Need Me by Cynthia Eden

Need Me

byCynthia Eden

Kobo ebook | February 22, 2015

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden offers readers a new "Dark Obsession" romantic suspense tale...NEED ME.

Innocent…or guilty?

The cops think that Julianna Smith is a murderer. No one will listen when Julianna claims she’s innocent, and as the suspicions mount against her, only Julianna knows the truth…a killer is hunting her. Somewhere in the darkness, a stalker is closing in and preparing to deliver a final justice that she can’t escape.

He’s her only option.

Devlin Shade isn’t a man who trusts easily, and when Julianna Smith walks into VJS Protection, he’s well aware of her reputation—the sexy blond could be a cold-blooded murderer. Only when he looks at her, cold is the last thing that Devlin feels. There’s an instant attraction between them—hot, fierce, primal.  And he agrees to take her case. He’ll be her bodyguard. He’ll keep her safe from the enemy hunting her, and he’ll also find out the truth about the mysterious Julianna.  If she is a killer, he’ll turn her over to the cops himself.

She can’t let him get too close…

Julianna knows that she is walking a dangerous line with Devlin. She never expected to want him so much, and as they grow closer, she realizes that he’s working to uncover her secrets.  But the secrets that she carries are worth killing for…and she can’t let anyone discover the truth, not even Devlin.

Killer or victim…

Soon the thin line between right and wrong is blurred. For Devlin, the case becomes personal, and all that matters is Julianna—keeping her safe and stopping the stalker who is on her trail. As he slides deeper into Julianna’s dangerous world, Devlin’s own darkness rises up. He’s played the good guy for so long, but now his mask is falling away. He isn’t controlled, he isn’t safe, and when Julianna is threatened, he will cross any line to keep her safe.

NEED ME.

Some needs can push you to the edge of sanity…

Author's Note: NEED ME is a complete, stand-alone story. All of the books in the Dark Obsession series are stand-alone titles. 

Dark Obsession Series: 

WATCH ME - Book 1 
WANT ME - Book 2 
NEED ME - Book 3 
BEWARE OF ME - Book 4

Title:Need MeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 22, 2015Publisher:Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942840020

ISBN - 13:9781942840022

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.75 stars--fast paced, story of suspense 3.75 stars--NEED ME is the third installment in Cynthia Eden’s adult, contemporary Dark Obsession romance suspense series focusing on three friends who run VJS Protection. This is tech expert Devlin Shade and Julianna Smith’s storyline. NEED ME can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from third person point of view the focus of the storyline is protecting Julianna Smith. She is the prime suspect in her husband’s murder; all clues point towards Julianna’s guilt; but Julianna remembers nothing about the night her husband died. With numerous threats and attempts on her life, Julianna is in need of a bodyguard and protection. Enter Devlin Shade, the ‘S’ in VJS Protection and the man who isn’t so sure Julianna is free of guilt. The relationship between Julianna and Devlin begins when Devlin names himself Julianna’s protector. VJS Protection was recommended to Julianna for their high end protection and anonymity, as well their ability to get the job done but the more Devlin begins to dig into Julianna’s story, the more holes and lies continue to emerge. If Julianna didn’t kill her husband, why are there so many people trying to end her life? Julianna and Devlin’s attraction to one another is immediate and intense; a case of insta love/insta lust that does not go unnoticed by the people in charge. The $ex scenes are impulsive, hot and steamy. Julianna is a woman possessed to prove her innocence but is she truly innocent of the crime she has been accused of committing? At every opportunity Julianna refuses to expose the people she loves to possibility of danger but in doing so, she lies by omission and bending the truth; and runs at every opportunity placing herself and Devlin in danger. Devlin is unable to put his complete trust in the woman he has been hired to protect with his life. Some of Julianna’s actions are difficult to accept and understand. The secondary characters include a brief appearance by Devlin’s business partners Chance and Lex, as well as Detective Faith Chestang and Ethan Barclay-all of whom we met in the previous storylines and installments. WE are also introduced to Julianna’s sister Carly-a woman both Ethan and Julianna are trying desperately to protect; and of course the requisite evil-who may or may not be someone Julianna knows. NEED ME is a quick read; a fast paced and suspense filled storyline with twists, turns, and accusations all directed at destroying Julianna’s life. Cynthia Eden builds the storyline momentum with action, tension and doubt proving that a true detective should never stop looking for every possible clue. There are moments of drama and suspense; passion and romance; anguish and the destructive nature of jealousy and greed. Cynthia Eden pulls you into a roller coaster of ..did she or didn’t she?
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need Me No one will listen and there is a stalker closing in so Julianna's only option is Devlin Shade but she can never let anyone discover the whole truth not even Devlin in this thrilling romantic suspense. Devlin isn't the trusting sort, but something about Juliana demands his protection and the reader can't help but get caught up in the smoldering passion that flows from the pages as Devlin tries to learn Julianna's secrets and keep her alive. The attraction between them is clearly combustible and soon their desires are heading toward the hot and steamy despite all the reasons that a relationship between them would be impossible. The strong, demanding characters draw readers in and refuse to let go while the fast past and smooth flowing plot thrills readers with lots of suspense, action and romance. Lots of edgy excitement and spine tingling tension builds throughout the story as someone plays a deadly game of stalking and murder and no one is safe but most especially Julianna. Past secrets and relationships are revealed which adds more spice to the story and unexpected twists and several possible suspects keeps everyone guessing. The well timed events ensure that there is never a dull moment ensuring that the readers can't put this story down and the well written scenes and details bring it all to life. The stories can be read individually but the overall connections between all the characters of this series adds depth and an another layer of intrigue to the stories that really keeps things interesting. I was completely caught up in this story, of course since I really wanted to read Devlin's story that's not surprising and I have to say that seeing Devlin fall was quite fun especially after the hard time he gave everyone else.
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need Me No one will listen and there is a stalker closing in so Julianna's only option is Devlin Shade but she can never let anyone discover the whole truth not even Devlin in this thrilling romantic suspense. Devlin isn't the trusting sort, but something about Juliana demands his protection and the reader can't help but get caught up in the smoldering passion that flows from the pages as Devlin tries to learn Julianna's secrets and keep her alive. The attraction between them is clearly combustible and soon their desires are heading toward the hot and steamy despite all the reasons that a relationship between them would be impossible. The strong, demanding characters draw readers in and refuse to let go while the fast past and smooth flowing plot thrills readers with lots of suspense, action and romance. Lots of edgy excitement and spine tingling tension builds throughout the story as someone plays a deadly game of stalking and murder and no one is safe but most especially Julianna. Past secrets and relationships are revealed which adds more spice to the story and unexpected twists and several possible suspects keeps everyone guessing. The well timed events ensure that there is never a dull moment ensuring that the readers can't put this story down and the well written scenes and details bring it all to life. The stories can be read individually but the overall connections between all the characters of this series adds depth and an another layer of intrigue to the stories that really keeps things interesting. I was completely caught up in this story, of course since I really wanted to read Devlin's story that's not surprising and I have to say that seeing Devlin fall was quite fun especially after the hard time he gave everyone else.
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hot & Gritty Romantic Thriller! NEED ME (Dark Obsession, # 3) by Cynthia Eden February 22, 2015 Publisher: Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc. 195 pages, approximately Romance: Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Military -- SYNOPSIS -- Innocent…or guilty? The cops think that Julianna Smith is a murderer. No one will listen when Julianna claims she’s innocent, and as the suspicions mount against her, only Julianna knows the truth…a killer is hunting her. Somewhere in the darkness, a stalker is closing in and preparing to deliver a final justice that she can’t escape. He’s her only option. Devlin Shade isn’t a man who trusts easily, and when Julianna Smith walks into VJS Protection, he’s well aware of her reputation—the sexy blond could be a cold-blooded murderer. Only when he looks at her, cold is the last thing that Devlin feels. There’s an instant attraction between them—hot, fierce, primal. And he agrees to take her case. He’ll be her bodyguard. He’ll keep her safe from the enemy hunting her, and he’ll also find out the truth about the mysterious Julianna. If she is a killer, he’ll turn her over to the cops himself. She can’t let him get too close… Julianna knows that she is walking a dangerous line with Devlin. She never expected to want him so much, and as they grow closer, she realizes that he’s working to uncover her secrets. But the secrets that she carries are worth killing for…and she can’t let anyone discover the truth, not even Devlin. Killer or victim… Soon the thin line between right and wrong is blurred. For Devlin, the case becomes personal, and all that matters is Julianna—keeping her safe and stopping the stalker who is on her trail. As he slides deeper into Julianna’s dangerous world, Devlin’s own darkness rises up. He’s played the good guy for so long, but now his mask is falling away. He isn’t controlled, he isn’t safe, and when Julianna is threatened, he will cross any line to keep her safe. NEED ME. Some needs can push you to the edge of sanity… -- MY THOUGHTS -- Devlin is the "S" in VJS Protection, in case you haven't already figured that out. Juliana is briefly introduced in WANT ME as a client of Sophie's. She was accused of murdering her husband. And now someone wants her dead. Hiring VJS, she's hoping to be kept alive until the true killer is uncovered and arrested. As always, Ms. Eden provides an exciting plot and easy-flowing story with fantastic characters, believable dialogue, natural interactions, and plenty of conflict (both internal and external), most of which were resolved in a timely and mature manner. I'm not sure if it's the fact that I've read this trilogy so closely together or just read enough of this suspense-mystery sub-genre, but I pinpointed one of the "baddies" immediately. The other one was not on my radar, in fact I was certain another person was neck-deep in it. There seems to always be an attempted vehicular homicide though, ha! At least no one's HOUSE blew up this time... just a car. When all the pieces are put together and presented about the night of the murder, I was not surprised in the least at Juliana's part and-or lack thereof in it. So, predictability was about average, but that did not detract from the story. It was exciting and enjoyable. The conclusion was solid, but I'd hoped to see even a glimpse or hint that Ethan may get a book... I think with the revealed attachment, he'd make an interesting story. Two thumbs up to this series, I'd recommended to anyone that enjoys a good, gritty, romantic thriller! ------------------------ Heat Level: 3.75 ------------------------ Score: 4.4 Stars: 4 ----------------------- -- ABOUT the AUTHOR -- Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader 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 fifty novels and novellas. 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. Tina J - Unbound Passion Reviewing for: Tangled Hearts & Boxer Briefs
Date published: 2015-03-11