Hostage Negotiators can talk themselves out of anything—except falling in love.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Dominic Sheridan is an accomplished expert in the Crisis Negotiation Unit. Practiced, professional, used to dealing with high-stake situations under tense conditions, Dominic is a master at manipulating people. Everyone, that is, but the headstrong rookie agent bent on destroying her fledgling career.
As a child, Ava Kanas put her life on the line when the mob executed her father. Now someone has killed her mentor, the man who inspired her to become an FBI agent—and she’s the only one who recognizes it was anything but a tragic accident.
When another agent is murdered and Dominic nearly dies, it becomes obvious a serial killer is targeting the FBI. Together Dominic and Ava search for clues in the investigation, all the while fighting a forbidden attraction that will complicate everything, especially when the predator sets their sights on Ava.
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OMG, THIS BOOK.
It is so freaking good.
It kept me going from the first page to the last–a roller coaster ride of a story to rival anything Cedar Point has to offer and the some! Ms. Anderson did an amazing job of concealing who the antagonist was, even while giving us clues aplenty–once it all comes together they make total sense, but ohmygoodness she really kept me guessing for a good chunk of the book. I kept going back and re-reading scenes, looking for the clues that would have revealed it all, but the obvious ones aren’t there. At. All. The last 25% of the book was pretty much one “Ah ha! So that’s why…” moment after another, interspersed equally with heart-pounding suspense and romance.
Speaking of romance–everything in that arena too is spot-on. I loved Ava and Dominic, and even while bemoaning the fact that they weren’t sitting down and having a much-needed conversation, it made complete sense that they weren’t–they barely had time to breathe with everything that was going on. And yes, they argument could undoubtedly be made that things happen pretty fast here relationship-wise, but with everything else that was going on, falling in love quickly honestly felt like the least of their worries. By the book’s end, I was more than ready to believe in the EA part of their HEA.
Cold & Deadly is the first in Ms. Anderson’s new series, and as such is a great place to start reading her books if you’re a newbie. If you’re not, you may see some familiar characters here–there’s an especially exciting connection to book one in the Cold Justice ( A Cold Dark Place ) that helps to make this story one I won’t be forgetting soon… (no worries if you haven’t read that book yet–but trust me, you’re going to want to!)
I am so freaking ready for this series–bring more on, please, ASAP!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About Toni Anderson:
Toni Anderson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, RITA® nominee, science nerd, professional tourist, dog lover, gardener, mom. Originally from a small town in England, Toni studied Marine Biology at University of Liverpool (B.Sc.) and University of St. Andrews (Ph.D.) with the intention she’d never be far from the ocean. Well, that plan backfired and she ended up in the Canadian prairies with her biology professor husband, two kids, a rescue dog, and two laid-back leopard geckos. Toni started writing while pregnant with her first child and never stopped. Her greatest achievements are mastering the Tokyo subway, climbing Ben Lomond, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and surviving fourteen Winnipeg winters (fingers crossed). She loves to travel for research purposes and was lucky enough to visit the Strategic Information and Operations Center inside FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2016, and she also got to shove another car off the road during pursuit training at the Writer’s Police Academy in Wisconsin. Watch out world!
Toni’s books have hit #1 in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, and the Top 10 on Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks. Her novels have won many awards.