Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer

Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer

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by Cynthia Eden
     
 

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Katherine Cole thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer. He left his victims stabbed through the heart holding a telltale single red rose and was deemed the Valentine Killer. Three years ago he vanished. Now he’s back. And he’s hunting the one who got away.

In New Orleans, Katherine dared to hope

Overview

Katherine Cole thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer. He left his victims stabbed through the heart holding a telltale single red rose and was deemed the Valentine Killer. Three years ago he vanished. Now he’s back. And he’s hunting the one who got away.

In New Orleans, Katherine dared to hope she was finally safe, yet somehow he found her. This time, Katherine won’t just sit silently by; she’ll do anything to stop the monster she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe.…

Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with the job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancée, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611099140
Publisher:
Montlake Romance
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
537,557
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Contemporary, Suspense New Orleans Katherine Cole thought she had the perfect fiancé three years ago until the day she found out that he was the serial killer named the Valentine Killer. So named that because he stabbed his victims through the heart and left a single rose in their hand. Then he vanished. Now he is back and after the one that got away. Living in New Orleans Katherine believed she was finally safe from the past. Now somehow her ex-fiancé has found her. This time Katherine is determined to stop the man she thought she knew and loved. She will stop him any way she can even if that means trusting a sexy cop when she has learned not to trust. A cop that says he can keep her safe. Dane Black has always kept his emotions under control when he was on the job. That becomes difficult now that the Valentine Killer is in New Orleans. Dane has agreed to keep Katherine safe in the hopes of catching the killer in his town. He just never expected the passion that explodes between him and Katherine and he is determined that he will not stop until Katherine is safe in his arms and that the Valentine Killer is dead. This is one story that once the reader starts they will not be able to put down until the very last page. This suspense is full of twist and turns that will have the reader guessing until all the secrets are revealed. This is a page turner that will keep the reader on the edge of their seats and up late into the night trying to figure out just who is who and what will happen next. The action doesn’t stop until the very end of the story and neither do the twists. This is a must read for those that enjoy suspense books along the lines of James Patterson but with more romance. This is one for the keeper shelves.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson: A good murder-mystery thriller is like chocolate for me, and I devour Patterson, Deaver, Johansen and more whenever I can.... Die for Me was like the best chocolate found in the far corners of Europe, and I LOVED very single page! It's an action packed, gripping psychological  thriller that had me yearning for more. Having only read Cynthia's Paranormals prior to this, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, and will definitely be checking out some of her other RS titles ASAP. Our villain is a super creepy serial killer. He's damaged, scarred, and obsessive beyond comprehension and has his sights set on the only woman he's ever been able to truly love (or so his warped mind believes).  Our hero is a no-nonsense detective, but he has a weakness for his initial suspect, the villain's ex-fiance, and victim, Katherine. The internal struggles he deals with when torn between duty and his heart are incredibly emotional and definitely believable. Katherine is a very strong heroine, even though she has her obvious weaknesses. She survived the nightmare of finding out that her fiance was a killer and is determined to bring him to justice no matter the cost.  The mystery is full of twists & turns, and even though some of the outcomes were predictable, it made the story no less intense and compelling.  LITERAL ADDICTION gives Die for Me 4 Skulls and believes it will make both romance and suspense lovers happy. I can't wait to check out more romantic suspense from Cynthia Eden!
pengirlhm More than 1 year ago
This book will leave you guessing. Throws together some action packed serial killer hunting with some hot passionate sex scenes. How could you go wrong? Lots of twists and action. I love the chemistry between Katherine and Dane. Nothing in this book is predictable. It left me guessing until the end
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
Engaging, suspenseful and sexy read! Katherine Cole had thought she found the perfect man in Michael, until one day she was proved wrong. Escaping with a new life to New Orleans she has tried to go on with her life. She has succeeded in making a go at it, even if her attempts at dating have been futile. She is not a person who trusts easily and ever since she was betrayed by the last man she loved she hasn't been able to let men get close to her. Until Detective Dane Black. From the moment she met him she knew he was different and able to gain her trust. She is determined to stop running and put an end to Valentine's killings so that she can move on and maybe, just maybe let Dante in. A handsome man with hard edges and a troubled past, Dane Black is immediately drawn to Katherine. But most of all he wants to get to the bottom of his case whatever it takes to get there. Knowing having Katherine involved in the investigation is essential in apprehending Valentine, he devises a plan to keep her near and use her however he sees fit. Although he admires her strength and determination, his protective instincts surface every time she's around. Little by little his defenses are worn thin until he not only wants her safe. He wants her - in his bed and in his life. Having read the Deadly series from Cynthia Eden, I was acquainted with her work but this book was so much more than I expected. The author drew me in from the start and kept me engaged throughout the story - wondering, anticipating. With strong, interesting characters, a murder mystery that kept me at the edge of my seat and sexual chemistry between Dante and Katherine that was scorching hot Eden's writing was excellent. The story was filled with twists and turns and I thought that every event was placed just right to garner the most impact. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, another important element to the story was added and right as I was beginning to catch my breath again WHAM! I was thrown another curve. Cynthia Eden had me riveted and in suspense from beginning to end. I loved every minute of the story. I was emotionally invested in Katherine and Dane's relationship. I wanted them to find their happily ever after with each other, but I appreciated the doubts and the hesitations that surfaced because it made their getting together that much more believable. Their connection was palpable and their chemistry amazing, but it was the tender moments of honesty and letting go that I liked the most. These two were tortured souls and it was a treat to read how they were healing their old wounds and moving on. From the romance to the mystery, Die for Me is one riveting, engaging and sexy read with a story that flowed seamlessly from the emotions brought to the page to the resolution of the plot. I received this book from Montlake Romance through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
agnese-kohnSK More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!what a awesome,good much i just finished to read....I'm so delight with this book..It is pack with so much....Well written and the characters just wow!!!!!!!!Dan & Kat and so more personage that are good as the main characters..I love it...Author did it again with this book ,she did not disappointed me and delivered again....I was surprise all the way to the end of this story sitting on the edge of my chair without it putting down cause i was to deep into it and story line was to much good.....You will find murder,victims,so much suspense,much intense,a imaginable plot,with twist/turns,steamy part,intriguing,emotional,mind games and much more...She can write anything paranormal,romantic suspense....I always can get enough of her stories,i'm about read all her books and i loved each and everyone of them...This story is a mind blowing and love it.....Author Cynthia Eden,keep them coming!!!!!!!!!!!!I suggest to read this story and all her books....Now on to the next and next and next...I was really hooked to this story really until the end....Well Done!!!!!!!!!
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Eden does it again! She fascinates and intrigues us in this first book of the For Me series where the suspense is greater, the attraction between hero and heroine is steamier and the villains are deadlier. I was completely blown away by DIE FOR ME. The story immediately captured my attention and I couldn’t put the book down! I really enjoyed the characters and the suspense was all-consuming. I loved everything about the story. I highly recommend this and any book from Cynthia Eden! Her grasp of the romantic suspense genre is extraordinary. 5 Brilliant Stars for Ms. Eden! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
This novel is the perfect example of a complex book with a complete and satisfying ending. All too often these days, authors are so keen on writing a series where the books totally leave you hanging at the end and you have to wait months and sometimes over a year for the next installment. I don't know about anyone else, but that is just so long to wait and the majority of the time, I totally forget about the whole damn thing and move on to other books and then I don't even realize when the next book comes out. Yes, this one is the first in a series, but it could be a stand-alone novel. Everything is buttoned up all nice and for me, that almost intensifies my reading experience. You've probably read the blurb on this one (or if you haven't, go ahead and read it) and let me tell you, the blurb makes you think that awesomely scary things are going to happen within these pages and it does not in any way disappoint. I love this whole romantic suspense genre and I can't seem to get enough of it (thanks a lot, Sandra Brown). Not very often do these romantic suspense novels actually meet my expectations ... I've just read so many of them that I've become a bit stingy with my ratings of them. I just expect too much sometimes, I guess. But not with this one. Die For Me is romantic and thrilling and gory and downright scary at times. It's not the "normal" type of book for this genre because it is so much more gory ... no one likes normal anyway, right? You're thrust into the nightmare life of Katherine Cole ... she was engaged to this diabolical monster and then he just vanished basically into thin air but THEN things start happening around Katherine and she thinks that he is back. DUDE! That's all you need to know. Go get the book. It really is good. Here's the deal ... if you like Sandra Brown, then pick this book up. If you like watching Criminal Minds or any shows like it, then pick this up. It will keep you on your toes from the very first page to the last period. And the ending ... the ending is awesome. Except. And here it is. The reason why this amazing book didn't get 5 stars from me. The ending is only mostly awesome. Here's how it went ... the book is chugging along (do doodo) when all of the sudden, BAM!! It turns into the movie Seven (or Se7en). If you've ever seen the movie Seven just think of the ending (WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!?) ... yeah. I don't want to say anything else because this really is a good book and you should totally pick it up but that's what I had a problem with. Anywhoo ... good read. For the most part.
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Tiabblack38 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and before I knew it I had read the entire book without any breaks. Don't take in a movie, take in a great book while sitting comfortable on your own sofa..that's just what I did with this book.  The plot was very well written and the character development was very well done. It was a little predictable at times but still a great book. I really enjoyed this read.
Dommo More than 1 year ago
This was my first Cynthia Eden and I LOVE it when I discover a new author whose book I like and even better, who is prolific. This story had just the right balance of suspense and romance between our heroine and hero. Some authors get too bogged down with the mystery of the story that they leave the reader craving for more of the romance. This novel was not a disappointment and I simply adore a good serial killer mystery. I listened to the audiobook and didn't want to leave my car! As soon as I finished with the book, I immediately got my hands on another Cynthia Eden novel and just started to read Angel of Darkness.
Nubian_princesa More than 1 year ago
I honestly enjoyed this novel. It was suspenseful, gory, romantic and just overall good. Its very hard to please me when it comes to the crime/ suspense genre but I must say I was utterly pleased. Good Job Ms. Eden.
SoniaF More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book!!! Full of mystery, psychologic mind-games, action, so much hot passion and romantic. I loved this books and it became of my favorite's by Cynthia Eden. Katherine is the ex-fiancée of the Valentine's killer; she changed her name and her entire life so, when the killer was captured, she could testify in court. But now the Valentine is back and he knows where she is. When a woman is found dead, she recognizes the killer's MO and looks for Dane, the detective in charge. The passion between Dane and Katherine is immediate, angering more the Valentine's Killer. Because this killer only wants Katherine and has a disturbed sense of protection towards her. This is a non-stop action book, the suspense is to die for through the entire book until an end where the killer plays his psychologic mind-games with Dane and Katherine, but also with the reader. Mindblowing! I'm so thrilled that I guessed who's the killer in this book! It's not easy in Eden's novels, because the author always has surprises.
blaise_zillah More than 1 year ago
This book was full of alot of suprising twists and turns that kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat impatient to read more. We get to see things from a few different characters views and it just makes the book more intriging and spellbinding without giving everything away and sometimes explaining more in depth about the characters and there thoughts or feelings. Another well written book by Cynthia Eden that wont disappoint readrers that have come for more by this author or new to her books
celticgalCO More than 1 year ago
I love anything by Cynthia Eden - she never disappoints! This will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Jeanette_Thrusday More than 1 year ago
This was a good book I could not put it down. I fished it within the day I started reading it amazing book 
ldosch More than 1 year ago
This was a nail biting thriller.  I kept trying to guess who was the killer.  I was ready to arrest everyone. It included a very interesting twist -- our killer was in love with and obsessed with our heroine, and the cop was in love with and obsessed with the heroine, so what made them all the different? I liked the characters here and I was totally engrossed in the story. A fantastic thriller to keep your heart racing.
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
A good thriller for Valentine's Day! A killer obsessed with the only woman who ever loved him. As a thanks, he sends Katherine corpses as proof of his devotion and love. It's a morbid delightful tale! Honestly, I went quickly into the story imagined by Cynthia Eden. She held me spellbound throughout the killer's hunt. Since I love romantic mysteries, I tried to anticipate the verdict and find the identity of Valentine by searching the secondary characters for clues. Well, I was led by the nose by the author... So I was surprised and thrilled by the ending twists. I enjoyed my reading precisely because there was rhythm and suspense. A beautiful tracks around New Orleans that makes you heart beat with excitement. There are murders descriptions, blood but nothing unbearable.  In addition, several obsessive love stories were intertwined and Cynthia Eden often plays with the fear of losing a loved one. Romance brings an extra element of intrigue and pastes perfectly with a Valentine's Killer. A good thriller with which I turned the pages with eager and pleasure. Lucie newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr
nadzNR More than 1 year ago
I received an arc of this book to provide an honest review. HONESTLY this was an awesome read. Die For Me is a gripping, action packed, suspenseful, nail-biting romantic read. It’s absolutely entertaining. The story held my interest from the beginning. I had a real hard time putting it down. The characters were amazing. I just loved how the author portrayed them. Katherine, the lead female character, was strong yet vulnerable. She experienced a dramatic change in her life the day she discovered that the man she was engaged to was a serial killer. Dane was the detective in charge of finding and capturing this notorious serial killer. He was tenacious in his task and was willing to do just about anything to capture the valentine killer. The Valentine Killer was very smart and perceptive. He was always one step ahead of the police. This story is filled with a lot of twists and turns and some unexpected surprises. The descriptions were vivid and life like. The story flowed beautifully from beginning to end and it does not leave the reader hanging. I would definitely recommend this book to readers of romantic suspense. So what are you waiting for you need to go and get a copy for yourself trust me you will not regret it.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
This was a page turner for me.  I started Die for Me thinking I would read a chapter or two.  Nope!!! Finished the book in one sitting (stayed up till 1 am on a work night *GASP*).   Cynthia does a fabulous job of painting a story that is suspenseful, romantic and on the edge of your seat good.   I wanted to scream “don’t go in there”, “look behind you” and “oh for the love of pete why did you do that?”  so many times.  But none of that helped.  Cynthia kept me guessing about the who’s, the whys and the what.   And like any good reviewer I  am not going to spoil it for you.  But you do need to add Die for Me to your need to read list.  And besides what could possible go wrong when a serial killer shows up in your town?  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 
fcammer2 More than 1 year ago
From the time I finished Cynthia Eden's Deadly series I could not wait for another romantic suspense book from this author. She did not disappoint. From page 1 I was hooked. Katherine Cole believes she has found the perfect man. Her and Michael O'Rourke are happily engaged and planning a happy future together. There is nothing Michael wouldn't do for Katherine. One day she comes home early and discovers just how far he would go to protect her as he in plunging a knife into the heart of a woman. Katherine runs and tries to start over in a new town with a new identity. Soon the killings begin again. She knows the Valentine Killer is back. Kate knows he will continue to kill anyone he feels is a danger to her. She goes to the police for help. Dane Black is the detective in charge. Dane has seen much violence in his lifetime both professional and personal and he vows to keep Katherine safe at all costs. Soon Dane realizes he has feelings for Katherine so protecting her is not only his job, but his future. He knows Kate is that special person for him. As Dane and Kate become closer, the danger becomes more intense. The killings continue and Kate realizes Valentine will never let her go. If you like a book filled with suspense, action and romance this book is for you. Ms. Eden will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning reading as the twists and turns keep you turning page after page. The shocking climax leaves me waiting once again for more from this author. Cynthia Eden has become an auto-buy for me and if you like romantic suspense I highly recommend this book. She will soon become a must buy for you too.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
“~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog “Die For Me is without a doubt one of Ms. Eden’s best work. It was fast paced with never ending suspense and mystery. Ms. Eden kept me at the edge of my seat…another job well done…” ~Under the Covers Do you ever count how many roses are in the bouquet you received? Katherine Cole does. Her ex-fiancé used to give her a dozen red roses all the time. Until, she found out he was the Valentine Killer. She has been on the run since and under protection of the US Marshal. Well, now that he has struck again, she wants to stop running and stop him from killing. With the help of Detective Dane Black, she may just succeed. Die For Me is without a doubt one of Ms. Eden’s best work. It was fast paced with never ending suspense and mystery. Ms. Eden kept me at the edge of my seat with the plot’s twists and turns. I love that there were a good amount of characters in this book. Not one time I was confused of whom the character is to the hero/heroine and anyone of them could very well be the suspect(s). Dane and Katherine had strong tension between them and steamy when they were together. I thought their relationship was sweet and not one bit did either of them play the pity card…I loved that they were both strong leads. The only thing that I was not fond of was few discoveries that Dane made. I’m sure it was to throw off the readers…but at the cost of making Dane look incompetent by making quick assumptions. That was my job. LOL. Overall, another job well done and another book I highly recommend for the Romantic Suspense genre. *ARC provided by author ”
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
DIE FOR ME: A NOVEL OF THE VALENTINE KILLER by Cynthia Eden is an exciting Dark Romantic Suspense set in New Orleans. What a thrill ride of emotions. Follow,Katherine Cole,whose ex-fiancee was a serial killer(the Valentine Killer), and Detective Dane Black on a fast paced,danger filled journey to healing,and love. Fast paced from the first page to the last with many twists and turns. Filled with passion,romance,love,suspense,a whirl wind of emotions,and danger.Oh,did I mention a Serial Killer on a mission. Ms. Eden knows how to draw a reader into her stories with her engaging characters,her realistic and emotional plots. "Die For Me" is a not to miss romantic suspense that will have you turning pages. You won't know who is want until the very end. Oh, did I mention Valentine's Day? Let me tell you,you don't want to miss this awesome read. Ms. Eden has done it again. Her romantic suspense is by far her favorite to me. Loved,absolutely loved this title! Received from the author. RATING: 5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would really really love it if this was an e-book!!