Book Review | Cold Dawn

Cold Dawn is the seventh and final installment in Susan Sleeman’s Cold Harbor series. I love the Blackwell Tactical team and am sad to see their series end. But what a great end this was!

Samantha “Sam” Willis is new to the Blackwell Team. Her perspective as a newbie adds to the satisfying conclusion to the series. She’s grateful to the team for giving her a second chance after an injury sidelines her. But she’s even more grateful when they agree to help her find justice for her friend who she believes was murdered.

Matthew “Griff” Griffen has not stopped loving Sam, even when she broke up with him without warning. Since then, he’s left the SEAL Teams and become a firefighter. When his best friend dies in a fire and Sam is determined to investigate, Griff jumps on board. His background assures him acceptance onto the Blackwell team.

Coming to the final book in a series I have loved, I always want to read slower. Savor the characters before having to say goodbye. The tension within Cold Dawn didn’t allow for much savoring, however. Until the end – but I won’t spoil that for you.

I really liked seeing Gage – the founder of Blackwell Tactical and the hero of the first book in the series – circle back to connect with Griff. Both were SEALS, both experienced loss. Whether Griff can overcome his the way Gage did is something you’ll have to read for yourself.

For Sam, she was a harder character to crack. For me and for Griff. I loved how her relationship with a Veritas Center partner introduced the next series, The Truth Seekers. I also liked her gumption. As a female in a very male world, she could hold her own and garnered the respect of her peers.

I hope you’ll read Cold Dawn. To get the full effect, I would recommend reading the whole Cold Harbor series. You don’t have to do so to enjoy Cold Dawn, but much of the emotion of the final pages will be missed without it.


I received this book free from the author in order to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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