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Prince Joe (Tall, Dark & Dangerous #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  5,187 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews

The government wanted Veronica St. John to teach a tough, combat-hardened Navy SEAL how to impersonate a visiting European crown prince who'd been targeted by terrorists. But even if every gorgeous inch of him did look the part, this guy simply wasn't prince material. . .

It wasn't just that everything about Lieutenant Joe Catalanotto--from his New York accent t
Paperback, Silhouette Intimate Moments #720, 248 pages
Published June 1996 by Silhouette
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Opening line: "All of the major network news cameras were rolling as Tedric Cortere, crown prince of Ustanzia, entered the airport."

Prince Joe is the 1st from Brockmann’s 11 book Tall Dark and Dangerous series, its Troubleshooters ‘light’ and except for a couple of issues its very, very good. And damn but that Brockman can write a delicious hero because Prince Joe, well I fell a little (lot)in love with him. This SEAL was just arrogant, combat hardened and rough enough around the edges to catch
♡Karlyn P♡
I tried a few times to get into this one, but I just couldn't relate with the whole romance part. Every time I found myself just enjoying the plot (which was actually interesting), it got bogged down with repetitive cliches on how hot the heroine is and how horny Joe is. The romance moved way too fast and the pacing of it threw me too. I wanted to love this one as I normally love Brockmann, but this one didn't work for me.
Lady Heather
This is the first book I've a read by this author and I think I've found myself a new favorite author (yay me)!

I Loved this story!

Joe & Veronica's chemistry was amazing, and I loved that no matter how hard they fought their attraction they finally had to give in because it was bigger than the both of them.
There was incredible pressure on both Joe & Veronica to do their jobs and they both had different reasons for doing it, but in the end their reasons were both admirable.

I'm SO happy I f
Oct 02, 2010 Eastofoz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who want a heavy on the romance light on the suspense RS novel
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Auntee
Normally I don’t like stories about princes and kings from fake countries –they tend to bug me especially with a contemporary setting because they come off as dumb but this book thankfully didn’t focus on that too much. For the most part it was a light romance with a dollop of suspense and some heartfelt moments scattered around.

Joe Catalanotto is a navy SEAL whose job is to impersonate the prince of Ustanzia who has had an assassination attempt on his life during an official tour to the US. Ver
que me gustan a mi estos maromos
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I felt bad because I really feel that a 1 star rating should come with a reason for that low rating. Suzanne Brockmann is a very popular author in the romance genre, and I am sure that my rating gets a lot of raised eyebrows. For me, this book is a fail. Why? I cannot stand the heroine! I tried my hardest to keep reading, but she annoyed me so much, and I didn't even want to be bothered. Honestly, I have a problem with Suzanne Brockmann's heroines in general. I find most of them fairly unlikable ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Mafi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt, harlequin, 2015
Quanto ao que não gostei, não tive grande paciência para as indecisões amorosas do Joe e da Veronica e dos seus males entendidos. Outra coisa que me fez confusão é ler estes livros que são contemporâneos mas que já têm 20 anos e ver como tanto mudou em duas décadas. Aquando do lançamento deste livro (1996) aqui fala-se em faxes, pagers e ainda é mencionado o presidente dos USA, o Bill Clinton! Apenas faz confusão porque hoje em dia sabemos que ninguém usa fax, as gerações mais jovens nem sabem o ...more

This was a rather nice, fairytale-type romance. Navy SEAL meets PR consultant. Navy SEAL given ample opportunity to demonstrate bravery, plus a unique array of skills ranging from languages to climbing. Navy SEAL and PR consultant fall in love, but predictable misunderstanding happen. Etc. Etc.

It was rather formulaic, but well enough written that it was still enjoyable, and I'll go back for more with the rest of the series. The made-up country thing and spoilt prince were a tad hokey, but the a
Liked this better on the reread. Joe Cat is a good character.

This one was pretty implausible. I generally don't like when authors make up European countries just so they can have a princess in their story but what are you going to do? The story was okay. The take down scenes on the boat were pretty good if I remember correctly. I read this a long time ago. I like Joe Cat a lot in future stories in the series and you really ought to read it if you're going to read the series since this is the sta
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I didn't like Veronica at all. She was annoying. I wanted much better for Joe because he was a good guy.
Actual Rating: 1.5 Stars

This is truly a disappointing reading experience, and the honest truth is that it could have been a really great romantic suspense. There were a lot of moments that came close to making up for all the things I didn't like about this book, but not quite enough to satisfy me.

Prince Joe is what I would call a potentially promising premise ruined by an entirely too one-tracked, unerring focus on a frustratingly clichéd romance. I had already done a good amount of ranting earl
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 4.55
Action: 2.2 / Emotion: 3.9 / Romance: 4.8 / Sensuous: 1.9 / Suspense: 3.1 // Laughter: 4 / Giggles: 1 // Tears: 3 / Teary: 0

Prince Joe: 4.55:
A fun, appealing, enjoyable read that reveals the skill Brockmann possesses when it comes to telling an intriguing, SEAL-based story, featuring her gift of writing great dialogue and creating layers to her characters. However, because this book is a shorter "series" book, it simply cannot be comparable to any of Brockmann's full-length,
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
First published: 1996
Length: 269 pages
Setting: Contemporary. Around the US.
Sex: Varies from explicit to door half-closed. Reasonably frequent.
Hero: SEAL.
Heroine: Media adviser.
Triggers: People die in a casual, BadGuy just shoots kind of way.

It works. Surprisingly well.

Prince Joe is an early work from Brockmann and perhaps suffers from a lack of experience in pacing and plotting, but overall enjoyable romantic-suspense. Nothing too difficult to challenge it’s original rea
Joe and Veronica. Prince 'Ted' is an ass, but he is a prince and his country has newly discovered oil. So when he is almost assassinated, the US government is all set to keep him safe. Luckily 'Ted' knows of a Navy Seal who looks just like him and can take his place during the rest of his US relations tour. Veronica happens to be prince Ted's sister's, sister-in-law and is working to improve his media image. So it falls on her to instruct Navy Seal 'Joe' how to impersonate a stuck up prig of a p ...more
Jane Stewart
Neat concept but thoughts and actions ruined it for me.

I loved the two main characters and the storyline, but the book should have been about 1/2 of the length. The author filled the story with endless ruminations within the characters' minds. They both kept assuming the wrong things about the words the other said. CAUTION SPOILERS: For example, he asks her to marry him, she says no because they are from two different worlds. He thinks she means he is too low class for her, but what she really m
Just read it again. As I decided to indulge in reading the whole TDD series in the right order this time, and without waiting months between each book.
I liked this one very much, probably more than in my memories.
It's not really realistic in more than a few places, but it just worked fine. I felt the attraction and budding feelings between Joe and Veronica, their mutual misunderstanding on their relationship did not seem overplayed.
And for a short book, I felt the characters had some depths.
Shambhawi P.
This was my first book by this author and I expected more from this book. After having heard so much about Suzanne Brockmann I wanted a book with more than a book with gaping plot holes and a exasperating romance. Joe and Veronica made me want to bang my head in the wall, the problems in their romance were so stupid and they were blowing it off to elephantine proportions. I wanted my characters to have more depth, the plot to have more thrill, the story to have less loose ends. I was disappointe ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Vane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


Hace un tiempo leí la quinta novela de esta serie y me gustó lo suficiente como para decidirme a comenzar en orden la misma.
Esta primera entrega me ha parecido bastante 'típica', no me ha aportado casi nada nuevo.
La acción es entretenida, el humor es divertido y la pareja protagonista tiene cierto encanto, pero el conjunto no me ha fascinado. Todo me ha parecido bastante predecible.
Jun 03, 2010 Regina marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish. I got bored, but am not sure why as I love this author's work. Brockmann writes good characters but in this particular story I did not care if they ended up together or not. I will stick with her thriller/suspense novels rather than straight romance.
Kate McMurry
Review of Kindle Edition, reissue of 1996 short contemporary romance

This is where it all started with Suzanne Brockmann's long history of writing exciting contemporary romance novels featuring sexy, Navy SEAL heroes.

In the midst of a well-earned leave, fishing off the coast of California with his friends, Navy SEAL Lieutenant Joe Catalanotto ("Joe Cat") is scooped up by a military chopper and rushed to a secret assignment in Washington, DC before he has a chance to clean up and change.

When Joe i
What kind of media consultant doesn't know what or who Navy SEALs are? Apparently, Veronica's kind.

The romance was instalove, the suspense aspect just a set up for our lovers to meet and solve their issue or more like for Veronica to woman up. There are better romantic suspense books out there :)
The book felt kind of dated to me. I was bemused that the author felt the need to explain - with much hyperbole - what a Navy SEAL is and even more amused that the heroine had never heard of one before. Military romances were already popular by 1996 and really, what American didn't know even 50 years ago that SEALS were elite special forces? Sheesh, back in 1970 Elly May Clampett of "The Beverly Hillbillies" dated a Navy SEAL. And speaking of "sheesh", what the heck was up with the romantic lead ...more
I liked Joe, very much. Veronica, I was a bit less sure about.

This book suffered from the "misunderstandings, all the time" plot that many romances seem to fall victim to. If only they had been able to clearly express their feelings, much of the drama here would never have happened. You might argue that there wouldn't have been a book without that plot point but I disagree- Joe being a SEAL is certainly a huge issue for the couple to get over and I think the mystery aspect could have been expand
My Rating: 3.0 rounded to 3.0

I'll leave a summary of the plot to other people who do a better job.

This book is a lesson in reading the description better. I thought it was a book about navy seals where the main character falls in love. Turns out it was a book about two characters who fall in love, one of whom happens to be a navy seal. These two sentences sound pretty much the same, but it turns out it makes a big difference.

I wouldn't have purchased the book if I had understood the story line,
My Pink Fairytales
I've stopped reading in the middle of the book, skipped to the end and put it down for good.
I guess i was expecting something else.

In my opinion it's a poor mixture of action and some romance. But the book was bought from the Romance shelf, so what gives?
I also decided i'm not such a big fan of third person narration. It feels like someone's telling me a story which makes me fall asleep.
So, you write a story about a Navy SEAL who is supposed to be trained by a PR specialist to pass by in publ
Apr 18, 2012 Nella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first ever book regarding Navy Seals and what they are about, what they do, their training, etc. Don't get me wrong, I mean, I know that they existed, but yeah, it was an American thing so I didn't really pay much attention. (No disrespect)

But the minute I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I just loved it!

(I quickly got myself the rest of the series - Tall Dark and Dangerous series.)

I was addicted.

I fell a little (a lot) in love with him.

Buggy’s review sums it up p
Apr 01, 2011 Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I picked it up because I really like the author's "Troubleshooters" series (the first "romance" books I'd liked since I was a teenager) & I 'd read that this was the start of a different series involving Navy SEALS. It was okay because I was sick & depressed & looking for something lightweight -- it worked. But it was so lightweight it was, well, kind of Harlequinesgue (or at least the Harlequins I read as a teenager 30-some years ago...I don't know what Harlequins are like now). I'l ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Sassiie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012, e-book
This had no originality what so ever. Talk about a cardboard story line.
I only continued reading because I liked the plot and wanted to see how things would end up. But seriously I thought Ronnie would be a strong character, at least that's the impression I got from the beginning and it ended with her barring her self completely. Ugh. Can't stand that fact.
Also I was annoyed by the writing style. It sounds like a teenager writing her a fan fiction. I got used to it after a while. But stil YA a
May 01, 2011 Cindi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I really hope this series gets better as I have 10 of the books. This really did nothing for me. It was boring. Veronica was bland. Joe was okay, but nothing special. The story was beyond unrealistic. The sex was so-so............ again, nothing special.

I will read reviews from the rest of the series before I decide whether or not to read the other books. I've read that they get better after this one. I really hope so. This was pretty bad.
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Suzanne Brockmann was born in 1960. Married with Ed Gaffney, a lawyer and published writer. They have two grown children: Melanie, who is a personal trainer and author, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer. They divide their time between Boston, Massachusetts, Sarasota, Florida and New York City.

Published since 1993, Suzanne is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in suspense romanc
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