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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345466209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345466204
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 186 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,895,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"OKAY," GEORGE FAULKNER said, quieting the group of men around the VCR in the coffee room, "any second now he'll see what's going on through the window and come in." Read the first page
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The book is very fast-paced, never a moment of boredom. Never a dull moment. The romance between the protagonists wonderful. However, the relationship between the secondary protagonists, George and Nicole remains unfinished, and I can't help but thinking about them. I mean, it's obvious that they're still in love with each other even if they're divorced. They just can't get over their differences because there's not enough communication between them. They just look for ways to hurt one another. He was even sleeping with an exact duplicate of her, apparently fell in lover with HER, a pale copy of the real thing, and then left her because she'd betrayed him. I really didn't like that part. And still, when he left her, he still couldn't see past his ex's front the love beneath. I don't know about you, but when I read a romance novel, I like the good guys to be happy. I like everything settled and finished. It's still a very good book, though. Lots of heartfelt moments. Just a bit of unfinished business.
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When she wrote this novel. The realism is there, as are the wisecracks and the emotional pull, but it leaves something to be desired. The subplot with George, his ex-wife and current boss, Nicole, and his current mistress and ex-wife-lookalike Kim left me with a bad taste in my mouth, mostly because it was unresolved and bitter. But I guess that's more of Brockmann's realism there because for most people, divorce can be unresolved and bitter, and to a greater degree than what is displayed in this novel.
Once again, the movie projector in my mind chose people to star in this novel, most noticeably Gary Sinise as Harry. (Love Gary, he's got passion and talent. Here's looking at you, kid.) I couldn't think of someone to play Alessandra, and I didn't warm to her very well because I'm not classically gorgeous nor have I ever lived in a mansion on Long Island, but I have had some pretty awful haircuts.
I think I felt the most for Shawn, Harry's son, and his friendship with Mindy. That was poignant and so true to life. I was glad to get that little lift at the end when the two of them come face-to-face five years later. Brockmann needed a little more tact when handling the question of Shaun's sexuality. Not bad for a sophomore attempt, but it needed a little more delicacy.
The high points are the sex scenes, which Brockmann nailed (excuse the expression) perfectly. I love getting inside of her male character's heads instead of the usual women's reactions. Sex seems to be a much more primal instinct for men according to my observations, but Brockmann's characterizations go to a different level when her men are engaged in intercourse.
One thing that should be said here, though: french kissing in the morning pre-toothbrushing is not for the faint-hearted.
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She won a RITA (ooo, two!) and she's selling a gazillion books. None of that changes the fact that Suzanne Brockmann is a great writer who lives up to this hype. This is not Heartthrob II. This book stands solidly on its own merits: strong plot, believable characters, great dialogue, each page moved. This book seems a bit edgier than other romance faire, and despite the mob boss set-up, the grittier aspects involve Harry's redemption in his relationships. Brockmann's characters make pure, tough choices that are sometimes hard to like, but it is a relief to read a book that wasn't device'd to death.
This book fails to get five stars only because a secondary character should have received a whole lot more comeuppance, and the epilogue, unlike the tone of the rest of the book, was a little too Barney for my taste ("And what did you learn today, Timmy?") Brockmann has written a book that takes the romance novel to previously unscaled heights by combining extraordinary circumstances with realistic character responses. P.S. If Detective Harry O'Dell's rumpled suit makes you think of Peter Falk, try substituting George Clooney. Worked for me. Very well, actually. And anyway, seeing Peter Falk is not enough reason to stop reading a well-crafted book. There are too few out there these days.
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How disappointing - for one, this book has a hero who spends half the time in denial or running away from his problems instead of facing them head on like a man. The heroine is a silly woman who isn't sure whether she wants to boink Harry, mistrust him, or take on the Mafia single-handedly. When these two characters spend their time bickering (or boinking) with little quiet moments to tell me they actually feel more than lust for each other... well, I don't think I really buy it.
Oh, there's a sympathetic teenage boy and a poor wronged woman of ill repute, but with Harry and his girlfriend and Harry's mule of a partner and the latter's messy love triangle causing a spillover of unpleasantness over every page, I just stop caring.
I wonder what's wrong with this story - I mean, everyone loves it but me! But upon some introsprective thinking, I decide that "Bodyguard" fails where "Heartthrob" succeeds because the former never actually succeeds in convincing me that the two main characters are in for real. Was it Sandra Bullock's character in the movie "Speed" that said shared dire circumstances isn't the best way to start a relationship?
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