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Cold Betrayal

de A. J. McCarthy

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Victoria Anderson is a woman on a mission. That mission takes her from her home state of Florida to Quebec City, Canada in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, Danny Wilcox, the person she wants to find and return home with happens to be one of the most wanted criminals in the Province of Quebec. Danny has no intention of going along with Tori's plans, to the extent that she finds her life threatened on several occasions. Tori is nothing if not loyal. She unflaggingly defends Danny and refuses to believe he could be a threat to her. But, there are other people who think differently and try to force her to face the truth. Tori is caught in the middle, not knowing who she can trust, feeling she has been deceived by everyone she reaches out to. Betrayal is a story about love, loyalty, and difficult choices, as Victoria struggles to survive in a setting which can be both beautiful and deadly.… (mais)
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From the beginning the author draws us into an exciting tale of hunter and prey in the wintery Canadian landscape. McCarthy is a great suspense author and I hooked from the start. I want to read more of her work.
  sewingal1 | Feb 23, 2022 |
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The style of writing had my interest captured from the first page but the main character’s coyness regarding the details of her dilemma was a cheap trick in my opinion. I’d already guessed ‘why’ before the end of the 3rd chapter… otherwise her blind stupidity would have been even more annoying. An entertaining enough action romance. ( )
  AliToo | Mar 18, 2021 |
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Tori is searching Danny. We don't know why she's searching him, and that's why you keep reading on. The first half of this book was really good. It kept me guessing and reading. But the more I got to know Tori the less I liked her. She's kind of annoying, whiny and childish. But fortunately for her she had the Canadian police force catering to her every need. But I guess a reaction of any kind is a good thing. It would be worse if you just didn't care at all.
The book is packed full of action. And we learn that Canadian police excel at disguises. Always good to know.
Thank you LibraryThing and Black Rose Writing for a copy of this book. ( )
  Helsky | Aug 14, 2019 |
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TL;DR I’m not quite certain where to start with this book, there’s just too much to say. I liked it at first and everything seemed to be going well in the beginning stages. McCarthy definitely kept us guessing about Tori’s background and the mysterious stranger she found on in the cabin but all this faded too fast, and I don’t mean with the reveal about Danny and their no doubt complicated relationship.
In no particular order, I’m going to talk about what made me choose to DNF this book and I’m going to attempt to list some things the author could have done better. Disclaimer: I have only made it through a third of this book and consequently I will only be reviewing the portion I read.
The mystery surrounding Ben was a nice touch as I said before but there were instances when it seemed as though the author brought out an element of toxic masculinity in an effort to enhance that mystery. In one instance, he throws Tori over his shoulder and carries her back to his cabin. I didn’t understand the need for this, I mean she was freezing and unable to walk but perhaps he could have asked first? My issue with this is that characters that often do this in books are portrayed as alpha males and it’s harmful stereotype to portray to readers.
He also speaks to Tori in a way that “leaves no room for disagreement” which to me is nothing short of ridiculous because he has no power over her and shouldn’t be able to dictate what she does simply because she’s staying in his cabin. If she wants to do something as simple as taking a cab to the motel she’ll be staying at then there’s no need for Ben to get territorial and insist on driving her. If she said no she said no, simple as that.
And while we’re on the subject of Ben I may as well add that the reveal of his name took too long for my liking. We had to endure Tori referring to him as “the man” for an entire chapter, which may not seem like much but it was a long chapter and she had quite a bit of interaction with him. This is not like ‘s/he said’ which most writers say readers ignore, no. It grated on my eyes to have to constantly read ‘the man said’ ‘the man did this and that’ ‘the man looked there’. It was nothing short of irritating.
Onto Tori now. A little too naïve for my taste. This was especially obvious during her internal monologue about how Danny “would never have ordered anyone to kill her”. This one statement makes it apparent that Danny would in fact do something like that especially since we later learn he’s some sort of drug lord. All this leaves us wondering if Tori was too crazy in love to see the truth for what it was or just plain old stupid.
Another issue was the platonic-at-first-but-progressively-non-platonic relationship Tori had with all the male characters we were introduced to: Ben, Mario and of course Danny whom she’d been in a relationship with off-screen. When her feelings for Ben began to sprout I was ready for the author to dive a little deeper into his character and I may have been expecting some pay-off regarding his mysterious past but instead we jumped to Mario who Tori also began to have feelings for and later kissed and seemed to like very much.
I’d also like to mention that Mario’s territorial behaviour over her (all due to one kiss) is a disappointing trend I’m seeing in today’s authors. I don’t understand why the general perception of strong men in literature must entail immediate and unconditional obedience from their love interests or other (mainly) women around them. How does this equate to power or higher status? Why do writers keep expecting it to do exactly this in the readers’ minds?
The speed with which Tori trusts strangers is also alarming. She mentions on several occasions that Ben “didn’t appear threatening to her” and something to the effect that Mario “was a trustworthy man” which I find ludicrous because she barely knows these people and the fact that she’s living with a complete stranger (Chantal, Mario’s sister) just did it for me. It was all to unrealistic for me to continue.
The writing definitely could have been better. The word ‘dazedly’ was used a lot of times and some sentences could have done with some shortening and word-substitution.
Otherwise, it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever read but it certainly wasn’t the worst either. I look forward to seeing something a little more polished next time! ( )
2 vote Elaine_Omwango | Mar 2, 2019 |
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I really enjoyed reading the book Cold Betrayal, it was a excellent suspense/thriller. A easy and fast read, full of intrigue and lots of layers to the plot lines in the story. I loved the two main characters in the story, and will certainly read more books from this author. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys suspense/thrillers. ( )
  Margaret.Yelton | Feb 19, 2019 |
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Victoria Anderson is a woman on a mission. That mission takes her from her home state of Florida to Quebec City, Canada in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, Danny Wilcox, the person she wants to find and return home with happens to be one of the most wanted criminals in the Province of Quebec. Danny has no intention of going along with Tori's plans, to the extent that she finds her life threatened on several occasions. Tori is nothing if not loyal. She unflaggingly defends Danny and refuses to believe he could be a threat to her. But, there are other people who think differently and try to force her to face the truth. Tori is caught in the middle, not knowing who she can trust, feeling she has been deceived by everyone she reaches out to. Betrayal is a story about love, loyalty, and difficult choices, as Victoria struggles to survive in a setting which can be both beautiful and deadly.

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