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The Admiral's Bride Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm) (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373079621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373079629
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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The Admiral's Bride by Suzanne Brockmann
Silhouette Intimate Moments # 962 - November 1999
Mira re-issue April 2006

In Vietnam, his SEAL squad called him Admiral out of respect though the rank wasn't yet earned. Jake has earned that rank after 30 years of dedication. When a deadly nerve agent is stolen from a US facility, Jake must infiltrate a militia cult. He can't do it alone. Zoe is the leading expert with the CIA on biochemical agents. She's been on these missions before and she knows the stakes involved. Together with the squad of SEALs hand-picked by Jake for backup, they enter a world so deadly that all their skills are tested.

We were introduced to Jake in the last book; he's fully recovered from the assassination attempt but he's still recovering from the death of his wife Daisy. He knows that his age is a problem for the squad; even though at 53 he's in as good as or better shape than his men. He battles his attraction for Zoe who makes him feel more alive than he's felt in long time. Zoe's had a crush on Jake for years. His reputation from Nam paints him as a hero with a capital H. She knows that she's falling in love with Jake the man; that he happens to be Jake the hero and Jake the hunk, is just a bonus. Awesome! ... this one I think is my favourite so far in the series.
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By Buggy TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 10 2011
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What a great addition to the Tall Dark & Dangerous series this turned out to be. I would have to say that THE ADMIRAL'S BRIDE is one of the better (best?) from the series so far and the reason why all stems from its absolutely sigh-worthy hero (and some darn sexy shower scenes) With this 7th addition we get 53 year old Admiral Jake Robinson's story and who knew I'd end up having a thing for older men when I was done? But Jake is just a great hero regardless of his age; accomplished, kind, selfless, more than capable, oh so sexy and kinda awesome.

After first meeting Jake in HAWKEN'S HEART I was a little sceptical about his romantic lead abilities however I need not have worried because Brockmann does an excellent job here with the older man/younger woman scenario, writing both characters in such multifaceted ways that I had no trouble in believing that they belonged together despite their considerable age difference. Zoe, with her military background is Jake's perfect match as she understands him in ways even his late wife couldn't. A little hero worship on her part doesn't hurt either.

When six canisters of a deadly nerve agent are stolen from a military testing lab our Admiral defies convention and decides to lead his handpicked team of SEAL's in infiltrating the cult leader's compound where the deadly toxin is being stored. Posing as a married couple Jake's partner on this mission is Dr Zoe Lange, a biological warfare specialist and expert in espionage. She is well aware of the Admiral's reputation although she seems to be the only one on the team that has faith in his aging capabilities. Jake is still sharp however and in as good of shape as men 30 years his junior.
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Is there any-thing more exciting than another S.E.A.L. book from the fabulous Suzanne Brockmann? Absolutely not. This time, a legendary hero commands an undercover operation to penetrate a militant militia compound and prevent a terrorist attack. But he will need the help of THE ADMIRALS BRIDE (5), a lovely secret agent. Wielding her pen with exquisite precision,Ms. Brockmann makes us feel the hopes and fears of an extraordinary man and his equally extraordinary love. An experience no romance fan should miss
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103 of 111 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa212b810) out of 5 stars Fantastic hero, great story! Dec 31 1999
By Kate McMurry - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Out of Ms. Brockmann's many fabulous heroes, all of whom I adore, I *totally* fell in love with Admiral Jake Robinson! What a man! He is utterly idealistic and principled, but there is never a second of "sappiness" in the author's presentation of his heroism. She provides totally believable motivation for exactly why he seems so noble to others. In short: no matter how many people he has saved in Vietnam and throughout the rest of his illustrious career, he has always regretted the ones he wasn't able to save.
At 52, Jake has been widowed for several years after a happy, 30-year marriage to an artist. The heroine, Zoe Lange, is different in every way from Jake's deceased wife, but she is truly his soul mate. Like him, she works in covert operations and feels a huge adrenaline rush from the danger. Because their work is so similar, Zoe understands Jake's career as his dead wife never could.
Many times internal conflicts such as Jake's guilt about the age difference between him and Zoe can get tedious in romance because the hero's "angsting" gets excessive. Happily, Ms. Brockmann never crosses that line. The very traits of honor and commitment and deep, abiding love that make the heroine fall in love with Jake are the things that believably keep them apart until the tumultuous climax.
Zoe is a fabulous heroine. Brilliant, competent, and independent, she never wanted to marry because she put her career above everything else in life. She loves her work as a scientist specializing in biological warfare. Like Jake, she knows her work is very important because it saves so many lives. So up until Jake, she only got involved with men as potential lovers that she was sure she would fall in love with only a little bit.
However, almost immediately with Jake she realizes this is not going to be the case. She loses her previous control, because it is impossible to keep any distance from this incredible man.
As for the love scenes--whew! TOTALLY HOT! Because Ms. Brockmann writes in close-third point of view, we get to be intensely immersed in the passionate feelings of each character in these scenes as well as all others. The author never distracts us by the dizzying head-hopping many other romance authors succumb to. We are always close-in and utterly personally involved by her seamless writing style.
All in all this is a truly magnificent book worthy of the many awards it will undoubtedly win, as so many other of Ms. Brockmann's books have. The only "complaint" I have is that the book had to end!
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa212b864) out of 5 stars Older man and younger woman, but it works Aug. 27 2002
By BCBLoyd - Published on
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I don't normally go for the older man/younger woman type books, but Ms. Brockmann's handling of the situation worked. And I can't think of a guy more deserving of finding love again than the widower, "Admiral."
I'm glad to see a few of Brockmann's original Tall Dark & Dangerous series are being republished, namely books 1 & 2, Prince Joe and Forever Blue. I hope they'll continue and republish all of them. I'd buy them again. Admiral's Bride is #7 in the series. If they don't... and if you can get your hands on this one, it's worth it. Although it's not absolutely necessary, I recommend reading Brockmann's "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (book #6 in the series) to get a bit more of the Admiral's history before reading this one. While it's Crash's story, the Admiral and his first love, Daisy, are featured heavily in it.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa212bc9c) out of 5 stars fair to middlin' May 9 2006
By hope beverly - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't see this as her best effort (but not her worst, either). I think really the book is too short to get into the kind of character development she does in other SEAL books, and so you might not care as much about these characters as you do in other of her novels. Also, as another reviewer said, the "action" in this book is not believable (and I'm not even in the military, and I can tell). It reads a little like it was written by a teenager living out her fantasy on paper. Lots of thoughts from the main characters on their emotions, but not enough interractions to flesh out why they feel that way.

I was also a little disturbed by the repeated references to how the female lead had had a crush on the Admiral since she was a child. There was only lip service as to that her love now "was so much more" than her hero-worship crush. I wasn't convinced. Seemed to me that they hadn't been around each other enough for her to have other than a crush, and him to have other than a wish to end his celibacy.

Also, as others said, if you don't like may-december romances, skip this one, because the age difference is mentioned frequently (and then wrapped up in a neat little package and tossed aside right at the end).
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa212e06c) out of 5 stars Entertaining story, but.... April 30 2006
By Meerkat - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was entertained by this story (enough to finish the book), but there were a number of aspects concerning it that left me scratching my head in disbelief. The depiction of the military in this book is laughable at best (especially for those of us who have actually served in the military). The scenes where the Navy SEAL team are discussing Jake and Zoe's feelings for each other are laughably bad. I mean, seriosuly, to have one Navy SEAL telling another SEAL as they watch their team leader and the heroine on a monitor, "I think it must be very difficult for both of them. He cares a great deal for her. And Zoe..." He sighed. "She's falling in love with Jake." These are supposed to be Navy SEALS on a mission! Not girlfriends chatting on a lazy Sunday afternoon over a dessert coffee.

The characters were a little "Mary Sue-ish" at times (too good to be true). The Admiral has too many moments of indecision for me, as a reader, to believe that he is supposed to be as heroic and strategically gifted as the book keeps reminding us he is. And the heroine, Zoe, bounces back and forth between being a first rate operative to a wounded barbie doll.

There is some witty banter between characters, and I was curious enough to finish the book so I could see how the story would wrap up, but if you decide to read this book.... be warned that you will need to leave reality checked at the door.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa212e150) out of 5 stars Totally satisying read Nov. 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was getting so disgusted by category romances (very tired of the amnesiac virgins/pregnant brides/woman-hating ranchers/fabulously wealthy creeps that are so prevalent in the genre now!) but Suzanne Brockmann has restored my faith in the category romance. I really enjoyed this book. The writing was witty, Zoe was an awesome character, and Jake...well, I certainly wouldn't mind the fact that he was 20+ years older... (I kept picturing a blue-eyed George Clooney - yum!) I am now going to rush out and find all of her previous books. Bye!

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