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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My 5/5 star Review:
In Cold Hearted by Toni Anderson, Detective Erin Donovan left her past behind her when she came to small town Forbes Pine. She is dedicated to her job and works hard. A recent case that put a popular university student in jail has now made her very unpopular and very unliked by many in the community. Erin had all the evidence to support the case against him, and everyone seems to hold her responsible and accountable for what they perceive as a wrongful conviction. When Erin is called to a disturbance at this student's girlfriends home, this time no one is crying wolf, and Erin walks into a very disturbing double homicide scene. A scene so similar to the same past crimes, everything amps up even further. Because of the similarities, the FBI is called in to assist. When Agent Darsh Singh is the agent to show up, both of them are shocked to know they know each other from a one night stand 3 years ago. He has never forgiven her after that night and neither of them have forgotten...but can they work together to find a killer before the killer finds his next victim?
Toni Anderson writes an intense, hold nothing back book in Cold Hearted. Full of mystery and tension, she held my attention throughout. Toni blends the romance and suspense very well so that they flow together seamlessly. Both are integral parts of the plot.
The suspense is riveting as the killer ups his game and Erin is soon not only trying to solve a case, she is an unknown target. I liked the way Toni gives us a look into this evil person through their POV. The unknowns, twists, and surprises kept Cold Hearted enthralling!
I liked watching Erin and Darsh not only hunt for a killer but work through the shadows of their pasts and their present. The attraction between them is palpable, even if they want to fight it. I liked how Toni brings their pasts into Cold Hearted at the right times as the story progresses. Their professional and personal worlds have collided, and this rocky road they are on is challenging and filled with not only tension and hurt but many other strong emotions. I liked how they were able to work together despite it all. I really liked Erin. She is strong, stubborn, and she cares. The recent deaths haunt her, even though she knows the previous investigation and evidence was solid. I was amazed by her resilience and strength in the face of blatant hatred in a small town. I liked Darsh too. He has his own issues, and the anger he feels towards Erin about the past does not cancel out his attraction to her. I could understand why he felt how he did. I liked the communication Darsh and Erin did have and the slow build of trust.
Erin and Darsh are realistic, believable characters and I was very intrigued to see where they would end up. That kept me guessing almost as much as who this killer would be and what the killer's motives were. The suspenseful plot is written in a believable way, and Toni's research into the subject shows. A common goal brings two people together, but will it last? An escalating killer and a possible wrongful conviction made for a thought provoking, exciting read. Part of Toni Anderson's Cold Justice series, Cold Hearted can easily be read as a stand alone. I'd recommend Cold Hearted to any romantic suspense reader.
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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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