Deadly, Calm, and Cold by Susannah Sandlin

March 11th, 2015 Kimberly Review 60 Comments

11th Mar
Deadly, Calm, and Cold by Susannah Sandlin
Deadly, Calm, and Cold
by Susannah Sandlin
Series: The Collectors #2
Published by: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Amy McFadden
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Gifted
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

How far will ordinary people go to protect their secrets? The Collectors’ games are as much about manipulating lives as finding lost treasure. Everyone is expendable as the ruthless C7 pushes people into gambling with their lives in order to find priceless objects lost to history. Samantha Crowe’s secrets could ruin her career, while Brody Parker’s could get him killed. They become pawns for two Collectors seeking Bad King John’s crown jewels, which disappeared in rural England back when Robin Hood roamed Nottingham. This time, however, the Collectors—a ruthless dotcom billionaire and a desperate London detective—might not be playing for the same team, leaving Sam and Brody trapped in the middle. One thing’s for sure: If either hope to survive, Sam and Brody will have to find a way to overcome their distrust—and their growing attraction—in order to succeed on this winner-take-all treasure hunt.

Deadly, Calm and Cold is the second book in the Collectors series by Susannah Sandlin and I was lucky enough to win the audio edition. It’s a romantic suspense that shares a deadly game with ordinary folks used as pawns in a rich man’s game of treasure hunt. I quickly became caught up in the tale and couple.

Five Caffeinated reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to Deadly, Calm, and Cold

  • The premise to the Collector series is a unique one. A group of rich, pompous men known as the C7 bet money and use ordinary folks to find lost treasure for them. Do you have a secret you want kept hidden? Then you could be their next victim and they will stop at nothing to have you do their bidding. I love this premise and the suspense it creates.
  • The quest is to find lost artifacts and a deadline to win is set. I love how their research resulted in the reader/listener learning about a specific time-period and lost treasure. In this particular case, we are looking for King John’s crown jewels that disappeared in rural England around the time Robin Hood roamed the countryside. Sandlin clearly does her research weaving fact into her tales giving it an authentic feel.
  • The plot was twisted and the C7 players particularly ruthless. They involve a London detective in over his head and a Dotcom billionaire who is determined to win regardless of the cost. They hire ruthless thugs to do their dirty work and set out to foil each other. Accidents, murder and threats abound keeping the reader constantly on edge.
    Samantha Crow’s past could ruin the career she is pursuing and threats to her family have her manipulated into playing the game. Brody Parker has left his past behind and if discovered certain parties would go to great lengths to see him dead. Each has a mission and finds themselves an unwilling pawn between the two C7 players.
  • The attraction Sam and Brody felt for each other was dangerous since both feared being double-crossed and finding themselves at the mercy of the C7 players. The incredible tension, danger and timeline amped up the sexual tension and it was delightful seeing these two begin to trust each other. We get some heat combined with sweet moments and I found myself rooting for them.
  • Deadly, Calm and Cold was an intense romantic suspense and I cannot wait to read the next novel. Each of the books in this series work as standalone but I recommend reading them all.

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About Susannah Sandlin

Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance and romantic suspense, often set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night! A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch, and always fancied herself living in Cornwall (although she’s never actually been there). Details, details. She also is a fan of Stephen King. She is the author of the Penton Legacy series (REDEMPTION, ABSOLUTION, OMEGA, ALLEGIANCE), The Collectors series (LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP and DEADLY, CALM, AND COLD) and the standalone novel STORM FORCE. Awards include the 2013 Holt Medallion award for ABSOLUTION; a 2014 RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award Nomination for ALLEGIANCE; a 2013 RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award Nomination for OMEGA; and the 2014 Linda Howard Award of Excellence for ELYSIAN FIELDS (written as Suzanne Johnson).

Under the name Suzanne Johnson, she writes the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series: ROYAL STREET; RIVER ROAD; ELYSIAN FIELDS; PIRATE’S ALLEYy (coming in 2015); and BELLE CHASSE (coming in 2016)

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Winning at Reading 2015
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60 Responses to “Deadly, Calm, and Cold by Susannah Sandlin”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I enjoyed that one too..these are great easy reads:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It’s the perfect length too, and I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  1. Lupdilup

    This is great Kimba! I didn’t know about this series. I really enjoyed her vampire series which I thankfully picked up after I read your reviews. Now, here you are with another goodie for me 🙂
    Thank you!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She does really well with romantic suspense as well Loupe…I don’t think I’ve read anything I dislike from her.

  2. Alreem

    sound so interesting, I have always loved books that have the basic storyline of rich and poor 🙂 and this one sound extra interesting

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Imagine being pawns in a rich mans treasure was good

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right…me too. I love learning a little something and it gives it a realistic aspect.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      My thoughts exactly. I’ve been spending time with my granddaughter and working more so it is cutting into my reading. This is why I am visiting blogs at midnight and reading till 2

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love this genre as well Jenny. I think I have loved everything this author has written

    • kimbacaffeinate

      A little Nick. I adore this author and this series has been fun

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You probably did, I have read everything written by this author

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes and she writes romantic suspense and paranormal romances under this name. I have loved everything I have read by her Flea

    • kimbacaffeinate

      If you listen while walking or doing chores the time flies

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Lauren. Romantic suspense is one of my fav genres.

  3. Ramona

    I’m open-mouthed, literally. This premise is just made of awesome! I haven’t heard of this series, but you can bet I’m reading it now. Particularly since there’s also romance, and a well written one, by the sound of it. (You know I’m a sucker for them romances :P) A super clever review, revealing just enough to whet my appetite. Your skill is becoming legend, my friend 🙂 Have a good one!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I had fun with the installments but preferred the audio

  4. Katherine

    The premise on this sounds amazing. I love the treasure hunting especially when paired with great characters and serious tension. I’ve added this and the first in the series to my TBR!

    Katherine recently posted: Yes Please - Review
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you enjoy them Katherine. I love this author and she writes in many different genres

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh lord yes the pretties. My problem is I pick them all up and then have so many I am not even sure what I own..then go to buy it and Amazon or B&N tells me “It looks like you already purchased this” *facepalm*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is a great premise and she executes it beautifully