Review : Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

Nadene December 21, 2018 COYER Winter, Reviews 11 Comments

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Review : Seeing Red by Sandra BrownTitle: Seeing Red
Author: Sandra Brown
Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 15, 2018
Pages: 585
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Gift
Format: eBook
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Rating: four-half-stars
Heat Level: three-half-flames


This is an updated cover of this Kindle edition.

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.



I received this book from my secret Santa in 2017 and have finally gotten around to reading it.

Sandra Brown had always been one of my all-time favourite authors, so I had high expectations for Seeing Red. She did not disappoint. Ms. Brown took me on a ride filled with suspense, mystery and has jaw dropping twists, served with a side of romance.  This is a story that will keep you up through the wee hours of the night as you need to know how it will all end.

John Trapper and Kerra Bailey are the focus of this fantastic story.  Kerra, top-notch journalist is on the verge of boosting her career if she lands an interview with town hero Major Franklin Trapper. Numerous attempts to secure the interview proved futile. so armed with the reluctant assistance of the major’s son along with an important piece of information from an incident which occurred twenty-five years ago Kerra set out to secure the interview.  However,  her attempts to gain the interview set into motion events that place her life and that of the major in jeopardy.

John Trapper has been living in the shadow of his father’s heroism for the past twenty-five years.  He believes there is more to the incident than they led people to believe. His determination to prove his theory led to his personal and professional life spiralling out of control. This did not stop him from continuing his investigation if anything it spurred him to further to try to prove to all he was not delusional.

I loved both Kerra and John. Initially, I had a difficult time warming up to John, but as I peeled away his layers and delved deeper into what made him tick, I found myself drawn to him. Yeah, he was rough around the edges but he cared and determined to protect those he loved.

I admired Kerra’s professionalism and ethics. She never allowed her desire for a story to take precedence over what she considered being the morally correct thing to do.

Kerra and John together was a forced to be reckoned with both professionally and intimately. I thought they worked well together in their pursuit of the truth.

When I stated earlier that Ms. Brown took me on a suspenseful side, it was no exaggeration. From the start to the end. Figuring out what was going on was no easy task. Then there were the jaw dropping twists that the author revealed near to the end. I never saw that last one coming. That was the doozy of them all. That reveal was devastating for quite a few persons.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Fans of Sandra Brown will love Seeing Red. If you love romantic suspense, but read none of Ms. Brown’s work this would be a good place to start.

About Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011). Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. In 2009 Brown detoured from romantic suspense to write, Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving historical fiction story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression. Brown was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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