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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, Military
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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Book Binge Turns 10

Posted April 25, 2017 by Rowena in Giveaways, Miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Ten years ago, Irreplaceable by Beyonce was the #1 song on the charts and the iPhone was the gadget of the year. As great as those things were, the very best thing to happen that year was the birth of Book Binge. 🙂

Holly and I were part of another group blog, but wanted to branch out and start fresh. We wanted our own place in the romance book community where we could talk about the books we were loving, the books we were hating and pretty much wanted to do whatever we felt like doing. So we started Book Binge. Not too long after that, Casee joined our team and we’ve been handling business ever since.

When we first started the blog, I had no idea that it would grow into what it is today. I’m proud of the hard work that we’ve put in because I think we’ve cemented our place in the romance community and we love being a part of one of the most welcoming and just all around awesome communities on the internet.

Book Binge started on April 25, 2007 and so far, we’ve racked up the following stats:

Posts published: 10,029
Reviews posted: 6,221
Discussions posted: 390

We’ve met some amazing people on this blog journey. Some bloggers that are long gone, but quite a few that are still around.

Some of the Cal Bloggers with authors L.B. Gregg, Julie James and Thea Harrison, RT Romance Lovers Convention, 2011
Back (from left to right): Wendy the Super Librarian, Rosie of Rosie’s Place, Author L.B. Gregg, Author Julie James, Author Thea Harrison Front: Renee of Renee’s Book Addiction, Holly of Book Binge, Tracy of Book Binge, Rowena of Book Binge
The Original So Cal Bloggers (plus Ames)
The Original So Cal Bloggers From left to right: Lori, Ames, Wendy the Super Librarian, Rosie, Rowena, Tracy, Holly and Nikki

We have loads of memories with people that we’ve met and friendships that we have come to adore through this blog, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all of them. We have so much love for all of the people that have helped us make the blog what it is today. Authors, Publicists, Readers. All of you. Thank you for supporting us and sharing our love of reading.

Current Giveaways

So this year, we’re celebrating ten years of book goodness by hosting weekly and monthly giveaways. You’ll want to enter these giveaways for some awesome stuff.

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

April 2017, Week 3 Giveaway

April 2017, Week 4 Giveaway

It’s been an awesome journey for sure and we can’t wait to see what the next ten years brings. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY TO US!

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Book Binge Turns 10: April 2017 Week 4 Giveaway

Posted April 22, 2017 by Holly in Giveaways | 16 Comments

It all started for us in April of 2007. 10 years ago this month! To celebrate, instead of giving one prize away for the month, we’re giving away one each week!

Autographed copy of Back to You by Lauren Dane,
His Wicked Wish and Bella and the Beast by Olivia Drake,
The Hero and The Protector by Donna Grant,
Tiger Magic and an autographed copy of Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley,
Autographed copy of Midnight’s Kiss by Thea Harrison,
Autographed copy of Forged in Fire by Jessica Scott,
Dirty for Me by Jackie Ashenden,
Still Life with Shifter by Sharon Shinn,
Swag and “Book Lovers Never Go To Bed Alone” Forever Romance tote
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Retro Post: Should an author push their personal beliefs in their books?

Posted April 19, 2017 by Casee in Discussions | 22 Comments

Today I’m bringing you a post from 2009. Suzanne Brockmann was a big voice in romance back then. She was a big voice for gay rights. She definitely brought her voice into her books.

This was originally posted on August 25, 2009.


If you read between the lines as you’re reading, you can see that some books do reflect the author’s personal belief(s) (i.e., Political, Spiritual, etc.). I think that’s natural. I’m not an author, but I would assume that writing is very personal. So I don’t think it’s wrong if it doesn’t really impact the reader. However, after reading Hot Pursuit, I have to put my reader foot down and say enough is enough. Not that she’s going to listen to moi.

I’ve met Suzanne Brockmann several times. I’ve listened to her speak. I lurrrrve her. I’ve read her Team 16 series from the beginning. I waited forevah for Sam & Alyssa’s book to come out. I was disappointed with it, but it didn’t stop me from continuing the series. I now get her hardcover’s from the library, but I still read them. Hot Pursuit didn’t make me decide to stop reading the series. It just annoyed the ever living hell out of me.

Suz’s readers should know that one thing she is extremely passionate about is gay rights. Her dedication to her son in Hot Target made me cry. Srsly. I was thrilled when she wrote Jules’ story in All Through the Night. If any of her characters deserved a happy ending, it was Jules. Occasionally her newsletters will inform readers of certain things that pertain to gay rights. To each her/his own, right?

I started noticing it several books back. If you pulled every passage having to do with what rights gay people do/don’t have out of all the books and put it together, that would be a book by itself. The point here isn’t whether or not I agree with her. The point is that all the facts and opinions she inserts really takes away from the story. Robin (Jules’ husband) was so glad he was married to Jules because if he wasn’t and Jules was hospitalized, he couldn’t see him because he wasn’t family. They live in Massachusetts because their marriage is recognized there. On and on about what they could/couldn’t do. And if that’s not bad enough, she also brought a new character into Team Sixteen. A gay SEAL. So now she’s going to be tackling the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that the military has. It’s not the character that I protest, it’s the reason she brought the character into the series.

After reading Hot Pursuit, I also have a good idea of her political beliefs. I’m reading a fictional story. If I wanted to read a political book, I would pick one up. So while I did like the book, I was thinking about this all the way through.

What do you think? Should authors push their “agenda” into their books? When is it going too far?

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Book Binge Turns 10: April 2017 Week 3 Giveaway

Posted April 15, 2017 by Holly in Giveaways | 18 Comments

It all started for us in April of 2007. 10 years ago this month! To celebrate, instead of giving one prize away for the month, we’re giving away one each week!

Autographed copy of Angels’ Flight by Nalini Singh,
The Unlikely Lady, The Irresistible Rogue and The legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman,
Wanted by J. Kenner,
Autographed copy of Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell, 
Hot Alphas by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker and Kate Douglas,
High Risk, High Passion and am autographed copy of High Seduction by Vivian Arend,
Hope Ignites by Jack Burton,
Think Harlequin RWA tote and swag

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