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.
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.