Broken (LOST Series #1)

Broken (LOST Series #1)

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by Cynthia Eden

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The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer.

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.


The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eden (the Dark Obssession series) launches a suspense series with a fast-paced and erotic thriller about the Last Option Search Team (LOST), an Atlanta-based private agency that specializes in tracking down missing persons. LOST founder Gabe, a former Navy SEAL, falls almost instantly for Eve, an amnesiac who comes to LOST convinced she's a survivor of an Alabama serial murderer called the Lady Killer. Eve falls just as hard for Gabe, and when her life is threatened, the LOST team heads to Alabama's Gulf Coast to get answers. Eden isn't shy about getting her characters together right away. The romance and mystery are both uncomplicated, but the suspense is ratcheted up constantly, and the large group of secondary characters ensures both danger and some gruesome deaths. With a solid cast of LOST employees as future protagonists (all with their own dark backgrounds and secrets) and plenty of well-delivered romance and sex, this novel works well on its own and as a starting point for the series. Agent: Curtis Brown, Curtis Brown, Ltd. (U.K.). (Mar.)
Fresh Fiction
“BROKEN is Alfred Hitchcock meets Criminal Minds with a big helping of erotica thrown in…a whirlwind of sensuality and suspense that is highly addictive. Cynthia Eden succeeds at creating another red hot romance with a compelling mystery.”
RT Book Reviews
“gritty, high-stakes suspense and dark, powerful passion. [...] Eden has definitely crafted a steamy, engrossing romance that sustains and drives the storyline, and a wealth of intense, talented characters.”
Karen Rose
“Cynthia Eden’s BROKEN is what romantic suspense is supposed to be - fast, furious, and very sexy! In the LOST Agency, Eden has created a complex cast of characters that readers will love - leaving them eagerly anticipating the next team member’s story.”
Laura Kaye
“Sexy, mysterious, and full of heart-pounding suspense!”
New York Times Bestseller
“Cynthia Eden writes smart, sexy and gripping suspense. Hang on tight while she takes you on a wild ride.”
HelenKay Dimon
“Fast-paced, smart, sexy and emotionally wrenching—everything I love about a Cynthia Eden book!”
Library Journal
Homeless, terrified, and with no personal memories, Eve Gray is desperate to know who she is—and hot ex-SEAL Gabe Spencer is just the person to help her. But when he and his LOST (Last Operation Search Team) experts take on the challenge, the results are even more devastating as her return to the Gulf Coast and Dauphin Island triggers not only her memories but a serial killer's resolve as well. VERDICT Fast-paced and carefully plotted, this übersteamy thriller gets Eden's new series off to a captivating start in a story that dangles red herrings with abandon and keeps readers unsure until the end. (Bk. 2, Twisted, is coming out in May.) Eden (Secrets) lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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LOST Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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 bestseller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written more than thirty novels and novellas. She lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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Broken 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: It is a very dark and disturbing story, sometimes so hard to read that I just skipped over the horrific details. Some actions of the main characters were rediculously not believable, but this author delivered the twists and turns almost to the very end. I will read another by this author but not about this subject matter.
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
I love a good whodunit suspense, and Cynthia Eden gives it to us! Imagine waking injured, cut, and broken in a hospital and not remembering anything at all—not your name, where you’re from, or worse, where you’re going. That’s what’s happened to Eve Gray. When she begins to suspect she’s somehow one of the missing victims of the Lady Killer, a serial killer whose many victims’ bodies recently washed ashore on Dauphin Island after a hurricane, she seeks help from LOST. The Last Option Search Team founded by a man she finds herself putting her trust in even as she’s feared trusting anyone else since awakening in a hospital in Atlanta, but there’s something different about Gabe... She’s lost and needs help finding out who she really is and what happened. Is it possible she is actually Jessica Montgomery and a victim of the Lady Killer? And if she is, was she still in the killer’s crosshairs? Gabe Spencer is an ex-SEAL who, after failing to save his sister when she was kidnapped and murdered, has dedicated his skills and his life to finding those lost and in need of being found by those who love them. He hadn’t expected a beautiful woman with no past and no money to come asking him to help find her, or rather who she was and how she came to be lost. Unable to turn her away, he takes on the mission to unravel her past, solve a multitude of crimes, and get the answers they both need to move forward. The fact that he needs to keep reminding himself she’s just a client complicates things even more when his protective instincts kick in and he becomes determined to not let anyone harm Eve again, including himself. I was glued to the pages of this book from the Prologue on. Cynthia Eden has created the best kind of suspense in BROKEN, her first book in the Lost series and I will definitely be back to read more in this series. She wove two mysteries into this story, the first being whether or not Eve Gray is in fact the wealthy Jessica Montgomery, and the second being the question of who the Lady Killer is and is he still after her. I am usually very good at figuring out who the bad guy is long before the reveal, but Cynthia kept me guessing. I’d think it was this person, and then I’d change my mind and think it’s another. I was kept guessing all the way to the reveal and even then, when I thought, okay, I was right…I knew I’d still been hoodwinked right up to that moment. Brava, Cynthia! And no, I’m not going to tell you anything more. BROKEN by Cynthia Eden is an exceptional romantic suspense with a cast of characters you will love, and a few you will despise but that’s exactly how it should be. This is a fabulous lead off book to a series, which promises lots of suspense, action, friendships, and romance. I think one of the things I loved most about the characters in BROKEN is that those searching for the lost are as equally lost themselves. The members of LOST are highly skilled, intelligent, and yet, highly broken people. Eve is not the only one who is broken and needs to be found. Gabe travels a journey with Eve/Jessica, which brings him some much needed closure and redeemed self-confidence. I highly recommend BROKEN, book one in the Lost series by Cynthia Eden to anyone who loves a good story told in excellent fashion and a good whodunit which will definitely keep you guessing. I dare you to figure it out before the reveal. ***eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. The author did a great job of balancing the mystery and romance subplots and kept you guessing until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cynthia is a master of romantic suspense! This book was sexy, edgy, and kept me on the edge of my seat. The whole time I was reading I thought I knew who the killer was but was thrown for a loop at the end!
Crazyfourbooks More than 1 year ago
Wow! Broken blew me away! This was edgy, a tad creepy in parts, suspenseful, romantic, sexy, and full of adrenaline inducing scenes that will have you holding your breathe, wondering, panting, and or being emotional at any given moment. There were so many layers to this book. It was amazing! I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## First, let me say that I'm a huge fan of Ms. Eden's. I buy everything she writes and will continue to do so. However, this book just didn't do it for me. Eve and Gabe had barely spent any time together or even spoken much and they were already in love. I wish there had been more dialogue and interaction between the two of them. I still can't say whether I even liked these characters or not because we really don't get to know them. Also, this was just a tad too long for my taste. It dragged in spots and I caught myself skimming a lot of pages. I don't think I'll be reading again.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Dark and edgy story, full of danger and fear, taking the intensity of a thriller into a whole new level. This is just an amazing story that pulled me right in, and kept the hold till the end. The quick changes of the scenes in the story kept it moving on fast. The many points of view give a panoramic picture of the events happening in the search of the killer. The characters are strong, fierce, professionals, only the best of the best working for LOST, and determined to find the killer, the man hunting, tormenting, torturing the young women. The connection between Gabe and Eve is immediate, from the first time their eyes meet. The attraction grows, and is as tense as the suspense. The passion is undeniable, scorching, and powerful. Gabe's vulnerability with Eve is touching and delicate. As they learn to know each other, the trust between them is admirable, one of the kind. Stunning, breathtaking thrill ride to catch the killer, with palpable fear constantly present, mixed with raw, steaming hot romance, and team of intriguing professionals determined to find the culprit. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved the characters! Loved the suspense! Hot romance! Great read, can't wait to read them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fast read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book I've read and I loved it had to get the others in the series can't wait for the 4th book. Going to look at her other series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally don't read these kind books. But, this book was free so I got it and started reading it and couldn't put it down. I did not see that ending coming! It had 200+pages. Very good read of romance and suspense.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please give us a new option. Read it weeks ago time for a new book. Btw, it was okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chjck book. Sex, mystery and suspense. Very god.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you serious? Unbelievable story. What brother doesn't recognize his own sister? How does the bad guy disarm a navy seals security system.? SMH
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First time reading this author and she didn't disappoint kept me guessing throughout the story couldn't put it down looking forward to reading the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It kept me in such suspense I couldn't put it down. Read the whole thing in almost a day. I don't want to give too many details but it has a whole lot of emotions packed into the story. The characters were very well written.
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julieford More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Eden is a new to me author. I usually don't read Romantic Suspense but I was gifted this book so I read it. I am ever so glad that I did. It is extremely well written. It is intense, suspenseful and gets your heart pumping. This is the story of Gabe Spencer, founder of LOST, an organization that helps find missing people. Eve is lost in that she has no memory of her life after surviving a vicious attack. Gabe agrees to help Eve and protect her. Along the way they come to depend on each other and fall in love while trying to solve her mystery and find a serial killer. I highly recommend this book.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Worth More than 5 Stars Contemporary Romantic Suspense Gabe Spencer is an ex-SEAL and the founder of LOST and he is used to the unusual in his job. The moment when Eve Gray walks into his office though he is rattled. The mysterious woman is a dead ringer for an heiress that is believed to be the latest prey of the Lady Killer who is a serial killer. Eve woke up in an Atlanta hospital with her past a complete blank. When she sees her face in the newspaper she is determined to learn the truth. She never expects a partner in Gabe when she is determined to confront the nightmares that her mind is hiding. Their attraction becomes explosive and irresistible as they work together. Gabe’s desire for Eve is growing stronger and bordering on obsession and nothing pulls him away from her. Gabe is determined to protect Eve at all costs especially when another Eve lookalike disappears. Eve may have forgotten the killer from her past but he has definitely not forgotten her. This is a start of a new series that starts out fast and engrossing. The plot and suspense woven into the story keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they try to figure out who is behind all that is happening. With all the great suspects it will keep readers guessing until the very end. The story takes some fantastic twists and turns that makes this one book that is extremely hard to put down. It will also have readers wanting to read the next book in the series. It will also be a book that will have a lot of readers putting on their keeper shelves. Received a review copy
ReaderLoverKV More than 1 year ago
Great story!