Sandra Brown | August 2015 | 272 pp
Soooo, not my favorite Sandra Brown novel. 🤦🏾♀️ She follows her typical formula: hunky, edgy, tormented special agent versus plot to ruin him. But, a quiet riot, wildly beautiful and smart, likely in danger woman, is in the way of said ruin. If that doesn’t sound lofty enough, the core plot driving this one was distractingly unbelievable.
Family Court Judge, Holly, is residing over Texas Ranger Crawford Hunt’s, custody case. He gave up custody of his daughter Georgia, to his in-laws, about a year or so earlier, after his wife died in a car accident, he blames himself for, though, he was not on the scene. During the court proceedings, a lone gunman attempts to kill the judge and Crawford stops the hit and the gunman is killed. Crawford should walk away a hero, right? Wrong. The plot gets weird because somehow, everyone in this dumb ass town seems to use his act of sacrifice against him. He’s described as a wild card, unpredictable and careless with his safety. A man like this shouldn’t be responsible for raising a child and according to the lead investigator, may ultimately be responsible for the courtroom shooting.
Pros: I mean, its Sandra Brown. The formula works. She writes fast moving stories with a double dose of sexually tense relationships that always ends in sultry sex scenes. Whatever the plot lacks, it doesn’t reflect on the heat between Holly and Crawford. Crawford is particularly prickly character and I almost thought he wouldn’t cave to Holly. Eventually, he does and its everything you need to satisfy your romance jones.
Cons: In no universe does a Texas Ranger jump in front of a bullet meant for a judge and gets tagged a bad guy. 🤦🏾♀️ Why would he? It doesn’t make sense and it became so distracting, I almost put the book down. At every turn I kept wondering why we were rushing around in a certain way and it was like, oh yea thats right, he saved her life and so that makes him the bad guy so…🙄😒🤷🏾♀️. Thin as water.
I review stories for what they are and not what I want them to be. This is meant to be a mass produced, light weight, fast paced whodunnit with a heavy side of romance. I didn’t expect a complex plot, but the characters deserved one that made sense. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me. I took off 2 stars for the stupid reasoning of the bad guy hero. This will not keep me from reading another Brown novel. These are good interludes between heavier fare. Goodbook 3/2021