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Cold Light

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Being an assassin wasn’t something Lexington Campbell ever envisioned for himself, but after spending eight years doing just that, he’s prepared to take his place at the table of his father’s motorcycle club, The Iron Heretics.

Arden spends his nights dancing on stage at Spritz, one of St. Louis’s hottest night clubs, and waiting for Lex to pass back through town. After b
Kindle Edition, 148 pages
Published June 3rd 2019
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Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2019, dark
"Cold Light" was the first book by Michelle Frost that I read so I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.

The story started out really well and managed to catch my attention early on. Lex is the son of a MC president but for the last eight years he lives alone because he works as an assassin to pay off a club debt. His only real connections are his boss and Arden.

Arden is a stripper at a club that caters to other needs as well, if you know what I mean... He doesn'
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction:
Rating: 3 Stars – not exactly setting my world on fire but I liked it
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, I had one issue with this book - I LOVE MM reads and this one was steamy and really exciting and entertaining - but I HATE when in MM books literally every other character is gay, that doesn't sit with me - one friend, maybe a GROUP of friends but legit almost everyone .. no it's not believable... that being said, Lex was all growly and sexy and Arden was just adorable even though I kept reading his name as Adrien (especially during the yelling parts) .. overall great story, fast paced, lo ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lex is a assassin and Arden is a dancer in a club. They are not quite boyfriends but have an arrangement..

"He shouldn't have let himself get so attached. He knew that. In his ,line of work it was the worst kind of mistake. It was one thing to share your body, but your heart? That was suppose to be kept safe behind your ribs for a reason."

They find themselves on the run together.
This great story kept me invested in their lives, cheering them on to figure out who want
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Each series in this book has been so interesting. The different takes on each subject and the characters. I think with this one, my only….thing..would be I wish there was a bit more action. Especially with one of the MCs being an assassin. But it was good. Definitely a few twists in there and a few I wanted to smack. And quite a few who got what they deserved.
Arden and Lex have been 'dating', for like three years now. More like nights filled with sex considering how little they knew about
Nat ReadingAllNite
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-read, m-m, lescourt
2.5 stars

I have read other stories by this author and did enjoy them. I’ve also read a couple of the books in this multi-author series and none yet have felt particularly dark, at least not in the way I’d define it. To me, dark is one or more characters displaying some degree of psychopathy, going beyond mere criminal acts. None of that was present in this story, aside from blasé attitudes towards assassination and death. But this is not truly a story about an assassin doing assassin
Dawn Nicole Costiera
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Awwwww Lex and Arden were an unexpected beautiful surprise. I loved their story! Cold Light by Michelle Frost is an exciting, action packed, sexy and emotional love story.

What do you get when you mix a broody biker assassin with a glittery stripper/prostitute?
Pure magic!!
Lex lives a nomadic life. Going from one hit job to another. He grew up tough in a biker family called, the Iron Heretics. He doesn't do relationships, but when he's in town, he spends his time with a beautifu
♡❀✦☞ Sammy ☜✦❀♡
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
4.25 Stars!
Kosh Gott
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: m-m, gangs, lgbt
I read books from the bad boy / MC / assassins genres with little expectation of a seeming of reality. These books are, after all, escapist fiction. This book went too far, even for that.

The book begins with Lex, an assassin, taking a kill shot that is actually physically impossible. I don't mean that it is unlikely or that no one but the best shot in the world could make it: no, I mean it thoroughly violates well-established laws of physics. The author tells us the shot was taken fr
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jenn for Diverse Reader


Cold Light by Michelle Frost is the fourteenth installment in the Criminal Delights series, and I loved this one very much!

Lexington (Lex) Campbell is an assassin for hire, but his time for hire is coming to end. He has always thought when he was finished with his obligations, he always thought he’d go home to his father’s motorcycle club, The Iron Heretics. One thing he wasn’t counting on was meetin
Julianne Macneil
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i read this book as part of an arc program. This is the story of Lex and Arden. Lex is a hit man who works for his father's MC and another mob boss. When he is finished his employment with the mob, he is planning to take his place in the MC, but first he decides to visit Arden, his boy, who is a dancer at a strip club and Lex has an agreement with the owner that Arden is his private boy and no one else can be with him. Lex cares for Arden and wishes he could take him home with him and start thei ...more
Sarah Jones
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4* Cold Light by Michelle Frost is part of the Criminal Delights, Assassins series and all are complete standalone stories. This book follows main characters Lexington, former assassin and member of the Iron Heretics Motorcycle Club, and Arden, exotic dancer and orphan. Lexington and Arden met in the club Arden dances in and have been sleeping together whenever Lex is in St. Louis for the past three years. When his last job is finished, Lex is supposed to go back to his father's MC to take his p ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I simply Loved this book. It has suspense, romance, biker action, and very sexy book boyfriends. The author has written a very thrilling storyline that held me in it’s grasp from start to finish. The characters and their actions were well defined to the point I felt like I was right there living the story with them.

Lex is an assassin, he’s been trained well and lives his life mostly just blending in wherever he is sent. His one weakness is Arden. The sexy nightclub dancer that Lex has bought ex
Mari  Cardenas
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This was my first Criminal Delights story and as such, it was a good introduction, a bit lighter than I expected, but still pretty good.

I really liked Arden and Lex, they had a lot of chemistry and were uber hot together. I'm not a fan of established couples because I love seeing how they fall in love, but Ms. Frost gave us enough backstory so I didn't feel cheated and frankly speaking, there wasn't much more than sex and a whole lot of attraction between them befo
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Rating: 3 stars - it was good

Cold Light was definitely a read out of my comfort zone in terms of their professions - assassin and prostitute. But I enjoyed reading about Lex and Arden though have a hard journey to developing a lasting relationship. Lex was growly and a badass, but with Arden he's gentle and I happen to love that type of hero. Arden has had a really hard life but he's stayed upbeat and optimistic despite it all.

There's a lot packed into this story between Arden and Lex hidi/>Cold
Anna Torres
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: future-reads

Guys, this was a fast ride! I literally finished this in the shortest time in terms of reading, as far as I can remember. I normally try to slow my reading to make the story last longer, but honestly with this one, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Lex and Arden, totally different in character but they really mesh perfectly together! An Assassin and a sexy Dancer! Right? But their chemistry and the way they are in bed is just so hot, hot, hot! Arden
Patricia Hoffstaetter
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
This is a new author to me & I was pleasantly surprised at how well this intriguing MM romance (with slightly dark undertones) was written. I found the story-line & plot well-written & suspenseful. The well-developed characters are quite complex & have distinctive, individual personalities, the secondary characters play good supporting roles.
There is: a contract killer boss (Rick Morgan), a hitman working his MC club’s debt off by being a assassin (Lexington aka Lex), his l
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arden is a dancer, Lex is an assassin. Two men that probably shouldn’t of ever met. But they did and the feelings between them turn their lives upside down. After an attempt on Lex’s life they run. Not realizing things aren’t what they seem.

This is one of the Criminal Delights books. Not nearly as dark as some that I’ve read though. Lex, while he is an assassin, let’s his love for Arden keep him human. Arden doesn’t understand how the man he loves, does what he does but it doesn’t ch
4.5 Stars Oh yeah baby!! 🙌🏻 If you are looking for a romance/mystery/suspense story that will have you on the edge of your seat, you MUST read Michelle Frost’s Cold Light: Assassins (Criminal Delights Book 14)/KU. This book is such a fun ride!! I LOVED it. Set in an MC world, an assassin and a go go dancer find themselves in quite the precarious position. It’s quick, fast paced, gritty, sexy, slightly raw with some sweetness thrown in for good measure. This book checked all my boxes; unrequited ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25* Not as dark as some.

I like bad boys, especially if they have hearts of gold, I like motorcycle gangs and the idea of being free to ride where I liked, I love sassy boys who aren’t afraid to go after what they want. Put that altogether with a load of action and a bit of mystery and we have this book. Which I enjoyed immensely.
It is a very good story, it isn’t as dark as some things I have read, despite having an on page attempted sexual assault, that some people may need to be aware,
Emma Burbidge
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
've been enjoying the Criminal Delights series as I've read several of them and have some of them on audio too! I was lucky to get an ARC copy of this one and this is my honest review.
I've been getting into books (and series) that involve Motorcycle Clubs, and this one did not disappoint as the hero assassin ends his contract and returns to claim is beautiful boy. Initially, Lex is the one who is more in love with Arden but Arden comes to realise as he joins Lex in his remote home that he
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cold Light by Michelle Frost was a fantastic combo of romance, mystery, thrill and MC danger! Arden and Lex were addicting! Individually they were both compelling characters with great backstories. Together they were electric and you could almost feel their heat sizzle! I loved how accepting Lex was of Arden and how he never tried to change him. Their steam and later their love was mesmerizing...I couldn't get enough! I also really enjoyed the MC characters that showed up when the danger came to ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome story.
In this book, we get Arden who is a dancer and Lex who is an assassin what a crazy combination.
These two probably should have never meet But they did and the feelings between them turn their lives absolutely crazy. After an attempt on Lex’s life they decide to run.
Arden love for Lex keep him grounded and more human then an assassin should probably be.
Arden doesn’t understand how Lex does what he does, but he loves him and nothing is going to chan
Kathryn Manzella
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cold Light by Michelle Frost is part of the series, Criminal Delights - Assassins it is a dark mm romance that includes a motorcycle club, assassins, a sexy dancer, violence, heat, and lots of morally blurry lines. Lex and Ardenare interesting characters and definitely drew me into their world. I love them together... hot! Heat, action, surprise, danger, good writing... I need to check out more from this series.

I received an advanced reader's copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving my hon
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited that Michelle Frost decided to participate in this series. She writes such strong manly characters even with their flaws. This book doesn't disappoint. I love that both characters were strong in their own rights. You would expect that of Lex the assassan but it's great that although Arden has his own history he isn't lesser because of it. And as expected from Michelle Frost, the side characters add so much to the story and yet leave you craving for more. Can't wait to see if she ...more
Ana  Nimity
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am not typically a fan of motorcycle club romances. I'm over the Sons of Anarchy by a decade. But Cold Light's main characters are engaging and sympathetic. I cared about them from the first couple of pages and was drawn into their life. The MC part of it (motorcycle club, not main character) was not overwhelming and fit the story well. Arden and Lex fit together well and the supporting cast was intereresting, too, so I'm eager to see who gets a story next. Recommend! *I received an ARC of th ...more
John Altman
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Cold Light: Assassins!

Total Rating: 2.6 Stars out of 5
Rating Review Rollout:
(1) Blurb vs Story matchup: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(2) Character Development: 2 🌟🌟
(3) Danger/Drama/Thrills/Chills: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(4) Editing/Proofreading: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
(5) Entertainment Value: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(6) Feeling the Words: 2 🌟🌟
(7) Flow of the Story: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(8) Keeps my Attention: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(9) MC Appeal: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(10) MC Backstory: 2 🌟🌟
(11) MC Chemistry: 2 🌟🌟
(12) MC Love Connection: 2 🌟🌟
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found myself thoroughly hooked into this fast paced, action packed story. I was completely invested in Arden and Lex's journey. Though they could not seem more imperfect for each other, they are in fact just what the other needs. The chemistry between these two jumps off the page and is very HOT!
The secondary characters add just the right amount of added interest to this story.
I really enjoyed Cold Light!
Fadheelah Rahmtoola
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A relationship built on years of lust, quickly turns into so much more. When Lex is ready to retire from his profession he wants to take his boy with him. But, danger stalks him and it’s his boy who is in danger because of it. But, are they after the wrong guy?
This was a thrilling read with some fantastic supporting characters who are screaming for their own stories to be told. There are some points in this book which can be triggers for some.
Patrice Leonard
This one definitely wasn't a dark read like the others in this series were/are. It was basically just your normal action thriller MM romance with an assassin as one of the MC's. Actually, he was an ex-assassin.
But regardless of that, this was still a really good read and I still am loving this whole series very much.
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