Posted on November 10, 2015 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 4.5 stars, Avon Books, Blog Tour, Cynthia Eden, Review, Romantic Suspense, Tasty Book Tours / 1 Comment

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Cynthia Eden
Released Oct 27th, 2015
Avon Books

In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent is forced to face her past as she uncovers secrets about the man who may be the key to her future.

Criminal psychologist Dr. Sarah Jacobs is all too familiar with the kind of bad boys who belong behind bars. But the dark, dangerous man she meets in the New Orleans underworld is a new kind of ruthless, and all too irresistible.

Jax Fontaine doesn’t claim to be a good guy, but he’s loyal to his own code and brutally honest about what he wants. He and Sarah may be worlds apart, but when they’re skin to skin, nothing matters but the heat between them.

And when a deranged killer targets Sarah, Jax will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.


When I heard that Jax and Sarah’s story was to be the next book in the series I could not wait to get a copy. (I was fortunate to receive a complimentary copy courtesy of Edelweiss). I love stories where the hero is portrayed as a bad boy. There is just something about them that I find irresistible.
The story picked up from where Twisted ended. Based on the previous installments, it was evident that Sarah’s past was messed up, but I was not aware as to the extent until I read this installment. Dr. Sarah Jacobs is a criminal psychologist who works for L.O.S.T. She utilized the skills her father taught her to assist in profiling criminals, as such turning what was meant for evil into something good. She found herself constantly trying to prove that she was nothing like her notorious father. Can you imagine being the daughter of a serial killer and having to live under that cloud? Well, this is what she had to face from the day she discovered that the man she thought was her hero was in fact a psychopath. To make matters worse, her father’s past actions have now placed her in the crosshairs of a deranged killer bent on revenge.
Jax Fontaine was considered the boss of the New Orleans underworld. He was feared by the locals . The authorities believed him to be involved in criminal activities; however, they were unable to prove this. He did not have an easy life growing up. He spent most of his life living on the streets, but he pulled himself up out of this life and was able to make a name for himself. He had no knowledge of his past and as such he sought the services of the L.O.S.T to help him to uncover who he was. However, things got derailed when Sarah was attacked. What followed is a story of explosive proportions. 
The chemistry between Sarah and Jax was combustible. 

He caught her right hand. “You know we’d be dynamite together. We touch, and I pretty much implode.” Her whole body was trembling, but Sarah locked her knees. “That kind of desire is dangerous.” “Aw, pretty Sarah, that kind of desire is addictive.”
What they felt for each other went beyond mere attraction. They shared a deep connection and because of this they helped to break down each others’ barriers. I liked that they did not judge each other based on their past, they accepted each other for who they are. 
The villain is very clever, he always seems to be one step ahead. I liked that we were able to see what he was thinking at each turn making it easy to figure out that his motive was one of revenge. However, although the motive was clear it was not easy to figure out why he wanted revenge . The story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The twists and turns had me guessing from start to finish and the action was non-stop. 
I loved all the characters in the story, but my favourite was Jax. He came off as being dangerous, but deep down he had a tender side to him, especially when it came to Sarah. He would walk through fire just to keep her safe. 
This story depicts that not everyone can be trusted and that your enemy may turn out to be the person you least expect. 
Overall, this was a great read. It had the perfect balance of romance and suspense. It was fast paced, attention grabbing and the writing was just plain fantastic. If you love romantic suspense, then I recommend that you read this series. 

I Received an ARC courtesy of Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I was not offered an incentive nor was I compensated in any size, shape or form.  This review represents my honest opinion of this title.

“No judgment,” he murmured. “There’s no anger in your eyes, no rage or disgust at me for being a cold bastard. No pity for the kid I was who got beaten in a dirty alley and left to die.”
“Don’t be too sure you understand what I feel.”
“Why not? I actually think I understand you very, very well.”
Sarah backed up a step.
A faint smile curved his lips. “It was there from the first time I saw you. That instant connection. Doesn’t happen often. Actually, it’s never happened to me before. I looked up, saw you, and thought—”
Sarah pretty much ran for the door.
But he caught her. His hands wrapped around her and Jax pulled her back against his body. His hold wasn’t hard or rough. Oddly, it was infinitely tender.
“Do you know what I saw when I looked in your eyes?” he whispered into her ear.
Sarah shook her head.
“You were hurting. Trying to hide your pain, but I could still see it. I looked at you and thought—I never want her to hurt again.
Tears stung her eyes. “You don’t know me. Or what I’ve done.” Jax thought his past was bad? It was nothing compared to hers. She still had nightmares that had her waking in the night, choking for breath, and begging for help.
Help that hadn’t come. Not in time.
“Tell me why you came to see me tonight, Sarah.”
She sucked in a quick breath and decided to go with the truth. “Because I didn’t want to lie in bed and be afraid. Because I didn’t want to think about the past or the future.” Because she’d felt that insane connection between them, too.
The first time she’d seen him, she’d looked into his eyes and thought—
He can handle all my darkness. He won’t ever be afraid of what I tell him.
Because his gaze had told her that he’d already looked into hell … and hadn’t given a damn about the demons there.
He turned her in his arms. She made herself look up and into his eyes. He was so warm and strong against her. And he made her … want. Yearn for things that she’d denied herself for so very long.
Because she hadn’t wanted anyone to get close. She hadn’t trusted anyone with all her secrets.
She didn’t trust him, either. She’d be a fool to do that. But—she did want him. And every instinct Sarah possessed screamed at her that Jax Fontaine could give her the sensual oblivion she craved.
A few hours to forget. A few hours to just pretend that I’m not the freak in the room. The monster that everyone else fears.
“What do you want from me?” Jax asked her.
Just a night. She’d be leaving New Orleans soon, flying out on a plane and heading back to her little house in the suburbs of Atlanta. They wouldn’t see each other again. So no one else would know about what happened tonight. Just her.

Just him.


Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal

romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book

World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for

the prestigious RITA® award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia

has written over fifty novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror

movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains

(searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

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