Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Winters Heat by Cristin Harber - Review

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.
If they make it out alive, can he reconcile duty and desire?
Does Mia trust her heart to a man who willingly walks into kill-zones?
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My Review: I do not know if I can even begin to write a review that will do Winters Heat justice. I know what I was expecting, a romance with some chase and suspense. There are many books like that out there, and many of them are really good books. In my opinion Cristin Harber went beyond what I was expecting and delivered something extraordinary.

The plot of this book starts fast, and it just never stops. It is rescue after rescue, but it doesn’t get boring. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what Mia and Colby would do next. I love that their relationship, while moving fast, still has a progression over the book. It added a bigger element of believability to the story.

Mia is so interesting. I don’t know what I expected from the beginning, maybe for her to be a bit unassuming and kind of a wall flower. How would she stand up to the big personality that I was expecting Colby to be? Oh did Mia throw me for a loop. She was brave, strong, and she didn’t shy away from anything. I was so intrigued with how self-sacrificing she was. In the rare moments where she broke down, I felt for her. She is a character that I got lost in.

Colby Winters is strong, all Alpha, and sexy. He came off abrasive, but that man was a teddy bear at heart. I loved each little layer that we got to see of him. He was like an onion (or cake), lots of layers. If I ever find myself kidnapped I think I would want Mr. “Just call me Winters” to come to my rescue. He jumps in with both feet and tears up anything in his way.

Although the plot and characters are amazing, what really set this book apart for me were Harber’s descriptions. She brought hole-in-the-wall hotel rooms to life; I could picture the beater cars; I could imagine the simple luxury of showers and soft sheets after being on the run. The Columbian jungle leapt off the page, I could almost feel the heat and humidity, and imagine the vines, trees, and horrible bugs. Her descriptions made this book worth six stars to me.

I love finding an author whose voice I know I will never tire of. There are some authors out there who write a book and you know you will love everything else they write. I think Cristin Harber is one of those authors. Winters Heat is exciting and so incredibly fast paced. There was an intense and beautiful romance that ran perfectly alongside an action packed adventure. Garrison’s Creed, here I come!

About the Author

Cristin Harber is an award-winning romantic suspense author. She lives outside Washington, DC with her husband, toddler, and English bulldog. Coming fall 2013, she’s expecting a baby and will debut her Titan series. Couple that with the holidays, and it’ll be a busy time of year. There’s a special place in her heart for the men and women who serve and protect. Since she can’t save the world alongside them, she’s content to write their happily ever after stories.
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I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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