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Hawken's Heart (Tall, Dark & Dangerous #6)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,049 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
As Christmastime settled quietly over the countryside, government agent "Crash" Hawken was faced with a deadly conspiracy. And he had only one person to turn to -the caring, passionate Nell Burns. For though Crash had long ago accepted the fact that there was no place in his dangerous world for the simple pleasures of home and family, Nell had been the only woman who had e ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Mira Books (first published December 1998)
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Aug 26, 2011 Buggy rated it it was amazing
Opening line: "It was only two days after Thanksgiving, but the city streets were already decked with wreaths and bows and Christmas lights."

Well this was another excellent instalment from Brockman’s Tall Dark & Dangerous series. Here with this 6th addition we get Billy “Crash” Hawken’s story and jeez did I ever fall hard for him. A member of “grey group” (who occasionally work alongside SEAL Team 10) Crash is aloof, loyal to a fault and oh so sexy in his secretive, lethal sort of way. He’s
Jennifer Lane
Thanks to Buggy for recommending this book! This was my first foray into Suzanne Brockmann’s Tall Dark & Dangerous series, and it certainly won't be my last. (The cool thing is that "Harvard's Education", which I think is #5 in the series, also came in the ebook package I bought for my Nook). When Buggy mentioned that a hot uniformed man was imprisoned for murdering his commander, I knew this book was right up my alley!

Some things I really enjoyed:
* Nell's character. She had a softness about
It is simply amazing how Suzanne Brockmann manages to make the characters so interesting, to give us so much insights in their lives, their feelings, well enough to make myself sorry to leave them at the end of the book, while managing at the same time an investigation about who's the mysterious bad guy. All of that very successfully, in under 250 pages.
The first part is extremely affecting, when we share with Nell and Crash the last days of Daisy.
Both main characters are perfect and perfect for
Christi Snow
Nov 24, 2010 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was sooooo good!!! I was only halfway through it before I started planning on reading it again immediately after I finished it. A wonderful, magical, heart-warming story...lots of depth of emotion here and the fact that it was set during Christmas made it even more perfect. LOVED this book!

It is the 2nd book located in the newly released Tall, Dark, & Devastating book by Suzanne Brockmann. The original book was released in 1998 and is 6th out of a series...that I think goes to 11
Feeling all loved up now xxxx
Apr 18, 2012 Nella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #6 - It came upon a midnight clear

This is probably, after Prince Joe, my favourite...Certain part had me in tears!! My heart ached for the characters!

A very well writing and moving story.

Once again I borrow the review of another, as others have the ability to put into words what I feel and wants to say, but lack the words.

Buggy:"Navy SEAL Crash Hawken is the prime suspect in the assassination of his commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder he’s been stripped of his co
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 06, 2012 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
There are three main reasons to buy this book: 1) Suzanne Brockmann wrote it, so you know it's going to be good; 2) it IS a great story, and 3) both Ms. Brockmann and MIRA are very up-front about this book being a reissue of one of her previous releases.

Originally published in December 1998 as IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, the story has lost none of it's originality, sensuality, or action/adventure.

The story revolves around William "Crash" Hawken, a member of SEAL Team Twelve who gets framed
Feb 13, 2015 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

She's an assistant
To his cousin who raised him
He hides emotion

Awesome beginning
Best of this series so far
Needn't have read rest
May 06, 2011 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-during-2011
Something Worth Fighting For

As Christmastime settled quietly over the countryside, Navy SEAL William "Crash" Hawken was faced with a deadly conspiracy. And he had only one person to turn to -- the caring passionate Nell Burns. For though Crash had long ago accepted the fact that there was no place in his dangerous world for the simple pleasures of home and family, Nell had been the only woman who had ever tempted him to dream of another kind of life...

Now, as he needed Nell more than ever befo
I can't help but compare this book to the story of Cosmo from the TS series (Hot Target). Both men were considered silent by nature, found the woman of their dreams and opened up. The difference is that Crash's journey is much more believable than Cosmo's was. I also liked Nell much more than Cosmo's Jane...she was tougher and and more personable at the same time.

I read this book under its reprint version called Hawken's Heart (a much better title than the one Brockmann's publishers talked her
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
First published: 1998
Length: ~3825 kindle locations, 251 pages
Setting: Contemporary.
Sex: Infrequent. Varies from explicit to door half-closed.
Hero: SEAL.
Heroine: PA

Somewhat schizophrenic.
~ The first half of the book surrounds Christmas 1 year past, when Nell and Crash met under difficult circumstances (that have nothing to do with being a SEAL). A purely romantic storyline, relationship driven.
~ The second storyline is the SEAL/suspense bit as they try and determine who
Oct 05, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (later published as Hawken's Heart)
TDD #6
by Suzanne Brockmann

Billy "Crash" Hawken & Nell Burns

Crash, son-at-heart to Admiral Jake Robinson and his wife, Daisy, is implicated in the Admiral's death when they are ambushed at the family farm and ballistics reports "prove" that Crash committed the crime. All evidence points to him which makes even his SEAL teammates turn their backs on him. He has to find the truth on his own, starting with a file which was sent to
Sep 13, 2015 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ainsss estos maromenssssssss
Lori McD

Tough read... it's our true introduction to Admiral Jake Robinson and Daisy Owens, even though this book is about "Crash" Billy (William) Hawkens & Nell Burns. The book is a bit "upside down" in that it starts 1 year after the story of how/why Billy and Nell fell in love - having to do with the Admiral and Daisy.

It's a story that starts out hard, fast, and tough, and then melds into a sad, tear-jerker of a romance. The kind where the 2 people you most want to fall in love simply can't. For
Feb 05, 2016 SweetSue rated it liked it
I've been reading these out of order, so I've already read The Admiral's Bride and Harvard's Education which are closely related. Crash is a good hero in a very SEAL way - handsome, silent, and deadly. His pick-up routine way such an eye-opener - no one-night stands, but clear rules about no future either. Of course, that's until he meets Nell. I had a hard time warming up to her at first - she's a bit blah in the early scenes - until she comes to visit him in prison and stops being such a stick ...more
Lizabeth Tucker
Jul 15, 2014 Lizabeth Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Tall, Dark & Dangerous 6

William "Crash" Hawken has been set up. He was used by someone high in the government to get a team of assassins into the presence of Admiral Jake Robinson, then accused of being the killer himself. Nell Burns was determined to help the man she hopelessly loved prove his innocence, but could it cause her even more pain?

The story starts off with a bang, then flips back a year to show how Nell and Crash connected with each other as they waited with Jake when his long-ti
Mar 01, 2014 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: special-books
Der Navy Lieutenant William "Crash" Hawken gerät in einen Hinterhalt bei dem sein bester Freund und Vorgesetzter Admiral Jake Robinson tödlich verletzt wird. Ein Hinterhalt, der sorgfältig geplant war und der nun Crash angehängt wird. Er wird verhaftet und soll vor das Militärgericht gestellt werden. Doch ein ausgebildeter Navy Soldat gibt nicht so leicht auf und so flieht Crash nach der Anhörung mit Hilfe von Nell Burns, mit der ihm eine gemeinsame Vergangenheit und eine leidenschaftliche Nacht ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it
Hawkin's Heart I love reading these books close together as it gives insights into characters and situations, you would have normally forgotten if any significant time has elapsed between reading the different book. Getting into the head and heart of her characters is something that Suzanne Brockmann is exceptional at doing. The emotions that all human beings have can be deadly for a SEAL on a covert mission. In Hawkin's Heart William "Crash" Hawkin decides to keep his emotional armor well in pl ...more
Beate Tinney
Grundidee der Handlung:
Crash Hawken wird beschuldigt Admiral Jake Robinson kaltblütig ermordet zu haben.
Crash war seit seiner Kindheit jeden Sommer bei Admiral Robinson und seiner Tante Daisy. Er hat nie einen Grund gehabt Jake zu töten.

Im ersten Teil des Buches wird geschildert, was ein Jahr zuvor passiert ist, bevor Crash des Mordes bezichtigt wird.
Nell, die Assistentin von Daisy, muss Crash mitteilen, dass er dringend zu Daisy und Jake auf die Farm kommen muss. Daisy ist schwer krank und h
Kate McMurry
Intensely emotional and sexy read

Navy SEAL Billy "Crash" Hawken was practically raised by his cousin Daisy and her common-law husband, Admiral Jake Robinson, after his mother died when he was ten years old, and his uncaring father neglected him. In his adult life, he is closer to them than anyone on earth. Then he learns that Daisy has an inoperable brain tumor. Getting through the tragedy of Daisy's last days on earth is made both more difficult and more bearable by living under the same roof w
Apr 05, 2012 Anja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was kind of different, different in a good way. At first I didn't know what t think of it, because it felt so disconnected from the books before, I wasn't even sure if it was the right one, but word by word it won me over.

I did like the fact that you thrown right into the plot and I was actually wondering how the story would go, when we got thrown back into past. Huge flash forward and all we get is the journey to the events in the beginning, but then we got thrown back into the presen
Mar 29, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Und wieder einmal verführt Suzanne Brockmann ihre Leser mit den Herzen zweier Menschen, die unausweichlich füreinander schlagen und dennoch nicht zueinander zu finden scheinen.

Crash ist ein Mitglied des Navy Seal Team Twelve, dennoch hat der Leser ihn bereits in dem letzten Bänden ein wenig kennengelernt, denn er ist außerdem Cowboys Schwimmkumpel und ebenfalls mit den Männern des Alpha Squad befreundet. Im letzten Band half er diesen bei einer Trainingseinheit mit der FInCoM, spielte aber bishe
Jan 14, 2012 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print
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Jul 18, 2009 CaliGirlRae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brockmann fans, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense fans
I'm not gonna lie. I picked this up because I'm a huge Jake Robinson fan ever since reading my first Brockmann, The Admiral's Bride. This book shows Jake and his first wife Daisy shortly before her death due to cancer. The story is primarily Daisy and Jake's 'surrogate' son, William "Crash" Hawken's story but the former couple do play a pretty big part in his life, not to mention the driving suspense of the story.

The book starts out with a bang as Crash is blamed for the murder of Jake. Although
"Crash" Hawken and Nell Burns work together to make the last month of Daisy, the woman who raised him, memorable. A year later, Nell comes to Crash's rescue after he's arrested for the murder of Daisy's partner, Admiral Jake Robinson. Together they try to figure out what's going on and eventually figure it out and overcome his reasons not to be together. Mostly clean, Part of SEAL Team Ten series.
Jul 20, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, action
Continuing with my (completely accidental, I swear) theme of reading books with main characters who share the name of family members.... ;-)

Neither of the titles really "do it" for me, but still the story of Billy "Crash" Hawkins is one of my favorites so far. It just barely contains other members of Team Ten's Alpha Squad, since about a quarter of the novel is a flashback to last Christmas, when Crash was on leave dealing with the life-ending illness of his stand-in mother figure and slightly m
Emily Higgins
Navy SEAL William "Crash" Hawken is accused of treason and murder. Nell Burns is determined to help him clear his name even though he did not want her to put herself in danger. Good book.
Mar 21, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
this was a very interesting story with losts of twists that kept you entertained throughout the book, not to mention the tension between the characters.
It was a very interesting choice that Suzanne Brockmann made to let us know what was going to happen at the beginning of the book and then to go back and recount what happened.
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Mirella Grace
Jan 24, 2008 Mirella Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlequin-indo
Cerita Navy Seal yang paling saya suka. Daisy -kekasih Laksamana Jake Robinson- berniat menjodohkan Nell dengan Crash Hawken. Hanya saja, jadwal pekerjaan Crash yang tidak menentu membuat Nell ragu apakah -apabila menikah/pacaran- hubungan mereka bisa tetap awet.

Dua tahun setelah berpisah, Nell mendengar kabar bahwa Crash dituduh telah membunuh Laksamana Jake Robinson. Mengetahui kedekatan Crash dengan sang laksamana, jelas membuat Nell mentah mentah menolak percaya tuduhan ini. Nell pun bertek
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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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