Series: Cold Justice - The Negotiators #5
Published by Toni Anderson Inc
Publication Date: September 23rd 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
“A terrific, twisting romantic thriller that will keep you guessing until the end! Don’t miss this one!” ~#1 NYT Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy.
When Darby O’Roarke wakes up in a strange house with a dead man – with no memory of what happened – she knows who she has to call: FBI Supervisory Special Agent Eban Winters…the man she fell for, and who rejected her, last summer.
A negotiator isn’t supposed to get involved with kidnap victims, and Eban has been trying to avoid the temptation that is Darby O’Roarke ever since they met. One frantic phone call has him racing to Alaska to uncover the truth, but he faces stubborn opposition from the local police, and a growing media frenzy.
Getting Darby released from jail and keeping her safe is his first priority. When another woman is brutally slain, evidence emerges that suggests Darby is being framed, and that the culprit is a vicious serial killer who has eluded the FBI for more than a decade…and, now, the killer has Darby in their sights.
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It’s always a thrill to read any new book by Ms. Anderson because I know all the elements I love in romantic suspense – intrigue, danger and passion – will be on every page. COLD AS ICE does not disappoint and is every bit of a page turner as anything this author has written in the past, with the surprises coming all the way to the last page of the book.
Darby O’Roarke has lived through is a nightmare of epic proportions, but she is determined to take back control of her life and has been mostly successful so far. But someone with nefarious intentions is determined to see that she does not succeed in moving on from the events that changed her life and Darby’s first call is to the one man she cannot stop pining for.
FBI agent Eban Winters has tried for so long to do the right thing when it comes to Darby, but with danger surrounding her, he’s willing to give up the job that fulfils him if it comes to a choice between it and keeping Darby safe.
I loved this story so much and everything about the main characters. Moving on from those big events and looking to find love can be very difficult and requires a lot of support and patience, which is why I loved how Eban gave all that to Darby. He was supportive and also did not see or treat her as a victim. He was there for her every step of the way even as she made the calls on her life but was never willing to compromise on her safety in any way.
The dance between Darby and Eban about their feelings for each other was a very delicate one and I really liked how the author handled it. Any concerns I had about the Darby’s life-changing event were allayed by the thoughtful and compassionate way the author handled that piece of the story.
There is so much that will capture a reader’s attention here and really, the entire series is a must-read.