After the Dark by Cynthia Eden
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m reviewing Cynthia Eden’s latest romantic suspense After the Dark (Killer Instinct Series, #1). When Samantha Dark, an FBI profiler , gets fired and kicked out the force she goes into hiding. Her ex-partner Blake Gamble now sees this as their chance to finally get together and goes to her, but there’s a killer on the scene who’s not letting her off so easily and Blake inadvertently puts her in more danger – especially as the killer and Sam have a connection that even Blake cannot sever. Here are my thoughts:
^^ When a story begins with what should be the ending of Sam’s life only a few pages in and I’m already thinking, ‘how’s she going to get out of this one?’ I knew this was going to be one hell of an emotional, fast ride; full of ups and downs. It hooked me from the start and did not let go.
^^ Cynthia Eden has written a gripping fast-paced story I could not put down, which means I’m now going to have to go through her back list and add more titles to my ever growing to be read list!
^^ There are so many layers to this story, which makes it an exciting read. Sam’s got a great, dark background, and with this you get a sense that profiling killers makes her almost as evil as them.
^^ The tension between Sam and Blake is steamy, and yet, there’s also something to be said with Sam’s connection to the killer, the control he has over her, and how he hunts her down and draws her back into his games.
^^ I’m sure this must have been said a thousand times over, but as this author is new to me, I’ve got to say it; the relationship and mind games between Agent Dark and the villain Cameron Latham, reminded me of Clarice Starling’s with Lecter when looking to apprehend Buffalo Bill. The only difference being the genre, that was horror thriller, and this is a romantic suspense. There’s still plenty of blood and gore, it’s just this author’s voice is more light-hearted and keeps true to the romantic will-they-won’t-they-get-together theme when it comes to Agent Dark and Agent Gamble’s on and off relationship.
Overall: An enjoyable fast read, which took me totally by surprise. Like I said, I’m definitely going to go back and read more of Cynthia Eden’s work. Superb.
I was given an ARC of this book via Netgalley. Thanks to Harlequin (US & Canada).
After the Dark from Cynthia Eden is now available now!
Four months after being fired from the FBI and retreating to her hometown of Fairhope, Alabama, former special agent Samantha Dark is still learning to enjoy the peaceful anonymity of small-town life. Her confidence shaken, Samantha avoids contact with others. After all, when monsters live in plain sight, it’s hard to trust anyone. But when her former partner, Agent Blake Gamble, the ultimate good guy and someone who’s always believed in her, comes to town seeking her help with his latest case, Samantha is torn. Her fabled instincts let her down once before, when the killer who ruined her career got away under her watch, and there are no guarantees they won’t again.
But Blake doesn’t believe in ever giving up…especially when it comes to Samantha. While they could never pursue their mutual attraction before, when they were partners, now there’s nothing standing in their way…except the specter of known serial killer Cameron Latham. Cameron always claimed he and Samantha both had a darkness within that connected them…until Blake came into her life. Samantha knows that darkness is real—that it’s what allows her to penetrate the minds of sadistic killers. The last thing Samantha could bear, however, is to reveal her dark side to Blake and have him recoil from her. Blake wants to prove to Samantha that he can handle all her secrets—she just needs to trust him. But Samantha learned to be careful about whom to trust. Those close to you can turn on you in an instant…
Blake’s current case turns out to be the work of a copycat killer—a psycho pupil of Cameron’s who is seeking vengeance for his former master by planning to kill Samantha. But it serves as a catalyst for something more venomous—a reason for Cameron himself to reemerge, deadlier than ever. The last person Cameron wants harmed is Samantha. He’s more interested in eliminating perceived rival Blake for good.
Two deadly killers are after them, but Blake and Samantha know every monster has a weakness. It’s just a matter of finding who it is before it’s too late…
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About the Author:
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World and IndieReader bestseller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.
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