Tag: 2009 Reread Challenge

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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Review: I’m In No Mood for Love by Rachel Gibson.

Posted April 1, 2009 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins


Hero: Sebastian Vaughan
Heroine: Clare Wingate
Grade: 4.75 out of 5

What is Clare Wingate doing? One minute she’s suffering in a pretty-in-pink gown she’ll never wear again, and the next thing she knows it’s morning . . . and she’s lying next to Sebastian Vaughan, her girlhood crush turned sexy, globe-hopping journalist.

After finding her own fiancé in a compromising position with the washing machine repairman, Clare had the right to go wild. But Clare is in no mood for love—not even for lust—and wants to forget about Sebastian and his six-pack abs ASAP. But he isn’t in the mood to go away, and his kiss is impossible to forget.

I read this book for my April’s read for Nath’s Re-Read Challenge and I’m a day late getting this posted, dangit. Oh well, but I read this last week and wanted to sit on this review for a bit because I really, really enjoyed reading this book this time around but I didn’t want to come off as a total fan girl in my review so I waited.

So now I’m back and I’m ready to start reviewing.

I read this book a couple of years ago and it’s been sitting on my Keeper shelf ever since. When I started picking out the books that I wanted to read for Nath’s challenge (which I think absolutely rocks) I came across this book and thought, DEFINITELY THIS ONE and I’m so glad that I decided to pick this book up again because it’s such a good read. It’s very easy to read and easy to lose oneself in.

Sebastian Vaughan is one hunk of a hero. There is just something about him that totally rocks my socks. He oozes sex appeal for me, that smart green eyed devil and I could not get enough of him. He’s such a man’s man and I frickin’ love him. I loved watching him change into the man that he was at the end of the book and I loved the journey he took us on while he took his time falling in love with Clare.

Clare reminds me a lot of myself. She’s a bit of a push over and she tends to look at the brighter sides of things (okay so I’m not always like this but I try to be) and she’s a complete romantic. I enjoyed her character and I jumped for joy when she finally took that stand against falling in love with another man that won’t love her back. It was good to see her stand up for herself and it made me like her even more.

I’m so glad that I picked this book to re-read for this month’s challenge because it reminded me of why I love Rachel Gibson so much and it’s prepped me for her new release, TRUE LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS. I cannot wait for that book to come out so that I can sink my teeth into it. This book had everything in it, a great storyline, fantastic characters (who wouldn’t love Leo and the rest of the gals?) and a hero that was droolworthy and a heroine who deserved that happy ending. It definitely did not disappoint me and my love of this book stood the test of time because it’s been quite a while since I’ve read this book and I’m glad that I still love it just as much this time around as I did the first time around. It’s still my favorite book in this series.

Soooo good, I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great contemporary novel filled with lots of goodness.

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This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here in print, here in e-format or here in Kindle edition.


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