From number-one New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.
Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act and met all the court-imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.
Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high stakes. Despite Crawford's obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.
But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large...and a threat.
Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary die-hard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.
Friction will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.
©2015 Sandra Brown (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Sandra Brown lived up to expectations with her latest novel but I found that the narrator spoilt it for me. Stephen Lang's Crawford Hunt sounded like a recovering alcoholic/caveman. The other characters were well depicted. I also found numerous instances during the narration where there had been editing, with the narrator's timbre suddenly changing and breaking the flow. A poor audiobook production, Hachette Audio, sorry!
It was a good story. Not very complex but an easy "read". It was predicable, not a lot of twists and turns in the plot.
The main character reminded me of Timothy Oliphant's character in the FX series Justified.
He did a decent job of the voices although the production was poor. There were obvious times that the editor had cut in different readings because the tone of his voice would abruptly change. These unfortunately were done in mid script and not during natural breaks in the story.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
If you are a long time fan of S.B. as I am, you will recognize her classic romance/mystery stye of writing in this story. This is not her best, but it will not disappoint. As always, S.B. has a last minute twist before the story ends.
When Crawford has any dialogue with Georgia. She will grab your heart.
My fave readers are Victor Slezak, and Jonathan Davis. Check out their reads of S.B. works. Natalie Ross, Enid Graham ,and Stephen do a good job, but they didn't get the top S.B. stories to read. Stephen did bring our hero to life as he is a good actor and can read well.
If you like this story, see Sandra Brown's Stand Off, Smoke Screen, and newest best, Mean Streak. These are not to be missed.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I'm not impressed by the narrator, but the story is excellent. Love conquers all.
Nothing about this story was believable, particularly the motives and reactions of the characters. Very disappointing.
Kept me interested from beginning to end. Great twist at the end! All of the characters were well written and stayed true to themselves even though they were changed through circumstances.
After a number of lackluster audio books recently this book was a pleasant surprise. It was a well written story that kept me involved for it's duration. The narration was a bit dreary but didn't interfere with the enjoyment of the book.
It's ok but there are better stories out there
Narrator was ok, the voice over corrections were really bad.
I loved, loved this book. While I'm sure it's being criticized for having too much romance, that's what made me fall in love with Sandra Brown's writing so many years ago. And for me, Friction was almost a throw back to the early days of her suspense. It's got all those awesome elements ~ the hunky, oh so NOT perfect hero, the heroine who is really TOO perfect but you can't help but find yourself really liking her and rooting for her to find a way to wind up with this not so perfect guy ~ the twisty, tricky storyline that pulls you in deeper and deeper...oh, and those red herrings she's great at throwing out there. You just KNOW you've got it figured out...but you're wrong. I enjoyed this book immensely!
Crawford Hunt is a jaded, coming back from being down on his luck Texas Ranger.
Judge Holly Spenser is the presiding judge on Crawford's custody case to win back his daughter.
They find themselves thrown together in a court room shooting that begins a tempest of suspicion, suspense, romance, sex...and emotions that emanate from the pages. Again, I LOVED it! I wanted it to be LONGER!!
Excellent narration ~ the story truly came to life!!
Typically Sandra Brown novel with great characters and plot. The narrative is broken by poorly done voice-over, but didn't distract from the story.
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