Cold Snap (Cold Justice - Most Wanted) by Toni Anderson (2023)
Evidence that a notorious criminal is hiding out in a small, seaside town in rural Maine leads to an FBI agent going undercover in this new Romantic Thriller from New York Times bestselling author Toni Anderson.
Grady Steel returns to the insular community of Deception Cove, Maine, where he spent his troubled youth unfairly labeled the town’s bad boy. Now a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, Grady is on a risky undercover mission, hunting one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives.
Recovering from a broken marriage, Brynn Webster comes home to the sleepy small town—where nothing ever happens—to help her parents run their seaside cafe during her mother’s illness. After diving into the frigid waters of the winter harbor to rescue a dead man, Brynn begins to realize that the ocean isn’t the only place swirling with dangerous undercurrents.
Grady befriends the pretty manager of the local cafe in an effort to unearth the town’s closely guarded secrets. Deceiving Brynn isn’t easy, though, especially when he starts to fall for her. Then, when decades-old crimes lead to modern-day murder, Grady’s mission becomes a race against time as he strives to catch a ruthless killer—before Brynn becomes the next victim.
All the books can be read as standalone novels. Hot romantic stories with thrilling plots and guaranteed happily ever afters, they do contain strong language.
Cold Snap is an addictive romantic thriller with nail-biting suspense, tension, and unexpected twists. The story is quite dark where Eli Kane is concerned, but that's to be expected from someone on the FBI's most wanted list. I really liked Brynn. A refreshing female character; strong and resourceful. She showed what she was capable of in an emergency quite early in the story. She was a real heroine throughout much of this book and not a cliche damsel in distress. Drama and intrigue abound, and the revelations made at the end took me completely by surprise. The author has such a way of writing characters that there was even a minute or two where I wanted everything to work out for the bad guy even though I knew what he had done in the past. A very tense final few scenes made this book very memorable.
I read this book in a day, and I couldn't put it down. An excellent read from start to finish.