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The Heart of a Killer by Jaci Burton
Series: The Killer Series #1
Published by Harlequin on 2011-11-01
Reviewed by Miranda
No one said coming home would be easy. But for Dante Renaldi, it's murder.Before the Special Forces hero has even unpacked his bags from twelve years of active duty, he's embroiled in murder—corpses bearing the brutal trademark he's seen only once before—on the worst night of his life.The last time Detective Anna Pallino saw Dante Renaldi, they were in love. Now, he's part of the connection to a string of fresh homicides and a horrible assault Anna only survived thanks to him.More than anything, Anna wants to trust Dante. But as the bodies and the coincidences stack up, Anna will have to decide, and fast: Is the man she owes her life to the very same one who wants her dead?
Twelve years ago a teenage Anna Pallino’s life came to a screeching halt. She was viciously attacked in the alley behind her work. Dante, her boyfriend, and his foster brothers came to her rescue. Their emotions got away from them and they accidently killed her attacker. There was no turning back, all of their lives were changed forever. Their crime was covered up. Dante left town and didn’t looked back. Now Anna’s a strong independent adult fully capable of taking care of herself. She followed her father’s footsteps and became a detective. Anna has only a few regrets in her life; one of them is not knowing what happened to her first love Dante Renaldi.
Dante Renaldi left Anna and the foster family he loved to join the Army’s Special Forces. He’s seen his fair share of the world but never been as happy as he was with Anna. Dante is headed back to town to celebrate his foster parents’ anniversary but when he gets there nothing is as expected. Death awaits him. Someone knows what happened twelve years ago and wants revenge. Dante’s homecoming is nothing like he thought it would be. Someone he loves is dead and his beloved Anna is in charge of the investigation. The killer will not be satisfied with one death. Every one Dante loves is a target and he will do whatever it takes to protect them. Anna may not be ready to let Dante back into her life but he will do anything to keep her safe, whether she likes it or not.
The Heart of a Killer is a complex, clever and captivating novel that will leave you breathless. This fast-paced thriller keeps you guessing as you follow the clues with the appealing hero and heroine. The Heart of a Killer starts a brand new series from Jaci Burton that will have your heart rate jumping as the story unfolds. In true Ms. Burton fashion, The Heart of a Killer weaves a sexy suspense with heart melting romance to create a stunning story. I’m totally in love with Dante and Anna. They are such strong characters with deep histories and bright futures. Their journey is long and arduous but so worth it! I can’t wait to see what’s next in this killer series.