Before the Dawn (Killer Instinct, #2)
The Killer Instinct series from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden continues as an FBI profiler tracks a case that resurrects ghosts from his pastEx-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Jason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Jason's final victim--Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous "Iceman." It's Tucker's up close and personal experience with evil that's made him perfect for Samantha Dark's experimental profiling division in the FBI. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate. Seven years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother...and since he last saw Dawn, his one-time lover. But as Tucker and Dawn grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both have the same question--has Jason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?

Before the Dawn (Killer Instinct, #2) Details

TitleBefore the Dawn (Killer Instinct, #2)
Author
ReleaseJul 25th, 2017
PublisherHqn
ISBN-139780373803217
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Contemporary

Before the Dawn (Killer Instinct, #2) Review

  • Nazanin
    January 1, 1970
    4 Frozen StarsSeven years ago, someone was killing women; attractive young women. But before killing them, the perp tortured them and then put them alive into a freezer to froze their bodies. They named the perp "Iceman". Only one of the perps’s victims survived. Now after these years, some similar killings are happening. And the goal is finishing what the "Iceman" couldn’t finish! But they don’t know who is this killer. Because the Iceman supposed to be dead (without any proof). So the perp can 4 Frozen StarsSeven years ago, someone was killing women; attractive young women. But before killing them, the perp tortured them and then put them alive into a freezer to froze their bodies. They named the perp "Iceman". Only one of the perps’s victims survived. Now after these years, some similar killings are happening. And the goal is finishing what the "Iceman" couldn’t finish! But they don’t know who is this killer. Because the Iceman supposed to be dead (without any proof). So the perp can be the original one, a copycat or maybe it’s the Icemen! Who knows!Like her other works I loved it and enjoyed it! She is one of my fave writers! I liked everything about this story. The characters were fantastic. Dawn was a victim but she believed the perp didn’t break her. She was smart, badass and strong. she wasn’t like a victim at all. Tucker was so confident, so protective. The writing style was great. It was well-paced and well-written. It just was a little predictable for me.The story is told in multiple POV, 3rd person. It’s the second installment in "Killer Instinct" but it can be read as a stand-alone. All in all, it was an enjoyable read; hope you like it as well!
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  • Alex ♈
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI respect the hell out of women, who fight back, who don't give up, who not only survive but repulse!
  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Cynthia Eden knows how to write second chance romances I adore. “I couldn’t see past him, when I looked at you.” Her voice had become a whisper. “And I’m sorry for that. You were the person I needed most back then, and you were the one I pushed away the hardest.” Dawn Alexander has loved Tucker Frost since she was thirteen and he sixteen and they were close friends for years before they became lovers when she was 21. But their love was cut short when his brother took her as his next victim. Cynthia Eden knows how to write second chance romances I adore. “I couldn’t see past him, when I looked at you.” Her voice had become a whisper. “And I’m sorry for that. You were the person I needed most back then, and you were the one I pushed away the hardest.” Dawn Alexander has loved Tucker Frost since she was thirteen and he sixteen and they were close friends for years before they became lovers when she was 21. But their love was cut short when his brother took her as his next victim. The brother no one knew was the killer known as the Iceman, who liked to use his knife on pretty young women before he froze them to death. The very brother who looked just like Tucker. But Dawn survived because Tucker killed him. Now it is seven years later and it seems that the Iceman has a copycat or he never really died. And his new playground is the very place Dawn has been trying to rebuild her life as a P.I. The fact that she was the one person who made him wild, who pushed him over the edge...that just meant that he would do anything for her. He wouldn’t rest until she was safe.There were no limits for him, not when it came to Dawn. And Tucker who’s now part of the experimental profiling team in the FBI is determined to protect the woman he was forced to walk away from seven years ago. The woman he never stopped loving. She hadn’t stopped loving him. She’d lost her way for a while—they both had—but what she felt for him had never died. Dawn loved Tucker seven years ago but what happened broke her and she wasn’t strong enough to differentiate between the man she loved and the monster who looked just like him. But she’s not the same person she was then, she’s become stronger, more confident. But seeing Tucker again still twists her up inside, the feelings she had are still back then, just as confusing. I felt so bad for Dawn and what happened to her. Her reaction to Tucker after what happened was perfectly understandable and I’m so glad they got a second chance and that this time she was strong enough to see that difference, to see that Tucker would never hurt her. I also understood how torn up she was when he left back then after their disastrous encounter, without giving her a chance to heal, to come to terms with what happened. I can’t walk away from you again. I loved Tucker. The depth of his feelings for Dawn back then and since then was so palpable, how strong his need was to protect her, to never cause her pain. He had such a horrible childhood and it was so sad seeing how devastated he was to realise the big brother who always protected him, was a monster who tried to kill the very woman he loved. I loved that his past made him determined to make a difference, to stop other monsters. She was the one dream he’d had all his life.The one thing he wanted most.The one fucking thing his brother had tried to take from him. And, now, finally, she was back in his arms. This is my kind of second chance romance. Awful circumstances forced them apart but neither had ever gotten over the other. Both might have had the occasional lover but it never meant anything. (view spoiler)[And I loved that Tucker had checked up on Dawn over the years, that he wanted to make she was safe and happy. He never got over her and that was so romantic. (hide spoiler)] Both had dreamed of another chance in another lifetime and fate had provided. Their romance was so full of love and hurt and it was wonderful. Once again this author has written another thrilling and suspenseful addition to this series. Although I had my suspicions about who the killer was I still was surprised at the twist near the end. Cynthia Eden is one of my favorite authors and her romantic suspense novels are always the perfect blend of dark suspense and terrific romance. This series has been amazing so far and I can’t wait for the next book. Highly recommended to all RS fans.
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  • Leonor
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like a broken record when I say that I love this author's books and one thing I can count on her is to give me a strong bada** heroine and an awesome hero too.A heroine who can save her own a** and save the hero's too if needed. As long this author keeps writing I'll keep buying and reading her books, She's an auto buy for me and it doesn't matter what she writes. She can even write a cook book and you can be sure I'll read it happy. “He just saw his future and it was fucking beautiful”Sa I feel like a broken record when I say that I love this author's books and one thing I can count on her is to give me a strong bada** heroine and an awesome hero too.A heroine who can save her own a** and save the hero's too if needed. As long this author keeps writing I'll keep buying and reading her books, She's an auto buy for me and it doesn't matter what she writes. She can even write a cook book and you can be sure I'll read it happy. “He just saw his future and it was fucking beautiful”Safety: (view spoiler)[* No OW.* hero and heroine knew each other since they were kids. No mention if he was with OP while they were friends but I assumed he was. She was a virgin when they started their relationship before his brother tried to killed her.They have been separated for 7 years.* Heroine had lovers and she was engaged once to someone for 2 weeks.* Hero had other lovers too.This didn't bother me at all because they had BOTH moved on.. * This is what I like about this author, she doesn't make the heroines pined after the heroes, she writes them strong women who move on during the separation. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Shawna
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars - Romantic SuspenseCynthia Eden writes tortured heroes and heroines, sadistic killers, and creeptastic, dark suspense really well. Even though I had a strong feeling about who the killer was for most of the book, it was still a twisted, gripping read that kept me on edge. I'm looking forward to more books in this dark, thrilling series!
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  • Dri ✰
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars!!! "Everyone faces the darkness sometimes. It’s just easier when you know you’re not alone in those shadows." A escrita dessa autora é viciante! Mais uma vez não consegui parar de ler! Apesar de ser narrado em 3ª pessoa, curti muito a narrativa, assim como gostei no primeiro livro! Adorei demais!!! <3Mal posso esperar pelo próximo, morrendo de curiosidade pra saber mais sobre a Macey! <3
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    Cynthia Eden’s Killer Instinct series focuses on FBI Agents that have had up-close and personal relationships with killers. Their dark pasts provide a unique perspective into the minds of killers, making them better at catching them. Or so they hope. FBI agent Tucker Frost found out his brother, Jason Frost, was the infamous serial killer “The Iceman”, seven years ago, and killed him the same night to save his girlfriend, Dawn. Dawn and Tucker couldn’t get past the tragedy, and parted ways. Tuck Cynthia Eden’s Killer Instinct series focuses on FBI Agents that have had up-close and personal relationships with killers. Their dark pasts provide a unique perspective into the minds of killers, making them better at catching them. Or so they hope. FBI agent Tucker Frost found out his brother, Jason Frost, was the infamous serial killer “The Iceman”, seven years ago, and killed him the same night to save his girlfriend, Dawn. Dawn and Tucker couldn’t get past the tragedy, and parted ways. Tucker wasn’t surprised, how could she look at his face, a face that closely resembled her torturer and not be scared? But Tucker has never got over Dawn. Tucker left his heart and Louisiana soon after, but returns for a case when a woman is found murdered in the same way Iceman killed. Is this the work of a copycat, or did Jason survive those bullets? Either way, Tucker must confront his past, because the victim turned up in the exact city where Dawn now lives. Coincidence or sinister plan?Dawn is the Iceman’s only survivor, but she no longer considers herself a helpless victim. I admired the strength it took to cope and move on. She’s worked hard to establish herself as a private investigator, earning a solid reputation for solving cases. Dawn’s street smart, and trained to defend herself, but finding out about a possible copycat rattles her, because Jason’s body was never found. Even so, there’s no way she’ll stay on the sidelines of the investigation, even if Tucker wants her to keep safe. Before the Dawn combines two of my favorite kind of stories: second chance romance and romantic suspense. I know when I pick up a Cynthia Eden novel I’m guaranteed a sizzling romance and thrilling ride! Even though I figured out the killer’s identity pretty early on it was still an exciting read; fast-paced, and full of action. This killer gets personal mighty quick, and it forces Tucker and Dawn to stick close, and overcome the past. I love it when two people who should’ve been together get a second chance to make it right and get their HEA. There are forces that try and separate and plant doubt between them, but I was pleased with this couple’s united front. This romance doesn’t disappoint!Cynthia Eden sets the stage for the next book in the series, Into the Night. I know that Macey was a victim/survivor of a serial killer, but I’m not sure Bowen’s past. I’m looking forward to finding out!A copy was kindly provided by Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a halfThis started with such an incredible idea that I immediately felt thrown into this story. It's very hard hitting and so twisted that there's a moment or two when as a reader I really questioned who really is the bad guy! Then the story moves forward in time and we catch up with the Icemans one and only surviving victim Dawn as the man she once loved Tucker ( aka the Iceman's brother! ) turns to her as it appears there's a copycat killer or is there?So ten years later and still th Three and a halfThis started with such an incredible idea that I immediately felt thrown into this story. It's very hard hitting and so twisted that there's a moment or two when as a reader I really questioned who really is the bad guy! Then the story moves forward in time and we catch up with the Icemans one and only surviving victim Dawn as the man she once loved Tucker ( aka the Iceman's brother! ) turns to her as it appears there's a copycat killer or is there?So ten years later and still this couple pine for each other but will they get a second chance? The author really aims to confuse her readers here as there's no proof that the Iceman isn't still around and everything points to him coming back from the dead and finally catching up with Dawn. Yet the reader knows that Tucker carries a very dark secret and after all didn't his brother claim they worked together? Yet Dawn wants to believe in Tucker no matter what her eyes tell her. We first met Tucker in the previous book After the Dark when this ex Seal played such a pivotal role in securing a happy resolution. I think that's possibly what I missed here. I'd imagined Tucker as an action hero type and yet here I just didn't see it. Plus the odd romance really didn't quite convince me. Sorry but Dawn whilst trying so hard not to be a victim just didn't quite feel real to this reader.What does work is the killer and the way he goes about terrorising Dawn. Yes she's a pawn in his plan that involves those around her but as the author throws around red herrings it's quite possible the reader has already guessed who but not why! Tortured heroes and second chance romances are very appealing but unfortunately this time as I'd built Tucker up so much in my imagination ( think McGarrett in Hawaii Five O ) I'd expected a lot more gun toting action packed scenes. Still as a suspense driven story it really works although it's the heart wrenching truths that Tucker reveals, the vulnerabilities of this couple as they push ever forward that I will remember I voluntarily read an advance copy of this and these thoughts and comments are my own honest opinion
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  • Christina T
    January 1, 1970
    Cynthia Eden can write romantic suspense with the best of them. I loved reading this book and want to dive right into more by her.The Good: The opening sequence was written so well. It captured my attention exactly as it was meant to do and made me want to keep reading. The momentum continued throughout the book as well. Nothing sucks the life out of a Rom/Susp that can't keep up with it's own prologue. The characters are well thought out and I liked that we continued to learn and understand the Cynthia Eden can write romantic suspense with the best of them. I loved reading this book and want to dive right into more by her.The Good: The opening sequence was written so well. It captured my attention exactly as it was meant to do and made me want to keep reading. The momentum continued throughout the book as well. Nothing sucks the life out of a Rom/Susp that can't keep up with it's own prologue. The characters are well thought out and I liked that we continued to learn and understand them throughout the book. The secondary characters are intriguing, especially Macey and Bowen who are part of the special task force Tucker is on. I also enjoyed the investigation aspect of the book. From the precinct, to the morgue, to the hospital, we were with the team every step of the way. The mystery suspense aspect in the story was well balanced with the romance as well. There weren't a lot of annoying misunderstandings between Tucker and Dawn and the characters didn't constantly push each other away (even though at one point it felt like it was almost going that way.)The Bad: I went into this book with no knowledge of the series, the book order, or even what this book was about. With that in mind I need to say that even though this book was easily read without any other background of the characters or the special FBI unit Tucker is part of I am now very aware of who the perpetrator was in the first book, After the Dark. I'm not sure if this was common knowledge, meaning if the identity was known from almost the beginning of that book, but I'm a bit disappointed in knowing the killer's name and his ties to the other characters. So with that said, I'd recommend reading this series in order. I would prefer to read books as I pick them up and since you really shouldn't in this case I find it a negative. I also thought the killer's identity was a bit of a stretch and his reasoning a bit sketchy but nothing that would prevent me from recommending this book to lovers of these sub-genre.In a Nutshell: A very good book to what appears to be a good series. I'm looking forward to reading the others and if I didn't already have several books lined up I would even consider reading them all back to back. I never binge read so that says something about this book.
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  • Ann Lou
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book a week ago but with the holidays and all, I totally forgot to rate it. Anyways, I thought the suspense in this one is much better than the first book of this series. And the h is stronger (for me, okay?) She went through a traumatic experience and end up a fighter.
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  • Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsMs. Eden has a method to her writing and darn, it works every time! She combines thrilling suspense with intense emotions and sizzling chemistry into stories that a reader cannot put down or walk away from after the last word. I should know because I just spent this past weekend reading every single book in this series, five in total. BEFORE THE DAWN is dark and twisted but also very engrossing and you can't help but become invested in the characters and the possibility of a second chan 4.5 StarsMs. Eden has a method to her writing and darn, it works every time! She combines thrilling suspense with intense emotions and sizzling chemistry into stories that a reader cannot put down or walk away from after the last word. I should know because I just spent this past weekend reading every single book in this series, five in total. BEFORE THE DAWN is dark and twisted but also very engrossing and you can't help but become invested in the characters and the possibility of a second chance at love for them, something to make up for all the pain and loss.Tucker Frost is a decorated ex-SEAL and an FBI agent selected for a new profiling division, but it's his past and his connection to an infamous serial killer that makes him a perfect fit for the experimental unit. With a killer on the loose with striking similarities to a supposedly dead monster, Tucker has to face the possibility that he let a killer walk and that the only woman he's ever loved may be in danger again, but he is determined to not fail her this time.Dawn Alexander is the only survivor of the infamous Iceman but her survival cost her the only man she loved. It's been seven years since that horrific time and she's more confident and stronger. But the past has come back to haunt her with the investigation of a killer whose methods match those of her attacker and he may be trying to finish what he started seven years ago. Dawn knows that she needs the FBI, but will seeing Tucker again remind her of her attacker, whose face he shares? Or will the love they once shared overcome the bad memories? Tucker was a bit (and by a bit I mean a lot) obsessed with Dawn, his feelings for her were overwhelming and for the first time, something about this author's writing that has been at the back of my mind for some time now came into full view: no matter how good we think we are, anyone can become a killer in the 'right' circumstances. He killed for her before and was willing to do it again, if he needed to. Dawn used her past to make herself stronger and she was not willing to giving this new terror an inch or let it rob her of another chance at happiness.Tucker and Dawn's past will definitely have you rooting for them to find happiness this time around. The bond between them was so powerful that all it took was being together to snap back into place. The villain was quite obvious from the beginning, but there was room for doubt and the twist at the end was definitely unexpected but all in all, this was a solid addition to the series. I do wonder what the toll is on authors as they dive deep into this cesspool to research crime and killers for their stories.Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.Want more? Subscribe to my Newsletter on The Sassy Bookster.Follow me on Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin’. Like my page on Facebook.
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  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I think the steam is running out of this series. Not as gripping and read more like a Harlequin Intrigue story than how the prequel and first book were. Funny thing, Tucker was more of an alpha and on his game in Hunted then he was in his own book. Hoping the next book which I think it is last in the series is better..
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsSee the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comCynthia Eden’s second book in her exciting Killer Instinct series was everything I hoped it would be. Harrowing suspense, plenty of conflict, and a passionate second chance romance to top it all off. Who could ask for more, right? ‘Dawn thought that he was just as much of a monster as his brother. And the problem was…she was right.’I love it when a romantic suspense or thriller can take me on a journey from the first page to the l Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsSee the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comCynthia Eden’s second book in her exciting Killer Instinct series was everything I hoped it would be. Harrowing suspense, plenty of conflict, and a passionate second chance romance to top it all off. Who could ask for more, right? ‘Dawn thought that he was just as much of a monster as his brother. And the problem was…she was right.’I love it when a romantic suspense or thriller can take me on a journey from the first page to the last and keep me guessing–or at least doubting myself–about who the killer truly is. So far with this series, Cynthia Eden has done exactly that. I really did waffle on who I thought the culprit was but it was the twist of why they did it and how they were involved in everything that I didn’t figure out until towards the end. Love that! Read More
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  • Timitra
    January 1, 1970
    Before The Dawn is a pulse pounding, action packed read. It grabbed my attention from the very first page and didn't let me go until the very last page. I enjoyed it immensely amd cannot wait to read the next book in the series.Copy won in a contest hosted by author
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  • Lynsey A
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in Eden's Killer Instinct series. I do have to admit I enjoyed the first one a little better but this was still a good read.Our two MC's meet up again about 7 years after they were separated due to Tucker's brother kidnapping and torture of the heroine. There is much between the two. Tucker has always looked out for her, checked up on her and I liked that aspect. He just wanted to protect her. She, on the other hand, became a PI and learned to protect herself. She wouldn' This is the second book in Eden's Killer Instinct series. I do have to admit I enjoyed the first one a little better but this was still a good read.Our two MC's meet up again about 7 years after they were separated due to Tucker's brother kidnapping and torture of the heroine. There is much between the two. Tucker has always looked out for her, checked up on her and I liked that aspect. He just wanted to protect her. She, on the other hand, became a PI and learned to protect herself. She wouldn't be the victim again.I always enjoy Cynthia Eden's RS books. She is a great suspense writer. The only disappointment I had with this one, is that the killer was easily guessed. There was no other explanation after reading a key scene in the story. It was pretty much a dead give away. However, all in all, a good story. Eden always does a good job of entertaining me.I wasn't in love with these two characters as much as I was with the last couple.
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  • Book Him Danno
    January 1, 1970
    Before the Dawn is suspense driven story from first page to last. It pulls the truth out of each persons past bringing painful memories as well as why they chose their chosen paths. The couple in this story has a gut wrenching past that has readers will want them to have their happiness. The story is a more predictable than I had expected and that came from the back the serial killers seemed to change his MO never once having a direction which made it even easier to figure out the truth.This boo Before the Dawn is suspense driven story from first page to last. It pulls the truth out of each persons past bringing painful memories as well as why they chose their chosen paths. The couple in this story has a gut wrenching past that has readers will want them to have their happiness. The story is a more predictable than I had expected and that came from the back the serial killers seemed to change his MO never once having a direction which made it even easier to figure out the truth.This book doesn't stand out as much as others in the series because it seem to follow a lot of her most recent books and lack the twist she is known for. The sex is hot like always, the characters are dark but lovable and this story can be read in a day leaving readers very satisfied.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Shahla's bookcorner
    January 1, 1970
    A suspenseful and drama filled tale of a killer on the loose, trying to establish who he is while time runs out and watching long lost love get a second chance. Loved loved loved it!
  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    January 1, 1970
    I love Cynthia Eden, she's one of my favorite authors. That being said, I wasn't so happy with this story. First off, it contained one of my least favorite RS tropes, that of the person doing the investigation becoming the prey. Then there was the FBI agent set up to take the fall. The bad guy was painfully obvious from the moment he entered the story. The ever so-convenient third possibility that pops up when needed to free the good guy up from suspicion. The lengthy explaining it all at the en I love Cynthia Eden, she's one of my favorite authors. That being said, I wasn't so happy with this story. First off, it contained one of my least favorite RS tropes, that of the person doing the investigation becoming the prey. Then there was the FBI agent set up to take the fall. The bad guy was painfully obvious from the moment he entered the story. The ever so-convenient third possibility that pops up when needed to free the good guy up from suspicion. The lengthy explaining it all at the end because he's about to kill you anyway...it was just a whole big old wagon full of overused clichés. Well written as always, but contained more creaky, worn out tropes than the book can feasibly contain.
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  • Louisa
    January 1, 1970
    Great book! Loved the mystery and I loved the romance! Really great book, and I can't wait to read more of this series!
  • Ann Lorz
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....I can honestly say as of right now I have yet to not enjoy a book by Cynthia Eden. I'm just a huge fan of hers. She has a way of writing hero's that will make your heart sigh! I just don't know what it is about them that makes me feel that way. Of course I do, they are always tough, warm caring and loving men that will go to the ends of the earth for you. Who wouldn't love that? They also know when to step back and Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....I can honestly say as of right now I have yet to not enjoy a book by Cynthia Eden. I'm just a huge fan of hers. She has a way of writing hero's that will make your heart sigh! I just don't know what it is about them that makes me feel that way. Of course I do, they are always tough, warm caring and loving men that will go to the ends of the earth for you. Who wouldn't love that? They also know when to step back and let you handle your own life. The whole package! Before the Dawn is a complicated story that will keep you on your toes. You just don't know who to trust or who is on who's side. Sure, the author tell's you who's good or who's bad but do we believe her? You could, but I wouldn't. You'll just shudder at what Dawn has gone through. One second she was happy and living a comfortable life and the next she's about to die because of a serial killer. If that's not enough another killer is after her! This woman has shit luck! If I were you I'd stay very far away from her. Dawn isn't the only one affected by the serial killer so was Tucker. He had to do what no brother should have had to, kill his own brother. Can you see how intense this book is going to be? Oh you are just going to love it. I know I did. You'll love both Dawn and Tucker and pray that all will be well with them throughout the story as you try to figure out who's good and who's bad! I'm really loving this series. So far this ones my favorite but that could change with Bowen's story! Oh Bowen!!!Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe...https://twitter.com/RomancingreaderARC received for a honest review
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  • Bec_BookMagicReviews
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsYears ago Dawn Alexander escaped from the serial killer known to everyone as the 'Iceman'. Haunted by the past and not being able to be around Tucker, because the 'Iceman' was his twin brother, she left him. Yet now, a killer with the same MO as Tucker's brother has surfaced and is determined to wreck havoc on Louisiana again. Dawn isn't about to shy away from investigating, but working alongside Tucker might just get them both killed, if they don't work through their issues stemming to 4.5 StarsYears ago Dawn Alexander escaped from the serial killer known to everyone as the 'Iceman'. Haunted by the past and not being able to be around Tucker, because the 'Iceman' was his twin brother, she left him. Yet now, a killer with the same MO as Tucker's brother has surfaced and is determined to wreck havoc on Louisiana again. Dawn isn't about to shy away from investigating, but working alongside Tucker might just get them both killed, if they don't work through their issues stemming to the night Tucker had to kill his brother to save her. Will Dawn be able to give Tucker a second chance, even though he's a constant reminder of the worst night of her life, or are they both too haunted by the past to ever be together again?Although I haven't read the first book of this series, I found this could easily be read as a stand-alone, and from the very first page I was drawn into this story because of what the heroine is going through and then the decision the hero has to make. However, it was from the moment that the hero and heroine are reunited years later that made this story a real page turner for me, as I wanted to know what happened to Tucker's brother and if he was the one killing again. As for the dialogue, it was really intense and at times had my pulse racing due to the investigation; the deaths and how they're connected to the original crimes committed by Tucker's twin brother; and how the investigation is closing in around the hero and heroine and making it palpable that they are the end game for the killer. Will Tucker be able to keep Dawn safe? Will they figure out who the killer is before it's too late? Furthermore, the heroine is resilient and brave and I liked how far she's come since that fateful night where her life was turned completely upside down due to her being the target of a serial killer. I also liked how far she's willing to go to stay in the investigation, because she's not about to give up on figuring out what the madman committing the crimes now wants.While Tucker, he's confident, determined and I liked how protective he was of Dawn. She means the world to him and always has and he's not about to let anything happen to her. I also liked the challenge Dawn provided Tucker, because after everything she's been through, she's not about to let the killer get to her a second time. Because facing the past and helping solve the case is another way to help her heal from the past and hopefully find her way back to the man she has always loved. Will Tucker be able to keep Dawn safe, so they can achieve their second shot at happy ever after?Overall, Ms. Eden has penned a thrilling read in this book that takes readers on a wild ride with its twists and turns. However, in saying that, I had a feeling of who the killer was the more into this story I read and it turned out I was right. Still, that knowledge didn't worry me, because I couldn't stop reading, as I wanted to know what the madman had in store for the hero and heroine when it came to his end game. The way this story ended had me on the edge-of-my-seat due to the suspense, but I liked how things turned out for Tucker and Dawn, because they're meant to be together. I would recommend Before the Dawn by Cynthia Eden, if you enjoy romantic suspense, second chance romances or books by authors Sharon Sala, Heather Graham, Kat Martin and Mary Burton.
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  • Nomims
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 starsI guessed pretty quickly about the plot yet C E kept me wondering anyway with her twisted ways ^^ . I didn't buy that much the romance especially with the issues they were facing but the story was good and engaging.The end was very rushed IMO and the killers intention/explanation felt off to me though ...Anyway i'm very curious about the other agents !
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  • Deborah Blanchard
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what a great book this is! Filled with suspense, drama and a love story all intertwined to make for an incredible read! Tucker is an FBI profiler and Dawn was a victim of his brother, Jason, who was called the Iceman. But Tucker killed Jason, didn't he? You will have to read it to find out. This book grabs you from the very first page and takes you on a wild ride in search of a serial killer that still wants Dawn. It is very well written and the characters are well developed and so true to Wow, what a great book this is! Filled with suspense, drama and a love story all intertwined to make for an incredible read! Tucker is an FBI profiler and Dawn was a victim of his brother, Jason, who was called the Iceman. But Tucker killed Jason, didn't he? You will have to read it to find out. This book grabs you from the very first page and takes you on a wild ride in search of a serial killer that still wants Dawn. It is very well written and the characters are well developed and so true to life. I was there, in the pages of this book. Drawn in from the beginning. I knew these people and I thought I knew who the killer was, as I love these kinds of who-done-it kinds of books. This book will keep you guessing and I loved that about it. It is fast paced and a quick read because you won't want to put it down. This is the 2nd book in the Killer Instinct series, however, it does read as a stand alone book, so no worries there. I highly recommend reading this one. You will not be disappointed at all. The flow of the story is meticulous. My favorite quotes from this book are: " Nature or nurture. The eternal debate. What makes a killer? Sometimes, though, it can be both. Nature and nurture, and when you've got both working against you, is there even a fighting chance?" " Nature, nurture... maybe it's more about the soul inside."
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  • Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
    January 1, 1970
    Teeming with a brilliant story, Before the Dawn was both addictive and thrilling. Eden's masterful art of capturing suspense was ever-present, and it was blended in beautifully with a seemingly impossible second-chance love story. Its mounting obstacles and high stakes made for a truly excitable read that earned every fast heartbeat and flutter of the belly. Across many twists and turns, Eden skillfully kept the villain a surprise, constantly throwing the reader off of the trail just as much a Teeming with a brilliant story, Before the Dawn was both addictive and thrilling. Eden's masterful art of capturing suspense was ever-present, and it was blended in beautifully with a seemingly impossible second-chance love story. Its mounting obstacles and high stakes made for a truly excitable read that earned every fast heartbeat and flutter of the belly. Across many twists and turns, Eden skillfully kept the villain a surprise, constantly throwing the reader off of the trail just as much as the characters themselves. With the sensitive subject matter of what tore Tucker and Dawn apart years ago, I loved the visceral reality of their situation and how it was handled with both care and authenticity. Their connection, threaded with a painful past, furthered the combustible nature of their re-connection and kept me rooting for their obstacles to be defeated. Eden, as always, brought to life a strong, resilient heroine that sometimes suffered blinders due to her stubborn nature, and the protective hero with the perfect ability to shirk it for his supportive, even if reluctant, side. Together they sparked, burned, and found beauty underneath the ashes.The fiery romance and the fast-moving pace of the twisty suspense of Before the Dawn made it impossible to put down. The conflicting emotions between the two main characters were incredibly vibrant and wouldn't stop pulling at me to turn the page, to push my eyes faster, to know how it resolved. As long as Eden keeps coming up with more fascinating mysteries, I'll be there to gobble them up with glee. **Received an early copy via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed; this had no bearing on my opinions**
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    Seven years before, Tucker Frost faced a horrible fact: his older brother Jason was a serial killer. To save Dawn Alexander’s life, Tucker had to kill his own brother, Dawn and Tucker broke up soon after. Tucker is with a FBI’s new experimental unit formed out of agents who have intimate knowledge of serial killers, he is called to his boss’ Washington office when a body is found, and it seems to be the work of Jason, the Iceman, whose body was never recovered. Dawn, a PI, is Jason’s only surviv Seven years before, Tucker Frost faced a horrible fact: his older brother Jason was a serial killer. To save Dawn Alexander’s life, Tucker had to kill his own brother, Dawn and Tucker broke up soon after. Tucker is with a FBI’s new experimental unit formed out of agents who have intimate knowledge of serial killers, he is called to his boss’ Washington office when a body is found, and it seems to be the work of Jason, the Iceman, whose body was never recovered. Dawn, a PI, is Jason’s only surviving victim. She has somewhat put her life back together, but for a little while, she senses that someone has been watching her… Did Jason die?Cynthia Eden has always written terrific romantic suspense novels, but I think she outdid herself with BEFORE THE DAWN. From the blood-curdling beginning until the very satisfying epilogue, the action never lets up. Written in crisp, vivid prose, the author’s addition of precious pertinent technical information make it a positively riveting story, crackling with tension. Ms. Eden’s attention to detail also contributes to make everything plausible, those little crucial tidbits that make the plot foolproof. The characters are exceptionally well fleshed out, the dialogues natural, and the atmosphere chillingly believable. It is evident that a considerable amount of research went into BEFORE THE DAWN, and the psychological angle is one of the many highlights of this terrific thriller. BEFORE THE DAWN is so well crafted that the romance is inseparable from the suspense, and even the romance is filled with tension. Both Dawn and Tucker are equal players, they’re both very engaging and form a well-matched couple. Often in this genre, either the romance or the suspense suffers at the expense of the other, but not here. As the story progresses, it gets more complex, and although I had an inkling as the identity of the killer, as events occurred, I kept re-evaluating my suspicions, and at one point, I was suspecting just about everyone!BEFORE THE DAWN is fabulously well done, unsettling and thrilling, and kept me glued to my ereader until the very end. There is darkness BEFORE THE DAWN, but don’t forget to leave the lights on!I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Before the Dawn is the second book in the Killer Instinct series. Ms. Eden is continuing the intense, gripping, plot driven, story-telling she perfected with her LOST series. Samantha Dark, the lead from the first book in the series, has a secondary role in this book. The main characters are Tucker and Dawn, two very dark and tortured souls. Theirs is a second chance romance that finally has a chance for resolution.You always care for Ms. Eden's characters. Tucker is especially well written. He Before the Dawn is the second book in the Killer Instinct series. Ms. Eden is continuing the intense, gripping, plot driven, story-telling she perfected with her LOST series. Samantha Dark, the lead from the first book in the series, has a secondary role in this book. The main characters are Tucker and Dawn, two very dark and tortured souls. Theirs is a second chance romance that finally has a chance for resolution.You always care for Ms. Eden's characters. Tucker is especially well written. He and Dawn are very well rounded and you feel their pain and emotions throughout the story. I was able to figure out the killer less than half way in - probably, because I disliked him so much, I wanted it to be him. The killer's arc is well written, and while I did know who I did not know why.As always, the story is very much plot driven, with many twists and turns, and an occasional red herring thrown in. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.Received from Netgalley for an honest review.
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    Ex-Navy SEAL Tucker Frost knows the world is full of evil. He's had encounters with evil from first his father, then his brother, and now he works on a special task force that hunts serial killers. His brother Jason Frost, a methodical killer who Tucker personally killed when he threatened the love of his life Dawn Alexander, Dawn is the only victim to have gotten away from the "Iceman".With his personal experience with killers, made him perfect for Samantha Dark's new profiling team for the FBI Ex-Navy SEAL Tucker Frost knows the world is full of evil. He's had encounters with evil from first his father, then his brother, and now he works on a special task force that hunts serial killers. His brother Jason Frost, a methodical killer who Tucker personally killed when he threatened the love of his life Dawn Alexander, Dawn is the only victim to have gotten away from the "Iceman".With his personal experience with killers, made him perfect for Samantha Dark's new profiling team for the FBI. Samantha's ties are revealed in After the Dark. Samantha wants to build a team of agents who have personal ties with killers, have a unique insight into their mind and maybe even hunt them down quicker. When women begin turning up dead in New Orleans, Samantha sends Tucker because the new victims match that of the Iceman's.Tucker has been keeping an eye on Dawn for years, making sure she was ok after his brother's torture seven years prior. Dawn is stronger than Tucker remembers and even more stubborn but his desire for her has never waned. While they are working together to track down the killer, he vows to keep her safe and she wants the truth and complete trust from Tucker, who has secrets that he's never revealed.Before the Dawn was a great addition to the series, Tucker and Dawn have a lot of obstacles to overcome, for example he believes that she hates him because of the last time they were together after Jason's attack and torture. Unlike the first book of the series, you have interactions with the killer and there is just one moment in the story where your just like, uh he's the killer, but what comes out in the reveal was something you don't see coming. I read this one in a sitting, thank goodness it was a Friday night, I couldn't put it down. There was just so much going on I wanted to see where I was being lead. Great work as usual by Cynthia Eden, and I can't wait to read Into the Night with Macey Night and Bowen Murphy.Received ARC in exchange for voluntary honest review from NetGalley
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Cynthia Eden displays her brilliance once more in this second exciting and dangerous installment of the Killer Instinct series.BEFORE THE DAWN is a crazy suspenseful read. I had to physically stop myself several times from skipping to the end of the book to find out the "whodunit."I absolutely loved it. Tucker and Dawn are in love and then BAM! Tucker's brother turns out to be a crazy psycho serial killer and his latest victim is Dawn. She survives with Tucker's help but afterwards, Dawn can't s Cynthia Eden displays her brilliance once more in this second exciting and dangerous installment of the Killer Instinct series.BEFORE THE DAWN is a crazy suspenseful read. I had to physically stop myself several times from skipping to the end of the book to find out the "whodunit."I absolutely loved it. Tucker and Dawn are in love and then BAM! Tucker's brother turns out to be a crazy psycho serial killer and his latest victim is Dawn. She survives with Tucker's help but afterwards, Dawn can't stand the sight of him or his touch and unfortunately, the two part ways.Years later, the killings start again with the identical MO of Tucker's brother, ironically enough in the same city where Dawn currently lives. Coincidence? Is Tucker's brother killing again or is it someone new? Tucker and his partner are assigned to the case, bringing Tucker and Dawn back together. All bets are off in this thrilling and deadly story. And no one is exempt from being a suspect.I highly recommend BEFORE THE DAWN to any romantic suspense fan. It's a scream!***I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own***
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  • Whispers From
    January 1, 1970
    Dawn was in college and dating Tucker, who she knew for years. Tucker's brother stops and tells her Tucker told him to pick her up. From there he tortures her and claims Tucker has been in on it from the start. He is called the Iceman and when he's done torturing the women, he puts them in a freezer and lets them die. Tucker shows up and shoots his brother but they never recover the body.Now seven years later, Dawn lives in New Orleans and is a PI. When a body is found, just like the Iceman's vi Dawn was in college and dating Tucker, who she knew for years. Tucker's brother stops and tells her Tucker told him to pick her up. From there he tortures her and claims Tucker has been in on it from the start. He is called the Iceman and when he's done torturing the women, he puts them in a freezer and lets them die. Tucker shows up and shoots his brother but they never recover the body.Now seven years later, Dawn lives in New Orleans and is a PI. When a body is found, just like the Iceman's victims, the FBI is called in. Tucker works for a new experimental edition to the FBI. He is sent to New Orleans since he knows the most about who might be the next victim and the type of killings. As more bodies pile up, Tucker is to protect Dawn since someone is breaking into her home and they can't figure out how they're doing it. Tucker will protect Dawn with everything in him.This is one suspenseful story. You think you've got it figured out the BAM, Ms. Eden totally messes with your mind. Second chance lovers. Serial killers. Sex. And The Big Easy.* Was given a copy by author and voluntarily reviewed it *
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  • Sparkymom
    January 1, 1970
    As I've said before, Cynthia Eden is one of my ultimate favorite authors because of her sexy alpha heroes. Tucker definitely fit that description. He also fit the description of a killer, the description of his late brother, the Iceman. It's been years since Tucker's brother tried to kill his lover. Tucker chose Dawn in that moment and has never stopped loving her despite her inability to look him in the eye after the attack. Now it looks like the Iceman has returned from the dead, and Tucker ha As I've said before, Cynthia Eden is one of my ultimate favorite authors because of her sexy alpha heroes. Tucker definitely fit that description. He also fit the description of a killer, the description of his late brother, the Iceman. It's been years since Tucker's brother tried to kill his lover. Tucker chose Dawn in that moment and has never stopped loving her despite her inability to look him in the eye after the attack. Now it looks like the Iceman has returned from the dead, and Tucker has been called in to catch what he knows has to be a copycat, a copycat who wants the victim who got away, Dawn. Tucker will do anything to protect Dawn whether she still wants him or not. I have to say that I suspected a few different people throughout this story. Even though in the end the perpetrator had been on my list, I had already given up on that angle and was pretty surprised by the ending. I was not surprised by the dark awesomeness of the characters or the off the charts sexiness. I love this series, and I can't wait to read Macey's story next!I received an ARC from Net Galley for honest review.
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