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Friday, April 22, 2011

Book Review: Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #16)

Book cover of Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters series #16)
I loved the first several books in the Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series but hadn’t been so thrilled with the last few - just couldn’t connect with the characters, though of course I read them all.  I did love, however, how much we got to know Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella in those books.

If you haven't read the Troubleshooters books, it's a romantic suspense series featuring really sexy military men doing really sexy military things.  Izzy is Brockmann’s funniest character – he’s always cracking jokes, usually ones that are totally inappropriate to the situation.  In a crisis, though, there’s nobody better.  I’ve been waiting for Brockmann to give us Izzy’s story for years, and she finally did it with Breaking the Rules, her 16th Troubleshooters book.  

In Breaking the Rules, Izzy heads to the seedy side of Las Vegas and meets up with his almost-ex-wife Eden.  They have some serious issues they need to resolve, but first they have to save Eden’s brother Ben, a teenager who just came out and now finds himself in a dangerous situation. Eden’s other brother, Dan, recently injured in Afghanistan, tries to deal with his animosity for Izzy while also trying to figure out his own romantic issues.

Aside from all these romantic entanglements, there is the very real and horrifying depiction of the teenage sex trade.  This is one of Brockmann’s longest books (528 pages), and there are some very disturbing scenes, but I was pleased with the resolution this book brings to many of its characters.  I’ve read rumors that this is Brockmann’s last book in the series.  I sincerely hope not, but if it is, she hasn’t left too many threads dangling. 

Breaking the Rules isn’t the best book in the Troubleshooters series, but it was fast-paced and kept me reading.  I wish Brockmann hadn’t made some of the characters seem so stupid – if you’re being hunted by a bunch of really bad guys, it’s probably best not to leave your apartment at night without telling anyone.  And this happened more than once in this book.  She probably could have edited a good 100 pages out of the book simply by eliminating those plot contrivances.

One of the reasons I return to Suzanne Brockmann again and again is because she is totally unafraid to write about uncomfortable social topics, particularly gay rights and interracial romance.  So many authors just ignore reality, but Brockmann thoughtfully addresses them head-on without being preachy.

My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Other books by Suzanne Brockmann: Over the Edge

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1 comment:

  1. I don't think I've read anything by her... But I've heard good things about this series!


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