Review: Sting – Sandra Brown

stingWhen Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn’t belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is . . . and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her. 

As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother’s ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits-and each other-to stay alive. 

Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, the two play each other against their common enemies. Jordie’s only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn’t entirely trustworthy, either. Was she in on her brother’s scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta? And just how valuable is her life to Shaw, her remorseless and manipulative captor? Burning for answers-and for each other-this unlikely pair ultimately make a desperate move that could be their last.

With nonstop plot twists and the tantalizing sexual tension that has made Sandra Brown one of the world’s best-loved authors, STING will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final pages.

Rating: 3/5

Romantic suspense appears to be my genre of choice this year! I saw rave reviews of Sting on my Goodreads feed, and decided it looked like something I should try. And while it didn’t blow me away, it was certainly an entertaining rollercoaster, and I’m looking forward to checking out some of the author’s other work.

Of the two ‘twists’ in this novel, I totally called the first one. I had a feeling that things wouldn’t be able to be resolved without something of the kind happening, and I was right. It would have simply been too problematic to stand, especially for this genre. And the second twist, well, while I didn’t foresee it, it did make sense. Ahem. Cryptic much?

I liked the female protagonist, Jordie – she treads a fine line between knowing when to fight and knowing when to toe the line for survival’s sake. She’s loyal, perhaps overly so, to her fugitive brother, and carries a burden of guilt for a childhood accident she caused. Shaw is a fairly typical male love interest – trauma in his past, married to the job, toughened up by life, etc. I was less intrigued by him than I was by her.

I ended up devouring this book in one evening – which is always an endorsement. I think what stood out for me is how well the author combines the different elements of romance, suspense, police procedural and character down-time in a recipe that creates an addictive read.

Free copy received from Jonathan Ball Publishers in exchange for an honest review.


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