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Winters Heat: Titan, Book 1 | [Cristin Harber]

Winters Heat: Titan, Book 1

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.
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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

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    Shaan Hess 06-28-14
    Shaan Hess 06-28-14
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    "Suspense, hot sex and great heart!"
    What did you love best about Winters Heat?

    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.

    Review may also be seen @ Books, Coffee, and Wine!


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 06-21-14
    Kim 06-21-14

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    "Loved this book!"
    If you could sum up Winters Heat in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Winters Heat to and why?

    Winters Heat and Cristin Harber's books are in a league all their own.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    hot love scenes, intense fighting, and some comic relief


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    paten 06-21-14
    paten 06-21-14
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    "A private security group you will love"
    If you could sum up Winters Heat in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, suspenseful, action-packed


    What other book might you compare Winters Heat to and why?

    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.


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-27-14
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    "Titan turns up the HEAT!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Winters Heat to be better than the print version?

    Fantastic adaptation of the book! I felt like I was living the scenes with the characters.


    What other book might you compare Winters Heat to and why?

    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.


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice inflections really drew me in. I really enjoyed this narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic audiobook! Now I'm ready for more! :D

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Sutphin Manassas, Virginia United States 07-17-14
    S. A. Sutphin Manassas, Virginia United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hot!!"
    What did you love best about Winters Heat?

    The story and the narration


    What other book might you compare Winters Heat to and why?

    Any hot military romance


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is amazing!! His narration brought the story to life and oh my the sex scenes are very steamy with his voice!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep!


    Any additional comments?

    I will be getting more in this series as soon as they are released

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-26-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-26-14 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Yummy Hot and Full of Greatness !!"
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    I’m in love with Mia & Colby - 5 stars and I’d rate it higher if I could!
    I listened in a single sitting and couldn't seem to put the book down. I enjoyed the suspense, definite Heat and action, and to be honest, this was a fresh of breathe air. I was in a reading funk until I picked this up an this book bought me straight out of it!!!

    I loved the characters, they had chemistry together, and I found them interesting outside of the main plot. The supporting cast were full of chuckle ready moments, and I loved the snappy and quirky way everyone worked together. It felt right, and if you know how insane military life is and the bonds formed, then you can’t not relate...

    The plot itself was explosive although it built up in the beginning. Just when you think, okay it’s over, something else would happen. I’ve never been kidnapped or had to rescue someone who was kidnapped, but again the story felt right and not overdone, a [erfect mix... I can't wait for book 2... :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Casselberry, FL, United States 07-24-14
    Rhonda Casselberry, FL, United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    Not sure but I thought this was possibly supposed to.be a cross.between funny and serious. Needed a little work....but overall not bad. I liked the subtle humor!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 07-12-14
    Karen CA, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    ""My You Have Great Muscles""
    What made the experience of listening to Winters Heat the most enjoyable?

    fast pace listen, fun comic humor, and some good old fashion commando talk. Our hero is made of the " right stuff".


    What other book might you compare Winters Heat to and why?

    witness by Sandra Brown but with comic relief.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    great narration and does very well with a female voice, which is very hard for most male readers to pull off.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when our hero calls his mom


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Hines Central Florida 07-03-14
    Lisa Hines Central Florida 07-03-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Review: Titan #1: Winter's Heat"
    Would you listen to Winters Heat again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Torn between the choice of two unknown dangers always choose the hot and brooding one over the sleazy henchmen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Hoffman Kansas City, MO 07-10-14
    Amy Hoffman Kansas City, MO 07-10-14 Member Since 2010

    Missouri Mom with lots of Opinions! Love to listen to Audio Book Series!

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    "Romance and Action Packed"

    I like Cristin Harber's writing style. The story grabbed my attention right away and has left me wanting to learn more about the other characters in the story.

    The narrator was fair. He didn't add or take anything away from the story. Maybe a women's narration for Mia's point of view would have made a difference.

    I like the characters in this series! I believe I just found a new Military Romance series to dive into! I look forward to reading more about these hot, macho tough guys!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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