New Release Sting is book 4 in the Spark Series by Jennifer Ryder but can be read as a standalone. An undercover cop and a girl on the run is always going to be complicated affair, but will love pull through in the end?
Going undercover has its challenges. When Detective Ryan Clark is sent to the sleepy coastal town of Fremantle to dismantle the country’s most lethal drug syndicate, it’s worth the risk. Even if he becomes a fatality, in the war against drugs.
Ryan finds himself coming back to the same coffee shop. Blondie, the local barista, has him hot under the collar and reaching for his piece. He knows the attraction isn’t just one-sided.
She’s trying to keep her distance.
It only makes him want her more.
Willow Asher left it all behind, but not by choice.
After two long years, she’s finally getting somewhere. Willow has a busy café with her buxom business partner, Gabby, who is the closest thing she has to family.
Although Willow’s past still plagues her thoughts, she’s determined to have her happily-ever-after. As soon as her demons stop haunting her.
What she doesn’t need is the complication of Mr Sexy-Brown-Eyes, who seems to be drinking more and more coffee.
She doesn’t want the questions.
She’s still trying to get her story straight.
Is there anything hotter than a protective alpha male whose also happens to be an undercover cop? Well…if he wasn’t undercover he’d wear a uniform…but still Ryan Clark… he is hold-the-phone-panty-melting-HOT!
I (unfortunately) haven’t read the first 3 books in this series before receiving my ARC so I read Sting purely as a standalone. It was also the first book I’d read from Jennifer Ryder and it definitely won’t be the last! I fully intend to go back and read the first few books in the series now.
Ryan Clark is an undercover cop, working to infiltrate and bring down the major drug circuits. Moving up the ranks he’s thrilled to be involved in such a big case after his last one didn’t go as planned when he got involved with a woman whilst undercover. Determined to not mess up this time he vows to focus purely on the job when he moves across the country to a small coastal town to become Ryan Palmer, the new apprentice boat mechanic.
Like any other self-respecting person he can’t start his day properly without his hit of caffeine. Walking into the best looking café he can find he wasn’t prepared for the blonde beauty behind the counter. First day on the job and he’s already lusting after a woman – something he promised he wouldn’t do this time.
Getting involved with a woman when your whole life in her eyes is a lie is never going to be easy.
Willow Asher has worked hard to create a good life for herself. After a troubled past she’s moved across the country to escape…but not by choice.
Having left her family behind all that time ago and starting again with nothing she’s finally made something for herself and beginning to truly feel happy – but not safe. Constantly on edge and unable to trust, she doesn’t let many people in, apart from her fabulous bestie Gabby and the little girl who will melt your heart called Sienna.
When Mr Sexy Brown-Eyes (aka Ryan) walks into the café she isn’t prepared for the instant attraction she feels. Scared and ruled by the past life that she’s kept a secret, she pushes him away. But Ryan is persistent, charming and has a way with words with a smile to match that would melt the panties off of any red-blooded woman.
But having spent so long hiding who she is and keeping everyone at arms length will Willow ever be able to let someone like Ryan, a man who obviously has secrets of his own, in?
With both of them living a lie but unable to deny the attraction between them, will Ryan and Willow be able to put aside the identities they’ve adopted to save each other and accept the love between them?
I loved each and every character in Sting but for very different reasons. Willow carries so much pain and vulnerability from the life she left behind and yet she has so much strength and determination to overcome her fears and live the life she’s always dreamed about. Ryan is this protective alpha male who exudes so much masculinity but behind it all he wants to settle down and love a woman the way she deserves to be. The way he sets out to prove to Willow that not all men are untrustworthy is just so romantic – I mean the garden? That definitely made my heart squeeze!! As for the secondary characters – Gabby? Gosh I bloody love her!!! Sienna is just too cute and Mick (Ryan’s partner on the case) is pretty damn funny too!
A swoon-worthy alpha male and a heartbroken leading lady determined to find her happiness again Sting is a story of second chances that will teach you undercover cop romances are certainly something to get hot under the collar about. This may be my first Jennifer Ryder book but it won’t be my last!
PS. tissues, chocolate and new panties are advised during the reading of this novel.
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A sexy imagination, a life-long love of books and a sucker for romance, Jennifer Ryder couldn’t stifle her creativity any longer. Writing steamy adult romance has become her new focus. Living on a rural property in New South Wales, Australia, she enjoys the best of city and country.
Her loving husband is ever willing to provide inspiration, and her two young cherubs, and sheep that don’t see fences as barriers, keep life more than interesting.
Jennifer placed third in the International Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2013.