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.
I loved Max and Lucy’s story! Toni Anderson did not disappoint. Suspenseful. Adventurous. Provoking.
Slow burn romance wrapped in a twisty kidnap case
I’m always trying to unravel the clues to beat the reveal in the storyline, and we do get some clues here but while this layered thriller hints at a certain subplot some things I just didn’t see coming. Of course, I was also distracted by the sizzling chemistry between Lucy and Max. But they don’t let the instant attraction they feel interrupt their inherent need to find and save the victim. Written as an FBI procedural we are carried through the operation to negotiate the ransom and release, to finding the perpetrators, and using the latest technology to bring this mission to an optimal conclusion. And while that is enthralling so much more is going on in the background. Great, great read.
An Exciting and Intriguing Journey
Cold Cruel Kiss, the fourth book in Toni Anderson’s Cold Justice Crossover Series, does not disappoint! The reader is taken on action packed journey. This journey is crammed with raw emotions that exhibit fear, love and secrets. No one is above suspicion in the abduction of Kristen, the US Ambassador’s daughter, and her friend Irene. FBI negotiator SSA Max Hawthorne’s task becomes more difficult when the abduction appears to be involved with espionage and murder.
Ms Anderson creates a world of intrigue and suspense. This is a fast paced story that offers many twists and turns. I like that former characters from The Cold Justice Series make an appearance and are part of the abduction solution.
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