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Cold Cruel Kiss: A Romantic Thriller (Cold Justice® - The Negotiators Book 4) Kindle Edition
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—in this Romantic Thriller by NYT bestselling author Toni Anderson.
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.
All the books can be read as standalone titles. Hot romantic stories with thrilling plots and guaranteed happily ever afters—they do contain strong language and steamy times.
★★★★★ "My mind is completely blown." Sophie Ruthven GOODREADS review.
★★★★★ "WOW. I loved this book. This author hit it out of the park with this one. Lucy and Max were a terrific couple. This story had so much suspense and chemistry and everything in between." ~Lori, GOODREADS review.
★★★★★ "Wonderful characters and an awesome plot, this book was riveting and I couldn't put it down." ~Joanne, GOODREADS review.
★★★★★ "Another fantastic addition to the Cold Justice: Crossfire series!" ~Amy Thomas, GOODREADS review.
★★★★★ "Toni hit this one on all the feels and made it impossible to put the book down. Loved it!!" ~Emily Dickson, GOODREADS review.
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Lucy was not one of those people.
She was working.
It was late afternoon, hot in Buenos Aires. Thankfully, the AC blasted away inside, and Lucy positioned herself beneath one of the vents, grateful for the cool draft.
Two sets of garden doors opened onto an incredible old-stone patio with a magnificent fountain as the main focus of attention. Brilliant jacaranda trees with their unique mauve blossoms provided a stunning backdrop.
Everyone who was anyone in this town was in attendance today, including the Argentine president. Christmas Eve was a massive party in this country, and fireworks had been going off all day.
Rather than pretty sparkles, Lucy was wearing a boring pant suit, the jacket two sizes too large. No one paid any attention to the mouse Lucy had transformed herself into over the past ten months. It wasn't simply the drabness of her dyed, mid-brown hair which hung frizzily around her face from an unflattering center part. Nor the insipid paleness of her skin, nor the thick-framed glasses that hid her eyes. No, it was her lackluster demeanor. Her obedient compliance. The body language that clearly stated she was part of the furniture, not part of the festivities.
It had been a huge adjustment for Lucy to not only be ignored, but to be completely unseen. She didn't mind the shadows anymore. In fact, she preferred them.
The ambassador's husband raised his face to the ceiling and gave a belly-laugh at something the French ambassador's wife said. The latter was wearing a sheer black and white polka dot number that was a lot more revealing than it appeared at first glance. The woman was witty and spoke with constantly moving hands. She was so animated, it was a wonder she didn't spill her champagne.
The ambassador looked over at her husband, and Lucy noticed a crinkle of the woman's brow. Catherine Dickerson didn't like loud but there was no way she'd chastise her husband. She didn't pull rank on the domestic front. Lucy liked that about the woman.
Lucy's direct superior and the ambassador's long time Personal Assistant, Miranda Foster, stood close to the ambassador, attentive to her boss's immediate needs. The senior agent from the US Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) flanked the other side of the doorway from Lucy, along with a few other security guys who were all hyper-focused on the officials they were tasked with protecting.
The ambassador was always adamant that she couldn't do her job with a bodyguard hovering over her shoulder. DSS didn't like it, but they'd learned if they wanted to keep the peace, they had to give Catherine Dickerson some space.
Chandeliers glittered in the bright afternoon sunshine. Guests sipped expensive bubbly and snacked on caviar. The noise level was growing exponentially with the level of alcohol consumption.
Lucy would rather eat a burger than fish eggs, but her stomach growled regardless. She'd covered for Miranda during the ambassador's luncheon with her British, French, German, and Spanish counterparts, and it had been a long time since breakfast.
Lucy pushed hunger out of her mind and instead admired the frescos on the far walls. This former palace now belonged to a Russian billionaire who'd made his fortune after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Being here made her skin crawl.
A flurry of movement in the corner of her eye caused her to glance left. Sure enough, the seemingly friendly and effusive Boris Yahontov had finally arrived with his family at his own party and was keen to make an entrance. He greeted a couple of friends near the doorway and began making his way around her side of the room, probably toward the Argentine president who held court near a dessert table that was complete with a melted chocolate waterfall.
Lucy tried to sink into the wall as Yahontov drew closer, but his gaze fell on her as he neared her position. So much for blending. She bowed her head and stared at the gleaming hardwood floor, praying he walked on by.
Yahontov straightened a chair at a nearby table, and she flicked a glance in his direction. A mistake. It gave him an opening.
"You look familiar..." His accent had only a thin edge of Russian to it. He'd lived in the west for many years, assimilating. A smile was fixed on his lips as he stared at her. "Now where have I seen you before?"
She stared down at the carpet. "You must have mistaken me for someone else, sir."
The man stepped closer and leaned toward to her ear. Alcohol-saturated breath brushed her cheek, although he didn't appear drunk.
"You were prettier in the photographs."
Ice-cold dread washed through her, but she knew better than to show weakness to a predator. She looked at him blankly. "I'm sorry, sir. I really think you have me confused with someone else."
"Of course. My mistake." He laughed and threw up his hands in a jovial manner, but his eyes were appraising as they locked onto her for another long moment.
Her knees wanted to sag, but she didn't let them.
Yahontov finally passed on by, leaving only the smell of vodka behind him. His hulking bodyguard followed like a giant shadow in his wake.
Acid coated her throat, and Lucy swallowed repeatedly to get rid of the need to gag. Copyright 2021 Toni Anderson Inc.
- ASIN : B085DTYBRM
- Publisher : Toni Anderson Inc. (January 28, 2021)
- Publication date : January 28, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3590 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 435 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #64,803 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I would rate this book 6 starts if I could. – This book was another WOW from author Toni Anderson! Incredibly well written and fast paced, each page will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more.
Supervisory Special Agent Max Hawthorne is a crisis negotiator called in when a US Ambassador’s daughter is kidnapped. Lucy Aston is an assistant to the Ambassador and is assigned to assist Max with language translation. The chemistry between these two jumps off the page, but it doesn’t take long for Max to begin to wonder what Lucy is hiding, and WHO she really works for.
Like all of Toni’s books, this story is incredibly well written and the deeper into the story you get the faster you will be turning pages. Each time you think you have it figured out Toni throws in another plot twist, bringing more questions as the story unfolds.
Toni Anderson is a romantic thriller author who creates stories with believable characters and storylines that could have been ripped from today’s headline new. She tackles complex issues with intelligence and depth while adding so many twists and turns in the story until you are drawn in to both the emotion and suspense and cannot put the book down!
While there are many plot twists and turns, this author always wraps up the story by the end of the book and does not leave you with a cliffhanger -- you always know the outcome. I love that!
COLD CRUEL KISS was incredibly well written and I highly recommend reading it. Turn on the lights, lock the door and settle in for a great read.
Upon his arrival, he saw how chaotic things at the ambasssy were. He was assigned a mysterious, lowly office assistant named Lucy Aston. The latter had something to hide and he was ready to find out what it was.
Lucy Aston, office assistant at the US Ambasssy. She had a secret, one that could destroy her life. She was partnered up with the sexy as sin FBI negotiator Max Hawthorne. As they worked close together, feelings and attraction developed between them.
Now there were rumors that a Russian spy was in the ambassy and things really got complicated for her. She did everything to keep her secret hidden now it looked like she would have to hurt the one person she was losing her heart to.
Loved Max and Lucy's journey, all the unexpected twists and turns were magnificently written. So happy to see that in spite of her past, she was able to find love after she learned to trust herself and the man she loved.
COLD CRUEL KISS is the fourth installment in Toni Anderson's COLD JUSTICE: CROSSFIRE series. It was fantastic, adventurous and a must read. Toni Anderson did an exquisite job! 5🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Top reviews from other countries
This book kept me up wayyyy past my bedtime!! 😂
Cold Cruel Kiss is book 4 of Toni Anderson’s Cold Justice Crossfire series, I feel it can be read as a stand-alone.
The pace of the first half of the book was steady, but Wow, just over halfway and the story took off! The intensity grabbed hold and didn’t let go.
I really enjoyed this story, I warmed up to our heroine Lucy, she was hiding secrets throughout the book and at first I struggled to connect with her as well as I did with Max, but my word did she make up for it, fantastic character by the end of the book.
I really loved the spirit and just the pure resilience of the girls that were kidnapped too, I could easily see Irene getting her own story in the future, loved their determination.
As always with this author, the book was a thrilling and highly suspenseful read with the romance was just right 🔥
Managed to finish in spite of off putting early part of book which could deter readers. Last 1/4 better but total turnaround of lucy. Spoiler.Her early thoughts deeds etc were lies. Readers rely on characters thoughts to be true otherwise makes a mockery of story. Have upped from 2 to 3*. But loads more typos.