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Top FBI negotiator Quentin Savage is hurled into his worst nightmare when a terrorist attack on a luxury hotel propels him from esteemed keynote speaker to powerless captive.

Haley Cramer is co-owner of a private security firm and prides herself on her independence, but she is shaken to the core when gunmen attack a conference she is attending. She survives, but only because Quentin Savage pretends she’s his wife.

Together, Savage and Haley plot their escape from a ragtag army of brutal but efficient thugs while struggling to figure out exactly who the enemy is. Why was the conference attacked, and why was Quentin a specific target?

"Harrowing, hair-raising, and sexy as hell. Quentin Savage is the hero you’ve been waiting for.” (Adriana Anders, author of Whiteout)

©2019 Toni Anderson (P)2019 Toni Anderson

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Ok, but a bit lacking somewhere.

I have a love/hate relationship with books by this author. 80% I love, 20% I hate. Unfortunately this time I was not lucky.

Hayley goes to a male dominated business/social event in a conservative Muslim country in a slinky gold evening gown, and then wonders why all the alpha males present are not exactly focused on her business acumen. A potential client greets her by trying to kiss her mouth, but she nevertheless instantly agrees to a meeting in his hotel suite, and is surprised when he, too, is not interested in her business skills. She escapes his rape attempt by climbing into the room occupied by Quentin, an FBI hostage negotiator, who she has never met before. After he offers her a place to hide for the night, she decides she fancies a one night stand, so about 15 minutes after meeting him, she presents herself to him dressed only in a towel. Wow. Soooo romantic. Not.

The story did improve somewhat once the action started, but I did not warm to Hayley who spent a lot of time in her own head - if the internal musings of both lead characters are removed, the book would be half the size. I am also getting a little jaded with sexual encounters at incredibly inappropriate times and places.
This book should have been really good, but it just fails somewhere. Too much time was spent with the couple who feature in the next book, including the ridiculous premise that a victim of kidnapping, violent gang rape and abuse, would want sex a week later with one of her rescuers as therapy.

The book tried to cover the problems of a couple brought together in unusual circumstances, trying to move their relationship into “real life” but it’s all over the place. Hayley worries that Quentin would stifle her working abilities, but then gets annoyed when he does not tell her all the details of an ongoing FBI investigation, and peeved when he works unusual hours. Quentin makes a big deal over the need to protect his FBI career from any fallout over his relationship with Hayley, but then takes her to Australia with him to interview a key witness. The ‘big reveal’ when the baddie conveniently explains everything to the people he intends to kill, left me feeling cheated. I actually guessed the baddie early on but dismissed it, because the scale of the crime just did not fit the perceived benefit to be gained.

This is not a bad book, and compared to many its actually pretty good. I just have high expectations from this writer, as she has done some brilliant work, and I just felt a little disappointed with this one.

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  • Tesla's Fire
  • 14-06-20

"Left Cold"

This is the first time I am posting a review without finishing the book. I am not in the habit of doing this because I think it is terribly unfair to criticize a piece of work that I have not read cover to cover. I appreciate that the author has spent an enormous amount of time and emotion writing this story. But I could not get past the first four chapters of this book. I respect and I am glad for the readers that found true enjoyment in reading it. I wanted to feel the same but was disturbed by the characterization of Hayley and the lack of understanding from the author on cultural mores outside of the US.

I think we can infer from some of Haley's ruminations early on that she has experienced some sort of assault or humiliation in her life. But this has not made her a careful. I believe a woman has the right to choose her own path and express her own sexuality but intelligently. Hayley is just reckless. First lets consider the location. She is at a security conference in Indonesia by herself. A country with a strict moral code and traditional. She is unaccompanied, inappropriately dressed, and her behavior questionable. She has demonstrated no respect for or knowledge of the traditions of the host country. Secondly she acknowledges that fellow attendants may see her as sleeping her way to a lucrative contract but she still walks off with the potentially lucrative client while he is giving off wrong vibes. She then agrees to go alone with him to his room, bypassing all her instinctual alarms. She not only places herself in jeopardy but puts at risk her and her company's reputation. This is a business conference, not a wedding, or party. Nor is it Las Vegas.

During her escape from possible assault from the client she then ends up in the room of stranger she locked eyes with in the conference room. He happens to be a FBI agent and the male lead. She knows nothing about the man but decides to have sex with him within minutes of meeting by dropping her towel after a shower. No questions asked. Is he married? Is he safe? Obviously this was of no concern to either. Clearly a man that is so easily seduced makes you wonder if you really want this guy protecting our country's interest even if the seducer is a compatriot.

Perhaps this story is just not for me. I have read some of Anderson's other books and have enjoyed them. This one not so much. Maybe if the location was somewhere in the US and the attraction given more time to simmer I would have found it more palatable. There was a definite disconnect between the characters, their behaviors, and the setting for me. I prefer my heroines a bit smarter, with better honed instincts, and more professional when called for. In the regards to the hero, well, lets just say I prefer a FBI agent to be a little more cautious. The world today requires it.

These are just my perceptions and may not be yours. I am not discouraging anyone from reading it. But perhaps someone may be bothered by the same details will save a credit and time for another Anderson book.

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  • Cyn
  • 30-05-21

Another thrilling listen hook from the start.

Another hold on to your seat listen from a very talented author who gets into the excitement from the start of the book. There is nothing like opening the first page knowing it won't be long before your heart is beating and you are taking deep breaths from a listen that you know is going to be thrilling, filled with mystery and excitement, with a touch of romance as danger is spending around you. Ms. Anderson knows how to give all this in just a few pages that keeps you hanging on by the edge as the narrator carries you the rest of the way.


I just love Eric G. Dove as a narrator he pulls you in with a very strong and powerful voice. His character voices are wonderful from his male to his female. He gives wonderful emotions you always know what each character is feeling. There are no background noises, no volume changes or any breaks just a clean clear and power listen. His tones are outstanding you can feel the passion, excitement as he holds you on the edge waiting to see what happens next. His normal voice is just as pleasant as his character ones. This is one of the few narrators that when you see his name you know you are in for a highly entertaining listen that will hold you spellbound through the excitement and thrills. He knows how to bring the story to life getting your attention and keeping it.

I loved this story and this series, it really was a thrilling ride that I loved all the way, I can't wait to start on the next book in this series.

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  • Castro
  • 12-05-21

Wonderful

This series just gets better and better. As a therapist this book means a lot!

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  • Little_shark
  • 25-02-21

Loved the setting

Much better than the previous novel in the series - the forced proximity of the heroes and extreme circumstances make their quick bonding more believable. I do wish Ms Anderson would be a bit more realistic in her imaginings of her heroes, they seem too perfect at times, both in their actions and looks. Otherwise, the book was highly entertaining.

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  • Trish R.
  • 02-02-21

Not a good story..

Hmmm... This seemed more of a story about Quentin and Haley having sex, or lusting after each other every second, than them escaping from the terrorists. I found myself rolling my eyes so many times in this book. I mean, after the terrorists almost found them then went away the two of them had to stop for sex. Really? With Abby hiding in the brush, scared to death and wondering if the two lovebirds got caught. There was way to much sex in this book, and I've read a lot of Toni Anderson to know this is a big change for her, almost 20 books of hers.

The parts with the terrorists and running for their lives was the best part of this book. I won't be reading anymore from this author if all she wants to do is stop writing her murder/mysteries in exchange about sex.

Lots and lots of sex and the F-bomb was used 36 times.

As for the narration: Eric G. Dove is a wonderful narrator.

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  • Ann Mathewson
  • 15-06-20

another great book

Another winner by Toni Anderson. Kept me guessing. Narrator is enjoyable and worth listening to. Can not wait for the next book!

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  • Tracy T
  • 07-01-20

Very Good Book and Narration!

This was a good book. I really liked it. I liked the characters Quentin and Haley. They were great together.

It is nice to read/listen to a romance story that has story to it and is not all sex. This one had lots of story with danger, mystery and action. There is lots of great dialogue throughout. I also liked a some of the secondary characters. I see a Eban and Darby book coming..... I am okay with that.

As for the narration, it was great. I love Eric Dove he does such a great job with the female voices. He has a nice reading voice too.

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  • LKJ
  • 05-01-20

Love this series

Really like this series and cannot wait for Book 3 to come out. He seems to use good narrators also.

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  • Reggie
  • 24-12-19

Surviving a terrorist attack can make one stronger

FBI negotiator, Quentin Savage, is in Indonesia for a security conference. On the last night, the hotel is attacked by terrorist, and in spite of his best efforts, Quentin and Haley Cramer, partner in the security firm w Alex Parker, are kidnapped. Can the pair work together to survive and escape? Each carries emotional baggage, but can they overcome them and have a real relationship?
Another great book by this author and excellent performance by the narrator.

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  • Kat in Hawaii
  • 12-12-19

Absolutely brilliant!!!

Kept me at the edge of my seat, !listening to the story play out on audible.
Nail biting, rooting for Quentin and Hailey!
The horror, greed.... The well.....
I won't spoil anything!
Love this new spinoff series!!! Loved the original series.

Narration was amazing.
Truly gifted fiction writer with mad skills at the twists and turns!!!!
Brilliantly Done!!!
More please!
Huge fan!!
Nail biter and a wow at the end
As usual, another award winning story.
Thank you for the hours of audible entertainment, with chronic pain, weaving the descriptive scenery and characters is so amazing.
As I always say to my friends, audible and reading books, reminds me of letting my imagination of scenery and characters come to life much better than television anyday.

Aloha Kat in Hawaii...
Highly recommend this 2nd book (first book is also amazing) in this new series.
A fan for life!I
Can't wait for the next book!
Aloha