Love is the most dangerous obsession…
Skye Sullivan is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. She survived a brutal stalker and escaped his abduction, and now she is looking to the future—a future that includes Skye’s lover, billionaire Trace Weston. Skye thinks the danger is finally over for her.
She’s dead wrong.
When Trace’s past comes back to haunt him, Skye discovers that the man she loves isn’t quite who he seems to be. Trace has been leading a double-life. An ex-special forces agent, his military training turned him into the perfect killing machine. He made more than his share of enemies during his time in the military—and as he built his security empire—and one of those enemies is striking back.
He won’t lose her.
Skye is the one weapon that can be used against Trace—his only vulnerability. But he won’t let her go—he can’t. Trace will do anything necessary to protect Skye. Anything. Yet when she discovers the secrets that he’s tried to keep hidden, Skye’s pain and rage may send her running directly into the cross-hairs of a killer…
This is a follow-up book, a continuation of the characters’ story started in Cynthia Eden’s Mine to Take. Though there’s a whole new suspense/serial killer plotline in this one, I wouldn’t recommend reading it first.
This series is different to other books I’ve read by this author, with the themes very much in line with the current trend of super-rich businessmen obsessing over (usually brunette – I suppose to help most readers feel like the heroine could be them!) young women. In this case, the hero is also a former Black Ops soldier (as billionaire businessmen tend to be!), and met the heroine when rescuing her from rape in a foster home they both lived in as teenagers.
Our heroine is a former ballet dancer, something that always brings out my inner nit-picker, having spent the first 2.5 decades of my life in that world. Clearly the author knows more about ballet than the average writer, but I do question a ballet studio with a fireman’s pole in the middle of it!
Where these books do match up with Eden’s other work is in the true suspense feel they have. The body count lines up, and the author – hallelujah! – doesn’t gloss over the action in order to amp up the romance.
Ever since I discovered her books, Eden has held a place on my list of favourite authors, for the simple fact she’s one of the better-selling authors whose books actually deserve the genre term ‘romantic suspense’. I will continue to seek out her writing, though I can’t say the Twilight-50 Shades themes will ever be something I find appealing to read.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.