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.
ARC received from: Netgalley
Trope: Romantic Suspense
One-Sentence Summary: Stockholm Syndrome on speed and more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction
Review: It was this time last year that I first discovered Sandra Brown when I got approved for the ARC of Friction. Since then there has been no going back. She is undoubtedly one of the best romantic suspense authors.
Sting didn’t quite equal the heady heights of Friction but even when Brown is not at the peak of her game, the result is still far superior than most author’s best efforts.
This book, like all her best work, has engaging main characters, interesting secondary characters and enough twists to keep the reader on her toes. I guess my main complaint is that *SPOILER*even when Jordie thought Shaw was a hitman who had just murdered someone in cold blood in front of her, she was still wildly attracted to him. Whilst I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and for Shaw to reveal his true identity, it didn’t even occur to Jordie that he was an undercover cop so I found it a bit weird that sexual thoughts would even occur to her when she was sure he was going to kill her. It was a little like a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome.
Still, that is all I have to complain about and I loved the way the rest of the story played out.
Here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait for another year before we get a new Sandra Brown novel!