I loved Seeing Red! Sandra Brown is a genius when it comes plot twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat, entertained and guessing the entire time! Didn’t hurt that John Trapper, the hero, was such a delectable jerk!
Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all media. Now Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get an exclusive with the Major–even if she has to secure an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.
Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, Trapper wants no association with the bombing or the Major. Yet Kerra’s hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when the interview 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 . . . and finally discover who was responsible for the Dallas bombing.
Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence from 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 to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
Author : Sandra Brown
Title : Seeing Red
Number of pages : 432
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
Release Date : August 15th, 2017
Genre : Romantic Suspense.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise having read a few Sandra Brown’s before and yet I’m still amazed at how she nonchalantly places the pawns and makes me suspect every character in the book. By now I guess she would become somehow predictable… except she’s anything but. She more than deserves her titles of ‘Queen of plot twists’ and ‘Queen of Mystery’.
Only 30% in and my mind was already reeling with possibilities! A fast pace, twists and gasping out loud inducing revelations throughout the book made “Seeing Red” dangerous for my blood pressure! As much as I wanted to slow down and enjoy my reading time, I had no choice but to inhale those +400 pages, eager to know WHODUNNIT, damnit!
Sandra Brown, once again, made me doubt each and every characters and scheme to most inconceivable theories, constantly reevaluating every hypothesis.
You like a good romantic suspense? THIS IS YOUR BOOK. It starts with a bang, hooks you in and keeps you on your toes!
Bonus : A brooding and obstinate hero with a scruff opposed to an honorable and determined journalist, Sandra Brown builds up sexual tension like NO ONE ELSE. Banter, sarcasm and antagonism is a hell of a cocktail and she serves it burning hot, with sex scenes becoming the culmination point to a thoroughly built attraction. Seductive, provocative… Perfection!
“You’d blush to know all the places my wandering mind has taken me. I’ve touched you, tasted you…”He wedged his hand down between them and cupped her sex. “…everywhere.”
She keeps you engrossed in the investigation but the attraction between the main characters feels so potent you almost want to forget about the whodunit and focus on the romance between Trapper and Kerra.
He might have gone on forever just kissing her if not for a greater hunger that he must gratify or die.
I loved how rugged and cynical the hero—John Trapper— was, a man’s man, exuding confidence and nerve but also so much charm—I you like heroes coming across as jerks! The banter between him and Kerra or his friend, Carson, was truly hilarious, and I truly fell for his brand of humor: dark and caustic.
-‘We didn’t finish our conversation.’
-‘Yeah we did. Message received. You’re morally superior and don’t want to screw the likes of me. Fine. Occasionally I ask, but I never, ever beg.’
Recommendation : EXTREME
Sandra Brown is the author of sixty-eight New York Times bestsellers, including Sting, Mean Streak, Friction, Mean Streak, Deadline, Low Pressure, Lethal, and Rainwater.
Writing professionally since 1981, Brown has published over seventy-five novels and has upwards of eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.
Her episode on truTV’s “Murder by the Book” premiered the series in 2008. She appeared in 2010 on Investigation Discovery’s series, “Hardcover Mysteries.” Television movies have been made of her novels French Silk, Smoke Screen, and Ricochet.
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 awarded annually. She has served as president of Mystery Writers of America, and in 2008 she was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other honors include the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 she went on a USO tour to Afghanistan.