Today is release day for Cynthia Eden and her novel, Die for Me. If you a romantic suspense lover, you should pick this one up. It’s a pretty decent read!
Romantic suspense is not not favorite sub-genre, but I do enjoy one every once in a while. The beautiful cover on this one is what immediately pulled me in. I can hear my mom in the back of my mind, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover“…. yeah yeah. I totally do that. Why? Because with the rise on self-publishing, it’s pretty easy to tell the difference in quality. I try not to let me deter me from some too much, but it does influence some decisions. I’ve read some GREAT books that have the crappiest covers, and even crappy books with beautiful covers.
I enjoyed this book. It is a story about a lady haunted by her serial killer ex-fiance, but finds the strength to work through it and she finds something she never thought she wanted in the process.
She thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer…
Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time, she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…
Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancée, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead. Dark and intensely sexy, this romantic suspense novel from USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden is sure to leave readers breathless.
Story Line : 3/5 Stars
Story line was pretty average. There was places that it was very fast paced and then places that it was really slow. There wasn’t much of a happy medium between the two.
Heroine Likability : 4/5 Stars
I liked Katherine. She was a strong character. I can honestly tell you if my ex-fiance that just happened to be a serial killer was leaving me the kind of presents that he left for Katherine, I’d probably be holed up in a padded room. I did find myself annoyed with her character the first couple of chapters, but she did grow on me quite a bit.
Hero Likability: 3/5 Stars
Dane wasn’t the type of hero that you latch onto and lust after. I liked him. I liked his foundation and who he was, but I didn’t find myself craving him and really being addicted to reading his POV and that kind of bummed me out.
True-to-Life: 3/5 Stars
This is one that is a ‘in a perfect-f-ed up world’ scenario. I’m sure someone out there is as screwed up as Valentine, but it feels like a crime drama and of course the pieces are perfectly placed..
Sex Scenes: 3/5 Stars
This is one place I really felt was lacking. They weren’t bad. They weren’t great either. They lacked a certain flare that really draws you into them and sets them apart of every other love scene out there. Dane kept mentioning how he liked his sex ‘wild’, but I just didn’t think it felt that wild. There was a lot of hard thrusting, but after some of the books I’ve read, wild=whips, chains, breaking anything, and I don’t know, hanging from a ceiling fan? I just wanted more. In the wildest setting, I was still like, ‘eh’.
Predictability : 2.5/5 Stars
I hate to admit it, I guessed this one pretty early. The moments fingers started getting pointed, I said, ‘yup, _______ did it.’ I was surprised in a few places, but overall, it was pretty easy to guess.
Writing Style: 3.5/5 Stars
It was good. I think everything was placed nicely and flowed really well. It was edited nicely as well. I think as a reader I’m just getting very sick of the, ‘why am I feeling like this?’ and ‘he couldn’t figured out why it bothered him’ and all those things the characters conveniently don’t understand and act puzzled about. Sometimes those feelings of confusion don’t need to actually be written out. It can be done so much better by the characters actions, not their thoughts.
Happily Ever After : 3/5 Stars
I didn’t love it. I was okay. It wrapped things up nice and tidy. I supposed I can’t really think of another ending I would have preferred, but it just didn’t leave a lasting impression.
Title: Die for Me
Author: Cynthia Eden
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2013
This book was provided to ReviewingRomance.com as an ARC copy via Net Galley and the book’s publisher in exchange for an honest review
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