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

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,353 ratings  ·  101 reviews
FInCOM agent P. J. Richards is being given the opportunity to view the no-women-allowed world of the navy SEALs from the inside, and she can't afford any distractions--especially not Senior Chief "Harvard" Becker. A toughened SEAL, Harvard believes there's no room for women in a combat zone, but P.J. is determined to teach him a thing or two.... She just doesn't expect the...more
Paperback, Large Print, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Large Print Press (first published October 1998)
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Buggy
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...more
Lady Heather

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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Enjoy!
Ruth
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...more
Jeri
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."

Boy...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
May 29, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jeanne
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...more
Anita Fleming
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...more
Anja
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...more
Shelita
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
Siobhan Muir
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
Chris
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...
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...more
Robin
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
Mom
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.
Sabine
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
Prisper
(Bendita sea mi fiebre) Creo que desde que empece a leer estos libros, Harvard fue el mas me llamó la atención. Tenía siempre la palabra o acción justa para el momento en el que se lo presentaba. Así que prácticamente me devoré su libro. La verdad que me gustó mucho, no solamente como actuó él al encontrarse con la misma horma de su zapato, sino como PJ maneja toda la situación de ser mujer entre tanto macho alfa. Él tuvo que entender que más allá de que ella sea mujer, ella podía cuidarse sola,...more
LaFleurBleue
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...more
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...more
Uthie
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
Sarah
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...more
Brina
"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...more
Lizabeth Tucker
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...more
Becky
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
JazzRizz
Sigh ... I loved Harvard's book. At first, I wasn't a huge fan of P.J. She has quite a chip on her shoulder, but factoring in the publication date and the mentality of women in combat situations then (not that it's that much better now), I'm surprised she was as restrained as she was.

I absolutely love Joe Cat, and he's pretty great in this book too. This was just a great quick read! I'm glad I decided to start this series at the beginning!

Looking forward to reading the next one.
Bookabulary
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
Emily Higgins
FInCOM agent, P.J. Richards is part of a combined FInCOM and Navy Seals operation to determine whether the 2 agencies could work together effectively. P.J. and Master Chief "Harvard" Becker are attracted to one another, but P.J. Fights the attraction because she does not want to be perceived as a weak female in this all male world. Suzanne Brockmann is a master at writing these military-oriented romances.
Lia Silver
Another excellent Tall, Dark, and Dangerous novel, with some unusual features: the heroine is also in uniform, in a paramilitary agency, and the hero is African-American. They're both minorities in their jobs, because of his race and her gender; this is both a means of bonding and an obstacle, as they see that in very different ways. Great chemistry and a nice action plot. I always enjoy a tough heroine.
Amanda
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
Kenton Monjon
A fast paced winner

This novel about a SEAL operation is filled with excitement, romance and characters you will come to enjoy and believe in. I was hardly able to put the book down. All of Brockmann's books are very enjoyable reading.
Golder-Mier
I liked Harvard. I was worried that as Black character, he will come off sounding a little stereotypical but he wasn't. And I loved PJ. PJ is cool. I could relate to her and I think most women in her position act like that.

I don't know why this did not feel like too much of a SB novel. I read this right after reading Book 4 of the Troubleshooters series so I was expecting a lot more action and some WWII story. I enjoyed the lack of both (There was some action in the book but it wasn't the center...more
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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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