After the Dark by Cynthia Eden
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
After the Dark from Cynthia Eden is now available now!
My Review – 5 Stars
I had no clue what to expect when I started reading this book and was thrilled, quite literally, to be back in my element and first love, romantic suspense. After the Dark grabbed me from the first page and kept me on the edge of my seat to the very last. It had my heart pounding and eyes darting at every little sound. My husband was out of town the night I decided to dive into this suspenseful tale, and I had my alarm set way before it was time to lock up the house. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
I reveled in the sadistic nature of the killer, the unexpected twists and turns, the complicated relationships among all of the characters, and the psychology behind the profiling. I especially loved how Latham and Samantha played off of each other. I was truly fascinated by their relationship and the journey it took throughout the story. Usually, I can predict the outcome or figure out the author’s “formula” in a romantic suspense book, but I was shocked and pleased by the unexpected road this one traveled as well as the high body count.
I loved the light and dark angle the author took in regard to Samantha’s personality. She used the men in Samantha’s life to fuel these differences. Blake was a straight shooter, true blue, ex-military FBI agent, and Cameron was the dark, twisted, emotionless best friend. They each saw a different side to Samantha and fed her opinions based on what they knew and wanted from her. Therefore, she struggled with her own sense of self. As a profiler, she needed to be able to get inside a killer’s head. Blake was able to ground her and give her a sense of peace in her world of darkness. However, the questions kept coming up, at least in regard to Cameron’s manipulations, as to the ease with which she was able to think like the killers she hunted. Was she as messed up as they were? Would she eventually become a killer herself? What was keeping her from crossing that line? I enjoyed watching her fight the clutches of the evil that wanted to consumer her.
The romance… Samantha and Blake’s connection was intense and powerful. I could feel the tension as if it was a living, breathing thing. It was evident from the start* that there was so much more than a working partnership between them. I longed for Samantha and Blake to give in to their desires. And I basked in their surrender and celebrated their newfound passion.
*Make sure you read The Gathering Dusk to get the early days of their relationship.
Four months after being fired from the FBI and retreating to her hometown of Fairhope, Alabama, former special agent Samantha Dark is still learning to enjoy the peaceful anonymity of small-town life. Her confidence shaken, Samantha avoids contact with others. After all, when monsters live in plain sight, it’s hard to trust anyone. But when her former partner, Agent Blake Gamble, the ultimate good guy and someone who’s always believed in her, comes to town seeking her help with his latest case, Samantha is torn. Her fabled instincts let her down once before, when the killer who ruined her career got away under her watch, and there are no guarantees they won’t again.
But Blake doesn’t believe in ever giving up…especially when it comes to Samantha. While they could never pursue their mutual attraction before, when they were partners, now there’s nothing standing in their way…except the specter of known serial killer Cameron Latham. Cameron always claimed he and Samantha both had a darkness within that connected them…until Blake came into her life. Samantha knows that darkness is real—that it’s what allows her to penetrate the minds of sadistic killers. The last thing Samantha could bear, however, is to reveal her dark side to Blake and have him recoil from her. Blake wants to prove to Samantha that he can handle all her secrets—she just needs to trust him. But Samantha learned to be careful about whom to trust. Those close to you can turn on you in an instant…
Blake’s current case turns out to be the work of a copycat killer—a psycho pupil of Cameron’s who is seeking vengeance for his former master by planning to kill Samantha. But it serves as a catalyst for something more venomous—a reason for Cameron himself to reemerge, deadlier than ever. The last person Cameron wants harmed is Samantha. He’s more interested in eliminating perceived rival Blake for good.
Two deadly killers are after them, but Blake and Samantha know every monster has a weakness. It’s just a matter of finding who it is before it’s too late…
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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 bestseller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over fifty novels and novellas.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.
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