Being a Troubleshooters fan of long-standing, I enjoyed going back to the beginning of the series. Glimpsing the inner workings of the Troubleshooter's boss, Tom Paoletti was a real treat.
Reading these early works did make me realize that I missed the trips back in time, to other lives of the related characters. I guess Ms Brockman does this later with the other SEALS but I enjoyed the historical context of the second world war.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story. I liked the characters and how things turned out although some of the story was more sad than I'd have preferred. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I'll probably read more of her work in the future.
Kelly is a pediatrician and a nice woman. She was married at one point but it didn't work out and she's now divorced. Kelly is the daughter of a man that gave her little love and she's always wanted a way to connect to him. It doesn't help things that her father is dying and her time is running out. She has a practice in Boston but spends most of her time in her hometown (around an hour away from Boston) to take care of her father as he's dying.
Tom is a Navy SEAL and a good guy. He grew up a bit of a troublemaker but straightened out and became a responsible man once he joined the Navy. He hasn't had much in the way of relationships in the past. He ends up home on leave due to an injury and only intends to stay for a few days but circumstances cause him to change his plans.
There's actually 3 romances told about in this book. The main one is between Tom and Kelly. They both grew up together and were strongly attracted to each other. There was some kissing when she was 16 but Tom knew she was too young and left to join the Navy. Unfortunately he left abruptly and without telling Kelly why or anything else so when he left he also broke her heart. They both still have a thing for each other but with the years of separation and the way things were left between them when they were younger, neither has hopes of actually having something real between them.
Another romance is a past love-triangle between Joe (Tom's uncle), Charles (Kelly's dad) and a French woman named Cybele. The love triangle took place in the middle of WW2. Joe was in love with Cybele (a member of the resistance) but she didn't love him. Cybele fell in love with Charles and Charles returned the feelings but he was married (to a woman he didn't really love) and didn't want to cheat on his wife. The story slowly unfolds throughout the book and it's interesting and sheds light on both Joe and Charles but for me it seemed to add sadness to the story because no one came out of the love-triangle with a happy ending.
The third romance is between Mal (Tom's niece) and a guy named David. David is actually kind of a geek. He draws graphic novels and is really talented. He approaches Mal to model for him for his graphic novel. She doesn't believe him at first but ends up agreeing. They don't hit it off immediately but as she spends time with David, Mal realizes he's really a great guy. They spend more time together and fall for each other...it's rather sweet and I liked the addition to the story.
The story begins with Tom coming home for medical leave. He got a head injury that has him dizzy and having some issues. His uncle Joe (who he stays with when he's home) is the grounds keeper for Charles and lives on the property so Tom finds out pretty quickly about Charles' health issues and Kelly being home to take care of him. The attraction between them is still strong but Tom has no plans for anything serious because he's only in town temporarily and doesn't do the "love thing". Kelly is still gone on Tom but quickly realizes if she lets her feelings free when he obviously isn't interested in something serious she could get hurt again. She locks away her feelings and decides to pursue a strictly sexual relationship with Tom. Tom realizes his attraction to Kelly is still strong and he wants her but doesn't think she'd be interested. Tom decides to stick around town because Joe might need him with his best friend of 60+ years dying. Soon he finds another reason to stick around because he sees a terrorist that should be dead in a local hardware store. Due to a WW2 ceremony happening in a couple weeks there's reason to believe there's a target but when he tries to tell his superiors about the threat they think he's just lost it due to his head injury and end up hindering him more than helping him.
Tom isn't sure if his seeing the terrorist is delusions or not but he's unwilling to just stand by and let it happen if it's actually real. He calls in some of his friends from the Navy and also gets offers of help from Joe and Charles (and eventually Kelly). They start trying to find the terrorist and figure out what's going to happen. in the mean time, Tom and Kelly finally end up in bed and things get hot and heavy between them. Tom realizes that he has feelings for Kelly but doesn't tell her as much so when she makes mention of their relationship being sexual he freaks. Instead of telling her that he has feelings and wants to try for something more substantial, Tom acts like a jerk and makes Kelly pay for his hurt even if she doesn't understand why. There's a back and forth between them that lasts through most of the book. They can't stand to stay away from each other so they keep ending up back in bed together but they can't seem to work the feelings aspect out. Eventually Kelly has to be the strong one and with some good advice from her father (who finally gives her some love and actually talks to her) she gathers her courage and tells Tom (in front of his whole team at that) that she doesn't just want sex from him and that she loves him. I was happy with the way things turned out relationship wise but it was rather frustrating along the way. In the end, Tom and his team (which by this time also included Mal and David) are able to stop the terrorist plot and save the town (and prove that Tom wasn't nuts). The ending is a bit sad but overall was really good with Kelly and Tom planning how they're going to arrange things so they can stay together for their HEA.
This was an enjoyable story. I liked the all the characters but to be honest, Tom disappointed me a bit. To me, it seemed like he acted a bit like a spoiled little boy not getting his way when he got pissy with Kelly about the type of relationship she thought they had. It wasn't too bad but I thought he could have been more mature about things. I liked the way things ended for Charles in the story, it was a fitting end. Overall it was a pretty good story. I may try more in the series later. I'd recommend this book. :)
This was a really good book. It was just sexy enough, intriguing enough and interesting. I have moved on to book 3. LOVE this series. The characters are people you know or could even be you. It feels real and honset. ENJOYABLE. I LIKE IT!
Though I haven't read the story, this listen was one of my favorites from more than 500 titles. A keeper!
Listening to the "inner thoughts" of some of the "couple-characters" was delightfully funny and agonizing, depending on the story line. Had me laughing out loud and wiping my eyes "surreptitiously" while driving on the freeways.
I think William Dufris hit his home run here. His pacing, voice pitch and character matching was superb! He conveyed the emotions of adults Tom and Kelly, past and present, the teens - David and Mallory and the elderly/young war veterans very realistically in a life-like manner.
Hot action combined with explicit romance skillfully delivered! Rated R
Well done, Suzanne! I will be looking for the next in line, The Defiant Hero.
Wouldn't try another, some romance is good but this was almost all about Romantic Relationships. Reader had some voices that were very annoying.
The ending was good but expected as the trail was described in detail.
Character voices were not good for imagining the scenes.
Not if it is another romantic novel.
Will pass on more books by the author.
Yummy hot sexy are the three words I would use to describe this book.
Yes because it was a good book.
He did an ok job.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I have listened to the whole series and I love it. This is the first book and it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. This book also has a double story in that it flashbacks to WWII. This happens for the first 5 books after that it doesn't have the flashbacks anymore. The series has arching with the different stories for the characters, so it is a must read in order to enjoy the full affect. Since I didn't have the first one on audio, I bought this with the 4.95 sale and decided to reread the entire series. Which I rarely do since I have a gazillion books in my library unread.
Id read it again, probably not listen to it though. A great compelling story by Brockmann. Loved all the action (in and out of bed); the narrator is a bit frustrating when doing woman POV & voices, but once you get over that its awesome!
HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review
I read A LOT - this series is in my top 10!
Tom Paoletti - he deals with real issues associated with those suffering from head trauma and it makes him believable and it helped me to warm up to him.
Paoletti again. Dufris did a great job with ALL characters.q
Yes, unfortunately it is 14 hours long so...
I enjoy these books...they deal with mature themes mostly sexual as well as combat. These are NOT for fans of Tom Clancy unless you like 80% sex and 20% other action.
1) This is about the audio version of the book. I also read the book, back before it was available as audio and I assigned stars here based on the book without regard to the narrator. If you're considering the audio book I only gave the narrator 2 stars. He makes the female protagonist sound incredibly whiny. Actually, I don't think I like any of the people's voices the way he reads them.
2) I'm a big fan of Suzanne Brockmann and that may count for one star of the review.
There was a complaint that this was a romance rather than suspense. I suppose if you're expecting Tom Clancy or Eric Van Lustbader that would be valid. That said, we have to figure out whether Tom is suffering from a head injury of whether he actually sees a terrorist (not a spoiler, you've got that information in the second chapter). Part of my problem is that Dufris reads it as pure romance. When you get to a sex scene his voice is distracting. This gets much better later in the series when there are two narrators. One of the things I really enjoy in these early Troubleshooters books, and I read them long before I got the audiobooks, is the interwoven WWII plot. Tom's uncle, Joe, and his neighbor met in France when the neighbor, Charles, was shot down and rescued by members of the resistance. There's tension between the two because of something that happened there that Joe is going to talk about and Charles wants to keep secret. Beyond that, almost anything I would say about the plot strikes me as a spoiler.
Because this is a romance, there is a sense in the primary male/female encounter of excessive sensitivity. I think I enjoyed the sex in the written book, without Dufris' particular emphatic reading but maybe that's an area where Brockmann's writing has improved over the years and if I went back and read it again it would still stick out as a little contrived.
I think it's important to realize that this was written in 2000. That's before the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and our view of terrorists on US soil was very different.
So, would I recommend this book? I have, often. I enjoy later books in the series more but we're introduced to Jazz Jacquette, Alyssa Locke and Sam/Roger/Bob/Ringo Starrett and I like meeting everyone as they're introduced in the series so when I go back to re-read the series I start here, even though it isn't my favorite of the books. I suppose it would be a five star if it had a little less emoting and more action.