After last year's Mean Streak, readers were excited to read Brown's newest novel. However, the discussion revolved around Brown's predictability and stock characters.
The beginning of the novel was dramatic; Jordie--a wealthy socialite turned Extravaganza event planner--is held hostage for ransom. Shaw is also held with her. Jordie thinks he is also bad; however, he is Brown's stock police character--the handsome, FBI bad boy.
The story starts to fall apart when Jordie stabs Shaw with an old propeller that she just happens to find in the old barn where they are begin held captive.
Readers predicted early that Jordie's brother was not the kind and benevolent person he was written to be. In fact, he is the one who kills a mobster and then goes after his own sister.
Brown is usually good at weaving romance into her novels; however, this one lacked the romantic quality of some of her other tales.
Sting, Sandra Brown
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