Don't Trust a Killer
To catch a killer…you have to use the perfect bait. FBI Agent Bree Harlow is working the biggest case of her career. She’s undercover on the hunt for a killer who has murdered three women—and she isn’t going to stop until she brings down her prey. She’s scored a job at Fantasy, the hottest club in New Orleans, and she’s just caught the attention of the club’s owner, the sexy and dangerous Kace Quick. Everyone knows the guy is shady—and probably linked to every criminal activity in the Big Easy. She shouldn’t find him so attractive. Shouldn’t want to do anything but lock the guy away. After all, he is her chief suspect. Be careful…sometimes, you can’t see the danger coming. Kace knows there is far more to Bree than meets the eye. He isn’t a fool, and he can spot a Fed from a mile away, though he does admit that Bree is the sexiest FBI agent he’s ever seen. He lets her play her game, though Kace plans to keep his hands very far off his gorgeous new problem. Then the attacks begin. Attacks all focused on Bree. And suddenly, it’s not a game any longer because Kace isn’t about to let his FBI agent get caught in the crossfire. To hurt a man, you have to destroy what he wants most. Kace has a powerful enemy working in the darkness—a man who wants to destroy Kace by making him look guilty as hell. Kace is being set up for murders he didn’t commit. And now, the killer has locked onto his next victim—Bree. Despite Kace’s best efforts, he has let Bree get too close. For the first time in years, Kace cares about someone else—a fatal flaw. And the killer in the dark can’t wait to make Kace pay for past sins…The killer thinks he can hurt Bree, and by hurting her, the mighty Kace Quick will fall. Things aren’t always as they appear… Bree won’t be anyone’s victim. She’s not the damsel in distress—she’s the woman ready to take down a murderer. She’ll break every rule in the FBI’s precious handbook in order to protect the lover she knows is innocent. Kace is hers, and Bree won’t let anyone hurt him. She’ll catch the real killer, she’ll prove his guilt, and maybe, just maybe, Bree and Kace can stop their world from going down in flames. Sex, murder, and lies…just another day in the Big Easy…

Don't Trust a Killer Details

TitleDon't Trust a Killer
Author
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherHocus Pocus Publishing, Inc.
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Contemporary, Mystery, Crime

Don't Trust a Killer Review

  • Nazanin
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars"There are lots of stories in this town. Some people say I’m a criminal, some say I’m a savior. It’s really all in who you ask."Cynthia Eden never disappoint! She is really good at writing romantic suspense novels! I read most of her works and loved them all!!There is a killer out there who is murdering women, blond and beautiful women! The perp strangled them. The police are suspected Kace, a club owner. Fifteen years ago he had been charged with murdering his girlfriend but then had bee 4 Stars"There are lots of stories in this town. Some people say I’m a criminal, some say I’m a savior. It’s really all in who you ask."Cynthia Eden never disappoint! She is really good at writing romantic suspense novels! I read most of her works and loved them all!!There is a killer out there who is murdering women, blond and beautiful women! The perp strangled them. The police are suspected Kace, a club owner. Fifteen years ago he had been charged with murdering his girlfriend but then had been found not guilty. Now "The New Orleans Strangler" started to kill again. All the women had connected with Kace somehow. So police send Bree as an undercover agent to gather evidence against Kace. So is he really guilty or he was framed? Can she prove that if he is guilty or not? What if he could charm her and she became the new victim?!?It was so good and so unpredictable! Actually, it surprised me in every way and I liked that! My only issue was with Bree! I know it was her first case (if I remember correctly) but she still was, I don’t know, maybe a bit naïve! Or maybe I expected her a bit smarter. I couldn’t feel if she was a kickass character! I don’t know, something was missing with her! But on the contrary, I loved Kace, this alpha Kace! LOVED him!It was well-written, well-paced with a great story-line. It’s full of suspense, unpredictable, an easy read and I love that cover! Told in multiple POV, 3rd person. It’s a standalone novel. Overall, it was an enjoyable read for me and hope you like it as well!
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  • Leonor
    January 1, 1970
    For being a FBI agent I kinda expected the heroine to be some kinda badass chick but for me she failed. It felt like it was missing something. I don’t know I can’t quite figure out why I didn’t enjoy this more. Hero was the same. Same protective, same possessive just the same. Also I’m having trouble with how many times this author has her heroines chase after the hero when they pushed them away. Why can’t for once the hero do some groveling? I hope she read this review and maybe she’ll change t For being a FBI agent I kinda expected the heroine to be some kinda badass chick but for me she failed. It felt like it was missing something. I don’t know I can’t quite figure out why I didn’t enjoy this more. Hero was the same. Same protective, same possessive just the same. Also I’m having trouble with how many times this author has her heroines chase after the hero when they pushed them away. Why can’t for once the hero do some groveling? I hope she read this review and maybe she’ll change that tiny detail. I’m not telling her how to write don’t get me wrong. Oh and another thing. When the heroine’s belongings were destroyed and her FBI issued gun went missing she called her ex lover/boss she forgot to mention that her gun was missing. Why, I don’t know? if that was in RL she would have been suspended because she left her gun in a drawer without any lock on it. Safety: Safe. Some OM drama.
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  • Claire Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 - "For you... I'd confess." Stars!Don’t Trust a Killer is another rip roaring, thrill-a-minute pager turner from the imagination of Cynthia Eden."You look like trouble to me…"Romantic Suspense and PNR are where this author excels, and Kace Quick is up there with the best of her Alpha-males. Once again she paired her (anti)Hero with a take-no-prisoners heroine, and gave their story so many plot twists and turns I fear I had whip lash by the end of it."When you find something special, you do w 4.5 - "For you... I'd confess." Stars!Don’t Trust a Killer is another rip roaring, thrill-a-minute pager turner from the imagination of Cynthia Eden."You look like trouble to me…"Romantic Suspense and PNR are where this author excels, and Kace Quick is up there with the best of her Alpha-males. Once again she paired her (anti)Hero with a take-no-prisoners heroine, and gave their story so many plot twists and turns I fear I had whip lash by the end of it."When you find something special, you do whatever it takes to hold tight to it…"This book also offered up a couple of secondary characters as well, that I would love to see get their own books, Kace’s second in command Remi being one of them. All in all another extremely enjoyable book by this author."I’d kill for you… I’d do anything to keep you safe."ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Kace Quick, powerful man, business owner and suspected to be the New Orleans Strangler. All signs point to Kace for the recent murders of the women who where thought to be his lovers. FBI agent Grayson Wesley is determined to take Kace down even if he has to step over lines to get the proof. Bree Harlow, FBI agent and part of Grayson's team. She assigned to infiltrate Kace's night club to get close to him, find the evidence they need to close the New Orleans Strangler case. She didn't know she w Kace Quick, powerful man, business owner and suspected to be the New Orleans Strangler. All signs point to Kace for the recent murders of the women who where thought to be his lovers. FBI agent Grayson Wesley is determined to take Kace down even if he has to step over lines to get the proof. Bree Harlow, FBI agent and part of Grayson's team. She assigned to infiltrate Kace's night club to get close to him, find the evidence they need to close the New Orleans Strangler case. She didn't know she would have to fight her own desire to get close to Kace and it has nothing to do with the murders.I've gotta say, the author did a great job of giving motive to a whole lot of people that kept me switching back and forth to who I thought was the real killer. I really like when a storyline is not predictable. The fact that it took me so long to realize who was involved, made this a great read.This author is pretty good with providing us the heroes who take what they want. While Kace had that in him, he seemed pretty toned down with Bree. I would have liked to have seen more intensity in him. Bree was a tough cookie that still showed her weakness when it came to Kace. I liked her and how she was with him. This is a standalone that had a bit of a tie in with Jax and Sarah from the book Shattered. I've not read it yet but it was a great teaser that has me off to go buy that book now.
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very solid four from me and if you enjoy romantic suspense then this book will keep you turning the pages. It works extremely well as a standalone although there are a couple of characters here that the author has previously written about. Set in New Orleans in the run up to Halloween we meet Bree a newly qualified FBI agent who wants to follow a career in profiling but in order to do that her first case sees her going undercover. There's a serial killer in town and everything points t This is a very solid four from me and if you enjoy romantic suspense then this book will keep you turning the pages. It works extremely well as a standalone although there are a couple of characters here that the author has previously written about. Set in New Orleans in the run up to Halloween we meet Bree a newly qualified FBI agent who wants to follow a career in profiling but in order to do that her first case sees her going undercover. There's a serial killer in town and everything points to crooked club owner Kace. Kace has a shady history and more to the point he was involved with all the victims. The problem for Bree is Kace seems to be a step ahead of the Bureau all the time and he won't stand for anyone lying to him. Getting close to Kace puts Bree firmly in the killers sights but just who is the next victim ?This totally worked as a standalone but I note from the authors website that she's hoping to revisit some of these characters when she has time. This story had a lot of red herrings as the reader is led through the mystery of just who the killer really is. I found I had worked out something but the insanity of why totally surprised me. Expect steamy times ahead as the couple act upon their fierce chemistry but for this reader Kace seemed a little too quick to acknowledge his growing feelings but I cannot deny his intensity added to the fun. This author never disappoints and even though I do prefer her paranormal stories I found this very engaging.This voluntary take is of an advance copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Carvanz
    January 1, 1970
    Holy Heck was this one twisted, wild ride!Bree goes undercover to find evidence against Kace as the serial killer who is strangling women in New Orleans. She’s a green agent but she’s determined, until whatever this thing is between her and Kace makes her start to doubt everything and everyone. Kace pretty much owns this town. He learned to play the game as a young man and he’s only mastered it throughout the years. With all the players lined up he squares off against the one that he might not b Holy Heck was this one twisted, wild ride!Bree goes undercover to find evidence against Kace as the serial killer who is strangling women in New Orleans. She’s a green agent but she’s determined, until whatever this thing is between her and Kace makes her start to doubt everything and everyone. Kace pretty much owns this town. He learned to play the game as a young man and he’s only mastered it throughout the years. With all the players lined up he squares off against the one that he might not be able to walk away from.Dang but Kace was one dark anti-hero. He made me nervous, he kind of scared me and I was totally questioning his motives the entire book. Knowing this author I knew I’d get my happy ever after but I was worried how that was going to come about. Because Kace, he wasn’t like any hero I’d ever read. Bree was an exceptional heroine who even at her most vulnerable still managed to surprise me with her strength and her mind. She had what it took to do the job but I was constantly watching for what she might uncover, afraid it would be the very thing that would break her heart.Together, this couple lit up the pages of this book as the story unfolded, gradually revealing one clue and one twist at a time. There were so many freaking suspects, and characters I thought might be suspects, that I couldn’t stop reading. I didn’t want to stop reading. I enjoy a good romantic suspense but I absolutely LOVED this one! It was equally balanced and I never felt one element was weightier than the other. My mind is still whirling from all that was revealed and how everything played out. I’m actually going to miss this couple and hope like heck that I get to see them again in future books.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Hocus Pocus. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Multi POVSafe (view spoiler)[no ow drama – some om drama as h works with a man she had a one night stand with, having slept with him before starting a new job (hide spoiler)]Triggers(view spoiler)[violence (hide spoiler)]
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  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    January 1, 1970
    Bree Harlow is undercover for the FBI and gets hired at Fantasy to investigate the club's owner, Kace Quick. He is the main suspect in a series of deaths. But as Bree is getting to know Kace she is less sure that Kace is the killer. Oh, she knows he's not lily white and is guilty of something. Kace has his secrets but killing women wasn't one of them. And when Bree becomes a target he will do anything to protect her.Not perfect but I enjoyed it. The mystery potion I guessed right on part of it b Bree Harlow is undercover for the FBI and gets hired at Fantasy to investigate the club's owner, Kace Quick. He is the main suspect in a series of deaths. But as Bree is getting to know Kace she is less sure that Kace is the killer. Oh, she knows he's not lily white and is guilty of something. Kace has his secrets but killing women wasn't one of them. And when Bree becomes a target he will do anything to protect her.Not perfect but I enjoyed it. The mystery potion I guessed right on part of it but I was surprised on some of it. Cynthia Eden, I guess, is like a comfort author for me. Her writing works for me. They may not always be 5 star but I usually get what I need from them.
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  • Just Lily
    January 1, 1970
    2.75 starsWell…it was a disappointing, to say the least. As disappointing as her previous book ‘Secret admirer’, which is sad, because I loved her earlier work so much. Hero is a bad boy who is really a good guy – that’s how we appease all readers simultaneously. But it doesn’t really matter, as a character he was…passable. The heroine, on the other hand, was surprisingly naïve for what I expected, and she was an FBI agent, for Christ's sake. Some things she did only a dumb person would do. And 2.75 starsWell…it was a disappointing, to say the least. As disappointing as her previous book ‘Secret admirer’, which is sad, because I loved her earlier work so much. Hero is a bad boy who is really a good guy – that’s how we appease all readers simultaneously. But it doesn’t really matter, as a character he was…passable. The heroine, on the other hand, was surprisingly naïve for what I expected, and she was an FBI agent, for Christ's sake. Some things she did only a dumb person would do. And she wasn’t alone in it. All of the FBI was like a bad, bad, bad TV show drama. If the FBI is really looks like that, then well, they are all screwed. The average criminal would be ten times smarter. They can catch a killer only in the act or through confession. There is no other option. Just a bunch of clowns.No real profile, no real operative work, no real investigation, no logical conclusions. Only interested in who sleeps with whom. It’s literally the only alibi any suspect could even possibly have, that he or she slept with someone that night. I was so disappointed with the action/thriller part of the book that I couldn’t even care about the romance part. Even the end which was full of interesting tricks and turns wasn’t enough to erase previous 95% of the book. I’m losing my faith here. Yeah, it was safe. But it was so bizarre, implausible and boring that it ruined romance for me. I would’ve preferred great thriller and bad or even unsafe romance than this nonsense.
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  • Lyndi W.
    January 1, 1970
    I just kept yelling "THAT'S NOT HOW INVESTIGATIONS WORK!" over and over at my Kindle. So this story has some serious issues that the author is usually much better at working around and I'm not really impressed, but I'm not losing faith in her just yet. Can't say I'd recommend it, but I wouldn't slap you for reading it.
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  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    January 1, 1970
    Review posted on Got Fiction?When Agent Bree Harlow goes undercover as a server at a very popular nightclub, she knows that being near Kace Quick is dangerous. But getting close to him is her job, so the danger is to be expected. It isn't until he takes a personal interest in her that she starts to get a little nervous. But if it means catching the serial killer stalking New Orleans, she'll do it. And if Kace is the killer, she'll take great pleasure in putting him behind bars.Kace pegs Bree as Review posted on Got Fiction?When Agent Bree Harlow goes undercover as a server at a very popular nightclub, she knows that being near Kace Quick is dangerous. But getting close to him is her job, so the danger is to be expected. It isn't until he takes a personal interest in her that she starts to get a little nervous. But if it means catching the serial killer stalking New Orleans, she'll do it. And if Kace is the killer, she'll take great pleasure in putting him behind bars.Kace pegs Bree as a fed the second she walks in his club. But he's all about keeping his enemies close, and he wants to see what she's going to do. He tests her, pushes her, wants to see how far he can go. Bree never does what he expects. She pushes back. But the killings continue and Bree isn't so sure he's the killer. The agent in charge is set on him and won't even look elsewhere for a suspect. Bree starts to notice little things that don't add up. Maybe Kace isn't completely above-board with his business dealings, but she's not sure he's a killer. I liked Bree. She was tough and kept her coo,l and I really liked watching her keep Kace on his toes. Every time he thinks he knows what she's about, she surprises him. And I loved that the two of them didn't try to deny the attraction between them. Bree was unapologetic in her desire and I freaking loved it. This book was intense, sexy, and kept me guessing. There's even a fun little cross-over from her LOST series. I really love things like that. I always recommend Cynthia Eden when someone wants a good Romantic Suspense, and this time around is no different. You want excellent Romantic Suspense? Grab this book. ***ARC courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley
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  • Eva Millien
    January 1, 1970
    It’s just another day in the Big Easy as Bree goes undercover to catch serial killer and catches the attention of the sexy and dangerous Kace who the FBI believes to be the crime lord behind the murders. Kace and Bree are bold, charismatic characters that easily bring readers into their world and hold them captive with their sizzling chemistry and daring and brave romance. Against all odds, the attractions burns hotter the longer they work together and the relationship has several obstacles that It’s just another day in the Big Easy as Bree goes undercover to catch serial killer and catches the attention of the sexy and dangerous Kace who the FBI believes to be the crime lord behind the murders. Kace and Bree are bold, charismatic characters that easily bring readers into their world and hold them captive with their sizzling chemistry and daring and brave romance. Against all odds, the attractions burns hotter the longer they work together and the relationship has several obstacles that will have to be overcome including some past emotional baggage.Thrills and intrigue keep readers turning the pages of this fast paced and smooth flowing plot that has a dangerously edgy feel as the hero and heroine face some hair raising events and try to determine who the killer is before they become his next victims all while dealing with law enforcement that has decided Kace is guilty and they are determined to bring him down. Surprising twists keep readers guessing which adds to the intense thrill of the story and once again the author has created a well-developed world that she brings to brilliant life, making it easy for the readers to connect to the characters and to become part of the story and being set in New Orleans spices up the story as it helps set up the atmosphere and adds to the dangerous, edgy crime lord persona of Kace and some of his employees. I was completely caught up in this book from the very beginning and I was especially excited by the astonishing conclusion of Bree’s case.
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  • Aqsa
    January 1, 1970
    ugh. lather rinse repeat. i feel like cynthia has like one outline that she always follows w/ her suspense/romance novels. they all have the same ass plots/characters/narratives and its getting soooo damn frustrating lol. i feel like im reading the same story with different names of characters/places etc. she needs to find some uniqueness to her stories because they all sound exactly the same. once, twice, thrice it was fine but this is probably the 7th or 8th i've read by her that is not only w ugh. lather rinse repeat. i feel like cynthia has like one outline that she always follows w/ her suspense/romance novels. they all have the same ass plots/characters/narratives and its getting soooo damn frustrating lol. i feel like im reading the same story with different names of characters/places etc. she needs to find some uniqueness to her stories because they all sound exactly the same. once, twice, thrice it was fine but this is probably the 7th or 8th i've read by her that is not only written in a very bland/quick manner, but it has the same type of badass heroine (who is kinda dumb tbh lol) and the anti-hero guy who's a caveman alpha and makes me cringe w/disgust. the chemistry between the duo is also flat as hell and their interactions did nothing for me. the mystery of the story is blah too tbh. like im not into the story. i think shes tried recreating Deadly Fear-esque stories but theyre just not working lol. she needs to adapt a new angle to her plots/characters because its getting very cliche and boring as hell. and its making me disappointed/sad because the woman CAN write- but only when theres effort. didnt seem like that here.
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  • Diane Saul
    January 1, 1970
    Kace Quick owns multiple businesses and casinos in the New Orleans area. Law enforcement thinks he is crooked. Several women who knew Kace have been found murdered, their bodies staged. The FBI sends in Bree Harlow to try and get evidence against Kace. Bree’s boss, Grayson Wesley, is determined to bring Kace down.There are a lot of twists and turns in this story! Kace isn’t your typical hero. He is a complicated character. At first it seems Bree might be in over her head but she very quickly sho Kace Quick owns multiple businesses and casinos in the New Orleans area. Law enforcement thinks he is crooked. Several women who knew Kace have been found murdered, their bodies staged. The FBI sends in Bree Harlow to try and get evidence against Kace. Bree’s boss, Grayson Wesley, is determined to bring Kace down.There are a lot of twists and turns in this story! Kace isn’t your typical hero. He is a complicated character. At first it seems Bree might be in over her head but she very quickly shows she can hold her own. The author did a great job of presenting you with multiple suspects. You don’t know which way to turn. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy of this book.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know...there was something about this one that made me like it a bit and not a lot. I think a lot of that was due to Kace and Bree. I had a hard time buying into them as a couple, that Bree would be willing to put her career in jeopardy for a man she has been repeatedly told was a criminal. Bree came off as smart, yet there were times she pulled TSTL moves. Kace wasn't much better. He was feared in the city, yet he let law enforcement get close to him. Even at the end you aren't 100% sur I don't know...there was something about this one that made me like it a bit and not a lot. I think a lot of that was due to Kace and Bree. I had a hard time buying into them as a couple, that Bree would be willing to put her career in jeopardy for a man she has been repeatedly told was a criminal. Bree came off as smart, yet there were times she pulled TSTL moves. Kace wasn't much better. He was feared in the city, yet he let law enforcement get close to him. Even at the end you aren't 100% sure he is not out of criminal activities. I'm kinda meh...on the suspense part, from the serial killer to how Bree's past played into things.
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  • Susan Underbrink
    January 1, 1970
    A big thank you to NetGalley and Hocus Pocus Publishing for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. I really enjoyed this book. I started it a night before a long road trip and ended up reading til 4am! I rate this a 5 star. It reminded me a little of Eve/Roarke in the JD Robb books. Is Kace a good guy? bad guy? Bree is a newbie FBI agent sent in to do undercover work. What happens is expected but then it gets crazy! I think if you like romantic suspense this one was fun and you will prob A big thank you to NetGalley and Hocus Pocus Publishing for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. I really enjoyed this book. I started it a night before a long road trip and ended up reading til 4am! I rate this a 5 star. It reminded me a little of Eve/Roarke in the JD Robb books. Is Kace a good guy? bad guy? Bree is a newbie FBI agent sent in to do undercover work. What happens is expected but then it gets crazy! I think if you like romantic suspense this one was fun and you will probably like it.
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  • Susan Jordens
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, wow and wow. It doesn't get better than this! I was under Bree and Kace's spell from page one and was routing for them all the way. What an extremely well written, enjoyable and addictive story which I highly recommend.
  • CL
    January 1, 1970
    Undercover FBI Agent FTW!
  • Maura
    January 1, 1970
    Agent Bree Harlow is a new FBI agent sent into to work at Kace Quick's nightclub, Fantasy, as a waitress. Her mission is to get close to Kace so she can investigate whether he is the killer strangling women in New Orleans. Kace sees right through her from the start, but wants to seduce her and scare her first, so he gives her the position. He pretty quickly learns that she means more to him than just a quick tumble in bed and he makes it his mission to protect her from all the bad things and bad Agent Bree Harlow is a new FBI agent sent into to work at Kace Quick's nightclub, Fantasy, as a waitress. Her mission is to get close to Kace so she can investigate whether he is the killer strangling women in New Orleans. Kace sees right through her from the start, but wants to seduce her and scare her first, so he gives her the position. He pretty quickly learns that she means more to him than just a quick tumble in bed and he makes it his mission to protect her from all the bad things and bad people he surrounds himself with. And as the real killer gets closer, Kace is determined to push her away to save her. Bree though, isn't going anywhere. She knows that Kace is innocent and that the killer is trying to hurt Kace. She'll do whatever it takes to protect the man she loves.Maybe I grow weary of these "bad boy" types like this. Kace is a criminal, but he's never done anything truly bad (no drugs, no guns). The only "bad stuff" he's done is primarily of the morally dubious type...for example, he'll engage in some vigilante justice without blinking an eye. Beating people up, also no problem. And of course, as all of Kace's "bad boy" compatriots do, he's turning to the straight and narrow, legalizing his business and making things clean. This of course makes it okay for the innocent heroine to fall in love with our bad boy, because underneath he's really a good person. I'm not sure I actually want to see a truly bad hero, because then I wouldn't like him, but I'm not sure I like this playing-at-bad any better. I just don't know. I'll have to read some truly bad heroes I think before I can appreciate this kind. The other thing that stands out, which came about around the 80% mark when I exclaimed, "Holy crap, what kind of leader can Kace be if everyone is betraying him?" It seems to me that a crime boss, in order to be in charge, would have to be a damn good judge of character, which is why I couldn't really believe that so many people that were "close" to Kace, were betraying him. I'd think a truly powerful crime boss would have locked that shit down. Outside of those two issues, I kind of enjoyed this little read. I had no idea who the killers were, so the suspense aspect was pretty good. Bree and Kace investigate together, they come up against hostile FBI agents with agendas and Bree totally goes against orders in this. If want any realism regarding police procedure, this probably isn't for you. Bree would have been off the case in a heartbeat for sleeping with a suspect and Grayson would have been gone for his total breach of protocol as well. These people don't act like real FBI agents. For some reason, this didn't bother me, probably because I was well wrapped up into the investigation by then and wanted to know whodunnit. The romance aspect of this was less enjoyable than the suspense, but still pretty sexy. Kace and Bree have an instalust connection and this really propels their relationship forward, rather than any respect or trust in the other. These things develop quite a bit more gradually and probably could have used even more time to develop given how secretive Kace was. Although this is a standalone, there appears to be a tie-in to this author's LOST series, so you if you've read that series, you may want to pick this up just for that.
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  • Dolly Sickles
    January 1, 1970
    Instinct can be a lifesaver. It’s the way you respond to certain stimuli, like finding the right hand-holds when you’re bouldering or staying on an unmarked trail when you’re adventuring. Or, in Cynthia Eden’s latest romantic suspense, DON'T TRUST A KILLER, instinct is what drives FBI agent Bree Harlow to choose between Kace Quick and a serial killer. Unless ...As Kace says, “it’s all about the illusion,” particularly at his new nightclub, Fantasy. Too bad everyone from the local PD to the feds Instinct can be a lifesaver. It’s the way you respond to certain stimuli, like finding the right hand-holds when you’re bouldering or staying on an unmarked trail when you’re adventuring. Or, in Cynthia Eden’s latest romantic suspense, DON'T TRUST A KILLER, instinct is what drives FBI agent Bree Harlow to choose between Kace Quick and a serial killer. Unless ...As Kace says, “it’s all about the illusion,” particularly at his new nightclub, Fantasy. Too bad everyone from the local PD to the feds think he’s a killer. As a kid, Kace was an orphan and lived on the streets, working the tourist crowds and promising his young self that he would never go without as an adult. At 18, his girlfriend was murdered, and though a witness testified he was somewhere else at the time, the system still wants him to be guilty. And today, as one of the most successful men in New Orleans, he still can’t escape his dangerous reputation.Bree’s childhood was also tragic, and something she’s had to work hard to overcome. Her parents were murdered when she was 15, and since no murderer was ever caught, the community quietly believed she was the culprit. Even now, fresh out of Quantico and on an undercover assignment at Fantasy, her 15-year-old self creeps into her mind and forces her to rely on instinct because the profile her FBI team is operating with doesn’t fit her impression of Kace.The more she gets to know him, the more Bree struggles with her feelings toward Kace. Fortunately, it isn’t one-sided. He considers her special and worth doing whatever it takes to hold on to her … including keeping her close so he can keep her safe. It doesn’t hurt that he pegged her as a fed from minute one and having her in the fold gives him access to her investigation and her brilliant mind. But most important, once they get beyond the undercover façade, reality hits him upside the head.“Betrayal was a fact of life” for Kace, but so was instinct. And his instinct, like Bree’s, urges him to finally put his trust in someone else. When Kace turns the tables and persuades her to help him find the killer, all bets are off. I love their mutual, albeit reluctant, admiration and the easy camaraderie they share. Having been branded killers as teenagers and fighting for their own justice and innocence left a mark, and no amount of training or teamwork or loyalty can replace the raw feeling of isolation.Eden sets an exciting pace, with a thoroughly compelling plot and believable, likable characters. Bree and Kace are a pairing for the new millennium, relying on instinct and emotion and passion to make the right choice … and choose each other. As a cautionary tale, it may be unwise to trust a killer, but it’s even more foolish to ignore your instinct.*Originally published with USA Today's Happy Ever After: https://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2....
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  • Miriam Wolfe
    January 1, 1970
    This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.Wow, there were twists and turns, misdirection, and several different plots to this story. I also want to point out that when the author can make the criminal seem human and worth the female loving, then you have a great story - and this story made Kace seem more than just a criminal. Kace sees through Bree when she applies for a waitress position at his club and keeps trying to trip her up and"play" with her but keeps being surprised by her and can This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.Wow, there were twists and turns, misdirection, and several different plots to this story. I also want to point out that when the author can make the criminal seem human and worth the female loving, then you have a great story - and this story made Kace seem more than just a criminal. Kace sees through Bree when she applies for a waitress position at his club and keeps trying to trip her up and"play" with her but keeps being surprised by her and can't stop falling for her.Bree didn't realize that she and Kace has such similar backgrounds and after a bit could see that what she was told was not matching the facts. I liked that she did her own profiling and could see that it did not match the official profile of the killer.I saw mentions of how this is not how an FBI investigation would really go but I am not looking for a "real" case investigation and enjoy the drama and intrigue behind all the plots. Without giving too much away, there were some ulterior motives behind the scenes that are important to the story but hopefully are not happening in the real FBI investigations!I could not put this book down and kept getting interrupted at the most important parts! I did not figure out who was killing the women, did not figure out who killed Bree's parents, and was surprised when I learned Grayson's motives for his profile of the killer. So, I was surprised about the whole story, and loved it!
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  • Luv My Books' Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Oh this one is perfect! Such a great weekend read! Go grab the newest release from Cynthia Eden!The evidence surrounding mogul Kace Quick being a serial killer is mounting and the FBI wants Agent Bree Harlow to move in undercover and take him down. But what Bree finds is not what she expects. Bree is also not what Kace expects. Cynthia Eden has such a way of making these two a GREAT match physically and emotionally in this classy, high paced, highly sexy book! Don't Trust A Killer started fast a Oh this one is perfect! Such a great weekend read! Go grab the newest release from Cynthia Eden!The evidence surrounding mogul Kace Quick being a serial killer is mounting and the FBI wants Agent Bree Harlow to move in undercover and take him down. But what Bree finds is not what she expects. Bree is also not what Kace expects. Cynthia Eden has such a way of making these two a GREAT match physically and emotionally in this classy, high paced, highly sexy book! Don't Trust A Killer started fast and never stopped and kept me up reading into some of the night. I especially loved the dialogue, there was so much "talk" that carried along this story. I really love when a story is told between the players in lots of dialogue (as opposed to excess inner dialogue, - just my preference). I also enjoy a lot of unanswered questions while I read. Having two points of view and action jumping off the pages was great, also. Cynthia Eden has definitely formed my appetite for suspense over the last months.Seeing a couple of LOST players from Cynthia's LOST series was a huge treat, although this is definitely a standalone book. I love the New Orleans setting!
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    Thrilling, riveting and one suspenseful action-packed steamy romance all rolled into one amazing story is how to describe Don't Trust A killer by Cynthia Eden. I think the title is a play on words since the twist at the end says that a killer had certainly been trusted for quite a long time by quite a few people. The story is normal novel length, but I found it to be a quick read since it was difficult to put down once I had started reading. The plot is well-written and tightly structured. Usual Thrilling, riveting and one suspenseful action-packed steamy romance all rolled into one amazing story is how to describe Don't Trust A killer by Cynthia Eden. I think the title is a play on words since the twist at the end says that a killer had certainly been trusted for quite a long time by quite a few people. The story is normal novel length, but I found it to be a quick read since it was difficult to put down once I had started reading. The plot is well-written and tightly structured. Usually Cynthia Eden’s paranormal books are my favorite, but this new series is incredible. Kace and Bree are not different though Bree’s perception in the beginning says differently. Two strong individuals who are able to stand in the face of danger, with a clear-cut level of loyalty, along with a personal code of ethics. Loved the setting but the truth is I would have loved Kace and Bree no matter where they were. Now I want more; surely this is the start of a great new series.An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Literati Literature Lovers
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping This was a real page turner, which I do expect from Eden. She also filled the pages with some very hot lust filled sex. But, for me the book lacked the chase that I expect from Eden’s characters. The main characters Bree and Kace fell into lust too quickly for me. I like characters that connect both inside and outside of the bedroom. This is what stopped me from giving it five stars. I also like when Eden gives me more of the police procedural part of her romantic suspense, as it gives Gripping This was a real page turner, which I do expect from Eden. She also filled the pages with some very hot lust filled sex. But, for me the book lacked the chase that I expect from Eden’s characters. The main characters Bree and Kace fell into lust too quickly for me. I like characters that connect both inside and outside of the bedroom. This is what stopped me from giving it five stars. I also like when Eden gives me more of the police procedural part of her romantic suspense, as it gives the stories deeper dimensions. I was really thrilled with the plot promise but the execution of the actual hunt for the bad guy was sidelined by lust filled nights. <<< Which isn’t a bad thing. I do recommend this book, especially if you are into HOT ALPHA MALES, that are still good men.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I did enjoy this book just not as much as a lot of her other ones. While I adored Kace (the male lead), Bree was a little harder for me. She just seemed very naive and able to manipulate. I can't help compare her to a previous character Sarah, who was spot on in all she did. Bree seems very young. Why this would be an issue is that she is supposed to be a profiler bought in to go undercover in a murder case. She seems very unqualified.I did like the connection between the two lead characters. As I did enjoy this book just not as much as a lot of her other ones. While I adored Kace (the male lead), Bree was a little harder for me. She just seemed very naive and able to manipulate. I can't help compare her to a previous character Sarah, who was spot on in all she did. Bree seems very young. Why this would be an issue is that she is supposed to be a profiler bought in to go undercover in a murder case. She seems very unqualified.I did like the connection between the two lead characters. As improbable as it was, the relationship did work. That was the strength of this story. The suspense kept twisting and turning, throwing red herrings up everywhere. The ending was unexpected. All in all, this was a good story, I felt it was not as compelling as her LOST series.Received as an ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing ! Full of Twists and Turns .I volunteered to read and review a readers copy of Don't Trust A Killer .This is with out a doubt one of the best stories I've ever read .I will definitely be reading more by Cynthia Eden . Just WOW ! The story is intense from the beginning till the very end . It's one heck of a rollercoaster ride.The author wrote this story with so many twists and turns you don't see coming . This story is sure to make your heart pounding And your pulse race .I was one edge o Amazing ! Full of Twists and Turns .I volunteered to read and review a readers copy of Don't Trust A Killer .This is with out a doubt one of the best stories I've ever read .I will definitely be reading more by Cynthia Eden . Just WOW ! The story is intense from the beginning till the very end . It's one heck of a rollercoaster ride.The author wrote this story with so many twists and turns you don't see coming . This story is sure to make your heart pounding And your pulse race .I was one edge of my seat with the suspense .Kace was such a all around sexy alpha man . Bree was a total FBI bad _ss ! This is a spectacular story with with outstanding characters . I highly recommend reading this story .A favorite of 2018
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  • Sparkymom
    January 1, 1970
    This book was everything I expect from Cynthia Eden. Her heroes are never the "good guy" and always uber protective, super possessive, and too sexy to resist. Kace was no exception. He was arrogant, strong, and a bit mysterious. He definitely met his match in Bree. She didn't back down and didn't let Kace dictate her actions. I was never quite sure who the killer was though I had some suspicions. I ended up fairly surprised by quite a few things which is always good in my opinion. I loved the Ne This book was everything I expect from Cynthia Eden. Her heroes are never the "good guy" and always uber protective, super possessive, and too sexy to resist. Kace was no exception. He was arrogant, strong, and a bit mysterious. He definitely met his match in Bree. She didn't back down and didn't let Kace dictate her actions. I was never quite sure who the killer was though I had some suspicions. I ended up fairly surprised by quite a few things which is always good in my opinion. I loved the New Orleans setting and the cameos from Jax and Sarah (favorite characters of mine from a previous book). I'm betting the next story will be Remy. I'm so very glad it will be coming out soon. I received an ARC.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Who do you trust? Cynthia keeps us on our toes trying to figure out who is honest and true in this excellent romantic suspense novel.We have Agent Bree Harlow, green as can be, being sent undercover into Kace Quick's nightclub in NO. She is supposed to find evidence that he is the serial killer strangling female victims that all tie back to him.He hires her and fires her right away pegging her as FBI. He keeps her with him though figuring he can use her to find the killer himself and eliminating Who do you trust? Cynthia keeps us on our toes trying to figure out who is honest and true in this excellent romantic suspense novel.We have Agent Bree Harlow, green as can be, being sent undercover into Kace Quick's nightclub in NO. She is supposed to find evidence that he is the serial killer strangling female victims that all tie back to him.He hires her and fires her right away pegging her as FBI. He keeps her with him though figuring he can use her to find the killer himself and eliminating the guy. Instead they kind of fall for each other while using each other. Every time you turn around someone you thought was an ally proves corrupt. This is a really good suspense read that keeps you on your toes. Enjoy!
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  • Marie Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:DARK SIZZLING TEMPTATION, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS BOOK IS! It SIZZLES with heat and its downright THRILLING!Cynthia Eden brought us readers a whole new kind of hero....the anti-hero kind. And he is SOOOOO DREAMY, DANGEROUS, GORGEOUS AND GAVE ME THE BEST KIND OF CHILLS AND THRILLS while our heroine is SMART, STRONG, FIERY AND FULL OF SURPRISES. This book had so many great twists and heart stopping suspense that I did not want put it down! It was exciting and ha Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:DARK SIZZLING TEMPTATION, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS BOOK IS! It SIZZLES with heat and its downright THRILLING!Cynthia Eden brought us readers a whole new kind of hero....the anti-hero kind. And he is SOOOOO DREAMY, DANGEROUS, GORGEOUS AND GAVE ME THE BEST KIND OF CHILLS AND THRILLS while our heroine is SMART, STRONG, FIERY AND FULL OF SURPRISES. This book had so many great twists and heart stopping suspense that I did not want put it down! It was exciting and had my blood pumping madly through my veins. I am SMITTEN with Don't Trust A Killer! I feel that Miss Eden hit it out of the ball park with this brand new romantic suspense! Don't Trust A Killer gets a THRILLING AND SIZZLING HOOOOOOOT FIVE SHOOTING STARS!
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty typical Cynthia Eden book. Better than her last few romantic suspense for me since the plot didn’t seem mostly recycled from another book of hers. She always keeps you guessing and pretty much any character giving you bad guy vibes will have a surprise, even if they aren’t related to the main plots.I liked Kace, though he wasn’t quite as bad ass as I had wished. I liked that he is very open about his knowledge that Bree is FBI. But maybe he didn’t need to be one upped on everyone all the Pretty typical Cynthia Eden book. Better than her last few romantic suspense for me since the plot didn’t seem mostly recycled from another book of hers. She always keeps you guessing and pretty much any character giving you bad guy vibes will have a surprise, even if they aren’t related to the main plots.I liked Kace, though he wasn’t quite as bad ass as I had wished. I liked that he is very open about his knowledge that Bree is FBI. But maybe he didn’t need to be one upped on everyone all the time.Bree was ok. I didn’t find her as wimpy as others did, but I can see how she could have been more hardcore.
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  • Heather Moiser
    January 1, 1970
    Oh I love it when I get to fall for the bad guy!Anyone that reads, knows that the hero is always this inherently good man set on saving the abused heroine (or at least that’s what we are used to having). This time the author seems to do everything she can to give the knight tarnished and dented armor; and the heroine, whom starts out so timid, evolve into an actual bada.. I mean, uhhem.. come into herself in her own right. (And the hints of previous characters returning to touch the new was an u Oh I love it when I get to fall for the bad guy!Anyone that reads, knows that the hero is always this inherently good man set on saving the abused heroine (or at least that’s what we are used to having). This time the author seems to do everything she can to give the knight tarnished and dented armor; and the heroine, whom starts out so timid, evolve into an actual bada.. I mean, uhhem.. come into herself in her own right. (And the hints of previous characters returning to touch the new was an unexpected treat!) Thank you again Cynthia Eden for pulling me into your world!
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