Cold Light of Day by Toni AndersonCold Light of Day by Toni Anderson
Series: Cold Justice #3
on July 2019
Pages: 350
Format: eBook
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What happens when an FBI agent falls for the daughter of the most notorious spy in US history? Discover the explosive chemistry in this non-stop action Romantic Suspense!

Physicist Scarlett Stone is the daughter of the most notorious Russian spy in FBI history. With her father dying in prison, time is running out. Using a false identity, she gains access to the Russian ambassador's Christmas party, searching for evidence to prove her father's innocence.

Former Navy SEAL, now FBI Special Agent, Matt Lazlo, is instantly attracted to Scarlett but when he discovers she lied to him about her identity, he hunts her down with the ruthless efficiency he usually reserves for serial killers.

Not only does Scarlett's scheme fail, it puts her in the sights of people who reward unwanted curiosity with brutality. The FBI—and Matt—aren't thrilled with her, either. As the agents involved in her father's investigation start dying, and the attempts to stop Scarlett intensify, Matt and his colleagues begin to wonder. Could they have a traitor in their midst?

Winner Readers' Choice Heart of Excellence for Romantic Suspense, and the Book Buyers Best Award.

I grabbed this book because the daughter of a spy and a fed sounded awesome!

So Scarlett’s father was an FBI agent who has been imprisoned for treason. It’s been over a decade, but Scarlett knows she can prove her father’s innocence. Her best friend Angel is the daughter of a senator, so when she’s invited to a Christmas party at the Russian ambassador’s house, Scarlett tags along. But her ulterior motives are to bug the ambassador’s office and catch him saying something incriminating. This does not end well. Turns out someone else is already bugging him.

She meets a hot fed at the party and they definitely connected, but she’s lied to him. She’s pretending to be her friend’s sister, so she knows nothing can come of it. Until he comes after her…to arrest her. She’s been caught on camera, but if the FBI acknowledges they know, then they’re letting the Russians know they’re spying on their ambassador. But they don’t want to release her with a target on her back either. In the mean time, Angel has been kidnapped and when the offer is made to trade herself for her friend, she’s almost killed. So former Navy SEAL and current FBI Agent Matt Lazlo takes bodyguard duty.

They go on the run, and I love how Scarlett is very understanding of the fact the Matt knows what he’s doing and he’ll keep her safe. She follows his directions and doesn’t go running off and do anything stupid. I really appreciated that fact. I felt like we got way too much time in someone’s head that we didn’t need. I didn’t want that, nor did I enjoy the actions that followed. I also feel like we got very little background on Matt. I don’t know if it’s from a previous book or not, but I didn’t get that vibe. I just think we don’t know. We get a lot about his mom, but I wanted to know why he was being weird about his time in the Navy.

Scarlett is incredibly naive. Like borderline stupid for a genius. She genuinely believes she can just apologize and beg forgiveness. Of a man she believes framed her father and has shot at her. I just…didn’t get that. That was pretty much my main issue with this book. Once she realized what she was up against, she smartened up…however I feel it took until dang near the end for it to really sink in that she couldn’t just beg forgiveness of the Russian ambassador.

That being said, the suspense is fantastic, the teamwork of Matt and I’m assuming previous characters was so exciting-I loved seeing the different types of characters coming together. And I will definitely continue on with this series.

***I bought this book