Stingby Sandra Brown

Published August 16th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing

4.5 Stars

Synopsis: 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.

With nonstop plot twists and the tantalizing sexual tension that has made Sandra Brown one of the world’s best-loved authors, STING will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final pages.

My Review: I have read many of Sandra Brown’s books and when I started this one I thought it was another formulaic romantic thriller. Boy was I wrong. Make sure you do not give up on this one. It had more than enough twists and unexpected turns to keep this reader on the edge of her seat.

The story takes place in New Orleans and the surrounding area. Jordan (Jordie) Bennet is kidnapped by a hitman and held for ransom. Will her brother pay more to keep her alive than the man who ordered the hit? I do not want to give away the story, but suffice it to say that Shaw Kinnard, the kidnapper, gets Jordie’s blood boiling in more ways than one. Will she survive? Where is her brother? Will he come through for her? Every time you think you have an answer, the questions change.

The characters in this story are very multi-faceted and Sandra Brown does a great job of making you feel like you know them or want to know them. The dialogue and their actions are very realistic. Their backstories give an understanding of how they became who they are in the present. The romantic suspense is something Sandra Brown does very well. You know there is a connection but who will act on it and when if at all. The FBI detectives, who are the supporting characters in this story, are depicted as human, which is not always done in many stories. They have families they care about and who care about them. You get to know them and what they have been up against when trying to solve this case. The last third of the book zooms by and I did not want to put it down. The plot is very well developed and kept me guessing throughout the book. If you love suspense and thrillers, pick up this book. If you like a romantic suspense, pick up this book. It will hook you and draw you in.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.