Monday, August 21, 2017

Review and Giveaway - Seeing Red by Sandra Brown @SandraBrown_NYT @GrandCentralPub

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Date Read:  August 19, 2017
Length:  432 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in a thriller about tainted heroism and vengeance without mercy.

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.
My Review

I enjoyed this book quite a bit!  I have been a long time fan of Sandra Brown.  Before I owned a kindle, started a blog, or had a goodreads account, I read Sandra Brown.  I kind of feel like we go way back.  I haven't read all of her books but I usually keep up with her annual release every year and try to squeeze in books from her backlist when I get the chance.  I went into this book expecting a very entertaining story and those expectations were solidly met.

Trapper and Kerra were at the center of this story.  Kerra is a TV journalist out to get the big interview that nobody has been able to get for years.  She decides to enlist Trapper's help in getting his father to agree to the interview.  Never mind the fact that Trapper is currently not on good terms with his father.  Trapper's father, Major Franklin Trapper, became a celebrity when he was able to a few people during a deadly bombing that made headlines.  The interview ends up becoming the starting point for a dangerous chain of events.

I really liked Trapper and Kerra in this story.  They were both really smart and able to think on their feet.  Trapper was a little rough around the edges but really cared underneath it all.  Kerra was able to balance the need to get the big story with what she felt was the right thing to do.  They had great chemistry with each other and I loved following them as they worked to get everything figured out.

This book starts off with a bang and I was hooked right away.  I think that the choice to tell some parts of the story out of order at the very start of the book was very effective.  There were so many different things going on in this book and I found myself working to figure out what was really going on along with Trapper and Kerra.  I was never quite sure who could really be trusted and found myself second guessing some of the characters.  There were quite a few twists and turns that I did not see coming.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of romantic suspense.  This book has a lot of action, a solid mystery to solve, and a great romance at its core.  I can't wait to read more from Sandra Brown soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley.
Giveaway

I am thrilled to be able to offer a chance for two of my readers to win a copy of this book! (U.S and Canada)
About the Author
Photo by Andrew Eccles
Sandra Brown is the author of sixty-eight New York Times bestsellers. There are over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages. She lives in Texas. For more information you can visit www.SandraBrown.net.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

32 comments:

  1. I did enjoy a lot of her books but I confess that I haven't tried this one yet

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    1. It was just released last week and is quite the page turner!

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  2. I don't know this author, but I love that Kerra is a journalist and that comes through strongly in the story.

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    1. Sandra Brown really writes fantastic romantic suspense.

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  3. Maybe one day I will read her books again :)

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    1. She has so many great one to choose from!

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  4. I still need to read a Sandra Brown book! Love the sound of this one. Great review!

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    1. I really enjoy her writing. I hope you get a chance to read her someday.

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  5. If I am lucky to win this will be my first Sandra Brown book, though I have heard a lot of things good about her and have been wanting to try her. :)

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    1. Good luck! She really tells a great story.

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  6. It has been awhile since I have read any of her books. This is an author whose books I used to devour. I am glad to know she is still on top of her game.

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    1. I have kept up with her new releases but I still need to read a lot of her backlist titles.

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  7. Love her books, I can't wait to read it.

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  8. I was a little nervous when you mentioned she was a journalist, but then I read the spot about her doing the right thing. So yay, I can relax and enjoy a great story. LOL

    It doesn't sound really good and I like how both are suspicious of each other. I still haven't read any of Brown's books, but I really need to do something about that.

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    1. Brown really does romantic suspense well. This was a really well told story with a lot of excitment.

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  9. I really enjoy books like this. Kerra sounds like one strong woman. Wonderful review, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this one.

    Jenea's Book Obsession

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    1. Kerra is a really strong woman and Trapper was a wonderful character.

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  10. I love romantic suspense and the name sounds familiar but I went and looked..I have not read one of Brown's books. I need to rectify that.

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    1. I would love to see what you think of Sandra Brown's writing.

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  11. I haven't read anything by Sandra Brown, but she's on my list of authors to try. I love the sound of her books, including this one! I really like the sound of Kerra.

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    1. I do think you would enjoy this one. Kerra was a great character!

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  12. I've recently gotten into romantic suspense books so I'll have to check this one out! I love books that start with a bang. Great review, Carole! :)

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    1. Sandra Brown does romatic suspense so well. I hope you get a chance to read this one.

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  13. She has been on my TBR forever...this one sounds great! (And thanks for the chance at the giveaway!)

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    1. It was a great story, Margaret! Good luck!

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  14. You know, I don't know if I've ever read a Sandra Brown book or not. I know she's boon on my tbr for a long time, but I have no idea if I've actually read her. I love the way you describe the comfy feel - like you feel like you go way back. :)

    Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

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    1. I still have quite a few of her books to read but she is one of my favorite authors.

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  15. I love how far back you go with Sandra Brown. She's the one you read before everything! I have heard some good things about her mysteries as well, and it seems like this one was just that once again.

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    1. She is an author that I can pick up and be pretty sure that I am going to enjoy the book. It is great to have a few authors that you can count on like that.

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  16. Sounds very nicely done! I do like getting a few twists I didnt see coming. I've had her on my tbr pile for a while. Bout time I dust those off!

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    1. I think you would really enjoy her writing, Anna! I have enjoyed her work for years.

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