#ReleaseDay — Cold Shadow (Cold Country) #2 by Mercy Celeste + Review

Title: Cold Shadow

Series: Cold Country #2

Author: Mercy Celeste

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: May 9, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Suspense

Page Count: 306

Blurb:

There’s no such thing as a Happily Ever After.

Special Agent Drew Walker thought he'd never return to Tennessee after that horrific Christmas.
Two and a half years later, a serial killer with a strange fascination with mutilation drags him into Nathan Truman’s jurisdiction once again. 

For Nathan Truman having the ‘Feeb’ around dredges up a past, he would prefer to forget. For nearly three years, he’s been able to put it all behind him and focus on his career, family, and Quinn.

The past few years have done Quinn Anders a world of good. He’s happy, healthy, sober, and raising his daughter with the love of his life.

As the days pass and tensions flare it becomes obvious that the events of that night, all those years ago, never truly ended for one of them.

The secrets and lies that bind the three may just destroy them all.

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about the author

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Mercy Celeste is the pen name and superhero persona of mild-mannered MJ Colbert....which is bull, I'm not mild mannered. I was, in fact, raised in a barn--or several. We even had grain silos. My motto growing up, anything a boy can do, I'm right behind him doing it just as well or better. I've broken too many bones to begin to count. Scraped, skinned or scarred pretty much everything that can be scraped, skinned or scarred. How I'm still walking and talking is a miracle. 
So about the writing, well, I don't really consider myself to be a writer. I'm a storyteller, and when I have a story to tell, it won't rest until it's twisted me up and purged itself. The result is at times comical or tragic, depending on the people who live in my head and what they have to say. Most days that's not a lot of anything. Others I can't shut them up. They especially love when I'm driving, oh, yeah, a drive across town is a lesson in how not to get myself killed or be pulled over for reckless driving. And those are the good days.
Welcome to my crazy world, if it's boring now, wait five minutes, and don't blink. Things have a tendency to get interesting around me. Find Mercy on her blog at www.mercyceleste.blogspot.com or twitter @themercyceleste

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other books in the series

For eighteen years, Nathan Truman and Quinn Anders were best friends. One born of wealth and privilege, the other born to working people, Nathan and Quinn shared everything. Sports, music, first kiss, first love. 

For sixteen years, Nathan has tried to forget Quinn. Tried to forget the stolen moments they’d shared as kids. He joined the Marines, married, not once but twice, went into law enforcement. He forgot. 

For sixteen years, Quinn couldn’t stop remembering. He fell into addiction, found music, lost himself, and became a country music superstar. He never forgot.

Sixteen years after their one night together, tragedy conspires to reunite them. 

The murder of Quinn’s father sets them on a collision course not only with their past but with a killer.

Nathan and Quinn struggle to deal with their past while the present slowly crashes around them.

Brought together by grief, their tentative new beginning may very well come to a sizzling end, leaving them both out in the cold forever.

Warning: May contain subject matter sensitive readers will find objectionable. Male/male sexual situations. Violence.

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review

There's no such thing as a happily ever after...

Agent Andrew Walker returns to the Tennessee mountains. It's been years since he's seen Nathan Truman and Quinn Anders—who are living happily in love—but that hasn't stopped him from wanting Nathan...still.

As soon as Drew comes back into Nathan Truman's life he feels constricted, his skin begins to itch, and he's not sure why. There is a connection between the three men, but it's more than the ties that bind them from Drew saving Nate's life almost three years ago, and in retrospect, saving Quinn, but Nate can't figure out the missing link. 

Drew and Nate share the past that goes back to Bosnia but Drew doesn't think Nathan remembers. Drew and Quinn shares the past from the horrific event that almost took Nathan's life, now finally recovering but leaving him a changed man. There are many lies, secrets, and hidden truths between them, but in spite of it all, they have a deep-rooted bond that constantly keeps temptation at the forefront of their minds. 

Someone is committing murder, mutilating bodies, and Drew is undercover trying to find information and leads on who it is. It seems to be connected to the Truman family but no one knows why and no one is talking.

Nathan works the case from the Sheriff's department while Drew continues his undercover work. The stress level is high and as frustration over the case continues to mount so does the sexual tension between them. The need to taste and sexual longing from many years waiting finally reaches a boiling point. They are in fight or fuck mode and someone is going down...maybe both.

Quinn Anders loves Nathan Truman more than anything in the world, with the exception of his baby girl, Emma, but he's loved Nate since he was a young boy and there isn't anything he wouldn't do for him. He knows Drew has the hots for his man and he can tell Nate has feelings for Drew that simmers underneath his hard exterior that he doesn't want to share or admit.

If he pushes Nate and Drew together... and be a willing participant, maybe they will get it out of their system and everything will return to normal. Maybe, jealousy will stay out of the room—or maybe it won't. Maybe, one time will be enough—or maybe it won't. 

It was supposed to be just fucking around. No one was supposed to get hurt, angry, or upset. However, in the heat of the moment, secrets are exposed, lies become truths and the damage is done before it can be undone. 

At the same time, the killer is closing in and it's going to take all three of them working together to save not only themselves but others from living through another horrific event like before. 

Cold Shadow is an intense and an on the edge of your seat murder mystery with a love triangle running parallel that doesn't stop until the very last page. I don't want to say too much about the plot because you need to read it for yourself, however, you definitely need to read book one, In From the Cold, first.

I love how the author ties in little bits of information from the first book with this one solving pieces left unanswered and making some things more clear yet ultimately making this plot thicken more.

 I, literally, held my breath through the biggest part of the book because the author sucks you into the story making you feel as though you are living it as you go along with the characters. 

The emotions they are feeling, the anger, the frustration, the stress, is so palpable with each person that you are either laughing with them, crying with them, or reading with one eye open in fear of what they may do next. 

The anger and resentment that Nathan feels towards Quinn...God! Quinn tries to cover his feelings and pretend everything was okay...when it wasn't, Drew, he's so transparent with his feelings and the realization that he may be left out, in the cold, was devastating. 

They are messed up, Nathan and Quinn, and they admit that to each other. But, there is no doubt, what-so-freaking-ever, they love each other with every fiber of their being. So—the question is—where does that leave Drew? They are connected to him, they all have a bond, but how does Drew feel about it? Will he be able to share Nathan with Quinn? Time will tell. 

Definitely, a must read if you've read the first book and it has a happy for now ending that I feel will leave you more than satisfied. Highly recommended. 

5 stars

* My thanks to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review *