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.
You know those books that when you’re trying to read super fast because the suspense and action are so high that you find your eyes skipping to the last few sentences of each page to try to alleviate some of your stress, and then you get mad at your eyes for doing it, but you can’t help it?? That’s how a majority of this book went. I was up allll night reading it, swiping my screen quickly, my heart racing, my blood pumping…sooo good! I even, at times, forgot to swallow so when I did my throat was dry.
I can’t really discuss the story too much as I’m afraid that I’ll inadvertently give something away, so I’m going to be a little vague. Eve wakes up scarred, damaged, and with no memory. And not just the kind where she has forgotten the last few months–no she’s lost her whole life. With no one claiming her and no idea who she is, she makes up her own name and calls the homeless shelter her own home. She’s still terrified, she knows she’s still in danger, but she doesn’t even know who to watch out for. So she decides to find someone who can help her.
“She would never look back. Never. He hadn’t broken her. Hadn’t killed her.”
Gabe created Last Option Search Team (LOST). He and his team locate the missing. He’s an ex-SEAL and specializes in the search of the lost that the police have given up on. When the beautiful Eve walks into his office with a news article displaying a picture of her lookalike that says she’s the dead victim of The Lady Killer, he can’t say no to helping her even though it’s not his typical case. His acceptance of her case opens up a scary rabbit hole of a sick person hunting their prey…the one that got away.
“It was too dark outside. And, like a child, she was very much afraid that. . .
Monsters waited in the dark.”
Ms. Eden is a favorite author of mine because she writes amazing suspense romance books. She has such great word flow, worldbuilding, and a great slow burn that builds to a crescendo of anticipation that is in every story. The romance between Gabe and Eve was believable and beautiful–one woman taking charge and control of something in her life that is true and real in front of her when nothing else is, and a man giving into temptation that burns him to the core. Ms. Eden has such a way with writing that I could feel Eve’s suffering, her loss of control, and her terror. I literally could not put this book down, and while I kept trying to figure out who the killer was (even though she twisted it so much that even I kept flip-flopping on who I thought it was) it took such a backseat to me trying to turn the pages fast enough because I was so engrossed and captivated by the characters and the story. Broken is an exceptional addition to Ms. Eden’s catalog of novels, and a harrowing, beautiful tale of love and life. I am desperate for more of the team in further series.
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Release Date: October 27, 2015
♦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 fifty novels and novellas.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.