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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 hi
Published February 28th 2015 by Jennifer Ryder (first published February 27th 2015)
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"Sting" was a little different than the previous books from the Spark Series. In this story, Jennifer Ryder has taken a break from the motocross world and devoted some time to Detective Ryan Clark. There wasn't a motorbike or a motocross rider in sight but I didn't mind that one bit! I was looking forward to getting to know more about this detec
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer had me sucked in with Ryan's character as an undercover police officer. He had me intrigued with previously being featured through the previous books of the series, so I was definitely looking forward to his story.

Well boy didn't Jennifer Ryder deliver, not only was it the best of the series, the suspense, emotion and romance throughout the story had me gripping on the edge of my seat scared as to what would unexpectedly unfold with each page.

Ryan has been given a new placement in whi
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sting by Jennifer Ryder is the fourth book in her Spark series. This story can be read as a stand-alone but I'm definitely going back for the previous books after this read.

Also, it took a little getting used to the Aussie lingo for some things. Originally hailing from the UK it wasn't as hard as it may be for others but it really lends a great cultural taste to the story. A refreshing change to having it be "Americanized".

The romance that slowly builds between Ryan and Willow is angst-filled an
Bex 'n' Books
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer: Bex
Disclosure: This e-book was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review

From the very first chapter, Jennifer Ryder set a pace and established a setting to a book that I was confident I would inhale and love. And love it I did!

'Sting' is a beautiful romance filled with laughter, heartache and a whole heap of dramatic tension and action. Both Ryan and Willow were a pleasure to follow. I actively cheered for them from the start and may have shou
Barb Shuler
Book 4 in the Spark Series has arrived. And… just dayum… This book focuses on Ryan Clark. Yes, that tall, dark drink of water we met in Spike and saw bits and piece of since then. The hot as sin undercover cop who has a hard-on for the ladies and a way about him that makes hearts thud and panties drop. And just.. sweet baby Jesus, he’s sex on legs.. just yeah. In all honesty, if I could give this book higher than a 5 I would. I loved them all, the whole series is awesome but this particular one ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I have been a fan of Jennifer Ryder’s work ever since her first book, “Spark”, came out last year. Her ability to create stories with believable and relatable characters always draw me in, and ever since she introduced us to Detective Ryan Clark in “Spike”, I have been very curious to find out if this very sexy man would end up surprising me. I am happy to say that he has – and in the best possible way.

Being an underco
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
*I was kindly given an ARC by the author for an honest review - thanks Jennifer!*

Is there anything hotter than a protective alpha male whose also happens to be an undercover cop? Well...if he wasn't undercover he'd wear a uniform...but still Ryan Clark... he is hold-the-phone-panty-melting-HOT!

I (unfortunately) haven’t read the first 3 books in this series before receiving my ARC so I read Sting purely as a standalone. It was also the first book I’d read from Jennifer Ryder and it definitely won
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by Give Me Books in exchange for a honest review
Sting is a slight departure from the previous books in the Spark series. There aren’t any hot MX riders this time around or the familiar setting of the MX circuit. It isn’t at a fast pace either as this story is set at a laidback pace for a number of reasons. Instead we have the sexy detective Ryan Clark who has been an important secondary character in the series since Spike . We h
Kristine GPI Bookblog
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 k
Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"
This is the first book I have read by Author Jennifer Ryder and it most certainly will not be my last. I absolutely fell in love with Jennifer’s writing style. She has a way with words that sucks you right into the story as if you are walking along side her characters.

From the moment I started reading I was captivated with this story. I fell in love with both Willow and Ryan. Both leads have complex stories that you just want to know more about.

The supporting character’s Jennifer weaved into t
Kristy & Kayla - My Person's Books
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Another amazing addition to the Spark series by Jennifer Ryder!
Sting is book 4 in the series and can be read as a stand alone.

We couldn't wait to get our hands on Detective Clark’s book and true to Jennifer’s style she didn't disappoint us with this emotionally charged book.

Willow Asher hasn't had an easy life, she has been through more than any person should. With a past that constantly haunts her she finds it hard to trust others. She has started off fresh in a new town, she owns and runs a
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Contemporary Romance Lover 18+
Recommended to Kat by: Follow the Author
*** I was gifted a copy by the Author in exchange for an honest review***

I am eternally grateful to Jennifer Ryder for kindly gifting me a copy after I forgot to tick Review on the Release Blitz - to say that was eagerly awaiting this book is an understatement, we are first introduced to the delicious Ryan in in Spike, and he intrigued me to the point of asking the author if he was getting his own book. we also got to know a little bit more about him in Strike, he is a little bit naughty, but oh
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC for an honest review.

WOW another fantastic book from Jennifer. Each time she writes a new book, she has me at the dedication. Something I think someone can take something from before you even get to the prologue.

This story is so very different from the rest of the series as you don't have any hot MX bikers to wet your panties, you have Detective Ryan Clark to do that for you.

Detective Ryan Clark aka "Brown Eyes" is an undercover agent and has just been given an assignment and is
Elaine Watling
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*********SPOILER ALERT *************

I fell in love with Jennifer Ryder’s Spark Series back in August 2014…. I read the first three within a few days….. and just couldn’t get enough of this series. Ms Ryder’s writing is clear and to the point….. you feel as though you are there with the characters and they are HOT HOT HOT…… this has definitely not changed with this latest book…… which I read within a day and loved every minute of it…..

We met Detective Ryan in Strike and he is one HOT Detective….
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 out of 5 stars

This is the 4th book in a series, but it’s the first one I’ve read. I had never heard of the author before and went into the book blind (didn’t read the synopsis or know anything about what was to happen in the book). I am so glad I did it this way!

Willow and Ryan are both living false lives. Neither is being honest with those around them and neither is really happy with where they are. Willow owns a small cafe that serves coffee and small meals. Ryan is an undercover cop in
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
From page one I was sucked into this book! Jennifer has a way of weaving a story that pulls the reader in, and doesn’t let go until her story is finished. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what Jennifer comes up with next!

Ryan is sent on an undercover job to bust a drug cartel. He’s determined to redeem himself after a previous job where he let himself think this the little head instead of the big one and almost busted the case. Though his head is in the right place this time
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sting is an awesome read that deserves more than a 5 star rating. This is the book that will not only keep you up but will make you late for work. Willow has left everything behind and has restarted her life far away from family and friends. She has kept no ties to her past. Ryan has been sent to Perth undercover to investigate a drug cartel. He finds that not only does he have an addiction to the coffee but to the cute little lady that serves the coffee.

Willow has restarted her life and has bu
ByoBook Club
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Everyone has secrets but what happens when two people hold secrets that can endanger the very thing they love about each other. Beautiful café owner Willow isn’t looking for any type of relationship but when a handsome stranger comes into her business one day it becomes hard to resist the charm of the gentle giant. But willow has a secret and it’s one she has been hiding from for a long time and for that reason she is afraid to let her heart lead her to what can be her forever.

Ryan has an even b
Amy Callahan
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brown eyes and Blondie”… two unlikely people that met in the most unlikely of situations, take an adventure that leads them down a path of redemption, healing and discovery. This book was all of that for me. I learned that pain can be something so strong it is almost impossible to bear. Trust can be crippling and lust can be so powerful it burns you from the inside out. Willow and Ryan felt all of those things and more. They fought for the life they built as individuals and the life they will st ...more
Paula  Phillips
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Sting , Willow Asher hasn't had the easiest of lifes and when danger struck and she was caught in the middle of it , she did the one thing she could - she struck a deal to testify and found herself in the Witness Protection Programme. Now two years later, she has started a good life for herself with friends and her own coffee shop "Willow's" and besides her friends, she always has her Romantic-Comedy DVDs to keep her company especially Sweet Home Alabama, which also happens to be one of my fa ...more
Helena Bookhooked
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read from this author. I shall be picking up the other books in this series as I really enjoyed this book.

This concept of book is totally my thing. I love a book with a romance and secrets and mystery, and hot cop action.

Ryan is an undercover cop, sent to a small town to infiltrate a drug cartel. This is his chance to prove his worth to the department after an unfortunate event in his last op involving a woman.

When Ryan arrives in town he decides to check out t
She Hearts Books
Ryan comes to town for an undercover investigation and meets Willow. Willow has left her previous life behind to save her life. Both fall so hard for each other after trying and failing to resist the attraction they have for each other. They are scorching hot together and have this sweet love growing between them. The only challenge is the life they are leading right now is based on lies. Lies built to protect them, but that also have the power to hurt them and their relationship. I felt for Rya ...more
Marina Skinner
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! Every time I read a book by Jennifer you can't help but laugh and swoon all over! She has an incredible sense of humour in the way she writes, it's like a breath of fresh air! I love it! Her writing style is fantastic! All the characters were great!!

This book is without a doubt brilliant!

Ryan Clark is just swoon worthy! Holy hotness! I just loved him!!
Willow runs a cafe near Ryan's apartment and once he goes there he is rather determined to find out more about her!

What I loved about this
loves 2 read romance
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of this book for review.
This book has action and suspense with some added humor not to mention some smoking hot chemistry. If you are looking for an edge of your seat ride you may want to check this one out.
Ryan is working undercover (he was able to keep his first name on this assignment) to bring down a drug cartel. He is sexy and pretty much a ladies man. He knows he should steer clear of Willow but for some reason he is drawn to her and can't get her out of his head.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Another great book by Jennifer Ryder. Meet Ryan. Let me rephrase that, meet oh so sexy Ryan, a cop on a undercover mission. New in town and in desperate need for a coffee he stumbles upon this coffee shop where he meets Willow whom he's attracted to instantly. Feeling her attraction to him as well, Ryan, with help from Willow's friend Gabby, works his way into Willow's heart more and more. Playing a flirtatious game of cat and mouse Willow finally succumbs to Ryan's attempts and let's go of ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The quiet voice of a strong heroine breaking the walls of a guarded pure hearted women will send shivers down your spine in an unparalleled and rosewater combustion of chemistry in reading Sting by Jennifer Ryder. The uncanny ability time and time again Jennifer Ryder whispers her voice a vogue of greatness when creating characters and it grips me to read to the very end. In Sting we fall for the sting of being zapped into heart of Detective Ryan Clark further more than the sweeping ogling eyes ...more
Renee Entress
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
4.5 star

The story has laughs, betrayal, pain, healing love, and heartbreak.

This is Willow and Ryan’s story. Ryan is working undercover. Willow owns the local coffee shop. The attraction is instant. Willow can’t stand anything to do with lies and drugs. Ryan depends on his lies to keep himself and his partner safe. What happens when part of Willows past intermixes with Ryan’s case? Can she forgive Ryan the lies he told? Can she understand why he had to lie? What happens when all you want is to h
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it so much, how can a relationship work when it has lies built around it, will it topple like a house of cards? I have never read any of Jennifer Ryder's other work and i am so gutted i did not know about this author sooner. She writes with a style that is smooth and wraps you up in the story so tight you do not want to be released. I love how the characters tried to fight the pull of attraction between themselves and when they did stop fighting it it exploded to life on the screen of my k ...more
Emily Gould
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holy Sharks. Ryan is one super sexy, swoon worthy, sweet, undercover cop.
When Ryan moves across country, for his latest undercover assignment, little did he know he'd fall for the sweet, blonde, barista Willow. These two both have secrets they can't tell one another and I was biting my nails most of the book to see if they could make it work.
I've loved all of Jennifer's books and this one is no exception. From Ryan and Willow to Mick and Gabby all the characters were perfect and the story lines
Lauren Firminger
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Speechless. Not in a bad way though. It has taken me two days after reading this to be able to breath and get my thoughts into a somewhat coherent sentence.

Sting is the way a book is supposed to be. It draws you in and captures you and just when you think Ryan Clark will let you go, that hold tightens. With each page it gets more and more intense. I won't lie, there were tears. By the end of it, I was left blinking and staring at my screen and the only words I could muster were "what the fudge d
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Jennifer Ryder is a bestselling romance author with eight novels published to date. She loves to write about boys on dirt bikes, detectives and strong females who aren’t afraid to fight for what they want.

Born and bred in Canberra, now 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 he

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