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Together can they find the Twilight Killer… Special Agent Ethan Barrow’s father was a star FBI profiler. Now Ethan’s been committed for the very crimes he cased. But new evidence leads Ethan straight to Detective Adaline Kinsella. Addie trusts the evidence, even if she can’t trust the emotions Ethan elicits.


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Together can they find the Twilight Killer… Special Agent Ethan Barrow’s father was a star FBI profiler. Now Ethan’s been committed for the very crimes he cased. But new evidence leads Ethan straight to Detective Adaline Kinsella. Addie trusts the evidence, even if she can’t trust the emotions Ethan elicits.

30 review for Criminal Behaviour (Twilight’s Children) / A Colton Target (The Coltons of Roaring Springs) (Mills & Boon Heroes)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    Better than 3 stars---not quite 3.5

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Hoover

    Criminal Behavior is the first book in a new romance suspense thriller series titled "Twilight's Children" by author Amanda Stevens. This author's books are always highly atmospheric (remember The Graveyard Queen series?!), and she sets the creepy, ominous tone early and builds on it from beginning to end in this new one. Agent Ethan Barrow has never given up on exonerating his father from a murder conviction in a case that sent him over the edge and into a psychiatric ward. Now ten years later, Criminal Behavior is the first book in a new romance suspense thriller series titled "Twilight's Children" by author Amanda Stevens. This author's books are always highly atmospheric (remember The Graveyard Queen series?!), and she sets the creepy, ominous tone early and builds on it from beginning to end in this new one. Agent Ethan Barrow has never given up on exonerating his father from a murder conviction in a case that sent him over the edge and into a psychiatric ward. Now ten years later, Ethan has new evidence he's sure will clear his father's name . . . if he can convince his ex-love Det. Adaline Kinsella to team up with him once again. The only issue is Adaline is convinced of Ethan's father's guilt and believes the right man is locked away. A man guilty of murdering her mother. But - someone is taunting and threatening Adaline. Is the right...or wrong man in prison? Criminal Behavior is a twisted suspense story that unfolds with a creepy, impending doom kind of vibe. The setting is masterfully woven into the scenes setting a mood and causing this reader to stay on the edge of her seat throughout. Well-developed characters carry this story through several twists and turns and kept me guessing until the end. The romance is secondary and pretty low-key as the case is the focus of this book. I will say I felt that the ending was a bit rushed after all the time spent building the suspense, but it in no way diminished my enjoyment of this story. I can't wait for the release of book 2! A Must Read! *With many thanks to the author for a paperback copy of this book for review. **Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Criminal Behavior is the first book in Amanda Stevens new trilogy for Harlequin Intrigue. It is a good read and features a feisty heroine and a very intense hero. I liked the two of them together. As with these shorter books the story ends too soon but it is a hopeful ending. These two have a past and I would have liked more background but it did not take away from the story. I did not quess who the murderer was and I was bit surprised. I have read many of Ms. Stevens' books and enjoyed them, es Criminal Behavior is the first book in Amanda Stevens new trilogy for Harlequin Intrigue. It is a good read and features a feisty heroine and a very intense hero. I liked the two of them together. As with these shorter books the story ends too soon but it is a hopeful ending. These two have a past and I would have liked more background but it did not take away from the story. I did not quess who the murderer was and I was bit surprised. I have read many of Ms. Stevens' books and enjoyed them, especially her Graveyard Queen series. She has a knack for writing books with a real Gothic feel to them. Recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paula Brandon

    I really shouldn't have read this while I was at home alone, at night, while my partner was away on a camping trip. It has a couple of really creepy scenes that had me checking that the doors to the house were locked! High praise for a book from the Intrigue line, indeed. Yet another good book from Amanda Stevens. The story involves Detective Addie Kinsella having her world rocked by the reappearance of Ethan Barrows, an FBI agent. Ten years ago, he seduced her and got her to leak case details re I really shouldn't have read this while I was at home alone, at night, while my partner was away on a camping trip. It has a couple of really creepy scenes that had me checking that the doors to the house were locked! High praise for a book from the Intrigue line, indeed. Yet another good book from Amanda Stevens. The story involves Detective Addie Kinsella having her world rocked by the reappearance of Ethan Barrows, an FBI agent. Ten years ago, he seduced her and got her to leak case details regarding his father, a famed FBI profiler who went to prison for a murder similar to the serial killer he was tracking, having apparently gotten obsessively involved in the case. As it happens, that victim was Addie's mother. Ethan has always been convinced his father is innocent. Thanks to new DNA evidence, Ethan is back in town to clear his father's name. He goes to Addie with the information, feeling she deserves to know what's going on, and they eventually end up working together. This was a fast-paced, intriguing and at times even scary romantic thriller. Amanda Stevens knows how to send shivers down your spine! (view spoiler)[The scene where Addie sees a person following her by crawling along a brick wall, hidden by trees - yikes! I had trouble sleeping after that one. (hide spoiler)] Due to this, I was able to forgive some of the flaws. For example, it is a bit repetitive. Something will happen to Addie or Ethan, and they will relay the events later to the other, blow by blow. The subplot involving Gwen Holloway, a former FBI behavioural analyst keeping tabs on Ethan, takes up a lot of plot time but really seem to lead anywhere. Ultimately, it was a little predictable in terms of how things would play out, and the climax is a little abrupt, but I was fine with that. Anything that can legitimately creep me out is all good with me! If you're after romance, this falls significantly short of the mark, but I'm a sucker for a fun, fast-paced, spooky good time, so I was happy to let that slide!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toth Jo-Ann

    This is such a neat book. Its like a psychological thriller in away. For its about the murder of Detective Adaline Kinsella's mother. Talk about some neat twist here they will surprise you right to the end. Agent Ethan Barrow is a interesting love interest for so many reasons. One being who his father is. I love the way Amanda weaves this story for she makes you curious to find out what is going to happen next. But what's neat is that this is a series called Twilight's Children. As you read this This is such a neat book. Its like a psychological thriller in away. For its about the murder of Detective Adaline Kinsella's mother. Talk about some neat twist here they will surprise you right to the end. Agent Ethan Barrow is a interesting love interest for so many reasons. One being who his father is. I love the way Amanda weaves this story for she makes you curious to find out what is going to happen next. But what's neat is that this is a series called Twilight's Children. As you read this book you will see why. Hence my reason for calling it a psychological thriller. For when you come to the end you will come to a startling discovery and hang on to your hats. It will surprise you. I'm looking forward to this series for there was some neat twists in this book. I'm curious to see what's up next in her next one Incriminating Evidence. Stay tuned!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    Interesting. At least this book didn't end with the typical "I love you and marry me" which harlequin is famous for. Interesting. At least this book didn't end with the typical "I love you and marry me" which harlequin is famous for.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Gulick

    I love Amanda’s books! She writes intelligently and clearly. I especially enjoy her strong female characters. She must love Charleston because it is the setting for many of her books. This story has just enough creepiness and romance to keep you turning pages!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Read All About It

    Ethan is trying to exonerate his father of murder. His obsession ruined his relationship with Adaline 10 years ago now he’s back. Together they are trying to uncover the truth but powerful people don’t want the truth to come out. Ms. Stevens has a way with words that make you feel the chill down your back and smell the magnolia flowers. That’s how well written her books are. This one is no exception. Creepy, suspenseful, and twisted. Great start to a new trilogy. I received a copy of this book f Ethan is trying to exonerate his father of murder. His obsession ruined his relationship with Adaline 10 years ago now he’s back. Together they are trying to uncover the truth but powerful people don’t want the truth to come out. Ms. Stevens has a way with words that make you feel the chill down your back and smell the magnolia flowers. That’s how well written her books are. This one is no exception. Creepy, suspenseful, and twisted. Great start to a new trilogy. I received a copy of this book from the author for a honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pipesper

    Por más que lo intenté, no pude conectar con la historia, ni con los personajes. Es interesante, sí, tiene un algo que viene con la autora (que me gusta mucho), con la ambientación y la ubicación, así como también con las tramas que maneja y cómo lo hace. Pero a la vez, no sé. Siento que me dejó esperando mucho más. Desde el principio sentí que la historia nos lanzaba directamente a la mitad de un libro y que faltó o una buena introducción o un libro anterior a este, sobre el Twilight Killer y s Por más que lo intenté, no pude conectar con la historia, ni con los personajes. Es interesante, sí, tiene un algo que viene con la autora (que me gusta mucho), con la ambientación y la ubicación, así como también con las tramas que maneja y cómo lo hace. Pero a la vez, no sé. Siento que me dejó esperando mucho más. Desde el principio sentí que la historia nos lanzaba directamente a la mitad de un libro y que faltó o una buena introducción o un libro anterior a este, sobre el Twilight Killer y sus asesinatos (por un momento pensé que lo había pasado por alto, pero no? Espero que no). Aquí le faltó mucho respecto al show don't tell, porque simplemente nos contaron que pasó antes con el caso, más de 20 años atrás, y luego otro suceso 10 años atrás entre los protagonistas y aquello simplemente me sacó de la lectura. No me digan que pasó 20, 10 años atrás, muéstrenlo, porque creo que la autora podría haber mostrado escenas intercaladas entre el pasado y el presente, y le hubiese dado un poco más de sentido a lo que estaba pasando (en lugar de algunas escenas y sucesos que no aportaron mucho). Pero nop. Y eso nos dejó con una historia plana, con sucesos poco sorprendentes, intentando "arreglar o destapar" un suceso del pasado y descubrir al verdadero asesino de una de las víctimas. El final fue lo más conveniente y poco creíble a lo que pudo haber llegado: no me convenció el motivo del verdadero asesino, ni lo que estaba ocurriendo con la protagonista, ni los involucrados, ni nada. Simplemente... no. No le vi sentido. Y el pseudo-romance es un no-no. Porque también hace lo mismo, de decir y no mostrar. Los protagonistas tuvieron un romance 10 años atrás que acabó por un suceso (del que no hablaré, spoiler jaja), y luego... no, solo no. Tampoco les vi química o algo. Afortunadamente (para mi lol) era un libro relativamente corto, así que se me fue rápido. No sé si lo recomendaría, a decir verdad, y tampoco seguiré con la trilogía, saga, idk, pero puede serlo para otros. Es bueno, sí, tiene sus puntos altos y algunas pequeñas sorpresas, pero no fue para mi por más que así lo quisiera (las altas expectativas van a matarme jaja).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    I have been a fan of Amanda Stevens since reading THE DOLLMAKER and hiding the cover when it was on the nightstand....because....holey crappe! Take a look at the cover...it's a scary-asse book too. I've gone on to read and totally dig her Graveyard Queen series [on the keeper shelf] and turning my dad onto her books. CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR is a Harlequin Intrigue book and is short and quick to read. I have veered away from thrillers and FBI agents,etc over the last few years but this is Amanda Steven I have been a fan of Amanda Stevens since reading THE DOLLMAKER and hiding the cover when it was on the nightstand....because....holey crappe! Take a look at the cover...it's a scary-asse book too. I've gone on to read and totally dig her Graveyard Queen series [on the keeper shelf] and turning my dad onto her books. CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR is a Harlequin Intrigue book and is short and quick to read. I have veered away from thrillers and FBI agents,etc over the last few years but this is Amanda Stevens. I will read everything she cares to write. Two main characters, a detective and an FBI agent. The pair have history and not all is at has seemed in both their lives. Plenty of twists and turns, more than should have fit comfortably in this slender book. I can definitely recommend this author and I can recommend this book. I look forward to the rest of the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C. Lewis

    I have to say I have never been disappointed when I've picked up an Amanda Stevens book. This was a masterfully plotted thriller that really kept me on the edge of my seat. It made me want to crawl into a hiddey hole and not come out until I finished the book! Ethan and Adaline had some amazing chemistry that had me rooting for them from the first time the reconnected. And while I had a small hunch about the mastermind behind the crimes, it didn't in any way diminish my love of the story. And bo I have to say I have never been disappointed when I've picked up an Amanda Stevens book. This was a masterfully plotted thriller that really kept me on the edge of my seat. It made me want to crawl into a hiddey hole and not come out until I finished the book! Ethan and Adaline had some amazing chemistry that had me rooting for them from the first time the reconnected. And while I had a small hunch about the mastermind behind the crimes, it didn't in any way diminish my love of the story. And boy was it some twisty stuff. So, if you want to stay up all night with a really great thriller with some serious heat-filled romance, I can't recommend this book enough. Now, on to the next installment!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I really enjoyed this book. I love a book where you can make a connection with the main character. Addie is the daughter of a victim of a serial killer copycat. She is convinced the right person was arrested for it 25 years ago, but the son of the killer thinks differently. It seems that Addie and Ethan, the son of the killer, have a past and not a good one. Ethan has come back to Addie after 10 years with new evidence that may show that his father is innocent. What follows is a lot of action an I really enjoyed this book. I love a book where you can make a connection with the main character. Addie is the daughter of a victim of a serial killer copycat. She is convinced the right person was arrested for it 25 years ago, but the son of the killer thinks differently. It seems that Addie and Ethan, the son of the killer, have a past and not a good one. Ethan has come back to Addie after 10 years with new evidence that may show that his father is innocent. What follows is a lot of action and mystery. I did not see the ending coming. I will always give a 5 star rating if the author can trick me and Amanda Stevens did just that. As soon as I put the book down, I ordered the next one in the trilogy! **Full disclosure- I received a free book for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    GONZA

    Amanda Stevens always scares me to death, but as a thriller this book was pretty good, as far as romance goes, not so much.... Amanda Stevens mi mette sempre tantissima paura, peró anche se come libro giallo andava benissimo, come storia d'amore non ci siamo proprio... Amanda Stevens always scares me to death, but as a thriller this book was pretty good, as far as romance goes, not so much.... Amanda Stevens mi mette sempre tantissima paura, peró anche se come libro giallo andava benissimo, come storia d'amore non ci siamo proprio...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tambra

    Great book I have read all of Amanda Stevens books they are wonderful. I have the rest of this in the series to read. Could not put it down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Doederlein

    I did not think that a Harlequin novel could hold my interests but it is written by Ms. Stevens so that should be explanation enough!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    Great read, I loved the mystery and the romance, it worked really well together! Also the characters were awesome to read about!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Too short, ended too suddenly.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Caldwell

    Very good book. I just need to find the rest of the series now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

    SM

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  21. 4 out of 5

    CJ

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

  23. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan Muir

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trudy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deb Evans

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura Whynacht

  28. 5 out of 5

    S. Niehart

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ineke Bruggeman

  30. 4 out of 5

    siobhan jenvey

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