Saturday, August 27, 2016

Book Review: Sting by Sandra Brown

When 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.


I went into this book completely blind. I didn't know anything about it, I didn't read a blurb and I didn't need to. If the cover has the name Sandra Brown on it, I know I'm going to love it and this one was no exception. 

I don't really want to say much about this one because I don't want to spoil anything but I will say this ... there are surprises consistently throughout the pages of Sting. One of them towards the beginning really knocked me on my ass and I was TOTALLY shocked. I can sometimes pick out what is going to be the plot twist with a book but that NEVER happens with Brown's books. I think that's why I love her novels so much and it's definitely why I never miss a book by her.

The characters were amazing, as usual. Jordie was perfectly stubborn and infuriating while Shaw was extremely terrifying and ridiculously mysterious and handsome. The push and pull between these two characters was almost mesmerizing and the great thing is you never really knew what either of them was going to do or say next. Oh! And how Jordie was with her brother was both sad and endearing. I wish that I could say more because the dynamic between those two was interesting and constantly changing and expanding into something that you don't expect. 

The plot is as expected from Sandra Brown, it's quick moving and totally encompassing. You'll not finish this book wishing that some things were explored more deeply - everything is totally fleshed out and explained. Also, as usual, there weren't any spots that slowed down and dragged the story with it. It was just a perfectly plotted book. 

This is one of those books that will stick with you for a while. Of course, I'm a bit biased ... I adore anything by Sandra Brown. She could start writing the back of a tampon box and I would love it and force everyone I know to read it also. Reading a book that is abundantly filled with suspense and passion is why I just can't put Brown's books down. If you like suspense and a snarky female heroine, this book is for you. If you like a man that is as intimidating as he is handsome, this book is for you. If you love sitting down with a book and becoming completely entranced with a swiftly moving plot line that wraps you up so tightly that you don't want to stop reading, then this book is for you. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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