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Notorious contract killer Ricky Lozada is on trial and Dr. Rennie Newton is on his jury. Bringing the same dedication she displays as a surgeon to this job, she delivers a verdict of not guilty-and discovers she has a new admirer. Days after Lozada's release, one of Rennie's professional rivals is brutally murdered. Although Lozada's dark shadow looms over the case, Rennie

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Hardcover, Large Print, 627 pages
Published November 6th 2002 by Thorndike Press (first published 2002)
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Hanna Not the best book by her I think but it is still ok-ish in my opinion. You should read the five star and one star to be honest
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Mo
Feb 03, 2014 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between 3 and 4 stars and as it is SB will up it to 4!!


This one was lacking the usual intensity of a Sandra Brown book. Ok there was one moment where I literally jumped in my seat. But for some reason, the 2 characters did not endear themselves to me as much as some of her other characters did.


Contract killer Ricky Lozada is on trial and Dr. Rennie Newton is on his jury. Bringing the same dedication she displays as a surgeon to this job, she delivers a verdict of not guilty--and discovers she
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Jennifer


The Crush is a standalone romantic suspense/thriller novel written by Sandra Brown. It features an incredibly engaging beginning: most obsessive/stalker thrillers are right up my ally and I loved where this one was going...especially when said stalker gifts our mysterious heroine with a gift she can't return and one that lands her in the spotlight of a murder investigation. Unfortunately, I found the middle-ish parts quite long and dull in my opinion. I wish I had skimmed them to be honest. I co
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Barbara

Dr. Rennie Newton, a skilled surgeon, is the foreman of the jury that acquits psychotic professional assassin Ricky Lozada of murder because of reasonable doubt. Unfortunately for Rennie, Lozada becomes infatuated with the pretty doctor during the trial and convinces himself that she returns his affections. So after his acquital Lozada decides to pursue a relationship with Rennie. He sends her flowers, stalks her, and goes so far as "to do her the favor" of murdering a rival doctor.

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-Ya
Nov 16, 2014 -Ya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sandra-brown
There aren't much tension in The Crush that keeps me in suspense throughout the story. The psychotic killer tries very hard to be creepy, but fails to scare me. The heroine is a drop-dead gorgeous surgeon with an impressive resume. Unfortunately, at certain crucial moments, she loses her common sense and I can't help roll my eyes. Not SB’s best:/
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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Whaaaaaaat? A YA reviewer like me reading and reviewing a romantic suspense novel? Yup. See, I was hiding from my niece in a cupboard of a room after she started throwing rocks and became too much for me to handle. Mom found me and handed me this book. “Give it a try,” she said. “You’ll like it,” she said. WRONG, MAMA LLAMA. Quoting my exact words to her, The Crush made me pop a lady-boner of rage. The last time I read any of her bodice rippers and romanti
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Misti
Mar 01, 2009 Misti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Renee
Apr 19, 2011 Renee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This suspense novel reads more like a Harlequin Romance gone worse (I didn't say "bad" because they are already bad). Laced with only-to-be heard in smaltzy movie one liners, the book is so predictable from the first chapter that you may actually think there is a twist at the end (there isn't). Crush is about a relationship between the broken cop and a troubled trauma surgeon and their banning together to fight an evil killer. It's kind of like a Bugs Bunny episode without the humor and animatio ...more
Marcie
May 01, 2016 Marcie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dumb.
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
I heard some buzz about this Sandra Brown and since my library had it checked in, I grabbed it. Such a good book! I soo love Sandra Brown novels. They are meaty, well told told and I love how the plot is dense. You need a dense plot I think for a novel to really stand out, and Sandra Brown novels certainly do.

This novel is a little different from other others by the author in that there was no plot twist or great reveal. Which is fine by me, the story stood on it's own and didn't need it. It's j
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Tetty Marlinda
#32 for 2017 RC
Genre : Suspense
Robin
Sep 26, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Rennie Newton's life turns upside down after serving as foreman on a jury during a murder trial. Evidence against the defendant, Ricky Lozada, is circumstantial and he is soon found not guilty. As Rennie gets back into her usual routine, she finds Lozada is sending her flowers and calling her at home. When a co-worker is murdered at the hospital, evidence points at Lozada. Wick Threadgill tried to get the goods on Lozada a couple of years ago when his brother was murdered. On leave from the ...more
Mojca
She was the forewoman of the jury who acquitted a dangerous killer due to lack of evidence, now he's returning the favor by developing a twisted crush on her...

This is the first book by Ms. Brown I've read so far and I was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out. These "first reads" are hit and miss and this one was definitely a hit.

Nicely developed plot, well-executed and well-paced, despite a few slow moments here and there. Though the "romance" between Rennie and Wick lacked a few sparks, I
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Annie Myers
Jan 06, 2008 Annie Myers rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book since writing the below... that is to say, I finished *with* this book. It is one of the rare books I really couldn't finish reading...toward the end, I realized I just really didn't care what happened so I moved on.

I'm not quite finished with this book, but so far it reads like just about every cop show I've ever seen on television - only worse. I'm not feeling much sympathy for the main character, Rennie. I like the renegade ex-cop, Wick, and his former partner, Oren, and
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Giovanni
Never did this. But I want to try writing a review (more like rant) bit by bit while I'm reading.

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Luli
Muy floja, inverosímil y a ratos aburrida.
Esperaba más de esta historia.
Me ha resultado inconsistente. Es una de esas historias en las que la autora trata de describir unos personajes que después no cumplen con esa descripción. ¿Para que perder el tiempo diciéndonos lo inteligente que es la protagonista cuando durante todo el libro no hace nada más que tonterías? Si hubiese reaccionado como una persona real, no hubiese habido historia, el malo no hubiese tenido ni una sola oportunidad, pero la a
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Stasha
May 28, 2013 Stasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Crush" was a great story. I've only read a Sandra Brown book once before and I do not recall being disappointed, and for "The Crush" I felt the same.

Set in Texas, the story is about a surgeon, Dr. Rennie Newton, whom having acquitted a well-known murderer, Ricky Roy Lozada,becomes the object of his unwanted affection. As a result, two officers, Oren Wesley and Wick Threadgill, of the Fort Worh PD, are on the hunt for Lozada, who proves to be a slick and smooth criminal. He leaves no traces
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Patricia
Oct 16, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual.....I give my opinion of a book. A synopsis of the story will give you a better explanation of the book.

I give THE CRUSH (my book has a different cover) 4.5 stars. Great story. I like the way Sandra Brown brings you into a story. The further you read, the more you understand what's going on. I know that's how most stories are, but she reveals the characters and their story like peeling away layers of an onion....a sweet onion. I like the two main characters in this book. They are very "
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Louise
Mar 19, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a phenominal read!!

From back cover:

"Notorious contract killer Ricky Lozada is on trial and Dr. Rennie Newton is on his jury. Bringing the same dedication she displays as a surgeon to this job, she delivers a verdict of not guilty-and discovers she has a new admirer. Days after Lozada's release, one of Rennie's professional rivals is brutally murdered. Although Lozada's dark shadow looms over the case, Rennie becomes the prime suspect...while Lozada stalks her and grows more and more obs
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Barbara Elsborg
A study in how quickly things can spiral out of control in a life! There were some bits that didn't ring quite right with me - eg the 20 year thing - don't want to spoil the plot, but it was a fast paced romantic suspense and I particularly liked Wick!
Bettina
Dec 26, 2016 Bettina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Sandra Brown very disappoints. And she delivers again! Good story. I enjoyed it. I recommend it!
Sarah Hammar
Dec 03, 2016 Sarah Hammar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book

I could hardly put it down. Sandra Brown is the best writer in the mystery\thriller category. Enjoyed every book I have of hers.
Eman McAllister
Jan 27, 2017 Eman McAllister rated it it was amazing
Picked it up at my library they were doing blind date with a book got it home and wrapped it read it and really liked it the first time I read Sandra Brown
Sheila
May 04, 2012 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Very intense stalker novel. Parts of it really gave me the creeps.
Stephen Benning
Sep 25, 2016 Stephen Benning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read

I really liked this book. Couldn't put it down

The anticipation of what was gonna happen next was great
I will read more if her books
Yvonne
I LOVED IT. So addictive, it's not even funny.
Elizabeth
May 08, 2008 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NM Hill
Long but worth the read. The ending or close to the ending was a nice surprise. About time they got his "ass" and lay him to rest. Have been enjoying Sandra browns later books.
Marleen
Nov 01, 2008 Marleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Sandra Brown's best. Read in 2003 - I'll need to re-read this one, because now I remember one of the characters is located in Galveston!
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