I have eclectic tastes when it comes to reading and favorite authors in many genres. My very favorite Romantic Suspense writer is Toni Anderson. I’m totally a “fan girl” of her work and I particularly like her Barkley Sound Series because it is set on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I also like her new series, the Cold Justice Series.
This review is of her latest book, released this week.
Review – Cold in the Shadows (Cold Justice Series, Volume 5) by Toni Anderson
There are three reasons I love Toni Anderson’s books.
- Her rich prose pulls me into the story
- Her characters are complex and very human.
- Her plot twists shock me every time.
In Cold in the Shadows she delivers another awesome read.
The story opens with the heroine Audrey walking to her home in the Columbian rainforest. Anderson’s precise prose puts me right in the scene: “It was so dark she could barely see her hand in front of her face. Behind her, the scream of a howler monkey filled the air. Her heart virtually stopped.”
The romance is also quintessential Toni Anderson. Using subtle lines here and there, the sexual tension grows between the characters until it’s far from subtle. When the hero first meets the heroine he notices, “She had a wicked chuckle that seemed to affect a certain part of his anatomy that should know better.” He was hunting an assassin. After all the couple goes through he declares, “I did not expect you to tear down my world so that I had to rebuild it from scratch, but that’s what you did.” I felt his conflict. The love story is both textured and fresh.
And then there’s the humor. The frog jokes are great.
The story? Patrick Killion is a CIA spook hunting an assassin. Audrey, a PHD research biologist, is his chief suspect. First, he has to keep her alive long enough to figure out if she did it. Second, he has to not succumb to their amazing chemistry. And third, he has to make it right. Audrey is swept into the horror of being wanted by Columbian drug dealers and the CIA. What’s a girl to do? It’s a winding plot with lots of drama and intrigue.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Romance, Suspense or Romantic Suspense. It’s a great read.
I’m sending my review to Amazon and Goodreads with a 5 star rating.
Warning: Do not start this book if you have something you really need to do. I’m just saying – I warned you.