Keep Me Close by Cynthia EdenKeep Me Close by cynthia eden
Series: Lazarus Rising #2
Published by Hocus Pocus Publishing on October 24, 2017
Genres: Dark Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook
Source: Advance Reader Copy, NetGalley
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Flynn Haddox is a dead man. Literally.

As a highly trained Navy SEAL, Flynn once worked covert missions for the U.S. government, but then his life was stolen away. Killed and placed in the secretive “Lazarus” program, Flynn was brought back from the dead and turned into a super-soldier. Now he has increased strength, enhanced senses, and a few psychic bonuses that he fights hard to keep hidden from the rest of the world. He also has no memory of his past…and a new, twisting darkness seems to be growing inside of Flynn.

Cecelia Gregory escaped death once. Can she do it again?

Dr. Cecelia Gregory was supposed to help the Lazarus test subjects. They didn’t have control of their emotions after the experiment, and her job as a psychiatrist was to break through the walls that the men had created. Too late, Cecelia realized that the Lazarus subjects were far more dangerous than she could ever imagine. The men came back from the dead, but some of them came back…wrong. Now one of the subjects has a dark obsession with Cecelia. The man known as Subject Five is hunting her. And he wants her dead.

One man wants to kill her, but another just…wants her.

Flynn feels a connection to Cecelia that he can’t deny. Not some sweet, innocent attraction—a consuming lust that makes him crave her all the time. Flynn knows that his feelings aren’t normal, but protecting her is his mission now. The man hunting Cecelia is just like Flynn—all the same enhancements, all the same strengths. And no weaknesses. One big difference, though—Flynn doesn’t plan to lose Cecelia. And he’ll fight his own darkness to prove his worth to her.

Hot on the heels of reading book one Never Let Go, I needed more. And I got so lucky that this book dropped the day I needed more!

In the last book, the Navy SEALs who were killed on a certain mission were given the Lazarus serum…and brought back to life. The creator of the formula never wanted it to be used in that way, and even though it wasn’t ready, even though the formula had had some unforseen complications, it was ordered to be used anyway. On their own guys.

Enter Flynn Haddox.

Flynn was kept in cells with his fellow teammates, and with their reanimation came some problems. The first being that none of them remember their lives before waking in their cells. The second (among many) was increased aggression. Adding to that, these new supersoldiers were rapidly developing talents beyond the enhanced strength and quick healing. They had telepathic abilities and each man has his own talent that he’s just better at.

Cecelia Gregory is the doctor brought on to help the men adjust to their new lives, and to help with the increased aggression. However, she’s never really given the whole truth. She’s going in blind so to speak. The moment Flynn walks into her office, he knows she’s it for him. He may not be able to remember his name, or even that of his mom, but he knows she’s his.

Cecelia has her own secrets and those secrets have led her to a career in psychiatry. She wants to figure out why killers kill. And she understands those monsters a little too well. She is supposed to fix the soldiers. But what if some of them don’t want to be fixed?

One of the soldiers who escaped in the last book isn’t a good guy. He’s also begun to get his memories back. One person he remembers? Cecelia. He fixates on her…and her fear. And he exploits it using his psychic talents he hid while in captivity. But he’s free and he’s coming after her.

Flynn and Cecelia can’t keep fighting an enemy they can’t see, especially if he can get into their minds. Sawyer and Elizabeth, also of Project Lazarus, join them, but will two supersoldiers be a match against

This book is just as fantastic, and just as heart-poundingly intense as the first one. I had heart palpitations during certain parts! Ms. Eden has done it again! With her intense looks into the mind of a killer, and her amazing characters who aren’t always 100% perfectly good, living somewhere in the gray areas of good and bad, she shows how the monsters aren’t always the bad guys.

***ARC courtesy of the author through Netgalley