Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Sting (Spark #4) by Jennifer Ryder - Blog Tour & Review




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.

*** For over 18 years. Contains Adult themes. CAN BE READ AS A STAND-ALONE***
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Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: February 2015.

It's no secret that I was eagerly awaiting Ryan's book, when I was first introduced to Cassie's brother in Spike I was intrigued, sure I know Aiden was the hero but I couldn't help being swept up by the charming police Detective, his innate need to protect and serve had me wrapped around his little finger. When he was came to the surface again in Strike , it only fuelled my hunger for this sexy leading man, his kinky side only further served to intrigue me.

I was excited for this book, eager to know more about his life, and I wasn't disappointed. Willow Asher has been through hell and back, after surviving more pain and hurt than anyone ever should she's finally free to start to live her life again, with the help of Gabby her business partner, Willow has carved out her place in the town she now calls home, as far as she's come from the girl who left everything she knew behind two years ago, she's still not ready to move on and find someone new, to let someone in and to trust a man again. When Ryan Palmer comes walking into to her café wanting a coffee Willow has no idea that her life is about to change.

Detective Ryan Clark is undercover posing as a fisherman in a small coastal township, as Ryan Palmer he is the smooth, charming, new man in town. Waltzing into a busy café for his much needed caffeine hit, he stumbles upon Willow, feeling an instant attraction Ryan is suddenly caught by knowing he should stay away and simultaneously wanting to know more about the beguiling blonde haired beauty.

Where the previous books in the Spark series have been fast and action packed, Sting is set at a slower pace, Willow has been burnt in the past and forced to move away from everything she knew and loved, starting over as someone new, and Ryan lives his life pretending to be someone else, these two characters have so much to hide, but despite trying desperately at times to stay away from one another, their soul deep connection, and intense attraction proves impossible to halt.

What I loved so much in Sting was the sheer strength and protective nature Ryan shows, his need to prove to Willow that not all men will hurt her is endearing, his ability to give her love in a way that her trauma riddled mind can accept is endearing. All four leading characters have pasts and baggage, in it's most simple description Sting is a story of second chances, of love and of overcoming past hurts to find yourself on the other side. Where Ryan seems like the alpha in this budding relationship, it's Willow's quiet strength, the courage of her convictions and even her vulnerability that had me so enamoured with her. With quirky best friend Gabby, and Ryan's partner Mick, Ryder once again proves that she can seamlessly create an ensemble cast of characters that grab you by the collar and demand your attention. Going from strength to strength, Jennifer Ryder has me in a state of reading readiness, awaiting my next trip into her world.



The curvy redhead behind the counter warmly greets everyone like their old friends, winking and smiling, her iridescent hot pink lipstick unmissable. Her silver nametag bears the name ‘Gabby’.

“Well, it’s a good morning now,” the redhead says, her hazel eyes sizing me up when I move to the front of the line. She smirks, and readies her hand on the register. “What’ll it be, honey?”

“Large flat white, thanks.”

“That’s four dollars, please.”

I pay, and she hands me my change, her hot pink fingernails grazing my outstretched palm. The redhead slides a piece of paper across the counter and a small hand from behind the machine takes it. Apart from the noise you wouldn’t even know someone was there with the cups piled high on top.

A flash of messy blonde hair dashes out from behind the machine. “Is that take,” she says, and her jaw goes slack as her pretty eyes scan from my chest up to my face.

“Huh?” I say, leaning in closer to the counter, taking in an eyeful of her petite body, golden tanned skin against the stark whiteness of her tank top. I don’t miss the growing blush that’s spreading across her freckled cheeks either.

She shakes her head and briefly closes her eyes as she huffs out a breath. “Sorry, take-away?”

“Nah, think I might stay?” I say and nod. Yep. Definitely staying.

“Um, sure. Take a seat,” she says and turns to her colleague. “Gabs, can you give him a number?”

“Oh, honey. I’ll give this one a number alright.”

I chuckle, and take the number on a metal stand that she hands me. Blondie gives me a tickle of a smile and then returns behind the machine.

I lazily wander to the only vacant chair in the corner, and wait impatiently for blondie to deliver my coffee.

I’ve got a fuckin’ good feeling I’m gonna enjoy this assignment.

©Jennifer Ryder 2014

Other books in the Spark Series:

Spark (Spark #1)

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Spike (Spark #2)

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Strike (Spark, #3)

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About the Author

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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