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Force of Nature (Troubleshooters #11)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  5,270 Ratings  ·  279 Reviews
Hard-driving suspense and intense passion are the hallmarks of bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann’s pulse-pounding thrillers. In her tales of daring, danger, courage, and desire, men and women of action fight fiercely, love deeply, and time after time raise the bar for adventure to new heights. Brockmann’s latest novel is no exception.

Florida private investigator and ex
Published August 14th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 2007)
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Dec 28, 2015 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evidentemente un 5.
La historia de Ric y Annie... bueno... lo que me he podido reír con sus continuos "piques-discusiones", me han encantado. Martell siempre en medio y comentando.
Romance del que me gusta, acción y risas, para mí fantástico.
Luego está Jules.... y babeo absolutamente, para mi es EL PERSONAJE, tanto en Hot Target como en este libro. Es maravilloso, tío duro por su profesión y a la vez sensible, absolutamente adorable y totalmente sincero con su condición. LO ADORO a morir. No puede
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧•°**★❧ •°**★
4.5 Sweet Jules Stars

This book was such a fun. And, I had to stop drop and roll...laughing when Martell said....
Damn, beeyotch. You hot dot-com
to start with, fo’ shizzle. But tonight? You’s onion booty, ya know what I’m saying?”


“Goodness gracious, madam,” he translated in his best Colin Firth. “You are, for certain,
always quite attractive. But tonight, your lovely radiance could make a grown man

She sparkled.

And, Ric was a suave little sweetie with a fierce protectin
Jan 26, 2013 Leea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leea by: Regina
Shelves: 2013-favorites

5 Stars... Force of Nature has it all... it's like all your dreams come true and this book give it to you. We have more funny moments, steamy scenes, love that finds each other at least *yay* and non stop action. Now what more could you ask for?

When I started Force of Nature I was mainly looking forward to reading more about Robin and Jules. What surprised me was the beautiful, funny and hot relationship that developed between Ric and Annie Dugan. I wasn't left unhappy about any aspect of these
Nov 16, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tracking down a woman for his client seemed like an easy job. But private investigator Ric Alvarado and his assistant Annie Dugan get caught up in the world of notorious crime boss Gordon Burns. When the FBI gets wind of it, Agent Jules Cassidy asks Ric and Annie to go undercover and gather information about an agent to had been placed in the Burns compound but has missed several check-ins. Jules is working the case when he comes face-to-face with Robin Chadwick, a movie actor who once broke Jul ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jan-13, nov-16
I enjoyed my re-read of this 11th book in her Troubleshooter series!
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings & Reviews

I don't know how this author continues to turn out such awesome books with heroes that steal your heart and heroines that can stand up to them but she does. Force of Nature is another five star addition to the series. It literally has it all - intense action, heart stopping suspense, multiple tightly woven plots that mesmerize, and romance that will have you pulling your hair out while waiting for each couple's happy ever after. Perfecto!

Private I
I just love the Brockmann's Troubleshooters series. I love the way she writes, I love her characters, I love the storylines. Yep, there's a whole lotta love here.

Force of Nature is a great entry to the series, and a must read for anyone who, like me, thinks Jules Cassidy is the star of the show. There's a good reason why his scene-stealing self appears in so many of the Troubleshooters books.

In this novel we are reintroduced to Ric Alvarado, who we met briefly in Gone Too Far as a police detecti
4.5 "Action, 2 Couples, and Loads of Fun!" Stars for the Story and Narration!

I'm a little late to this series, having just started at the prior book (Book 9, Into the Storm), but I'm loving the action, suspense, and banter/heat between the couples that Ms. Brockmann matches up in the Troubleshooter Series. Fortunately, although you definitely get the sense that at least one of these couples has interacted in prior books in the series, Ms. Brockmann does a great job of summing up the background,
Aug 27, 2007 Eviltwinjen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans, slash fans, Jules Cassidy fans
Shelves: romance
Brockmann's previous book, Into the Storm, didn't give fans of gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy much time with their hero, but our patience is rewarded in Force of Nature (going by the title I was half-afraid this was going to be a hurricane Katrina plot). Jules finally gets center stage, though he has to share it with a heterosexual couple who are disappointingly similar to the hero and heroine of Into the Storm (it's refreshing when it's the woman who's afraid of committment, but it's less refresh ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Hildy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, shoot!

I did not love this. If it weren't for Jules and Robin, this would have been a 2. If it was about them only, I would have given it a 4.

I'll write more later when I get over my disappointment.
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Another heart stopping, brilliant read. How Suzanne Brockmann keeps coming up with these gorgeous heroes, gutsy heroines and great suspense scenarios beats me, I'm just so enjoying the ride.
Mar 08, 2017 Jacq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grrrrrrrr black out scenes.
Nov 05, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I loved this one! Back in the day, I read mystery books almost exclusively, so I loved the action packed suspense plot. I also used to watch film noir style TV shows and movies with my dad. So I always have a nostalgic twinge for anything with that feeling. Ric and Annie's PI/His Girl Friday vibe was a favorite, especially with the added bonus of being childhood friends. Then to get all the Robin and Jules payoff that has been building in the last few books... this was definitely a favorite. And ...more
Jess Candela
This is an amazing story, if read for the Jules-Robin relationship. I get the impression that was the story Suzanne Brockmann really wanted to write, and the Ric-Annie relationship was added as filler so she could sell the book in a m/f market. Which is a shame on multiple levels, since I think Annie is pretty darn kick-ass and her story could have been an awesome one. As it is, there's nothing wrong with it, exactly, it just lacks a certain spark.
Mar 30, 2011 Kaetrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay for Jules and Robin!
Jun 06, 2012 Contrarius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I've definitely read too many of these now. This volume of the series seems to be my overall favorite, but I think that must mean that my brain has finally liquefied and run out my ears.

Once again we have lost the WWII subplots from earlier books. I liked those, so it's a shame to not have them in these later books. However, Brockmann is now doing a better job at integrating the characters, action, and romance elements without seeming quite as artificial as she did in the earlier stories.
J. Ostrowski
Actually 3 stars for Ric and Annie, 2 stars for the convoluted plot and often hokey bad guys, and 4 stars for Jules and Robin. There were some really big eye-roll inducing scenes. Really. But I am a giant sucker for Jules. I love him to pieces. So maybe I'm being overly generous. As for Ric and Annie, I just finished Letters to Kelly and I was disappointed with the lack of development re their history. I blame it on Letters, but there you have it. Which stinks because I thought Annie was pretty ...more
Wendy F
That was one wild ride! Forces of Nature was one book that I was completely unable to put down. Especially once I really got going. My poor work suffered and I'll be making it up tomorrow, for sure.

We had a dual story in this one, so let's start with the main story. Annie and Ric.

Ric Alvarez made an appearance early on in the Max/Gina storyline. Remember, Gina gets her hotel broken into and Ric is the detective on the scene. He even hit on Gina and Max got all jealous. Remember him? I had no ide
4 stars
I'm not going to lie I legit skimmed the m/f couple and focused all my attention on the breath taking love story of Jules and Robin.

Dude. This put my heart through a fucking meat grinder, but the end was definitely worth it. This book is definitely a journey of self discovery, self awareness, and love. These two guys really took their damn time getting their (Robin's) shit together. But can I just say again how worth it it was. I'm not kidding for the last few pages I had a perma grin/sw
Major movement in the Jules and Robin storyline in this book. "All through the Night" is possibly my favorite Brockmann book and this is the one that directly leads into it... making it higher on my list.
The main story in this book was not one of my favorites, but a lot of other characters romances were advanced (Max and Gina as well as Robin and Jules.)
Ric Alvarado has known Annie Dugan for years. Now he's hired her as his secretary, but she wants a more active role in the investigation busine
Mar 25, 2010 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann - I loved, loved, loved this book. I can't really say that Brockmann's writing was any better in this book than any of her others in this Troubleshooters series but I think it's because my favorite character finally found happiness.

Jules Cassidy is my favorite character in this series; he has shown up in several books throughout. His romances have never worked out but finally the "true one" did! This book may not be for everyone. Two new characters received s
Jun 28, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's be clear: Ric Alvarado seems like a decent dude, but we're all in this for the Jules.

Sarasota PI Alvarado is just barely making ends meet, and that's before he takes on Annie Dugan, his best friend's little sister, as an assistant. Worse, Annie isn't really interested in being a Girl Friday - she'd prefer to Hutch to his Starsky - which means when they accidentally save the life of a crime boss's son and the FBI (hello, Jules Cassidy!) taps them to work undercover to discover the mob's con
Heather in FL
Ms. Brockmann does love to drag some of her love stories out. I suppose it’s one of those things that I kinda like. If the story isn’t complete in one story, it’s still been set up to be a potential in a future story, so it gives a lot to look forward to. In this story, we’re introduced to Ric Alvarado and his best friend’s little sister, Annie, who wants desperately to be his partner in his PI firm, not just his receptionist. Unfortunately, what looks like an easy-peasy case becomes anything bu ...more
The one where Jules and Robin actually get together. They share the narrative (much more equally than in Hot Target) with a het couple, ex-cop-turned-private-eye Ric and his childhood friend/assistant Annie. Annie is incredibly awesome. She’s take-charge and kickass, but in a very realistic way—she’s not a martial arts expert or trained in espionage, but she’s willing to put herself out there, and she’s brave and clever. I really liked her. Ric’s not chopped liver himself, despite frequently ne ...more
I’m a little ashamed to admit this, but I was almost put the remaining Troubleshooters stories on an indefinite hiatus. *hides* I truly enjoyed the first 6 books. Aside from book 8, Hot Target, I found the other installments to be less impressive. However, Force of Nature, the 11th book, brought back everything that I love about the Troubleshooters series and Suzanne Brockmann’s writing.

Annie and Ric, and Jules and Robin were the perfect pairing. Where Annie and Ric had passion and feistiness, J
I picked this book up on a whim and found a new writer that I really liked. Her writing style in this book was quirky and fun. She writes exactly how people talk.

Annie is recovering from the loss of her best friend and moves home to Sarasota Florida. She gets a job with an old friend of her brothers that owns a private detective agency. Ric Alvarado is a Cuban/American ex cop that has set up this detective agency and when Annie comes to work for him his sexist, protective instincts kick in. He
Jan 27, 2009 Cam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 21, 2008 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were parts of this book that I really liked. There were parts of this book that I wish I could have fast forwarded through, except I was afraid I'd miss something. So, I read them. And, guess what? I wouldn't have missed anything.

I liked Ric from his early appearances, but I'm not sure he was enough to sustain his own book. That's just my opinion. Brockmann obviously thought otherwise. I just wasn't impressed with him. I found his story a little bit boring, and this book was saved, for me
Cheryl Meares
Feb 27, 2008 Cheryl Meares rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suzanne Brockmann fans
Private investigator Rick Alvarado and his assistant Annie team up with FBI Agent Jules Cassidy and Actor Robin Chadwick to stop Gordon Burn's when he is linked to terrorists. As the relationships between Ric and Annie and Jules and Robin heat up so are the chances of danger and death.

Jules and Robin finally get their story who you first met in Hot Target. Yes they are gay, but they are so alive that I just loved their story and characters.

Sexy, lots of action, great characters with lots of er
Jan 26, 2011 Yvonne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was ambivalent about this book. Maybe because I hadn't read the prior books that included Ric, but I just didn't really care for Ric or Annie. Too much bickering and Annie having to constantly prove she's a tough girl etc. I think the two of them were pretty weak characters. On the other hand, I liked the storyline, the suspense, the touch of Hollywood again and of course, the very charming Jules. In fact, Jules & Robin just were stronger characters in the book that they ended up overshado ...more
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Suzanne Brockmann was born in 1960. Married to 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 romance
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Troubleshooters (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • The Defiant Hero (Troubleshooters, #2)
  • Over the Edge (Troubleshooters, #3)
  • Out of Control (Troubleshooters, #4)
  • Into the Night (Troubleshooters, #5)
  • Gone Too Far (Troubleshooters, #6)
  • Flashpoint (Troubleshooters, #7)
  • Hot Target (Troubleshooters, #8)
  • Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, #9)
  • Into the Storm (Troubleshooters, #10)

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