Outfox by Sandra Brown
I can’t remember anymore when I picked up my first Sandra Brown novel, it must have been around the time I found Nora Roberts, but one of the books I remember the most is Slow Heat in Heaven, it was sultry, sexy and blew my mind. Also, Outfox is a great example of a forbidden romance novel.
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FBI agent Drex Easton is relentlessly driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the past thirty years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace, their families left without answers and the authorities without clues. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence . . . except for one signature custom.
Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight.
Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he’s sought–and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity.
This is Drex’s one chance to outfox his cunning nemesis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice . . . or the next victim.
Outfox was a fantastic cat and mouse game.
And like a real cat and mouse game, the many many twists and turns kept me sitting on the edge of my seat. As a matter of fact, the chase which was the main focal point of Outfox was what I loved the most about this book. Because if you boil it down to the basics, it was a story about two very intelligent men trying to outfox each other – and I’ve always loved these kind of premises.
Unsurprisingly the tension was high throughout the entire book. For one thing both male protagonists were incredibly smart and neither was ready to give up. The way they tried to outwit each other was incredibly captivating.
If I had the time, I would have read this book in one sitting. Especially since it was written so well, with a perfectly planned and executed plot. Furthermore the chemistry between Drex and Talia was palpable, and added another layer of complexity. The very sensual atmosphere between them, their sizzling but also forbidden attraction was like catnip for me. I couldn’t get enough.
Altogether it was an intense and captivating read. I really loved the plot. It was unique, thrilling, fast paced, action packed and was supported by a great cast.
This book should be on anyone’s romantic suspense reading list. It’s definitely one of my favorite books by her.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author.
Outfox by Sandra Brown