The pair plan a quiet, intimate ceremony, to be witnessed by family and close friends from the FBI, SEAL Team 16, and Troubleshooters, Incorporated, including Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke. But the holiday season brings more to the happy couple than they expect.
A waterfall coming through their kitchen ceiling, a bat colony in the attic, old family tensions...even an international incident can't dampen their spirits. But add to that a parade of unexpected guests, including a reporter looking for a scoop, an ex-lover hell-bent on causing trouble, and a dangerous stalker, and suddenly the wedding is poised to unravel in chaos.
But nothing will stop Jules and Robin from getting their happy ending, because along with a guest list featuring the most elite counterterrorism force in the world, they have their own secret weapon - true love.
©2007 Suzanne Brockmann; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a pretty good Troubleshooters story -- tough guys, smart women, danger, sexy stuff and heroes all around. I like the way gays are accepted and treated as family without hesitation.
My only wish is that the author had left out some of the dialogue between the gay characters & shown us the scene in a more subtle way. Do gays really talk that way? I don't think ANYone could have so many lame conversations. Well maybe they could but it makes the storey sound like a group of junior high school kids giggling in biology class.
I'm a voracious fiction reader/listener but focus mostly on Sci-fi, fantasy (urban and alternate & other world), and romance. A mixture of these is what I love to find. Sci-fi to challenge my mind, fantasy to make me grin, and romance to turn my mind off to.
I'll start by saying, I've read every book in the series coming to this one. And simply put if you haven't I would not recommend this. If you've read the series and love Jules and are rooting for Robin, its worth the buy. Especially as, and you'll hear this in the afterwards, the profits of this book go to support equal marriage rights. all of this being said I can't say it's one of Suzanne Brockmann best books. she falls into what I consider her major shortcoming of telling rather than showing. as she's done in the last several books of the series she has a tendency to jump action scenes, and describe them later with dialogue. in this book that's used as a mechanism to try and understand what dependence of military and law enforcement go through. however it does windup with a very passive narrative. This is also not helped by an extremely monotone narrator, if you're listening to the audio book. the lively, and yes female, narration for jewels in the previous audio books brought him to life in a way that this one fell flat. This might also be with another reviewer came to see as Juvenal dialogue, as opposed to sharp sarcasm. This is my honest opinion about the book I thought someone who is a fan of the series should be commenting.
I wanted to like this book. I am not familiar with the TROUBLESHOOTER series, but I found the story very choppy. There was a lot of time spent developing characters, which is great, but then it seemed like all the momentum building to the climax lost steam, and it just kind of ended. There were some charming scenes, and some very good, honest situations. But in general, I had trouble finishing this one out. I do applaud the author for treating a delicate subject with great care and thought. I was also impressed with the prologue that made the story personal. But I am sorry to say, I would have trouble recommending this title to all but a few of my friends. The performance was mediocre, with the best characterization being Sam. I found the digitized telephone conversations unnecessary. And I realize this will makes me seem petty, but thank goodness not all gay men are as annoying as Robin. I couldn't wait for his scenes to be over.
I won't recommend this as a stand alone audiobook/novel, but as part of the series, this was a great chapter.
-Robin was too effiminate in the reading. Really, he's an action hero! Come on! His character was written a little effete, but this was taken too far in the reading.
-The relationship felt a little labored sometime, over written with dialog. No one, even the superGayMan, talks like this.
-The straight love story was dull and silly and didn't add to the story line in any way. It detracted, partly because there was no substance, but also because I won't be able to see a really developed story about Dolphina in the future. Bleh, opportunity missed.
BUT...I still was strangely compelled to enjoy this novel.
-I love Jules & Robin's story, and I needed this to make me feel more complete. I wanted to hear about success, fighting through alcoholism and coming out. This was a denumant to the last novel in which their love was a feature.
-I love that a gay couple gets to be the central story line. I support, in a general way that has involved little more than fundraisers and signing of all relevant petitions, the civil rights of gay couples. This story helped me continue to embrace the diversity and yet the homogeneity of love. People love other people, not gender-specific-noun love opposing-gender-specific-noun. This also made me cry at then end, although Prop 8 may have been why I felt so sad when I heard the author's note at the end. This book made me want to do more....
-I was happy to hear the Joneses are doing well. :) I know, small thing, but I'm happy. I always fall at least a little (ok, mostly a lot) in love with Brockmann's characters and the fact that they are not always wrapped neatly up between the covers of one story helps me keep them alive in my mind.
Overall, I recommend to current fans, but this is NOT a representative book. Go read Hot Target, then Breaking Point, THEN All Through the Night.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
Yes, however I cannot recommend this book.
I'll probably take a break from the Troubleshooter series but I will finish eventually.
Sure, he was fine.
I'd cut the whole book from the series. There was 20 minutes of 'action' (seriously) and the rest of the book was about the prelude to Jules & Robin's wedding. I've never heard such whining and insecurity in a couple - real or imaginary...with hero Sam [from previous books] acting as therapist.
This was 8 hours of [I assume] Brockmann's views on gay marriage, and political views on war, torture, etc.
I LOVE The Troubleshooters series and would recommend any of the previous books for action, adventure and romance.
NOTE: Strong language
I've read this book before and it was fun if a little cheesy because come on. We get it. They're in love, awesome - lets have some plot. However, the narrator was terrible. Absolutely TERRIBLE. He doesnt know how to read aloud. There's no inflection, no very little emotion, and he reads the dialogue so flatly that I had to wonder if he had a pulse. Pick up this book in paperback or as an ebook and enjoy the story. Dont do like I did and waste a credit or some money on something so disappointing.
Jules and Robin are two of my very favorite recurring characters (favorites being Sam & Izzy) in the Troubleshooter Series but this installment of the series fell somewhat short of the mark... it was rushed and to abbreviated in story details...I had long anticipated their story and was let down for the first time in this series with Suzanne's writing.... however having said all that I would still recommend this story as part of the series as it is worth a listen and it does add to the story arc that Suzanne is developing all the time.
I love Suzanne Brockman's books and her characters are amazing, but I thought this book was boring and, I'm sorry, just a vehicle for her to try to change views on gay relationships. There was really no plot. It was just about Jules and Robin and endless conversations between them. I love Jules' character in the other books and I am glad he a Robin got together, but please, it was so trite and I found myself thinking why am I wasting my time listening to this. Sure, her other books have a central love story but they also have excitement, suspense and action. This book had none.
This book was wonderful, however you should be aware that it will be best enjoyed AFTER reading Hot Target (available here at audible.com) and Force of Nature. Those books can be read out of order of the full series, but for the Jules / Robin romance saga you should think of this book as Part 3 of their story.
Jules and Robin are two favorite secondary gay characters from past books in the Troubleshooters series, and they are so worth getting to know! Brockmann does a great job bringing gay romance (NOT erotica, there are no heavy sex scenes so don't expect porn) to mainstream publishing. There is also a secondary story with Robin's assistant Dolphina and a reporter named Will, which was very enjoyable. And true to Brockmann, there is plenty of laughs, action and suspense!!
My only nay say is that I have to agree with a previous review about some of the dialog, but my issue is that this book has really made Robin overly feminine while Jules remained very alpha. In previous books they were always so equal in strength of character, but now we see Robin at times as a stereotypical emotional gay man. For someone who has just come out of a very deep closet, it didn't always ring true. But overall I did love this book, and I so hope we see more Robin and Jules in future books.
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