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Breaking the Rules | [Suzanne Brockmann]

Breaking the Rules

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 stepfather.
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Striking the perfect balance between military thriller and lusty romance, Breaking the Rules is the perfect audio to get lost in this summer. Suzanne Brockmann reprises the characters of the Gillman clan in the 16th book of her Troubleshooter series. (Haven’t listened to the first 15? No worries — the story stands well on its own.) Navy SEAL Danny Gillman and his estranged sister Eden must put their differences aside when their 15-year-old brother Ben needs to be rescued from his abusive, homophobic, and alcoholic stepfather. Meanwhile, Danny’s SEAL teammate (and arch nemesis), Izzy, still holds a flame for his wife Eden, though the two are on the path to divorce, and Danny must work on proving to his girlfriend Jenny that she’s the only one for him. But complicated relationships aren’t the foursome’s biggest problem. Ben’s befriended a young girl named Neesha, who has escaped from an underground prostitution ring — and the thugs have set their sights on the Gillmans for answers.

Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman narrate this suspenseful love story in turns, taking care not to let the baudy sex scenes become too cliché. Instead of the expected breathy sappiness, they lend a refreshing humor in their tone and pacing. Lawlor shines in the characters of Izzy and Danny, making their emotions tangible. Raudman gets a little over-dramatic at times, drawing out words, which can sometimes come across as whiny, but her performance as little-girl Neesha is spot on — vulnerable, tiny, and thoughtful. Both narrators are superb at building suspense and the thrilling climax is worth the wait.

Brockmann’s known for her page-turning writing style, and Lawlor and Raudman do the author’s words justice. An edge-of-your-seat ride mixed with steamy romantic trysts, this is the perfect novel to listen to poolside. —Colleen Oakley

Publisher's Summary

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 stepfather. 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 the 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 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.

©2011 Suzanne Brockmann (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Teri Uwchland, PA, United States 03-24-11
    Teri Uwchland, PA, United States 03-24-11
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    "Love her stories. That said, I'm getting tired of"

    her preaching. I'm a Christian. I'm not finished with the book yet. So, as a Christian, maybe I shouldn't judge her book yet. Since Suzanne has judged, I shall too. I'm on part 2 of 3 about midway through part 2. I'm a Christian, I am not anti-gay. I am not anti-domestic partnerships. I am not a religious fanatic. I am not a drunk. I am not abusive. Listening to this story according to Suzanne Brockmann, you would think that I am most definitely homophobic, Christian, abusive, and a drunk.

    Suzanne, please revise your own stereotypes. You are way off and alienating a large portion of your audience.

    Your books will still be an automatic buy because you are a very talented author. Contrary to your belief in the last few of your books, America isn't bigoted like you think. The missive is becoming tiresome.

    The narration was grand as are all of the Troubleshooter books. The story is engrossing as usual, just cut out the preaching. We get it. Even us Christians.

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    Amazon Customer 04-19-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Just a porn novel"

    I did not like the people and I did not like all the graphic sex. I could not finish this novel. This is the first book I have ever stopped to write a review about because it was so bad.

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    kevin cox 04-03-15
    kevin cox 04-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "love it!"

    this is one of my favorite all time books! izzy rocks, hope we see lots more of him.

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    PEGGY HIGHLAND MILLS, NY, United States 01-29-14
    PEGGY HIGHLAND MILLS, NY, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Long and drawn out"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, it was not worth my time. I found myself fast forwarding. Too long and repetitive. I wanted to see where it ended but was actually getting annoyed with how long it took to get there. Very disappointed in this book.


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    Dana 11-27-13
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    "Good Story but terrible narration."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    How it was narrated. With both a man and a women narrating and both doing all the parts the story became a bit disjointed. One narrator would have made it easier to listen to.


    Was Breaking the Rules worth the listening time?

    It was OK. I would recommend the author as long as there was only one narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mona Eden Prairie, MN, United States 11-13-13
    Mona Eden Prairie, MN, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Exciting Mystery, wonderfully read"

    Having a male and a female reader added to the experence and highlighted character perspectives. They complimented each other well. The characters were very lifelike and memorable. There were moments of suspense, joy, action, and romance. I highly recommend "Breaking the Rules"

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    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 11-07-13
    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Heart Pounding! Didn't want to put it down!"
    What made the experience of listening to Breaking the Rules the most enjoyable?

    The story line had me going the entire 18 hours! Suspense, intrigue, romance, sex....it had it all.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman – was your favorite?

    Eden was my favorite. Strong, sexy, independent but needing more.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but couldn't...took me three days.


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    J Carlson CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 04-04-13
    J Carlson CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this series"
    What did you love best about Breaking the Rules?

    The happy ending


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters are very interesting. I really like it when guys have emotions....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    so many can't pick


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Shaw Atlanta, GA 03-28-13
    K. Shaw Atlanta, GA 03-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My first by Brickmann but now want to read more"
    If you could sum up Breaking the Rules in three words, what would they be?

    a fun read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking the Rules?

    how really screwed up some parents can be


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Izzy's internal dialog was pretty funny.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first book of Suzanne Brockman's after hearing good things about her stories. I guess I shouldn't have started with the 17th book in the series so it took me a while to figure out the characters but it still a good read. Once i figured out all the characters I really enjoyed the book and the writing style. After this I will have to add more of Brockman's book to my to be read list.

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    Betty Rockledge, FL, United States 03-18-13
    Betty Rockledge, FL, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listening"
    What did you love best about Breaking the Rules?

    The suspence.


    What other book might you compare Breaking the Rules to and why?

    ??


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman – was your favorite?

    Izzy & Jen!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Navy Seals - in & out of Uniform:)


    Any additional comments?

    Although 'fictional' - I know this happens in real life!!

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