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In the Cold (Thorndike Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786258519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786258512
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.6 x 2.4 cm

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Thriller combo 1 Aug. 2003
By Huntress Reviews - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Ashley Marin desperately needs a knight in shining armor, the first person she thinks to call upon is the man who was that for her twenty years ago, Chris Judge. As a girl, she had been kidnapped, and Chris was there for her, rescuing her from the maniac who had imprisoned her in a mine. Now, when her attacker is back, this time taking her only daughter, Chris is her hope.
Ironically, her call comes just as Chris has given up all hope and is considering ending it all. His marriage is gone, his career wrecked by lies, and there seems to be nothing good in life. Then, Ashley needs him, and this soul scarred man finds a new purpose in life, and a love he had never imagined he would have.
As they play the desperate game of cat and mouse with Lauren's kidnapper, Chris and Ashley find themselves falling in love. They also uncover a much more diabolical plan is in the works to cause Ashley even more pain.
***** This tale is at once suspenseful and touching. It has all the good old fashioned romance you could hope for and is also refreshingly new. The plot twists will keep you just as chilled as the title implies. *****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From: Romance Reviews Today... Stunning Plot Twist... 12 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
IN THE COLD is a taut, suspenseful thriller that pulls you in and doesn't let
go. The tension builds from the first page and keeps mounting until the end,
where a stunning plot twist will leave readers reeling. Well-drawn, complex
characters add to the story's intensity. Ashley is a loving single mother who
must continually fight the demons of her past. Her neuroses seem very real, an
authentic aftershock of the trauma she endured. Chris is a fascinating
character, flawed and conflicted, but with a core of goodness and honesty that makes
him sympathetic and likable.
The book succeeds more as a work of suspense than it does as a romance. Out
of necessity, romantic moments between Chris and Ashley are at a minimum. While
I wished there could have been a stronger romance thread, its absence makes
the book seem more real. What mother whose daughter is in mortal danger is
going to take time out to sigh blissfully over the new man in her life? Ashley
never does, and each moment that she does allow desire or passion to override her
concern for her daughter's welfare is followed by torment and guilt that she
would let herself be so distracted from the situation at hand. Chris is more
inclined to let his feelings for Ashley show, but believes himself unworthy of
her because of his mistake. He doesn't feel he has a right to be with her,
especially without knowing if he'll allow himself to forgive and heal enough to
even pursue a future for himself.
For a taut, edge-of-your-seat thriller, with complex, interesting characters
and a dash of romance, IN THE COLD will keep you turning pages long into the
Joanne Holbrook
Romance Reviews Today
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer pleasure 13 Jun. 2003
By S. Gould - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Noone knows the dark secret troubling ex Newark undercover cop Chris Judge. Everyone recalls his heroic rescue of Ashley Marin twenty years ago after three months in captivity at the hands of Davey Potts and his father. That incident changed both their lives. Now Ashley seeks Chris' help (though the two have not seen eachother for many years) to rescue her daughter from the same ruthless man who held her captive twenty years ago.
In a compelling and crisply woven tale Judge uncovers an unusual plot that leads to the perpetrator and old feelings are stirred once more. Though the motivations of the characters are at times questionable this is an enjoyable summer read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripped from the Headlines, with a Romantic Twist 3 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lynn Erickson has opened up the bag of tricks yet again, and has given us a delightful love story and very suspenseful mystery. In the Cold chronicles the desperation that draws two people together, and follows them through the trials and tribulations in tracking down the very twisted and vengeful mind that has devised this plan of terror. The worst of Ashley's nightmares have stemmed from what happened all those years ago, and now they have come rushing back. The trail leads Ashley and Chris into places that neither thought they would ever go into again, and never in their wildest dreams would they have thought they would go there together. In the Cold is a romance with enough suspense to keep even the most avid of mystery buffs happy, and enough romance to keep the rest satisfied as well.
This June Release for the new Berkley Sensations line is one heck of a slam-dunk start! In the Cold is one book you definitely won't want to miss. Lynn has done it again with the "ripped from the headlines" story and the hero and heroine to match. The story is poignant, rich, and terrifyingly real as you are drawn into the twisted and evil mind and the trap that he has laid for his victim. Revenge is never pretty, but In the Cold is beautifully and dramatically written and the insight is bold and realistic. A real keeper, Don't Miss it!
4.0 out of 5 stars Taut & suspenseful thriller 10 Feb. 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chris Judge is an undercover cop on the edge who has lost everything. Suffering from burnout, he is contemplating taking his life. Ashley Marin survived a kidnapping several years earlier, and was rescued after three harrowing months by a less jaded and much younger Chris.

Now Ashley's daughter is missing, and since she is not sure who she can trust, the only person she can turn to is Chris. She is convinced that the same culprits that kidnapped her are behind Lauren's disappearance. When he reluctantly returns to Colorado to assist in solving the kidnapping, Chris finds a new purpose and a new possible love, as he and Ashley join forces with the clock ticking to locate Lauren and bring her home.

This is a taut and suspenseful story with a couple so damaged by the past that it will take a miracle for them to find Lauren and heal their own wounds. Erickson keeps the story tight and the tension in overdrive, resulting in a satisfying conclusion.
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