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.
I like this book and thought it moved along at a good pace. There really weren't any lulls nor did it get draggy so I would say that makes for good listening!
There was some predictably in the story however in the end that was removed because I never saw it coming. This book has the kind of climax that makes you sit back and just shake your head because the way this was written there is no way to even make a guess.
**SPOILER **Initially I found the story to be a little transparent and some scenes kind of silly. Woman is kidnapped and threatened with death if someone doesn't pay up but is having sexual fantasies about kidnapper! Who does this? Then kidnapper is injured and hospitalized and he is fantasizing about the woman and checks to make sure everything is in working order just in case the opportunity arises (no pun intended!). Really? While handcuffed to a hospital bed and IVs and pain meds and this is what he thinking about? Sorry, I get hung up on the little things.
Anyway it all comes down to a sisters guilt. As young children her and her brother got into a fight right next to an open fireplace and his pajamas went up in flames scarring him for life. She feels guilty and he takes full advantage.
I thought this was a very good book otherwise and purchased it on sale for $4.95. If you read this review within the next few days (written 9/15/17) I would Recommend purchasing it for that price, however it is a good book and would be worth a credit.
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13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
Loved it. Kept me guessing to the end. Shaw is a great character, I hope to see him in more books.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
the story was was slow in the beginning took awhile for it to pick up
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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.
50 of 60 people found this review helpful
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.
21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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I only got about 3hrs into it but I could tell I already hated the book. Plus, I hate when male narrators try to read a woman's character. Now he wasn't as bad as other male narrators I've come across but annoying enough. He made her sound like an airhead and kept going in and out of a southern accent (what's that about). And then Shaw, he made sound like the guy smoked 10 packs a day... not sexy dude. As for the dialogue, it was cheesy and made both characters sound like they had only a fifth grade education. And the story, well what I heard in the 3hrs was ridiculous. Shaw's character kidnaps Jordie won't say anything to her in the car, stone cold silent. She was asking why he kidnapped her and what he was going to do with her...nothing. But then as soon as they stop to pee he basically won't shut up. He goes on blabbing about exactly what he did to her when he knocked her out, who his name is, blah blah blah. Really people!!! This book is definitely not Sandra's best. I quit!
14 of 17 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
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.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sting?
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.
Have you listened to any of Stephen Lang’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
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.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, Ms Brown as always has the moment of discovery.
Any additional comments?
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.
20 of 26 people found this review helpful