Monday, February 18, 2013

Die For Me Book Review *Cynthia Eden*

Synopsis: 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.

Katherine has been under the radar, living in New Orleans for the past three years, always looking over her shoulder. Her fiancé, Michael, the man she thought she knew and loved, ended up being a serial killer nicknamed, the Valentine Killer. Most of the Valentine Killer’s victims looked liked Katherine, and he would give her eleven red roses, leaving the twelfth one out to mark his latest kill. Katherine had the worst luck when she walked in on him carving up his newest victim. He got away and vanished to Katherine’s shock. But with the help of law enforcement under a type of witness protection program, Katherine started over again. But now years later, a body of a woman is found with the same MO as the Valentine Killer near New Orleans, and Katherine, against her better judgment goes to the authorities to tell them what she knows. She meets Detective Dane Black, who at first assumes she’s in on the killings. It appears the Valentine Killer may have been watching her this entire time, more than patient as he waits to claim Katherine again.

Dane isn’t sure about Katherine but decides he’ll watch over her in order to keep her safe from the Valentine Killer or perhaps some copy cat type killer who may be responsible. Something about Katherine makes him want to keep her near, although she keeps her own secrets, ones that could shed light on the Valentine Killer who’s targeting anyone Katherine knows. Katherine wants Dane to keep his distance from her because she know Michael will get rid of Dane because of his obsession with her. But Dane refuses to let Katherine be the bait to catch this psycho. As Dane becomes Catherine’s personal guard, he gains insight on this woman and begins to trust her. Katherine is sick of hiding, waiting for Michael to strike, and turns to Dane for comfort. But the Valentine Killer is always watching and waiting for Katherine to be vulnerable, and when he finds out about her and Dane, he channels his rage and unleashed a fire storm of vengeance where no one is safe.

Cynthia Eden has written a atmospheric thriller with Die for Me. I can see this book as a perfect television movie on Lifetime or a great episode for Law and Order or CSI. There are many twists and turns here and many surprises you won’t expect. I felt Katherine’s fear and heartbreak regarding Michael, the Valentine Killer. She wants to move on with her life, but in order to do so, Michael must be caught or killed. Michael is very ingenious and you can’t help but wonder how he stayed under the radar for three years with law enforcement trying to find him. Where did he get his money to live and how was he able to stalk certain people with no one knowing? We’re given some background on why Michael turns out the way he has and why Katherine is so special to him, but I would have liked to have seen his and Katherine’s initial interactions, perhaps in a flashback. Most of the time Michael has charisma and a more flavorful personality than Dane, which is the one downfall of the story.

Dane comes across as more of a stereotypical hero and his instalove for Katherine, and she for him, in such a short time was the weakest part of the story. As soon as these two have sex, their hearts merge and they’ve fallen in love. I just couldn’t get behind that, although I do feel they had great chemistry together. 

The best thing about Die for Me isn’t the romance aspect, but the suspense and how the investigation unravels. A few times my jaw dropped because something unsuspecting happens. The outcome is a wild ride and Die for Me is one tale I really enjoyed. Cynthia really has a talent at writing suspense and police procedural romance. I look forward to more from her. (Amazon Montlake)

Final Grade: B+ 

A few other Die For Me reviews:
Bookaholic Cat 
Reviews by Molly  
Reviewing Romance



Gillott232 said...

Thanks for the link love!
-- MaraG, Reviewing Romance