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The Heart of a Killer Mass Market Paperback – October 18, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Killer Series

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"Sexy, smart, edge-of-the seat romance...Jaci Burton always delivers a great read."
-New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

"In the hands of the talented Burton, the characters leap off the page and the romance sparkles as the sex sizzles."
--RT Book Reviews on THE PERFECT PLAY, Top pick!

"Hot, sexy, romantic suspense at its best!"
-New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh on RIDING ON INSTINCT

"Buton continues to display a deft hand as she combines emotional drama with plenty of sizzling sex and dangerous action."
- Romantic Times on TAKEN BY SIN (four-starred review)

"Burton brings the heat, jazzing her otherworldly suspense plot with numerous passionate interludes, without letting the explosive good vs. evil saga flag. Hot sex, fierce battles and an impending sequel make this title worth hunting down."
- Publishers Weekly on HUNTING THE DEMON

"Realistic dialogue, spicy bedroom scenes and a spitfire heroine make this one to pick up and savor."

-Publishers Weekly on SURVIVING DEMON ISLAND

About the Author

Jaci Burton is a bestselling, award winning author who lives in Oklahoma and spends a fair amount of time on the back of her husband's Harley, where she often gets lost plotting her next story as the warm (and sometimes cold) breeze whips her face. She loves reality television, is a sucker for romantic comedies, and completely loses track of time when reading a great book. She's a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you'll find in all her books.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; First Edition edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780778312598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778312598
  • ASIN: 0778312593
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The prologue really hooked me into this story, which is always a win. The beginning takes us back to Anna at 16, Dante at 18 and they're in young love. Dante and his 3 foster brothers come by Anna's work as she's closing up for the night and when she heads out back to take out the trash, she's grabbed and beaten by a man in the alley. He would have done much worse to her, but Dante and the others came out to check on her, pull her attacker off her and beat him into unconsciousness. After getting Anna inside, they head back out to check on the guy, who's dead. Dante and his foster brothers, Gabe, Roman and Jeff, weren't exactly model teens growing up in the system. But they don't want to be taken away from their current foster family who they all care about and Anna doesn't want to see her friends take the fall for protecting her from something that would have ended up being much worse than a beating. She calls her dad, who's a cop, and makes the guys leave. What Anna didn't realize is that she wouldn't be seeing Dante again for 12 years.

Dante's back in town after being gone and completely out of touch for 12 years. He's asked to come back for his foster parents anniversary celebration and he couldn't say no to the people who gave him the only family he ever knew. When his foster father goes missing and is found murdered in the same alley that Anna was attacked in all those years ago, Dante knows it's something more than just a coincidence and all his brothers and Anna are reunited through this murder.
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Firstly, I want to give Ms. Burton props for stepping out of her comfort zone and making a go at the Romance Suspense Genre. WOO HOO!!

With that being said, I will say that I thought the PLOT had soooooo much potential. It could have went anywhere with all of the choices we had for the killer. BUT, it just didn't do it for me. The story kind of fell flat. The plot just flopped somewhere after a few chapters and after a while I just didn't care WHO the killer was.

Anna was likeable in the first few page or two and then she kind of annoyed me. Dante was a hero, who lacked the hero traits. I mean, who just left their girlfriend after a traumatic event like that?? I understand it's fiction, but to never say goodbye?? And their chemistry....WAS SO NOT JACI BURTON....The dialogue was OFF and the relationship between them was just OK for me.

Now on the other hand....I thought Gabe was SEEEEEEXY, and If his book is the next in the series, I might just have to read it anyway!!

The plot was very repetitive, and I was kind of hoping that the person who attacked her was a kid obsessed with her, and his brother continued in the obsession, or something like that. Or Roman was really the one that tried to attack her, but a kid in the alley was mistaken for the guy in the shuffle. Something other than what the outcome actually was.

So I will say it was ok/good, but not great/amazing. I usually LOVE Ms. Burton's stuff so I was actually very sad that I didn't like this one that much!! There is still hope for the next book in the series!!
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I immediately opened it up and started reading. Unfortunately, I put it down about 100 pages into it having lost some interest. About a week later I picked it up again and started reading. Again, I put it down about page 200. I found myself struggling to make myself finish the book. It wasn't that it was bad, it just wasn't holding my interest the way her other books have in the past. I am a huge fan of Jaci Burton, but this book left me feeling disappointed in her new series.

When the book starts, I was instantly intrigued. Four foster brothers, Dante, Gabe, Jeff and Roman, come into the ice cream shop that Anna works in. Anna is the daughter of a police officer and instantly takes on a protective role for the brothers, but she only has the heart for one: Dante. While the boys are eating their ice cream, Anna takes out the trash and is brutally assaulted. When Anna takes too long, the brothers go to check on her. Finding her under attack, they instantly defend her and attack the perpetrator back. When I say attack, I mean they kick the holy living you know what kicked out of him. This causes the conflict of the book.

Two of the boys leave town, Dante and Gabe, but they don't know the other one did and the other two make the best out of a bad situation. Dante doesn't even tell Anna he is leaving and never contacts her in the twelve years he is gone. There is a cover up of what happens, so Anna has to internalize all the anguish she feels since she can't tell the events of the attack without giving away what actually happened.

Now twelve years later, Special Forces Dante Renaldi comes back home for the anniversary party of his foster parents. No sooner than he lands and starts driving he gets a call that his foster-father hasn't come home.
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