[565]: Friction by Sandra Brown


Friction / Sandra Brown

Finding out that Ms. Brown has written a new novel merely two weeks before its release filled me with so much unexpected joy! If you don’t know know this by now, I love this author. I own about 38 of her novels. Yes, you can say I’m a little obsessed. But this woman is a master story teller. I’m never bored with her books. She just gets me, you know? And not a lot of authors do. I always look forward to seeing what she comes up with; and she rarely disappoints with each one.

Friction finds us in the courtroom of Judge Holly Spencer about to hear the custody appeal of Crawford Hunt. Years ago, he gave up his daughter because he was a mess after his wife’s death. During the proceedings, a gunman walked in and opened fire at the people in the courtroom. Ever the Texas Ranger, his instincts to save the judge kicked in almost instantaneously. Just when the readers think that his heroics will be enough to get him his daughter back, the investigator handling the case somehow managed to pin the shooting on him in the most asinine way.

I had to take breaks while reading this book. Stupidity ran rampant amongst the cops handling this case. I was mad that the person who saved lives, somehow ended up being the top suspect. The whole time, I was screaming profanity in my head. Usually, this is enough to get me to stop reading, but since it’s Sandra, I couldn’t bring myself to quit. As a reader, I like that feeling of satisfaction when the characters I knew to be in the wrong gets their due punishment. This time, I wasn’t at all interested in solving the case because I ought to, but because I wanted to yell “in your face!” to the investigators. Oh what joy it was!

Sandra has a way of conjuring up the sexiest male characters in most of her books. And man, Texas Ranger Crawford Hunt is one tall glass of yum. He has a way of being protective without being overtly so. He was the perfect mix of angry he-man and teddy bear tenderness.  I especially enjoyed the relationship he was with his daughter.

There wasn’t a shortage of chemistry between Holly and Crawford. Sparks fly every which way every time they’re in the same room. An added tension is the forbidden-ness of their relationship as Holly was the presiding judge for his custody case.

As usual, Sandra knows how to keep me guessing. Her plot twists are legendary, and though her books are usually about 300-some-odd pages at the least, you’ll fly through them quite easily. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of her books!

GOODREADS SUMMARY | Grand Central Publishing | August 18th, 2015 | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



  • I had a $5 coupon from CVS, and I just purchased this book today!! I can’t wait to read it.

  • I would be so mad reading that plot that I really thing I would have put the book down for sure! Glad you were able to stick with it to the end and get the results you wanted. The romance sounds pretty great as well. Great review!

  • Another author I must try this year!

  • Jazmen

    This sounds like a winner. A sexy man, and a good plot. Count me in!

  • Ahh the plot would make my blood boil as well – but the satisfying ending is definitely worth it

  • Looks like a gorgeous book 😀 So glad you mostly loved it. <3 Stunning review, as always, Joy. <3

  • Ksenia

    As a fellow Sandra Brown’s fan I’m
    thrilled you enjoyed Friction. And I agree about Sandra Browns heroes. They are
    so manly.

  • Glad you liked this one! I’ve never read anything by this author. Need to remedy that!

  • Its so great to have an author whose books you know you can rely on to deliver a solid story!

  • I can’t handle stupidity

  • So glad you had a blast reading this book girl! I hope your next reads are just as good from this author. From how excited you are about it, I can tell you must have her on autobuy, huh?

  • kindlemom1

    I finally picked up one of her books and I can’t wait to read it! You always make her work sound amazing and I can’t wait to experience it for myself. 😀

  • shootingstarsmag

    I haven’t read anything by Sandra, but I should. I like a good mystery! That’s good you kept reading and ended up enjoying the overall story.


  • Fangirling so hard right now!!!

  • Wow, 38 books, that’s quite a number. Are they all suspense novels? I’ve read French Silk and quite liked it, particularly the mystery part!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Ummmmm. How is it possible that I haven’t read anything by Sandra Brown before Joy? I’m clearly missing out on greatness! Yes to amazing romantic chemistry and legendary plot twists!!!! *wanders off to check out her website*

  • Def interested in her sexy male character in this one

  • I’ve been meaning to try her books especially since Rachel at Reader’s Den loves them. This sounds great but I know the stupid cops will really frustrate me as well and will probably get me to read the book faster.
    I need to meet this tall glass of yum! Haha! 😀
    Great review, Joy!

  • lol – ‘In your face.’ I’ve definitely wanted to yell that at characters. So satisfying. 😀 I seriously need to read this author.

  • It’s always good to have one author where you can just read so many of their books and basically love each and every one. My sister has that with Jodi Picoult and my mum with Danielle Steele. How do these authors write so much?!

    I will say though, this one sounds like another brilliant mystery. It bothers me when authority positions are dumb though, and not making the best decision. Please >>

  • Melliane

    I liked the ones I’ve tried by the author but well I haven’t read 38 of hers. I should try more!