Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann

Title: Do or Die
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
My Rating: A+

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: Reluctant Heroes #1
Main Characters: Ian and Phoebe
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher: Random House
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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 own 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 to Phoebe Kruger, Ian’s bespectacled, 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.

My Review:
Suzanne Brockmann is back with an INCREDIBLE new series. Yes, I received this book for review and was at the 20% point in the book when I set my Kindle down to get online and order the hardback edition of this book for my keeper shelf. It was that good and throughout reading it, it just kept getting better and better.

In true Suzanne Brockmann fashion there is a whole cast of characters in this book and I fell in love with every one of them. It's gonna be such a good series. At the heart of them though is Ian. He sacrificed everything and went to prison to save his brother Aaron and his gay partner Shel and their son Rory from Shel's crazy mob-boss father who is willing to kill his gay son and anyone involved with him. Everyone in the group (or Ian's team) knew about Ian's sacrifice except his brother.

Ian is a former SEAL and has this team of people that he's always worked with on security matters. His brother, Aaron, was a Marine. Aaron's partner, Shel, was also a Marine and is the team's computer guru. Shel's sister, Francine, is just an all-around, no-fear, badass. Added to this group are attorney's, Phoebe and Marstell, who come and free Ian from prison...which totally screws up the deal he had with the crazy mob-boss. They free him because the government needs his help without any acknowledgement that he's actually helping in a diplomatic/security issue. Rounding out the team are FBI agents, Deb and Yashi. And for Troubleshooters fans out there, the FBI agents report to Jules although he's never actually in the book. 

Confused yet? Yeah, there's a lot going on, but it's all so good. From the moment the book begins, the action and drama is pretty much non-stop. 

I loved Phoebe and Ian together. Ian is one of those guys...always relaxed and cool-headed, regardless of any situation he's in. That's what makes him so good at his job. Phoebe messes him up though and he can't keep his crap together around her. I loved that and how she always kept him on his toes. He never knows what she's going to do. 

There are a ton of little side-stories. In fact, there was a slew of flashbacks in the story...none that had to do with Ian and Phoebe. Normally, I hate that type of thing because I want to concentrate on the main couple. In this book, it didn't bother me one little bit just because I was caught up in everyone's story equally. It makes me so curious is going though. Honestly, I can't even guess who will be featured in the next book. There are several possibilities, but I liked all the characters so much, I couldn't even tell you who I want the next book to be about. I'm just thrilled that we'll get more books featuring this team. I loved this one! Definitely a great start from Suzanne Brockmann.

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

1 comment:

Amber Hight said...

Sounds like a good one! I have a ton of her books and still haven't read one of them! I need to move them up in my rotation, maybe starting with this one:)