Book Review: Cynthia Eden’s Broken

May 11, 2015 3 out of 5, review 0 ★★★

Book Review: Cynthia Eden’s BrokenTitle: Broken
Author: Cynthia Eden
Genre: Romantic Suspense
My Rating: three-stars
My Copy: ARC via Avon
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Synopsis: Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it's clear he hasn't forgotten her.

Cynthia Eden is a new author to me in terms of reading. I’ve seen her books, but never picked one up and when I received a review copy of Broken, I was intrigued! I read the synopsis and wanted to put everything aside because it had everything I wanted in a book: romance and the hunt for a ruthless killer.

We have good character development. Our heroine, Eve Gray is suffering from amnesia and is scared because she finds out she fits the description of a ruthless killer’s victims. She wants answers and doesn’t know where to turn to. I liked Eve and felt her frustration at wanting to know the past, but I was worried for her! Then we have Gabe who is dedicated to his work and wants to protect the innocent. While he has alpha qualities, I wouldn’t say he’s one 100%. We have an array of secondary characters that play a vital role including Gabe’s LOST coworkers. We find out their specialty and who they are and I really liked them. Gabe has two ex-FBI agents on his team: Sarah and Dean. Sarah is a criminal psychologist and we find out early on about her past, which I won’t go into detail. Then we have Wade, a former policeman who will always have Gabe’s back and then there’s Victoria, a medical investigator.

It’s easy to make assumptions about books featuring a character with amnesia, but in Broken, I didn’t feel as if Eve actually had amnesia. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to ruin the story, but it’s safe to say that Eve suffered a traumatic event and when facts come to light, it’s easy to understand why she’s in the predicament she’s in. I enjoyed walking alongside Eve in her journey to figure out her past. In novels where there’s a ruthless killer, there’s always another victim or two before they are caught, and I was saddened to see that happen here. Broken was fast paced and never dragged. Eden didn’t weigh us down with details or with gory descriptions. While we are given a few red herrings, the identity of the suspect threw me a bit even if I had my suspicions!

To be honest, I debated with the rating between a three and four. In the end, I decided on a three for two particular reasons. The first has to do with the secondary characters and those who work at LOST. I really liked them and wanted to spend more time with them. I can’t wait for the second book in the series just so I can check in on what the characters are up to. The second reason has to do with the instant love factor. I don’t mind “instant” love, but in this case, I do feel Gabe and Eve fell for one another a bit too fast. And at times, their attraction felt a bit forced and I would have liked a little more time for their romance to form.

If you’re a fan of romantic suspense or are looking to try a new author, I recommend Cynthia Eden’s Broken. I can’t wait to read the second in the series, Twisted.

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