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Former Navy SEAL, now FBI Special Agent, Matt Lazlo, is instantly attracted to Scarlett but life is too complicated to pursue a politician's daughter. When he discovers she lied to him about her identity, he hunts her down with the ruthless efficiency he usually reserves for serial killers.
Not only does Scarlett's scheme fail, it puts her in the sights of powerful people who reward unwanted curiosity with brutality. The FBI - and Matt - aren't thrilled with her, either. But as agents involved in her father's investigation start dying, and the attempts to stop Scarlett intensify, Matt and his colleagues begin to wonder. Could they have a traitor in their midst? As Scarlett and Matt dig for the truth they begin to fall passionately for one another. But the real spy isn't about to let anyone uncover their secrets, and resolves to remain firmly in the shadows - and for that to happen, Matt and Scarlett have to die.
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By ecocat on 12-07-15
Espoinage and the Search for Justice
Cold Light of Day begins with Scarlett trying to clear her father's name for being the most notorious FBI agent who turned traitor to his country. Attending a party at the Russian Embassy with her friend April LeMay and pretending that she is April's sister, Sarah Lemay was the first step, Scarlett could get in to bug the ambassador's office except somebody has beaten her to it. Scarlett could have walked away but she lost one of her earrings which put her on very dangerous people's radar, who don't want the case to be reopen.
FBI Agent Matt Lazlo stepped in as a representative for his boss, FBI ASAC Lincoln Frazer at the Russian Embassy party. He bumped into Scarlett who spilled champagne on him. He felt the instant attraction to Scarlett. He wanted to ask Scarlett for her number except he didn't feel comfortable to be dating anyone while he has family obligation.
When Matt discovered that Scarlett has lied to him of who she really is and what she attempted to do, he arrested her. As more people are being hurt and start dying, the FBI and Matt are starting to wonder if Scarlett's claim that they have imprisoned the wrong man for being a spy.
Cold Light of Day really have non-stop action. The action doesn't stay with the main characters. It gets spread out between the secondary characters in the story. The only thing that the readers/listeners know is that there is still a spy in the FBI Agency working with the Russians.
I love the cat and mouse game in the story. The Russians and the spy are trying to draw out Scarlett by attacking people Scarlett cares about. Matt and Scarlett are trying to stay one step ahead them from being killed and trying to figure who they can trust. There are so many twists and turns especially with the secondary characters who could possible be a spy(ies).
The narrator, Eric Dove did an excellent job. There are so many players in this story, it is amazing that he could give different voices to the characters. I hope he continues to narrate for the Cold Justice series.
I was given this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influence in any way for writing this review.
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By Cyn on 06-17-15
An action packed thrilling listen
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There is little wonder why this was 2015 Holt Medallion Finalist. What a very touching read of a daughter believing in her father’s innocents so much so that she is willing to put her life on the line to prove it. Scarlett feels she has little choice with her father in prison dying for a crime she knows he didn’t commit. It is bad enough that she could get caught but finding out someone had been there before her to plant their own listening devices was just heart breaking. Then to find that her best friend was taken, the FBI are following her and take her in. We have boats blowing up, bullets flying, kidnapping, murder, tons of action and passion just a enough heat to keep it interesting. What more could a reader ask for. Toni has been one of my favorite authors from the very first book I read of hers. She never lets me down with her suspense, action packed reads.
Scarlett is wonderful she might have the brains but she sure doesn’t have to know how to pull off the caper of planning a bug. She is nerdy with making a bug that can’t be traced, she has guts, willing to put herself on the line not only for her father but her best friend. I loved her sense of humor, her wiliness to to fight for what she believed in. She has style and class but knows enough to be afraid but doesn’t let that stop her.
I was so glad to see Matt get his own story I just loved him and his whitty ways. He knows how to pull off what needs to be done sticking to target like glue. I thought the hot chocolate was totally awesome and he knows he was going to be in trouble when she woke up. He went for what he wanted but felt guilty doing it. This is a man after my own heart which he got whether he wanted it or not.
The Russians are enough to put the fear of God in the scarcest people, the things that do in this book are just sad. I was glad to see the outcome. It was wonderful to visit with characters from the past books. So many you have fallen in love with it was nice to catch up with them.
For me this was a page turner that had me hooked from the first page. The audio is out of this world the narrator is outstanding. He brings the book to life as he takes you on an action packed ride. He hits the tones just as they need to be with scaring the pants right off me. I found this an easy book to relate to and very believable. It isn’t hard to believe that this has or is happening.
Toni puts a lot of thought into her writing giving wonderful believable stories that you can relate to. They are action packed adventures that keep you holding on to your seat, you do not have to wait long for the other shoe to fall. There is nothing I do not just love about Toni’s writing she doesn’t it in style that I am totally hooked on. I highly recommend this or any of Toni’s books for a wonderful exciting thrill with tons of action, passion and excitement that will just about make you wet your pants in one way or another.
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By Jan M on 11-25-17
Suspense, Romance, Espionage
I really enjoyed listening to this book! The characters and the imagery were so well done. The story pulled me in from the very beginning. Books featuring the FBI have always appealed to me. I thought the author did great with the various characters and how some were not as they seemed. I do not like to give away spoilers in my review, and with that said, I won't write a synopsis of the book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely continue to listen to more books by this author and narrator.