Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Deadly, Calm and Cold by Susannah Sandlin

Deadly, Calm and Cold
The Collectors
Book 2
Susannah Sandlin
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date of Publication: December 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-1477826812
Number of pages: 280
Word Count: Approx 88,000
Cover Artist: Kerrie Robertson/
Book Description:
From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the second book in The Collectors series.
How far will ordinary people go to protect their secrets? The Collectors’ games are as much about manipulating lives as finding lost treasure. Everyone is expendable as the ruthless C7 pushes people into gambling with their lives in order to find priceless objects lost to history.
Samantha Crowe's secrets could ruin her career, while Brody Parker's could get him killed. They become pawns for two Collectors seeking Bad King John's crown jewels, which disappeared in rural England back when Robin Hood roamed Nottingham.
This time, however, the Collectors--a ruthless dotcom billionaire and a desperate London detective--might not be playing for the same team, leaving Sam and Brody trapped in the middle.
One thing's for sure: If either hope to survive, Sam and Brody will have to find a way to overcome their distrust--and their growing attraction--in order to succeed on this winner-take-all treasure hunt.
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About the Author:
Susannah Sandlin writes paranormal romance and romantic thrillers from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities—including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual.
She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick. She’s the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, a spinoff novel, Storm Force, a standalone novelette, Chenoire, and a new romantic thriller series, The Collectors, beginning with Lovely, Dark, and Deep.
Writing as Suzanne Johnson, she also is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series.

Book Review -- Deadly, Calm, and Cold by Susannah Sandlin

Deadly, Calm, and Cold (The Collectors, #2)Deadly, Calm, and Cold by Susannah Sandlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Deadly, Calm and Cold is the second book in the Collectors Series. Not having read the first book didn't prove to be a problem at all, as the author has deftly managed to weave a fully fresh stand-alone story with a strong plot and characters. From what I've read of the reviews of the first book, the over-arching theme of the book, with some treasure collectors with sinister motives employing (read blackmailing) powerless pawns to do the dirty work, seems to be the one common factor in the series.

The story revolves around three main threads - the collectors' team, C7, who are lethally dangerous and will stop at nothing to attain what they are after, which happens to be the coveted treasure targets here; Sam, who's running away from a lot of things she would rather leave behind, which she finds isn't easy to do, especially if her secrets are known to nasty people who can blackmail her to do things to avoid exposure - especially if the exposure would stop her research fellowship because she had some under-hand dealings with the wrong people, and an illicit affair with her professor; Brody, under protection, fearing his life and safety every moment of his life, having been a whistleblower and having had more inagreeable secrets from the past. The three threads are played against one another, the C7 always holding the lead in this power game. It doesn't help when Sam and Brody are drawn to each other. Can they manage to get together, shake the C7 off their trails and finally settle down to a happy life, is what the book takes us through.

The book is a wonderful read, combining a fast-paced thriller with a historical treasure hunt adventure. The narrative is brisk, crisp and engaging. The characterisation isn't deep as I would have liked it to be - presumably because there was no space left in the story to delve into the characters' minds, as the plot is so strong and fast that it fills up the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed the read, and I definitely recommend it to lovers of thrillers and adventures.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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