Sandra Brown | August 2018 | 432 pp
Thick as Thieves remains my favorite Sandra Brown thus far but, this one was second best for sure!
Rye is a rough, living life on the edge, pilot that enjoys charging extra for difficult suicide runs. This next flight, may kill him. A rich client is requiring him to deliver a locked box, contents unknown, to a doctor, in a remote location. Near the end of the flight, he’s sabotaged and crashes. On the ground he meets Brynn. She claims to be a doctor and says the box is for her but, will not tell him whats in it. Only that the contents are degrading and they have a limited time to use it with a patient. To complicate matters, there is another doctor, a couple of politicians, and some thugs attempting to get their hands on the locked box as well. Rye isnt sure Brynn wasn’t the person that sabotaged his plane and almost killed him. He takes possession of the box until he can figure it out. This of course leads to the chase Brown is known for, and its a pretty good one.
Pros: In other Brown novels the sexual tension and overtures are pretty blatant early on and your pretty sure the guy will get the girl. Here its a bit less obvious. Rye is incredibly unwilling and has a lot of demons. He seems to take almost getting killed a bit more serious than Brown’s other characters. Brynn is singularly focused on protecting the contents of the box and getting it where she wants it. Rye is a speed bump. I liked being in suspense about the two of them right up until the last pages.
Cons: Tailspin is very fast paced with the characters moving about in different scenes which keeps things interesting but, outside of the coupling between Rye and Brynn, the plot is pretty predictable. What you think is in the box, is in there, and it is for whom you suspect. 🤦🏾♀️ Don’t allow the predictability to deter you from the story. There is a mean triple cross at the end that makes up for it in spades!
Great ending! A good quick read that breaks up some of the heavy stuff that being released these days. Goodbook #47
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Rye Mallett, a fearless “freight dog” pilot charged with flying cargo to far-flung locations, is often rough-spoken, usually unshaven, and he never gets the regulation eight hours of shut-eye before a flight; but he does have a rock-solid reputation: he will fly in the foulest weather, day or night, and deliver the goods safely to their destination. So, when Rye is asked to fly into a completely fogbound Northern Georgia town and deliver a mysterious black box to a Dr. Lambert, he doesn’t ask why–he just ups his price.
As Rye’s plane nears the isolated landing strip, more trouble than inclement weather awaits him. He is greeted first by a sabotage attempt that causes him to crash land, and then by Dr. Brynn O’Neal, who claims she was sent for the box in Dr. Lambert’s stead. Despite Rye’s “no-involvement” policy when it comes other people’s problems, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the intrigue surrounding his cargo…and to the mysterious and attractive Brynn O’Neal.
Soon Rye and Brynn are in a treacherous 48-hour race to deliver the box before time runs out. With the hours slipping by and everyone from law enforcement officials to hired thugs hot on their heels, the two must protect their valuable cargo from those who would kill for it–that is, if they can trust each other.