Author: Elle Kennedy
Read copy: eBook
Published: August 1, 2009
Blake was tracking the Rose Killer in order to forget the woman he couldn't save. Now there was a new lead: a survivor. Convincing Samantha "Sam" Dawson to help was only half the battle. Resisting the allure of the fiery beauty was downright impossible.
Sam wanted nothing to do with men. With the city. With the fame of her former life as a model. Six months after the heinous attack, she still bore the killer's trademark scar. But if she was as tough as she thought, she'd have to face her fears to catch a killer—and dare to love again.
A killer is plaguing Chicago. Nicknamed Rose Killer, for leaving scars in shape of roses on his victims' bodies, he's already taken three lives, but left two survivors. Samantha Dawson has been in witness protection, her death faked by the FBI, for the past six months. Hiding in fear, she has no intention of getting out of her safe house, until Special Agent Blake Corwin comes knocking, wanting her to talk to the latest survivor to maybe get some important details the woman refuses to discuss with the investigators...
This was a rather good read with well-developed characters (although the hero was a bit annoying in his guilt-tripping), and some seriously good suspense. Although I missed more scenes from the villain's point of view (that the length of the story didn't permit), I found the creep fascinating, and his motive, revealed at the last possible moment, was plausible and adequately creepy.
The romance was a bit rushed, IMO, with everything happening in the course of just a couple of days, but still, this was a solid (romantic) suspense.