Saturday, May 13, 2017

Week 19 Reviews: The Gathering Dusk, After the Dark

From Goodreads:
Don't miss the heart-pounding prequel novella to bestselling author Cynthia Eden's new Killer Instinct series

When untried FBI profiler Samantha Dark is face-to-face with a killer, there's no room for fear. Her best weapon is her instincts. Those same dark impulses that allow her to get inside the mind of a murderer, to locate victims--or to pull the trigger before she's next. She can't afford to have those instincts clouded by anything...especially her far-too-sexy new partner.

Former SEAL Blake Gamble plays everything by the book. Except, of course, when it comes to the increasingly simmering attraction between them. But when a vengeful serial killer targets them both, Samantha once again reaches into the sinister, shadowed part of herself. Even as she begins to fear that the only way to catch this killer is to become one...

From Goodreads:
In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's gripping new series, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well. 

Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha's career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI's failure on the complex case, Samantha fled Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama. 

Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the sadistic assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more. 

But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim—Samantha.

My Review:
Oh, man, these stories were so great! The Gathering Dusk was a really great novella that introduced these characters, and After the Dusk just kept the ball rolling! It wasn't until I was halfway through After the Dark that I learned that this series is going to focus on different couples-which is great, because these two deserve a break after all that they went through!

Samantha is an intense profiler. She gets into killers heads-and they don't leave hers. She's really gifted in this area, from the darkness of her past, that we learn throughout both the books-and because of the events of this stories!

I thought that there was something off about Cameron. I wasn't sure, but then everything happened, very quickly, and then didn't stop, at least for us, though there was a time jump for them! Sam didn't trust her judgement, but that was a bit unfair to herself, because it's not like he did anything out of his ordinary. He was very good at blending, and his darkness was deeper than hers!

After the Dark was really great! There were a few moving parts, like the kidnapping, the investigation into Cameron, and profiling the both of them. And well, Sam and Blake falling in love, after the attraction of about a year. Plus catching these bad guys! Those catches were really thrilling to read, and made for a fantastic ending!

I really enjoyed reading both of these, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Cynthia Eden
Series: Killer Instinct #0.5, 1
Read: May 12th, 12th, 2017
Source:, NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Harlequin Books, HQN Books
Published: January 1st 2017, March 28th 2017

The Gathering Dusk:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

After the Dark:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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