Fear for Me by Cynthia Eden // Review + Excerpt

December 22, 2020

Fear for Me by Cynthia Eden

He wasn't going back to jail.
He wasn't finished.
The circle wasn't complete.
Lauren wasn't a beautiful, bloody doll.
It wasn't over.
I have the power.
He also had the big-ass knife.

Fear for Me by Cynthia Eden

Fear For Me by Cynthia Eden

Standalone - For Me #2
Release - November 12, 2013
Genre - Romantic Thriller
Multiple POV - 3rd person
Heat level - 3 out of 5 - one descriptive scene & one lightly descriptive one
Format/Source - ebook purchase from Amazon
Length - 358 pages
Publisher - Montlake Romance

She’s the obsession two men share: one wants her love, the other wants her life.

A shared passion for justice first brought Baton Rouge district attorney Lauren Chandler and US marshal Anthony Ross together—when each played their part in bringing down the infamous Bayou Butcher. The sparks flying between the two made it clear they weren’t just a legal dream team. Then desire had to make way for duty, and what they had was done. But it would never be over.

Five years later, it’s none other than the Butcher who gets things started again, when his shocking jailbreak reunites the lawyer and the lawman…and reignites their love. But this time, the pair is in danger of being permanently parted—by a killer with revenge on his mind, and Lauren on the top of his list. As a new wave of terror sweeps through the streets and swamps of Baton Rouge, one man will pit his boundless passion against another’s relentless hate, for the life of the woman who obsesses them both.

Wanna know what's worse than having a serial killer on the loose? Learning that there are two of them!

The Bayou Butcher has broken out of prison and he's out for revenge. And he's not alone. When those he's targeting realize that he has a partner, that maybe he's always had a partner, the hunt is even more urgent to put these killers away.

Five years ago, Anthony and Lauren had something special. However, after working a case together, despite her pleas that he stay, he knew he had to leave. But gone doesn't mean forgotten and neither of them were able to forget the other. To move past what they had. To get over those feelings. And since Anthony was the one to help put the Butcher away in the first place, it's only right that he be the one to come back to hunt him down. He's back and what he feels for Lauren is stronger than ever. This time he vows to give what they have a shot, if she'll let him. He just needs to keep her alive and catch the bad guys.

I enjoyed being in the minds of the killers. It was just as creepy and icky as it needed to be. The author did a great job of capturing how truly twisted and disgusting these men were. I will admit that I figured out my top three candidates for the partner pretty early on and one of them were the right answer. It was a load of fun seeing how it tied in. I did want more of an explanation for how these two men worked together, but I was content with what I got.

Scary and eerie, Fear For Me left me on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next and I'm looking forward to reading the next book of this series.

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She closed in on Anthony. “We need to talk.”

A muscle flexed in his jaw. “Later, ma’am.” His native Georgia drawl rolled lightly beneath his words. “Right now, I have a killer to hunt.”

She grabbed his arm. Held tight. “A killer who was in my house. A killer who murdered my friend.” Karen, I am so sorry. Each time she thought of Karen, it felt as if someone were clawing open her chest. “You aren’t shutting me out, understand, Ross? I’m working this with you. I am going to make sure this city doesn’t fall back into the Bayou Butcher madness it faced before.” When fear had held them all captive.

Fear of the dark.

Fear of the monster who waited in the dark.

Jon Walker had made children—and even adults—fear the boogeyman once more. Because he truly was that monster.

“I tracked him before,” Anthony said quietly. No emotion entered his voice or his gaze. “And I can do it again.”

Without you.

Unspoken, but the words were still there, hanging between them.

She wouldn’t back down. “My office will give you any support you need. We will work together on this.” She knew the reporters were probably already swarming outside. Paul had been right on that score—a story about her, about the Bayou Butcher—hell, yes, they were talking a front-page spread.

Anthony bent toward her. His scent—rich, masculine—surrounded her. His mouth was close to her ear when he whispered. “Haven’t you already come close enough to death?”

She turned her head. Met his stare. “Haven’t you?” Because she knew the risks he took, day in and day out.

Even when he’d left her, she’d followed his career. Anthony’s cases were the darkest she’d ever encountered. Brutal killers. Sadistic criminals.


“Not close enough,” he told her softly. “Not yet.” His green gaze heated as it swept over her. “I missed you.”

Then he was gone. Hurrying away with the other two men as they went out on the hunt.

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes sexy tales of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over one hundred 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.


  1. Yes, this is definitely my type of read! I like your description of the two serial killers 'and their inclusion in the book!

    1. It's what made the story such a solid read. Getting inside their heads was a real treat :)


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