• Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer

  • By: Cynthia Eden
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (429 ratings)
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Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer

By: Cynthia Eden
Narrated by: Emily Beresford
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Publisher's summary

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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Good Romantic Suspence

Katherine Cole had thought she found the perfect man in Michael, until one day she was proved wrong. Escaping with a new life to New Orleans she has tried to go on with her life. She has succeeded in making a go at it, even if her attempts at dating have been futile. She is not a person who trusts easily and ever since she was betrayed by the last man she loved she hasn't been able to let men get close to her. Until Detective Dane Black. From the moment she met him she knew he was different and able to gain her trust. She is determined to stop running and put an end to Valentine's killings so that she can move on and maybe, just maybe let Dante in.

A handsome man with hard edges and a troubled past, Dane Black is immediately drawn to Katherine. But most of all he wants to get to the bottom of his case whatever it takes to get there. Knowing having Katherine involved in the investigation is essential in apprehending Valentine, he devises a plan to keep her near and use her however he sees fit. Although he admires her strength and determination, his protective instincts surface every time she's around. Little by little his defenses are worn thin until he not only wants her safe. He wants her - in his bed and in his life.

Having read the Deadly series from Cynthia Eden, I was acquainted with her work but this book was so much more than I expected. The author drew me in from the start and kept me engaged throughout the story - wondering, anticipating. With strong, interesting characters, a murder mystery that kept me at the edge of my seat and sexual chemistry between Dante and Katherine that was scorching hot Eden's writing was excellent. The story was filled with twists and turns and I thought that every event was placed just right to garner the most impact. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, another important element to the story was added and right as I was beginning to catch my breath again WHAM! I was thrown another curve. Cynthia Eden had me riveted and in suspense from beginning to end.

I loved every minute of the story. I was emotionally invested in Katherine and Dane's relationship. I wanted them to find their happily ever after with each other, but I appreciated the doubts and the hesitations that surfaced because it made their getting together that much more believable. Their connection was palpable and their chemistry amazing, but it was the tender moments of honesty and letting go that I liked the most. These two were tortured souls and it was a treat to read how they were healing their old wounds and moving on.

From the romance to the mystery, Die for Me is one riveting, engaging and sexy listen with a story that flowed seamlessly from the emotions brought to the page to the resolution of the plot.

Emily Beresford was good with the female voices but her male voices were just OK. She seemed to over act the male voices and often I could not tell one male character from another.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Not your average "heart throb" romance...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I would make it less predictable.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was not overly surprised or fooled.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Dane sounded like a werewolf with a two pack a day habit...ease up on the gruff and go more for deep.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

More character development. These characters were too pat.

Any additional comments?

Having taken a "stab" at writing my own serial killer book, it is easy to make the story predictable, and I felt that except for the interjection of the twisted psychiatrist, this one was extremely predictable.

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Predictable

Sentences like this is typical for the book; "The house smelled like her. Fresh strawberries. Sweet. Heady." You know already from the first chapter what will happen between the two.

This book made me roll my eyes again and again. It's predictable and, in lack of a better word; childish.

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Awesome..

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I got this book and the audible version free with my KindleUnlimited yesterday afternoon. The audio is 10 hours and 56 minutes long and I was up until 4:00 this morning finishing it.
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Loved Dane and Katherine/Kat/Katelynn/Katie. The secondary characters, Mac, Ronnie, Harley, Marcus and Ross, were wonderful. There was 2 seriel killers but Valentine/Michael was the scariest and the main killer in this book.
One reviewer gave the impression that Dane and Katherine fell in love in a very, very short time but I certainly didn't get that impression. Another made it sound like it was mostly sex and not enough storyline and that couldn't be further from the truth. There really was just enough sex but not nearly enough build up to it.
One great read and I highly recommend it. Now, I'm off to read Fear For Me.

As to the narrator: She was OK. She did do some men's voices but they sounded kind of angry every time they spoke or, like Mac, they sounded a little girly. She wasn't the greatest but she wasn't the worst either. I will listen to the next book in the series.

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Good story. Terrible narrator!

What would have made Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer better?

The narrator was terrible. She read slow and had no personality in her voice. She made the heroin seem mousy.

What did you like best about this story?

Good story that kept me entertained.

What didn’t you like about Emily Beresford’s performance?

Absolutely all of it. I wanted to listen to the other books but when I found out they have the same narrator I just couldn't do it.

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Very poor character development and dialogue

What would have made Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer better?

The characters and dialogue were so stereotyped that it was painful to listen to. Very predictable in all regards.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A Jo Nesbo or Laura Lipman mystery.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was fine but sometimes the pace was too slow and dramatic sounding.

Any additional comments?

This is the only audiobook that I have not finished. I found it too painful to continue and a waste of time so I stopped and went on to another book.

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