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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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Another excellent adventure!

As always, Brockmann's book is awesome and so is the narration by Lawlor and Raudman. Yes there are topics that are uncomfortable; child abuse in many situatations both in the present of the book and in the characters past, alcoholism, etc... But the book is also about communication and miscommunication, trust and not trusting. I don't believe that Brockmann is portraying and anti-christianity message. I think her characters usually either believe in God (in the Christian sense) or come to some kind of understanding with a "God"-like power. There is only one minor character in the book that seems to use Christianity as an excuse for evil. The religious beliefs or lack of belief of most of the other characters (including the main characters) is a mystery to the reader/listener.

Each character has a very clear voice in the writing and in the narration of the audio version. The story flows and is exciting. And sometimes the characters are annoying, which is one of the reasons why I love them so much. Like real people they make sometimes dumb decisions and sometimes great ones. And like all of us they struggle with themselves and getting to an understanding their place in life and who they are.

The narrators are superb. They create a world where it is very easy to understand each point of view and when that point of view shifts. The format of having a male and female narrator works so well for all of Brockmann???s books. Her stories are more interesting due to the shifts in points of view and the way that each characters ???voice??? shows through. I really like the domestic tensions in this book. It puts a different spin on the thrilling romance part of the story. They story is excellent and different than the other books in the series. I find it amazing that after 16 books, I will be first in line for book #17 when Brockmann returns to writing about this incredible group of people.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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I love it and love the narraters of these books.

I have been waiting for Izzy's story and I love these books. Maybe a bit to long. But I wish she would have more of these type of books and the naraters do such a great job on the book that it makes me cry and laugh and even get excited. This is my first review and I just had to let everyone know that the Suzanne Brockmann does a great job on just about all her romance books. But I really love the narraters in these Navy Seal books They make the book even better. I hope Audible gets more of her books like this one. but are Narrated by Patrick Lawlor , Renee Raudman They make the book even better

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Carey
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 03-29-11

Her best one yet!

Having read or listened to every single title that Suzanne Brockmann has ever published, I finished this book with the thought that this was the best one I have ever read. It delves into the sex trafficing trade, 'making teens change thier sexual orientation' camps, childhood diabetes issues, and the relationships between Izzy and Eden, Danny and Jenny, Izzy and Danny, and all of them with Ben--Eden and Danny's little brother. The relationships are complex, intense, and filled with misunderstandings, and finally redemption. Friends from prior books drop in for a little while, but most of the story revolves around the Gilman siblings and their significant others.

I found the story so compelling that I ended up only sleeping 3 hours each night for 2 nights in order to finish it. I couldn't stop listening to it. The narrators do an excellent job, as usual; however, since I recently listened to Dark of Night (by the same author and narrators), I had to remind myself that those same voices belonged to different people now...

The action builds and builds throughout the entire story, and it breaks my heart to think that the sex trade can be that invasive in our country, as well as in many other countries. It was a wake-up call to me. I am aware that it is a fictional story, but based on current news reports and articles, there is a very real factual basis for the plight of these lost and stolen children.

This was an amazing story, and I was so glad to see Danny and Izzy get past their antagonism toward each other and mature a bit. All in all, it was a very satisfying story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Izzy's book Finally!

For those just joining the TS world, this book is the 16th in a series and you may be better served first listening to both Into the Fire and Hot Pursuit prior to listening to this one because the story is built starting with those novels. But this book seems to stand alone as Brockmann fills the listener in on the back story though the thoughts of the characters. For those who have enjoyed the prior Brockmann TS books, this book delivers on the promise of giving you a story from Izzy's POV. A long time favorite character we learn more of his past, while seeing his character and those of Eden, Dan and Jen grow through the truths and events of this book. Harsh topic such as the sex trade, addiction, intolerance, are dealt with in this book, so it is not an 'easy listen' at times. The Narrators bring the characters to life.

For the reviewer who thought Brockmann was 'anti-christian' I disagree. There is intolerance and narrow mindedness hiding in every community. I don't think Brockmann is blaming Christians, I do think she is pointing out that intolerance and ignorance combined can cause great harm. I hope you look past your own assumptions and see her 'narrow minded' character does not reflect true Christianity any more than a character who is a 'bad cop' or an 'abusive parent' reflect what law enforcement, or parenting are truly about.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Yuriko
  • Fairfield, CA, United States
  • 06-04-11


This series has been the mustby since I got hooked on the first book published in Japanese waaay back when. It has since then grown into a wonderful world where sexy, hunky and smart SEAL/FBI men meet attractive women/men. My favorites are Sam&Alyessa and Jules&Robin. I also miss Max but he seemed be totally lost in the back ground now.

What I like about her books is that the people don't quit meet, fall in love, have sex, get married and live happily ever after in a single book, instead sometime it takes more than two to three books (or more) for them to find closure. For Jules, Max and Alyssa, I think this worked really well. The two couples in this book, especially izzy's has been running through several books now. It was sort of frustrating since I really couldn't get into the main characters like the other books. As far as action romance goes, it is fun as usual and a lot better than other books out there. I am glad that they finally got their affairs settled down. I felt, however, this book was just too long and had too much; slave trade, gay teenage boy in trouble, abused girl, family secrets, Las Vegas wedding and oh my... Anyway I still love the series and looking forward to reading more from this.

As usual I love Renee Raudman although she is a bit too mature for Eden. I didn't know why they needed a male reader, too. I would have been fine with just Renee reading the whole thing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Anti-Christian? Please.

Because I am a recovering alcoholic (25 years), my sister has been gay her whole life, I am a Navy veteran, I have read ALL of S.B.'s books and have a post-graduate education ... I'm thinking that I am qualified to judge her work ... and all I can say is that I will pray for the "anti-christian" reviewer! Get a clue!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Silly But Didn't Know it.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The comings and goings of these characters was ridiculous. I did want to see what happened next so followed to the end. A young man might enjoy this. Maybe I'm just the wrong audience.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was appropriate to the rest of the story.

What does Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They are professional performers and I always enjoy readers who really know what they are doing. It was good choice to have a man and a woman working on this project. I wish more books were read this way.

Did Breaking the Rules inspire you to do anything?

If someone looks like they need help, as opposed to a handout, I step up and do what I can.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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There are sixteen books in this series. I actually listened to the first "Unsung Hero," and didn't follow up with the series until "Breaking the Rules" come up on a sale. This book had a very different feel to it. It is still a bodice ripper to be sure, but wasn't quite as over the top as the first book in the series. I was looking for an easy read and thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't think that listening to this book out of order in the series was a problem at all. I recommend it if you are looking for a romance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Izzy Zanella Gets His Wish!!

I'm a big fan of the Troubleshooter's Series. My favorite characters are Izzy and Jules. Finally, finally Izzy gets a happy ending!! This is a true Brockmann story. If you liked the others you will love this one.
Brockmann has been using Lawlor & Raudman in quite a few of her books and they did their usual fantastic job here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Breaking The Rules: Izzy gets it together

Suzanne Brockmann's best! The Troubleshooter series manages to be entertaining in a whimsical, humorous, oversexed offering that brings the lives of several characters together without allowing the reader to forget the rest of the characters in the series. I enjoyed every second and can't wait for the next episode.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful