I felt, during and after reading this book, that it was forced -- forced to come together in a (great) storyline, forced to get every character from B...moreI felt, during and after reading this book, that it was forced -- forced to come together in a (great) storyline, forced to get every character from Book #1 forward mentioned somewhere, forced to get all the couples adjusted; just forced. Not smoothly flowing while building up to an incredible peak as is her usual style. While I have LOVED every book SB has written due to the very real-seeming patriotic characters in tight relationships,and due to believable and suspenseful action sequences, I felt this book was lacking a bit in these areas. I love seeing past book characters living on in a supporting role, however the secondary plot (Izzy's) was of more importance to me than the main one (Vihn & Hannah) which seriously diluted the story for me. So I thought this book was good, but I am use to fabulous, and so have to only say 3 stars (OK). Sorry. (less)
Suzanne Brockmann must have 8 brothers and all male best friends; there is NO ONE who writes man-think and man-talk better! Hot Pursuit is her latest...moreSuzanne Brockmann must have 8 brothers and all male best friends; there is NO ONE who writes man-think and man-talk better! Hot Pursuit is her latest entry in the Troubleshooters series and I hope it certainly isn't her last! In her books I get a glimpse of the macho-male mind that is probably too realistic and simplistic but oh, so funny.
Dan "Gilligan" Gillman, on vacation from Navy SEAL Team 16, is in New York City "working" with the top guns from the Troubleshooters, Allysa & Sam. He, Sam and some of the other guys (including his nemises & hopefully soon ex-brother-in-law, Izzy)are going to stand around and look menacing while Allysa teaches personal safety and some self-defense moves at the campaign offices of Assemblywoman Maria Bonavita. But when they reach the offices and a gruesome body part is discovered hidden in a desk, this easy vacation of an assignment becomes serious. Dan, a hottie introduced in several previous stories, is paired with Jennilyn, the "big" girl, the size 16 funny girl, the girl all the guys think of as sisterly or a stepping stone to beautiful Maria.
The self-talk Gilligan gives himself about guarding the chunky girl is hilarious and realistic as he realizes he has a better chance of getting laid by Jenn than Izzy does with Maria . . . oh, the male mind after its prime mission! Nothing shall get in its way . . .
Then there is Sam Starrett, the ex-Luie of Team 16 and working daddy. After taking a serious kick to the ribs while defending Allysa's honor from a chauvanistic good 'ole boy cop, the self-talk is all about hiding his pain and damage from his wife, not because she'll boot him out of the op, but because then she won't want to have sex with him. The male mind in Brockmann's world doesn't multi-task well.
But her hot guys do their duty without fail and they clean up after themselves and change diapers and sometimes manage to "talk" about their "feelings", all of the stuff that makes us fall in love with her guys even knowing their faults. This story is no different and I fell in love with Dan & Jenn along with Jules and Robin and other favorite long-time characters all over again. I recommend this series highly and yet there is enough gleaned from this book that it can stand alone if you haven't read any others. There is a seriously suspenseful storyline yet the more of her books I read, the funnier I find her backstories.(less)