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The Crush

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  6,865 ratings  ·  336 reviews
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, Renni ...more
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Published August 18th 2003 by Coronet Books (first published 2002)
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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
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:/
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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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
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
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
Big fan of Sandra Brown here but this book was a huge disappointment. The heroine is a huge fail. She is one of the most annoying heroine's I've ever come across, one who did not deserve either the reader's or the hero's attention (even less his love). The writer tells us that this woman is a trauma surgeon (who worked all over the world), a former wild child turned Mother Teresa, but what we actually see on page is a flat piece of cardboard whose only characteristic is that of a spoiled bitch. ...more
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
Annie Myers
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
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
"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
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
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 "
Carli Anderson
I almost didn't put this book on here because it is not a book that I would normally read. I had a friend recommend it to me, so I thought I'd check it out...and while I will probably never read more of Sandra Brown's work, I did enjoy "The Crush". Her writing honestly just sucked me in. I read this book in all my free time over a couple of days. It's about a female doctor who serves jury duty and the criminal that ends up being acquitted becomes obsessed with her. Then the cop that is investiga ...more

A Texas "bad-girl-turns-good" story of a young woman destined to repulse and get even with her lying-cheating father, grows up to become an renowned surgeon. Sounds implausible but it is all logically justified by the time you turn the last page. Surgeon Rennie has built-up a life-time of courage, fearlessness and independence for a young person her age that she carries tightly with every experience.

The book opens with another successful surgeon being lured to the hospital falsely in the middle
I don't ready much Sandra Brown, but picked this one up in paperback at the library to take on a trip as it the suspense plot sounded immersive enough that I wouldn't be sidetracked by plane annoyances. Turns out that is, in fact, the case. It still doesn't do much toward making me want to read more of Sandra Brown's young adult sexual tension novels couched in mystery guise, but her characters' backstories in this one were pretty good. I can't say much for crazy guy Lozada, who was the vehicle ...more
Marina Mincheva
Невероятна! Най-добрата книга на Сандра Браун, която съм чела до момента, казвам го с чиста съвест. Измести "Последният ден на карнавала" от първото място в моята импровизирана класация. Сюжетът е адски заинтригуващ, има много "twists", държа ме в напрежение до самия край. Най-добрият срещан съспенс досега.
За д-р Рени Нютън и Уик Тредгил няма какво да кажа. Страхотни герои, характери, всичко. Ама и злодея този път си го биваше. Направо параноик, пък с тия скорпиони отделно. Странното е , че има
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars but it was nice quick read and I loved the suspense and figuring out the mystery. I have not read a book like this in awhile and I had never read a Sandra Brown novel.

Rennie is a surgeon who finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation and the object of affection of a murder-for-hire psychopath. Wick is an ex-cop who is called in by his old partner Oren to help in the investigation of the murder which may have been committed by the same psychopath who
Cathy Skendrovich
Wow, I couldn't put this book down. I don't ever read in the middle of the day, but I was with this book.

I loved Wick and Rennie. What a fantastically flawed couple! They were each other's salvation.

The dialogue in this book rang so true, you felt like you were listening to one right in the same room with you. They portrayals of small town people, like Crystal the waitress, was hilarious and right on the money.

This book was a bit raw for me, I'm not gonna lie. The bad guy was a sick-o and Ms. B
Narrator: Tom Wopat
Length: 5 hours 10 mins

This audiobook by Simon & Schuster is supposed to be an Abridged version but I noticed that as I listened, the story was following the unabridged ebook exactly, unlike the abridged audio version of Karen Rose'sYou Can't Hide which is very clearly(and disappointingly abridged!). This audiobook is 5 hours+ - one third shorter than many of SB's usual books, which is why I'm wondering whether the ebook I was fol
I LOVED IT. So addictive, it's not even funny.
Lisa Ward
Nov 19, 2015 Lisa Ward rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I enjoyed this book the story is about a cop (Wick), doctor (Rennie) and contract Killer Lozada. The cops had tried multiply times to arrest Lozada but never had enough charges to do so. Lozada was on trial and Rennie was one of the jurist that found him not guilty. Lozada decides that Rennie found him not guilty because she likes him. That’s when the story pick up from that point he starts stalking her which is when the cops come into the picture and all the twist and turns starts. I enjoyed th ...more
Sandra Brown never fails to deliver an edge of the seat suspense thriller and The Crush is no exception. SB is my go to author for romantic-suspense and she rarely disappoints. Since the baddie, Lozada, is known from the beginning, the plot revolves around the cat and mouse game he is playing with heroine, Dr. Rennie Newton and the hero, on leave cop, Wick Threadgill.

Lozada is a contract killer that, literally, does not leave a trace at any of his crime scenes. Rennie was on a jury and voted to

Dr. Rennie Newton & Wick Threadgill, who used to be a cop. Rennie's coworker (a doctor/friend Lee Howel) was killed and she became a suspect. 6 month earlier, she was a jury that acquited a famous hired killer, Ricky Roy Lozada. Wick was brought back from his beach house by his former partner, Oren Wesley to assist in solving the dead doctor's murder case. Wick started surveillance on Rennie and he also saw her in person. He lied to her about his career. Lozada has weird obsession wi
Yang Shu-yuan
Von außen betrachtet ist Dr. Rennie Newton eine Frau, die jeder für eine unbescholtene Bürgerin halten würde. Schön und erfolgreich, führt die junge Ärztin ein eigentlich vorbildliches Leben -- so vorbildlich jedenfalls, dass sie als Geschworene vor Gericht zugelassen wird. In dem hoch brisanten Fall geht es um die Verurteilung des Auftragsmörders Lozada, der schon viele Leben auf dem Gewissen hat. Und als ausgerechnet Newton für seinen Freispruch sorgt, nimmt ihr Leben eine -- nicht nur für ihr ...more
Who would have thought that doing your civic duty and serving on a jury would put you in danger? Dr. Rennie Newton served on a jury who under her leadership and thoroughness decides to acquit a contract killer, Ricky Lozado. Unfortunately, as a vain man with a very large ego, Lozado has decided that he was aquited because Dr. Newton likes him.

When Dr. Newton's colleague is murdered, she becomes a suspect in his murder. It is then that Dr. Newton's carefully sturctured life begins to unravel. At
This is probably the 10th Sandra brown book I have read this month and you think by now I would be getting sick of them. I'll acknowledge that there are many common or formulated elements in her writing such a a murder, the heroine is usually under suspicion for the murder and the male lead is often an investigator of sorts. However even acknowledging this I still can't help but love them. I think I have already said in previous reviews how Sandra brown is a bit of a guilty pleasure and a pleasu ...more
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