Series: Cold Justice #1
Published by Self Published on March 25, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Justice isn't always black or white. Sometimes it's cold and dark. Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, 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. He's good at dodging the law, too-until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught. 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. She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn't justice. Is it?
When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex 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, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves
I love it when the action in a suspense novel starts on the first page. This book begins that way and never seems to let up!
FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney joined the bureau because she ultimately wanted to find out what happened to her twin sister who was abducted 18 years ago. While tracking a serial killer she stumbles upon information suggesting that a vigilante is operating outside of law enforcement. Former CIA operative Alex Parker is now working for a covert organization whose mission is to take down the most vile criminals before they enter the justice system. As Mallory starts to get closer to discovery, Alex is assigned to “watch” her and ends up getting closer than he’d planned.
Women are being abducted and their bodies later discovered, often with significant time spans between the time they went missing and when they were murdered. What makes this even more spine tingling is sometimes we get the points of view from the victims and the killer. Anderson doesn’t give you a clue as to who’s going to make it, which keeps the tension level awfully high. When the killer begins focusing on Mallory, things get even more dicey.
Alex and Mallory have great chemistry but always in the background is his duplicity. She doesn’t know about his history and he has so many secrets it takes most of the book to uncover them. Alex’s blurred lines makes him more interesting and even he gets conflicted as his relationship with Mallory deepens. It’s a tricky romance that keeps you wondering how all of this will (or can) be resolved.
The bottom line
The balance is tipped more towards suspense in this story but believe me, the romance doesn’t suffer and isn’t forsaken. Alex is a compelling “gray” hero, straddling those ethical lines. I couldn’t find a good stopping point so I gave up trying to sleep and got up in the middle of the night and finished the book. I also couldn’t definitively nail down the identity of the killer until close to the book reveal. That doesn’t happen to me very often and the clues were there. Loved this book and I’ve already bought the next book.
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