Retro Review: Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann

Posted April 26, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 17 Comments

Retro Review: Over the Edge by Suzanne BrockmannReviewer: Rowena
Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Troubleshooters #3
Also in this series: All Through the Night
Published by Ballantine Books
Publication Date: September 27th 2005
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 395
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four-half-stars

"Suzanne Brockmann has taken romantic suspense by storm with her action-packed thrillers. Now she has written the most gripping novel of her career-an unforgettable story of an explosive hostage situation in which two people are caught between the call of duty and the lure of destiny."Her passion is flying. As one of the best helicopter pilots in the naval reserves, Lieutenant Teri Howe is strong, dedicated, and highly skilled-until a past mistake surfaces, jeopardizing everything she's worked for. Rock steady Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok has made a career of tackling difficult challenges. So it's no surprise when he comes to Teri's aid, knowing that his personal code of honor-and perhaps his heart-will be at risk. But when a jet carrying an American senator's daughter is hijacked, Stan's unflinching determination and Teri's steadfast courage are put to the ultimate test. The rescue mission will be daring and dangerous. But somewhere between peril and resolution, the line between friends and lovers begins to blur, pushing both their lives "over the edge." . . .

*****As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.

This review was originally posted on May 27, 2009.

This is my May read for Nath’s Re-read Challenge. It’s my absolute favorite book in the Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann. I picked it for this month’s read because it’s been a long time since I’ve done a reread of this one. Too long, in fact.

This book is about Stan Wolchonok, the Senior Chief of the Navy SEALs Team 16 and helicopter pilot, Teri Howe. This is an early Troubleshooters story where there was still that secondary historical military story going on and in this story we get Annabet and Hershel’s story. Though that wasn’t my favorite of the historical military secondary stories, I didn’t think it was that bad. Her whole connection to Stan seemed kind of forced to me but other than that, this book was damn near perfect for me…even after all these many years since I’ve read this story for the first time.

This book showcased everything I love about this Navy Seal team. The comraderie between each of the different men on this team plays out so nicely and I can’t help but love them all. The way that they trust each other and work well with each other never ceases to make my heart go pitter patter in my chest. I just love me some strong, sexy men and there is a great many of them on this team alone.

This is the story where the story of Sam and Alyssa takes off, this is where your emotions where these two are concerned gets trampled on and your heart gets ripped out of your chest but you won’t be able to help cheer these two on. It was so nice to see these two before they get married. To see these two fight their attraction, face their attraction and battle their attraction is my very favorite thing about this entire series. It’s their love that kept me captivated with each and every book in this series.

Suzanne Brockmann does a fantabulous job of writing different storylines in one book and just making it work. Reading about Max and Gina, Sam and Alyssa, Annabet and Hershel didn’t take away from my love of Stan and Teri. I thought Suz did a marvelous job balancing each of these storylines to make a well rounded story and she excelled at keeping me at the edge of my seat. My heart was backed up in my throat and reading this book this time around shouldn’t have been as surprising as it was for me because I read this book already, more than once and yet still I was shocked, I was joyful and I was entertained.

Stan was a fabulous hero and when he got up on that stage and sang his heart out to You Make Me Feel Like a Woman, I laughed because only Stan could get up there and have the balls to sing that frickin’ song. Teri was a great heroine, the way that she bulldozed her way into making Stan accept their attraction and the singleminded way she went after him had me cheering her on throughout this entire story. It was nice to revisit these characters again because we don’t see too much of them in the series now, I miss these guys and I loved this story all the more after finishing it this weekend. It was a good book then and a great book now. I love this frickin book and if you haven’t read this book yet, or even started this series? What are you waiting for? This book is the shit and you should be reading it!

The best quote EVER is in this book, from my lover of all lovers, Sam f*cking Starrett:

He looked up, directly at Stan. “Will you please f*^&*%^ go and f**^&% get me a real f**%^&* World Airlines 747, Senior Chief? Right f**^&%* now?”

sigh You just gotta love Sam.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

four-half-stars


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17 responses to “Retro Review: Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann

  1. C2

    Yup, this is one of the TS books that I re-read – although, I admit I skim over Stan and Teri’s portion mostly and concentrate on Sam and Alyssa. 😀

    I agree about the WWII plot feeling forced. Bleh.

    Has Holly read this one? LOL

  2. This is my very favorite book of all time. I agree with everything you said. Great review!

    No other book can give me such emotional highs and lows. Stan and Terri, Sam and Alyssa, Max and Gina and Mike (remember when he takes Terri on a “date”)

    Sigh………

    She just doesn’t write them like this anymore:(

  3. C2,
    It isn’t very nice of you to bring my name into this. I was just happily over here, avoiding this review, thankyouverymuch!

    And yes, I read it. And no, I didn’t like it. Stupid Sam and Alyssa!

  4. Oh yes, yes and yes!

    I started my s.o. on romance with this series (am I sneaky or what?) and when he finished Over the Edge, he said, “I have a bone to pick with Ms Brockmann–what’s that mess with Sam and..?”

    He was soooo indignant on Alyssa’s behalf it was just wonderful!

  5. [Ignoring Holly]

    Aw, just one of the many reasons I like you Wena – for our mutual love of Sam and the Troubleshooters. This was an awesome book. I loved so many things about it. Great memories. And one of my favorite evah re-reads.

  6. This is my favorite TS book too, for prettu much all the same reasons you mentionned :). Max and Gina were such a fabulous surprise in that book; they were the story I totally didn’t expect and I enjoye dit all the more for that. I’m re-reading the Troubleshooters at the moment because I want to refresh my memories before I read Into the Fire and Dark of Night, but all oft them would be too long so I regretfully skipped Over the Edge and went straight to Into the Night because I *think* that’s when Vinh Murphy’s wife died. Anyway. But reaidng this review really makes me want to toss ITN aside and re-read this one instead :).

  7. Rowena

    C2,

    Sam and Alyssa are the best part of this story but I didn’t feel cheated out of Stan/Terri time so everything was great for me in this one.

    Nikki,

    Awww, yeah I remember Mike. I’m tellin’ ya, this is a great f*!@#ing book!

  8. Ing

    This is my favorite book in her troublshooter series! Loved every moment with Stan and Terri. I think Stan and Terri were the perfect mix and I think she got everything about these two right. I never wanted to slap either of them. LOL! Also this was the start of Max and Gina ARC for me and their storyline had me engross from the start. Absolutely agree with you that this book was a mix of all the best things.

    And I might get booed for this the Sam and Alyssa saga was my least favortie thing. Love Sam but I have never cared much for Alyssa. I always that she was the mean one.

  9. Lori

    Agree, this book rocked. I love that Stan can sing Natural Woman in one moment and make those guys quake in their boots in the next. He went on my list of favorite heroes I did a few years back.

  10. Brockmann is just awesome with how she can suck you into a story. What was amazing to me was Gina’s storyline. Just how she handled Gina’s attack and didn’t shy away from the gritty reality of it. Damn, did I ever, cry like a baby at the end of this book.

  11. Rowena

    AL,

    I hear you, I was so up and down with my emotions concerning Sam and Alyssa’s relationship in this series…it’s the best part of this series for me.

    Stacy,

    Awww, you’re my favorite for the next 20 minutes!

    Lori,

    I know! I loved how he just went up on that stage and rocked out to THAT song. LOVES IT!

    Izzy,

    Each and every single time that I read that quote, you pop into my mind telling me to post that quote on the JGBB, remember that? LOL. Thanks sweetie.

    MaryM,

    Awww you skipped this book? I would have skipped ItN because I’m pretty sure that Murph’s wife dies in Hot Target, Cosmo’s story. Still, good series. Love it!

  12. WildCard’s was my favorite in the series so far. Although, I’m holding out for Izzy…..I just hope he doesn’t seriously end up with the child-bride… 🙂

  13. Luci

    I read the series in order. I just finished Dark of Night last night. Over the Edge is one of my favourites. It was a great book with great characters. Max and Gina are favourites of mine too. I just had to keep on reading the othher books till book 9 to get to their book.

  14. nikkiphilton

    Ha! I had to check to see if the “Nikki” above was mine! That’s exactly how I felt about it. It’s not my favorite book of all time anymore, but It’s still my favorite of the series. I haven’t reread it in several years, so I may have to just go reread the parts I love. And then I might reread The Unsung Hero (or parts of it). I miss the Suzanne Brockmann who wrote these books–I feel like she veered off somehow.

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