Shiver by Karen Robards
Publication Date: December 04, 2012
Publisher: Gallery Books
Synopsis (Goodreads): When she swore off love, he was the last man she imagined would steal her heart. If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.
Daniel Panterro was certain he was going to die. Instead, by a stroke of luck, he was beaten to within an inch of his life and left for dead. But if he’s having a bad day, Sam’s day is about to get way worse. Danny knows he hasn’t seen the last of the vicious drug runners who kidnapped him from protective custody. His only recourse is to take his pretty savior hostage and force her to help him. There’s no going back for Sam and her four-yearold son, Tyler. They’re in way too deep.
With ruthless killers stalking their trail, Sam’s only choice is to trust this handsome, menacing stranger. But as she relinquishes control, Sam feels an unmistakable desire. Could she be tempted by Danny, who seems intent on protecting her and Tyler from even his own darkest secrets? And what is the price of falling in love with a man who operates on the edge of danger—her heart, her life . . . or both?
Personal Thoughts: What first attracted me to this book aside from the author (this is an auto-read author for me :)), was the beautiful cover. The way that they covered half her face, the snow in the background and the mystery surrounding it really caught my eye.
Wow can Sam kick butt or what?! I loved how the author made the female protagonist have a mind of her own, especially when the tough got going instead of being a weak minded female who didn’t know anything. For a 23 year old, she is one tough cookie, but through life’s hard lessons she’s learned to manage and raise her child, even in the bad part of town. I liked how the author showcased the difficulties that a single mother goes through in certain circumstances. It made it more realistic.
This book was full of action and from page one I was hooked. One of the great things about this book was the twist and turns that kept happening. I would expect one thing and then something else entirely would happen and that kept me going. 🙂 Danny and Sam had good back stories and their characters were well developed. Little Tyler was just adorable and so brave throughout their order but he pulled through. He’s no ordinary 4 year old. 🙂 I think that some of the secondary characters could have been developed a bit more than they were just to make it more balanced, rather than focused only on Danny, Tyler and Sam, but it didn’t take too much away from the story line.
I haven’t picked up a Karen Robards book in probably a year or more, but this just reminds me what I’ve been missing out on. Great romance, suspense and lots of action!
Rating: 4/5 Stars