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Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer Audiobook

Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer

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.…
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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 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.

©2013 Cynthia Eden (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Zulu 06-01-14
    Zulu 06-01-14
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    "Good romance suspense"

    It was a little predictable as some of the reviews suggest, and, yes, everyone was a little stupid at times but there were some surprises and a nice romance. Just an enjoyable listen wondering who was going to be the next victim and why.

    The narrator did okay, although she could work on the male voices.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Luv2Read 05-29-14
    Luv2Read 05-29-14
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    "Don't understand the bad reviews"

    I loved this book and love this series. Cynthia Eden does a great mystery. I didn't find the book or the series to be predictable and didn't completely put all the pieces together until the end. I had a few "suspects" and the killer turned out to be one of the three I thought it would be. Overall a very good read, kept me interested and on edge through the entire book. The romance side is also good, with just the right amount of steam.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Dugan Bristol, PA 02-14-13
    Theresa Dugan Bristol, PA 02-14-13 Member Since 2015

    I love mysteries & thrillers, sometime love stories..

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    "Twists & Turns"
    Where does Die for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my 1st audio book & l loved it. It only took my 1 day to listen to it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, cause you had no idea of when or who was gonna be killed.


    What does Emily Beresford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is my 1st time using an audio book & I enjoyed it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Davis GA 04-14-13
    M. Davis GA 04-14-13 Member Since 2008

    SouthernGirl

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    "Good Plot - Dumb Heroine"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Hard to say - it's a good plot, but I was pulled out of the story more than once when the main character (Catherine) would do something so stupid you wanted to smack her. The cops aren't far behind her for stupid. Two different times the main characters had ample opportunity to kill the bad guy and didn't. Yikes - stupid!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cynthia Eden? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Beresford?

    Anyone - really bad male voices.


    Did Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah - erase it.


    Any additional comments?

    Argh - frustrating book. Very annoying.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Megan E. 11-29-15
    Megan E. 11-29-15

    eaton-ml

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    "Erotica with a bit of suspense"

    If you're looking for steamy live scenes with little to no substance, this book might work for that. Other than that, this book is just not good. Not worth reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Valli DAYTON, TX, United States 11-10-15
    Valli DAYTON, TX, United States 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, except for the narration"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book. It was my first Cynthia Eden book. The biggest problem I had was the narrator. The way she portrayed the men was so over the top. I almost just returned the book. I am pretty disappointed that the next two in the series has the same narrator. She would be OK, if they had a second narrator for the men. Her outrageous portrayal of the men, just ruined it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sines 09-10-15
    A. Sines 09-10-15
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    "a nice diversion"
    Any additional comments?

    Ok, yeah, I am so not a romance reader. I spent a few weeks back in high school binging on a box full of them given to me because I was a reader and readers read everything, right? No, we don’t. Some of us are picky bitches and can tell with a few words in a blurb (notice “trust the sexy cop,” and “safe in his arms,” and “intensely sexy”) if the story is going to have a significant romantic bent.

    But because I keep an open mind and just like I try a bite of food I hate every few years, I do try a romance. Still, I’m picky. It cannot be a straight up romance (ugghh). It has to have other elements that interest me. Like, of course, a mystery or something psychological.

    The blurb makes promises. Yet, it’s like Cynthia Eden wrote the blurb and fit the pieces of the story and the characters to fit it. Some people like that. I like the unexpected. I like how characters determine their actions and feelings rather than have them scripted so tightly there is no other way to go.

    Now, I am not saying this is a terrible book. On the contrary, I listened to the whole thing despite the predictability. So Catherine Eden has a Je ne se quoi that held me tight until the very end.

    My thought? That it reads like a script and would do well performed on stage or on screen. As a straight out novel? Nope.

    When we first meet Detective Dane Black, he’s rough and procedural, asking all the right questions. He lost me when within hours, his perception of Katherine changes so very quickly. Then it’s just a downhill slide into overprotective emotions for a woman he barely knows and when he met her thought she was a killer or at least an accomplice.

    Katherine seems like a frightened woman throughout. While she isn’t the whiny type (which is definitely nice), the repetition of doing something to stop the killing gets pretty redundant. I feel like either she should take a beat and create a simplified mantra for herself, or just freakin’ knock it off. We know her motivations. It is not necessary to beat us over the head with them every other page.

    The action bits were fairly smooth, I admit. The emotional bits came across as choppy and reaching, as if the characters slid into a mold that didn’t quite fit.

    This one was too much for me and not enough. New Orleans is a setting that can be a character all its own. But this story could be set anywhere (I kept thinking San Francisco) for all the detail left out.

    On the narration: Listening to a woman’s voice serves a purpose for me, usually keeping me alert during the day when working. After hearing a sample, I knew Emily Beresford would fit that bill. She did a wonderful job in adding dimension to Katherine.

    My only suggestion for improvement is to have a male read the bits for Detective Black. But sometimes having more than one narrator is an unfeasible proposition. Emily Beresford didn’t present a variable range in scenes or characters. Nonetheless, she was pleasant to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Lane New York 09-02-15
    Julie Lane New York 09-02-15 Member Since 2007

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    "Lots of twists and turns"

    This has me second guessing what I knew about characters right up to the end. A good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Young in another realm 04-29-15
    M. Young in another realm 04-29-15

    horror mistress

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    "Not A Great Novel"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea. I thought the story was just boring!


    What was most disappointing about Cynthia Eden’s story?

    There were many expressions that were used over and over again. The main character was so whiney, I began to pull for the Valentine Killer.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Beresford’s performances?

    No way. Those impressions and accents were terrible. Just terrible. It really did add to the stink factor of this book. The whole package stunk.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I read the description and it sounded so good. But it was horrible. It was just whine and whine and whine. And that was just ONE character. UGH!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Moore 04-20-15
    K. Moore 04-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Unbelievable to the extreme, many eye rolls"

    I thought it was gonna be good , the narrator made the male sound like he was growling , this took on to many twists , couldn't wait for it to be over . Could have been done within 6hrs and maybe a good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    7/3/15
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    "Very good"

    There is one thing, that comes between the moment of life and death: knowing how to make a choice, at the right time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book-Diva
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    6/22/13
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    "deadly romance"
    If you could sum up Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer in three words, what would they be?

    twisted
    love
    hero


    What other book might you compare Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer to, and why?

    try Karen Rose novels - similar theme


    Which character – as performed by Emily Beresford – was your favourite?

    Dane


    Any additional comments?

    can't wait for the next 2 books following this one...............

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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