ARC Review: Cross My Heart by Cynthia Eden

Former FBI agent Elijah Cross tried to put the past behind him. For years, he spent his days and his nights tracking some of the most brutal killers in the US. Now? He protects the rich and famous while working at Wilde. Less danger, more glamour…and a whole lot more cash. His latest gig has taken him to the sandy beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast, and it’s on one of those gorgeous beaches where he comes face to face with the woman who haunts his dreams.

There are some people you can’t leave behind.

She was the last victim he saved at the Bureau. Penelope Kostas. The woman who survived a nightmare. He’d carried her out of hell in his arms, and Elijah had sworn to always protect her. But that promise had been given before his job at the Bureau had imploded. Before he’d broken every rule that mattered…for her. Only to have Penelope run from him.

There are some promises you must keep.

The serial killer who targeted Penelope was never apprehended, and Penelope fears that he could be hunting her once more. But this time, she will not be his victim. She wants Elijah to help her hunt him. To help her stop the killer before he can strike again. And she will pay any price for Elijah’s help. He’s the only man she trusts…and, once upon a time, Elijah had offered to do anything for her…even kill to keep her safe.

There are some desires that can’t be controlled.

Elijah still wants her just as badly. Penelope still needs him just as much. Lust, obsession—they always twisted together for them, and the longer that they are together, the more that dark and consuming need just grows and grows. Elijah will do whatever it takes to protect Penelope. She’s not the same woman he knew before. Not lost, not afraid. She’s determined to fight, and he will be at her side every step of the way. The killer won’t escape again. And Elijah will not lose the woman who owns his heart.
I'm always happy to read a story by Cynthia Eden. I often find them to be well-written with characters that make me laugh one minute and cry the next. She does a great job at giving us the best damn alpha heroes around. I just love them. They will do anything to keep safe the women they love.

Elijah is a great alpha hero. He's smart and strong and can keep you safe. He's really good at thinking like the bad guys and finding out who they are. You'll also like Penelope too. She's gone through something most people couldn't handle and came out the other end a little stronger.

I felt for Elijah. He loves Penelope and she just leaves him one day with no reason why. For a man that can figure out what a killer is thinking he had no clue what Penelope's reason for leaving. 

I think this story has many layers to it. You first have the romance between Elijah and Penelope. They have so much between them that's not good but most of it would have been cleared up if all they did was talk. But what kind of story would it be if they talked and cleared stuff up at the beginning of the book instead of toward the end. 

Yep, a quick one.

I would like to mention what she did was horrible. It could have caused so much trouble and she really betrayed him by doing it. You'll have to read it for yourself to know what it is. I forgave her because he did. I don't know if I'd be that nice. 

You'll enjoy the plot of this one and I was also glad to see a certain cop from her other series in this one. There are many twists and turns but in the end, it all comes together nicely. They work out their issues and Elijah finally solves the mystery. As a whole, this is a wonderful story that I enjoyed very much. Of course, I'm not shocked because I usually always enjoy her books. 

I will tell you that this one can be read as a standalone. There isn't much connection between it and Wilde Ways series. I will mention that if you haven't read the whole series I'll ask you this...why? I promise if you like sexy heroes and a good mystery you'll love it. Any of you read her?


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