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Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could beLength: 12 hrs and 21 mins Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career--one in which he has a vested interest.Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI's Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson's ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. But when Amelia's nanny turns up dead, the case takes a stunning new turn, with Dawson himself becoming a suspect. Haunted by his own demons, Dawson takes up the chase for the notorious outlaws. . .and the secret, startling truth about himself....

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ISBN : 9781478979944
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Number of Pages : 12 Pages
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Deadline Reviews

  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆
    2018-11-17 02:32

    3.5 STARSI don’t know why but I didn’t love this one. I enjoyed the first part but the second part was too much – too many events, too many secrets, too many twists, too much everything. And the heroine irritated me for some reason. Not that she was weak or stupid. On the contrary. I just couldn’t connect with her.I even skimmed the sex scenes. Yeah, about that. I read a lot of reviews here and on Amazon complaining about too many sex scenes in this book. Seriously? Did we read the same book? I hope these people never visit my bookshelves section here on GR. They may faint or get sick.

  • Jill
    2018-10-24 04:23

    4.5 starsDawson Scott is back home after spending nine months in Afghanistan covering the war. A respected journalist his experiences in the warzone have left him wrung out and suffering from PTSD. When his friend and godfather, Gary Headly a soon-to-be-retired FBI agent, asks him to cover the trial of a man accused of killing his wife and her lover, former Marine Captain Jeremy Wesson, he reluctantly agrees.In 1976, Headly was a rookie agent involved in a shootout with a group of domestic terrorists. The terrorist leader, Carl Wingert and his lover, Flora Stimel escaped along with their baby. The two terrorists were never caught and for nearly forty years Headly has followed the case. Now a new development comes to light when a match is made between DNA found on a baby blanket from the terrorists' hideout in 1976 and the DNA of Jeremy Wesson.With over seventy titles to her name, Sandra Brown knows how to write. And write well. Unlike some authors who've been writing since the 80s and 90s who seem to have dropped their game, Ms Brown is one of the few who can still come up with the goods. For readers who enjoy thrillers with a bit of romance or those who enjoy romantic suspense with the emphasis on the suspense, Deadline is another very fine read from one of the queens of the genre.With quite a few twists and turns, some red herrings and a romance between Dawson Scott and Amelia Nolan, the ex-wife of Jeremy Wesson, this is an engrossing read. Ms Brown's strengths have always been her excellent characterisations and sharp, realistic dialogue. But Deadline is exceptionally well-plotted, with a delicious twist towards the end. Highly recommended.Steam: 2.5ARC courtesy of Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley

  • Mo
    2018-11-15 01:13

    Dawson Scott is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI's Most Wanted list.I read a few reviews prior to reading this one. But mostly stayed away from them. I saw the big twist coming. No idea how I did. Not exactly the revelation but (view spoiler)[for a lot of the book I knew there had to be something more… more of a connection between Dawson and Carl … I was dying to find out what age he was so I could make the connection. (hide spoiler)]This was one I couldn’t put down. Especially the last 20%, I just had to find out how it would end. Sentimentality could get you killedLoved the secondary characters too. The diary entries for Flora were interesting too. Sex scenes were few and far between but quite hot when they happened. ”I hope you don’t mind chest hair.”“Mind?”She rubbed her face in it. … as his body relaxed and enfolded hers, he sighed her name like a benediction.But when he closed his eyes and tried to focus only on clouds drifting across snowy mountainpeaks and brooks rippling through primeval forests, his mind stayed stubbornly fixed on the woman who had walked out of his life earlier today....["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2018-11-17 02:22

    I know I am handing out 5 stars to this author like it is nothing, but I'm hooked. I love her writing. I love the suspense. I love the longing for the sexy moments. I love the intrigue. Deadline was another winner for me. Sandra Brown writes her stories with such depth, filled with suspense, mysterious characters, twists and turns and that slow burn of a romantic connection that will keep every single one of your emotions tingling.Dawson Scott is a staff writer for NewsFront magazine. His stories are always thorough, thought provoking and they give a voice to people who may not otherwise get one. He is also freaking sexy, a bit broken and pretty damn sweet too.When Harriet, his editor in chief hands him his next story, Dawson is more than annoyed and has no interest in it. With a bit of a push from his godfather Gary, he sets off on another story. It is the story of Willard Strong who is on trial for the murder of former Marine Captain Jeremy Wesson. For Gary his reasons for this push are not that simple. He shares an unsettling past with Jeremy’s biological parents Carl Wingert and Flora Stimel who are leaders of a domestic-terrorist group. Reluctantly Dawson agrees and leaves to cover the story. It is a story that will unleash ominous black clouds over the lives of all involved.The way the suspenseful story unfolds, as a reader you are given just enough to create your curiosity and lead your thoughts one way only to be faced with yet another twist. I thought it was great that we got to read journal entries from Flora too. Even though I didn’t fully understand the importance of these small pieces, my interest was piqued keeping me wondering.Even with background information he has, Dawson was not prepared for Amelia Nolan, Jeremy’s ex-wife. The first day he set his eyes on her in the courtroom, she provoked more than the writer’s curiosity in him. (This would be the slow burn I was referring too. ❤) Amelia is a museum curator and a mom to two beautiful boys. These boys are the center of her life and as a momma bear she will do anything to keep them safe.The setting once again puts you in a sense of comfort yet there is a feeling of vulnerability lurking.At the break in the trial Amelia escapes to her family’s summer home with her with her boys Hunter and Grant. It is her place of solitude. But this time things are different. And one of those differences is Dawson Scott. It isn’t only Dawson that is seeking out a story. The more time Amelia spends with him the more she realizes that he is haunted by something that has happened. Something from his time spent while covering war stories.This story was crazy good. The web that is spun connecting people, events from the past and present, leaves for no stone unturned. The suspense was carefully created, the unpredictability will have you on the edge of your seat and the twists and turns were thrown in perfectly. Even the side characters, Gary, Eva and Glenda all provide for some pretty amazing moments too. I know many of my GR friends love hot sex scenes and lots of them. But I have to say this one had my heart racing with a sensual kiss, implied desire and that slow burn sexual tension between Dawson and Amelia was HOT. When things get shaking between the sheets it was heavenly. ❤“Those sweet pecks tingled and delighted and excited, especially when paired with the pricked of his scruff. His hands moved over her back, their possessiveness tempered by the syllables of longing whispered against her lips.”

  • Ingela
    2018-11-01 21:27

    Written April 13, 20154 Stars - Excellent plot in an enviable beautiful beach-house environment. I felt the murmur of the sea... and from the villains Deadline was yet another solid good suspence audiobook romance... my new favorite genre maybe. Not a boring minute and as my all Sandra Brown fan friends (more or less 5 stars from them all) am I very glad and pleased about this one but maybe not stunned.***********************************************************A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago...Dawson Scott just returned from the war-zone in Afghanistan. He is a highly respected journalist but isn't feeling well and is suffering from some kind of battle fatigue. When Dawson's godfather Gary Headly, an old FBI agent, a short time later ask him to check out an trial that may relate to a horrible story that began many years ago, he can't but approve. It could be a good and important story to add to his career as well. “People reveal as much by their silence as they do by what they say.”Savannah, Georgia U.S.In Savannah is Dawson covering the disappearance and presumed jealousy murder a year ago of former Marine Jeremy Wesson. A man who after new DNA evidence is assumed to be the biological son of the terrorists Carl Wingert and his wife Flora. A dangerous couple which still remain on FBI's Most Wanted list. Dawson's mission is to find out if his godfathers old nemesis Wingert still is alive. Wesson's ex-wife, Amelia Nolan, is a witness in the trial and Dawson can't but feel for her beauty and strong appearance at once. Amelia is spending the summer with her two young sons, Hunter and Grant on an island in her familys old beach house. Dawson rent the house next door and soon begins both tender emotions flow and an intriguing old mystery gets in the end solved.***********************************************************The audiobook, narrater etcI liked this audiobook edition (12:20 hrs) narrated by Stephen Lang. Mr Lang is without doubt good but maybe not great compared to Victor Slezak who read the other two SB audios I recently listened to. (My next audiobook from SB's huge book collection will however be one narrated by Mr Slezak.)***********************************************************Exciting and well done...This story-line offers a delicious thought out plot and it gets nail biting exciting with quite surprising twists (or I'm gullible?), towards the end. I hated, hated, hated that evil nasty old terrorist. There are a lot of ugly villains in suspence and crime fiction but this one was entirely, in his soul and heart, an egotistical [email protected] ~ I'm not sure if it was the author's intention but my heart was hurting so much for poor Flora. Her fate, and strange life, is almost worth its own book. “If I could have you after every nightmare, I’d have ten a night.” Romantic sweet..In the usual SB way was even this story steaming hot, lovely romantic and touching sweet in the end. The main characters, Dawson and Amelia were excellent and truly believable. Add those two little boys which were absolutely adorable. ~ Sigh! Such a awesome perfect future little family. ***********************************************************A good romance story, an exciting crime-plot, well told and a good enough audiobook narrator. ~ Nothing to complain about and well worth some coins. Not SB's best maybe but still recommended. I LIKE - an interesting and well told crime story

  • Duchess Nicole
    2018-11-15 00:34

    What a twisty, turny tale of "what's happening now?". This was a pretty long book...I listened to the audio, so that made it even longer. I was going with four stars, but toward the end, there is a huge twist that I promise you won't see coming. And that twist made me rethink the entirety of the story, changing my perception of it altogether. I LOVE when that happens!! It's a big WOW, and one of those things that makes Sandra Brown such a favorite author of mine. I wasn't a huge fan of her early contemporary romances, but her romantic suspense is usually just flat out kick ass. She excels at characterization, her heroes sometimes riding that anti-hero line on a razor's edge, her heroines somehow innocent and still tough as nails. One thing I thought about while reading this book is how Brown has some fairly defined gender roles, which I love. I'm old fashioned to a point. Yet I don't necessarily see her men as being sexist at all. Just very protective, and very much all about utilizing their man powers as they should be used. Her women tend to be the nurturers, but they still have high power jobs, and they still have a great sense of self. She just writes so good.I've been a fan of Brown's since I rediscovered my love of reading a few years ago. I've devoured nearly all that she's written, and I think this one tops her best. In addition to the writing, the narration for this audiobook was fantastic as well. And it's a STAND ALONE...can't beat that!! Highly recommend.

  • Didi
    2018-10-25 00:26

    What a fantastic book! I love getting surprised and thinking I have something figured out only to learn I know absolutely nothing! The plot was tight and incredibly well written, the characters well rounded and full of depth and the slowly evolving romance was sweet. Having it written in third person with diary entries of one of the secondary characters was genius. As I was reading I'd get a feel for something and then have that knowledge deepened with a diary entry that helped enhance the pov of the bad guys. This is a RS but it truly was SUSPENSEFUL, not just mysterious. The last 20% were on-the-edge-of-your-seat nail biting. And then a huge, HUGE reveal completely had me shaking my head in complete wonder...I NEVER expected that development! This is only the second book by SB I've read but just the beginning for me, it was great and highly recommended.

  • Karla
    2018-11-19 02:25

    4.5 Stars! Sandra Brown manipulates the mind of the reader as well as Carl Wingert, the crazed sociopath, controlled the minds of his followers. Heavy on the suspense/mystery with a sweet romantic thread...just the way I like it in this genre of book. The author's all about the shock value, and at times what was revealed, rocked me to my core. I love when an author makes me hate the villain as much as I despised this one! I wanted to smash Carl Wingert in the face with a hammer for all the hateful things he did, especially to those who loved him...yes loved him...what a nasty piece of work! He was the devil himself and had no regard for human life, just his own! GAAAAAHHH!! Just thinking about him gets me all riled up!Full of twist and turns, this was a thrill ride from beginning to end. It was hard to put down! *A copy of the book was provided by Grand Central Publishing via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2018-11-06 05:28

    4.5 StarsI'm just going to do a mini review, but this story was brilliant! Dawson, a star reporter, returns from Afghanistan battered by war and suffering from PTSD. At the request of his godfather, a retiring FBI agent, Dawson goes to cover a murder trial he has no interest in. This all changes when Amelia, the beautiful ex-wife of the murdered, takes the stand. Dawson is helpless in his desire to get to the bottom of things. His past and the present collide putting all involved in great danger. The romance was a slow, satisfying burn, and that as well as surprising twists keep glued to this riveting story! Another well-plotted mystery from Sandra Brown that has me anxious to work through her entire backlist of titles! This woman is good!This review is also posted at The Readers Den.

  • [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
    2018-11-03 05:24

    3 stars Now that this is my third SB book, I know what to expect. These books lingers on your mind until you find out the full story. I've always felt like romance wise the main characters hook ups are a bit random. However that's not the main reason it didn't get higher ratings, but because I had the twists all sussed out and when it didn't surprise me it turned into another average read.I will recommend if you enjoy:SuspenseTwist and turnsLikeable heroine

  • Anne OK
    2018-10-28 22:15

    Very well written romantic suspense by Sandra Brown. The last two books from her have been winners for me which puts a smile on my face. I've missed the Sandra Brown that introduced me to this favored genre. She kicked up the romance in this one but suspense still remains the center focus. And believe me, the suspense in this one was driven by well-developed characters and a generational crime spree that just kept on giving over and over throughout the years. I was captivated and awed by the entire storyline and how well it flowed and kept the momentum going until the very end. And near the end two masterful surprises that I didn't see coming but I should have -- really I should have, especially one in particular. It was a blast reading "Deadline" and a more perfect title could not have been chosen.Bravo Ms. Brown for another winning addition to my SB Collection.

  • Karen
    2018-11-05 03:23

    5 STARS[image error]”…I can’t have you.”“You just did.”“You know what I mean.”“I know you want me.”“Only with every fucking breath.”“Then why are you doing this?”“Because you had one selfish bastard who damn near ruined your life, I won’t be the second one.”Are you really surprised? I’m not. So far, I believe Sandra Brown has earned a 5’er from each and every book I’ve read. Now, keep in mind, the woman has written a shit load of books, and I’ve only read a hand full. But I will be expanding on that number in earnest! Deadline is another sensational story. Intricately woven and delivered with intense page-turning skill that will keep you guessing until the very end[image error]. Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist from a national news magazine.[image error] He has just returned from a stint in Afghanistan, and has brought back more than just a compelling story. He is suffering from PTSD, and trying to deal with a new editor. He is struggling with his writing, he is suffering in his personal life, and he is not finding a story worth his time.[image error]Gary Headly is a 65 year-old retired FBI agent, and one of Dawson’s closest friends. [image error] So when he calls in a favor, Dawson rarely balks. But this one is personal for Headly. He’s been chasing this case for 40 years, without a bite. And now the missing link has fallen into place. It would be a huge story for Dawson, but he doesn’t know if he has the strength to pull it off.[image error]The case involves one, Jeremy Wesson, a decorated marine, recently returned from the middle east, who has been reported missing and presumed murdered. The DNA evidence obtained in the case has set off alarm bells in the FBI, linking him to a notorious pair of terrorists that have been at large for 40 years. [image error] Finally finding the link he needs to locate his nemesis, Headly pleads with Dawson to look into the story. Dawson reluctantly agrees to go down to Savannah to attend the trial, but has no real intention of pursuing the case, until the last witness is called. [image error]Everything changed when Amelia Nolan walked into the courtroom, and he knew there would be no looking back.“If I could have you after every nightmare, I’d have ten a night.”That is all I want to say about the plot… it will grab your attention right from the beginning. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Sandra Brown’s tortured heroes! She writes the best leading men. Always. I have fallen in love with each and every one I’ve read about so far. [image error]”Because I’ve been a basket case for long enough. I want to prove that I can hear a loud banging noise without ducking for cover. Or get through a night without pills and liquor, without waking up bathed in a cold sweat, a dying scream in my mouth.”And the sexual tension builds at the same rate as the suspense of the story. I would have liked a little bit more from the two as a couple this time, but the build up made their eventual connection so much sweeter… and the epilogue was perfect. “He gave, took, told her with every stroke what he hadn’t been able to convey with words, communicated what he’d felt from the moment he saw her enter the courtroom, and knew, in that instant, that he’d been blessed and doomed in the same heartbeat.”[image error]I just cannot say enough about Sandra Brown. These books are so well written, and so numerous, it boggles the mind. She would definitely be on my list of people I’d like to meet. [image error]An easy 5 stars!

  • Oana
    2018-10-23 23:13

    I know I’ve said the same thing about The Alibi just a couple of weeks ago, but now I must take back my words: THIS is the best romantic-suspense I have ever read.Dawson Scott, an investigative reporter who just returned from Afghanistan and who’s struggling with PTSD, is asked to cover the trial of the murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI's Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson's ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. Soon they will embark on a journey filled with murder, secrets, and lies.It’s a breathtaking story, engrossing to the core, with excellent intriguing characters, and en ending impossible to foresee.As a huge fan of Mrs. Brown nineties romances, at first I was reluctant to give her mystery/thrillers a fair chance, but now I can say they are actually better than her romances. The romantic-suspense genre - Mrs. Brown reins it by far. She makes the throwing of the red herring look like art. She spins your brain, manipulates your views, twists and turns the plot in ways of genius, and mindblows and mindfucks you to the very end. I love it when an author is able to do that to me, drag me a little at the beginning, comfort me with the impression of predictability, spin a little my mind around, and then baaaaam, out of the blue, hit me with a shocking ending, which actually changes my entire view of the story, leaving me open-mouthed in amazement. Yes, Mrs. Brown is a mastermind in leaving me breathless. She is also an expert in characterization, sharp dialogue, poignant one-liners, and realistic and emotional delivery of the romance. Chapeau bas, Mrs. Brown. The romantic-suspense author to rule them all.

  • Wendy
    2018-11-08 00:16

    I have been a fan of Sandra Brown's work for many years and "Deadline" didn't disappoint. Fast-paced suspense with shocking twists and turns.Many years ago there was a shootout between the FBI and a gang of homegrown terrorists. Most of the officers and the gang died but the leader, his woman, and their new born baby were able to escape.Many years later, Dawson Scott, a journalist recently returned from Afghanistan is suffering from PTSD with recurring nightmares. He is convinced by his godfather Headly, an FBI agent involved in the shooting, to cover a trial he thinks is linked to the gang leader who's never been caught. A beautiful young woman, mother of two young boys, enters the courtroom to testify and Dawsons world is never the same.Sandra Brown's characters are unique and the plot is pleasantly unpredictable. The romance builds slowly and realistically while the suspense grabs your attention so that you aren't able to put the book down.A great read!

  • Michael
    2018-10-31 23:19

    A well crafted and steamy novel in the genre of romantic suspense. Normally my eyes just bounce off the scads of Brown’s books that come in my path. But I screen a lot of books with a neighbor couple, and both were enthused over this one, The man shares my interest in the best of action thrillers and hard boiled detective fare (think Lee Child or Michael Connelly), while the woman helps me find family dramas and comic human interest tales (from Evanovitch to The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry). I’m glad I didn’t ignore their convergence on this most recent Brown. I almost stretched to 4 stars, but that would leave little room to the top for my favored police procedurals. It was a fair diversion in my focus to be just as concerned about the ultimate consummation of the main characters as the resolution of the mysteries that have them running scared. In the story here Scott Dawson is a journalist recovering from a long tour of the war in Afghanistan who takes up coverage of a trial of the presumed murder of a veteran sniper in that war in Savannah, Georgia, at the request of his friend and godfather in the FBI. The soldier, Jeremy Wesson, had been acting out a case of PTSD--drinking, abusing his family, and getting in the middle of a love triangle with another couple, with the result that the other man kills his wife and probably Jeremy. The draw for Scott is that he too suffers from PTSD and the analysis of blood at the scene reveals Wesson to be the son of a domestic terrorist gone missing for decades after a big shootout.Scott begins by monitoring the abused wife of Wesson, Amelia, who is enjoying a stay at an island cottage with her two pre-school boys during a break in the trial. Scott gets caught by Amelia, but instead of backing off he worms his way into their lives due to sparks of attraction. She feels it too, but the relationship takes a long time to grow due to her mistrust of nosy journalists and his inability from is secret past to commit to relationships. When Amelia’s nanny turns up dead one stormy night, the plot kicks up a notch. The pacing is great on the unfolding mystery case and interludes with relationship building, setting the reader up for a surprising ending. I don’t think Brown would ever get one of those awards for worst sex scenes.

  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
    2018-10-21 01:16

    4-4.5 stars!

  • [Aengell]
    2018-11-01 01:33

    4.5 starsDeadline was my first book by Sandra Brown, and I'm so, so glad I tried her out. In fact, I had to read another one of hers right away, but am taking a break for now, as to not spoil my new-found love.Deadline has everything a classical Romantic Suspense story should have. I didn't find any aspect lacking, despite the fact that the romance didn't have the highest priority here. I'm in awe of this authors talent and can confirm it in every regard. The romance is just right, with a slow development, but high ranking emotions all over the place. The relationship between Dawson and Amelia was woven perfectly into the overall story, so that I never felt that anything was missing. Generally speaking SB can convey emotions and analytical masterpieces of characterization like very few out there. Criminal Thrillers, and Romantic Suspense stories especially, tend to forgo a sweet love development and focus on the physical side, which leads to the whole romantic part being kind of cold. Here? Not at all. I felt emotionally satisfied, and this applies not only to Amelia and Dawson as a couple, but also to Dawson's relationship to Amelia's sons. Then there is the suspense, the thriller aspect that starts on page one and lasts until the very end. Although this should be a given in this genre, it really isn't, so it's a great feeling to be cautious and anxious and squirming and nearly peeing in ones pants when the suspense becomes unbearable. And I was introduced to Brown's characteristic twists, which came one after another. Even though this is something to be expected when one is reading a novel by this author - or so I've heard - I'm exited to do so. An overall well plotted, fast-paced and satisfying suspense/thriller with a healthy dose of emotionally balanced romance.

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2018-11-11 23:34

    I have been reading books by this author since the 80's and though Deadline is not one of my top favourites, it still did not disappoint me.A ell-written, good paced, multi-layered plot with amazing twists that deal with domestic terrorism in America, the effects of war and the evil and darkness that lurks underneath the most innocent and placid people and places that one can never imagine.Dawson Scott an investigative reporter, who experienced some horrors whilst covering the war in Afghanistan, has returned home and trying to deal with PTSD, when he's asked by his godfather, a retired FBI agent, to cover the trial in Savannah, of a man accused of killing Jeremy Wesson, the son of a terrorist that has been haunting him for the last three decades. Agent Headly wants the case solved before his retirement so he can move on with his life.Dawson meets Amelia, Jeremy Wesson's ex wife and soon both are on a journey that's filled with murder, betrayal, secrets, and lies that soon have them running out of time in avoiding being killed by people, like Carl Wingert, Jeremy Wesson's father, a total sociopath, who will stop at nothing to avoid the truth coming out. I liked Dawson and Amelia, who felt very real to me, with all their flaws and insecurities and how each brought some good into each other's lives.The subject of PTSD was very well-handled and felt very real to me.And the twist near the end.........WOW....I never saw that coming!!!! What a revelation that just stunned me...in fact left me breathless!!!!Anyone who enjoys a suspense and mystery filled story with a bit of romance (would have loved a bit more between Dawson and Amelia....), then this is a book for you.Oh, lastly.......I so wanted a HEA for Dawson & Amelia at the end....but it kind of ends with....did they get it or not?????? Guess that's another Sandra Brown Twist!!!!!!

  • Umaiya ⚡A Far Off Memory⚡
    2018-11-14 23:30

    I didn't like this one as much as I liked the last. Mean Streak.The mystery, suspense were all well done so I guess the problem lay with the "romantic" part of the romantic suspense.It's something I noticed in both books. The lack of actual romance, the intimacy, the getting to know, falling in love, the little things. I missed these, so essentially it just felt abrupt. One day they didn't know each other and the next day they were a bona fide thing. *shrugs*The MCs irritated me in this one, they weren't exactly consistent in their actions and words. Like our h would be all about the kids and next she'd leave them with acquaintances for a day and over. I get that. Circumstances and all. But I don't know, the situation should have made her more jittery, the kids always on her mind, calling them up very little while.Might just be me but it's how I felt.So I guess it was the little stuff. (Swear I can just hear "Don't sweat the little stuff" echoing in my ear. xD)All in all it was fun. Hope Carl rots in hell.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-04 02:25

    Deadline is a standalone novel written by author Sandra Brown. I have only recently discovered this very seasoned author and have been wanting to read more from her. While researching her different novels, I read some of her online interviews that were posted while she was marketing her 2013 release of Deadline. I decided to read Deadline simply because of where Ms. Brown's inspiration came from. Based on one of the interviews, Ms. Brown participated in a 2011 USO tour to Afghanistan for a meet-and-greet with the troops. Based on her experiences during the tour, she decided to pay tribute to the civilians who also serve in Afghanistan and return home with PTSD. The hero in Deadline is a journalist who has been covering the war for nine months, and after witnessing a particularly horrific event, he returns home with PTSD. His character was well-written, but the book is not just about his personal struggle. It actually has a lot going on! There's some courtroom drama, domestic terrorism, FBI's most wanted, murder mystery, some historical components, and a bit of romance. However, when I say romance, let me be clear that Deadline is a thriller mystery first, and a romantic suspense second. Most of the books I enjoy have the romance element first, so this story setup was a bit different for me. When I realized this book was not my preferred genre, I planned to set it aside as DNF. But remembering how much I enjoyed Ms. Brown's latest book Mean Streak, I decided to stick it out. I didn't love Deadline, but that's only because of my lack of compatibility with the primary genre. However, there is a pretty significant twist at the end that blew my mind!!! ...and I ended up forgetting about all those earlier bits that had me zoning out. So instead of a 2 star rating (which was where I was heading), I raised it to 3.5, rounding up to 4 on goodreads. The twist was that good in my opinion. I am so excited to see what else this author has written. What I have learned about her writing so far is that every book is a new and different experience. If you love a good thriller mystery with a flawed but strong male lead, then consider reading Deadline...and get ready for your mind to be blown! My favorite quote:“People reveal as much by their silence as they do by what they say.”

  • Piper
    2018-11-07 02:17

    High praises for my first Sandra Brown novel and solid assurances that it will not be my last. It was great from beginning to end! This story incorporated moments of tenderness, sadness, revulsion, doubt, pity, humor, passion, loyalty, suspense, and much more. The characters were all believable, and they played their parts well. I loved the hero and heroine and applaud the strength they demonstrated throughout each of their personal struggles as the story unfolded. Many of the secondary characters were delightful as well.“They called to tell me that you’d been shot. I checked my calendar and it was clear. Having nothing else to do, I flew down.”“Just as well flush the Viagra. I can’t move my hands. Foreplay’s out.” She laughed softly. “The paralysis is temporary.”“She lying?” ( he asked a person in the room)“No. You’ll live to screw another day.”I was completely taken by surprise at a point near the end of the book- did not see it coming at all, and while I love an epilogue- which I did get, I would have been happy had the book ended at chapter 29. Sigh!!! Well, maybe not!! ;)I realize I am not giving an actual summary of the story. I’m not very good at doing that. Instead I just convey my feels. :D I wholeheartedly recommend this book to just about anyone. It was that good!!

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2018-10-31 23:18

    Dawson Scott, a well-respected journalist, is persuaded by his godfather and friend, Gary Headley, to go to Savannah Georgia and check out the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Amelia Nolan is the ex-wife of the murdered man and the mother of his two sons. But her ex-husband's body was never found and there is so much more to the story and it began nearly forty years before.I really enjoyed this book. For a while it felt a little predictable but then Ms. Brown threw a few surprises at us. It grabbed me from the beginning and held on tight through the whole book. There was more suspense than romance but I didn't think the romance suffered too much. I would happily recommend this to Romantic Suspense lovers.

  • Brandie
    2018-11-18 00:32

    Finally finished a book after 2 weeks. And it wasn't because this book wasn't good - it's fantastic! Book slump + no reading time makes me an unhappy bookworm, but I'm glad I picked this one up - so good!!

  • Rachel Regina
    2018-10-26 01:18

    Overall rating: 5 stars!Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ Not between the hero and heroine, but the heroine's "late husband" had an affair on her.(hide spoiler)]Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No(hide spoiler)]Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ No(hide spoiler)]intimate pasts: (view spoiler)[ Neither were virgins. Dawson, our hero, mentions this quote to his godfather when he returns home after a 9 month stay in Afghanistan for the magazine he works for: "I'm tired is all. Spend nine months in Afghanistan-trust me, it'll wear you out. Hostile terrain. Temperature extremes. Bug that bite. No booze. No women except for the service members, and hooking up with one of them is tricky. A good way for both partners to get into some seriously deep shit. Hardly makes getting laid worth the hassle." I also know for sure because it's dual POV that he does not sleep with anyone at all in the actual book itself besides the heroine. He even mentions when having inner thoughts about his attraction to her (which is very taboo for many reasons) that any women SHOULD be as good as the next, any warm body SHOULD be as good as the next, etc,. but when he went to a bar and met women who were flirty, he simply wasn't interested. You don't get the scene, just his inner thoughts about it. So, in short, I'm not sure how long it's been for him, but I have to assume awhile. He didn't even have condoms handy. Now, Amelia, our heroine, I am unsure how long it's been for her. I know it's been a year since her husband's "death" and they were separated before that. She doesn't mention if she was with anyone else after that. She might have, but maybe not. Still, I'd say it's been awhile for her too.(hide spoiler)]OW/OM drama: (view spoiler)[ There is a TINY bit of OW drama, but it's not what you think. I would have to give a lot of stories about the plotline to reveal this, but there comes a time, later on in the book, where Amelia is lead to believe that Dawson may have had an encounter of some sort with her nanny. This did not happen. She is seriously young and Dawson only had eyes for Amelia. So it's not really what I would consider OW drama, but I just thought i'd mention it. As far as OM drama - I'd say, there are villains and leave it at that.(hide spoiler)]Push/pull: (view spoiler)[ Initially, it was more Amelia pulling away, but later on it was Dawson trying to pull away, but Amelia doesn't let him. There are no real separations like that. And if you know the story you will understand both sides regarding the push/pull. It was a non-issue for me(hide spoiler)]HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes and we get an epilogue!! Not as in the future as I'd like, but still. I liked that babies are still a possibility for them as well(hide spoiler)]My review:It has been awhile since I have loved a book so much. I seriously could not put this book down. I didn't care that we get multiple POVs, I didn't care that the book was heavy with mystery and suspense, with some budding romance put in. I simply loved it. I have always loved murder mysteries and suspenses since I was a kid, but throw in a little romance and steam, and I am SOLD! Now on a scale of 1-10, I'd say this has about 4-5 steam level. There is definitely some steamy moments and LOTS of sexual tension, just not a lot of sex. But I found myself okay with it because I loved the story and how it was presented.Being someone that has literally read HUNDREDS of books, guessing plot lines is usually pretty easy for me. I have to say there were two twists in this particular book, that I literally didn't see coming! Looking back, I did see a few things that did stand out to me related to these twists, but I just didn't see that is where the information would lead. I would say that's a damn good book if you can do that to me! :D

  • Mei
    2018-10-19 00:33

    Alleluia!!! A book without TSTL main characters!A book with a logical, interesting action and with intelligent, sensible people.I liked it. I liked it very much!The story was engrossing and intriguing, nicely paced and with nice writing without an overtly complicated sentences. It was a joy to read.The love story was perfectly set in the story: not too much and not to few. Just perfect! The hotness factor was also very nice and perfectly timed.I remembered why I like this author! ;)

  • Lyuda
    2018-11-15 21:28

    Very entertaining suspense/thriller with a small dose of romance. This was a good combination as romance didn’t necessary work for me -wasn’t “romantic” enough. But suspense more than compensated for it. Full of twist and turns, this was a thrill ride from beginning to end. When I thought I figured something out, the next turn of events would through my theory out of window. The author did an excellent job in capturing male perspective and the dialogue was tight, fast-paced and realistic. The only problem I had with the thriller is characterization of the leader of “the movement”. To be this kind of leader, to get this kind of loyalty, a person has to be persuadably inspirational and ruthless. Although the story provided more than enough examples of the later, there was nothing about the former. But again, this was a small thing in otherwise very captivating story.*Thank you, Jill for recommendation! *

  • Yomi M.
    2018-11-13 22:31

    Rating Clarification: 4.5 starsWill post my thoughts later.

  • Laylaw
    2018-11-14 04:38

    5 tortured soul stars! No one, and I mean no one, can weave a tale so intrically as Sandra Brown. You become consumed with the story to the point that you are devouring each and every page like you are starving. From the very first page you are sucked into the story. Its 1976 and the FBI, the US Marshals, and local law enforcement has a house pinned down to serve warrants on suspected home grown terrorists who are anti-government when shots ring out...Flash Forward and we have Dawson Scott returning from his press assignment in the war zone... Dawson is a tortured soul and has a struggle that looks to be right on the surface but it is so much deeper..Dawson finds himself tracking down a story that has several twists and turns, it also leads him to Amelia.Amelia's ex-husband has been murdered and she finds the press on her door step in the form of Dawson Scott. She can't help but find herself drawn to him, but she knows he is bad for her, and Dawson knows he can't have her.”…I can’t have you.”“You just did.”“You know what I mean.”“I know you want me.”“Only with every fucking breath.”“Then why are you doing this?”“Because you had one selfish bastard who damn near ruined your life, I won’t be the second one.”The story has little pieces handed to you at each turn and you are slowly trying to piece the puzzles together. I found myself knowing a piece of it earlier than I expected but when all the pieces finally snapped together it was all an amazing finish. The secondary characters have you on edge with their story and how it interweaves with the main characters and you are constantly rabid for the next part of the story. I have read several of Sandra Brown's books now, and this book is probably my absolute favorite (Envy is a very close second). There is just a lot of chemistry between the characters and I felt so much for Dawson, I wanted to heal his wounds and make him feel like he was worthy. Just stunning writing!

  • -y.a
    2018-10-24 01:12

    4.5-starsThe twists ? I think they are the best part in the story. What I appreciate most about these twists is that they efficiently add layers to the character development and escalate the suspense in the plotline. Some are predictable and some are unexpected. The chart of my emotion while reading the novel was like a sine wave.Great characterization of villains: Evil. Tragic. Heinous.The subjects of PTSD and war are portrayed in a realistic way. But I am not convinced of the insta-attraction between H/h. Their romance is sweet, but weakly developed. Overall, it is a great suspense/mystery novel with a bit of romance.

  • NinaReader
    2018-11-10 04:36

    ***Audiobook***Another really good suspense story sprinkled with a bit of romance from SB. Good audio production and narrator.There were some last minutes revelations that made me go "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....what?" Good storyline and nice ending.