Sting by Sandra Brown
Shaw Kinnard is looking at a gorgeous lady across a shady bar… unfortunately he was sent there to killer her.
Jordie Bennet is a successful business woman and, to her chagrin, she’s involved in her brother’s messes once again.
He stole a large amount of money from a dangerous criminal and now he’s in hiding.
When Shaw realizes he could keep the money her brother stole for himself, he kidnaps Jordie to coerce her into disclose her brother’s whereabouts.
Jordie is not a docile little flower though, and she fights him at very turn trying to escape.
Unfortunately, they are also on the run from the criminal Jodie’s brother betrayed and from the FBI that wants to save Jordie and catch both Shaw and her brother.
Maybe things are more complex than what they seem…
How will they manage to ignore the twisted absurd attraction and stay alive?
Jordie NEVER STOPS TRYING TO ESCAPE and save herself.
Her priorities are protecting her brother and escaping.
The growing attraction between Jordie and Shaw doesn’t overwhelm the credibility of the horrible situation she’s in… until the last moments on the run with Shaw when things were not handled with that same philosophy.
Often when this kind of plot is used, the kidnapped just stops fighting and falls in love with the Kidnapper which is not only absurd but also dangerous as a “message” that it’s ok to fall for someone that is forcing you into a situation you don’t want.
Jordie doesn’t stop fighting but some of her reactions were kind of a contradiction to that.
Balancing all the elements and make a romance in those circumstances believable, is not an easy task and, all things considered, Mrs Brown’s formula works for me.
Unfortunately I had a few issues with this book and those are the reason for the 3 stars rating instead of 4.
✷ Secondary character’s POV was kind of boring and constantly switching POVs affected the “mood” and “flow” of the narration.
✷ I wasn’t a fan of the MCs, I enjoyed a lot of things but some bothered me.
I already mentioned about the heroine above but also the hero lacked a bit of depth and originality.
Sandra Brown’s fan are familiar with her writing.
We all know she uses the same “formula” will all her romantic thrillers but she ends up delivering stories that have an identity of their own.
This book is not her best work to date and has a lot of similarities with “Mean Streak” which I enjoyed a lot more.
Nonetheless this is an enjoyable read with the touch of romance that made it into the right kind of thriller for my taste.
“Honor Bound” is still my favorite among her books😁
⭐ 3 stars ⭐
~ My Ratings ~
Writing: 4 /5 – I listened to the Audiobook –
Plot: 3.5 /5
Hero: 3 /5
Heroine: 3 /5
Secondary Characters: 3 /5
MC’s chemistry: 4 /5
Steam: 3 /5
Triggers: Hero kidnaps the heroine, she never stops looking for a way out but there is a strong attraction between them, Some Violence.
Recommended to: Adult Readers looking for a Romantic Thriller.
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