[671]: Sting by Sandra Brown

sting Sting by Sandra Brown
Grand Central Publishing | August 16th, 2016
Adult Fiction | Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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.

If you don’t know it by now, Sandra Brown is an author on my short list whose work I try not to miss. I’ve been obsessed with her novels for as long as I can remember. Every single one more addictive than the last. It really is unfortunate that she only writes one book per year. Because I always dread that moment when there are no pages left to read and knowing that the wait for the next book will take another year.  She’s written more books than I can count but I’ll go ahead and proclaim Sting to be her best one yet. Sandra Brown may be a favourite author of mine, but I rarely give her books a perfect five. So this is a big deal.

A Theme That Never Gets Old

Sandra Brown has always been my go-to for Romantic Suspense novels. I’ve read quite a few from different authors but I always go back to her books. She does this genre really well. But – and I mentioned this in my short review of Sting on Goodreads – her books are habit forming. As I’m writing this review, I’m in the midst of reading Smoke Screen. As much as I hate to say it, her books are deterrent to reading schedules.  More than anything, I think it’s her ability to write stories that are nowhere near an echo of what she’s written in the past. She somehow manages to stay within the times but oddly still not losing the old fashioned Southern charm of her arches and characters. But whatever the story is about,

She has the ability to write stories that get better every time even though the foundations are similar. She somehow manages to stay within the times but oddly still not losing the old fashion Southern charm of the characters and setting. But whatever the story is about, the defining theme of her books is how well she meshes the perfect mix of conspiracy, politics, social injustices, and sex. 

 The Set Up

As readers, we all know that the opening of a novel makes or breaks a book. In as little as ten pages, we can sort of gauge whether or not the book will sustain us right through the bitter end. Well, this woman is very proficient at casting her line and dangling her proverbial lure until I’m nothing but a gaping fish anticipating the inevitable.

The likes of Jordie Bennet has no business being in a dive bar. She screams of class that the incongruity of her sitting at there was not missed by Shaw Kinnard. Don’t let the synopsis fool you. Though it implied about a cheesy, “their eyes met and the Earth shook” kind of meeting, it was nowhere that corny. In as much as Jordie’s appearance at that bar was all kinds of wrong, Shaw Kinnard fit the place to a T. Later, we’ll find out that he’s a hired assassin on the hunt for Jordie’s brother who stole 30 million dollars from a known criminal.

The Romance and the Suspense

I’ll never get enough of a romance between an assassin and his target. Sting features one that was addicting as it was frustrating. As the story slowly unfolds, you can’t help but feel that there was more to Shaw than just a man who can kill anyone for money, let alone, a woman with whom he was undeniably attracted to.

At least, you would hope.

Her books are also the kind that doesn’t feature just one mystery. More often, it’s convoluted; like layers of phyllo dough held together by a sweet, sticky, juicy twist. And boy, was it ever tasty. The beauty of her plot twist is that they’re rarely predictable. She always manages to surprise me at ever turn.

In Retrospect

Sandra Brown delivers another fast-paced page-turner that caters to her loyal fans. It’s what we’ve come to expect and what we’ve loved about her novels. With alternating action and romance at every page, this book gives new meaning to heart-pounding.





  • Yaaay for loving this author 😀 That is awesome. <3 And oh, I am curious about this one 🙂 You make it sound so awesome. I'm thrilled that you loved it that much 😀 Yesss. Five stars are the best, haha 🙂

  • I may have stopped paying attention after the first paragraph of the book summary. I am a sucker for books about killers so this is already added on my ‘killer’ shelf on GR. I hope t’s on audio but if not I’ll have to look it up on Amazon.

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

  • Good to see that the author hooked you within a few pages of the book. And a romantic suspense! I think I’d like Jordie and Shaw!

  • I just love Sandra Brown! I have been reading her work forever. I enjoyed this one but I don’t think it was quite my favorite. Now we wait another year for the next book. Great review!

  • I really need to read more Sandra Brown. I’m hearing a lot of good things about this book.

  • It’s nice to find another wonderful one! I know you love her books so it’s nice it’s continuing to please you again. I need to read more of her

  • RO

    Wow! I do enjoy Brown’s work, but of late, I haven’t been reading her novels. But looks like I won’t be able to stay away from this one. It’s always cool to read about a sexy assassin who hopefully keeps his edge, but gives up a life of crime for love. If a novel doesn’t grab me in the 1st chapter, I usually get bored, but clearly isn’t the case with Brown. Great review!

  • I have never heard of Sandra Brown, but all I see is “assassin” and “target” and “attracted” and I am pretty much on board with this novel. Thanks for the review Joy! I am really glad you enjoyed this so much, and now I will add this to the TBR and hope that it is in the library 🙂

  • Why haven’t I tried her yet?!?!

  • Ack, I’d never even heard of the author before now, thank you for bringing her to my attention! I’ve requested a review copy, eeeek, so hope I get one! I seem to be enjoying romantic suspense/mystery books of late. Gorgeous review!

  • This books sounds amazing! I love this genre, but oddly, have never read anything by Sandra Brown! I must remedy that! Great review!

  • Wonderful review!! Shaw – I wasn’t sure about him at first. But then bam – I’m in love! Such a fantastic book. And you’re right – her books are addicting and I end up buying up older books I haven’t read because I need to read them all!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I need to read something by her! That’s awesome that you love her, but that you don’t always give her 5 stars – I can understand that. It makes it even BETTER when it does get a full five stars.


  • Everyone loves this one! I think I’m going to grab the audio book. Great review!

  • The further I read the synopsis, the more interested I became in this one so it’s good to see that you loved it. I like that there’s a balance of suspense, action and romance. I’ll have to give this author a try at some point.

  • I haven’t read a Sandra Brown since I was 12, I did like them back then

  • So many people love her Books if I recall Rachel from The Readers Den has always recommended them through her raving reviews. I’ve never really got around to reading them to be honest! But maybe I should try harder. Great review.

  • As you know, I loved this one, too! Sandra Brown rarely disappoints and even her “bad” books are really entertaining! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Smoke Screen! I loved that one even more than this one. Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂

  • Yep, you put her on my must try author list! I have not read a book by her but I will! So many books… but a good problem to have. 😀

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    She seems to be to you what Nora Roberts is to me. Her books are never perfect, but they always grab me and don’t let go. I’ve never read one of Brown’s, I’m embarrassed to say, but I’ll go ahead and order this one right away.

  • Ahh! I’ve never read a book by her (I think) and I passed up the opportunity to read this one *sobs* I love a good suspense novel that engages me right from the start. There are some suspense novels that start off so slow and make me lose interest, but this one sounds quite the opposite! Lovely review!
    Genesis | Latte Nights Reviews

  • Yay! One that got a perfect five 😀 I am glad you could love it. It seems like she really is a unique writer, managing to churn out so many books but each and every one being distinctly unique. I think that is a talent unto its own.

  • Jasprit

    This book sounds fabulous Joy! I do like my books which have a nice mix of romance and mystery, especially more so when our two main characters find themselves in awkward situations. I haven’t read a book by Brown, but I think I may have to start with this one first! Thank you for putting this book on my radar! 🙂

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I’ve been hearing a lot about it but have yet to read a novel by Brown so I’m looking forward to making this my first. Can’t wait for action and romance–easily my favorite combination. Wonderful review Joy!