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Die For Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Eden
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Book Description

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.



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"Dark and intensely sexy, this romantic suspense novel from USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden is sure to leave readers breathless." —Romance Novel News

"[A] brilliant, non-stop thriller...that will leave you a little breathless and looking over your shoulder." —Fresh Fiction

"Die for Me is without a doubt one of Ms. Eden's best works. It was fast paced with never ending suspense and mystery. Ms. Eden kept me at the edge of my seat...another job well done..." —Under the Covers

"Cynthia Eden has a winner here with Die for Me. This is a thrilling novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat and checking dark corners to make sure you're truly alone. I highly recommend you NOT read this before bed or you’ll be having terrors for sure—but only the best kind." —Reviews By Molly, 5/5 stars

About the Author

A Southern girl with a penchant for both horror movies and happy endings, USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden has written more than two dozen tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and her novel Deadly Fear was named a Rita finalist for best romantic suspense. She currently lives in Alabama.


Product Details

  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099145
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (February 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NZUN46
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters to "Die For" February 4, 2013
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Let me say up front, I am a die hard Cynthia Eden fan. Be it her paranormals, her romantic suspense, her serial titles, I think I have read everything the woman has written, and I have loved all of it. When this came up on Vine for review, well, it was a no brainer choice for me!

Katherine Cole is living in New Orleans after escaping the publicity following her discovery of her (ex)fiance killing his latest victim. How creepy is that? The ex-fiance is on the run, and Katherine is in hiding. When an all too similar murder occurs in New Orleans, Katherine is done running. She is done with being a victim. Katherine seeks out the detective on the New Orleans murder, wanting to help the police finally capture Valentine, as she now refers to him, once and for all.

Dane Black is the homicide detective in charge of the gruesome murder. He isn't quite sure what to make of Katherine and her seemingly inside knowledge of the murder he is investigating.

What worked for me - Katherine - A strong heroine, she pushes past her fear, determined to stop Valentine and reclaim her life. She is exquisitely written. We see her inner turmoil, her resolve to not hide any longer. She has fire and a temper, even after all she has been through.

Dane - a good, solid cop who is cautious and believable. Even though he is attracted to Katherine, he proceeds with caution to eliminate her as a suspect. None of the "well, I want her so she must not be linked to the killer" sort of justification. He is solid and real, and his attraction to Katherine is heartfelt.

Michael or "Valentine" - Okay, yes, this may be a little weird, but I almost, for a minute, felt a bit sorry for Michael. Yes, he is a remorseless killer who would never stop on his own, but he was very well drawn.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good novel, easy to read January 25, 2013
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Super easy to read, it only took me a day and I really enjoyed the story line. I was in the mood for a fast paced book about pretty likable characters, for the most part anyway. Katherine is in witness protection after being the person who found her fiance butchering young women in the basement of their home. Several years later she is now in New Orleans and making a new life for herself when the signature murders start around her. She goes to the police and the rest of the story is yours to find.

I really liked this novel and will be looking for more from this author.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and Emotional February 2, 2013
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Cynthia Eden has written an emotional and intense romantic suspense novel in DIE FOR ME. Katherine Cole can't ignore it when her ex-fiance--the Valentine Killer--surfaces in New Orleans. She has been relocated there by the US Marshals who now want to her relocate again. Katherine--never call her Kat--is sick of running and tired of the guilt she feels each time she hears about another victim.

She goes to the cops. Detective Dane Black is in charge of the latest case. Dane goes from thinking she might be a suspect herself or an accomplice to deciding that she is an innocent victim that he needs to protect with his life. The emotions are intense. But Katherine is no victim. She has strength and courage and is determined to stop the Valentine Killer before he kills again.

The Valentine Killer is obsessed with Katherine because she didn't let the abuse she suffered as a child damage her as he was damaged. He needs her because she makes him a better person but he needs to kill more. The story has lots of twists and turns. There are a series of grisly deaths that all connect with Katherine in some way. Eden kept me totally in the dark about who the Valentine Killer was.

Fans of romantic suspense novels will like both the mystery and the romance in this one. As for myself, I never want to get a bouquet of red roses...
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You don't bring me flowers April 7, 2013
Format:Paperback
Katelynn Crenshaw comes home early from work and finds her boyfriend and soon to be husband busily mutilating the body of a woman in their basement. Now having doubts about the upcoming wedding, she calls the police but her now ex-boyfriend, one Michael O'Rourke, escapes. It turns out this isn't the first time O'Rourke, now dubbed the Valentine Killer on account of him leaving red roses at the scene, has committed this particular crime. Thinking Crenshaw to be the next target, the police give her a new identity and she moves to New Orleans. Three years later however, her ex has found out her whereabouts and has started killing again.

The usual format in serial killer books then, but this is in the Montlake romance series, something of which I was unaware until it turned up. (Yes, I know I should have read the product details.) Not usually something I would read (Montlake that is), this did turn out to be no better than I imagined. Once I dismissed the romantic interludes between the now Katherine Cole and detective Dane Black, what was underneath was a run-of-the-mill crime/thriller involving a psycho continually referred to as Valentine, even though the FBI and local police know his name and what he looks like. Equally annoying is Eden's recurring use of a phrase, "A muscle jerked in his jaw". Along with repeating the expression, "I don't want any one else to die" ad nauseam, and plenty of single word sentences, it makes me wonder whether she had a word count to fulfil.

But what really grates is the portrayal of the New Orleans cops who come across as completely incompetent. Two are sent to keep an eye on Katherine, who enters her art studio on the main road. The lights don't go on so both uniforms go round the back of the building to see what's wrong. Sorry, but no.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Repetative discriptions of the main characters which detracted from...
Repetative discriptions of the main characters which detracted from the plot. The climax was similar to watching a B movie.
Published 21 hours ago by marianne abel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good story kept me wanting to read more.
Published 22 hours ago by Shirley M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great novel
Published 1 day ago by AnnaG
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 3 days ago by Robin Hampton
1.0 out of 5 stars The plot of Die For Me was okay, but ...
The plot of Die For Me was okay, but the characters, especially the lead detective Dane Black, were hard to relate to. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bruce Kauffmann
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not care for the style of writing by this ...
Do not care for the style of writing by this author. Everything is overly simplified and it's as if the plot is secondary to the mutual admiration of the main subjects. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
really enjoyed this book, other than that I can't really add anything,
Published 15 days ago by jenjen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am a true Cynthia Eden fan. You just can't go wrong with one of her books.
Published 18 days ago by C. Himmel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it's alright a bit too predictable for me.....
Published 23 days ago by max
3.0 out of 5 stars I had a hard time putting it down.
It was a little predictable and I'm not a fan of the use of the "f" word but it was a good read for the price.
Published 26 days ago by Sherman, Tx
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More 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.

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