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Hot Pursuit: A Novel Hardcover – Jul 28 2009
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“Brockmann is a master of adventure, drama, passion, and suspense.”—The Tampa Tribune
“Brockmann strikes the perfect balance between white-knuckle suspense and richly emotional romance.”—Chicago Tribune
From the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Since her explosion onto the publishing scene more than ten years ago, Suzanne Brockmann has written more than forty books, and 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. Suzanne Brockmann lives west of Boston with her husband, author Ed Gaffney.See all Product Description
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Basic plot is that Alyssa takes (yet another "easy") assignment to coach a public figure in self defense while bringing along Sam and some Navy SEALS to decorate the office for a while and thus convince the heckler(s) to back off. But one heckler is close. And far from backing off, amps it up to 11. The easy assignment becomes intense and the pressure mounts. Alyssa and Sam, then Jules and Robin, work on coping with the fact that their chosen mate works in the line of fire as a matter of course, and how to leave their non-pro family members out of the action. Alyssa is also a nursing mom. Having spent last Saturday hiking with a nursing mom who left baby with grandma, the problems Alyssa encountered rang hilariously true.
The subplot with Dan Gillman I found amusing. For everyone who has ever complained that Suz's guys are too idealistic approaching relationships? Meet Dan. Here's a good looking guy looking to get some action on vacation with minimum hassle, while trying to follow the campsite rule of leave 'em better off than you found 'em. He's hot and successful and it's campy good fun until his typical vacation relationship gets thrown a few curve balls. He's got issues, yes, and he starts to work through them and has to do it with annoying BIL Izzy hanging around. (Izzy also gets a few POV scenes, but Eden is not around.)
The character Jenn adds a useful point of view - I'm so used to Jules and Robin, I forget that Robin is supposed to famous. So when Jenn muses that "the award winning actor has come to babysit, will Susan Sarandon be dropping in to do the laundry?" it reminded me again to pay attention. Plus, I think I lived in her apartment for several years. 400 sq foot studio that averaged 90F in the winter with the windows open? Check. Also had her wardrobe - not quite a 16, but really not a 14 either. Check. Lots of uber-beauties in this story, so it was nice to have a sensible, average looking, average sized, average budgeted character I related to more easily.
While the serial killer aspect is creepy, it's was not as creepy for me as the Into the Storm subplot. There was a distance to the gruesome that allowed me not to dwell on the details. For the whodunit, I guessed the killer early on. Go me. There were red herrings. I don't know if I wasn't thrown because I'm so familiar with SB's writing or because it was easy or because I'm just that good. I still enjoyed finding out if I was right and "knowing" didn't affect my ability to enjoy how the story was laid out. I only had a couple quibbles which I won't mention in case they aren't your quibbles as they were easily overlooked. (If you noticed one word being used a LOT, mention it in the comments and see if it's the one I always notice or if I just have special radar for that word.)
I had a great plan to only read a couple chapters at a time and stretch the book out all week to spend more time lingering in the story. So much for that plan; I tore through the book. The book sucked me in, pacing was excellent, I found all the subplots very balanced and I was never tempted to skip one (only a big problem for me previously in Into the Fire). The book focuses heavily on characters trying to do the right thing for themselves, their friends, their colleagues, and their families which I found refreshing and entertaining. Highly recommended, even for people who haven't followed the series.
The fifteenth installment of the Troubleshooters series brings back fan favorites, Sam and Alyssa. Alyssa brings her family along on an "easy" assignment to teach Assemblywoman Maria Bonavida and her staff about personal safety and give a little added protection for someone threatening the Assemblywoman. She also brings along "big bad SEALs" Dan Gillman, Jay Lopez, and Izzy Zanella to do a little scaring off by being themselves. It is supposed to be a boondoggle trip for the SEALs who are on liberty and not getting paid for the trip except for airfare and housing. The assignment stops being fun when the threats become more serious. FBI agent Jules Cassidy arrives with his husband, Robin, in tow to add to the investigation.
I'm a bit disappointed in this book. I'm a Sam/Alyssa fan and their story worked of fairly well...though I think Sam was a bit over-the-top in places. Jules and Robin bothered me the most. I loved Robin in Force of Nature because he was fun and smart and in this one he seems to have lost a lot that...he is treated like a small child...a lot. I found it to be a bit demeaning. He was the just "the spouse," who needed a lot of hand holding.
As far as the suspense/mystery goes, Brockmann puts in plenty of red herrings, but I figured the killer out long before it was revealed. A good mystery, but not great.
This is an "in-between" book. Brockmann has put in story arcs with both Gillman and Zanella leaving me a little confused and missing something. There was definitely not enough resolution in this one. I'm thinking this is one of those books you could actually skip in a series and not feel like you missed out on much.
I'm looking forward to the 16th installment (Izzy's story) for more resolution. I also love Izzy. I understand it is the last book for a while. The books will return, but it may be a while.
For Sam & Alyssa fans, you'll love it. If you are an Izzy fan, you'll love this one, too. He was my favorite part of this story.
Serial killer 'the Dentist' has had a weird crush on Alyssa since she began investigating his case. He's set the stage and he intends to end it here, in New York, on his home turf. He'll manipulate the team, kill the husband, capture Alyssa, and maybe he'll even kidnap their child and raise him as his own.
Navy Seal Dan Gillman knows he's about to be sent to Afghanistan...again. But two weeks in New York should give him the loving he needs to keep going. Not for him, though, are one-night stands. Two week stands are more like it and the assembly-woman's chunky but smart assistant seems like just the woman to take away his cares. Gillman likes his women, but with his job, he knows he isn't boyfriend material. He'll show her a good time and then move on. Except when Jenn is kidnapped (twice), Gillman discovers a feeling he's never had before. Could he really be falling?
In her Troubleshooter series, author Suzanne Brockmann interweaves the lives of the men and women of Troubleshooters and their Navy Seal allies. HOT PURSUIT gives us an update on many of them (Sam and Alyssa are doing fine except for the serial killer thing, Jules and Robin are also doing well and happy to be living in Massachusetts where gay marriage is legal). Not doing so well is Izzy, who is pining for Gillman's sister, Eden...who won't even talk to him. The assemblywoman likes Izzy and it would be easy to fall into bed with her, but Izzy is married...even though his wife is in Germany avoiding him. For me, all the time spent on updates got in the way of enjoying the current romance (Gillman and Jenn) and the suspense (will they figure out who the 'dentist' is before it's too late?) Too, the mystery was a bit too easy, although Brockmann gave us readers clues she didn't give to Alyssa and company so I guess we can't blame her for being slow.
Brockmann is a highly skilled writer and HOT PURSUIT is an easy book to read. If she'd focused a bit more on this story, it could have been great. As it was, it's just an acceptable read.
Unsung Hero 1 ** (Good characters but story is too interrupted)
Defiant Hero 2 ****(Still interrupted, but better story)
Over the Edge 3 ****(Ditto, but liking more as I get used to reading three stories at once)
Out of Control 4 *****(Terrific stories, still the jumping around can be hard)
Into the Night 5 ****(Side stories better than main story, but very good book)
Gone Too Far 6 *****(Best of the series so far. Excellent story)
Flashpoint 7 ****(Very good story. A bit longer than it should have been.)
Hot Target 8 *****(Jules's story was the bullet. Main couple story very good, too.)
Breaking Point 9 *****(Wanted more Jules. Got a little/not enough of him. Main couple's story good but typical. [Negotiator & young girl from plane jacking])
Into the Storm 10 *****(Excellent drama, adventure, romance, mystery. Heroine held out a bit too much, but not enough to ruin the story)
Force of Nature 11 ***** For Jules and Robin (Awesomely emotional!)/ ** For the other couple (heroine was a witch/ hero was a wimp)
All Through the Night (Xmas) 12 ****1/2(Terrific for romance/ light on action and mystery)
Into the Fire 13 *****(Izzy is awesome! Murphy's story is touching. Tons of action. Lots of unexpected twists.)
Dark of Night 14 ****(Liked Deck, Bored with Dave, Missed Izzy, Glad to see Jules back in action)
Hot Pursuit 15 *****(Sam & Alyssa are awesome in their job, marriage, & parenthood. Gillman gets the lesson he's been needing. I want something better for Izzy. Jules & Robin are still heartrendingly sweet.)
I've read so many disappointing books lately, I was beginning to think I was just getting bored with romance novels in general. Then "Hot Pursuit" arrived on my doorstep. I began reading it right away. For the first time in a long while, I found myself glued to a book. Brockmann did not disappoint. Plenty of chilling mystery, adrenaline pounding action, steamy love scenes, and true romance. The mystery kept me guessing. No "too easy solution". Each time I thought I had it solved, there was another new twist. Many scenes were so well written, I felt as if I was in the midst of the danger myself. (Ever walk down a dark street at night and feel your heart pound as you pass a slightly opened door... fearing what might be hiding behind it? Brockmann takes you there.) Even as all of this occurs, we get to enjoy Izzy's mountain- sized heart, Robin's kindness, Sam's devotion to his wife and son, and the demise of Gillman's cold facade.
Admittedly, Alyssa was never a favorite character for me. She was always a bit too cold. In fact, I never bothered reading the short stories about her and Sam at the end of the other books. (Thankfully, that didn't diminish my ability to follow this book at all.) I didn't like seeing a heart & soul man like Sam paired with an ice queen. However I now have a new respect for Alyssa's character. Brockmann seems to have made her more human. The chip on her shoulder has eased up. Alyssa still takes no BS, but she also has a soul. She's strong and independent, but she doesn't get absurdly offended when Sam is concerned for her safety. There is a softness to the edges of her character that really lacked in the past. Whether male or female, every character needs a heart. Alyssa's is now wide open.
Major bullets in this book:
~Sam and Alyssa are still thoroughly in love, with their baby son bringing them joy... and a lack of sleep. Both are major players in solving the mystery of the serial killer known as "The Dentist".
~Dan Gillman, who has made an a** of himself many times in the past, is now about to learn his lesson. He gets what he deserves... and what he desperately needs. The anger and sorrow in his soul are about to be shattered by a plus-sized woman who brings him to his knees.
~Izzy is still mourning the loss of "Pinky" and Eden. He plans to try one more time to get Eden back. (That tale, according to the Author's Note at the end of Hot Pursuit, is due in Brockmann's next book. She claims it will be the last TS book..."at least for a while". Is she trying to hurt us?? Ouch!) Personally, I'd rather see Izzy with a mature woman who will appreciate him. We'll see what happens...
~Jules and Robin are still 100% in love. Jules plays a major role in solving the case of "The Dentist".
New to this series? Start from the beginning. The first few books can be slow at times, but then BAM you are in for a ride.
The series begins here:
The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters, Book 1)
Want to try Brockmann out, without getting hooked into a series? This is a great stand-alone title: