Stung by Joss Stirling is a breathtaking romantic thriller from the bestselling author of Finding Sky.
Sixteen-year-old Kate has a talent for disappearing. Framed for murder, and hunted by a violent gang, she's running for her life . . .
Nathan is the young recruit tasked with finding Kate before her enemies track her down. He's determined to stay detached no matter what.
But when Nathan and Kate's paths collide, neither is prepared for the electricity that sparks between them.
As the net tightens, can they trust each other long enough to stay alive? Or will their next kiss be their last?
I really do love a good mystery novel. Joss Stirling has a knack of spinning a tale that you have no idea what is coming next. She writes characters that you will love, though I have to admit things between Nate and Kate were a bit too instant love for me. Still, plenty of realistic action, figuring out the mystery along with the characters and fun dialogues to keep you entertained.
With Stung the dynamic between Kate and Nathan was very interesting. He's tasked with bringing her in, and it seems that he isn't completely over his little crush on her. Kate's first reaction on the other hand is to get as far away from him as she possibly can. The girl definitely doesn't take it easy on him. During this cat and mouse game, Nathan finds out that not all is as clear cut as he would have liked. The threat this time comes from two sides, and it becomes a race to get to Kate first.
The banter in the beginning between the two main characters was one of my favourite parts. Though once they go all lovey-dovey on each other, that dims a lot unfortunately. It does give Nathan the opportunity to show his worth, and he is a great guy you can rely on. I could understand that trust wasn't easy for Kate, and I can not blame her. It was interesting to see how this changed during the story, for her to realise that she's not so alone as she thought she was.
Strung was a great second novel in the Struck series. I liked the fact that we got to know more about the work these young people do, what it exactly entails and the consequences of those missions. Nathan and Kate were good characters. I do favourite Nathan a bit more, because it was clear how much effort he was putting into it and I felt that Kate at times could have cut him more of a break.
I hope this isn't the last book in the series and I'm curious who's story we're going to read next.
Struck - Reading order and purchase links
*All books can be read as a standalone, though the do have characters in common*
She was born in March 1969 in London and grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. She read English at the University of Cambridge.
Golding lives in Oxford and works as a freelance writer. She is married with three children.
In 2007 she was selected by Waterstone's as one of the 25 Authors of the Future.
Golding also publishes under two pen names: Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards.