Review: Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann

Posted May 6, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Troubleshooters #16.5
Published by Ballantine Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Headed for Trouble
By Suzanne Brockmann
Troubleshooters #16.5






A Bit of Background
If you haven’t read Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series, you’re missing out on THE most exciting romantic suspense stories out there involving Navy SEALS and security operatives. Troubleshooters, Inc. is the name of the security firm launched by the former commander of SEAL Team Sixteen. Many of their assignments are a collaboration with Navy SEALs and the FBI and there are 16 amazing full length books in the series.

The Set Up
The last full length book in the series was released in 2011 and fans are dying for at least one more to end it properly. This book seriously whets the appetite with some short stories that were previously released with promotional books or earlier released novels. This is a compilation of those stories with two new ones added.

Highlights
I’ve never read any of the stories that were included in promotional books so they were all new for me. When Frank Met Rosie just about brought me to tears; Trapped is classic Troubleshooters with its combination of angst, romance and scary ops; Home is Where the Heart is was a bit of a departure but a chance to be with Jules and Robin as secondary characters; and A Seal and Three Babies had me literally howling in laughter for most of it but then holding my breath at the end.

What Worked
I really miss this series and these characters and these stories brought it alive for me again. I’d forgotten how Brockmann really is in a class by herself in crafting the characters, the dialogue, the chilling missions and the smoking romances. The new stories were meaty, fresh and appealing and those I’d missed from the past were insightful and interesting. These characters are so REAL I forget they’re fictional (I’m cringing as I write that). You just lose all sense of yourself and get wrapped up in the story. They may be short but Brockmann didn’t cut corners.

What Didn’t Work So Well(depends on your point of view)
I wanted more, not more of the short stories but more books like these where I get so engrossed I become part of it. It also reminded me that the series is in limbo, with some characters stories still left undone. I thought there would be more that might have moved those situations along.

Bottom Line
I enjoyed the stories a LOT. If it was intentional to leave me hungering for more, mission accomplished in a BIG way. I know a new series similar to this one is coming out next year and I’ll be one of the first to read it. It would be nice to know, though, that somehow this series will reach closure either through the new one (crossover works) or we get one more Troubleshooters full length book that wraps one of the most incredible series I’ve ever read.

(I received an ARC from NetGalley)


About Suzanne Brockmann

Suzanne Brockmann is the New York Times bestselling author of fifty-three novels. Her favorite is the one where her most popular character, gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy, wins his happily-ever-after and marries the man of his dreams. Called All Through the Night, this was the first mainstream romance novel with a hero and a hero ever to hit the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. In 2007, Suz donated all of her earnings from this book, in perpetuity, to MassEquality, to help win and preserve equal marriage rights in Massachusetts.

Since her explosion onto the publishing scene twenty years ago, Suz is now widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year (three years running), two RITA Awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

Married to author and screenwriter Ed Gaffney, Suz divides her time between Sarasota, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts. She has two grown children, Melanie, who is a personal trainer and a writer, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer. Suz also has two miniature schnauzers, C.K. Dexter-Haven and Little Joe, both of whom (unlike Mel and Jason) still live at home.

Suz has recently co-written a Young Adult paranormal romance called NIGHT SKY with her daughter, Melanie. It’ll be released in late 2014, from Sourcebooks.

Suz also recently produced her first independent feature-length movie, a romantic comedy called THE PERFECT WEDDING, that she co-wrote with her husband Ed and her son Jason. The film is available now via streaming and on DVD from Wolfe Releasing. Find out more at www.ThePerfectWeddingMovie.com.

Suz is a proud member of PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. She is also a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, and MassEquality. A firm believer in civil rights for all people, she fought hard to bring equal marriage rights to all citizens of her home state, Massachusetts, and is currently working to do the same in Florida.

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