Friction by Sandra Brown (2015)

FrictionA Texas Ranger, relegated to deskwork due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the Ranger reacts instinctually and goes after him. But authorities apprehend the wrong man, and the real gunman remains unknown, at large, and a threat. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin? And will this unlikely pair be able to deny the forbidden attraction building between them?

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★★★

Cover: Yay

Trope: Shit hot romantic suspense

Chemistry Rating: Off the charts Scorchio

One-Sentence Summary: The lives of a Texas Ranger and a Judge intersect when a gunman bursts into a courtroom

Review: Okay guys here we are in July and I’m calling it: BEST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVEL OF 2015!

How can anything beat this? This just had everything you could possibly want from a book of this genre and was a complete and utter page turner.

Sandra Brown and a multitude of her books have been on my ‘To-Read’ shelf for awhile now but it’s always been a case of “I will try out this popular-author-with-a-lot-of-books once I finish reading all of the Nora Roberts books that I have on my To-Read list” but then I landed ‘Friction’ as an ARC and was ecstatic that it was a standalone (as most of Brown’s books are) and dipped straight in.

Sandra Brown - CrawfordHolly

I could not put it down. I mean wow. How does she get me to care so much about the characters?! Crawford/Holly ❤ ❤ ❤ – I just could not get enough!  And little Georgia.  And Joe and Grace who you wanted to despise but could kind of see where they were coming from.  And the romance fits in nicely with the suspense i.e. it’s not like in some books where the characters are in imminent danger and then they’re like “never mind about that, let’s just get our clothes off”.  Here it happens in realistic intervals in downtime and whilst Crawford and Holly go from ‘just met’ to ‘love’ really quickly in terms of timeframes, it doesn’t really seem that quick because so much happens and they go through so much together.

Definitely recommending anyone who like some romance with their crime (or some crime with their romance ..)!

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