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.
©2013 Cristin Harber (P)2014 Cristin Harber
Audiobook listened to and reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
I've read Winters Heat previously and completely loved the book. When Cristin Harber put out a call for an audiobook review I was totally game. Then I thought, "Crap. I don't like audiobooks. They bore me and the narration is cheesy." Thus, I'm the perfect person to review an audiobook, right? Yes, no. I honestly have no idea.
I loved this book from the start with its larger than life Alpha hero who has a heart of gold and risks his life to protect the woman he's waited his whole life for. The heroine isn't too bad herself. Mia seems like a damsel in distress although she's anything but. She's strong with wounds of her own she’s trying to overcome. She's a survivor. The secondary characters in the book, from Colby's mother to his team members are great. The book gives you hot love scenes, intense fighting, and some comic relief.
Winters Heat and Cristin Harber's books are in a league all their own.
I think Jeffrey Kafer did a wonderful job. He completely kept my interest. Never once did I find myself wandering off into the unknown. He was able to voice multiple characters. I think he nailed the voice for Jared, leader of Team Titan. I kept thinking Jeffery's Colby voice reminded me of someone, but for the life of me, I couldn't figure it out. Half way through, John Wayne popped into my head. It was so not the voice I had in my head of Colby when I read the book. I loved that Jeffrey was able to portray a woman's voice, without doing it in a falsetto. Because seriously, women don't sound like that. Jeffrey was also able to pull off a Spanish accent and make it believable.
Winters Heat is one of my favorite books so when the narration got to the part of the book that originally sold me on reading the book I felt a little let down. I felt more urgency and intensity when I read the book myself. I loved revisiting Mia and Colby's story via an audiobook. I was surprised with details I missed while reading it myself.
I really hope that if Cristin turns the other Titan books into audio books that she continues to have Jeffrey do the narration.
hot love scenes, intense fighting, and some comic relief
Exciting, suspenseful, action-packed
I would compare Winter's Heat to Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights series. A bunch of bad boys, who all have some type of military background, who have gotten together to work outside the law, sometimes, to right wrongs.
I have read the book, and I also got the audio version. Jeffrey Kafer has the inflections and the nuances of the character's feelings and emotions down pat. He makes you think that you are in the character's mind, and that you ARE that person.
Yes, I could have listened to it all in one sitting. However, that was not feasible for me. I found myself rewinding it a lot, to revisit a certain scene or the thoughts of a character.
This is only my second Audible book. I was impressed with the clarity of the narrator, and the fact that he was able to change his inflections and tonal quality to really give you the perspective of a scene from that character's view
Fantastic adaptation of the book! I felt like I was living the scenes with the characters.
I love all Cristin Harber's books. It's hard to compare her to anyone because her writing style is so unique. The closest I can compare are to Maya Banks KGI series.
His voice inflections really drew me in. I really enjoyed this narrator.
Fantastic audiobook! Now I'm ready for more! :D
Titan group agent, Colby Winters leaves on a routine assignment and finds himself on the most worth while assignment of his life. Colby appears to be the typical no strings attached ex-military man that finds himself mesmerized by an infuriating yet intriguing Mia Kensington, when he saves her from abduction while she's trying to intercept a top secret package from a dangerous drug cartel. Mia, a military therapist, is strong willed, smart, and the most beautiful woman Colby Winters has ever seen. She is quick witted, stubborn and selfless, but has built up walls that Colby has a hard time penetrating. Later on, we learn that Colby has a much deeper side than Mia realizes. His home life surprises her and shows his softer side. On their road trip, in attempt to keep the package safe and her alive, Colby can't keep his need for her at bay. He feels emotions that he's never felt before and encourages Mia to share herself with him, in more ways than one! His yearning not only for her body,but for the feisty woman within is deterred from her built up walls and her growing arousal for this testosterone filled man. She attempts to keep him at bay but the chemistry between these two is palpable. Mia can't keep herself from this alpha male and when she's pulled away from him, she realizes her true feelings. Colby breaks down her walls in attempt to help her to trust and love again after a surprising and saddening confession. She has her own fears to overcome, but when the going gets tough, Mia gets tougher. Colby finds that he has be with her, even though he knows that is not a safe life for her. His mind and his heart rage a war. Mia and Colby are pulled away from each other multiple times, but they keep finding the way back to one another. The sex scenes are steamy and the love is felt throughout the writing. The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, is well spoken and displays emotion through his voice. The expressive way he portrays each character is distinctive. I could almost see the expressions on the characters faces. The way he can transition from a stern military man to a serene calm woman is effortless. This is my first read my Cristen Harber and I enjoyed this story. She kept me interested throughout the book and portrayed each character well, causing me to care about not only the two main characters, but the rest of the Titan Team, as well. The arguing, the steam and the suspense kept me riveted throughout the story. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a little bit of suspense, action, hot sex and true love.
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These characters are unbelievable. The story is canned and forced. It has a fun beginning, but that is about it. The reader's voice is difficult because it is so deep. Need to get to sleep fast? This is the book.
If you like Harlequin romances with a heavy dose of porn, then this drivel is for you. Very disappointed that Amazon would even consider placing this book in the Mystery/Action category. The book actually had potential if the romance had been balanced with the development of the relationship between the members of team Titan. The, story line of the list of undercover agents could have been fleshed out to make it believable. Don't misunderstand, I like action stories where the alpha male has a personal life, but this story focused 80% on the romance and more than graphic sex scenes. Please Amazon leave this "me Tarzan you Jane" junk in the romance category so readers know what they are buying.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
fast pace listen, fun comic humor, and some good old fashion commando talk. Our hero is made of the " right stuff".
witness by Sandra Brown but with comic relief.
great narration and does very well with a female voice, which is very hard for most male readers to pull off.
when our hero calls his mom
this was on sale for me, and gave me a new introduction to a reader and author. Audible, bring more of this readers' work and author. Great pair.
Probably not. I read for pleasure but also for the purpose of reviewing for my blog - time is limited and there are VERY few books that hit my re-read list.
Colby was probably my favorite - obvious choice as he is the main male love interest in the story - but he was alpha and capable, deadly and delicious.
This is the first time I have listened to a book narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. It was a good performance and I wouldn't mind hearing him narrate other books in this series.
Torn between the choice of two unknown dangers always choose the hot and brooding one over the sleazy henchmen.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
There are an awful lot of romance books floating around, and it can be hard to find something original to write. I think Harber did a pretty good job with that. Colby Winters is a mercenary, but he's also... other things you don't normally find in these books. I have a hard and fast rule against any kind of spoiler in my reviews, so you're just going to have to trust me on this.
Mia Kensington isn't your usual too-headstrong-for-her-own-good heroine, either. I liked her, actually. She takes care of herself and she grows. But she's not stupid and doesn't put herself into ridiculously dangerous situations just to prove she's independent. Thank god; I hate those women.
The overall story is pretty good. There's plenty of action, plenty of decent dialogue, plenty of internal and external conflict, and plenty of lovin'.
I don't know if this is Harber's first book or not, but I think it might be. If so, there is plenty of room for improvement in both storytelling and construction. Which is not to say that this book isn't worth reading, because it is. I hope the next book in the series is better.
Actually, the character I ended up liking best, besides Colby's mom, is Cash, the star of the next book. Cash is a colleague and friend of Winter's, and he actually made me laugh. I'm looking forward to Cash's story, and to what I hope will be an improvement in Harber's style; she's good, but she can get better.
Jeffrey Kafer has a good voice and once I got used to the pace of his reading the delivery of the story was good. However, at the begining his voice was a bit confucing and I had to reverse and listen to parts over.
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