Winter’s Heat (Titan #1)
Author: Cristin Harber
Publisher: Mill Creek Press
Date of Publication: October 1, 2013
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.
I read this book after I read Garrison’s Creed (and yes, I’m still pouting because the third book isn’t up on NetGalley, but ::sigh:: I may go buy it anyway), but I didn’t feel like I lost anything by reading the books out of order.
Colby is oh-so-awesome in his intense sniper ways. But what made me truly love him was how much he loved his adopted daughter. The little girl wasn’t in the book just for “oh, how sweet, he’s got a baby” kicks, but rather really helps highlight what sort of a good, loving man Colby is once you get past the protective military man.
Mia just was in the wrong place at the wrong time, providing therapy to the wrong man. But once she got over the shock, she was determined to do what was right and try to see that justice was done (once she stopped thinking her patient was paranoid and delusional – this was before the story started). Even after she was initially kidnapped, she stayed strong and determined to stay the path. I really can respect a woman like that. No, she wasn’t a warrior woman, just a strong one with strong morals.
These two sizzled together even though they tried to fight the attraction (not very hard – there was no real reason they couldn’t be together, other than a little bit of emotional … okay, a lot of emotional scarring in Mia’s past). They found their way past everything, even when Colby was an idiot and tried to throw it all away just “to protect her”. ::lots of eye rolling here:: But, hey, that’s a typical alpha male for you, protective even if it mean’s being a dimwit. I loved him for it, even as I wanted to slap him upside the head and call him names (as multiple members of the Titan Group do, along with Mia).
Great book, and can’t wait to read the third one about the leader of Titan, Jared. Thanks Ms. Harber and Mill Creek!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.