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The Crush [Large Print] [Paperback]

Sandra Brown
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December 2002 Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series
While serving as a juror on a high-profile murder trial, Dr. Rennie Newton, usually cool and reserved, finds herself defending the inalienable rights of the accused-even as his stare unnerves her. Ominously, when she arrives home, five dozen roses are there waiting for her. Now, as she becomes the obsession of Lozada, the accused murderer she helped acquit, Rennie is drawn into a ferocious endgame of vengeance with an embittered cop who wants Lozada-by any means necessary.
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When Dr. Rennie Newton's jury duty on a case involving a contract killer ends in an acquittal for Ricky Lozada, her carefully composed and very private life begins to unravel. First, someone breaks into her house to leave her an anonymous dozen red roses. Then her colleague and one-time rival for the chief of surgery job is murdered in the parking lot of her hospital, which makes her a prime suspect, especially when the police learn that she's killed a man once before. None of that stops Detective Wick Threadgill from falling in love with her; unlike his partner, he's sure that Lozada, not Rennie, is behind Howell's murder. And it soon becomes clear that the killer is so obsessed with Rennie that he'll do anything to have her--including killing again. Brown, master of the romantic mystery, goes into darker territory here, but she handles it with her usual deftness and turns in a well-paced if not particularly heart-stopping thriller with the requisite happy ending for Rennie and Wick. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brown's latest thriller pits the infamous Ricky Lozada, an unscrupulous killer for hire, against Wick Threadgill, a wily, disgruntled detective on leave from the force. Threadgill's former partner, Oren Wesley, lures him back with the news that Lozada-against whom Threadgill has a personal vendetta-has murdered a respected doctor. The author ups the stakes by giving Threadgill and the killer the same love interest: Dr. Rennie Newton, a no-nonsense surgeon who unwittingly attracts Lozada's obsessive attention while serving on a jury that acquits him for murder. Newton's secret past raises doubts about where exactly her loyalties lie, and Brown deftly builds suspense around the romantic aspect of her story. She also scores points for her insight into the sociopath's mind, despite a rather facile explanation of how he went bad. (Not everyone with a handicapped younger sibling who gets all the parents' attention ends up a ruthless killer.) Similarly, the underlying reason for Dr. Newton's startling transformation from a young adult who lived on the wild side to a cold, controlled professional is too pat. Worst of all, Brown's prose seems aimed at an audience of eighth-graders, padded throughout with a slew of adjectives, useless descriptions and catch phrases ("Is that your final answer?"). But once things get rolling, the plot crackles with tension moving toward the final showdown between Lozada and Wick. Brown fans will not be disappointed.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A tired plot, a thoroughly unlikable heroine Nov. 29 2002
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Format:Hardcover
Sandra Brown is a favorite author--I always buy her books as soon as they are released. I wish I had waited on this one. The plot is old and tired (A criminal fixates on a juror at his trial--haven't they made a movie or two with this plot line?), the heroine is unlikable and unbelievable and I am sick to death of maverick cops. Can someone write a book where the hero isn't a tortured loner? Ms. Brown is far more talented than this book. Take a pass, borrow it from a friend or the library if you must, but save your money for her next book. I'm sure it will be better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Page Turner April 20 2003
Format:Hardcover
Although this Brown outing is not up to the calibre of her "Envy," nevertheless, it delivers the goods--as only Brown can.
The plot concerns a very buttoned-up, brilliant surgeon, Dr. Rennie Newton, as unapproachable as she is a genius. Young and beautiful, she saves lives on a daily basis with a cool efficiency in the operating room that belies her inner, carefully controlled compassion. But her nerves are about to be tested to the max. For Rennie was the forewoman on the jury at the trial of the cold and spooky Lozada, a hitman par excellence. And the jury acquitted. Now, Lozada is stalking Rennie in the vile belief that she is his soulmate.
Maverick ex-copy Wick Threadgill (Brown is always so good with names--where does she get them?) has had his own brush with Lozada, more than once. When we meet him, he's lost in Margaritaville--in this case, a seedy apartment on the Gulf in Galveston, Texas. Sexy Wick is one moody, volatile guy. He's lost his only brother to Lozada, and it has thrown him into a tailspin that has forced his temporary suspension from the force.
When Wick is asked by his close friend and fellow cop Oren Wesley to investigate the murder of a surgeon who practiced at Rennie's hospital, the stage is set for a deadly triangle: Bad boy Wick, Rennie, who may or may not have murdered her colleague, and Lozada--who definitely may have had something to do with it.
The sparks fly, the sexual tension strains to the breaking point, and distrust abounds as Wick and Rennie, polar opposites in every way, reluctantly join forces to trap Lozada. And the reader is along for every step of the way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tight suspense April 4 2003
Format:Hardcover
Dr. Rennie Newton unwittingly becomes a suspect for the murder of Howell when FWPD detective Oren Wesley smells a motive of eliminating her competition. Could she be collaborating with psychopath Lozaro? Seems likely when Oren engages best friend Wick Threadgill to investigate and keep tabs on Rennie, discovering her blemished past of committing self-defense murder on one of her father's associate. Even the townspeople says she was a hellfire back then.
Wick however finds himself attracted to Rennie in the midst of protecting her from the stalking Lozaro. Obsession can deadly when Lozaro invades her privacy and Wick becomes the defender of the woman he loves, while settling a personal vendetta with the menacing killer.
Sandra Brown's perennial suspense offering lacks the stylistic prose in her last book Envy but remains fast and engrossing with its frenetic pacing and dramatic turns of a cat-and-mouse game. The romance cripples with much of the pages devoted to suspense and Rennie's unbelievable past. Yet like the unfurling of a soap opera, the pages just fly by with Ms. Brown's tight narration.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tight suspense April 1 2003
Format:Hardcover
Dr. Rennie Newton unwittingly becomes a suspect for the murder of Howell when FWPD detective Oren Wesley smells a motive of eliminating her competition. Could she be collaborating with psychopath Lozaro? Seems likely when Oren engages best friend Wick Threadgill to investigate and keep tabs on Rennie, discovering her blemished past of committing self-defense murder on one of her father's associate. Even the townspeople says she was a hellfire back then.
Wick however finds himself attracted to Rennie in the midst of protecting her from the stalking Lozaro. Obsession can deadly when Lozaro invades her privacy and Wick becomes the defender of the woman he loves, while settling a personal vendetta with the menacing killer.
Sandra Brown's perennial suspense offering lacks the stylistic prose in her last book Envy but remains fast and engrossing with its frenetic pacing and dramatic turns of a cat-and-mouse game. The romance cripples with much of the pages devoted to suspense and Rennie's unbelievable past. Yet like the unfurling of a soap opera, the pages just fly by with Ms. Brown's tight narration.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Long but entertaining March 2 2003
Format:Hardcover
Ricky Roy Lozada is and has always been a killer, yet when Dr. Rennie Newton served as jurywoman on his trial for manslaughter, she felt conscience-bound to press for his acquittal. All through that trial he stared at her and now, only a short time later, Rennie's rival for the job of chief of surgeons at her hospital is silently and brutally murdered in the parking lot, a vase of red roses mysteriously appears in Rennie's locked apartment, and Lozada himself is calling ... and following her. Seems he has a crush on her.
Cop-on-leave Wick Threadgill has had his own run-ins with Lozada over the death of Wick's brother Joe and would like nothing better than a piece of this psychopath. That's the only reason Wick accepts his partner, Oren's, plea to come back to Fort Worth as a favor and help out on this case, surveiling Rennie from afar since Oren can't believe she didn't hire Lozada herself to bump off her competition. It isn't long before Wick too is watching Rennie, then following her, then calling on her. Seems he too has a crush on her. And Lozada won't stand for that.
If THE CRUSH was about a hundred pages shorter (it's 474), and if Lozada was less of your stereotypical monster (who keeps scorpions in his apartment, has been killing playmates since childhood, and stays scrupulously clean), it would be a four star novel. The romance is well done and neatly woven into the suspense of catching Lozada, and the characters are interesting enough to carry the story. Still ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars an easy reading romance!
Easy reading. Likeable characters. This is the second book I have read from this author. I will happily read more!
Published 2 days ago by susankd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book as usual from Sandra Brown
Published 1 month ago by Carol Viau
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The book was great. Will read more of her books
Published 1 month ago by jo c
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crush
This was a very good book, excellent story, kept you interested all the the way through the book. Found it just a bit long. Its great for any adult to read.
Published 3 months ago by gladys brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great mystery.
I love all of Sandra Brown's books. She keeps me in suspense, they are great summer reads! Of course they are equally good any time of year.
Published 4 months ago by Yvonne Cantin
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Liked the story and the ending. Please don't ask for this after every book. Will prefer to purchase regular paperbacks instead. Most annoying
Published 9 months ago by Stuart MacLeod
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
I am not a big fan of Sandra Brown but like variety in my reads. It was just okay. Read if bored!
Published 10 months ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense All the Way
Sandra Brown keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire read. You never know where Lozanda will pop up. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LindaLou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This read grabs you from page one. I read it in three days. It was hard to put down. Enjoy.
Published 11 months ago by Susan MacIsaac-MacDougall
4.0 out of 5 stars I will read this book again!!
The story was interesting. The characters in the book seemed real, It would make a great movie, Hope she writes a sequel.
Published 12 months ago by Len gibson
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