Review: Cold Cole Heart by K. Webster

Cold Cole Heart FRONT ONLYTitle: Cold Cole Heart

Author: K. Webster

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Natalie Dusana

The hero: Cole Heart

The blurb: I once was a hero. Until she kept me as her captive, tortured me, and killed my brothers.

She bred a monster.

Nothing could stop me from seeking revenge. But it was over so quickly—her easy death a mercy she didn’t deserve.

For a decade, the burning rage of what she did has transformed into something uncontrollable. Something I want to feed. Something I crave to unleash.

I want to make her pay. Over and over and over again.

Finding the evil, spoiled women sates my ravenous, vengeful soul. I hunt. I capture. I destroy. Slowly. So slowly. One, two, three, four, five… And now six.

I’m wicked and sadistic. I am Cold Cole Heart. My mission is death and their payment to me has come due.

Number six thinks she is different. Yet when I look at her, I see them. She will pay. They always do.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Ten years ago, Captain Cole Heart and his team were captured by Egyptian royalty. The woman, Anta, and her brother held them hostage. Beat, assaulted, starved and tortured them until they died, one by one. Of the six SEALs captured, only Cole Heart survived. He managed to escape and slay them all, including Anta.

In the present day, Cole is suffering from severe PTSD. He is made to see a psychiatrist, whom he is having sex with, and he’s able to slip out of her office and stalk women. He sees Anta everywhere; she lives inside other women, and he will have his revenge on her. She died too quickly by his hand; he never got to torture her, like she did him.

He’s already kidnapped, assaulted, murdered and buried five women in the backyard of his secluded home, one for each of his lost brothers. He just needs one more, for him. When he spots her, the woman who looks like Anta, he stalks her for a few months. Eventually, he manages to coax her into his van, where he drugs her.

Twenty-year-old Natalie Dusana has gone from one nightmare to another. Her late mother was a famous actress and left Natalie everything in her will, but after her murder Natalie was taken in by her uncle. When he dies, his adopted son, Alan – Natalie’s cousin – decides he wants the money for himself, so he keeps her prisoner, coaxes her into a sexual relationship, and then turns on her, abusing and violating her. He’s a successful lawyer, looking to be a politician, so nobody will believe Natalie if she goes for help. She tells herself she can make it to her birthday, and then she’ll take the money and run.

But unfortunately for poor Natalie, she’s been taken by Cole. He tells her from the beginning he’s a monster who will kill her, but she knows from her years of living with Alan’s abuse that her best chance of survival is to placate him. She realises pretty quickly that Cole is traumatised, suffering from delusions, and she’s so relieved to be away from Alan that she doesn’t want to run from Cole.
Over time, they form a relationship. One of dependency and desperation to be loved and accepted for who they are, despite their demons. Because of Alan’s standing in the community, however, Natalie’s kidnapping has become a focus of the FBI and they eventually track Natalie and Cole down.

What happens next is something I did not see coming, and when you realise what’s going on, you’ll be cheering for Cole to make good on his promise to find Natalie and get her away from Alan. There is an epilogue set years down the track, so you get to see what happens to them all in the end.
This book has very dark themes that could trigger, so it may not be for everyone, but if that doesn’t bother you and you enjoy dark books, this is a really good one.

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