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Review: Into the Storm by Suzanne Brockmann

Posted September 15, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Into the Storm by Suzanne BrockmannReviewer: Rowena
Into the Storm by Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Troubleshooters #10
Also in this series: All Through the Night
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 15th 2006
Genres: Romance, Suspense
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In a remote, frozen corner of New Hampshire, a Navy SEAL team and the elite security experts of Troubleshooters Incorporated are going head-to-head as fierce but friendly rivals in a raid-and-rescue training exercise. Despite the frigid winter temperatures, tension smolders between SEAL Petty Officer Mark Jenkins and former cop turned Troubleshooter Lindsey Fontaine after an impulsive night of passion goes awry. And then suddenly Tracy Shapiro, the Troubleshooters' new receptionist, vanishes while playing the role of hostage during a mock rescue operation.

Teaming up with the FBI to launch a manhunt in the treacherous wilderness, Jenk and Lindsey must put aside their feelings as a record snowstorm approaches, dramatically reducing any hope of finding Tracy alive. The trail is colder than the biting New England climate until a lucky break leads to a horrifying discovery - a brutally murdered young woman wearing the jacket Tracy wore when she disappeared. Suddenly there is a chilling certainty that Tracy has fallen prey to a serial killer - one who knows the backwoods terrain and who doesn't play by the rules of engagement.

In a race against time, a raging blizzard, and a cunning opponent, Jenk and Lindsey are put to the ultimate test. Risking everything, they must finally come together in a desperate attempt to save Tracy - and each other.

Mark Jenkins and Lindsey Fontaine. I remember this book fondly but what’s weird is that I remember mostly that I loved the heck out of Izzy Zanella in this book. Ha! Poor Jenkins.

Anyway, SEAL Team Sixteen and the Troubleshooters Inc. folks are going head to head in a mock training exercise. Competition is fierce and both sides want to win but when their fake hostage Tracy Shapiro goes missing, their friendly competitive training operation gets thrown to the wayside because…shit gets real.

Jenkins and Lindsey are battling wits and feelings after an unexpected night together but Lindsey is adamant about shutting that shit down. She wants nothing to do with a relationship and what should have been a whole lot of sexual tension, was actually bogged down with too much shit that I wanted to beat out of Lindsey.

This wasn’t my favorite book in the Troubleshooters series but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. There’s a whole bunch of Troubleshooters goodness in the form of seeing everyone from the team (old and new) and I really liked seeing what everyone was up to.

As much as I enjoyed this book, I still felt like Jenks was jipped because it was Izzy that stole the story for me. Completely stole Jenk’s thunder. I was much more interested in what he was up to and even though I know who he ends up with, I still low key wanted him to hook up with Tracy.

Lindsey bickered her way through this story and at first, Jenk just kind took it with his tail between his legs and it drove me crazy because I wanted him to be more like Sam and Wildcard and freaking fight her back but I never felt like that was Jenk’s style, which is probably why he’s not one of my favorite Troubleshooters series. Lindsey got on my nerves a lot but in the end, I believed in her feelings for Jenk and I was glad that they got their shit together long enough to own up to their feelings for each other. Jenk came a long way in this book and I liked him a lot better in the end.

My favorite part of this book was seeing everyone again. The older characters meeting up with the new characters and all banding together to fight the bad guys. I want more of this. I miss these guys. Still, solid book for me.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Ballantine. You can purchase it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Dangerous Destiny by Melanie & Suzanne Brockmann

Posted December 16, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

dangerous destiny
Rowena’s review of Dangerous Destiny (Night Sky #.5) by Melanie & Suzanne Brockmann.

See how it all begins…

In this pulse-pounding prequel to the Night Sky series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann, Skylar has her first brush with Destiny. She’s about to meet a boy who will change her life—and a girl who wants to end it.

I know her.
Know her from inside the dreams. Inside those terrible, murderous, bloody dreams. I’ve heard her-screaming, her voice mixing in an awful chorus with all those other girls. Little girls.

Please, God.
That’s what one of the little girls keeps saying, in the dream that is not just a dream. Please, God.
But I know better. There’s no escaping this fate. This is destiny.
I must kill Skylar.

Skylar Reid is the new girl at school. Her mom just moved them to Florida—aka The Land of the Living Dead where the average age of her new neighbors was seventy-five—to start over. Skylar is not a fan of the change or her total lack of friends. Until she meets Calvin, a funny, sarcastic boy who doesn’t let being in a wheelchair stop him from verbally shredding their preppy classmates. Skylar’s just about to decide her new school’s not a total loss when an odd girl wearing an oversized trench coat in the murderous Southern heat declares, “You’re one of us.” And then tries to kill her.

This is the prequel to Night Sky, the new series by Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter, Melanie. Suzanne Brockmann has written one of my favorite series so when I heard she was writing a paranormal YA with her daughter, I was intrigued.

This novella introduces Skylar Reid, the new girl in school. She’s struggling to fit in and make new friends but when she makes friends with the school outcast, Calvin, things are looking up until lives are threatened and Skylar tries to keep things from going to shit.

I thought this short story did a great job of introducing Brockmann’s new series and it was filled with everything that makes a great suspense novel, great. Skylar shows a lot of promise, something that I’m looking forward to reading about in the coming books. I think this is a great new avenue to get some Brockmann goodness and like always, she delivers a compelling story with a cast of characters that aren’t easy to forget. I’m definitely intrigued for more and am looking forward to reading more.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Sourcebooks Fire. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Suzanne Brockmann Co-Wrote a YA book?

Posted August 1, 2014 by Rowena in Promotions | 0 Comments

SuzanneMelanieBrockmannSuz has long been one of my favorite authors of romantic suspense. Her Troubleshooters and Tall, Dark and Dangerous series are old favorites of mine that I like to re-read every once in a while.

I was surprised to find out that Suz co-wrote a Young Adult book with her daughter Melanie.  Now, I love me some Suz Brockmann and some YA books so I’m super excited to read this one.

Here’s the summary:

Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers. After Sasha, the child she babysits, is kidnapped and believed to be murdered, Sky and her best friend Calvin are approached by Dana, a mysterious girl who has super-abilities similar to Sky’s. With the help of Dana and her sidekick Milo, the four teens embark on a quest to discover who killed Sasha, and to bring the killers to justice.

With Dana as Skylar’s surly and life-toughened mentor, Sky attempts to harness her powers to aid them in their quest. Complicating an already complex relationship with the older girl, Sky starts to fall for the dangerously handsome and enigmatic Milo – and begins to suspect that the attraction is mutual. But then Sky realizes that Sasha might still be alive, and the unlikely foursome’s mission becomes one of search and rescue, pitting the heroic teens against a very deadly enemy.

This one sounds like a good one. I’m completely on board with reading this one so I’m sure you’ll see my review of this book on the blog.  The cover is pretty nifty as well, check it out:

NightSky

But that’s not all. Suz and Melanie are releasing a free novella, DANGEROUS DESTINY on August 26th so be on the look out for that. Night Sky releases on October 7, 2014.

Lots of goodness going on in this post. This is what I look like right now:

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Review: Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann

Posted May 20, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Do or DieRowena’s review of Do or Die (Reluctant Heroes #1) by Suzanne Brockmann.

Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his own kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian passes on the mission… for reasons he will not–or cannot–reveal.

But saying no is not an option. Especially not to Phoebe Kruger, Ian’s bespectacled, beautiful, and unexpectedly brash new attorney. Determined to see the abducted children set free, she not only gets Ian on board but insists on riding shotgun on his Mission: Impossible-style operation, whether he likes it or not.

Though Phoebe has a valuable knack for getting out of tight spots, there’s no denying the intensely intimate feelings growing between Ian and Phoebe as the team gears up for combat. But these are feelings they both must fight to control as they face an array of cold-blooded adversaries, including a vindictive mob boss who’s got Ian at the top of his hit list and a wealthy psychopath who loves murder as much as money. As they dodge death squads and play lethal games of deception, Ian and Phoebe will do whatever it takes to save the innocent and vanquish the guilty.

Or die trying.

This is the first book in Suz Brockmann’s new Reluctant Heroes series. This book tells Ian Dunn’s story of true love and while it was good, I can’t say that I connected with anyone in this book as much as I have with pretty much everyone in Brockmann’s other Navy SEAL worlds.

The story is as follows: Ian Dunn is serving time in prison to protect his younger brother Aaron from the homophobic asshole that just so happens to be his partner Sheldon’s father. He had agreements in place to ensure the safety of his brother’s family and everything was going according to plan until the government needs his help to rescue a couple of kids who have been kidnapped by their dangerous foreign national father. Ian wants nothing to do with the mission because he cannot step foot out of prison or the deal he had with the bad people after his brother went away and his family is right back in danger.

Of course, none of that matters to the U.S. Government. They need his help and he’s going to give it to them whether he wants to or not.

Now, he’s out of prison, in danger and rushing to protect his brother from harm. He’s got a lawyer that he doesn’t want but would not kick out of his bed and a shit load of problems that he doesn’t quite know how to fix. When he meets up with his brother after many, many years of being away, his brother is pissed at him and is a total dick about so many things that I wanted to kick him in the nuts.

Phoebe Kruger’s first day at her new firm brings her to Ian Dunn’s doorstep and he is not happy about it. All she wants, is to do her job but it’s hard when your client doesn’t want you to be their lawyer. But she’s gone and done it now, she’s stepped into it and she’s got no other option but to see it through. She’s unofficially a part of Ian’s team and while she’s trying to make the best out of an awkward situation, she’s doing the best she can and it’s hard to do that when parts of Ian’s team doesn’t want her anywhere near their mission.

There’s a lot going on in this book. There’s the crap with Aaron and Sheldon and Sheldon’s piece of shit father. There’s the two kidnapped kids that need to be rescued and then there’s the relationship that Ian wasn’t looking for (and didn’t want) but can’t seem to shake. Lots of stuff to keep the story going and while I did enjoy the action that the story provided, I wasn’t a really big fan of anyone in this new series. Except maybe, Martell. And Yashi. And Deb. Oh and I adored Sheldon. Okay, I liked those four and I did end up liking Ian and Phoebe.

But Aaron and Francine? They got on my hot damn nerves. Aaron acted like a spoiled brat and straight up dickhead toward Ian for far longer than I thought was necessary and Francine? Ugh, I get that she went through some pretty horrific things in her life but I hated that it turned her into such an ugly person toward people that didn’t deserve her bitchiness. Aaron’s saving grace was Sheldon. I liked seeing the softer side of Aaron when he was with Sheldon. I also liked seeing him with the baby. As for Francine? There were some vulnerabilities shown with Martell that I was hoping we’d get more of but we didn’t so she still has a long way to winning my affection.

This book was kind of slow to start but once it picked up, it really picked up and I went on a roller coaster ride. Brockmann excels at writing fast paced stories that really come alive for the reader but what missed its mark with me with this story were the characters. They weren’t very likable at times and I didn’t connect with them as much as I was hoping I would. But even still, I’m curious to read the other books in this series and I’m wondering who’s book we’ll be getting next…and who Francine ends up with? Who would put up with all of the baggage that she brings to the table.

This book wasn’t as enjoyable as her Troubleshooters series but it’s still worth a try.

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book was provided by Random House. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann

Posted March 6, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Breaking the Rules
Rowena’s review of Breaking the Rules (Troubleshooters #16) by Suzanne Brockmann.

Izzy Zanella wasn’t looking for another reason to butt heads with his Navy SEAL teammate, and nemesis, Danny Gillman. But then he met Danny’s beautiful younger sister, Eden. When she needed it most, he offered her a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on – and more. And when she got pregnant with another man’s child, he offered her marriage. But Eden’s devastating miscarriage shattered their life together – and made the intense bad blood between Izzy and Danny even worse.

Now Eden’s back, and she’s on a mission to rescue her teen brother, Ben, from their abusive step-father. Even if she and Izzy can prove that their broken marriage is still in one piece, winning legal custody of Ben is a long shot. But they’re not alone: Danny and his girlfriend, Jenn, offer to help, and he and Izzy agree to bury the past and fight for Ben’s future.

As they plan their strategy, Izzy and Eden grapple with raw passion that still crackles between them – while Danny and Jenn confront new depths in their own rocky relationship. But events take a terrifying turn after Ben befriends a girl fleeing from a child prostitution ring. When the young runaway seeks refuge with Eden and Izzy, her pursuers kidnap Ben – and a deadly standoff begins. Now they must all pull together like never before and strike back, swift and hard, to protect their unconventional little family and everything they hold most precious.

This was my first read from my TBR jar. I can’t believe that I’ve had this book since the day that it came out and never got around to reading it until now. I started it once before and couldn’t get into it so I put it down, thinking that I’d try again in a week or so…I didn’t know that it’d be longer than two years before I picked it back up again.

I was also surprised that I really liked it. Man, I was trippin’ when I couldn’t get into it before because reading this book, took me back to how much I loved the other books in the Troubleshooters series.

So Izzy and Eden have been married for a while now but they don’t have a normal marriage. They got married because Eden was pregnant and Izzy offered support. He offered her his friendship and a shoulder to lean on so Eden took it. When she lost the baby, she didn’t take the news well because she turned Izzy’s world upside down but leaving him behind. Now she’s back in the states, trying to save her younger brother, Ben from their homophobic stepfather. Ben is being abused and Eden will do whatever it takes to get him out from under their stepdad’s thumb.

It’s not long before Eden realizes that she can’t do this alone. She needs help. She needs her brother Danny’s help but when he’s unable to get to her in time, she accepts Izzy’s help.

So much is going on in this book and I ate everything up. From Danny and Jenn’s dysfunctional relationship, to trying to save Ben and Ben’s new friend Neesha, not to mention Izzy and Eden’s reconnection, there was a lot to carry this story and I thought Brockmann handled it really well. She delivered on keeping things interesting and when I closed the book, I wasn’t in any way disappointed with the story.

Brockmann does what I thought was impossible. She made me like Danny Gillman. My opinion of him dropped considerably in the previous couple of books because of the way that he treated the women in his life. And of the shithead way he treated Izzy at every turn. He was Danny the Dick to me. I couldn’t stand his attitude but seeing him brought to his knees in this book went a long way in fixing my feelings for him. At the beginning of the book, all hope was lost of me ever liking him but I should have had more faith in Brockmann because she made him see the error of his ways and I was glad for it. Seeing him fix things with both Jennilyn and Eden made me happy.

I read reviews of this book a long time ago and there were a lot of people who were disappointed with Eden’s character. They didn’t connect with her as much as the other characters because she was cold and unfeeling but I didn’t see her that way at all. I saw a determined woman do whatever she had to do to take care of the people she loved. The lengths that she went through to help Ben and the people that were important to Ben, I dug it. I liked her. She made mistakes in her past and she owned up to them. She tried to fix them, to make amends and I ended up really admiring her. It wasn’t hard to see why Izzy was so in love with her. Seeing him come around with his heart, for her made me love Izzy all the more. And I loved the hell out of Izzy before this book. I was one of the people who wanted Izzy to end up with Maria but I’m not at mad that he ended up with Eden. I’m total Team Eden now.

This book was action packed and it was filled with all of the things that I love about the Troubleshooters series. I’m sad that this is the end of my Troubleshooters reading adventure but I’m looking forward to reading the new series. I just hope it’s as good as this book/series is.

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

This book is available from Ballantine Books.  You can purchase it here or here in e-format.

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