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Publisher's Summary

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

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Entirely incredible in the true sense of the word

Would you try another book from Sandra Brown and/or Stephen Lang?

Nothing about this story was believable, particularly the motives and reactions of the characters. Very disappointing.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Aubry
  • Fresno, CA, United States
  • 08-20-15

Pretty good easy "read"

What did you love best about Friction?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character reminded me of Timothy Oliphant's character in the FX series Justified.

Did Stephen Lang do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Gibraltar, Gibraltar
  • 09-02-15

Good book but mediocre narrator/production

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!

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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"Texas Range Mean"

Where does Friction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Friction?

When Crawford has any dialogue with Georgia. She will grab your heart.

What does Stephen Lang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Any additional comments?

If you like this story, see Sandra Brown's Stand Off, Smoke Screen, and newest best, Mean Streak. These are not to be missed.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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great story line, can we lay off the sex?

i really liked the story line, I am just getting tired of having to hunt around to find books with out a ton of sex. i am not against sexual tension between characters or implied sex, but can I get a great book with out bulging throbbing pants and heaving breasts?

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Just not realistic, edges on ridiculous

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's ok but there are better stories out there

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictive

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrator was ok, the voice over corrections were really bad.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story but too much explicit sex

Great mystery but no reason for the explicit sex. It adds nothing to the book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Hmmmm Just ok.

I haven't "read" Sandra Brown in awhile. I used to really enjoy her books. This plot seemed a little blah. Too much sex and not enough intimacy instead. Just ok.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Clint Eastwood in cheesy, vulgar soap opera

First book I read by Sandra Brown was "Mean Streak". It was a great attention grabbing suspense & I liked the main characters, but story was definitely fictional. Decided to read "Friction". The story was so ridiculous. Didn't care for the melancholy, "tough guy", main character. The thrown in love scenes were distasteful & unromantic. The story was unbelievable, far fetch plots, one after another. Don't waste your time on this unless you like cheesy Clint Eastwood in a soap opera.

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  • William
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 09-26-15

Three thoughts:

1. Story: okay

2. Reading: less than okay

3. Most memorable: some of the clumsiest edits I've ever heard on a recorded book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful