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Harvard's Education (Tall, Dark & Dangerous #5)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  2,975 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
FInCOM agent P.J. Richards is given access to the no-women-allowed world of the Navy SEALs from the inside, so she can't afford any distractions--especially not toughened SEAL Senior Chief Harvard Becker. Reissue.
Paperback, Large Print, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Large Print Press (first published October 1998)
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Opening Line: "This was wrong. It was all wrong."

Ack this was so good. Although I will admit a bit slow to get started, by the end however I really felt like I knew our heroes and was completely wrapped up in their lives, especially during their last so called “training” mission together. Jeez talk about suspense and romance in the jungle.

“Harvard” Becker is the 5th SEAL from Brockmann’s Tall Dark and Dangerous series to have his story told. And while I somehow missed this fantastic series the f
Lady Heather
Jan 13, 2014 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military romance and luvvas of older romance novels

All I'm going to say is that Harvard and P.J.'s story made the top of my "this is how to lose your virginity" list!

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An excellent addition to the "Tall, Dark, and Dangerous" series.

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OK. I have to admit that I gave up on this one. I couldn't even get half-way through the previous book, and although I got 75% of the way through this one, it just stopped working for me. The biggest problem I had with this one was that the heroine was so one-dimensional. She was a gun-toting, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, virgin, man-wannabe, determined to show that she's as much of a man as the next man. I have a few problems with this, so here goes.

1. The portrayal of the heroine is so stereotypi
Aug 27, 2010 Jeri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. I've been looking forward to this character's story, and Suzanne Brockmann did not disappoint, giving a story with characters so real you feel you could sit down and have a chat with them.

Navy SEAL Daryl Becker, nicknamed Harvard, does not see any place in combat training for a woman, particularly 5'2" PJ Rogers. (I guess he's not a fan of G.I. JANE. ) "But the fact is, you're a woman. Having you on my team, out in the field, in a combat situation, would be a serious distraction."

Aug 01, 2012 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Puis-je commencer par dire que j'aime Suzanne Brockmann ? Harvard's Education me conforte dans mon opinion ; je dirais même que c'est l'un des meilleurs romans que j'ai lus d'elle à date (The Defiant Hero était particulièrement faible, par comparaison).

J'ai connu cette auteure avec sa série Troubleshooters, qui met en scène des Navy SEALs et d'autres personnages gravitant autour de leurs opérations. Harvard's Education appartient à une série antérieure : Tall, Dark & Dangerous, qui est cepen
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jan 14, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of contemporary romance
Shelves: romance, read-in-2011
I adore this book. In the read-through I just finished, what stood out for me was the themes of racism and sexism in the plot.

'Harvard' got his nickname because as a black man who actually graduated at the top of his class there and became a Navy SEAL, he is both an example of reasons not to stereotype and also of tokenism in institutions. P.J. is a woman whose race is not given, but she has escaped her inner city upbringing by a single mother drug addict in determination not to repeat her moth
Jan 23, 2012 Anja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I like an alpha male and I like a strong woman as counterpart to make it interessting, but it's easy to cross the line where I get annoyed. If a male is too alpha I don't like and if a woman is too strong I don't like. For some reason the author chose another very strong and very independed woman again.

In the book before about Cowboy, his woman was borderline. I get that getting someone pregnant isn't a reason to get married or base a marriage on, but resting all the help is stupid. In thi
Sep 20, 2012 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I my quest to read all of the Tall, Dark & Dangerous books within a short span of time, this was a reread for me. I always expect great thing from Suzanne Brockmann and she rarely disappoints. In reading through the series, this book is #5, I have noticed that some of the characters have similarities with some characters from the Troubleshooter series. One really striking similarity is between P.J. and Alyssa Locke.

P.J. is a balls to the wall, black woman who is out to prove she is just as g
Mar 02, 2011 Shelita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books, ebooks
I loved this story. It's one if 4 in the Tall Dark & Dangerous Part 2 anthology. I liked PJ. She was a woman in a man's world who had a tough upbringing and had to work hard to prove herself. Plus she was a black woman in a man's world. While Ms. Brockmann didn't touch upon the racial aspect of PJ's life, she did an in-depth look at being a woman in the military or military like organization. I've never had a desire to be in that type of organization but I can only imagine how hard it is. Pl ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-shelf
I have been devouring this series and loved Harvard in the first 4 books. I was really looking forward to his story. I still really like Harvard's character, but this book just fell flat for me. It was okay and entertaining, but somehow left me wanting more...
Feb 09, 2011 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-during-2011
I liked how hard PJ had to work to make it working with the Navy SEALs. It really showed how hard it can be for a woman in a man's occupation.
Feb 13, 2015 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

She's training with SEALs
He's against female combat
But strong attraction

Another good one
Again liked both characters
Enjoying series
Oct 25, 2015 Cruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
First published: 1998
Length: ~4340 kindle locations, 248 pages
Setting: Contemporary.
Sex: At the end. Reasonably explicit.
Hero: SEAL.
Heroine: FInCom agent.

A lot of time spent discussing the role of women in the military, the casual sexism of otherwise strong, educated, respectful men, and how gender roles influence our expectations.

And done very well, too.

Eg. Discussing her physical attributes rather than skills.
’Exactly how many members of your team were hit tonight, Mr
Mar 29, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nachdem die die letzten beiden Bücher nicht mehr so besonders gut gefallen haben wie die ersten beiden, war ich wirklich gespannt auf diesen fünften Band der Operation Heartbreaker und endlich kam wieder ein Charakter, auf den ich mich schon gefreut habe, und zwar Daryl Becker alias Harvard!

Im letzten Band wurde schon angekündigt, dass das Navy Seal Team Ten bald eine Gruppe von FinCOM-Agenten trainieren soll und genau das passiert nun. Unter besagten Agenten befindet sich allerdings auch eine F
Kate McMurry
Wonderful romance, terrific action-adventure

FInCOM agent P.J. Richards is a small woman, but extremely fit, strong, intelligent, and with shooting abilities that are off the chart. She demands no special consideration as she and several other FInCOM agents team up for eight weeks with the legendary U.S. Navy SEALs for a joint exercise. P.J. is on a roll with her career, and she has no intention of being thrown off course by romance, but Senior Chief "Harvard" Becker puts every man she's ever kno
Jul 18, 2012 Uthie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Team Ten Alpha Squad Navy SEALs kali ini punya tugas tak biasa. Melatih para agen FinCOM yang biasa bertugas mengamankan para orang-orang penting di pemerintahan, tamu kenegaraan, presiden dan wakilnya beserta keluarga mereka. Pelatihan itu tentang terorisme, penyelamatan sandera serta segala hal yang diperlukan untuk pengamanan orang-orang penting itu. Tim FinCOM yang biasa dipanggil "fink" oleh para Navy SEALs terdiri dari tiga pria dan satu wanita. Sejak awal Daryl "Harvard" Becker, chief Alp ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Harvard - Herz an Herz" ist der bereits fünfte Band der "Operation Heartbreaker"-Reihe von Suzanne Brockmann. Ich muss gestehen, dass ich zunächst nie gedacht hätte, dass ich die Reihe so lange verfolgen würde, aber nun hat mich das Navy-Fieber endgültig gepackt und ich mag die Reihe gar nicht mehr missen.

Der Schreibstil hat mir dieses Mal besonders gut gefallen. Die Charaktere, Schauplätze und Begebenheiten werden sehr gut beschrieben und man merkt förmlich, wie viel Spaß die Autorin beim Sch
Jan 19, 2014 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: special-books
Die Navy SEALs bekommen Besuch von FInCOM Agenten. Joe Cat und sein Team sollen 8 Wochen lang mit ihnen zusammenarbeiten und sie unterstützen. Schnell ist klar, dass die Agenten nichts auf dem Kasten haben - bis auf einen, oder besser gesagt: Eine. P.J. Richards ist ein Energiebündel und macht von Anfang an klar, dass sie zwar eine Frau ist, aber genauso viel auf dem Kasten hat wie die Männer und vor allem keine Sonderbehandlung will. Doch Senior Chief Daryl "Harvard" Becker und P.J. geraten übe ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harvard's Education by Suzanne Brockmann
TDD #5

Daryl "Harvard" Becker & P.J. Richards

FInCOM agent, P.J. Richards, is part of an anti-terrorist team doing some combined training missions with the SEALs from Team 10. As a member of this CSF (Combined SEAL/FInCOMM) team, she is given access to areas and to training ops which are usually not available to women. Having clawed her way up, she has experience with the prejudices she will have to face. She's learned how to be tough and how to perform
Re-read in March 2014
It's not among my favorites in the series. I downgraded from 4 to 3 stars. It might be more of a 3.5.
Harvard was an interesting character, though I was expecting more brilliant dialogues when he was involved, considering what I read about him in the previous books, and his many first missed interactions with PJ definitely were missing. I absolutely loved it when she called him "bigot" and Joe Cat did not contradict.
PJ's whole character was very extreme and thus did not seem
Lizabeth Tucker
Sep 25, 2013 Lizabeth Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, military
Tall, Dark & Dangerous 5

P. J. Richards is the only woman selected for a joint FInCom/SEAL training mission. Coddled, ignored, and disregarded in turns, she’s extremely angry when she catches the SEALs discussing her physical attributes rather than the fact that she was the only one to take down any “bad guys” after her male counterparts led them into an ambush.

Master Chief Daryl “Harvard” Becker doesn't believe women belong in combat, considering them a distraction. Nor does he believe that
Jul 19, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, action
Harvard's Education is the fifth book in Brockmann's "other" Navy SEALs series, the "Tall, Dark, and..." series. It did not disappoint. Although the start was a bit slow, once it got going it was hard to put down. I've been hoping Harvard would find someone for several books now. Although many people seem to have issues with PJ's attitude in this novel, I'd argue that she doesn't want to BE a man, but she does have very valid reasons why she feels that she needs to ACT like one, in some cases, ...more
Siobhan Muir
Jun 09, 2014 Siobhan Muir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne Brockmann is one of my go-to authors for a heart-pounding, laugh-out-loud action adventure romance. I love her SEAL books and I'd managed to miss this one when I read the other books about Alpha Squad in SEAL Team Ten. But this one came at just the right time, at a time when the online world is deal with misogyny and the inability of men to see women as people or masters in their own right. Daryl "Harvard" Becker is a graduate of Harvard, a damn good Navy SEAL, and a master with the ladi ...more
May 02, 2014 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting through this one. I admit halfway through I skimmed a lot. No matter how much I dislike a book I at least will finish it because you never know, the ending might redeem itself. I liked the hero becker, did not like his nickname "Harvard" at all, I don't know why it struck a cord. P.J. the heroine I didn't like her one bit. I felt like there was nothing to her. Her reasons for how she was to me were not good enough. She was too much everything, to much wanting to be a gu ...more
Dec 08, 2014 Marielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-e-book
Now I know for sure. Miss brockmann's heroes are out of this world to die for. They're strong, beautiful man that are also able to cry. Touch guys with a heart of gold.

And that, combined with a writing style that I like, is what earned the 3 points for this book. Because unfortunately miss Brockmann's heroines are in no way in the same league. At least not in the books of her i've read so far and that being the books in this series so far. So in this book I really couldn't care less what would h
There's nothing like an old SB reread to save my week. It started with me having two books to read. These were the ones I picked up last weekend and was quite excited about them. (I never keep a TBR pile because if I see all these yet to be read books, I'm 99 per cent sure to stay home to read each one of them rather than go to work. Believe me, it already happened.) One was a paranormal romance I thought would help get me out of historicals mania; the other was a historical to continue said man ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book missed the mark a little for me. I thought the overall plot was interesting and I liked that the book focused on a training mission instead of a real operation. What kept me from really enjoying it was that I never really warmed to PJ. I'm sure that it is extremely tough to be a woman in an all men career field (and I recognize that this is an older book... although it does show that we haven't really come that far on this issue) but she was so incredibly defensive all the time that sh ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved the glimpses we got of Harvard in the previous books, so I was shocked to discover that he's kind of a jerk. When Richards doesn't want to date him, he doesn't take it well, but at least she calls him on it and she isn't one of those romance-novel women who just falls at the jerk's feet. Even when she tells him she's waiting for marriage, he acts as if he accepts her decision - for about five seconds, then he's telling her that she just hasn't met the right man or that she's too passiona ...more
Lori McD
3.75-4+ stars

Really enjoyed this one about "Harvard" and PJ. Reminded me a bit of Sam and Alyssa from Brockmann's Troubleshooter series. But Harvard and PJ's story was even better to me - less angst and more good.

Yeah, I'm getting a little lazy with my reviews - no quotes, few words. But the truth is, with an author as good as Suzanne Brockmann, you just need to read the book.

Love PJ's attitude about women in the military and on the front lines. Love how she says, "I pick up my gun to protect y
Dec 15, 2010 Ansu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book, a bit of a disappointment after all the great reviews this book has had. The hero was great the heroine well...... she wants to be a man!!!!I think us women have moved a long way from that stigma and to read it in this book annoyed me to no end. I understand that it was the military but the military did not want her to be a man so why should she be one?. I just could not get to the end of this book by as I paid for it I forced myself(kicking and screaming) to read it and then. ...more
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