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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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Too little and too much

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.

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