Deadly Heat by Cynthia Eden

Available: NOW

Type: Novel (romantic suspense)

Publisher: Grand Central

My Copy: Bought with own money

She wants revenge . . .
Six months after her lover died in an arsonist’s blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI’s elite Serial Services Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned – not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance.

He wants her . . .
Kenton’s interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can’t get her out of his mind. Her combination of strength and vulnerability makes him want to protect her, and that means solving this case – and fast. For even the passion igniting between them can’t hide a terrifying truth: Lora is the next target in a murderer’s sadistic, fiery game.

A vicious killer wants only . . .

Staying true to form to all things Cynthia Eden, I loved this book. Deadly Heat gave me exactly what I was looking for. An escape from reality. A chance to enter into the world of firefighters, elite FBI agents and a killer with an agenda all his own.

Lora is a female firefighter. One of only two at her station. Being a female in a predominately man workforce is difficult but she isn’t your typical female. She is completely, 100% kick ass with a side of TAKE THAT! Lora takes shit from no one. Her attitude is talk first, think later. Watching her firefighter boyfriend die in a blaze isn’t something she wants to relive again. So she builds walls. Impenetrable walls around her heart.Work is her priority. When someone messes with her town, well, they mess with her.

Kenton isn’t sure he wants the picket fence scenario. From the moment he sees Lora, and she punches him in the face, his world is sufficiently rocked. He isn’t here for pleasure though. There is a serial arsonist targeting the people of this small town. The connection to the area is too personal. When firefighters, and Lora particularity, start to become targets themselves, Kenton knows he has to take him down. Because no matter how much he fights it, Lora has blazed right into his very soul and he will not give her up. Lora is the key.

Deadly Heat is a book that is not to be missed! You won’t be able to put it down from the minute you crack it open. I promise. Cynthia has a way of drawing you in from the first sentence. Making her men hot and her females completely believable, vulnerable and strong. This was no exception. Deadly Heat is the second of a planned trilogy that centers around a special division of the FBI. They focus on serial criminals. In this case it’s a serial arsonist. Deadly Heat was like reading a better version of Backdraft. Yeah, you remember that movie, don’t lie. I’ve watched it myself on USA or TNT. Remember those flames? Licking up the walls and across the ceiling? Cynthia will make you feel their heat. Scorch your very soul with the rush of the blaze. The fire scenes will leave you wanting for nothing.

The interactions between Kenton and Lora are wrote with conviction and I found myself understanding Lora to a T. Her willingness to throw away her heart to shut off the pain of loss was wrenching . Kenton’s heart-felt attraction to her was extremely “awwww” worthy. His protective nature warring with his call of duty. How can you protect someone who runs INTO the fire?

This book includes a prologue at the beginning. I’m always up in the air whether or not I like those. I enjoyed the one in this book. It shed light onto the past of the serial arsonist. This one takes place when the arsonist was a mere child. Kind of makes you wonder if a killer isn’t born with the predisposition to kill. What makes children, with a seemingly good upbringing snap. Scary stuff. In this book the prologue worked. It varies book to book for me. Cynthia knows how to write the evilness, whew!

Deadly Heat is a guessing game to the very end. I ran through so many different scenarios before I finally figured it out..oooo about a paragraph before Cynthia told me. The cover of the book says “I dare you not to like a Cynthia Eden book” and I agree! You will love this book. The last in the trilogy, Deadly Lies hits store shelves March 1st I believe. Cynthia will be swinging by the blog around then with an awesome post and perhaps even a prize…..

I give Deadly Heat by Cynthia Eden 5 stars!


  1. I never read a book by Cynthia Eden that wasn’t a great read. I feel her name is matched for her books. The Garden of Eden is suppose to be a wonderful place and it matches the books..I am always on the look out for Cynthia’s books and sad to say there are some I haven’t been able to buy because of a tight budget but I do my best. susan Leech

  2. I totally understand library knows me by name LOL. They have a setup where you can order books from any of the branches in the county and they bring them to the closest library to you.

    Cynthia is prob my favorite author…no joke.

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