Type: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: Sent
Nothing is deeper than the desire they can’t fight—or deadlier than the evil they can’t escape.
They were only supposed to have a professional relationship, but FBI agent Kyle McKenzie has been fantasizing about his sexy partner, Cadence Hollow, from the moment they first moment. It takes the darkest case of their careers to finally bring their hidden desire bubbling to the surface. Once they’re in each other’s arms, though, they swear that nothing short of death will part them. The Night Hunter—a cunning stalker whose four-state, fifteen-year abduction spree began in Paradox, Alabama, with Kyle’s sister—may be only too happy to oblige.
In the small town, Kyle must confront the painful past he’s been hiding from Cadence. Kyle vows to put the Hunter behind bars…or in the ground. But the one thing that obsesses Kyle more than his sister’s grim fate—his furious love for Cadence—is the weapon the Hunter will use to lure his pursuers into the mouth of a murderous trap.
As with every other Cynthia Eden book I’ve ever read, Scream For Me is a well done, intricately thought out, piece of romantic suspense awesomeness!
FBI partners Cadence and Kyle have been called to a small town in Alabama for the disappearance of a local woman who is strikingly similar to Kyle’s own sisters disappearance years before. Knowing the window of finding a victim alive is a very short one, they immediately start working up a profile for a man who may have been killing for years.
Cadence isn’t so sure if this new disappearance has any connections to Kyle’s sister but she can’t overlook the similarities. As more evidence comes to light and the killer himself calls Kyle with taunts about his sister, Cadence can no longer believe the cases aren’t connected. This killer is smart, he moves freely across state lines, waits in between victims and more and more disappearance cases are looking to be part of his sinister plan. The killer eludes to the fact that all his victims may not be dead and it quickly becomes a race against time to figure out his clues and find the missing women.
A huge strength for Cynthia Eden is in her creation of villains. The minds of her killers are always a scary place to be because she makes them so scarily real. Their POV is both my favorite and most hated aspect of her books. I shudder each time I get a glimpse of the crazy minds and what all they can entail. The Night Hunter preys on only “good” women. Those who have never been in trouble and who would never disobey when fearing for their lives. He keeps them in the dark and slowly breaks their minds before he finally breaks their bodies. It was downright creeptastic reading to get in his head.
The heat that simmers between Cadence and Kyle is simply combustible even early on. It’s nice that they had been partners prior to the book starting so the relationship felt already evolved a bit. There wasn’t as far to go to get them involved and relying on each other. As partners there already had to be an established level of trust and loyalty there for the relationship to expand. I enjoyed Cadence because she was self sufficient and totally not lacking in her own skills. Her scientific, by the book type approach contrasted well with Kyle’s gut reactions.
Both Cadence and Kyle have plenty of emotional baggage between the two of them that gives each a slightly dark personality. Those personalities mean extra hot and demanding sexual encounters between the two of them. Kyle fights his dark demons and the guilt associated with losing his sister and subsequently his parents as well. Cadence seems to except her darkness that came with witnessing her mothers death as much as Kyle fights his. For Kyle, his darkness allows him to get into the mind of the killer but the stakes are higher with this case and he has to decide how far and what he’s going to sacrifice in order to put his sister to rest. Cadence prefers to focus on the victims and that means she may have to become one in order to help Kyle in his quest for revenge.
There is plenty of action to be had in Scream For Me that left me second guessing my own gut feelings and sitting on the edge of my seat. This book consumed my thoughts from beginning to end. I completely recommend anything Eden pens, including Scream For Me !
I give Scream For Me by Cynthia Eden 4.50 stars!