Series: Cold Justice #1
Published by The Author(s) on December 19, 2014
Source: the publicist and/or the author
Narrator: Eric G. Dove
Length: 9 hours, 54 minutes
An assassin risks everything when he falls in love with an FBI agent hunting her sister's killer.
Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for 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.
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.
When Mallory starts asking questions, Alex is ordered 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.
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This is a romantic suspense story featuring Mallory Rooney and Alex Parker; Mallory is a Special Agent with the FBI and Alex is an assassin working for a secret organization with very strong ties to the US Government. Alex’s backstory is really interesting with regard to how he came to do that job. He hates doing it, but he owes someone within that organization, so he must work until his debt is paid in full.
The mysteries are really good. One mystery involves a serial killer. The other involves figuring out what happened to Mallory’s twin sister who was kidnapped eighteen years ago. Finding her sister is ultimately why Mallory decided to become a FBI agent, and this goal has an influence on nearly everything she does within the Bureau.
I didn’t figure out who the Bad Guy is on my own. I had a suspicion early on, but I was wrong. I could really feel the suspense as Mallory got closer to finding the serial killer and as that case began to merge with her missing sister’s case. The suspense was actually my favorite part of the story, even more than the romance. The romance was good, and Mallory and Alex had great chemistry, but I’m such a big fan of a story that keeps me turning the pages because there are clues and twists coming.
Speaking of the romance: Mallory and Alex began their relationship fairly quickly after meeting and it progressed quite fast. They were very sexy together and honestly I really don’t think that this is the best romance story for those that enjoy those long, slow burn relationships. I was holding my breath for the inevitable moment when Mallory realizes what Alex really does for a living and how his job has interfered with (or perhaps helped?) her serial killer investigation.
I listened to this entire 10-hour audiobook in one day. I enjoyed it so much. The narrator did a wonderful job. I believe that he must be from the South because he had just a touch of a Southern accent, which was 100% appropriate for this story, as A Cold Dark Place is set in North Carolina and West Virginia. I would listen to more of his audiobooks in a heartbeat.
Title: A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson
Series: Cold Justice #1
Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
Length: 9 hours, 54 minutes, Unabridged
Published by: Toni Anderson