Tag Archives: Military Romance

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

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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.

Back cover blurb: Continue reading

Over The Edge, by Suzanne Brockmann

20 Sep

Over the Edge, by Suzanne Brockmann.

The third novel in Ms Brockmann’s successful Troubleshooters series, Over the Edge can be read end enjoyed without reading the previous two installments (The Unsung Hero and The Defiant Hero), because enough information is given about the recurring characters, their relationships and personalities, that a reader new to the series can follow along perfectly well. At the same time, Ms Brockmann avoids overloading readers with unnecessary details, keeping only to those storylines relevant to this book.

Of course, I will recommend starting with the first novel and following along, not only because I’m a bit compulsive about reading series in order, but because these are really good books. The series is most commonly considered contemporary military romance, heavy on the adventure/action elements. Here’s the back cover blurb for Over the Edge: Continue reading

Into the Fire, by Suzanne Brockmann

14 Aug

Into the Fire, by Suzanne Brockmann

Into the Fire is lucky thirteen in Ms Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. Unlike many series, most if not all of the installments in this one can be read as single titles without really missing necessary background information on ongoing story arcs. Ms Brockmann is uniquely talented, in my opinion, in giving new readers enough information to understand everything that is going on, without overloading her books with backstories from previous novels. At the same time, she writes quite a bit of foreshadowing for a number of story arcs in every book—à la Joss Whedon in Buffy—which increases the enjoyment of each successive novel for long time fans. Continue reading

Shorts: a round up of short stories

25 Jul

Short stories round up—some available free online, some part of anthologies. (Alphabetical by title)

Nota bene: I very rarely read anthologies in one sitting, particularly because I often buy them for one author/story, and have no curiosity about the others. My choice of stories to review, therefore, has nothing whatsoever to say about the quality of the other stories. After all, I haven’t read them. Continue reading

No Control, by Shannon K. Butcher

19 Jul

No Control, by Shannon K. Butcher

No Control is Ms Butcher’s second novel, following her debut with No Regrets. This is my first contact with Ms Butcher’s writing, thanks to SuperLibrarian Wendy. The novel is marketed as romantic suspense. A warning, though: Lana suffers from PTSD and some of her nightmares include short descriptions of the abuse she suffered after being captured by terrorists. Continue reading

A Soldier Comes Home, by Cindi Myers

12 Jul

A Soldier Comes Home, by Cindi Myers

This is a Harlequin Superromance, a relatively short novel at just under 250 pages. It is also my introduction to Ms Myers writing. The book tracks several different relationships affected by the current armed conflicts in which the US is involved.

Here’s the blurb: Continue reading