Thursday, May 16, 2013

Headed for Trouble, Suzanne Brockmann

Another collection of short stories, like Twilight's Dawn, only for a romance series called Troubleshooters. Now, I've proposed my 60/40 rule before, and I stand by it. Brockmann is excellent at making sure the romance doesn't swallow the plot. She's actually the author that convinced me I didn't hate all romance.

The series starts with characters from a navy SEAL team, and ripples out into the FBI and a private security company called Troubleshooters. You don't really have to read this series in order, but there is some crossover - minor characters in one book are main characters in another and things that happen to them while they're minor effect their main story. Every now and then the plots, being suspense, get a little hard to believe but for the most part these are really good reads. The ones in the beginning have a little extra ooph, adding a flashback story line. Like WWII spies or gay soldiers. That's not to say the series gets boring. It keeps up, just without some nice historical side plots.

That's another thing: the characters are really diverse - by race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. It makes the whole thing more complex and real. And the characters never go completely away, so the ones you love are always floating around.

As I said, this is an anthology. I'm not going to go over everything, because, dude, there are a lot. There is a timeline in the beginning, so if you're already a fan of the series, you'll know where everything fits. If you're not, you won't be lost for much of it. There are a might be a reference or 2, but very limited. There are short stories, but there also interviews and conversations. Sounds kinda weird, right? They're entertaining, though. The interviews are between characters and Suz. The conversations are similar. All the characters are aware of their status in a book...and that Suz is the author.

Some of the stories can be found on ebook or at the end of other books, so there may be some repeats if you've read the series. If you're new, this may give you a little taste - various characters and situations. Another thing about this book is Shane's Last Stand at the end. It's a short story to go with Brockmann's new paranormal series, Fighting Destiny.

Definitely recommend this one for fans and for those thinking about becoming fans.

Headed for Trouble, Suzanne Brockmann

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