Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer by Cynthia Eden
Narrator: Emily Beresford
Date Read: March 2013
Genre: Romance, Suspense
She thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer…
Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time, she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…
Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancée, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead.
Dark and intensely sexy, this romantic suspense novel from USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden is sure to leave readers breathless.
Also by this author: Fear for Me, Burn For Me, Once Bitten, Twice Burned, Burn For Me, Once Bitten, Twice Burned br> br>
Read/Listened for BookClub (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 2.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought When Finished: Die for me was a wild ride that I totally could not put down once I started!
Story Thoughts: Die for Me had a ton of twists and turns. I was involved in the story from start to finish. It was like a really good episode of your favorite serial killer show. You think you know what is going to happen and then BAM there was a twist. The characters were perfect for the thriller/suspense aspect of the story.
Romance Thoughts: The romance was not really strong until about 3/4 of the way through. While that didn’t bug me, this is a romantic suspense so it should be noted. The characters were difficult to see in an insta-romance but in the end you were rooting for them. This is one story that I was glad there was an epilogue.
Narrated by Emily Beresford/Running Time 10 hrs and 56 mins
I am not sure exactly what about this audio didn’t fit for me but I only made it through about 2 hours before I switched over to the print version. I don’t think Emily is a bad narrator (she is normally quite good) but she just wasn’t a fit to this story.
Final Thought: I totally recommend Die for Me to any suspense/thriller reader who doesn’t mind a little romance in their stories.
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