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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"Shattered" (Cynthia Eden) ★★★★★ with GIVEAWAY!!

LOST #3  
By: Cynthia Eden
Releasing October 27, 2015


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.    


“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.
Just him.

Holy Moly!  Ms. Eden has done it again!  I could not put this one down!  "Shattered" starts off with a gripping prologue and the action and thrills don't ever stop.  My heart was racing throughout the entire story!!  Our Hero - Jax!  Wow!  He is one uber-sexy dude!  He's a bad boy but truly, he's not.   I love how he reacts around Sarah and, despite being feared by most, he couldn't be more gentle and tender with her.  Sarah is terrific!  She's sweet and kind, even though she doesn't truly believe it,  she's good.  Together, these two rock it!  They are simply perfect for each other and boy, oh boy, do they sizzle!  Ms. Eden has written a tale that is an edge of your seat thriller, yet has such a sweet and loving romance in it, that I simply loved it!  The writing style, for me, is perfect!  Hearing the thoughts of both characters always puts the story into a better perspective for me.  Without over doing it, I always had a vision of the scene and believed all emotions and feelings that were portrayed.  If you haven't had an opportunity to check out this series and you enjoy romantic suspense, what are you waiting for?!?!  The LOST series should be high on your TBR list!!  Just a note - I have only read book one ("Broken") prior to reading "Shattered" but had absolutely no problem following along.  Having not read book two yet though - it's already uploaded on my Kindle and is next on my list!!  (received copy from Edelweiss for honest review)


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 three-time finalist for the prestigious 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. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.



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  1. Great review!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. Thanks so much for participating in the tour! And I really appreciate you taking the time to review the book--thank you!

    1. My pleasure. I always enjoy your stories.