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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

Today’s featured book is a new download that I’ve been eager to read:  Friction, by Sandra Brown.





Intro:  (Prologue)

The two stalwart highway patrolmen guarding the barricade stared at her without registering any emotion, but because of the media blitz of the past few days, she knew they recognized her and that, in spite of their implacable demeanor, they were curious to know why Judge Holly Spencer was angling to get closer to the scene of a bloodbath.

“…bullet hole to the chest…”

“…ligature marks on his wrists and ankles…”

“…half in, half out of the water…”



Teaser:  She lay tense and wakeful, her senses highly attuned.

So that when she heard the noise coming from the backyard, she sprang upright, heart racing with fear. (p. 53).


Synopsis:  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 relegated to deskwork and with 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, ambitious and confident, 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.


Have you read this book?  Would you keep reading?  I am quite eager to immerse myself in this story.



  1. Literary Feline

    This is one I really hope to read some time soon. I like the opening. Why is she there? And that teaser! Quite intense!


  2. I don’t know why I’ve never read anything by Sandra Brown before. Probably because it’s all I can do to keep up with the series mysteries that I follow. This looks so good that I just checked availability. It will be a while, there are twenty people ahead of me.


  3. Ohhh this one sounds really good; I haven’t been reading enough mystery/thriller books lately! I should get a copy of one of her books soon.

    Happy reading! Here’s my teaser of Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch.


  4. I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance, but when I do, I LOVE it to be combined with suspense! This one sounds like a real winner! I think I read a Sandra Brown novel once, quite a while back. It looks like it’s time for me to read more of her work. This one sounds very exciting, for sure! And I like the combination of a Texas Ranger with a judge. Action and brains!! YES!!!

    This is going on my Goodreads TBR list!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!!

    Also, thanks for commenting on my own Tuesday Intros post!! 🙂


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