Review & Giveaway: Shattered by Cynthia Eden
By: Cynthia Eden
Releasing October 27, 2015
In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent is forced to face her past as she uncovers secrets about the man who may be the key to her future.
Criminal psychologist Dr. Sarah Jacobs is all too familiar with the kind of bad boys who belong behind bars. But the dark, dangerous man she meets in the New Orleans underworld is a new kind of ruthless, and all too irresistible.
Jax Fontaine doesn't claim to be a good guy, but he's loyal to his own code and brutally honest about what he wants. He and Sarah may be worlds apart, but when they're skin to skin, nothing matters but the heat between them.
And when a deranged killer targets Sarah, Jax will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
“No judgment,” he murmured. “There’s no anger in your eyes, no rage or disgust at me for being a cold bastard. No pity for the kid I was who got beaten in a dirty alley and left to die.”“Don’t be too sure you understand what I feel.”“Why not? I actually think I understand you very, very well.”Sarah backed up a step.A faint smile curved his lips. “It was there from the first time I saw you. That instant connection. Doesn’t happen often. Actually, it’s never happened to me before. I looked up, saw you, and thought—”Sarah pretty much ran for the door.But he caught her. His hands wrapped around her and Jax pulled her back against his body. His hold wasn’t hard or rough. Oddly, it was infinitely tender.“Do you know what I saw when I looked in your eyes?” he whispered into her ear.Sarah shook her head.“You were hurting. Trying to hide your pain, but I could still see it. I looked at you and thought—I never want her to hurt again.”Tears stung her eyes. “You don’t know me. Or what I’ve done.” Jax thought his past was bad? It was nothing compared to hers. She still had nightmares that had her waking in the night, choking for breath, and begging for help.Help that hadn’t come. Not in time.“Tell me why you came to see me tonight, Sarah.”She sucked in a quick breath and decided to go with the truth. “Because I didn’t want to lie in bed and be afraid. Because I didn’t want to think about the past or the future.” Because she’d felt that insane connection between them, too.The first time she’d seen him, she’d looked into his eyes and thought—He can handle all my darkness. He won’t ever be afraid of what I tell him.Because his gaze had told her that he’d already looked into hell … and hadn’t given a damn about the demons there.He turned her in his arms. She made herself look up and into his eyes. He was so warm and strong against her. And he made her … want. Yearn for things that she’d denied herself for so very long.Because she hadn’t wanted anyone to get close. She hadn’t trusted anyone with all her secrets.She didn’t trust him, either. She’d be a fool to do that. But—she did want him. And every instinct Sarah possessed screamed at her that Jax Fontaine could give her the sensual oblivion she craved.A few hours to forget. A few hours to just pretend that I’m not the freak in the room. The monster that everyone else fears.“What do you want from me?” Jax asked her.Just a night. She’d be leaving New Orleans soon, flying out on a plane and heading back to her little house in the suburbs of Atlanta. They wouldn’t see each other again. So no one else would know about what happened tonight. Just her.Just him.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.
Those who do read her get that comment. She is one of my all time favorite authors. Each book she writes gets better and better. I know if you follow me you've seen where each time I review a book by her I tell you it's my favorite, I'm being honest. It is my favorite until she writes something else.
There is just something about her writing that draws you into the story and keeps you there until you have to finish it. I've had many late nights reading her books.
Now that I praised her for all her work lets talk about Shattered and the Lost Series! I believe this is one of my favorite series of her. There is something about this group of people that makes you want to read their stories.
Make sure to start this series in order, first Broken then Twisted. It just gives you a better idea of each of the characters, makes the richer.
You meet Jax in Twisted and aren't really sure if he's good or bad. Or maybe a little of both. Everyone once in a while a secondary character will jump off the pages and stay with you. Jax is one of them. I would go on about more about it but I don't want you all to think I'm in love with a man that's only found between the pages of a book.
Okay...maybe I am a little in love!
It's almost like I only read Shattered for just Jax...shhh that's our secret! But I really didn't I also really wanted to know more about Sarah's story. You get a taste of her before her book but don't really get to know her until Shattered. Take about a rude awakening. She goes through one big time.
I'd tell you more but I want you to read it all for yourself. Trust me, it will be better that way.
Do yourself a favor and get this series. It will make a perfect Christmas gift to yourself or from someone else. You'll be ready for Torn which is out on May 31st!
If you've read Shattered or any other book by Cynthia Eden I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!