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Editorial Reviews

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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  • Penelope
  • Ellenton, FL, United States
  • 11-07-13

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

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

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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

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?

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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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Overall - GOOD, GREAT BOOK!

Totally loved listening to this book! Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman are absolutley fantastic! LOVE IT!

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  • DK
  • 02-21-13

Excellent-Only wish I started @ Book 1 not 16

Would you listen to Breaking the Rules again? Why?

Yes, am doing so as I write this!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Izzy... he is strong and tries to do the right thing.

Which scene was your favorite?

No one scene... the book starts out really great and as it nears its end it gets better & better.

Any additional comments?

The description is a bit misleading. This is a great thriller but it has a lot of ROMANCE NOT 100% thriller like many other Special Ops style book.

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Incredible

If you could sum up Breaking the Rules in three words, what would they be?

What a ride!!! The narration of this book was absolutely incredible and it made for a fast paced, can't put it down ride. The two different narrators really added to the book. I think I enjoyed listening to this book way better than I would have enjoyed reading it.

What did you like best about this story?

Fast paced with great narration

Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

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

Oh ya.

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  • C.
  • 10-02-12

Great story for the series with lots of history.

What made the experience of listening to Breaking the Rules the most enjoyable?

Fast pace, never wanting to put it down. The voice of Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman was so smooth, flawless.

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  • Maria
  • Citrus Heights, CA, United States
  • 09-27-12

Exceptional Book!

YES!! I loved this story. We got a two fer here. Izzy's story and Danny's. We have an abusive adopted parent,and an emotionally detached mother, who is interested only in milking money from her oldest son. Danny's misunderstood sister, Eden has done what she needed to, to survive on her own, now she is worried about their younger brother, who is a diabetic, and gay. Ben's lifestyle choice does not sit well with his abusive step father, who intends to give him to a religious organization that promises to change his sexual orientation. The story only gets better, because Izzy finds Eden pole dancing in a club in Las Vegas. The heat is on!!
Now to tackle those who are incensed because of what they perceive as Suze's political/religious views and biasis, this is a story folks, and what she has written about goes on every single day in America. We have sexual slavery happening to young women both in this country and out of this country. We have people believing if you can just find god (notice I used a small g because the big guy said to love everyone) you can be saved from homosexuality and they can help you not be gay. (rollseyes) I am not liberal nor conservative, I am a GDI ( god damn independant)...people take these stories for what they are.....pure entertainment. Stop reading for what is not there. Enjoy!

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Love the Troubleshooters Series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PIcking up one of the troubleshooters books was by accident, but once I found out there was a series, I was estatic. I even read most of them out of order. Love, Love, Love. all of them.