Tag Archives: Military Romance

Wolf Haven, by Lindsay McKenna

21 Sep
Cover for Wolf Haven shows a white man wearing a shearling coat, a stetson, and a bit of scruff. In the background, prairie, a barn, and horses at sunset.

This is my entry for SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge this month–the theme is animals, and I’m just going with the title here. (Just kidding; there’s a wildlife refuge thing happening, mostly on the side.)

Reader beware: graphic descriptions of torture and heavy PTSD; glorification of the U.S. military; racism through the “model minority” stereotype for Native Americans and the “hellscape drug narco territory” for Latin America; autistic child as inspiration porn; sex on the page.

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Gone Too Far, by Suzanne Brockmann

4 Feb
Cover for Gone Too Far; a couple running towards the right side of the cover, on a road in the middle of nowhere, at dusk. The lights of a car are visible ominously in the distance behind them.

For years I’ve been convinced that at some point I wrote a review of Gone Too Far. I even remember a paragraph from said review! And yet, I can’t find it anywhere. After wracking my brains, I finally realized that I did, in fact, write a review shortly after the book came out in 2003. Only, I wrote it as a post to Ms Brockmann’s reader board, which was hosed at least a decade ago.

What’s a reader to do, but indulge in a re-read, and write a new version of that review? Maybe that way it will stop haunting me!

Reader, beware: on the page there’s explicit sex, explicit language, violence, racism, alcoholism, some Islamophobia, and references to off-the-page child abuse.

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Dark of Night, by Suzanne Brockmann

19 Feb

Hello, I’m azteclady, and have been a fan of Ms Brockmann for close to ten years. She is, in fact, one of only two authors whose books I get in hardback. Oh, and the following review is long-yes, longer than usual even for long-winded me. You’ve been warned.

Dark of Night, by Suzanne Brockmann

 

The fourteenth title in Ms Brockmann’s very successful Troubleshooters series, Dark of Night concludes a seven book story arc for a number of recurring characters. It is also an extremely difficult book to review without giving away spoilers for long time fans of the series-and entirely impossible to talk about without spoiling those who haven’t read Into the Fire, the previous novel (reviewed here).

Then again, it seems that most hardcore fans (otherwise known as rabid fangrrrrrls) have either read it already or sought out all the possible spoilers leaked by those in the know-including some that proved to be utterly wrong, put out by many people who didn’t know jack-while the more casual readers who aren’t as invested in any one character (or pairing thereof) really don’t see what the big deal is.

(Yes, there are casual readers who enjoy Ms Brockmann’s books quite a bit but are not so invested in a particular character that they would vow to trash/not read/hate a book if so-and-so don’t end up together-my significant other, for example.)

All of the above to say, with quite a bit of pain, that there be a few spoilers in this here review. I consider them very small spoilers, but still. So consider yourselves warned. Continue reading

Prince Joe, by Suzanne Brockmann (a joint review)

22 Jan

Prince Joe, by Suzanne Brockmann

The first title in Ms Brockmann’s Tall, Dark and Dangerous series and released originally in June 1996, Prince Joe introduces the first of her now famous SEALs-this time, it’s the Alpha Squad from Team Ten. During my quest to convert erm introduce my s.o. to romance in the course of the last three or so years, we have re-read many of my favorites. It was finally time for me to revisit Lt Joe Catalanotto.

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