An incident tossing two strangers together for an extended period is one of my favorite themes in romantic suspense, and SHIVER constantly carries out this premise with very thrilling scenarios. The strong-willed couple whom Karen Robards has facing these life and death moments find their lives caught up in circumstances that left me breathless with foreboding time and again.
Though her career repossessing vehicles could be dangerous, Samantha Jones believes it is her only choice at the moment to make enough money to take care of her young son, Tyler. Her latest night of tracking down cars goes well until the last one, a BMW, where she is shocked to discover a man in the trunk with severe injuries caused by another person. Before she can begin to think the situation through, she becomes caught up in the nightmare that brought harm to the man.
When Danny Panterro was taken by several members of a ruthless cartel from the safe house where federal marshals were watching over him, he never imagined the individual saving him would be a stranger and especially not a woman. Fortunately for him, Sam is able to help them both survive. But this also makes her and her son wanted by those who will let no one stop them from getting Danny. To keep her from falling into the hands of these men, he makes her work with him whether she wants to or not. Sam definitely does not have much faith in the man who surprisingly seems concerned about her and Tyler, but to make sure her child is protected compels her stay with him and hope it is the right decision.
Karen Robards sets the level of danger on extra high in SHIVER. There are few times when I felt those being hunted by cartel members are actually safe, since a threat could arise in an instant without any warning. Ms. Robards surpasses even much of her own work with this story, as the jeopardy that could befall Danny, Sam and even Tyler is exceedingly realistic. Details of what is occurring in their lives are depicted with a clarity rarely visualized, and a few of them had me cringing with their believability. This is one of those stories where I just could not read fast enough, because what will happen next must be quickly discovered, especially throughout the first part of the book. There is one dangerous escapade after another, and any of these predicaments could result in a loss of life. As for how all concludes, nothing is entirely certain until the very last moment, thus keeping me totally engrossed during the entire story. There are a number of characters in the story, both good and bad in nature, and those with merciless intentions are particularly cruel. As for Danny and Sam, they are both likable and their personalities are well developed. Their thoughts are always conveyed with much thoroughness so that the reader can know exactly what is going on in their minds, regardless of what words they speak or how they react. Ms. Robards expertly interweaves the romance and danger in SHIVER, and each event associated with these aspects seems genuine when it takes place. The sexually intimate side of the story is steamy and follows many tension filled scenes where passion practically overwhelms Danny and Sam. There is also plenty of sarcastic wit spoken between these two, and some of it caused me to laugh out loud. SHIVER is chilling realism at its best.
Page Count: 390
Price: $ 25.00
Reviewer: Amelia Richard
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Star Rating: 5 Stars
Author's Website: http://www.karenrobards.com/