Number-one New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Sandra Brown jolts the listener from the first minute of this heart-pounding story of corruption, treachery, and ceaseless deception...where nothing is what it seems and every truth brought to light exposes a darker lie.
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 listeners on the edges of their seats until the final minutes.
©2016 Sandra Brown (P)2016 Hachette Audio
I enjoyed Friction and mean streak better. I didn't think the chemistry was developed well. The story was good, with good twists... But it took a long time to get there. There were times I thought it went on.
The narrator has a great voice for a gruff manly man. But fir the women, wish he didn't make the female character sound winey. She needed to be a little more snotty instead of weak.
Sandra Brown has done it again. I couldn't put the book down. Lots of twists and turns. I loved the main characters. Suspense and romance in equal portions. Great job Sandra Brown. I give this book a 5.
Blue Moon Reviews
Best book I've read this year. Brown's skill at weaving a tantalizing mystery spiced with unrelenting sexual tension is unmatched. Steven Lang's narration is spot on. Sigh. I'm going back to the start and listen to it again.
Don't read spoilers. What's in the blurb is all you need to know.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
As a long time fan of Ms Brown, her books are an automatic buy. This is a light mystery as are her current other books. All are great entertainment. I own all of Ms Browns books read by the great Victor Selzack. White hot unabridged if you can find and Smoke Screen are my faves. I love Mean Streak. Don't miss it.
Ms Brown as an early writer, wrote core romances at there very best. She can do the best smallest romance scene and make it smoke.
I like Mr Lang as he is a professional. You see it in his films e.g. Tombstone. He has really gotten in to Ms Browns rythum in this book. It could be the sitting, but it is great. I do own all the other Brown/Lang reads and none disappoint.
Note: I do use the new 1.25x speed so the action matches the authors intent.
Yes, Ms Brown as always has the moment of discovery.
Ms Brown's once a year new book is always a pleasure to get and this one doesn't disappoint. If you are new to Ms Brown's work. Try Mean Streak first, read by the great Jonathan Davis.
This is an enjoyable listen. It has a couple of unexpected twists that, for me, were jaw dropping! Enjoyable. The title of the novel tells a great deal of what to expect... "sting" but who, what, when, how caught me totally off guard.
I have several of Sandra Brown's novel in my library and when I have nothing interesting on hand, I go back an reread one of her novels.
The narration was good.
It is profoundly disturbing to me that a female author would play into the "rape culture" mentality that it is somehow sexy and tantalizing for a man to assault, kidnap, rape, over-power, control, threaten, or otherwise abuse a women. We are supposed to accept that a woman who is being threatened with rape and murder is somehow attracted to her captor and tormentor. Big strong man so sexy. It's not sexy. When a man threatens to kill you or rape you it is terrifying and no...not seductive. No woman would be thinking about his lips or his big sexy muscles or his "mesmerizing stare." Rapists and otherwise abusive men are not sexy. That's my last Sandra Brown book.
I've been a long time fan of Sandra Brown. Enjoy the format of her stories. I enjoyed the storyline but was uncomfortable with the explicit language in the sex scene(s). am I crazy or were the sex scenes in this novel more explicitly described than in any previous book by Sandra Brown? maybe it's because I'm listening to her stories now rather than reading the novels? I'm interested to hear if others feel the same way or if others think I'm crazy.
Good Books Don't Promote Violence
I really disliked the two main characters in Sting, which made enjoying this book impossible.
First, it was obvious from beginning that Shaw was not really a hit man, although he was a complete asshole. Shaw abducted and terrorized an innocent woman (Jordie) because he wanted information on her brother, an admitted embezzler. Shaw wasn't trying to save a life but rather get personal revenge, yet he felt justified in breaking the law and violating her civil and human rights.
Second, Jordie needed therapy to quit feeling being so guilty about an accident that happened to her brother when they were both children. Jordie did well handling the stress & fear of being abducted but kept foolishly risking her life, which I find so annoying in an otherwise intelligent adult. Jordie was also too quick to forgive Shaw, particularly since he never even apologized,
I lost interest, my mind wandered, and I was relieved when it was over.
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