Expected Release Date: August 19, 2014
Imprint: Grand Central Publishing
Author’s Website: http://sandrabrown.net/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Fast ILY’s, Adultery
Favorite Tropes: Trapped Together, Secret Identity
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a heart-pounding story of survival, that takes the age-old question, “Does the end justify the means?” and turns it on its head.
Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.
While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.
Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion.
As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead – and from heartbreak.
Combining the nail-biting suspense and potent storytelling that has made Sandra Brown one of the world’s best loved authors, MEAN STREAK is a wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make in order to survive.
I haven’t read Sandra Brown in YEARS, but I can say she definitely hasn’t lost her touch.
I read this one in a single sitting, because as cliche as it sounds, I truly couldn’t put it down. I pride myself on being pretty quick on the draw in figuring out the “whodunit” in mysteries and romantic suspense, but Ms. Brown managed to surprise me with the twist, which is no small feat.
The chemistry and tension were scrumptious, especially since our mysterious hero doesn’t even have a name for much of their time together. The mystery surrounding his past only served to make him more intriguing, especially since there were little hints scattered throughout that he wasn’t someone that Emory should be getting close to.
Once they give in to their attraction though, things heated up very quickly. One thing I love about Ms. Brown is she’s so skilled at the less-is-more style of love scenes. Don’t get me wrong, this is no fade-to-black situation, but rather than drag a love scene out for pages on end, she gives us little glimpses that honestly are hotter than most authors manage in full chapters of erotica.
There were only two things that really jumped out at me that took away from my enjoyment, and that was the adultery and the speed of the I Love You’s. Anyone who reads my reviews knows that adultery or infidelity is a pet peeve of mine, and while this instance was simply because our heroine was married when she and our hero got together, and there were mitigating circumstances, it still left a sour taste in my mouth. As for the whirlwind nature of the romance, given the fast pace of the story, it really couldn’t have happened any other way if we were to believe that there would be a Happily Ever After for anyone involved.
Overall, I loved it, and would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy intriguing, twisting mysteries, combined with delicious romance.