woo her and win her over. He had yearned so long for a woman to call his own. Someone he could hold throughout the night, someone that could tolerate his toxic touch for more than a short time. I had no doubt in my mind that Evelyn was the most important person to Venom. And Evelyn was a lovely heroine, perfect for Venom. She was strong, sweet and smart. I really enjoyed their interactions together. Their romance was sexy and endearing.
Fury of Obsession had a lot of buildup and the subsequent conclusion felt a little quick in comparison. With the inclusion of the other plotlines the romance felt shortchanged. I would have liked to have seen a little more romantic development. Overall though, it was quite good.
I would recommend Fury of Obsession to fans of the Dragonfury series.
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Dark Debt by Chloe Neill is the 11th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. I really enjoyed this one. Ethan and Merit take center stage as they worDark Debt by Chloe Neill is the 11th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. I really enjoyed this one. Ethan and Merit take center stage as they work together to uncover plots against them and other vampires. I loved their dynamic together. Ethan is protective and possessive by he’s not afraid to let Merit fight her own battles. He knows how tough she is and treats her as a partner, standing by to lend support as needed. But that’s not to say he stands on the sidelines. He takes a central role in the action and I loved seeing this side of him.
Dark Debt is a thoroughly entertaining novel. There is a lot going on and it keeps your attention from the very first page. The pacing is fast and the flow is seamless. The plot was a good one and the ending is great. There is action, danger and romance woven together in a compelling mix.
The characters are richly crafted with emotion, humor and heart. The enemies are dark, disturbing and treacherous. They don’t make things easy for Merit and Ethan but it’s when the going gets tough that they truly excel. Add in the assistance of others and they are a force to be reckoned with.
Dark Debt has a satisfying conclusion but there is more story to be told as a new enemy has emerged. I’m curious to see what direction it will take in next book. I look forward to that one and more books in the Chicagoland Vampires series.
Dark Debt and the Chicagoland Vampires series is recommended to fans of Urban Fantasy.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from the publisher, PENGUIN GROUP Berkley/NAL Trade, via NetGalley....more