A Texas Ranger, relegated to desk work due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the Ranger reacts instinctually and goes after him. But authorities apprehend the wrong man, and the real gunman remains unknown, at large, and a threat. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin? And will this unlikely pair be able to deny the forbidden attraction building between them?
This book was pretty great! I’m a big mystery fan and this one definitely goes high up on my list.
I’ve never had the pleasure of reading anything by Sandra Brown prior to Friction and I’m surprised I’ve never heard of her before. She’s a phenomenal writer who has a great grasp on how to keep readers at the edge of their seats. I particularly enjoyed seeing the interactions between Texas Ranger Crawford Hunt and the judge, Holly Spencer.
These two characters had a very interesting, very tense relationship. And I’m talking about all kinds of tension, but my personal favorite was the sexual tension. Brown kept a good reign on the sexual tension within this novel. It was obvious that it was affecting their daily lives – as any form of tension would – but it was written in such a way that it detracted from the main plot of the book.
Crawford Hunt quite frankly is one of my favorite male character to date. He’s rugged, he’s stubborn, and he’s a loving father. He’s not perfect by any means but he’s trying so hard and his actions felt like a reflection of what any loving father would do for his daughter. A similar type of thing applies to Holly Spencer. She felt very real and dimensional and it never felt like she was the stereotypical good girl falls in love with bad boy type (even though she kinda did…). Both of the main characters were flawed and human and it was great.
But Brown didn’t just develop the main characters. Even side characters who may or may not have been important were fully developed. Of course they weren’t as dimensional as the major characters but they weren’t completely flat. Brown didn’t forget to make them human and interesting and realistic which is something I feel more and more authors are failing to do. Brown acknowledges that although she may be focusing on the lives of two people, the lives of those around these characters continue to progress.
All in all, I highly recommend this novel. Every detail and interaction and character was so well though out. It was definitely a really great read. I loved so much within this book and I think that you would too. Go pick it up.