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Suzanne Brockmann
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Hot Target (Troubleshooters #8)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  5,029 ratings  ·  237 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann knows exactly what makes hearts race and pulses pound: peril and passion. No one succeeds more brilliantly at blending these exhilarating elements in breathtaking novels of men and women forced to grapple with the deepest emotions and the highest risks. And there's no better proof than her new novel of suspense: Hot Targe ...more
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Published December 28th 2004 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2004)
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4 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense

Two main reasons to read this book:

1) Navy SEAL Cosmo Richter: He’s strong, tender, protective, intelligent, caring, brave, emotionally honest, fierce, sweet, and just flat-out too yummy for words!

2) FBI Agent Jules Cassidy: The openly gay agent (one of the best characters in the series) has been a trusted, devoted, fearless, and loyal teammate and confidant to SEAL Team 16 and Troubleshooters, Inc. and is looking for his own well deserved moment in the “sunlight” a
Kaje Harper

This was a reread for the I-don't-know-howmanyth time. I had this book in paperback, and it was battered enough that I saw a $5 hardcover and bought that. Suzanne Brockmann is my favorite author of contemporary M/F romance, and in this book she gives Jules, her gay FBI agent, his own romance thread.

This book is part of the "Troubleshooters" series, but it can be a starting point - I read it first. You will miss some of the secondary character by-play. Also at the beginning, Jules meets up with A
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I loved this book. It was a little bit too long, but I still liked it a lot. It had everything I look for in these kind of books; suspense, romance, mystery, drama. But I feel like this book was more character driven, so that what I'm going to talk about in this review.

Characters I liked:

Jules. Yes, I'm starting out with him because he was the greatest character in this book. I just love him so much... his character development throughout the book was amazing. I want him to be happy so bad. He

Hot Target has made me want to go back and reread the backlist. Except Flashpoint. Apart from a few sections where I felt it got a little preachy, Hot Target is now one of my favorite all-time RS. And that it's an MF is a big surprise despite my waning enchantment with MM romance. Or perhaps the secondary romance between Jules and Robin, just seeded here and not quite taken root yet, is a bigger reason for my enjoyment than I realize?

The last time I read a Tr
Jules and Robin's relationship in All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas made me want to read Hot Target, but Suzanne Brockmann's wonderful writing has made me want to go back to the beginning of the Troubleshooters series and read them all. I was afraid that I'd find everything but the Jules/Robin 'relationship' boring but that was not the case. I enjoyed everything about this book. I thought the plot/case was very interesting and kept my attention the entire time. (Unlike Kiss the G ...more
Jess Candela
Reread 14Nov2013 Yup, still one of my favorites.

Reread 08Jun2012 How could I have forgotten how much I love this book? I'd remembered it was one of my favorite in the series, but that's not the same as remembering the full awesomeness that is this book. Not only is it the beginning of the Jules-Robin relationship arc, but Cosmo is one of my favorite heroes of the series, and I think he and Jane complement each other nicely.

I laughed, I cried, I cringed, and overall had a fantastic time reacquain
I had been reading Brockmann's Seals Series from the beginning and always enjoyed them. This one? Eh. Too much Jules not enough of the supposed hero and heroine.

In Hot Target, it just ticked me off that she spent so much time on the Jules, Robin, Adam triangle that she wasn’t able to develop Cosmo and Jane- the supposed hero and heroine of the story. I liked Cosmo dammit, I wanted to have his story!

Anyway, I’m gonna give this one only 3 of 4, for being annoying.
As much as I hate giving this book only 3 stars, I just can't bring myself to give it another. I liked it, but that's about it. Usually when I read a book by SB, I hate putting it down (I could so put this one down). Compared to the others, this one just did not do it for me. I just could not get into the story line. I really liked all of the characters (loved Jane and her sassiness), but the story line (for me) just was difficult.
“You know, that’s the funny thing about always. He’ll always come back until one day he doesn’t. Kind of like living forever—right up until the day you die.”
Love Cosmo & Jane and a fab story. Poor Jules I wish he could find a nice boy x
Renee (Reneem1)
Wow. great end of the book.

After slow start, a total change is story - NON seal, new troubleshooter independant group - does a L.A. movie gig.

Lethal, quiet Cosmo with the sunglasses & lingers in the background....has his story.

Director Jane has someone trying to kill her - due to making a movie about gay soldiers.

Best parts:

Cosmo's slow 1st time w Jane
Cosmo's anguish in most scenes ex. sits, rubs face, tears
Cosmo talking at all...telling of his friend who died. Tell the story of carrying th
I’m really not certain why I choose to read certain books. It may be anything from the cover art to an author that I’m familiar with or perhaps a well written teaser on the jacket but I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to look up the genera before starting one. I wish I’d thought to do that with this one. After I got into it I felt that I’d been cheated. Yes, it’s about Navy Seals and yes it’s a mystery-adventure novel but mostly it’s an adventure- romance novel ---not that there’s anything ...more
Well, I've been reading actual Good Books -- but I couldn't stand any more of the suffering Louise Penny was putting her characters through, so this week I find myself reading trash instead for a bit of a break.

Yes, friends, this book is trash. However, it's competently written trash, and I suppose I can see how this author could sell a bazillion copies of her novels. Her prose is nothing to write home about, but it's serviceable. Her characters are throwaways, but appealing enough to waste a fe
I started reading this series many years ago and really enjoyed them. We had this big climatic build up to Sam and Alyssa’s story. After reading that though, I felt let down. It just didn’t live up to expectations. But I thought, okay…lots of pressure there for that one. Every writer has a disappointing book at some time or another for their fans. This one was it for me. It was awhile before I read the next book, though I had purchased it. Thinking I’m going to get back into reading her stuff. I ...more
Wendy F
Oh man, this was excellent!

In the beginning I was a little bit bored, but the more I read the more I found myself stuck. I literally could not put this book down, it was sickening. My poor husband. My poor child. I was a statue holding a book all fugging day.

Like usual there were multiple relationships going on in this installment. Normally I get so much more enjoyment out of the stories that take a few books to complete, like Sam and Alyssa or Max and Gina. That's still true of this one, but I
The book in which the paths of FBI Agent Jules Cassidy and movie star Robin Chadwick first cross. It’s all due to Robin’s sister, writer/producer Jane, who’s receiving death threats because of the movie she’s making (and in which Robin stars). The main love story is between Jane and her bodyguard (ha…yeah, cue the Whitney Houston), a Navy SEAL who’s earning some extra money while he’s on leave to take care of his injured mother. Jane and Cosmo held my interest for maybe a third of the novel, mos ...more
I have to admit that I wasn't so sure about this book. All those Hoolywood scenes really aren't for me. Actresses, silicon and sex all over, noooo.

And, instead, I finished to love this book. Cosmo, who didn't put a blink on my radar before, has become a favourite kind of hero and the heroine was really really really my kind of woman!

And besides, this book has a fabulous Jules, I love him so much, it's a shame he's gay! I hope that he'll find some happiness, because at the end of this story there
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NGL, I really liked it because of Jules and Robin. And I'm going to read more of the books because of Jules and Robin. Because I *adore* Jules and Robin. Total hearts for eyes.

Um... Jane and Cosmo were nice too, I guess. And the book was well written. And things pulled together nicely. The style it's written in isn't really my thing, though, and I would have rated this a lot less without the wonder and magic that is Jules and Robin. Who don't end up together, btw. Which is why I'm going to be r
Jules...need I say more?
One of my favorite reads! Who would of thought quiet Cosmo Richter, of the weird eyes, could string together more than two words at a time. Anywho, Cosmo and his group are tasked to keep J. Mercedes Chadwick, a supposedly flamboyant, partygirl writer/producer, safe from a crazed assassin. Cosmo almost takes an immediate dislike to J. Mercedes, the way she flaunts her curvy body and her flirtatious ways. But, you know what they's a thin line between love and hate. Anyway, their romance i ...more
I had some problems with this book. I really liked the characters of Cosmo Ricter and Jane Chadwick, but the other sub-plot stories were just not up to par for me. I couldn't get that interested in what Jane's movie was about. And I like Jules Cassidy, but his story went a little slow for me. I give this one a 4 of 5 stars because of those issues.
I haven't read too many of the troubleshooter series, but I didn't have any difficulty reading this as a stand alone book. It had a nice blend of action, suspense, humor, & romance. I like the hollywood aspect of the story and Navy Seal Cosmo and his romance with Jane, and Jules & Robin at the beginning. (They get their own story in a later book)
Sofia Grey
Another gripping read from Suzanne Brockmann. This has 4 to 4.5 stars only because I wasn't completely smitten with Cosmo. Don't get me wrong, he's a flawless hero, but he fell for Jane a little too quickly. And yeah, Jane was irritating at the start. I soon warmed to them both, and as usual with a Troubleshooters novel, the secondary characters and the sub-plots were awesome.
The main reason I was glued completely to this book, was Jules Cassidy. His breakup with Adam Wyndham. His crush on Robin
I'm surprised how much I liked this, considering I don't read romance or suspense. I guess I was in the mood for something different and this was well enough done to keep my interest. I don't expect to hunt down more of the series, though.
I cannot wait to wright this review. Amazing! I laughed, cried, and was scared but in the end these relationships were beautiful to read.
Erica Anderson
What I loved about this book: the secondary characters and the exploration of what it means to be gay. As a straight woman, I have no idea how accurate Brockmann's gay male characters' internal struggles are, but they seemed complex and realistic to me. As other reviewers have mentioned, Jules, the gay FBI agent, steals the show. Although ostensibly about Jane and Cosmo, Jules' love triangle is really the heart of the book. And it's a tribute to Brockmann's characterization that I didn't resent ...more
Heather in FL
So at first I wondered how this was going to go. Why the heck is a Navy SEAL (or even Troubleshooters, Inc.) guarding a Hollywood writer/director? Of course I should have realized I had nothing to fear -- it’s a Troubleshooters story... it’s going to be good. And it was. I really enjoyed that Mercedes/Jane sort of played the Hollywood game, but could be herself around Cosmo. I absolutely *loved* how Cosmo handled her ploy to “create” a faux relationship between herself and Cosmo to give the goss ...more
Maybe 4.5, not exactly perfect and totally amazing but really close to it.
I really enjoyed the reminder in the prologue or first chapter regarding the mystery around Cosmo, who he was, what he thought, well the big mystery surrounding him than nobody seemed to be able to see through, not helped by his persisting silence. His first encounters with Jane/Mercedes are worthy of the best SEP - no way those two will manage to end up together. And despite this rocky start and an heroine whose outer per
Lady Allison
4.5 stars, pretty damn close to 5.

In the eighth installment of the Troubleshooters, we are brought in on what is supposed to be a "silver bullet" op, meaning an easy one, for Troubleshooters, Inc, Tom Paoletti's company. Big name producer, J. (for Jane) Mercedes Chadwick is getting threats from a well known domestic terrorist organization because of a movie she's making (starring a gay couple) & needs 24/7 protection from whoever is determined to kill her. Deck heads the team, but the star o
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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.

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“He spoke in telegram-as if every word he used cost five bucks, and he only had a twenty in his wallet.” 11 likes
“I'll be careful."
He looked at her.
"I promise."
"Call me if you need me."
He turned to look at her.
"It does go both ways. I don't want to get a call from Tom Paoletti and Decker every Memorial Day.”
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