Sandra Brown | August 2016 | 310 pp
Sandra Brown has become my goto ‘palate cleanser’ when it comes to reading. Her ‘hated you at first site, later turns undying love’ trope feels less predictable and more like a big, soft comfortable blanket whenever I start one of her novels. No triggers, no real parallel to reality, just 2 strangers finding one another and love while probably dealing with the most stressful thing to happen to them, thus far.
Sting is no different than any other Brown novel. The star-crossed lovers in this edition is Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard. Bennet is the sister of an Accountant that has turned states evidence on America’s Most Wanted criminal. Kinnard is the in demand hitman, supposedly hired by said Americas Most Wanted criminal, to kill Bennet. Kinnard ditches his partner and kidnaps Bennet in order to negotiate a larger price for the hit. Bennett’s safety seems to hinge on her being honest about what she knows and her relationship with the criminal but, it may incriminate her brother, which she is extremely reluctant to do. Of course the story ends in a big plot twist where the criminal isn’t who you think and Kinnard and Bennet fall in love.
Pros: Again, seems as if it doesn’t matter how many times Brown writes the same characters, I fall in love. Her female characters are strong and smart, her male leads are equally strong, hunky and eternally good, no matter how we meet them. (“…he wouldn’t slay dragons for you?” 😍)
Cons: Eh, don’t dig too deep into the plot, its a little thin. Lets just say, its less about whodunnit and more about the journey to the end. 😏😉 Enjoy the ride. Lol.
What can I say? I prefer my romance novels with complex relatable characters, with checkered pasts, engaging in equal partnerships with no BDSM, but a few compelling sex scenes none the less. No triggers, (unless you’re baring horrible scars from a fire?) diverse characters, sneaky romance, quick read. This fits the bill. Enjoy! Goodbook 35 of 46
Storygraph Summary: When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something sparks. Shaw is a man who gives off a dangerous vibe that makes other men stand back and women take notice. No one feels this more strongly than Jordie, a woman 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 takes aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. Instead, Shaw has other plans. He abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen. But he isn’t the only one: Jordie’s brother made a deal with the FBI, but his ruthless boss will stop at nothing to find the money first. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits to stay alive.
Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, Jordie and Shaw play each other against their common enemies. Jordie’s only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but he suspects her from the start. Was she in on her brother’s scam, or is she an innocent pawn in this 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.