Title: A Cold Dark Place
Series: Cold Justice #1
Author: Toni Anderson
Format: eBook/Paperback, 364 pages
Published: March 25th 2014 by Toni Anderson
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Source: Free on Amazon!
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Justice isn’t always black or white. Sometimes it’s cold and dark.
Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn’t enjoy killing, but he’s damn good at it. He’s good at dodging the law, too—until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught.
FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there’s a vigilante operating outside the law. She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn’t justice. Is it?
When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both—especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves.
With A Cold Dark Place, Toni Anderson delivers fierce action and intrigue, with copious amounts of passion threaded into the story-line, that will leave readers craving more Cold Justice.
FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent her life trying to unravel the mystery of her twin sister's abduction eighteen years ago. An unexpected transfer to the BAU leads her one step closer to finding those answers, but Mallory has been assigned another top-secret mission there - find the FBI agent responsible for giving inside information to a vigilante that is taking down serial killers themselves. When those two pursuits cross paths though, Mallory must decide if justice trumps love.
A Cold Dark Place had everything I look for in a romantic suspense. Mystery; who took Mallory's twin sister, Payton? Who is behind these new murders? Is it connected? Intrigue; who are the players behind this secret organization, The Gateway Project? Who in the BAU can Mallory trust? Romance; will Mallory throw her rules out the window for Alex? Can Alex let down his guard enough to let Mallory in? Suspense; will Mallory and Alex catch the killer before he catches them? What will Mallory choose in the end, her job or Alex? All woven together in a fast-paced, action-packed plot that kept me turning the pages.
I loved the tension between Alex and Mallory from the start. You can practically see the sparks flying between them during their first meeting. The tension quickly breaks when Mallory is trying to drown her sorrows, and Alex takes it upon himself to be her protector. Desire ignites and you know that these two were meant to be. But with so many secrets between them, their road to a happily ever after is full of twist and turns. The mystery of Mallory's sisters disappearance was saddening and compelling. Along with the disappearance and murder of several other young women. I won't lie, I woke up several times in the night while reading, checking the shadows in my doorway for a killer.
The ending was wrapped up well, but I still have many questions about The Gateway Project. Will we see more from this organization is future books? I look forward to reading more from the Cold Justice series, just the glimpse at the end of this book for Cold Pursuit (book #2) has me fascinated.
Suggested Reading Order:
A Cold Dark Place (Cold Justice, #1)