Series: Cold Justice #6
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Cold Secrets, A Cold Dark Place
Also by this author: Cold Secrets, A Cold Dark Place, Cold and Deadly
Hunting For A Killer...
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.
Who Doesn't Play By The Rules.
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.
Cold Hearted was my first Anderson book, but I plan to read the previous books in the series. I love romantic suspense but find that it often struggles to find a good balance between the 2. Sometimes you get a story with great suspense, but the romance is weak or unbelievable. Then sometimes you get a great romance, but the suspense is lame. Anderson hit a great mix with Cold Hearted and I applaud her for it!
Darsh is an FBI agent called in to a small town in upstate NY to help with a serial rape case. Erin was the detective who put a suspect in jail for the rapes. That suspect? The local college quarterback that was beloved. Now, the town hates Erin and suddenly more rapes/murders occur. Erin is worried she put an innocent kid in prison and that the killer is still out there. Darsh and Erin had a 1 night stand years before and he was NOT kind to her in the aftermath. Erin has a really sad backstory that makes her interactions with Darsh more believable. I thought that both characters had really well written backstories. Darsh has family issues but also brings a bit of racial issues up as well since he is of Indian descent. And while Darsh and Erin are working out their issues and dealing with their attraction, they are both trying to figure out if Erin has made a huge mistake in solving the previous crime. Honestly, I had a list of suspects in my head and there were times when I was sure it was person x, but then 3 pages later, I wasn’t sure any more. Cold Hearted kept me guessing right up until the end. And I really loved the relationship between Darsh and Erin-it was well written, believable, and mature.
- POV: 3rd (even some from the killers perspective which I love)
- Tears: No
- Trope: mortal peril
- Triggers: rape, abuse
- Series/Standalone: Standalone with some very briefly mentioned interconnected characters
- Cliffhanger: No
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes, they find the killer and arrest him. Darsh and Erin move in together and she quits her job as a small town detective « Hide Spoiler
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.