LOST Book Three; Standalone
In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent is forced to face her past as she uncovers secrets about the man who may be the key to her future.
Criminal psychologist Dr. Sarah Jacobs is all too familiar with the kind of bad boys who belong behind bars. But the dark, dangerous man she meets in the New Orleans underworld is a new kind of ruthless, and all too irresistible.
Jax Fontaine doesn’t claim to be a good guy, but he’s loyal to his own code and brutally honest about what he wants. He and Sarah may be worlds apart, but when they’re skin to skin, nothing matters but the heat between them.
And when a deranged killer targets Sarah, Jax will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
Oh, I loved this one! Part psychological thriller, part mystery, part romance…three wonderfully intriguing ingredients that only Cynthia Eden can make into the perfect brew. I didn’t want to stop once I started.
As we’ve seen in the prior stories, Dr. Sarah Jacobs is a criminal psychologist who profiles killers. She can get into their heads, figure out who they are, what their motives are, and where they might go next. She can connect with them, understand them, think like them. And she can because of her past…because of her father. As chilling as it is to be as good as she is, there’s a hidden part of her that worries she’s also a monster. That he trained her to be just like him. And this time, the killer is coming after her. Dredging up old memories and stirring up her mental well-being, this race against time will tear her apart.
“She was drawing him in, pulling him deeper and deeper into her web. The connection between them–it was more than just her desire for danger. More than his desire to be with a woman who fucking understood the sins he carried. It was. . . elemental. Instinctive.”
Jax Fontaine doesn’t have the best reputation. Sure, he’s rich and he seems to always slip through the hands of the local law enforcement, but he’s earned his status for the things he’s done to get to where he is. He may not have clean hands, but the moment he met Sarah, he didn’t care. He could see something within her matched something deep within him. Their hidden connection sparked an instant inferno that drew them both to the flame. Passion and heat singed them together. But it’s not just their shared darkness that connects them…no, someone is after both of them.
“Hush little baby, don’t say a word. . .”
I’m not quite sure why, but the suspense in this one was more fantastic than what I’m used to with Ms. Eden. It ensnared me and I couldn’t stop my eyes from jumping ahead. The twists and turns were never-ending, switching and morphing back and forth. I felt the romance was just a bonus to the mystery, and I believe that was on purpose. When the story starts, one instantly believes their connection and lust, so it honestly wasn’t needed to go any further with their lead-up and it didn’t because she knew you were already in. Their passion was instant, believable, and it went straight into the mystery, flawlessly. Just, Wham Bam Someone’s Out To Kill Me Ma’am. Suspense is really Ms. Eden’s forte (along with paranormal) and she nailed it again. The chills, the psychological depth, the clever storyline…just amazing.
“No judgment,” he murmured. “There’s no anger in your eyes, no rage or disgust at me for being a cold bastard. No pity for the kid I was who got beaten in a dirty alley and left to die.”
“Don’t be too sure you understand what I feel.”
“Why not? I actually think I understand you very, very well.”
Sarah backed up a step.
A faint smile curved his lips. “It was there from the first time I saw you. That instant connection. Doesn’t happen often. Actually, it’s never happened to me before. I looked up, saw you, and thought—”
Sarah pretty much ran for the door.
But he caught her. His hands wrapped around her and Jax pulled her back against his body. His hold wasn’t hard or rough. Oddly, it was infinitely tender.
“Do you know what I saw when I looked in your eyes?” he whispered into her ear.
Sarah shook her head.
“You were hurting. Trying to hide your pain, but I could still see it. I looked at you and thought—I never want her to hurt again.”
Tears stung her eyes. “You don’t know me. Or what I’ve done.” Jax thought his past was bad? It was nothing compared to hers. She still had nightmares that had her waking in the night, choking for breath, and begging for help.
Help that hadn’t come. Not in time.
“Tell me why you came to see me tonight, Sarah.”
She sucked in a quick breath and decided to go with the truth. “Because I didn’t want to lie in bed and be afraid. Because I didn’t want to think about the past or the future.” Because she’d felt that insane connection between them, too.
The first time she’d seen him, she’d looked into his eyes and thought—
He can handle all my darkness. He won’t ever be afraid of what I tell him.
Because his gaze had told her that he’d already looked into hell … and hadn’t given a damn about the demons there.
He turned her in his arms. She made herself look up and into his eyes. He was so warm and strong against her. And he made her … want. Yearn for things that she’d denied herself for so very long.
Because she hadn’t wanted anyone to get close. She hadn’t trusted anyone with all her secrets.
She didn’t trust him, either. She’d be a fool to do that. But—she did want him. And every instinct Sarah possessed screamed at her that Jax Fontaine could give her the sensual oblivion she craved.
A few hours to forget. A few hours to just pretend that I’m not the freak in the room. The monster that everyone else fears.
“What do you want from me?” Jax asked her.
Just a night. She’d be leaving New Orleans soon, flying out on a plane and heading back to her little house in the suburbs of Atlanta. They wouldn’t see each other again. So no one else would know about what happened tonight. Just her.
LOST Book One
LOST Book Two
♦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.