A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So I’m calling it at about 84%. This started off great for me. It’s been a while since I really delved into any contemporary thrillers, and Toni Anderson’s writing really captured me in the first chapter. But then the two leads fell for each other in an instant — like why was there such a draw to Mallory in the first place? Why were EITHER of them all “omg look who’s here – the person I talked to for 30 seconds at wooooork” — and I ended up only being there for the thrill of the chase. Once the baddie was caught, I basically checked out. Sex scenes were just okay, and frankly too often to the point where I just skipped them. Waaaaay too many inner monologuing about being in love and all that — which, let me be clear, I don’t mind, but when I feel the pairing falls into the insta-love/insta-lust trap, I don’t enjoy listening to them wax on about each other.
If you’re looking for an erotically charged romance with a dash of insta-love and crazy villain, then you’ll enjoy this book. For me, it was a little lackluster.
I’m not really sure what to make of King’s. Honestly, I went into it just by randomly clicking on it in my Kindle. The writing is strong and the plot interesting, but from the first chapter I thought this would be a sexy, dark erotic romance. It slowly unfolded with paranormal elements, but the romance/erotic elements weren’t really present — unless King filling doorways is sexy for you.
I realized, once I’d finished, that this is better suited as an urban fantasy or maybe paranormal suspense. Had my expectations been tempered from the beginning, I may have enjoyed the whole ride more. Instead, I was left wondering when things were going to get steamy, when King was going to stop being a huge jerk, and when our heroine would stop ignoring his very obvious words of caution and getting herself into terrible situations. So. I enjoyed the overall product to some extent. I’m curious about what King is and am considering reading the rest of the series now that I know what things are about.
Tl; dr — this isn’t a sexy, dark paranormal romance. It’s more along the lines of urban fantasy or paranormal suspense with a potentially sexy character in it. Good writing. A bit slow to kick off. Interesting.
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