Deadly Heat, by Cynthia Eden
Publisher: Grand Central (Hachette Book Group)
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes paranormal romances and romantic suspense novels. She is currently very busy writing her stories for Grand Central Publishing and Kensington Brava. She has always wanted to write, and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters, vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories. Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology and Communication. Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. Other titles include: Eternal Hunter, Midnight Sins, and Hotter After Midnight.
Firefighter Lora Spade knows that her team is in over their heads. A serial arsonist has been targeting helpless victims, and now it's personal. Her lover and a fellow firefighter has died. Lora calls in the FBI's elite Serial Services Division to track the elusive killer. But when she pulls Special Agent Kenton Lake from a searing inferno, she's surprised by her immediate attraction to him. For the first time in six months, she begins to feel something other than vengeance. As their relationship heats up, so too does the increase in fires. Solving the case doesn't just mean putting a ruthless murderer behind bars, it mean saving their lives. because the only connection they can find between this guy, the victims, and the fires... is Lora herself.
This is book two in this SSD series, with Deadly Fear coming before, and Deadly Lies coming later this year. Though part of a series, these books are stand alone reads.
The only fault to find with the book was the primary and secondary characters use of stuttering in nervous or high-stress situations. After a bit, it lost its power for me.
I thought Deadly Fear was a get-in-your-head kind of story with the way the killer eliminated his victims. But this... Deadly Heat takes the cake. A guy who traps his victims and burns them alive has a special place in hell waiting for him, fiction or not. This killer and plot really gets to you, gets past that inner fear wall, and brings you down. I love romantic suspense's where the hero and heroine have a past also. It makes them more human, more real. The romance was as hot as the fire, just as it should be, and the secondary characters and setting added nicely to the story, enhancing the book. If you haven't read a Cynthia Eden book yet, you're truly missing out. Highly recommended.
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