• Winters Heat

  • Titan, Book 1
  • By: Cristin Harber
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,330 ratings)

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About the Creator

New York Times best-selling author Cristin Harber fills her military romance, romantic suspense, and new adult romance novels with steam, sizzle, and action of all types. Whether you want fireworks in the bedroom or a hunky ex-military team who saves the day, her romance series in audio will make you swoon and smile. Her Titan and Delta series are action-packed, and her collaboration with narrator Jeffrey Kafer brings strong, seductive characters to life. In the Only series, duet narration between Kafer and Xe Sands gives butterflies-in-the-stomach anticipation. Opposites attract in the Only series—a complex Cinderella story between Grayson Ford, an athlete hiding family secrets, and Emma Kingsley, a cute artist with a perfect family. Kafer lends his commanding voice as unexpected sparks fly in Cristin’s The Savior, the first book of the Aces series, as retired Army Captain Liam Brosnan and US Marshal Chelsea Kilpatrick are forced to question what they know about a murder that forces them together. Cristin’s summer reading list is insanely long, but she always finds time to fall for new book boyfriends. When she's not writing sexy love stories Cristin is tinkering around her house, playing with the kids and dog, or trying out some new-and-absurd DIY project.

About the Performer

Jeffrey Kafer, a skilled audiobook narrator and consultant, hits a high note in his collaboration with Cristin Harber. Through his performance of over 500 books, he demonstrates ability in almost every genre for authors including Clive Barker, Steve Alten, Maya Banks, and Gregg Olsen. Jeffrey’s strong and seductive narration brings Cristin Harber’s characters to life in the Titan, Delta, Only, and Aces series. Before following his true passion for acting, Jeffrey spent the first part of his career as a video game tester for Microsoft. Jeffrey first appeared onstage at age 13, and his mom still keeps the bellhop costume she made him. His credits include the Comics and Coffee Case Files series, Vigilante series, Forgotten Colony series, Crucible series, NFL Confidential, Act of War, and The Elephant in the Brain. He has degrees in cinema and in broadcasting. He lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog.

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Loved this book!

If you could sum up Winters Heat in three words, what would they be?

Audiobook listened to and reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

I've read Winters Heat previously and completely loved the book. When Cristin Harber put out a call for an audiobook review I was totally game. Then I thought, "Crap. I don't like audiobooks. They bore me and the narration is cheesy." Thus, I'm the perfect person to review an audiobook, right? Yes, no. I honestly have no idea.

I loved this book from the start with its larger than life Alpha hero who has a heart of gold and risks his life to protect the woman he's waited his whole life for. The heroine isn't too bad herself. Mia seems like a damsel in distress although she's anything but. She's strong with wounds of her own she’s trying to overcome. She's a survivor. The secondary characters in the book, from Colby's mother to his team members are great. The book gives you hot love scenes, intense fighting, and some comic relief.

What other book might you compare Winters Heat to and why?

Winters Heat and Cristin Harber's books are in a league all their own.

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

I think Jeffrey Kafer did a wonderful job. He completely kept my interest. Never once did I find myself wandering off into the unknown. He was able to voice multiple characters. I think he nailed the voice for Jared, leader of Team Titan. I kept thinking Jeffery's Colby voice reminded me of someone, but for the life of me, I couldn't figure it out. Half way through, John Wayne popped into my head. It was so not the voice I had in my head of Colby when I read the book. I loved that Jeffrey was able to portray a woman's voice, without doing it in a falsetto. Because seriously, women don't sound like that. Jeffrey was also able to pull off a Spanish accent and make it believable.

Winters Heat is one of my favorite books so when the narration got to the part of the book that originally sold me on reading the book I felt a little let down. I felt more urgency and intensity when I read the book myself. I loved revisiting Mia and Colby's story via an audiobook. I was surprised with details I missed while reading it myself.

I really hope that if Cristin turns the other Titan books into audio books that she continues to have Jeffrey do the narration.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

hot love scenes, intense fighting, and some comic relief

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Suspense, hot sex and great heart!

What did you love best about Winters Heat?

Titan group agent, Colby Winters leaves on a routine assignment and finds himself on the most worth while assignment of his life. Colby appears to be the typical no strings attached ex-military man that finds himself mesmerized by an infuriating yet intriguing Mia Kensington, when he saves her from abduction while she's trying to intercept a top secret package from a dangerous drug cartel. Mia, a military therapist, is strong willed, smart, and the most beautiful woman Colby Winters has ever seen. She is quick witted, stubborn and selfless, but has built up walls that Colby has a hard time penetrating. Later on, we learn that Colby has a much deeper side than Mia realizes. His home life surprises her and shows his softer side. On their road trip, in attempt to keep the package safe and her alive, Colby can't keep his need for her at bay. He feels emotions that he's never felt before and encourages Mia to share herself with him, in more ways than one! His yearning not only for her body,but for the feisty woman within is deterred from her built up walls and her growing arousal for this testosterone filled man. She attempts to keep him at bay but the chemistry between these two is palpable. Mia can't keep herself from this alpha male and when she's pulled away from him, she realizes her true feelings. Colby breaks down her walls in attempt to help her to trust and love again after a surprising and saddening confession. She has her own fears to overcome, but when the going gets tough, Mia gets tougher. Colby finds that he has be with her, even though he knows that is not a safe life for her. His mind and his heart rage a war. Mia and Colby are pulled away from each other multiple times, but they keep finding the way back to one another. The sex scenes are steamy and the love is felt throughout the writing. The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, is well spoken and displays emotion through his voice. The expressive way he portrays each character is distinctive. I could almost see the expressions on the characters faces. The way he can transition from a stern military man to a serene calm woman is effortless. This is my first read my Cristen Harber and I enjoyed this story. She kept me interested throughout the book and portrayed each character well, causing me to care about not only the two main characters, but the rest of the Titan Team, as well. The arguing, the steam and the suspense kept me riveted throughout the story. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a little bit of suspense, action, hot sex and true love.

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OMG! Story ruined by the author!

Ok, really?! So they just met about 20 pages ago. I am on page 35 and the are making out hot and heavy, close to having sex in his truck, on the side of the road. Meanwhile she believes she is kidnapped. They stop the making out, clothes tugging, zipper sliding etc,. due to interruption of sorts and a shaking a head to clear the lust.

WHY do authors put sex in a book by page 35? Just ruined what was a potentially good story! Geez, so totally and completely disappointing. A gradual attraction so much more attractive to a reader. This just made the book so unbelievable and forced the relationship. This book just ended up on my did not finish bookshelf.

As for the narration, it was good. Nothing wrong with the narrator ruining this book, the author did that by herself. Just sayin....

So glad this was free on amazon and 1.99 for audible whispersync. I should return it for my 1.99 back. grrrrrrrr

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Great New Sexy Series

There are an awful lot of romance books floating around, and it can be hard to find something original to write. I think Harber did a pretty good job with that. Colby Winters is a mercenary, but he's also... other things you don't normally find in these books. I have a hard and fast rule against any kind of spoiler in my reviews, so you're just going to have to trust me on this.

Mia Kensington isn't your usual too-headstrong-for-her-own-good heroine, either. I liked her, actually. She takes care of herself and she grows. But she's not stupid and doesn't put herself into ridiculously dangerous situations just to prove she's independent. Thank god; I hate those women.

The overall story is pretty good. There's plenty of action, plenty of decent dialogue, plenty of internal and external conflict, and plenty of lovin'.

I don't know if this is Harber's first book or not, but I think it might be. If so, there is plenty of room for improvement in both storytelling and construction. Which is not to say that this book isn't worth reading, because it is. I hope the next book in the series is better.

Actually, the character I ended up liking best, besides Colby's mom, is Cash, the star of the next book. Cash is a colleague and friend of Winter's, and he actually made me laugh. I'm looking forward to Cash's story, and to what I hope will be an improvement in Harber's style; she's good, but she can get better.

Jeffrey Kafer has a good voice and once I got used to the pace of his reading the delivery of the story was good. However, at the begining his voice was a bit confucing and I had to reverse and listen to parts over.

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I was in whispersync heaven!

Any additional comments?

After having read one of the novellas and book 2 in the series before I decided to start at the beginning and give this series a go... AND I did this as an audiobook, which was the best idea EVER!
I honestly think I enjoyed this way way way better read to me by Jeffrey Kafer than reading it myself. His voice... is just want this book needed. Seriously! I have in fact decided to wait for the rest of the series to be published as audiobooks -cause well, Kafer's voice is too much of an enticement to pass up.
There is allot of action, alpha dudes and some pretty good smut.. a fun suspense romance. In some ways this is nothing new- oh wait actually in many ways this is absolutely nothing new. Harber has not reinvented the wheel. It isn't some great liturarly feat as well. But it is well written and rather entertaining. Especially when read by Mr. Kafer.
Which is possibly the most surprising thing ever. When I started this I wasn't so sure I was gonna like it- I mean the deep rather alpha sounding dude voice that was reading it... well I wasn't sure at all. But I thought to myself- oh well, thank goodness for whispersync
--BTW I really adore whispersync it's the best invention straight after my kindle
But as I said now plenty of times I ended up loving the narration. It's just how I would imagine Winter to sound like.
So besides the usual usual this is an entertaining action cute & fluffy with a good dose of smut. If you thinking about getting it- get the audio- I promise you won't regret it!

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short spurts of suspense mixed with great sex

I saw the reviews but since the book was on sale I decided to take a chance. I admit there are some steamy sex scenes but the story is a bit flat. The hero falls for a girl he does not even initially find attractive but then sees how beautiful she is within the first chapter. The lovesick behavior takes place shortly after that. It is very unbelievable since she does nothing to strike this heat within him especially since he is made out to be super attractive and desirable and has women supposedly throwing themselves at him. I just did not see personality or physical attributes that made her that irresistible for the hero. Beyond this point though the Columbian Cartel is taken over and first and second men in command are taken over in their own property AND country by a handful of seals. Yes. You heard me correctly. If it were that easy, the US can wipe out the drug lords all over South America with just a handful of seals. Unbelievable story, unrealistic scenes and poorly developed characters. Stay away is all I can recommend.

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A private security group you will love

If you could sum up Winters Heat in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, suspenseful, action-packed

What other book might you compare Winters Heat to and why?

I would compare Winter's Heat to Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights series. A bunch of bad boys, who all have some type of military background, who have gotten together to work outside the law, sometimes, to right wrongs.

What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have read the book, and I also got the audio version. Jeffrey Kafer has the inflections and the nuances of the character's feelings and emotions down pat. He makes you think that you are in the character's mind, and that you ARE that person.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I could have listened to it all in one sitting. However, that was not feasible for me. I found myself rewinding it a lot, to revisit a certain scene or the thoughts of a character.

Any additional comments?

This is only my second Audible book. I was impressed with the clarity of the narrator, and the fact that he was able to change his inflections and tonal quality to really give you the perspective of a scene from that character's view

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Misleading Category

If you like Harlequin romances with a heavy dose of porn, then this drivel is for you. Very disappointed that Amazon would even consider placing this book in the Mystery/Action category. The book actually had potential if the romance had been balanced with the development of the relationship between the members of team Titan. The, story line of the list of undercover agents could have been fleshed out to make it believable. Don't misunderstand, I like action stories where the alpha male has a personal life, but this story focused 80% on the romance and more than graphic sex scenes. Please Amazon leave this "me Tarzan you Jane" junk in the romance category so readers know what they are buying.

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Boring

These characters are unbelievable. The story is canned and forced. It has a fun beginning, but that is about it. The reader's voice is difficult because it is so deep. Need to get to sleep fast? This is the book.

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One dimensional, repetitive, boring

Boring! The entire 3 hours that I bothered to listened to (leaving 5 hours that I did not bother listening to) consisted of Winters talking about how hard his cock was...interspersed with gunplay every 10-15 minutes. Total waste of my time.

The narrator really forces the hardbitten, Sam Spade type of storytelling. Way too camp.

This book/production shows no respect for the audience.

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  • Readers Together
  • 03-14-16

Enjoyed it

I really enjoyed this audiobook, Winters is a sweet guy and Mia's interactions with Jared Westin are hilarious. I had some very real 'laugh out loud' moments. If you like your romance novels with some action - I'm talking fights, gun battles and explosions...not the other type of action, although their is some of that too, then this is a great audiobook to pick up. This is the start of a wonderful series, Cristin Harber has a great skill for creating a world the listener can get lost in.

You know when a book is narrated by Jeffrey Kafer that the performance is going to be solid, this was no different. The genre is a little different to the books I've listened to him narrate in the past but that didn't take away from the enjoyment.

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  • Lauren McNicol
  • 06-01-15

I didn't think it was possible to love Team Titan anymore!

This was my first adventure into audiobooks and I wasn't disappointed - as a Team Titan addict the growly narration made the story come alive even more!

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  • Book Monitor
  • 08-25-20

Not bad if somewhat formulaic

This is a standard alpha male gets all macho, saves the woman, who is feisty but not quite able to save herself. They go through a few trials, kidnap, mayhem, trauma etc., and then the HEA.
However this is not the worst of this type of mindless but enjoyable reads. It isn't great literature, and it isn't exactly original, but it is well written and easy to read and listen to. I switched between listening and reading which worked well. The narrator was ok but it really irritated when he said Clare rather than Clara.
This was my second read of this because I didn't remember reading it before and fancied something I didn't have to think too much about. It fitted the bill nicely.
3 stars for the book and 3 stars for the narrator. Not bad.

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  • C M Silver
  • 02-27-20

Fatiguing Winter's Tale ......

No Shakespeare here. Sounded a promising story: an escape/road trip. Her a pseudo librarian, him a military hot shot, then almost one hour in suddenly from almost nowhere she turns into a nympho and he a horndog with little preamble! First time with this author, the blurb sounded more of an adventure than just a porn fest in fatigues. Possibly bearable until the stupid jealousy starts! Of course he has a life outside work that had no relevance at all on this female. Why does Amazon allow these books to make the female MCs into the opposite of an Amazon?

Disappointing. Good narrator.

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  • Carien
  • 09-03-16

Suspense and stupidity

Great story and great narration!

I liked the main and support cast. The characters are well developed and the plot well thought out. The threat near the end was a surprise and the stupid choices back in the States frustrating but well written.
I cannot wait for the next book.

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  • Rachel
  • 10-02-15

TERRIBLE STORY. GREAT NARRATOR

I love a good action romance story.. but this is NOT it. The most painfully cliched, predictable, slow, humdrum story i have ever read. This is the first time i have read this author and it was hard to make myself finish this first title in the series of which i will not be reading any more. I did not understand the good reviews for this story (which is why i bought it in the first place). Consider yourself warned - if you like good books don't get this one.
On the good side, the narrator was excellent. His voice was clear and his character voices distinctive. I will look for more work that he has done as he was the only reason i could drag myself to the finish of this book.

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