Saturday, September 26, 2009

Not The End

Hot Pursuit (Troubleshooters, #15) Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
By now it's no secret that there will be a pause in the series for a bit. Maybe some short stories. While the thought makes me want to faint dead away, I totally get it. Brockmann has been writing this series for how long now? Take a rest, girl. Explore some new ideas and formats. Enjoy time with your son. I totally get it.

Add to that the cretaceous hell-fire generated from her previous book where she apparently gave Sophia the HEA many readers didn't want and, truly, she deserves a rest. I didn't get the whole controversy anyway. It's her world and it did leave us with a new way of viewing the series.

While I gave this book 5 stars, I did feel it wasn't up to her usual standards. The plot was good. Sam and Alyssa were a great team as usual. A couple of new characters were introduced, giving the series room to grow. Even a new gay character was introduced. Good deal.

While I enjoy Sam and Alyssa, I'm not understanding the great obsession many readers have with them. I'm hoping the proposed short stories are not all Sam and Alyssa 24/7. There were some other great stories and characters I'd love to revisit.

Including Tom and Kelly Paoletti! Let's check back on the Big One that started it all. Unsung Hero, their love story, was part of the Seal Team 16 series predated the Troubleshooters series. But it was a great setup for the series. And, after all, many critiques of romance consider it the Perfect Contemporary Romantic Suspense Novel.

So, take a break, Ms. Brockmann. Stand down. Job well done and looking forward to the Next Big Thing.

Would I recommend this title to a man in a bear suit? Not unless he indicated he had been reading the series all along. Although it stands alone, the rest of the series really whets the appetite.

Would I recommend this title to the guy standing outside the library repeatedly stating "The End is Near?" Since that's about all he says, I don't think I would. Not that he ever says much else to go on anyway.

Would I recommend this title to a fan who wants Hard Science SF? No. While there are gadgets, this does not meet the criteria for that genre.

Would I recommend this title to a fan of Marliss Merton's Seal series? Yes, without hesitation. Action, romance, empowered heroines and hunky strong smart heroes. Great fit.

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