Mean Streak by Sandra Brown (Mystery/Romance)

Mean StreakDr. 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. 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.

Stars: 2/5

I normally enjoy Sandra Brown. Is she my favorite author? No. But I do usually find her books entertaining. It took me forever to get into this story. Emory gets found by this guy who won’t tell her anything including his name, but she ends up falling into bed with him and in love with him after only a few days. Falling into love with someone after only a few days in romance novel is not new and while highly unrealistic you go along with it because it’s that type of book. What lost me is not knowing ANYTHING about him; name, occupation, etc. She’s afraid of him at first (that’s the normal reaction) and I get being less afraid of him as he takes care of her without trying anything, but she should still have been wary of him. She figures he’s running from the law and yet none of that matters, I don’t get why. This woman is a doctor, she’s supposed to be highly intelligent, but apparently a good looking brooding guy makes her stupid. I almost didn’t even finish this book I was so annoyed with it. And of course you have the husband whose a self-centered asshole that everyone believes to be guilty of trying to kill his wife. It wasn’t until the last few chapters that I finally got interested in the book and I only enjoyed these last few chapters because that’s when I feel the real mystery portion of the book began and that’s what I was looking for in this book.

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