Review: Cold Hearted by Beverly Barton

Posted September 15, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 5 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Trusting Her.
They all loved her. That was their mistake. Two husbands, her college fiancée an influential boss-every man who gets close to Jordan Price is made to pay in blood. And the list is growing.

Could Be.
Hired by the Powell Agency to investigate Senator Dan Price’s death, Rick Carson can see at once why people would believe Jordan Price incapable of cold-blooded murder. Slender, pale, and elegant, she stands by her late husband’s graveside exuding sweet vulnerability. Only Rick notices that she never sheds a tear. And the deeper he delves into the string of deaths from which Jordan has profited handsomely, the more convinced Rick becomes that he is dealing with a callous, cunning, unstoppable killer.

The Last Thing You Ever Do.
The closer Rick gets to the chilling truth, the more dangerous this game of cat-and-mouse becomes. The targets are changing, and suddenly, nothing and no one is safe. If Jordan is as innocent as she claims, Rick may have placed her in a killer’s cross hairs. And if she’s guilty, he’ll never live to regret it.

I have a love/hate relationship w/ Beverly Barton. I really love her story lines and the relationships between her characters. I really have to get into a “southern” frame of mind. Both her heroes and heroines are extremely southern. The heroines are southern bells and the heroes are the men that take care of them. It’s only when you really look below the surface that you see that these are really strong women.

Jordan Price is shocked when her brother-in-law hires the Powell Agency to look into the death of his brother, her husband. She is even more shocked when the agents arrive and immediately put her on the suspect list. Though she knows that the spouse is generally looked at first, Jordan hadn’t even considered that Dan was murdered.

Rick Carson can’t decide if Jordan is a grieving widow or a black widow. Too many men in her past are dead to make it a mere coincidence. Rick is dismayed by the protective instincts that arise when it comes to Jordan. He carefully watches Jordan so he can understand who she really is.

I liked the mystery in this book. It’s not immediately clear whether Jordan is a killer. That made for interesting reading. There are a lot of relationships and secrets in Jordan’s family. Jordan is a caretaker and with a family like hers, Rick quickly realizes that Jordan is an incredibly strong person. Which gives him all the more reason to suspect Jordan. As for Jordan, she is horrified by the feelings she has for Rick Carson. Ever since her fiance died when she was younger, she has never let herself love outside of her family.

Even though I liked the book, it wasn’t my favorite of Barton’s.


This book is available from Zebra Books. You can buy it here. No e-format.

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5 responses to “Review: Cold Hearted by Beverly Barton

  1. Hi Casee, I enjoy romantic suspense and books with “Southern Charm” so Barton sounds like an author I would enjoy. I haven’t ever read anything by Barton before. What do you recommend I start with?

  2. Luci

    I read most of Beverly Barton’s stand alones and the last two in the Protector series. I really enjoyed all of them except Cold-Hearted. The suspense part was good; its the romance part that left a lot to be desired. I would have preferred if she left the romance out completely because it was extremely forced. Having said that I still read and enjoyed Dying For You and am looking forward to her next book in September.

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