Thursday, 20 August 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Friction by Sandra Brown

I'm excited to participate in the Blog Tour for Friction by Sandra Brown because I'm a big fan! This tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  Click here for the complete tour schedule, and be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Friction and Coffee Mug!

Friction by Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central
Publication date: August 18th 2015
My rating: 4 stars 
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.

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?

My Thoughts:
While I’m relatively new to Sandra Brown’s writing, she has fast become one of my all-time favorite romantic suspense/mystery writers! I’ve quickly gobbled up several of her stories after reading and LOVING Mean Streak last year, and I’ve discovered she’s is a pro at reeling you into a story and keeping you hooked until the very last page. Friction was no exception; the story was exciting, hot, and captivating!

Crawford Hunt is battling his in-laws for custody of his five-year old daughter, Georgia.  As a Texas Ranger he’s been in dangerous situations that have required rapid-fire judgment, and Crawford is able to rush in a take charge.  Now his father-in-law, Joe, is using this quality to call into question his ability to care for his daughter, accusing him of being too reckless to raise a child.  During the custody hearing a masked man barges in and shoots the place up, leaving Judge Holly Spencer shaken to the core.  Crawford’s quick action limits the lethal damage, but still she barely escaped with her life. The investigation thrusts Holly and Crawford into an uneasy partnership, and side by side they work on finding the culprit before he strikes again.

Any relationship or dealings between Holly and Crawford are pretty bad idea seeing as Holly is presiding over his custody case, but the intense circumstances overrule logical thinking, and their magnetic attraction takes over every time they’re together. I loved every stolen lusty kiss, every desperate, hot encounter they shared, all the while trying to keep one step ahead of the killer! 

He slid his fingers up into her hair until his hands were closed around her head, then he tilted it and brushed his mouth across hers. “A word of caution, judge. Don’t show up at my back door looking like you do unless you want to get manhandled.”

I wouldn’t mind a little manhandling, Crawford! 

Not only was Crawford one hot-sexy-take-charge-kind-of-guy, he could melt your heart of the love and devotion he had for his daughter, Georgia!  It’s a joy to have a strong female MC and Holly was exactly that: intelligent, accomplished, and compassionate.  She had no problem standing up for herself and Crawford when needed, and I enjoyed her quick, smart thinking.

With all that going on, there wasn’t much time to fret over relationship angst or wonder whether the couple will be able to overcome the obstacles keeping them apart. Holly and Crawford had more than a few, but I was never worried that it wouldn’t all fall into place.  This is a romance with Sandra Brown at the helm, after all, and she hasn’t steered my wrong so far!

Friction was a thrilling, fast paced read, and as a reader I was trying to solve the mystery right along with the characters, nervous with tension over what would happen next.  I enjoyed every surprise and twist!  

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), & HELLO, DARKNESS (2003).

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 over thirty languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program “PM Magazine.”

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 recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, 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.

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Joy said...

I'm in the middle of reading this one. I'm enjoying it so far! I know what you mean about Sandra's ability to mesmerize you. I have experienced that every time I read her books. :) Glad you enjoyed it, Rachel! <3

Anonymous said...

I love how much you love this author, Rachel. Her romances sound fantastic and of course the mystery sound very exciting. I'll need to check out her books soon!
Wonderful review, Rachel!

Jenny said...

Um. Sign me up for some manhandling too Rachel! Yes and please ;-) I love a good romantic suspense story, and it's been way too long since I've read one so this is going on the list. I can't wait to meet Crawford! Definitely going to check out Mean Streak too.

Giselle said...

Awesome review, Rachel! I love the sounds of this book - def right up my alley! I like Holly already, and the romance and mystery sounds like it's perfectly combined (I hate when the romance takes over and the plot gets forgotten!)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks for sharing! I haven't read anything by Sandra Brown, but I HAVE seen her books around a lot and this one sounds great.

Carina Olsen said...

Stunning review Rachel :D Sounds like a good book. <3 Pretty cover :) And aw, that quote is pretty awesome ;) Thank you for sharing sweet girl. <3 Glad you liked it :)

Keertana said...

Sandra Brown has written SO MANY books that I hardly know where to start with her novels. But, I definitely want to and am glad to hear that this is another excellent edition to her backlog. I love the single-father trope, not to mention a sexy, take-charge kind of guy. Thanks for putting this on my radar, Rachel! :)

brandileigh2003 said...

Thrilling and fast paced sounds great

Tanja - Tanychy said...

Oh Sandra is one of the really popular writes here and her books get translated really quick, only I haven't read any of them. But now I think I will try it as my mom probably has some of her books. I love when you get easily hooked into the story. Great review :)

Sayomay said...

Love me some Sandra Brown! :D
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