Welcome to my review stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour for BROKEN, book one in the Lost series by Cynthia Eden. I love a good suspense and Cynthia gives it to us in abundance. Get ready for an amazing ride! BROKEN is coming on March 31, 2015, and you’ve the chance to win a print copy. Lucky you!
***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Blurb for BROKEN:
The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer.
Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.
When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.
As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it's clear he hasn't forgotten her.
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Imagine waking injured, cut, and broken in a hospital and not remembering anything at all—not your name, where you’re from, or worse, where you’re going. That’s what’s happened to Eve Gray. When she begins to suspect she’s somehow one of the missing victims of the Lady Killer, a serial killer whose many victims’ bodies recently washed ashore on Dauphin Island after a hurricane, she seeks help from LOST. The Last Option Search Team founded by a man she finds herself putting her trust in even as she’s feared trusting anyone else since awakening in a hospital in Atlanta, but there’s something different about Gabe... She’s lost and needs help finding out who she really is and what happened. Is it possible she is actually Jessica Montgomery and a victim of the Lady Killer? And if she is, was she still in the killer’s crosshairs?
Gabe Spencer is an ex-SEAL who, after failing to save his sister when she was kidnapped and murdered, has dedicated his skills and his life to finding those lost and in need of being found by those who love them. He hadn’t expected a beautiful woman with no past and no money to come asking him to help find her, or rather who she was and how she came to be lost. Unable to turn her away, he takes on the mission to unravel her past, solve a multitude of crimes, and get the answers they both need to move forward. The fact that he needs to keep reminding himself she’s just a client complicates things even more when his protective instincts kick in and he becomes determined to not let anyone harm Eve again, including himself.
I was glued to the pages of this book from the Prologue on. Cynthia Eden has created the best kind of suspense in BROKEN, her first book in the Lost series and I will definitely be back to read more in this series. She wove two mysteries into this story, the first being whether or not Eve Gray is in fact the wealthy Jessica Montgomery, and the second being the question of who the Lady Killer is and is he still after her. I am usually very good at figuring out who the bad guy is long before the reveal, but Cynthia kept me guessing. I’d think it was this person, and then I’d change my mind and think it’s another. I was kept guessing all the way to the reveal and even then, when I thought, okay, I was right…I knew I’d still been hoodwinked right up to that moment.
Brava, Cynthia! And no, I’m not going to tell you anything more.
BROKEN by Cynthia Eden is an exceptional romantic suspense with a cast of characters you will love, and a few you will despise but that’s exactly how it should be. This is a fabulous lead off book to a series, which promises lots of suspense, action, friendships, and romance. I think one of the things I loved most about the characters in BROKEN is that those searching for the lost are as equally lost themselves. The members of LOST are highly skilled, intelligent, and yet, highly broken people. Eve is not the only one who is broken and needs to be found. Gabe travels a journey with Eve/Jessica, which brings him some much needed closure and redeemed self-confidence.
I highly recommend BROKEN, book one in the Lost series by Cynthia Eden to anyone who loves a good story told in excellent fashion and a good whodunit which will definitely keep you guessing. I dare you to figure it out before the reveal.
Happy Reading Everyone!
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 best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.
BROKEN, a Lost novel by Cynthia Eden, Avon Romance, releasing March 31, 2015 in print and ebook formats.