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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  432 ratings  ·  67 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden has killer instincts when it comes to breathtaking suspense!

Once the town troublemaker, Sheriff Hayden Black became the teen hero who saved young Jillian West from a savage kidnapper. He never got over their brief affair. Now the ex-SEAL and the burned-out FBI agent have reunited in their Florida hometown and rediscovered the
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Published February 21st 2017 by Harlequin Intrigue
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Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable second-chance romance/suspense. Jill is an FBI agent. Hayden was formerly a SEAL and is now the town sheriff. The setting is a small Florida town by the sea. Jill returns home for some much needed time off, but instead ends up facing some old demons. She also reunites with former love Hayden who is still crazy-in-love with her. I loved the small oceanside town of Hope and the likable leads who seemed like they were meant-to-be. On the romance side, sometimes the thoughts and conversati ...more
As teenagers, Hayden and Jillian are bonded together after he rescues her from a kidnapper. They stick together and fall in love, but as often happens with young love, it didn’t end well. They’ve both never quite recovered.

Now ten years later, Jillian is an FBI agent needing some time off to recharge after a case gone bad. She goes home recuperate, and doesn’t expect to find Hayden back, too, seeing as he’s supposed to be away serving as a Navy SEAL. But her intel is a little outdated, and Jill
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

When Jillian West was thirteen she not only lost her parents, she was also kidnapped right after she moved to a new town. Luckily she was saved by the town’s troublemaker. A boy who in turn became her best friend, her first love and lover. But he broke her heart at nineteen when he left her. Jillian went on to pursue her dream of becoming an FBI agent, of finding missing children. But with every lost case, every child they find too late, Jillian finds herself becoming undone. And Jillian decides

May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Let it be known I am in a book slump lately. And this is not the book that will throw me out of it.

Boring, with a whiny useless woe is me heroine, and her perfect useless I did it for you partner. I swear to god I don't hate weaknesses, but at least show me some steel before the rust.

*The useless twat feels guilty because she survived and her successor didn't. I'm sure it's normal. I'm not that sure it's normal 15 years after the fact... And I'm pretty sure you are not a good candidate for law
Good combination of second chance romance and suspense. As a teenager, Jillian had been kidnapped. Hayden had witnessed the abduction and saved her, going from town troublemaker to town hero in one evening. Jill and Hayden became good friends, and later much more. But he walked away to become a SEAL and Jill went on to become an FBI agent.

Ten years later Jill and Hayden are reunited when she returns to Hope, burned out on her job dealing with child abductions and still haunted by what had happen
Paula Brandon
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put this one down! The plot has FBI Agent Jill West returning to the town of Hope, feeling burnt out from her career, in an effort to solve a cold case kidnapping - her own! When she was 13, she was kidnapped, but rescued by town bad boy Hayden Black. Another girl ended up being killed in her place. When Jill returns, it's been 10 years. Since then, Hayden has been a SEAL and is now the sheriff. Of course, there's still plenty of unresolved issues between them! And of course, Jill's ret ...more
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2.5 stars.
No sabía que esta historia es la primera de la serie Killer Instinct . Y me alegro de haber leído antes After the Dark porque Abduction no le llega ni a la suela de los zapatos.

Lo mejor ha sido el romance. Realmente me ha llegado y ha sido muy fácil conectar con esos dos personajes tan complicados, sinceros y sobre todo con tantos sentimientos a flor de piel. Desde la primera página sabía, o más bien, quería que estuviesen juntos, aunque tambi
Jessica Frances
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great romantic suspense from Eden. This one was dark in terms of it involving children, however it never went to a place that made it unreadable. I loved the start, I was instantly hooked after that prologue. Hayden and Jill were both great leads and I loved how strong, resilient, and smart Jill was. She and Hayden complemented each other well. Definitely recommend!
Elizabeth Neal
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
History: Jill, having tragically lost her parents at the age of thirteen, moved in with her grandmother. Jill was warned to stay away from Hayden because of his reputation as a troublemaker, but Jill didn't listen, hoping to make a friend in her new life. When Hayden, tough fifteen-year-old exterior in full force, asks a seemingly innocent question not knowing Jill's situation, she walks away upset, and into danger. Thankfully, Hayden, already knowing how important she'll become to him, sees thi ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I did really like the story, but the writing just ruined it for me. I’m a huge fan of Cynthia Eden’s earlier work, so it’s obvious she’s had to clean up her language quite a bit for these Harlequin Intrigue titles, which completely throws me off because it’s not what I expect from her. Calling a man who abducts a girl with the end goal of killing her, a jerk? Not even close to harsh enough language. That’s just one instance of many, and each one is grating beca ...more
Book Him Danno
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I love about Harlequin Romance Intrigue books are they are quick, easy to put down and a fast read. What I forgot about Cynthia Eden novel is no matter who she writes for you can't put her books down. From first to last word she will have reads hooked turning pages and rereading wondering did that really just happen. The story doesn't end with the last word she has the reader wondering what really happens in the mind of a serial killer and about the people who truly hunt him every day.
Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
I really enjoyed this addition to the series, fast paced quick read!

Looking forward to seeing what's next for Samantha Dark and her broody partner Blake Gamble.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found this one to be fairly standard fare, predictable from the start, from Jill and Hayden's friendship with the bad boy, then more. How Hayden did what he could to save her, then walking away when they were young. In the present things were predictable again, even down to who the bad guy was. I'm surprised they didn't figure things out sooner.
Cindy ~
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Abduction is a fast paced suspense that falls into the realm of the Killer Instincts series. It could be read as a stand alone but the two main characters from the Killer Instincts series do play a part in this book.

The women in this series are strong FBI women who can take care of themselves. Their men are Alpha's but they respect the strengths of their women.

This both a second chance romance of Sheriff Hayden Black and FBI agent Jillian West and trying to solve the cold case of who abducted
Paula Legate
WOW! This is one of my favorite books. It had it all. It had one of the sweetest love stories mixed in with an ongoing murder investigation, and a current kidnapping. The action, and suspense was excellent.

Hayden was known as the trouble maker in town. Jill was 13 years old. She was the first person who’d ever looked at him like he wasn’t trash. She looked at him like he was someone who mattered. Shortly after they met, Jill was kidnapped. Hayden set off on a bike following them. He saved her.
Tracie R
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
He saved her life when they were teens, later he left and broke her heart.

Jillian West has returned to Hope and come face to face with Hayden Black the boy who saved her and the man she never stopped loving. When Jillian start investigating an old murder, the evil that took her as a child resurfaces and Hayden will put everything on the line to protect her.

I am loving this series and would definitely recommend this book and series to readers
Janet Robel
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good suspense! Kept me reading to the end. Solid plot and characters you'll love.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 3/5
Prose: 3/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5
Robin Reynolds / October Woman
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Liked the heroine well enough, liked the hero a lot. Figured out who the killer was long before it was revealed.
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
Abduction is a tight suspense thriller with romance and a mysterious stalker, where Jill and Hayden just want to start over again, but so does the abductor.
Alex ♈
3.5 stars

Strong heroine, good suspense, lame hero.
The reason why he left her 10 years ago was not enough. He hurt her.
2nd chance is my less favorite romance trope, but I like CE as author.
Jessica Figueroa
As a young girl Jillian was kidnapped and saved by the towns trouble maker Hayden. After that he was seen in a good light and eventually became a Sheriff of the town. Thing is the kidnapper was never caught. Now Jillian is back in town and is looking to open up her case and find her kidnapper when a child goes missing. Now its a race against the clock to save the teen.

I loved this book. There was so much going on hardly any down time before something happened. I loved that there was that not onl
Laura the Highland Hussy
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Got Fiction?

Quick Note: This is listed as book 1, but there’s a prequel called The Gathering Dusk, and there seem to be more books in this series, maybe both from Harlequin and self-published, so I’m not entirely sure of the order. I mention that because the prequel and the second? third? book have the same heroine/hero. My guess is the prequel is introducing us to the cast. I just bought it and I’ll update this after I read it.

Cynthia Eden, Mistress of Suspense is back with her
Maureen Hubley
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great new book....I believe it will be a great series.
DelAnne Frazee
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Abduction - Killer Instinct
Author: Cynthia Eden
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Published: 2-21-2017
Pages: 288
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Military, Kidnapping
ISBN: 9781335720856
Reviewed For NetGalley and
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.75 Stars

Once the town troublemaker, Sheriff Hayden Black became the teen hero who saved young Jillian West from a savage kidnapper. He never got over their brief affair. Now the ex-SEAL and the burned-out FBI agent have reunite
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

As I've said before, I love a good second chance romance and the love story in "Abduction" has potential but gets bogged down in regret on steroids. The thriller element is only slightly more satisfying. The field of suspects is so narrow, it doesn't leave room for very much suspense. Character development put too much emphasis on touting the importance of Jill being an FBI agent, as if that endowed her with super powers. And the build up on Hayden's SEAL background was almost unneces
Monica Cardoza
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful read that I enjoyed reading immensely.  This book was filled with suspense, action and of course there was romance.  This read was full of ups and downs between Hayden and Jillian.  They had not seen each other in several years but the feelings that they had for each other never went away.  She has now come back home but what she doesn't now is that danger is lurking and she will need to be very vigilant.  Hayden is going to have to protect her even though she doesn't think ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this a few months ago, but apparently forgot to mark it. Awesome book that broke my heart several times well until the end! I decided to read the prequel to the series & while you could read it without as I first did, he does explain who Sam & Blake is! Then I reread the last couple chapters of Abductions (c13?)
Tho I have no idea why there's a couple kissing on the cover of Gathering Dust, but I suppose perhaps it gives way to what's to come! This had once been a series of 3, but t
Rachel Carrington
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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Lisa Book Shelf
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
My Book Review – I’am a big fan of this authors – a must buy for me. This book is a tale of lost love and tying up lose ends. From the beginning your rooting for Hayden the bad boy who is Jill childhood friend. When Jill comes home they are both different people – he’s the sheriff and shes FBI. But before they can get back together they need to solve an old case – Jill’s abduction as a child. But first they have to survive whats going on now that someone doesnt want them to solve the cold case. ...more
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Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes sexy tales of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over one hundred novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocol

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Killer Instinct (3 books)
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