Type: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: NetGalley
Criminal. Killer. Monster. Ethan Barclay has been called many things in life, and he usually doesn’t care what people say about him. He’s tough, hard, and brutal when he needs to be. But even the most dangerous of men can have a weakness. Ethan’s weakness has–and always will be–Carly Shay.
Their pasts are tied together–twisted and melded by blood and death. Walking away from Carly was the hardest thing that Ethan ever did, but it was also his one good deed. He knew Carly deserved far better than him, and he wanted her to have a perfect life, a life that didn’t involve paying for Ethan’s sins.
Only now the secrets from their past have been revealed, and Carly’s life is on the line. Ethan’s enemies, Carly’s enemies–the predators are closing in on them. But Ethan isn’t going to let Carly be threatened. He will move heaven and hell to protect her. He won’t lose Carly, not again, and for those foolish enough to try and take her from him…they are about to see just how deadly Ethan truly can be.
Another amazing book from my all time favorite author, Cynthia Eden! Her blunt and stark writing has always intrigued me and pulled me into her novels and Beware of Me was no different. While these are stand alone novels, the Dark Obsession series is loosely tied together with crossover characters and so the overall story arc will make more sense if read in order.
Ethan is not a man people want to mess with. His name is spoken in whispers and those who cross him might simply disappear. Yet the one woman who can bring him to his knees wants nothing to do with him since he walked away from her broken seventeen year old spirit years ago. When a threat surfaces regarding both their pasts, Ethan has no choice but to return to Carly and try to convince her to let him protect her.
It’s been years since Carly has seen Ethan and now that she’s finally over him he’s shown back up in her life as quickly as he disappeared. Her past is full of secrets that even Ethan doesn’t know but with danger closing in on her she may have no choice but to trust the one man who broke her heart.
Beware of Me is action packed from beginning to end and peppered with hot scenes that had my Kindle overheating! It’s a fairly short novel so I managed to read it in one sitting simply because I couldn’t put it down. Ethan was the perfect bad boy who was trying to do the right thing for a woman he never could get out of his system. His actions in the past really broke Carly but it was unintentional and his regret felt completely real. One of the things I adore about Eden’s writing is her ability to make me feel so involved in her characters lives. While I found Carly’s therapy to be a bit off the mark for the situation, I did enjoy her as a character and can get past my little pet peeve just because I loved everything else. As with any Eden book there are several twists and turns to keep a reader guessing right up to the end.
I give Beware of Me by Cynthia Eden 5 stars!