"A whirlwind of sensuality and suspense!"
Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted March 24, 2015
BROKEN is Book one in Cynthia Eden's LOST series
group of investigators who try to find missing people when
everyone else has given up looking. Although I don't
normally read romantic suspense, I love Cynthia Eden and
intrigued by missing person stories and the detectives and
searchers who look for them. BROKEN pulled me in right
and I couldn't stop reading this incredibly exciting
BROKEN is Alfred Hitchcock meets Criminal Minds with a big
helping of erotica thrown in. BROKEN is told primarily
three points of view -- Gabe Spencer, Eve Gray, and the
unknown serial killer. For me, Eve Gray is the classic
Alfred Hitchcock blonde. She goes to Gabe's organization,
LOST -- as a woman suffering from amnesia and with reason
suspect that she is a woman who might be "the one who got
away" from a notorious serial killer. Throughout BROKEN,
Eve proves to be a fighter and a stronger person than
others would first believe. Cynthia Eden does a wonderful
job of creating all kinds of tension -- both sexual as
as the more spine-chilling variety.
BROKEN is a fantastic balance of intense, thrilling scenes
and extremely passionate ones. I love the relationship
develops between Gabe and Eve. Despite being unsure about
lot of things due to her amnesia, Eve is sure about her
feelings for Gabe. I like that she doesn't let anybody
her around. I also like that what Gabe likes about Eve is
the strength and bravery he sees in her. Although she is a
woman who is often in dangerous situations, she exhibits a
lot of courage and quick-thinking.
BROKEN is a whirlwind of sensuality and suspense that is
highly addictive. Cynthia Eden succeeds at creating
red hot romance with a compelling mystery. There are
tantalizing clues littered throughout BROKEN to keep
readers guessing the identity of the mysterious killer.
Gabe's partners at LOST are equally interesting and I look
forward to reading their stories in the future --
Sarah and Wade.
Learn more about Broken
The first novel in New York Times bestselling author
Eden's sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option
Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only
surviving victim of a serial killer.
Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to
unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into
his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman is a
dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey
the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.
When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a
slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper
vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the
nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find
partner in Gabe.
As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction
becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve
growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession,
nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve
lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all
While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it's
clear he hasn't forgotten her.
Excerptâ€śDo you think Iâ€™m a con artist or a victim?â€ť
â€śI think youâ€™re a woman who has been hurt.â€ť No denying
that. â€śOne of my team members, Wade Monroe, is contacting
the Montgomery family. Weâ€™ll get DNA from them and find
â€śIf Iâ€™m Jessica.â€ť There was hope in the words. Enough
hope to break his heart.
â€śWhen will we know?â€ť
It would take a few days, even with the strings that he
could pull. â€śAs soon as possible,â€ť he said, not wanting
to give her a specific timetable.
â€śThank you.â€ť Then, just like that, she was across the
car, giving him a tight hug. â€śThank you.â€ť
His arms wrapped around her, an instinctive response. She
smelled faintly of flowers, a sweet scent that teased his
nose, and her body was soft against his.
She tried to pull away, as if realizing what sheâ€™d just
For an instant he was tempted to hold her, to keep her
Sheâ€™s a client. Focus.
He let her go, but his body ached.
â€śI â€¦ um â€¦ I should get inside.â€ť
Yes, she should. While he was still clutching tight to
his control. The control that said he shouldnâ€™t push her.
Shouldnâ€™t want her so much. Not when sheâ€™d already been
hurt so badly.
Her fingers reached for the door.
â€śLet me,â€ť he said, voice rumbling, and Gabe climbed from
the Jag. In seconds he was on the passenger side, opening
her door for her. She rose, and her body brushed against
He stepped back. Distance. He seriously needed to put
some distance between then. But even with some fast steps
back, he could still smell that light and sexy scent that
clung to her body. And he still wanted her.
â€śYour shrink asked me a lot of questions about you,â€ť Eve
told him as she stood temptingly close.
Gabe inclined his head. â€śIâ€™m sureâ€”â€ť
â€śI think she wanted to know why I respond so much to
Oh, hell, sheâ€™d just said â€¦ He cleared his throat even as
part of his body surged in quick response to her. â€śItâ€™s a
tense situation, youâ€™reâ€”â€ť
â€śYou donâ€™t look at me as if Iâ€™m a victim.â€ť
He stopped talking.
â€śI mean, you know what I am, but you still look at me and
seem to just see me â€¦ as a woman.â€ť
â€śOthers see you the same way.â€ť Doc Tyler sure did.
â€śItâ€™s different with you,â€ť she murmured as she stepped
even closer to him. Her head had tilted back so she could
look into his eyes. â€śI donâ€™t know what Iâ€™ve felt for
other men before.â€ť
Why did the idea of others have his body knotting with
â€śBut I know that when I see you, I want.â€ť A hushed
confession. â€śI just â€¦ I needed to tell you that.â€ť
And he needed to make his self-control a hell of a lot
stronger. Her lips were just inches from his, and he
wanted her mouth beneath his. Wanted her lips open.
Needed to taste her.
â€śYouâ€™re the first man Iâ€™ve wanted since I opened my eyes
in that hospital.â€ť
He could actually feel his control splintering. Client.
â€śYou probably donâ€™t want me. Iâ€”I might not be your type.â€ť
Now her gaze had fallen, as if in embarrassment. Had she
really just asked if she was his type? She was probably
every damn manâ€™s type.
â€śBut you make me feel normal again, so I had to tell you
His fingers curved under her chin. â€śEve â€¦â€ť
Her smile was a little too big. Too bright. â€śI donâ€™t
think I can handle anything else right now, Iâ€™m â€¦â€ť She
pulled away. Stumbled onto the sidewalk. â€śI just wanted
to tell you how I felt,â€ť she told him again.
Then she walked into the shelter, her steps hurried. As
if she were running.
He stared after her. She wanted him.
And she was so beyond his reach.
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