Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Title: Some Kind of Hero
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
My Rating: A

Genre: Military Romance
Series: Troubleshooters #17
Main Characters: Peter and Shayla
Release Date: July 2017
Publisher: Ballantine
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

My Review:
It's been a while since we've had a new Suzanne Brockmann novel, but it was worth the wait. I loved this book so, so much. And honestly, it's Shayla's character that makes this book so utterly awesome!

Shayla is a romantic suspense author and like most writers, she's a bit quirky. She has an imaginary sidekick named Harry, who's gay and who she's already given his HEA in a book. She talks to him...both in her head and in real life. He has a running commentary throughout the book, most especially about the hot and sexy SEAL that she's helping out. But he's also an FBI agent so he mentors her on how she should proceed in high danger situations. I adored Harry and the fact that he's this fixture in her life. And the fact that she's constantly shushing him...which is something that Pete is very much aware of...is priceless. 

But the story...Shayla and Pete live across the street from one another. She has two teenage boys. He has a teenage daughter who's a virtual stranger. They've only been living together for 2 months since Maddie's mother died. Maddie isn't adjusting well to her new life and that causes some problems. Problems that send her on the run with 20 yo Dingo (Maddie is 15). 

The entire book is spent trying to locate Maddie. The issue? They aren't the only ones trying to find her and things heat up pretty quickly as the danger builds. This book is action packed from start to finish and I love the way the story developed and unfolded. I loved Shayla and her quirks. I loved Pete, that he's an instructor for BUDS, and that there are some great glimpses of Izzy and several of the other past characters in the story. Although I love the baby SEALs/BUDs too. 

I have to say the surprise character that stole my heart in this one was Dingo. OMG, I so did not see that coming. Loved him so much and the ending with that epilogue...so perfect. Every time he made the right choice, I fell for him a little bit more. There was fabulous character development for him.

The book was fantastic and I've ordered it in print/hardcover for my keeper shelf. This will definitely be a reread book for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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