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Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer

Narrated by: Emily Beresford
Series: For Me, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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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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Great story with lots of twists

This was my first story by CE and it's safe to say it won't be my last! The characters are well rounded and 3-dimensional, even the killer is more than just a pure evil. Not that he isn't evil, but there's a depth to him that's often missing. His feelings for Katherine are real, though as twisted as the rest of his psyche.

Katherine is both fragile and strong. She has scars from her past, both mental and physical, but she won't let herself run if it means other people will be hurt. She also has the courage to learn to trust again, despite the horror she's experienced. Dane also carries the scars from his past and has risen above them to become a good cop and honourable man. There's a symmetry between the three of them, that shows variations on the path taken after a traumatic childhood. I genuinely liked Dane and Katherine and the growing relationship between them is well done and feels right. The story itself had multiple twists, some of which I saw coming and others I didn't.

The narration is passable, but not great, especially when Dane is speaking.

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a clever Romantic suspense

such a great read. captivating, couldn't stop listening to it. need the rest of the series. 5/5 stars.

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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.

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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...............

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  • Luv2Read
  • 29-05-14

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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  • Zulu
  • 01-06-14

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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  • Theresa Dugan
  • 14-02-13

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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  • M. Davis
  • 14-04-13

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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  • Lia
  • 12-04-16

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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  • silencemustfall
  • 15-10-19

Alot better than some reviews

Listen to this book in one setting, ending almost had me hating it, but the twist brought it home.

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  • Terri
  • 16-08-19

Wow

What a great story! I caught a couple of storyline inconsistencies, but they were minor. I was soooo intrigued by the mind of the killer and his relationship to the heroine. The plot also kept me guessing almost from the start. Great suspense with hot and steamy romance to go with it. The narrator’s rendition of The hero’s voice was a bit grating at first, but after an hour or so it was fine. Great listen.

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  • Teresa
  • 26-09-17

Meh…

After two hours of listening to the story I was bored. There was no character development and the serial killer story has been so many times before. The hero was already professing to “know” the heroine before there was hardly face time with each other, maybe a day. I didn’t care for the heroine she was just a paper cut of all the other silly damsels in distress type that I tend to not like. I had read this author before and felt it was also a mediocre story and made me wonder if I should finish this book, not sure why I bought it. Must have been on sale. After putting the book down for a couple of days, I don’t remember it, it was that forgettable. Did not finish book, it might have gotten better but I will never know. If authors are going to use a plot that has been done before the characters need to be good. Narrator was ok, but since the story was so blah, I barely noticed her.

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  • deedee2253
  • 30-04-17

Good book

Would you consider the audio edition of Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version so don't know

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dane because he was protective and had a good story and of course a hero

Which scene was your favorite?

Initial scene in police department

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

I really like several of her other books better...this one was ok and I really liked some parts of it better than others...some of it was a little predictable and some of it was kind of unbelievable...but many times that is ok because obviously it is fiction. All in all it was worth a credit but compared to some of her other books not as good

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  • Portia de Moncur
  • 25-07-16

No one does romantic suspense like Cynthia Eden

I loved this book when I read it years ago. Love the entire series. I almost wish that the narrator had been a man, as this is equally Dane's tale.