About COLD HEARTED:
Hunting For A Killer…Who Doesn’t Play By The Rules.
Detective Erin Donovan expects life to quiet down after the arrest and conviction of a serial rapist who terrified her university town last summer. Then two young women are brutally slain and the murders bear all the hallmarks of the campus rapist. Did Erin arrest an innocent man? Now her job is at stake and tensions are high and just when it looks like things can’t get worse, her department gets the help it needs to solve the double homicide–in the form of a man Erin has never been able to forget.
FBI Agent Darsh Singh has no interest in reliving the past. Three years ago, his feelings for Erin Donovan had him breaking all his rules about getting involved. Now his only interest in the former NYPD detective is figuring out if she screwed up a rape investigation and helped send an innocent man to prison. But being forced to work together rekindles their old attraction, and as Darsh and Erin fall for each other, the campus predator fixates on Erin. The race is on to identify the ruthless killer before he makes Erin his final victim.
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Oh my goodness, I freaking loved this book! How have I not read anything by this author before now? (But–woot!–there’s an audiobooks box set for books 1-3, and I just so happened to have some credits in my account, so that’s going to change ASAP:))
The pages practically turned themselves on this one–the suspense was fantastic, the mystery kept me guessing (I wassure I knew who the killer/stalker/serial rapist was about 15% in–I was wrong, and only just realized it *just* before it became glaringly obvious I was wrong! Though the real one was on my short list of alternates, at least, it definitely wasn’t obvious), and the romance–a second-chance one, of sorts–was amazing! I loved both Erin and Darsh and was pulling for them to come together from the instant they showed up on the page together. Though most of the novel was from their POV, Ms. Anderson added in just enough alternate POVs (including the killer’s, which was positively chilling!) to keep the story flowing seamlessly.
Even though this is book 6 in the series, it worked just fine as a standalone. I’m certain that several past series characters had small parts/were mentioned, but you don’t need to have read their stories before this one at all. (Though you’ll undoubtedly want to. Books 4-6 will surely be the next box set to be released, yes? Because I’ve got to get it next!)
Though I do have to add Ms. Anderson to the list of authors who make me make noises that are inappropriate while Mini Moe #1 is driving (“Mom! We’ve talked about this! Don’t do that while I’m driving!” was a common refrain yesterday evening…but I persevered, because I was incapable of stopping until I’d reached the end! Sorry, honey ;))
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Toni Anderson:
New York Times and USA Today international bestselling author, Toni Anderson, writes dark, gritty Romantic Suspense novels that have hit #1 in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, the Top 10 in Amazon and Kobo stores, and the Top 50 in iBooks. Her novels have won many awards. A former Marine Biologist from Britain, she inexplicably ended up in the geographical center of North America, about as far from the ocean as it is possible to get. She now lives in the Canadian prairies with her Irish husband and two children and spends most of her time complaining about the weather.
Toni has no explanation for her oft-times dark imagination, and only hopes the romance makes up for it. She’s addicted to reading, dogs, tea, and chocolate.
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