Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian passes on the mission for reasons he will not—or cannot—reveal.
But saying no is not an option. Especially not for Phoebe Kruger, Ian’s beautiful and unexpectedly brash new attorney. Determined to see the abducted children set free, she not only gets Ian on board but insists on riding shotgun on his Mission: Impossible–style operation, whether he likes it or not.
Though Phoebe has a valuable knack for getting out of tight spots, there’s no denying the intensely intimate feelings growing between Ian and Phoebe as the team gears up for combat. But these are feelings they both must fight to control as they face an array of cold-blooded adversaries, including a vindictive mob boss who’s got Ian at the top of his hit list and a wealthy psychopath who loves murder as much as money. As they dodge death squads and play lethal games of deception, Ian and Phoebe will do whatever it takes to save the innocent and vanquish the guilty—or die trying.
“I a holding my Glock on you, Mr Dunn.”
“What kind of Glock?” he asked.
“A great, big, shiny one,” she told him.
“Hah!” he said. “Mistake! Glocks aren’t shiny.”
Suzanne Brockmann was a true innovator in the romantic suspense genre. She wrote about Navy SEALs long before everyone, their grandmother and their dog did. (She also wrote them properly – with lots of research – which can’t be said for most of the 1000000000 SEAL heroes today.) She wrote real men, not the unrealistic, poetry-quoting, “obsessive” men I’m so tired of reading about these days. She wrote with humour.
I haven’t read a Brockmann book for years, but I have to say that she found her magic again. For anybody who appreciates a – you know – plot as much as they do the other stuff in this genre, you’ll be overjoyed to read this book.
The plot is unique, the characters all individual, and there’s so much humour in here even though it’s officially a serious story. It was just great to read.
Look, I know not every review for this book is perfect. There’re complaints about too many characters, however I think Brockmann is one of the few authors who can pull that off without confusing me. I don’t even remember what the other complaints were, but I suspect the romantic suspense genre has gone so far in the direction of Navy SEAL returns to hometown and spends 200 pages having sex with his high school girlfriend that this was a huge shift for people’s expectations.
My promise to myself to read more romantic suspense this year is going okay so far – not as great as I wanted it to be. I’m going to have to find more Brockmann-esque writing if I’m going to achieve it!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.