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A Cold Dark Place

(Cold Justice #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,886 ratings  ·  715 reviews
She’s an FBI agent hunting her sister’s killer.
He’s an assassin who’ll die to keep her safe.
His secret will destroy them both.

With over eighteen-hundred 5-star reviews on Goodreads this Romantic Thriller leaves readers wanting more!

Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before
Paperback, 364 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Toni Anderson
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Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

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!

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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
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A freebie. Got it almost 3 years ago. Not bad, not bad at all. Liked both characters although the heroine did have a stupid moment towards the end.

“Part of her wanted to hang on tight and see where it led. The other part wanted time and space to try and figure out exactly what was happening. But if she’d learned anything over the years it was time and space didn’t always provide answers.”

“Tell me you aren’t as perfect as you seem, Alex.” “Not even close to perfect.” His blue-gray eyes dar
A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson is the first in the Cold Justice series,it's the first I've read from this author but I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next in this series.
It's fast, thrilling and fun,it's also a typical romantic suspense thriller with the FBI , an Assassin, a cat and mouse chase with a murderer oh and a steamy love affair with the assassin and the FBI agent (did I mention a HEA too 😉)
But also the story line is very pacy and keeps you flipping pages it's a quick r
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Cold Dark Place, by Toni Anderson, is the first book in her Cold Justice series.
Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for a covert government organization disposing of serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system.
FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent many years hunting down the madman who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years earlier. Involved in a serial killer investigation Mallory suspects there is a vigilante at work and feels she must now take him d
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Currently free @ Amazon on Dec 1, 2o15.

Read on March 7, 2015

The heroine, Mallory is a rookie cop who joined the FBI to search for the person responsible for abducting her twin sister when they were eight years old.

The hero, Alex Parker, is an ex-soldier recruited by a shadowy government organization to act as a vigilante to remove serial killers and pedophiles.

Mallory and Alex's part crossed when she look into the possibility of vigilante
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
*June, 2018 - Rereading for group buddy read. - Happy to say this story is just as good the 2nd time around! Suspense, flawed characters, a few shockers, and sizzling chemistry = A Must Read!

2016-Once in awhile, I find a book that pushes all the right buttons. Edge of my seat Suspense ✔ Sizzlin' Romance ✔ Damaged yet strong characters ✔ Plot with twists & turns ✔ Surprise or two near the end ✔ It all adds up to one fantastic read! I loved A Cold Dark Place as it was the perfect blend of everythi
The first book in Toni Anderson's Cold Justice series. At the age of nine, Mallory Rooney's twin, Payton, was kidnapped. Now 18 years later, she is with the FBI and determined to find the kidnapper and discover what happened to her. Alex Parker is an assassin who kills for The Gateway Project. They meet through Mallory's friend, Lucas, and Alex asks her out but Mallory doesn't date. Then Mallory is transferred to Quantico, she runs into Alex again. Meanwhile, there is a serial killer out there t ...more
Debra Johnson
A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson
Genres: Adult, Crime, Romance, Suspense
4.5 Stars

Got my attention and held it throughout the book.
Well written.
The characters are well developed and interesting.

More of a crime suspense novel than a romance. A lot of action and keeps you guessing to the end who the serial killer is, but gives you clues as the story unfolds.

A satisfying and all around good read. The suspense was spot on. The romance was well done, but the actual sex scenes seemed just a bit ru
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mallory Rooney has worked her whole life to become an FBI agent and solve the case of the abduction of her identical twin from their bedroom when they were 9 years old. With the execution style death of a serial killer, Mallory begins to suspect a vigilante is working with information from inside the Bureau. She has worked for years to bring her sister's abductor and killer to justice and believes in the justice system, so she wants this vigilante stopped and jailed, also.

Alex Parker, former sol
She was a federal agent who lived to uphold the law. He was a killer who’d die to keep her safe.

* Could be read as standalone.

This book is everything that suspense romance should be;

* great flow of the writing
* perfectly paired main couple who are so unperfect which makes them so much more real
* gripping plot which just at the moments you think you figure it out, surprises you with an unexpected twist

If you love political drama and criminal mystery with steamy parts left in it- this is a
A Cold Dark Place is quite the fitting title to this novel. Alex Parker is a man who prefers the darkness to do what he is entrusted to do. Employed by an organization known as “The Gateway Project” that is so deeply hidden in the layered complexities of the US government, Alex is an assassin who enacts justice by killing the worst sort of scum. Counting down the days until he would be free of his promise that binds him to his employers, his job becomes doubly dangerous when he realizes that som ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
A really good and interesting book.

I liked very much both the hero and the heroine, even if she did have a TSTL moment towards the end! ;)

Still the story was intriguing and the villain creepy enough to make things interesting.

A nice pace and good writing made it even better!
Bookphenomena (Micky)
DNF @30%, unrated.

Serial killer on the loose and romance together? Nope, not my thing.
4 - 4.5 Stars

First read by TA - Really good RS!
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toni Anderson’s new series is a dark exploration of into the right and wrong of justice. Should the punishment fit the crimes against serial killers and pedophiles? An unsanctioned group within the US government thinks so and uses their assassins to take them out bypassing the judicial system.

Alex Parker was an assassin that still had a conscience. He was once a soldier that proudly served his country but when most of his team was killed due to a traitor he then agreed to work for the CIA. When
A Cold Dark Place
4.5 Stars

Rookie FBI agent Mallory Rooney has dedicated her life to finding the man who abducted her twin sister 18 years earlier. Following her most recent case, Mallory begins to suspect that a vigilante is at work disposing of pedophiles and serial killers. As she investigates, the powers behind the vigilante order former CIA assassin and current security expert, Alex Parker to keep an eye on Mallory. However, the secrets that Alex keeps begin to take their toll, especially on
Kay M
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-kobo-books, dnf

I tried my best to like this book. I really did. But for some strange reason I just couldn't get into it and I found it a struggle in the end.

I admit what drew me in was the blurb as it sounded interesting and when I got around to finally reading it I was slightly disappointed. There was nothing wrong with the narrative style or the characters. From what I read the premises seemed well written; there was plenty of mystery and action and Alex and Mallory were believable (I liked Alex a bit
Toni Anderson
Oct 06, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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"This author surprises me with every book I read. She is a newer author for me and I am really enjoying the journey. I'm excited to start the next book because the last series I loved the second book even more than the first. If you love romantic suspense, then I would dive in with me." ~Bitch Can Write A Book.

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The narrator was a tad weird when doing the female parts. I kept hearing Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie lol.
After getting past that, I quickly fell into the mystery and loved Alex. Mallory was a tough chic but I really like how she lowered her shield for Alex
While the romance isn't front and center it was still a good love story. I really thought being in the mind of the killer was portrayed almost scarily realistic. Great lead up to climax and sweet ending. I only wish there was an epil
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A bit hotter or steamier than I like in a book, but the storyline was good. Hunting down a serial killer is always my favourite type of book. Lots of characters to sort out at the beginning, and a few twists and turns and even a red herring just to mix things up, plus a couple of TSTL scenarios. Overall the book was a decent read and likeable main characters regardless of their shady pasts!

2 thumbs up and 4 stars
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really liked this book. The thriller and suspense were just enough though I had a few things figured out it still held surprises. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Currently free at Amazon...

Great FBI Investigation type RS series. This is one of those series that I can't believe more readers haven't discovered.
Stephen Clynes
Serial killer time yet again in America. This time we have a rookie detective by the name of FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney plus Former CIA assassin Alex Parker. These hetrosexuals meet when their work brings them together. They put their heads and bodies together as they solve some crimes and fall in love with each other. A Cold Dark Place is a crime thriller with some romance thrown into the story.

I found the plot of A Cold Dark Place to be okay although not exactly original. Have one charac
John W.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“A Cold Dark Place” is vivid story that comes alive. The story is a example of great both good bad characters, mystery and manipulation, intrigue, and excellent story development. Readers come to embrace key characters and support characters. Anderson leaves nothing to chance as she takes her readers by their hands walks up to Agent Mallory Roony. Through Roony’s eyes she shows readers the horrors of a serial killer.

Anderson’s plot delivers romance, thrills and suspense in her creative style. S
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Toni Anderson, so obviously I wasn't sure what to expected. I love when I read a new author and LOVE the book. Very excited to read the next in this series.
I loved the idea of a government sanctioned killer.....Alex and Malllory had great chemistry from the start and I enjoyed how their relationship developed.
Very enjoyable book and would recommend.
Robin Loves Reading
Before being invited to listen to this audiobook I had not heard of Toni Anderson. I am thrilled that I was able to do so and the only problem I can foresee is now there is yet another series that I absolutely must follow. This book is narrated by Eric G. Dove. There are nine books in the Cold Justice series, and two in the Cold Justice: Crossfire series. He is an excellent narrator and actually narrates all of the books in the series.

FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney is about to start down a new
The best thing is when you get a kindle book for free and then you end up loving it. This book was so much more than I expected and I am really glad that I started collecting books in this series just on a whim. I had a hard time putting this one down, just had to know who the bad guy was and what was going to happen once you discover who he is. It was well written and I loved that the author included West Virginia as part of the location. I assumed from the fact that she didn't bash it and seem ...more
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

A Cold Dark Place is book 1 in the Cold Justice series by Toni Anderson. I have read books that occur later in the series and enjoyed the blend of Criminal Minds and Scandal (with less wine). In book 1, Mallory is an FBI agent transferred to the BAU after she discovers a vigilante and a mole in the FBI. She is also hunting the man who kidnapped and killed her sister when they were still children. Alex is a 'security expert' who moonlights as an assassin for The Gateway Project which is a b
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“Tell me you aren’t as perfect as you seem, Alex.” “Not even close to perfect.” His blue-gray eyes darkened. “Not a complete asshole either.” 4 likes
“You’re a good man, Alex Parker.” He kissed the top of her head. “No. But you make me feel like I could be.” 4 likes
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