Tuesday, February 2, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Cold Cruel Kiss

Today we are celebrating the release of the newest romantic suspense title from New York Times Bestselling Author Toni Anderson by participating in the blog tour! COLD CRUEL KISS is a Cold Justice Crossfire novel and it is available now. Add the book to Goodreads and follow Toni for exclusive updates.
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Title:   Cold Cruel Kiss
Author:  Toni Anderson
Series:  Cold Justice: Crossfire #4
Publisher:  Toni Anderson Inc.
Genre:   Romantic Suspense
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   400
Date of Publication:   January 28, 2021
My Rating: 5 Stars

Book Blurb:

When the daughter of the US Ambassador to Argentina is kidnapped in broad daylight on Christmas Eve, the FBI sends one of its best negotiators to investigate. 

Supervisory Special Agent Max Hawthorne arrives at an embassy thrown into chaos as US and local law enforcement hustle to track the young woman. Is this a simple kidnap for ransom, or part of a political agenda? Could it be something more sinister? 

Lucy Aston has something to hide. Preferring to stay in the shadows, the lowly, fashion-challenged office assistant resents being assigned to help Max. But Max can’t resist a puzzle…he’s starting to suspect Lucy Aston is not what she seems.

When rumors emerge of a suspected Russian spy operating out of the embassy, Lucy’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble. As she and Max race to rescue the ambassador’s daughter, Lucy has to do whatever it takes to keep her cover from being blown—even if that means betraying the man she’s falling for.



MY THOUGHTS:

Supervisory Special Agent Max Hawthorne heads to Argentina with the daughter of the US Ambassador is kidnapped. Paired with Lucy Aston does not make this difficult job any easier. There is just something about the quiet plane assistant that is a bit of distraction to Max.

Regarding the girl who was kidnapped, Kristen, and at the last minute to the consternation of the kidnappers, Kristen's friend, Irene. Both girls completely disappear. The Ambassador and her husband are frantic. However, Max is called in, although he was on vacation at the time. His expertise just might go a long way to finding the girls. Paired with Lucy, the two begin to try and find whatever clues that might lead to finding the missing teens.

As the investigation intensifies, there is something else at play. Could there be a Russian spy at the embassy, and what, if anything, does this have to do with the missing girls? Meanwhile, Lucy is actually under cover, and must maintain that cover. Her job as assistant to the PA of the Ambassador is a ruse, allowing her to do the job she has been assigned. This becomes extremely challenging because, even with everything going on, Max and Lucy are clearly drawn to one another. 

Tension, danger, intrigue and romance all played very well together in this remarkable book by Toni Anderson. I loved the puzzle that this book contained and enjoyed the byplay between Max and Lucy. I also enjoyed seeing the formerly frumpy Lucy blossom into the strong character that she was, even with her uncertain past. The book kept my attention throughout and and led to a thrilling conclusion.

Many thanks to Toni Anderson and to InkSlinger PR for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
 
  


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AUTHOR INFORMATION:


Toni Anderson writes award-winning, bestselling, FBI Romantic Thrillers. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, RITA® finalist, science nerd, professional tourist, dog lover, gardener, mom. Anderson's books have won the Readers' Choice Award, Aspen Gold, National Excellence in Romance Fiction, Book Buyers' Best.

Originally from a small town in Shropshire, 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 a laid-back leopard gecko.

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 fifteen 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. She also got to shove another (police) car off the road during pursuit training at the Writer’s Police Academy. Basically she has way too much fun!

For more information about Toni and her books, please visit her website: https://www.toniandersonauthor.com

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7 comments:

  1. This sounds action packed with multiple story lines. I like that!

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  2. I love an action packed book, this sounds fab. Great review.

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  3. wow; sounds thrilling.. i think i need to add this to my tbr (oh no..)

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  4. I love it when formerly downplayed characters step up and shine!

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