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
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.
The story lacked a natural ebb and flow. The feeling normally reserved for the climactic ending of a book resided from beginning to end. It felt exhausting and contrived. Also, the narrators, both female and male, were quite distracting with their hokey characterizations. Their falsettos and horribly inaccurate accents were quite annoying. The romance aspect was a bit of an after thought. Miscommunication leads to lack of trust that is abruptly and not quite believably resolved in the end. Still, I listened to the whole thing and was moderately entertained.
I had hoped that the story line would be the "star" of this book. The synopsis really grabbed me. I was pretty put off by the multiple sexual situations. I truly don't mind sexual situations when it is integral to the story, but these sexual situations were gratuitous and too many. I found that i wanted to love the characters and follow them, but the sex got in the way, so I didn't even finish the book.
Time spent commuting passes by much easier listening to books. I prefer romance books but I do enjoy other books as well.
Finally, Izzy's story. I've been waiting for this book since Eden first took off for Germany. Izzy is such a great character and SB never lets her readers down. Her books are always an automatic purchase for me. All of her books have captured me and rendered me unable to put them down. This is definitely no exception.
As for preaching (if that's what you want to call it)......Keep it up SB. I'm glad that there are many many christians who are loving, excepting and non-judgmental people. However, there are still just as many that are not. They pretend to be though. My son is gay. I am more than aware of how people you've known all of your life, who profess to be loving christians, can turn and be very ugly. People who, just like a previous reviewer, swore they were loving christians and anti-prejudice, turn into strangers. They accuse my son and all gay people of making some sort of perverted choice. They shake their bibles at them and call them names. I???m often very afraid for my son because I know there are people willing to hurt him in the name of ???God???. So, if SB can keep pounding the message of tolerance and acceptance of others while at the same time entertaining us with a great story??????.good for her.
The only thing better than reading Suzanne Brockmann's lively prose is hearing those word's performed by Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman.
Did she ever touch on so many subjects or what????? I thought it was a bit too long; otherwise good. Can't say enough about Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman together---narrators can make or break an audiobook. They did a great job. Many books you can listen to many times, but this one is as I said before was a bit too long. I will say also that while the young person in the story may have be gay (I still say how do they know it being so young); he was only 15 and should Not have said the "f" word so much--maybe I am being naive because it is 2011, but I think they know too much anyway--let them be kids as long as can. Oh well, I will stop preaching.
I still like Suzanne Brockman's books and will read her again.
Izzy's story does not disappoint and the narrators are beyond, they bring all 4 characters to life. Each different, loveable and so so sexy. Loved it !!!
This really was a pretty good story but two things ruined it for me. 1. The author brings in political themes and is very biased in her presentation. Typing child sexual abuse and sexual slavery with a total over statement of some objections to illegal immigration caused me to be infuriated. 2. the sex scenes are totally outrageous, over the top and repetitive. Maybe some like that - I didn't.
The story is so-so, but character development weak and sex scenes too graphic and frequent. This could almost qualify as an erotic novel. I finished the book, but this is one I am glad is finished.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
This book was a disappointment, story line was very minimal and predictable. There is a rainbow of adjectives out there, this author prefered to use swear words in a repetitive manner to add expressive conversation, after a while it just becomes boring. Buy a dictionary Suzanne.
On a positive note, extreemly good naration by Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman. Unfortunately does not make this book worth the download.
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