A desperate single-mom. A dedicated FBI agent. Terrorists who want them both dead.
Single mom Vivi Vincent is thrust into her worst nightmare when she and her eight-year-old son are trapped inside a mall during a terror attack. Jed Brennan, a dedicated FBI agent on enforced leave, helps Vivi and her son survive the assault. But the danger is just beginning…
Vivi’s son may have witnessed critical details of the terrorists’ future plans and is targeted for death, but he’s mute, and he’s traumatized. When someone launches a strike against the FBI’s safe house, Jed fears the bad guys have an inside man. Not knowing who to trust, he hides mother and son in a log cabin deep in the heart of the Wisconsin Northwoods. There Jed and Vivi try to figure out how to unlock the information inside her son’s head.
What they don’t bargain for is the red-hot attraction that flares between them or the extent of the sinister plot that threatens to rip apart any chance of happiness they might have together.
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This book was intense!
Seriously, reading it was so stressful–Ms Anderson really knows how to ratchet up the tension until you’re just not sure you (or the characters!) can take any more. And then she takes it up another notch…or seven…
Jed and Vivi’s story was fantastic. The twists and turns of the plot will keep you turning the pages (I legit gasped toward the end!), and the chemistry between Jed and Vivi is great. Michael was a wonderful character as well–somehow he still feels like a fleshed out character even though he doesn’t speak or really communicate well for much of the book. I didn’t quite buy Vivi’s ex’s supposed turn around toward the end, but I’ll hope for the best for Michael’s sake.
Jed had a tiny role in the background of the last book ( A Cold Dark Place –he was in one meeting, maybe?) but Alex and Frazer play some pretty big roles here again (as does a certain organization we might have thought was gone forever…). So yes, you *could* read this as a standalone, but it’s only book 2. Why not read them both? #yourewelcome 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Toni Anderson writes gritty, sexy, FBI Romantic Thrillers, and is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, Readers’ Choice, Aspen Gold, Book Buyers’ Best, Golden Quill, National Excellence in Story Telling (NEST) Contest, and National Excellence in Romance Fiction awards. She’s been a finalist in both the VIVIAN and the RITA. Nearly three million copies of her books have been downloaded.
Best known for her “COLD JUSTICE” books perhaps it’s not surprising to discover Toni lives in one of the most extreme climates on earth—Manitoba, Canada. Formerly a Marine Biologist, she still misses the ocean, but is lucky enough to travel for research purposes. In January 2016, she visited FBI Headquarters in Washington DC, including a tour of the Strategic Information and Operations Center. She hopes not to get arrested for her Google searches.
Find out more on her website: http://www.toniandersonauthor.com