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From #1 New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a heart-pounding story of survival, that takes the age-old question, "Does the end justify the means?" and turns it on its head.Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missFrom #1 New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a heart-pounding story of survival, that takes the age-old question, "Does the end justify the means?" and turns it on its head.Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name. She's determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive. Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can't turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion.As her husband's deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead - and from heartbreak.Combining the nail-biting suspense and potent storytelling that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best loved authors, MEAN STREAK is a wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make in order to survive....

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ISBN : 9781455581122
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Number of Pages : 409 Pages
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Mean Streak Reviews

  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
    2018-12-26 04:12

    4.5 stars!!Having read almost all of Sandra Brown’s books, I was really worried that this book wouldn’t captivate me at all. That turned out to be a misplaced fear. I will admit that some of Brown’s recent releases aren’t up to standard compared to her older work, but I believe longtime fans (and newbies) will find a winner with Mean Streak. Written with romantic undertones, this story will keep you on your toes and deliver plot twists up until the very end of the book.************Renowned pediatrician and esteemed among her colleagues, Dr. Emory Charbonneau prepares for a 20-mile run in the harsh, cold mountains in North Carolina. While she has a very successful and rewarding career, it is obvious that her relationship with her husband Jeff is in shambles. After trading bitter words, Emory leaves and heads out to the mountain terrain for the marathon, never expecting to sport a concussion and wake up in the cabin of a stranger, a man that she’s strangely attracted to. For the sake of containing the suspense and surprise, I’m going to refer to the cabin stranger as ‘Mr. X.’ Anyways, Mr. X is what I like to call the classic Sandra Brown hero: taciturn, broody, yet honorable to the core. He cares for Emory’s wounds but reveals little about himself, only insisting that Emory must stay at his cabin.I always find it hard to review romantic suspense stories, especially ones like Sandra Brown’s books where they are much more suspenseful than romantic. I never know what I say would be considered too much info that would ruin the suspense so plot-wise, I’m going to stop here. For me, Sandra Brown’s strongest writing quality is her dialogue. Her words create such palpable tension (not just sexual tension) which fuels the heart-pounding thrill when combined with the page-turning suspense. Her characterizations are also top-notch, and aside from Emory and Mr. X, she does a fantastic job with Agent Jack Connell’s character and local officers Grange and Knight (two of my favorite characters in this book). I especially love that there isn’t just one main focal point for the suspense – there are a few subplots but they don’t overshadow Emory and Mr. X. Instead, Sandra Brown effortlessly weaves them together until they all converge and all of a sudden, I’m left gobsmacked wondering why didn’t I think of that earlier?? The romance will always come in second (as to be expected from this author), but what it lacks in steam and quantity is more than made up for with the emotional intensity. There are no hearts and flowers, nor do the characters (particularly the hero) start waxing poetic about one another.The romance will always go in accordance to the suspenseful plot, which makes it that much more meaningful to read. There was one part of the book that made me tear up and it wasn’t romance related. Only open the spoiler if you’ve read the book since it’s taken out of context. (view spoiler)[“Eric Johnson will be remembered for gunning down seven people. But no one will remember, or even know, the names of the people who put him behind that brick wall that day, fortified with a weapon and ammo and a consuming hatred for humankind.” (hide spoiler)] That was just too raw and profound I couldn’t not share. It really gives one much to think about…This is a book I’d highly recommend and yet another reason why Sandra Brown is regarded as the queen of this genre. ARC provided by Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2019-01-06 03:02

    Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Another 5 star rating for Sandra Brown! How could that be right? Well this woman writes some pretty amazing books. Where to begin….I don’t think it really is fair for me to give too much detail about the plot. For starters I really wouldn’t know where to begin with this one. Then of course I wouldn’t want to give anything away because IMO with a suspense novel, one little thing could really ruin it for you.I’m going to try and just give you some tidbits so that you can get a feel for this one. At the center of this story is Dr. Emory Charbonneau. She is a woman that is driven and most would say she has a very rewarding life. But one aspect of her life that seems to have some cracks in it is her marriage. As her life starts to spin in a different direction than her husband Jeff’s, things become strained between them. Needing time apart Emory heads out for a 2 day strenuous mountain run in preparation for an upcoming marathon. With challenging conditions surrounding her, within a split second something happens and Emory finds herself at the mercy of stranger. Trapped with him in his cabin, this man has Emory questioning every gut feeling that surfaces, every instinctual reaction she has. He evokes a sense of attraction in her that she finds herself fighting against. As Emory starts to lose ground to this attraction she finds herself in situations that are a complete contradictions to who she is. I’m not going to lie; this one had my head spinning a bit. The suspense, the plot twists and the romantic undercurrent kept every one of my sleuthing skills in check. :) But the bonus in this one is that there was a bit of a mystery within the mystery. The hero was a bit dark (in a sexy way) and cryptic too. This provoked even more intrigue and made that piece of the story more alluring.Right along with the amazing main characters we are given some pretty fantastic secondary characters that feed into a subplot that colors the story perfectly. There were a couple crazy ass hillbillies Will and Norman and two local investigators Knight and Grange. These two I loved. In the midst of the mystery they offered a tiny bit of humor with a floor show they had going on.And finally….It will only take reading one book by SB to realize that the romance and sex will always remain in the shadow of the suspense. But (and this is a HUGE but) don’t allow yourself to be fooled that she won’t be able to elicit some of the same feelings that you get when reading your typical sexy romantic novel. SB creates a different level of sexual tension and passion. It is all in the seduction.

  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆
    2018-12-26 09:06

    4.5 stars

  • Jill
    2019-01-07 03:51

    Dr Emory Charbonneau, preparing for an upcoming marathon, disappears while on a twenty-mile run in the high mountain altitude of North Carolina. Suffering from a concussion, she wakes in a hut with a man who claims he found her unconscious in the snow, and who refuses to give her his name. With no phone, no way of communicating with the outside world, and with thick fog and heavy, falling snow, it is impossible to leave.As usual in a Sandra Brown thriller there are twists and turns, red herrings and suspects aplenty. When a seemingly random incident occurs and Emory and her captor become involved in an emergency, the pace amps up and the story jumps from what I thought was going to be - for Sandra Brown - a fairly ordinary story.Great secondary characters - particularly Special Agent Jack Connell of the FBI, and the tag team of Knight and Grange (the local law enforcement officers investigating Emory's disappearance), and even the characterisations of two local rednecks - a sizzling romance, a page-turning plot, and Mean Streak doesn't disappoint. Add in another of Ms Brown's appealingly taciturn, quietly heroic, deeply honorable heroes, and in true Sandra Brown fashion, a twist at the end, and all the ingredients are there for another brilliant read. (Interestingly, readers don't find out the name of the hero till around 70%.)The only (small) issue I had with this story was at first, the reasons for the hero's actions and motivations weren't compelling enough.How after 70+ books this lady still manages to wow me is a feat in itself. My favourite romantic suspense author for many years now, Ms Brown has written some of the very best romantic thrillers/suspense around. Though not quite up to Deadline, last year’s release and my recent favourite, Mean Streak is another well-scripted, taut thriller blended with just the right amount of romance by the Reigning Queen of the genre. Highly recommended.Steam: 2.5-3ARC courtesy of Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley

  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    2018-12-20 09:02

    4.5 Stars!!Well played Sandra Brown.....well played!!!Kudos for the jaw dropping revelations! You really got me a few times! Not that it's that hard! This was definitely veering off the path of what I normally read but I really enjoyed it. Could have done with a bit more romance but the story kept me engaged and had me guessing until the very last page!

  • Kathleen
    2018-12-23 04:11

    Story Rating ~ 5 Stars!Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars!Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars!Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars!Heat Level ~ 3.5 StarsEnding ~ 5 Stars!Overall Rating ~ 5, HE ALWAYS DID WHAT HE SAID STARS!Mean Streak was an AMAZING read for me. The story starts off with the heroine Emory and her husband Jeff having an argument over her training and running marathons. Right off the bat I STRONGLY disliked her husband, he was so self-absorbed, I wanted to smack him upside his head. When Emory gets ready to leave to go on a training run through some mountain paths they had a cold goodbye. The next morning, Emory is off for her run and while doing so she is struck on the head from behind and is left for dead laying in the bitter cold. When she awakes she finds herself in a one room shack with a strange man in it. At first she is scared shitless and trying to remember what happened. The man is huge and she is quite afraid of what he will do to her. She wants to call home but he tells her he has no phone. She wants to go home but the weather is very bad and he refuses to drive her. He won’t tell her a thing about himself, not even his name. What he does do is treat her with tenderness, taking care of her because of her series head injury. They end up getting closer as a few days pass. She even does somethings that she would never do in order for them to help someone out.As the story goes on, we get a feeling that her mystery man has done some very violent acts and is hiding from the law. At this point I was dying to know exactly what he did and for gosh sake could I get his name? This story had more twists and turns than a snowy mountain road leaving me wondering again as to who is behind all this. My favorite character was the hero Hayes. Yes he has a name and it was far into the book before we are told. He was so protective and caring to the heroine throughout this whole read. He definitely has a mean streak but only to those who have done wrong. When his whole story came out, I was surprised once again. I thought this whole twist was wonderfully done, I did not see this coming at all and it only made me love him more.The heroine Emory was an excellent character too. She was very smart and willing to trust Hayes as much as she possibly could. She was kind and very giving to those in need. When push came to shove she stayed loyal and true to Hayes.What also surprised me was the heat level. I went into this read thinking it would be low but that was not the case at all. This book is not riddled up with sex scenes but the few that I got were very sensual and heated. I could really feel the attraction between them and loved reading how it became more.The last 30% of the book was PHENOMENAL! Just when I thought I knew who the villain was a HUGE curve-ball was thrown at me, one I never saw coming.The epilogue was FANTASTIC, it wrapped everything up perfectly and leaving me thinking WOW! I could hardly believe what I just read!This was my second Sandra Brown book and I like to thank Mo for recommending it to me. THANK YOU MO! Now I need you to give me another SB recommendation PLEASE because this most definitely will not be my last SB read.

  • Brandi
    2018-12-22 10:14

    4 StarsMean Streak is a suspenseful, edge of your seat read, with twist and turns around every corner.Dr. Emory Charbonneau is a very successful pediatrician, beloved within her social and work community, but her marriage is a different story. While training for a marathon, her life takes an unexpected detour. On an isolated North Carolina mountain road, Emory disappears, and the search begins.Emory wakes up to a concussion in a remote cabin, in the company of a mysterious man. He claims to have no way to contact the outside world and refuses to let her leave, because of the harsh weather conditions. But Emory can't help but think he is hiding something, and he seems dangerous, but for some reason she trust him.While Emory is spending her days in the cabin, her husband, Jeff becomes the main suspect in her disappearance. Was Emory simply the victim of an unfortunate accident, or is something more nefarious going on?I really enjoyed this one, some of the twists I expected and some I did not. I would say this one is pretty light in the romance, but I really enjoyed the bits that were given. Overall this was a really great suspenseful read.*ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  • Mo
    2019-01-17 04:14

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. Her husband, Jeff, does not report her missing for a few days and then the trail is gone cold. While police suspect Jeff of instant divorce, Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.... I really enjoyed this book. Loved the main characters. Really did not know which way it was going to end. I won’t say too much. This one kept me on my toes, wondering and guessing all the way.”Blood washes out, most of the time ...”Her heart clutched with a foreboding of disaster to which she had no time to react before skyrockets of pain exploded inside herHe’d spent a night with her that he would die remembering.He would revisit it a million times in his fantasies

  • Karen
    2019-01-02 03:06

    5 STARS[image error]He kissed her like he meant it, like this kiss was going to be the last thing he ever did on earth, and he was going to do it right, thoroughly, and leave nothing wanting.Yes, I’m back to Sandra Brown. And honestly, I just can’t get enough of these suspense/thriller/romances. These books have kept me on the edge of my seat, like a page-turning maniac. And I am always struggling to work it all out in my head. This one was no different, although a little more predictable than the other two I’ve read, but not enough to take away from the story in the least.[image error]Dr. Emory Charbonneau is a young pediatrician living in the Atlanta, Georgia area. She shares her medical practice with two close friends, who are both OB/GYN doctors. She has an impeccable reputation as a physician and also participates in many philanthropic endeavors. She is also heiress to an oil industry family from Louisiana, after her parents were both killed in a plane crash. Emory is a marathon runner, and is currently training for a fund raising race she is sponsoring herself. And she is currently fighting with her husband of three years, Jeff Surrey about her grueling training regimen. Among other things…[image error]Jeff will lose this fight, and Emory will proceed, into the mountains of North Carolina for a 20 mile run, alone, for the weekend. And all will go as she planned, until she wakes up stranded in a strange man’s cabin with a concussion, a bleeding head wound, and no clue how she ended up there.[image error]She tilted her head back and looked up into his face with those limpid eyes, and, when she did, all bets were off. He had to have her. He would go through hell to be inside her. He was sinking, sinking sinking…[image error]Then there is our elusive stranger. A man whose name remained unspoken… would she ever find out who he really is, why he’s hiding out, and what he plans for her. [image error] “I was guessing,” Lisa continued, “I’d say he has a mean streak a mile wide. He keeps it under control. But if he ever let it loose, look out.”[image error]Meanwhile the search for her commences… accusations are arising… and it is still unclear as to where she is or why she disappeared. Secrets are discovered… bad feelings and resentments notwithstanding…And even her own feelings are being put to the test.[image error]I loved the way this story was laid out. It unfolded one page at a time, only revealing tiny pieces of the puzzle at a time. Frustrating at times but at the same time quite compelling. The sexual tension building slowly but intensely. And I found the most erotic moments were those of her recollection at the end. The quotes were insanely intimate and telling. [image error] “Let go of my hands.”“No Doc.”“Please.”“No.”“But I want to touch you, too. Let go.”“Un-huh. This is the only way I can control…”“What?”“Myself. If you touch me, I’ll come inside you.”And then, the ending, although a bit unrealistic was still the only ending that would have been acceptable. I don’t want to fill in any blanks here… the story is much better discovered first hand. I hope I’ve done it justice enough to peak your curiosity. [image error]I can’t say enough about Sandra Brown’s writing. Extremely well done. Compelling. Romantic. The characters are complex and intriguing. The heroes, strong, often rough and always dreamy… I look forward to reading many more of her books.

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2018-12-31 07:44

    Mean Streak was my first reading experience by Sandra Brown, but it won’t be my last. It was a cleverly crafted mystery with plenty of suspense, danger, twists and turns, and a very sexy romance! I think it’s best to go in with just the barest of facts and relish the mystery and revelations as they come.Dr. Emory Charbonneau is training for a marathon and goes on a strenuous mountain trail, gets knocked out and wakes up in a stranger’s cabin without any knowledge of how she got there. The stranger is kind and cares for Emory, but he’s not forthcoming at all. She has no idea if he means her any harm, but she’s definitely on guard because things do not add up. Will he let her go once she’s well enough? Is he hiding from something like the law and does he have more sinister plans for her? There is a raw masculine quality to this him that excites and scares Emory. Every feminine urge had sprung to life, and it wasn’t just the long dormancy that had made her sexual desire so acute. It was him. In the mean time, Emory’s husband, Jeff waits to sound the alarm after she goes missing, and this raises suspicions and questions. They were not on the best of terms when Emory walked out the door, but does that make him guilty of anything? Oh, this mystery was so addictive and well crafted! I’m a huge mystery fan and I’ve read so many that it’s hard to pull one over on me, but I was surprised several times! Loved these twists and turns! I was even surprised with the culprit, but looking back it was a well supported conclusion, I just didn’t see it. I hate it when an author reveals the offender and it comes as a shock because no foundation was laid. Not the case here, and I was in awe of Sandra Brown’s plotting!As for the romance, it was delicious and sensual, and I won’t say much more than that! Oh, my!“If I’d had to, I would have wrapped you in bailing wire and carried you off. Because I’d rather see you shy away from me, rather see you cringing with fright and mistrust like you are now, rather see you any other way except dead.”It wasn’t poetry, but it was profound. Her heart expanded with emotion.This is a definite recommend! A copy was provided by Grand Central Publishing through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This review is also posted at The Readers Den.

  • Alp
    2019-01-02 06:52

    This was a mind-blowing read. Everything about this book was amazing, except the part where the heroine, Emory, cheated on her husband. I must admit, I almost put this book down as soon as I knew that she had sex with another man. Of course, as a reader, I knew what was really going on and that her husband was cheating on her, but according to the story, Emory hadn't known that fact! Although she suspected her husband was cheating on her, there was no evidence. It doesn't matter how bad he was, the point is that she still wore her wedding ring so she couldn't use his infidelity as an excuse to sleep with someone else. It was so wrong and unacceptable in my opinion. I can't stand the heroines with twisted morals!There were 3 reasons why I decided to continue reading this book.1. I wanted to know who the hell this stranger was.2. As I felt the chemistry between the FBI Agent Jack Connell and Rebecca Watson, I hoped that something interesting/sizzling would happen between them.3. I wanted to find out who the real bad guy was.And I'm glad I didn't give up on this book. Things got more intense, and before I knew it, I found myself completely drawn into the remaining story and couldn’t put it down.Aside from that cheating part, I can tell that Mean Streak was a great romantic suspense story. The plot was brilliant, full of potent suspense and mystery. The tension was palpable throughout the book. There were plenty of unforeseeable and shocking twists and turns which I didn't see coming. They left me thoroughly stunned!However much I enjoyed reading this book and wanted it to be my 5-stars read, I have to reduce 2 stars due to Emory's cheating. I'm sorry.3 stars then.

  • Duchess Nicole
    2018-12-28 04:00

    Sandra Brown has truly outdone herself with this book, and that is saying a lot. What a refreshing read, and not because of the subject matter. Because this is what an amazing author can throw at us...look, Mom! There are still authors like this out there!!! Look, EVERYONE!!! THERE ARE STILL AMAZING AUTHORS OUT THERE!!!! WITH ENTIRELY NEW STORIES TO TELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Her characters are unique, her plot is full and fast paced, the sex was hot, yet romantic and tasteful, the suspense was intense...not gruesome, but still gritty enough to keep my blood pumping. Absolutely fantastic book. One of my favorites of the year so far. And a stand alone, at that! Advance copy provided by the publisher for review

  • Susan (the other Susan)
    2018-12-27 07:44

    "Suspension of disbelief" shouldn't feel like your brain is dangling from a bungee cord . I'm so disappointed in this. Absurd plot, cardboard heroine, hero whose bizarre behavior has to be explained with a backstory so convoluted it felt like something Brown put off until she could no longer postpone giving him a motive. ("... so then the reason I allowed you to believe you'd been assaulted and kidnapped by a deranged mass murderer is that I didn't want to upset you. Or something... Shit, that's lame.") And the villain's motive? Don't blink or you'll miss it. This is a rehash of Chill Factor without that story's more interesting, somewhat flawed h/h; it's been disguised with a lot of WTFery but it still reeks of laziness. The Very Very Worst Thing: (view spoiler)[ This couple get the ending that Lethal deserved. Dammit. (hide spoiler)].Pleasant Surprise: Heroine takes the Morning After Pill. Early Sandra Brown (contemporary bodice rippers) used to demonize any female character who didn't want to make a baby, so this was a Great Leap Forward. The Saving Grace: Great sex scenes. (Too bad he wouldn't even give her a fake name to call out that first time. A good rule is no fellatio without an introduction. Ladies must have standards.)Thing That Didn't Suck: New narrator did a good job even though I never stopped missing Victor Slezak's rough-erotic voice. Like Slezak, this guy does female characters by softening his voice instead of raising his pitch, so they don't sound cartoonish... Frankly, though, this heroine would have come across as a Barbie doll no matter what.

  • Suzanne
    2018-12-24 10:52

    Hayes. Emory. These are intriguing and perfect character names to take us on a thrilling romantic ride. I’m new to this genre, but Sandra Brown does this so well! How good is this:Sorry, Doc.For what?Keeping you awake.I haven’t complained.So, you want me to stop?No.Don’t stop this?No. God no. Don’t…don’t stop.You’ll have to be the one who says you’ve had enough.I’m not there yet.Good because I can’t stop.Given my newness to this racy romance thriller thing, I noticed in a flash that it was following the same vein as Lethal, bad but oh so ‘good’ guy taking a lovely woman seemingly against her will as we watch a delicious build up. I wonder if this is a common way to go with this genre. I loved the sexy bits that Emory thought back upon for us to savour like the above quote, short and hot. My reading experience with this one was pure escapism, hey, all of my books probably do this in some way or another, but this one really took me away. I think it’s the wanting to know what is happening in the thriller side of things, but it’s also the wanting more of the bad guy too. Who doesn't love a bad boy?! Read this one, it’s stormy, dark and a little frantic. Wait these seem to be traits of mine... Look out! Loved it.

  • Kasia
    2018-12-22 11:05

    Friends don't let friends read Sandra Brown. It was my first.Never again. Lesson learned.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-07 09:46

    Oh Sandra Brown! Good ol' trusty reliable Sandra Brown. Always a good read! No exceptions for this gripping romantic thriller with its twists and turns and steamy love scenes. I really enjoyed it.While training for a marathon in the freezing conditions of the North American wilderness, Dr Emery Charbonneau loses consciousness and wakes in a cabin with a head injury, being nursed back to health by a rugged and extremely mysterious man. However, mystery man isnt giving even giving her his name, and is refusing to take her back to civilisation. What does he want from her? Was it him that knocked her out? Who is after him? Why is he hiding? And why can't she stop thinking naughty thoughts about him?I really enjoyed the story and the twists and turns. But I have to say it. I HATED mystery man's twist. His reasons for hiding out were just such an anti-climax that I had to deduct a whole star.Otherwise I enjoyed the character development. The romance was entirely unbelievable, but that was the fun of it! There were some steamy scenes, and I absolutely loved the other twists that took me by surprise.The medical information that was in the book was well researched which I appreciated. The nurse in me approved which is always good! It had quite a lot of violence and action scenes which were also well done. If it weren't for that awful twist involving mystery man, I would have rated it higher.The audio version was fantastic, I really enjoyed the narration.Would I recommend Mean Streak?Yes it was a great romantic suspense. A solid 4 stars! Typical reliable Sandra Brown! One day I will read all of her books!Mean Streak was purchased by myself, at my own expense at audible.com

  • [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
    2018-12-28 04:14

    3 starsEmory finds herself unconscious with an unexplained head injury. Now in the hands of a mysterious stranger. Who is he?The story was gripping from the beginning. I liked both MCs but where it failed to reach higher marks is I would have personally preferred more romance than suspense. The suspense side was exhausting and I felt like I needed some answers sooner.There was some good twists and one liners but just missing that little bit extra to convince me of their romance.BR with Fran, Ada and Jeanne

  • Maria Clara
    2019-01-09 07:06

    Bueno, al final le pongo un 3.5... que no da para más...Después de unos días de su lectura, tengo que bajarle la puntuación que le puse en un principio. No voy a cambiar la reseña que hice, porque en términos generales sigo pensando lo mismo, pero algo en la historia no termina de encajarme, y yo necesito que todo encaje....Antes le había dado 4.5. Realmente me ha gustado mucho! Creo que la autora a sabido tejer con maestría unos personajes únicos; creíbles. Sobre todo si hablamos del personaje masculino: su hermetismo está muy bien logrado, y aun así, consigue llegar al lector. En cuanto al suspense que envuelve la novela, muy pero que muy bien logrado, tanto que cuando te relajas, te viene un giro inesperado que te deja parpadeando. Y si no le doy las 5 estrellas, es porque hay un detalle que me tiene dudosa; no sé si soy yo o es que lo leí mal, pero... bueno,...

  • Didi
    2019-01-12 09:57

    4-4.5 STARSThis was my first SB book, and I loved it!Chock full of suspense, twists and turns, red herrings and powerful sexual tension, it was completely satisfying in every way. I loved the various third person pov's and how things were built up slowly allowing you to simmer in an air of mystery and intrigue. This was also very intelligent and well written leaving me eager to get my hands on more of this authors work.I loved Emory. She was a great character devoted to doing the right things. I loved the hero too, but I don't want to mention his name and give away the rush I felt learning it. I do have to admit I suspected the real culprit, but not early on, more like in the middle. I don't know why that is because the clues didn't point in their direction, but there's the red herring for you! And Jeff, what a self-absorbed, pretentious asshole! The cops, knight and Grange, even Connell were all fabulous secondary characters.This was a fantastic book and highly recommended. It wasn't just the amazing suspense and nail-biting tension. The romance was subtle yet played an intrinsic part. The way things ended were brilliant. It would have taken Emory time to move past things so I loved how when the dust settled there was still something for her to look forward to and finally get what she so much desired. It may have taken me a few days to read this with life getting busy and all, but the sign of a great book is no matter how often you may have to put it down, it always manages to enter your thoughts and drive you crazy with need of reading till you pick it back up, loved it!

  • Michelle
    2019-01-15 04:45

    4 StarsOnce again Sandra Brown had me guessing who done it all the way to the end. You think you have it figured out then you get smacked upside the head with the real villain. Emory is a wife and a pediatrician. She also loves to run. She works a lot and her free time is usually spent training for marathons. This doesn't sit well with her husband Jeff. He's mad that she's going off for the weekend to train in the mountains. Jeff isn't worried when Emory doesn't come home the next day. He's still not worried when she doesn't show up the day after. They both were still mad after their fight before she left. When Emory still isn't home on Monday Jeff starts to call around that she's missing. It's already been 3 days and the fog and snow has set in. Jeff is their top suspect. I couldn't stand him! Emory wakes up with a killer headache. She's not sure what happened or where she's at. She's in a cabin with a man. A man that refuses to tell her his name. A man that is huge and scary looking but is nice to her. A man that says he won't hurt her. But Emory is scared and just wants him to take her back to her car. That's not going to happen because the fog and snow is so thick it's impossible for anyone to drive on these roads. Is this man really not going to hurt her or is he the one that hit her in the head while she was running or did she really fall and hit her head on a rock. These are questions you will be asking yourself while reading this page turner. I loved our mystery hero! I loved Emory! This was defiantly a case of insta-love because these two weren't together that long but it felt longer to me so for some reason it didn't bother me. I guess because this was pretty light on the romance and more a mystery thriller to me. Why not a 5 star?Well a few things with the hero and his sister didn't make since to me. It's under a spoiler below. (view spoiler)[Why did he stay hidden? Why did his sister and her daughter have to change their identity and stay hidden? After we are told about him it just didn't add up to me (hide spoiler)]I still loved this one even though I'm scratching my head a little at the spoiler above. I will defiantly be reading more of Sandra Brown:))

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2018-12-22 06:12

    Sandra Brown is one of my favourite romantic suspense writers and whilst her latest book, Mean Streak is a good one, it’s not as good as some of her earlier novels like Breath of Scandal and French Silk, just two of my favourites.One of the things she does well is how she manages to surprise me every time....just when I think I have it all worked out...I know who the villain is....BAM....no, not anything I thought I knew!!!! And once again, she does this in this fast paced story that includes betrayals, murders, hillbillies, romance and a LOAD of twists and turns that you just never saw coming!!!!I liked the heroine, Emory Charbonneau,a successful paediatrician and reluctant heiress. She’s smart, kind, caring and totally focused.....although I questioned her sense in her husband “choice”....Jeff - self-centred, selfish, and a total loser!!!!Anyway, Emory is training for a very important marathon that she’s taking part in and decides to travel to North Carolina mountains - where she disappears during her hike.She wakes up in a remote cabin,being cared by a mysterious and naturally gorgeous and sexy man,"It was a lived-in face with a webbing of creases around his eyes, furrows at the corners of his lips, and a watchful wariness behind his eyes, which were a startling aquamarine. The cool color contrasted to his suntanned, wind-scoured face." who refuses to tell her his name She sank deeper into the mattress. Her concussed brain dragged her toward oblivion. She was just this side of it when she jerked into full awareness.“You never told me your name.”“That’s right,” he said. “And I won’t.” So, I’m wondering, who is this mystery man??? Is he really a bad or good guy??? In the meantime, there’s a FBI agent on the trail of finding someone connected to some really horrible crime which seems connected to the mystery man!!!!Whilst Emory is “incommunicado”, Jeff, her husband is suspected of foul play....and quite rightly so...what a dog....having an affair with his wife’s friend and work colleague!!!!! The story flits between the police investigation into Emory’s disappearance and the cabin where she’s being held by a man who she thinks might be very dangerous!!!! But as time passes she begins to feel attracted to the mystery man holding her “captive”. The sexual attraction is undeniable and soon both are drawn to each other.........". . .drawing her closer and pressing his face into her giving middle, then. . .""He nipped the side of her neck with his teeth, wanting to mark her as his, damn well knowing he had no right to her, no right even to want her. 'Scared?' [he asked] 'No.' 'Then I'm not doing it right.'""Tearing his mouth free of hers, he buried his face in the ell of her shoulder and neck, his breath fast and hot against her skin. 'Yeah, okay, something has changed. When I'm by myself in the night, I'll want you.'"I would have liked a bit more sexual tension between Emory & Mystery man but the few times they were together, worked pretty well.During the time Emory spends in the “boondocks”, we get a look at some hillbillies that are so not nice………………in fact, they are pretty awful!!!! And they live just down the road from mystery man!!!!Unexpected things happening all the time….her husband suspected of trying to kill Emory so he can get her fortune, his so caring and loving lover…remember she’s Emory’s friend……in between police officers trying to work out Emory’s husband’s tricks and the FBI agent, Jack Connell’s, on the search for the mystery man…………………….talk about action taking place every moment!!!!There are some secondary characters that are interesting and likeable…the FBI agent, Jack Connelly, the two detectives working on Emory’s disappearance, Knight & Grange.So, okay, there were some pretty predicable things but still…did I get s surprise in the end. That I never expected. I really enjoyed this book It kept me engaged and in a way, guessing until the very end…really, I thought I got the plot all along…just to be surprised when I least expected.

  • S.M. West
    2018-12-25 10:04

    I absolutely LOVE a fabulous mystery with intrigue, danger, secrets and lies, and of course, sexual tension. Ms. Brown has this all going on in spades in this book!!On top of all that, her characters are fantastic. Loved the two MCs and the secondary characters are just as engaging; rich with personality, complexity and witty dialogue. "She wanted to experience him, every rough surface, every gruff word, his outdoorsy scent, the whiskey taste of his breath, the arrogant jut of his penis.""Most of the marks she had left on him weren't. They were deep inside where wounds were never superficial and scars had significance."This was a fast read, could not put it down and it kept me guessing. I just loved that! And the chemistry between the two MCs was so rewarding ;DD....."He kissed her like he meant it, like this kiss was going to be the last thing he ever did on earth, and he was going to do it right, thoroughly, and leave nothing wanting.""You'll be the ruin of me. But fuck if I can help myself."I love how it's not all figured out until the very last minute...when it's almost too late.

  • Jeanne
    2018-12-19 06:53

    3.5 starsThis book was definitely a page turner, my first Sandra Brown book. I'm not sure I felt that all of the dots were connected in the end, some things didn't make sense to me. (view spoiler)[ His reason for staying hidden didn't make sense, and why would his sister go into hiding? (hide spoiler)]. I really enjoyed it though.BR with Ami, Fran and Ada:)) Thanks for leaving me cool spoilers!

  • Brenna
    2019-01-05 06:54

    I haven’t read a suspense novel in ages and this was the perfect book to get me excited about the genre again. So many twists and turns! I absolutely loved it!I’m going to keep the information about the book fairly brief, because not knowing what to expect is half the fun with this type of read. I didn’t read many reviews before going into this, just looked over ratings and I’m so glad because I had no idea where the story would lead me in the end. Dr. Emory Charbonneau is an esteemed pediatrician, a philanthropist, and is very wealthy. She’s been married for a few years but their relationship is a bit rocky at the moment. When training for an upcoming marathon gives her the opportunity to get away into the treacherous mountains of North Carolina for a couple days, Emory jumps at the chance, ignoring her husbands concern. Emory wakes up in a stranger’s home, with a head injury and no recollection about what happened or how she got there. The man taking care of her is a complete mystery. He’s cryptic and broody and won’t give Emory any information about who he is. His actions and reluctance to answer even the simplest of questions about himself leave Emory wondering what his intentions are and if he saved her or if he’s the one who is putting her in danger. I loved his character and was dying to find out even the smallest bit of information about him!His casual dismissal of her situation astounded her. It frightened her. It also made her mad as hell.…“You never told me your name.”“That’s right,” he said. “And I won’t.”This book had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. After reading the synopsis, I felt fairly certain about where things would end up in the end, but I had no idea. The story has so much more going on than just Emory being secluded with a secretive stranger in harsh conditions. There is some romance there, but it’s secondary to the suspense aspect. With that said, I loved how everything played out. The danger and sexual tension was addicting and even though it was subtle, it was enough to keep the romance lover in me thoroughly satisfied. He kissed her like he meant it, like this kiss was going to be the last thing he ever did on earth, and he was going to do it right, thoroughly, and leave nothing wanting. The story is so layered and many characters come into play that I hadn’t anticipated. It is told in third person and we see what is happening from multiple angles including Emory, her husband, the police investigating her disappearance, and someone from our stranger’s past and even knowing what everyone is thinking at different points, really nothing is as it seems. A few things I guessed, but there were MANY things that I didn’t and I loved that this could surprise me the way it did. I stayed up until 5am to finish this, even knowing I’d be getting up with an infant shortly after and it was definitely worth it! I loved how everything played out, with one exception. (view spoiler)[Don’t read this unless you’ve already read the book. (view spoiler)[I thought it was bizarre how Hayes acts like he’s a fugitive on the run. I understand wanting to stay off the grid and being reclusive after what happened but to go to the lengths he did was weird. Burner phones, multiple residences, backup plans, no names, barely speaking to family… I dunno, just seemed a little much. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] I can over look that one thing because there was SO much going on in the story and it wasn’t focused on just one twist or mystery. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book. This was my first Sandra Brown novel and it was so smart and well written. I can’t wait to try some of her other books because I am completely impressed with this one!4.5 starsARC kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover Reviews❤️
    2019-01-01 07:10

    Review posted at: www.SweptAwayByRomance.com4.5 Suspenseful Stars!When Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a renowned pediatrician, avid marathoner, and philanthropist disappears while training for a marathon in the mountains of North Carolina. The local police fear the worst, however her husband, Jeff, has not reported her missing. He hasn't heard from her in two days, but isn't worried and thinks she's trying to punish him for an argument they had before her disappearance. He proceeds spend the weekend with his lover. There is a ton of mystery and intrigue that surrounds this story, and it would ruin it for potential readers if I delved any further into the plot or revealed my thoughts on Emory's captor. It kept me on edge and to say I was surprised when his identity was exposed is an understatement...I was floored!! As usual with Sandra Brown novels this has plenty of twist, turns, and suspects so you’re really are not sure who to trust. She is a great romantic suspense author and her books never fail to keep me engaged and on the edge of my seat. My only complaint is that it seemed to end rather abruptly, it was conclusive, but something was missing. I don't always need an epilogue, but in this case it was definitely necessary considering the chaotic journey that this read took me on. Had there been an epilogue, this would have been a 5 star read.*A copy of the book was provided by Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Glass
    2018-12-31 11:00

    And of course I had to wait until last 5% to find out who the bad guy is. But it was worth it!

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-23 06:48

    Mean Streak is a standalone novel written by author Sandra Brown. It is the first novel I have ever read by Ms. Brown and it was pretty damn good! I would say Mean Streak falls in the genres of romantic suspense and mystery. I drew several different conclusions while reading this book, and although one of them turned out to be correct, this story is in no way predictable. It has some pretty major twists and turns in it, which kept me fully engaged. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next! This story takes place in the mountainous wilderness of North Carolina, and I loved how Ms. Brown double-dosed the creepy factor when describing the environment and some unsavory locals. If our female lead character: Emory's situation was not dire enough, these elements just added an extra haunting feel. I did have a few complaints that I must say sadly caused a bit of distraction every now and then. Personally, I needed some more character/relationship development before the romance began between these two leads. The few scenes were hot and I really was cheering them on- but the timing was odd and this caused the characters' romance to lack much depth in my opinion. Also, the references to past events (specifically surrounding the unnamed male lead) made me feel very much like I was reading a series out of order...and I very well may have been. Since this is my first Sandra Brown book, I don't know if this is her writing style or if this character has indeed been in one or more of her previous books. Regardless, the synopsis and other goodreads information led me to believe Mean Streak is a standalone novel, so again I felt a bit distracted wondering if I was missing something. Overall though, I really liked this book and I have already selected a few of Sandra Brown's other novels to read in the very near future. If you like romantic suspense, mystery, or if you just like Sandra Brown, then give Mean Streak a try!My favorite quote:"I want my pistol back." She'd forgotten she still had it. Her right hand was clutching it in a cold death grip. "Are you going to shoot somebody?" "Not before breakfast."

  • Aure `Reading With The Dark`
    2019-01-17 06:02

    As always, Sandra Brown does not disappoint in delivering a great suspense!I've read this book several times already. And althoug this one is not my favorite of hers it's still good.If y'all don't know by now, my personal favorite of Sandra's is Envy and I can't help but compare all her other books to that one.Anyway, Happy reading! Peace,A.

  • Pepa
    2019-01-02 09:54

    Reseña completa: https://masromance.blogspot.com.es/20...3.5 Intento explicarme, aunque diré que ayer no pude soltarla hasta terminarlaComplicado comentar esta novela.Iba para más estrellas, pero el final no estuvo a la altura1.- Como thriller, solo decir que toda la novela engancha, y no sabéis a qué nivel. Muy buen ritmo y el protagonista se gana él solo tu atención. el problema es que el final no creo que esté a la altura y, para mí, ha sido algo predecible2.- Como novela romántica no es una buena historia. Es una atracción de esas que se convierten en amor sin casi saber cómo. En resumen, la recomiendo, porque me ha tenido super atrapada y creo que merece mucho la pena. el problema es que al final me ha dejado un sabor de "ya lo sabía" que me fastidia mucho en las novelas de suspense.la pareja tiene mucha química y juega bien con la atracción entre ambos, no defrauda, pero no es una relación elaborada

  • Fran
    2019-01-03 11:12

    3.5 StarsI didn't know how to rate this one initially, but after sleeping on it, I decided on 3 and a half stars. The thing is I was very intrigued, but I didn't find myself emotionally invested in their story. I wasn't totally sold on the romance aspect either. Also, I felt like the reveal dragged a little bit. However, I was completely not expecting what happened in the end, though I probably should have. Thanks for the BR Ami, Jeanne and Ada.