I am slowly working my way through the Wicked Firsts anthology and one of the stories I read recently was First Taste of Darkness by Cynthia Eden. Oh how I miss romantic suspense. I have been reading a lot of contemporary and paranormal romance lately, which I also like, but reading this one has reminded me how much I miss the romantic suspense genre.
Jess Delaney is in Vegas on her honeymoon, although she is not married. It is the trip she and her fiance originally booked before she found him cheating, so now she is here on her own to get away. Boy is she in for a surprise. She finds fancy in Blake Landon’s eyes, the very rich and powerful hotel owner in Vegas. She is sick of her safe life back home so she wants to do something a little dangerous, like Blake. She can see the bad boy in his eyes.
Boy did Jess hit the jackpot with bad boys. Within about 24 hours Jess has been shot at and kidnapped all because of Blake. Within that next 24 hours she has been rescued and sent to the hospital for knife wounds. Is she ready to go back to her safe life in Florida? Um, yes. Right now. However, she and Blake have some amazing chemistry that is a lot more than physical and she isn’t ready to give THAT up yet.
As in true Cynthia fashion, even though this is a novella, the characters are well developed with plenty of secrets of their own and the story is full of action and suspense. There is plenty of passion to fan yourself but also enough love between Jess and Blake to make you swoon. If you are looking for a quick, romantic suspense read, you should try reading First Taste of Darkness, which is part of the Wicked Firsts anthology. You won’t regret it!
~ Reviewed by Amy ~
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About the Book:
Title: First Taste of Darkness (part of Wicked Firsts Anthology)
Author: Cynthia Eden
Release Date: August 19, 2013
Category: Romantic Suspense
Source: Purchased anthology from Barnes & Noble
Hot sex. No regrets. Jess Delaney has spent her life playing the role of the good-girl. On a trip to Vegas, she decides to walk on the wild side when she meets mysterious Blake Landon. Rich, powerful, and carrying plenty of secrets, Blake is unlike any man she has ever met before. But as the passion burns between them, danger waits in the darkness…a danger that may just claim Jess’s life…