A Phoenix Fire Novel
By: Cynthia Eden
Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .
Cain O'Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she's a threat--in a way no one has been for him in years. She's safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there's no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts--and their hearts. . .
I've been on the fence about Eden's writing style for a while. One second I love it and can't get enough of the drama. The next, I hate it and wished there was more diversity to the dramatic scenarios. This author has some creative ways of making her characters shine, but in the next heartbeat she can turn that all around with a drop kick. So maybe, I'm a gluten for reading punishment. Maybe I like not knowing what I'm going to get, page by page. With Cynthia's writing style, I'm left unfulfilled, yet reading another of her stories.
There are not many authors that make me feel this mixed bag of emotions. However, fundamentally, each of her stories has enough of that magical something to keep me going. I like the dramatic pull between each lead pair, I like the history that's created to give each a past they had to claw their way out of. There's a lot here to like.
On the downside, there tends to be plot inconsistency. One second a couple is hiding out in a "super secret hide out spot that every hero should have", the next they are mysteriously found! This happens again and again. If your super secret safe house is not-so-super-secret, it's time to move. Find a new lowcal and get there pronto. Cause it gets pretty boring reading, yet again, that the heroes of the day have been found.
Add to this our couple being forced back to the bad guys uncool mancave time and again, and it's all too much. One time is fine. But several times in a story starts to make me shout "Bob, that's too much!". (If you know that gameshow refrence, kudos to you.) It's easy to have the bad guy find you, take you back to where they will do wicked things. It's harder to find new ways to get the pair to overcome dangerous situations and ultimately find love.
But saying this, I will read the next Eden story. Like I said, there is enough to keep me going, but that does not mean I wont expect more from the author!
Getting 3 and 1/2 'we need a secret hideout handshake'Sheep
About the Author:Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is aNew York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, andIndieReader best-seller. 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 over thirty novels and novellas.
Cynthia is a “hybrid” author. She has published extensively with New York (her New York publishers include Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin), and she has also enjoyed success in her indie writing career.
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.