Fiction, Romantic Suspense
August 15, 2017
#1New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers her trademark nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in this thriller about tainted heroism, cold fury, and vengeance without mercy. Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she's hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews--until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to the Major--even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.
Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra's sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there's more to the story rouse Trapper's interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry--with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra--Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he's going to track down the gunmen before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing.
Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas--and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
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As a LONG time Sandra Brown fan, I was beyond excited to get this ARC.
So let me just say that I am so, so, SO relieved to have enjoyed this thing.
For real though.
I have been reading hardcore since I was nine years old.
And I started picking up books by my favorite classic romance authors when I was 12…my mother passed away that year and romance and fantasy novels offered an escape from pain that no 12 year old is emotionally equipped to face.
I’m not trying to get emo here or anything, I’m just laying the scene for you all…and explaining why a father would buy his daughter dirty romance books at age 12 LOL…He obviously had no idea what he was buying and he just wanted to make me happy.
These authors – Linda Howard, Johanna Lindsey, Judith McNaught, Heather Graham, Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, Virginia Henley, Bertrice Small, Elizabeth Lowell, and of course, Sandra Brown – well, they were my squad, man.
They and their stories gave me an escape from life and made me feel like I had something to look forward to – as reading does for us all, no?
Needless to say, 23 years later, some of these authors have sadly passed away…some have stopped writing entirely…and some are putting out books that are just plain crap, quite frankly.
Now, I am not a published author. Obviously LOL.
I can only imagine how difficult it must be to come up with story after story, year after year.
So it brings me total and complete joy to still love the contemporary offerings of one of my all time favorites.
In Seeing Red, while the plot did have some slow points here and there, the characters were well fleshed out and the story moved forward at an exciting pace. Brown keeps you guessing until the very end.
You understand the characters and their motivations and it is ALL by showing and never telling.
In short, Brown is just a master storyteller.
I will always be a total Brown fan and as long as she puts out book, I will continue to read them.