by Cynthia Eden
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third book in Eden’s Dark Obsession series, and I have previously read and reviewed Watch Me and Want Me. We got to see Julianna and Devlin’s first interactions at the end of Want Me, and it was fairly explosive. I was super excited to get the next book, and Cynthia Eden didn’t let me down. The one thing that truly had me concerned while reading it was that we would not be getting Ethan’s book. I get to the end and even through the excerpt for her next new series, a little disappointed and feeling let down. So let me reassure you, so you don’t have to feel that way as I did. Ethan (the antagonist/anti-hero from the previous books) IS getting his own book, Beware of Me, and it should be releasing Spring/Summer 2015.
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Julianna is accused of murdering her husband, and all the evidence seems to point right toward her, but she maintains her innocence. She hires Devlin and V.S.J. to protect her and find out the truth of who is really after her. Devlin is yet another action character (and yes, I still think of all these men as Bruce Willis, which is I am sure NOT the author’s intent, your mileage may vary, but these are action heroes more so than romance heroes). He has just enough tragic back story and emotion to tip him out of alpha-hole caricature status, but really, it’s all about the action, mystery, and smexy times. This story was particularly twisty, and while the twists weren’t over the top ridiculous, they did really keep me engaged in the story.
3.5 stars from me. It requires a lot of willful suspension of disbelief as they are instantly attracted, the relationship spans a very short time, and by the end they are in love and completely devoted. This is par for the course for Eden’s shorter romantic suspense, but they are just too fun and exciting to give up. I adore her books. This is my drug of choice and I can’t wait for my next hit!