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Deadly Fear

(Deadly #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  6,494 ratings  ·  445 reviews
FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport has made a career out of profiling serial killers. But getting inside the twisted minds of the cruel and the sadistic has taken its toll: She's walled herself off from the world. Yet Monica can't ignore fellow agent Luke Dante, the only man who ever broke through her defenses.

Luke has the unique ability
Paperback, 385 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Grand Central Publishing
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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What a book. OMG.
Best suspense I have read so far, seriously amazing with brilliant writing!
Huge, huge, huuuuuuuge rec!!!!

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It was superb!

I was gripping my reader like a lunatic, I am lucky I don't bite my nails cause I wouldn't have any by now :DD
There is always something happening, but the best of it is, I didn't see almost half of it coming! One this was especially a shock and boy, I'm glad this author isn't lovey-dovey with the suspense part, it just makes it more real!
And the worst part for
4 1/2 Intense Stars


Wow! What a thrilling, disturbing, and intense read! This is my first book by Cynthia Eden and it certainly won't be my last.

I don't often read romantic suspense as I prefer more romance than is commonly offered in this sub-genre. That said, there are a few authors I've found that can give me the powerful romance I crave coupled with an intense, heart stopping suspense. Ms. Eden has fallen into this category. Her book had the perfect blend of action, edgy suspense, and
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 “What scares you?” Stars

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“I don’t want to play your stupid games!” she snapped. “Innocent people are dying so you can—” “Is anyone ever really innocent? Jones wasn’t, but I still offered him a chance. Maybe I’m getting soft.” What? Laughter. “Maybe I’m not.” “Listen, you—” “I guess you were innocent once though, weren’t you, Davenport? But that was so long ago…” Bastard. How did he know? How? “You’re like me, aren’t you? Deep down, underneath the skin?” And she could almost
5+ stars – Romantic Suspense

WOW! Fan-freaking-tastic! There’s a new powerhouse talent in romantic suspense, and her name is Cynthia Eden. As brilliantly written, crafted, and executed and creeptasticly chilling as a Karen Rose novel with some similarities to Kylie Brant’s Mindhunters series and Leslie Parrish’s Black CATs series, but with much better developed romance and verrry steamy love scenes, Deadly Fear had everything I love in a romantic suspense thriller and kept me completely riveted
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Fear was so worth five stars. I absolutely loved everything about this romantic suspense. It gave me everything that I needed!!

1) Romance
3)Sexy FBI agent
4)Badass Heroine
5)Serial killers

I will definitely be continuing this series!!!
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood and death - now that was what she understood

First time reading this author but it certainly won’t be the last. This was a bit of a rollercoaster with bodies showing up and we hadn’t a clue who to blame. Left me guessing to the very end.

Tall, muscled, with bright emerald eyes and sun-streaked blond hari, Dante was a southern boy with charm and a dimple in his chin

But if one thing had been drilled into him in those profile classes at the Academy, it was that even dead victims could
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Karen Rose
Recommended to Auntee by: Amy and a bunch of GR buddies
Really quite good. I know a lot of reviewers compare this to a Karen Rose book, and I can definitely see the similarities. This was an expertly plotted thriller about a female FBI profiler's race to stop a serial killer, and it drove me crazy trying to figure out who the serial killer could be. I bounced back and forth between a few suspects, but discounted the obvious choice because I thought the author kind of made it a little too plain who she wanted you to think it would be. But when the ...more
Duchess Nicole

Fantastic romantic suspense! The perfect blend of evil mystery villain, intense FBI action, and hot, Hot, HOT sexual tension.

Monica Davenport has a past that is finally catching up with her in more ways than one. No stranger to serial killers, she joined the FBI's special group of hunters after her own run in with a sadistic killer while in her teens. She spent some time with the sicko, and now has an inside track into what drives someone like that. She's become an integral part of
3.75 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was pretty good! I am not a huge fan of suspenseful romance books because I usually struggle with the balance between the suspense and the romance, but I was in the mood for one. I think Cynthia Eden does a good job at that balance! She keeps me engaged with the suspense and also provides me enough steam and romance to keep me engaged in their relationship as well! BUT -- I would have liked some more about how they were before. We get implications and mentions of
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
WOW!WOW!WOW! What a book! This book was a 5 star from page 1. It grabbed me and just took control, lol! I have chills running up and down my arms this book was that good of a read for me. Can hardly wait for book 2, Deadly Heat to come out in February 2011. I'll be reading it the moment I have it in my hands.

I have to thank AJ and all my other buddies here at goodreads for making such great reviews on this book. Without those this book might have sat and I might never had read it.
Crystal~BIG book addict~
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What scares you?

Well, for one, the serial killer in this awesome book did! As I was reading this book I was trying to figure out who it was and guess what, I WAS WRONG! Totally threw me! I loved it!!

We start out meeting Monica or Ice as some call her. She is one of the top FBI profilers and is all about the job. She doesn't let anyone close and has closed herself off from emotion. She was the victim of her own nightmare in her teens.

Enter Luke Dante. He is new to the team in the SSD (Serial
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Blacky *Romance Addict*
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This book is what scared me! Nah, it wasn't that bad.....really. Did I have a feeling of déjà vu with Silence of the Lambs in the back of my head? Yes. I think I would've lost it if American Girl by Tom Petty broke out on the radio.... It DOES give you that spooky feeling.

Monica is a master at getting in the head of serial killers. She has experience.....she was the victim of endless torture at the hands of a serial killer. If she didn't know how to get in their heads, she'd be dead. Dead
Lyndy Ann ♫
Deadly Fear had me gripped from the first page.

FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport is a part of the Serial Services Division team aka SSD they hunt serial killers. They have a new addition to the team Special Agent Luke Dante, Luke and Monica have a history they were lovers years ago.

They are currently hunting a serial killer that targets women and killing them using their deepest, darkest fears. Can the team work together with the local authorities to find the killer before he targets one of
Aug 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. However, I found it difficult to connect with the characters until I was almost 3/4 way through the book, and then I just liked them.I was a little put off by the timing of the sex scenes, and because of this I didn't get that warm tingly feeling!! LOL. (The scenes were well written.)I also felt that Luke was lacking a little, *ducks* I mean he manned up when it came to the bedroom, but he didn't really do much until then. He just seemed like a lost Horn Dog following ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing

5 Stars!! This book was AWESOME!!

This was my first Cynthia Eden, and I was blown away. I was immediately drawn in. Very creepy and it plays on your greatest fears. What scares you? Serial killer, sex and mayhem…romantic suspense at its best. Loved the style of writing with all the expressed thoughts from the characters. I could almost see their facial expressions as they’re thinking, remembering, and processing the information…like a movie in my head. Monica and Luke, two people with haunted

Wow, I really loved this one! It was a perfect blend of romance and suspense. I loved the writing, the MC's, and the whole creepy feel of the book. It was my first Cythia Eden, but it sure won't be the last. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Alex ♈
3.5 stars

Good suspense, but a 2nd chance romance - my less favorite.

Strong heroine. She saved this book for me.
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"What scares you?" It's the one question a killer has to know before he snatches his next victim. A killer who sets up his victims to face their greatest nightmare while he gets off on their fear and pain. That is the dramatic structure to the first installment of the Deadly Series and get ready to be shakin’ in your boots! Not only is there a serial killer on the loose to keep the hair on your neck on edge, but there is some scorchin’ hot sexin’ going on between the two FBI agents assigned to ...more
Laurie Garrison
I found this book nothing less than a thrilling page turner, so much so I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I love a good suspense with out all that CSI stuff. If your looking for a book you can really sink you teeth in this would be it. I would suggest that you give yourself time to read this one its not a quick simple book to read. Cynthia delivers a punch in mystery, excitement, danger, emotions, and a enthralling cast of agent characters that I truly enjoyed reading. Plus she throws a few ...more
Lisa Kay
Ryan McPartlin as Luke Dante (though Luke's eyes are a little greener)
(Review of audiobook.) First time I’ve “read” this author and first time I’ve heard this narrator, Justine Eyre, who does a nice job of reading.

Even though I picked this one up mostly because I needed Mississippi for my 50 States Challenges (and was having a sale!), I liked both of them well enough to continue this well-written series. A few things the author had to overcome to win my admiration: the villain is
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️ by: Karla
Wow I loved this book, Cynthia Eden does fabulous romantic suspense. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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5 Stunning stars

“I’d walk through hell for you, but I won’t walk away from you, not again.”

Amazing!!!! I absolutely loved this book! It grabbed me from the first chapter and just couldn’t put it down! I needed to know more and the suspense was killing me! The only time I didn’t want to read was during the night because the serial killer was just too fu**ing insane!!!

FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport is one of the best the field of profiling serial killers. But to be able to catch them, you
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Ok, this is a fantastic romantics suspense, with just the perfect balance of romance and mystery. I'm so glad my GR friends encouraged me to read it.

Luke and Monica were fabulous characters. They were perfect for each other. You could see it in every line, and every word. Two sides of the same coin. And man, they were hot. Crazy chemistry. I adored that Luke would not let Monica hide, that he saw all of her, and loved her because of who she was, not in spite of it.

I was also
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Now this was an exciting read! And what a brilliant, tough, amazing heroine!! I absolutely loved Monica!! The hero Luke was a wonderful character as well, but honestly it felt like he took a backseat to the heroine. That woman knows how to kickass!! And Luke is a kickass hero as well, but he also knows how to support Monica and let her be independent, what a great team these two were.

They are on the hunt of a serial killer, who kills his victims with their most deadly fear. The killer is a sick
Just a good the second time around.

1st read 8/10/10

WOW!!!!!! This my friends is how you write romantic suspense. I read a lot of romantic suspense and never before has a book spooked me. This one did!!! And it was awesome!

I have found a new author to put on my auto buy list. I am just sad that I have to wait until Feb 2011 for the next book to come out.

Luke and Monica smolder on the pages. That doesn't last long because they give into the need for each other, in what I can only describe as
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of romantic suspense with creepy villains.
5+ Stars Romantic Suspense!

What an intense, suspenseful, edge-of-the seat ride was that! And I loved every minute of it. Cynthia Eden's Deadly Fear has been sitting prettily in my TBR pile for ages now and right now I am kicking myself for being so slow in becoming a fan of the Deadly series which has earned quite a lot of rave reviews during the short span of time that has passed since the debut of the series, which happens to be this book. Being my first Cynthia Eden, I am definitely
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I fucking knew it! This book kicked a whole lot of ass! Why can't I give this a 4.5 again?

Review to come.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense

This was me throughout the whole book..

I was hooked from the start and couldn't put it down!
Just the perfect mix between



Can't wait to read the rest of this series!
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
There were a few times the heroine annoyed me. If you are working on a case and you’re receiving messages from a serial killer, I don’t think it’s very bright not to tell your partner, your team that you know more about it. Fortunately, there are no TSTL moments in this book, no stupid have to leave you for your own good decisions.

Luke Dante and Monica Davenport know each other. So, there isn’t instant love either (at least not in the present). Their chemistry is strong and believable and
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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

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