Title: Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters, #17)
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: ~352 pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
It’s great to see the SpecOps guys from Suzanne Brockmann‘s “Troubleshooters” series again. It’s been a few years since my last read of them, and the writings never fail to amuse me even when – in this case – certain character made me want ton smack them the whole time reading it.
The story centered around Lt. Peter “Grunge” Greene, who got custody of his teenaged daughter upon the death of his ex. He moved out of base (to live with the erstwhile daughter) to a suburb right across the street from Shayla Whitman, a romance suspense author with two teenage sons. It was told in multiple POVs – five or so – in a fast paced action and reaction. I liked the reappearing characters in this series; it made like visiting old friends where we saw familiar faces. The verbal jousting that effortlessly shifted from playful to serious and back among the SpecOps Community was one of the upside of this series. That saying – while the story can be read as standalone – those who haven’t read the previous books on this series might find a bit issue and watch out for spoiler details of recurring characters’s.
I admit to not pay much attention (or remember much) about Grunge from previous books. But he’s a likable character. What am I saying: he’s a LOVABLE character with his penchant for actually listening to what people saying in conversation! And Shayla’s a kickass with her quick thinking and improvising; not to mention her inclination to have conversation inside her head with character from her book. Their affair felt rushed and whirlwind, sure. But somehow, the way the story flowed made me not taking issue about it and instead thought them plausible.
The major issue I had was with Grunge’s daughter; Dear God, save me from teenager! There’s two sides of the coin on this factor. On one side, the author brilliantly brought a surly teenager with attitudes came to life. On the other side: I just have no patience for surly teenager with attitude; one who thought anything and anyone stupid when …voila, doing stupid things in a row herself!! Even the stupid young man who stupidly fell for her and got dragged around found voice of reason sooner than her! (I shall just stop or I’ll rant about Maddie Nakamura nonstop).
Some Kind of Hero reminds me what I loved from Suzanne Brockmann‘s writings; it was fun, sweet, spicy and filled with crazy good and bad people. I definitely will break in my old collections to look for and reread her books again after this. And looking forward for any new title, of course! 🙂
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.