Friction by Sandra Brown
A Texas Ranger, relegated to deskwork due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the Ranger reacts instinctually and goes after him. But authorities apprehend the wrong man, and the real gunman remains unknown, at large, and a threat. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin? And will this unlikely pair be able to deny the forbidden attraction building between them?
4.5 Stars. Full of action, suspense and romance. It kept me turning pages to see what would happen next.
This book was Sandra Brown at her best. I was wary going in to the story because it didn’t grab me right away… but as soon as it did I could not put it down until I knew what happened.
The story started with Texas Ranger, Crawford Hunt, in court trying to get custody back for his daughter. Then a shooter comes in the courtroom and the story is mostly non stop from there. Hunt has had some hard times and everyone in the story made him out to be the reckless bad guy, even if he was the one saving everyone’s butt. That got a little tiresome, but in true Sandra Brown fashion, she redeemed the hero in everyone’s eyes by the end of the story.
There was an attraction between the Judge, Holly Spencer, he saved and Hunt, but I’m not gonna say it was insta-love like a lot of stories. They had intense moments and sought comfort in each other and it kind of progressed from there. I loved the switch back and forth between intense passionate moments and slow burn romance.
This book was not short of twists and turns, heroics,and romance, and in short that is everything I love and look for in a Sandra Brown book. Highly recommend picking this one up.
A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
“A word of caution, Judge. Don’t show up at my back door looking like you do unless you want to get manhandled.”
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About the Author
Sandra Brown is the author of more than 60 New York Times bestsellers, including MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL(2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006),CHILL FACTOR (2005), and WHITE HOT (2004).
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.
A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English.
She is much in demand as a speaker and guest television hostess. Her episode on truTV’s Murder by the Book premiered the series in 2008. She appeared in 2010 on Investigation Discovery’s new series, Hardcover Mysteries.
In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.
Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University where she and her husband Michael Brown, have instituted the ELF, a scholarship annually awarded to a student pursuing a fiction writing career. In 2008, she was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 she and four colleagues went on a week-long USO tour to Afghanistan, meeting with service members on numerous bases.
Sandra is the past president of the Mystery Writers of America in 2012. She lives in Arlington, Texas, with her husband, Michael Brown.