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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2014 Toni Anderson (P)2014 Toni Anderson
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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda Larsson on 04-13-15

A Cold Dark Place

What made the experience of listening to A Cold Dark Place the most enjoyable?

The pacing of the book, the narrator was great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them = )

What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Almost, I tried but real life came between.

Any additional comments?

Mallory's making a career within the FBI, trying to clear up what happened to her twin-sister when she was abducted, when she's transfered to the BAU team as part of a new investigation with a serial killer.
What she didn't expect was Alex Parker.
Alex a former CIA agent, now part of a government organization that claims revenge when the system can't. He was saved from a moroccan prison in exchange for time within the Gateway Project. He's got no time for feelings, or what Mallory awakens within him.
When the current investigation tangles them up in more than one way, they're about to find out if they've got a chance together.
Suspense, action, mystery and smutty fluff in an awesome combo!
Listened to the audiobook, and the narrator Eric G. Dove was great as well.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cyn on 02-07-15

Total thrilling Suspense that kept me on the edge

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. This was one that kept your heart pumping as the author and narrator kept you on the edge with it's thrilling mystery and suspense of who done it.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought the narrator was outstanding.
The suspense just about killed me.
You were so part of the story you forgot you were listening.
The narrator made it seem like a movie, you could see the pictures in your mind as you listened.

Which scene was your favorite?

I am not sure I had a favorite one, I just loved the whole story. If I had to pick one I would have to say it was the first few pages that really stuck with me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was, I wanted to find out who this killer was and why he was killing. What his plans were and if they worked out for him.

Any additional comments?

This is not a book you want to listen to as you drive down a dark lonely highway as I found out. The first part about had me jumping out of my seat every time a car got behind me or I past one. I had to chuckle at myself as I drove to work.

I have to say this was one of my favorite listens, it pulled you in and made you setup as the author and narrator told a compelling story that will break your heart as they take you on a thrilling trip of who done it and why.

What shock me the most was this author is from Canada and had the area down so well. I live in the area she wrote about which added to the read for me since I could relate to the towns or cities in this story. She definably did her research.

This was a well written book that flowed easy for me, it kept me on the edge as they raced to the finish line of who did it. I did not find a boring moment in this book but thrills and suspense of who, why and how. The story was gripping, the characters I felt I knew and became wrapped up in their story from the very beginning all the way to the end. I completely fell in love with Alex and Mallory and it tore at my heart wanting them to be together and for justice to be found.

All the characters were outstanding by the time you get to the end you feel you know them and they are apart of your family. Even the killer you hate but you do feel sorry for him, he was pulled into the killing when he was young with the taking of Mallory's twin. There is one place where you even root for him and than you just feel sorry for him and grow to pity him. You are more than glad to see justice done but you are still sad because I do feel he wasn't really a bad man just pulled into something out of his control. You just want him caught so no more women will be killed.

My heart broke for each character as they rush to find the killer and hope to save a few women from harm. This story does have a wonderful happy ending but at the same time it is sad. Ms. Anderson pulled me in and hooked me from the start, the narrator kept me there with his wonderful narration. I do have to say I loved the vigilante I know we should not but he did make sure all those he took out were guilty before giving them justices. I was cheering him on as he shot and killed the killer. I didn't feel guilty at all, does that make me bad?

I love Toni writing style the way she pulls you in and keeps you. I am so looking forward to reading and listening to more books by her. She has been added to my all time favorite authors list.

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3 out of 5 stars
By DubaiReader on 02-01-18

Murder and romance.

I sometimes think that listening to the audio version of a thriller makes it harder to follow. No matter how well narrated it is, it's still difficult to go back over the bits you've missed, and as I'm usually doing something else at the same time, driving, ironing, washing-up, it's also easier to find yourself in that position. So, in order to write this review I have just been back and replayed the beginning of each chapter - especially the finalé. It was quite interesting listening again, knowing who was guilty.

Mallory Rooney is an FBI agent. She was parted from her twin sister eighteen years previously, when Paton was abducted from their bedroom. Mallory has joined the FBI in the hope that she might be able to shed some light on her sister's disappearance, and she is definitely not looking for a romantic relationship.
Professional assassin, Alex Parker, is also not looking for a love interest, but he and Mallory are drawn to each other from their very first meeting.

There is a killer on the loose, who is targeting young women; and women who go missing for no apparent reason have been tuning up some time later, dead, with the initials 'PR' cut into their skin. Mallory wonders about the coincidence that these were her sister's initials, but has no reason to connect the two.
However, it is when Mallory starts to suspect that she may be the killer's next target, that the tension builds.

Interestingly, there are a few chapters narrated from the point of view of the killer, although we do not know who s/he is. A couple of the victims have a chance to air their POVs.

Eric G. Dove did an excellent job of narrating A Cold Dark Place, although I found myself surprised that it was narrated by a man, I felt I'd expected a female narrator, given that a lot of the story was told from a woman's perspective.

My only problem with the book was the rather overplayed love scenes, which could have been seriously edited, but that's just my opinion.

3.5 stars.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs D on 12-24-17

A perfect blend of chilling and steamy

I love books that take a simple premise and turn it into something I can't predict. Toni Anderson nailed it with this hunt for a serial killer whose victims share very specific traits, both ante and post-mortem...
This is the second book I've read in this series and I'll definitely be reading the rest!
Eric G Dove is the narrator, and gives a great performance for both male and female characters.

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