Friday, March 21, 2014

A COLD DARK PLACE by Toni Anderson

(Cold Justice #1)
by Toni Anderson
Release: April 1, 2014

My rating: 5 of 5 ⭐️

Eighteen years after her twin sister's disappearance from their bedroom, FBI Special Agent Mallory Roony has never stopped looking for the man who took her. Her job affords her acces to information on cases with similar signatures. When a case is unexpectedly resolved by an anonymous phonecall and a dead suspect, some chilling clues are starting to come together. They may have a vigilante on their hands.

It was a trade, his freedom for a contract with The Gateway Project. Ex-CIA operative, Alex Parker was not a stranger to receiving killing orders. It had been part of his job. Now it would BE his job, for an underground government organization looking to mete out quick and sure justice to the worst scum of the earth, before mistakes and bureaucracy could mess it up. He never enjoyed what he did, but didn't question it.....until he met FBI agent Mallory Roony.

Both Mallory and Alex fought against their attraction, both with very good reason, but the feeling was too unique, too special to pass up on. Mallory rather blissfully unaware of Alex' troubled conscience, is finding more evidence to suggest a vigilante has been active for a while. The closer she gets, the harder the lies become for Alex.

When the case of a serial killer is showing some eerie connections to the abduction of Mallory's sister, Alex takes the opportunity to stay as close as he can to make sure Mallory stays safe. He will do whatever it takes, even confess all if it means saving her life......although it would surely end any future they might have had...


Spine-tingling suspense and dangerously seductive romance!!

I can't help it... This book has EVERYTHING!! Angst, passion, brutality, justice, intelligence, Karma, conspiracy, beauty, betrayal and the many forms of love. I could live on books like these......

Both characters in this book have been shaped by their past. They both are where they are in life, because of an identifiable traumatic experience that shaped every decision that followed.

For Mallory, those decisions started at a young age, when her twin sister was abducted never to be heard from again. An event that had such an impact on her life and the remaining people in it, it shifted her entire future on its axis. The ultimate goal in every move Mallory has made was to find and bring to justice, the man who took her other half and left her heart empty. 

The loss of brothers in arms was the pivotal point for Alex. His move to the CIA and later The Gateway Project were all in direct result. Due to his training and work as a government ordered executioner, he was accomplished at what he did, but did not like killing. Whatever little heart he may have had left, had surely shriveled and dried to dust by now.

One standing clear in the open with a firm belief in black and white - the other living in a perpetual state of gray, tucked in the shadows. Their chemistry is too overwhelming to resist and when they are together there is nothing but honesty in their hearts.

The intricate plot is amazing!! Looping back on itself in a way that surprises right up to the end. Phenomenal both as a romantic story, as well as a thriller, together AND apart. Ms. Anderson's writing style is smooth, highly intelligent and knowledgeable, mature and intuitive and when appropriate, deliciously explicit!! 

The best of Toni Anderson yet..... and the better news is - this is only the first in the new series!!! THAT promises a whole lot of fantastic reading pleasure in our future!!

✨A thrilling, provocative and burning drive for justice.✨

**Copy provided in return for an honest review.**


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