A Texas Ranger with a tarnished badge…
An enemy hell-bent on revenge…
And the lady judge caught in the middle.
Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him doing deskwork and his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.
Holly, an ambitious and confident judge, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford’s obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.
But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat.
Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.
I’ve been a long standing Sandra Brown fan and have read and enjoyed her books over the years. So it’s no surprise that whenever a new book comes out, I have to buy it immediately. I just recently finished Friction, which released on 18th August. Friction met and exceeded my expectations.
The story revolves around our hero, Texas Ranger Crawford Hunt who is trying to win custody of his 5 year old daughter from her grandparents. Four years ago, Crawford lost his wife in a road accident and in his grief, lost his way and began to drink and behave carelessly. Unable to look after his daughter or let go of his grief, he agrees to give temporary custody to his in-laws. Four years later, Crawford Hunt is no longer the same man who lost his wife. He’s cleaned up his act and has settled closer to where his daughter, Georgia lives, hoping to bring his daughter back home. The final decision rests on the shoulders of Judge Holly Spencer who has just taken over temporarily from her mentor. Wanting to ensure that she has a good chance of permanently taking over her mentor’s position, Holly has to make sure she makes the correct decision. Although Holly realises that Crawford loves and cares for his daughter deeply, she’s worried about whether or not he’d be able to fully look after her. During the final custody hearing Holly is about to give her decision when all hell breaks loose; a masked gunman barges into the courtroom and head’s straight for the judge.
Fortunately, Holly is saved by Crawford but what ensues is a cat and mouse race to find the real shooter and figure out his motives for carrying out the shooting. From start to finish, Sandra Brown takes the reader on a hellish journey where brutality knows no limits, threats are made and life-changing secrets and betrayals are revealed.
My favourite character was Georgia, she stole the show for me. Perhaps because of her innocence or her love for her father, Georgia completely stole my heart in whatever scenes she appeared in , especially the ones with Crawford. Throughout the novel, Georgia was the only proof readers needed, to know that Georgia should be by her father’s side. I liked Holly and Crawford, both as individuals and as a couple. Holly is a kind and caring person but she’s also an ambitious woman who believes in what she does and completes it to the best of her ability. Crawford is an enigma. As the story progresses, layers of his personality are slowly peeled off and revealed. At first I wasn’t sure whether or not he did deserve having Georgia’s custody, slowly but surely he won me over through his actions throughout the book and with the twist at the end, my heart was completely sold on him. He’s a great three dimensional character who you can’t help but feel sympathy for. He was given a difficult time by fate but he never stopped fighting for what would ultimately save his soul; having his daughter back in his life permanently.
The narrative is absolutely brilliant. The amount of twists and turns in this book had my head spinning and me grinning from ear to ear after a new clue was revealed and new secrets were confessed. Sandra has a superb way of engaging the reader and inviting them into her world of mayhem where nothing is as it seems. My suspect list was quite long but I do confess to figuring out who the culprit was. The only slight niggling issue I had was with the reason for why the culprit did what they set out to do. I wanted there to be a bit more of a scandal surrounding it. Perhaps that’s just me but the reasons for committing the crimes sounded weak to me. Nonetheless, it didn’t take away my enjoyment and overall I loved the book.
If you’re looking for a high octane romance thriller, then this book is for you. Friction is a classic Sandra Brown novel that will leave you feeling breathless and craving more from our fascinating cast of characters. Be prepared to be swept away into the mind blowing, chaotic drama that is Friction. Pick up your copy now, I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
Overall Rating: 10/10
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