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Brockmann also earns big points for focusing two of the romantic storylines around married couples. Alyssa & Sam and Jules & Patrick put deliciously modern spins on the sassy, sexy Nick & Nora Charles marriage-just-makes-it-all-better attitude (minus the 1940s Hollywood censor's absurdly incongruous twin beds).
But it's the sizzling hot tension of the developing relationship between drop-dead gorgeous Navy Seal Dan Gillman and self-described Plain Jane Jennilyn LeMay, that drives the last two thirds of this story. Lawlor's terrific portrayal of Dan's in-spite-of-himself transition from world-class player to vulnerable man falling in love is wonderfully satisfying. And Raudman builds a breathtaking sexiness into Jennilyn's slow letting go of caution as she gives in to her reckless attraction to Dan.
Both Raudman and Lawlor tackle the challenges of the multiple voices with confidence, skill, and energy. Brockmann has filled her story with diverse, well-developed characters, and the narrator's voices bring their individuality and passion to life. Not surprising that this series has attracted a devoted following, a slew of awards and a seemingly permanent place on the New York Times best seller list. Nancy Carter
When Alyssa receives several disturbing messages from "the Dentist," a serial killer she has relentlessly pursued for years, Alyssa must take action to protect those closest to her. No one is safe, even after the FBI - including Sam and Alyssa's good friend Jules Cassidy - gets involved. But Alyssa knows that as the Dentist's true target she must use herself as bait to catch the devious killer - before he strikes again.
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By SvvyShpr on 08-04-09
A thriller within Suz's line
First of all, if you are new to the Troubleshooters series, I recommend starting from the begining. The stories are linked, and sometimes there is something slight in a previous book that makes things in a later book better. I started by book 13 (Into the fire) and then went all the way back to number 1 (The unsung hero) and went through the whole series...in 1 month!
This book is one of the best so far. It has more thriller into it than others and it keeps you guessing until the end. Also having Sam and Alyssa back and hear about their relationship evolving into something so solid is really heartwarming.
The series is amazing. Some people don't like the multiple stories, it may take a bit to get used to it, but I have come to love it. The action is amazing in most of the books (I have to agree with others on the lack of action plot in #12 - All through the night), but having followed Jules' story throughout all the other books, it was OK. I liked #11 (Force of Nature) better since it actually developed Jules' and Robin's story.
These are romance books with explicit scenes mingled with combat action. If you don't like either, this is not your kind of book. If you like both, you are in luck! Best books I have ever read, I can't enough. And I can't wait to hear more about Izzy and Eden, which Suz has promised for next book!
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By JEANNETTE REGAN on 07-29-09
Love the series, the narration is unbeatable
Great mix of characters; it's always fun to hear from Sam and Alyssa, Jules and Robin, and maybe my favorite Izzy. All the books are a wonderful mix of suspense, action and romance. Hope she's busy working on the next one.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful