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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.
"Sting" was a little different than the previous books from the Spark Series. In this story, Jennifer Ryder has taken a break from the motocross world and devoted some time to Detective Ryan Clark. There wasn't a motorbike or a motocross rider in sight but I didn't mind that one bit! I was looking forward to getting to know more about this detective. If you've followed this series you may remember Ryan from the second book in the series "Spike". However, it is not essential that you have read any of the previous books in the series as this can be read as a standalone.
When I first met Ryan in "Spike", I wasn't sure if I truly liked him, however now that I've had the opportunity to get to know him, I have to say that I really do like his character. Ryan was not only sexy but he was funny, caring and thoughtful and he was extremely passionate about his job. He was now an undercover cop and in this story, I saw him take on a dangerous assignment in the town of Fremantle. This was also the town where Willow Asher (AKA Blondie) lived and worked.
I've always been a sucker for a damsel in distress. And Blondie was clearly distressed.
Willow was such a sweet and bubbly girl with the funniest little quirks that had me laughing out loud. I warmed to her character immediately. Willow's life wasn't all unicorns and rainbows, though. She was hiding something, something so awful that she had to keep it a secret. I found myself attempting to second guess what Willow was hiding and how the story would go but I got it completely wrong! Whatever had happened to her, I hoped that it wouldn't come between her relationship with Ryan.
Is it selfish that I don't want to walk away?
That I'm toying with the fact that I want something with Ryan, despite the risks?
When Ryan first met Willow, she immediately captured his attention and he became determined to get to know her better. As the story continued, the couple became closer. I loved watching their relationship grow. Willow and Ryan made a super cute couple. They just adored one another and it made me happy to see them together. Life was good for them. However I knew that there would be rough time times ahead. Willow and Ryan both had their own secrets and I worried about what would happen once their secrets were exposed.
How can I tell her how I feel about her when she doesn't know the truth about me?
Because Ryan was an undercover cop, it was impossible for him to share that side of his life with Willow so he was living a lie and everyday that lie got more and more difficult to live with. It was like a ticking time bomb that was about to go off at any moment. I felt so sorry for Ryan as he battled against the endless amount of guilt that he felt towards Willow. He was getting frustrated with the constant lies that he had to tell her when all he really wanted to do was be truthful. I prepared myself for a stormy ride!
"You make me want things I've never dreamed of, and I only want them with you."
I enjoyed reading this story and the characters that it contained. Not just Willow and Ryan, but I also became fond of Gabby and Mick. I found that Gabby was hilarious, the banter that she shared with Willow put a huge smile on my face. I loved the relationship that she had with Willow and also with Mick. Gabby and Mick appeared to make a great couple and I was intrigued to know more about them, both together and individually. I really hope that this wasn't the last time that I heard from the pair because I would love for them to get a book of their own in the future.
"Spike" was another enjoyable addition to the series and I rated it ❤️❤️❤️❤️
New Adult and erotic romance writer, and author of the Spark series.
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.
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