Monday, August 14, 2017

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

Title: Seeing Red
Author: Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: August 15, 2017

#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers her trademark nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in this thriller about tainted heroism, cold fury, and vengeance without mercy. 

Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she's hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews--until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to the Major--even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper. 

Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra's sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there's more to the story rouse Trapper's interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime 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 before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing. 

Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during 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 and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas--and uncover who would want a national hero dead.

Sandra Brown is the master of combining romance and suspense! 

Seeing Red has a great beginning. From the first couple of chapters, Mrs. Brown pulled this reader into the story. I was hooked by the circumstances surrounding the meeting between the main characters.

Kerra Bailey is a reporter. Her next big story is the twenty anniversary of the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel. Her intention is to interview the man who everyone remembers as saving survivors while exiting the building. Over the years, Major Trapper has been loved and idolized. After all, he's a hero. Kerra knows this is the perfect time for the interview besides she has a personal reason to meet him too. However, the Major doesn't like to do interviews anymore and to convince him, she'll have to convince his estranged son to tag along.

"He was a sexy rude jerk."

John Trapper is a P.I. He used to work for the ATF until he got too close to the Pegasus bombing case. Before he was fired, he quit. When the bombing happened, he was just a child. That day he lost his father to fame. Major Trapper forgot about his family at home. John felt abandoned by him and their relationship was never the same. If anything, it got worse when John quit the ATF. When Kerra comes snooping around, he wants to send her packing but he realizes she won't give up. He knows she has an advantage no other reporter has.

I enjoyed Seeing Red. I liked the idea that John was down on his luck when the book first starts. You have to wonder why he was wasting his potential. He was smart and he knew something was off with the Pegasus bombing. Once Kerra and Major Trapper's lives were in danger, nothing was going to stop his search for answers.

Seeing Red had plenty of twists. Even if you knew or suspected some of them, you couldn't guess them all. I like that. It made for an interesting story. In classic Sandra Brown's style, I wasn't sure what was going to happen next.

“In addition to being bad-boy wrong, etcetera, know what else I am? Smart. And I have a built-in, fool-proof manure detector, and everything you just said is pure bullshit.”

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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