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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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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

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Neither could admit they wanted it.

This was a great beginning to the series. The narrator has a deep rumbly voice perfect for the Team Titan. He didn't try to sound femmy for Mia just a softer tone and it worked well for me.
Colby Winters is on an "easy" assignment, pick up and deliver when he runs into Mia doing the pickup. Before he can do anything she is gone with a couple thugs. Not sure whose team she's on until the camera shows her being thrown in a trunk. So begins their adventure.
The rescue begins a grudging respect for this small woman. She doesn't know if he's the good guy or another bad one after her. One thing they are both sure of the heat between them is all wrong for the situation.
The team is a private special ops team with alpha, wise-mouthed, exceptional men. The banter is hysterical. There are no women attached to any of the guys until Mia. That she gains their respect is a feat.
This is the beginning of a long series and I plan to read them all, or listen or both. A very strong recommend from me.

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I was in whispersync heaven!

Any additional comments?

After having read one of the novellas and book 2 in the series before I decided to start at the beginning and give this series a go... AND I did this as an audiobook, which was the best idea EVER!
I honestly think I enjoyed this way way way better read to me by Jeffrey Kafer than reading it myself. His voice... is just want this book needed. Seriously! I have in fact decided to wait for the rest of the series to be published as audiobooks -cause well, Kafer's voice is too much of an enticement to pass up.
There is allot of action, alpha dudes and some pretty good smut.. a fun suspense romance. In some ways this is nothing new- oh wait actually in many ways this is absolutely nothing new. Harber has not reinvented the wheel. It isn't some great liturarly feat as well. But it is well written and rather entertaining. Especially when read by Mr. Kafer.
Which is possibly the most surprising thing ever. When I started this I wasn't so sure I was gonna like it- I mean the deep rather alpha sounding dude voice that was reading it... well I wasn't sure at all. But I thought to myself- oh well, thank goodness for whispersync
--BTW I really adore whispersync it's the best invention straight after my kindle
But as I said now plenty of times I ended up loving the narration. It's just how I would imagine Winter to sound like.
So besides the usual usual this is an entertaining action cute & fluffy with a good dose of smut. If you thinking about getting it- get the audio- I promise you won't regret it!

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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

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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

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Weird beginning, Great Potential

The beginning was strange, no introduction of characters or physical setting. When I realized that 2 foreign criminals were kidnapping a woman from a mid-sized American airport without ANYONE noticing, I rolled my eyes and groaned. Seriously?

The author created entertaining suspense and action segments, but gave almost NO background information on Colby or the other men of the Titan group. It was difficult to care about characters who were ghosts. With the exception of Colby's dedication to his adopted daughter, his personality was never explained or developed.

Mia, the main female character, was surprisingly strong, smart and resilient - not like the boring, submissive & brainless bimbos so popular in recent fiction. Mia (psychologist) kept trying to rescue herself, even though she was scared and overwhelmed. Although she had been horribly abused as a child, Mia was a brave survivor, not a victim.

I also appreciated that Colby and all the Titan operatives were kind and respectful to women, not macho alpha jerks. The story had great potential, if only the author had spent more words describing the Titan team and less about the sociopathic criminals. I would definitely try another book by CH.

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Ok to fair

The story is ok, a bit of fast forwarding at times but it wasn't bad. By that I mean there are jumps in the timeline that because of the narration issue made me need to back up and see what I missed. The narration is a little difficult because while his voice is great there isn't much inflection which sort of lulls you into tuning it out.

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Interesting

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!

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 05-16-16

Meh…

Full of action and instantaneous sex, but for some reason I just couldn't get into this story. First off the sex started before you even got to know who the characters were. How are you supposed to feel the attraction. Then when he gets a call from his daughter/mother and says I love you, she thinks he has a girlfriend and then he eggs her on about it. What a jerk, luckily it didn't last long but still I was not a fan of Colby (which I kept thing of cheese when his name was mentioned). All I knew about them is he was a military man and she was a puff ball, what does that mean? Very two dimensional. Narrator was good I enjoyed him in the past when he did read Jim Bernheimer, this book may not have been the best fit for him, but he still did a good job.

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  • Lauren McNicol
  • 06-01-15

I didn't think it was possible to love Team Titan anymore!

This was my first adventure into audiobooks and I wasn't disappointed - as a Team Titan addict the growly narration made the story come alive even more!

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  • Carien
  • 09-03-16

Suspense and stupidity

Great story and great narration!

I liked the main and support cast. The characters are well developed and the plot well thought out. The threat near the end was a surprise and the stupid choices back in the States frustrating but well written.
I cannot wait for the next book.

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  • Gail
  • 03-19-16

This hits my funny bone

This is one of those listens that I'm not sure why I enjoy it. But I do. The accidental humour brought on by the skill of the narrator? Cant pin it down but even on third listen I smile, gasp, laugh and even leak from my eyes in one spot.

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  • Readers Together
  • 03-14-16

Enjoyed it

I really enjoyed this audiobook, Winters is a sweet guy and Mia's interactions with Jared Westin are hilarious. I had some very real 'laugh out loud' moments. If you like your romance novels with some action - I'm talking fights, gun battles and explosions...not the other type of action, although their is some of that too, then this is a great audiobook to pick up. This is the start of a wonderful series, Cristin Harber has a great skill for creating a world the listener can get lost in.

You know when a book is narrated by Jeffrey Kafer that the performance is going to be solid, this was no different. The genre is a little different to the books I've listened to him narrate in the past but that didn't take away from the enjoyment.

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  • Rachel
  • 10-02-15

TERRIBLE STORY. GREAT NARRATOR

I love a good action romance story.. but this is NOT it. The most painfully cliched, predictable, slow, humdrum story i have ever read. This is the first time i have read this author and it was hard to make myself finish this first title in the series of which i will not be reading any more. I did not understand the good reviews for this story (which is why i bought it in the first place). Consider yourself warned - if you like good books don't get this one.
On the good side, the narrator was excellent. His voice was clear and his character voices distinctive. I will look for more work that he has done as he was the only reason i could drag myself to the finish of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful