Winters Heat by Cristin Harber

Winters Heat by Cristin Harber

After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.

Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind.

When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret—he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.

Winters Heat by Cristin Harber

The lack of apostrophe in the title is because it refers to the hero’s name, not the season. However, it drives me a little crazy every time I see it!

I had no idea what to expect from this one. The covers for this series are much like many others in the genre, and I suppose I went in expecting yet another Tough Special Forces guy who flexes muscles and is good in bed.

You could say that is what you get here, but it wouldn’t do the book justice. I found this one thoroughly, addictively readable, and am so glad I also have a review copy of the next in the series. They’re fun!

There’re two kinds of romantic suspense: the kind that takes itself seriously and the kind that invites you along for a crazy ride. Winters Heat mostly fits into the second category, which took me by surprise. In some ways it reminded me of Tara Janzen’s style, with outlandish situations and a very fast-to-develop relationship between the main characters.

Had the book been more serious, I would have had a big problem with all the sexy stuff and lusting that happened at the craziest of times. But considering the tone of the book I was more than happy to forgive the author for it. After all, everything was larger than life here.

The last ten percent of the story will satisfy the gooey romantic side of readers, but I think the book could as easily and as satisfyingly (if not more so) finished a couple of chapters earlier. I’m not much one for rainbows and unicorns in my romantic suspense.

The hero’s endless supply of massive guns was a little disconcerting for me, however, especially when he started shooting up a car park with an assault rifle… Much as I love this genre, the fact I’m from somewhere where people don’t own guns or go shooting stuff in their spare time means fist-pumping, ‘Go guns!’ sort of situations in books make me a little uneasy.

This was a very promising start to the series. Check the sensible part of your mind at the door and settle in for a fun ride.


Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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