**spoiler alert** This is the 8th book in the series, and it's by far that worst. It plain on sucked, big time.
The male lead is Cosmo Richter, a SEAL**spoiler alert** This is the 8th book in the series, and it's by far that worst. It plain on sucked, big time.
The male lead is Cosmo Richter, a SEAL on a month long leave who offers his services to Troubleshooters Inc so he won't get bored. The female lead is Jane Mercedes Chadwick, a film producer who is getting death threats because of her "true" story about a gay WW2 hero. TS (Troubleshooters) is hired by Jane's studio to provide security for her and to also figure out who is sending the threats. So Cosmo, along with Nash, Tess, Deck, Murph, and Dave (all from book #7) become her bodyguard/security team.
Also in this book is Jules Cassidy, a (gay) FBI agent who has been in almost all the other SEAL 16 books. He's sent out by the FBI to help investigate the threats. While he's there, he runs into his former live-in lover, who broke Jules' heart. Jules also meets Jane's brother, Robin, and finds himself hopelessly attracted to him, though Robin claims to be straight.
There are about 5 billion problems with this book. The biggest, in my opinion, being that like half the "main" characters were utterly unlikable. I couldn't stand Jane. She was manipulative, selfish, inconsiderate, sleazy, and just damn annoying. Her brother is a total prick, uses woman and is just an asshole. Adamn, Jules' ex-lover, is pretty much a male-slut completely out for himself. Patty, Jane's assistant, was such a total twit. How anyone could be as stupid as her is beyon me. Then there's Cosmo. I didn't dislike his character in the book, but Brockmann did him a serious disservice. In the previous books, she'd built him up to be this really mysterious character who you are just dying to know about, a real serious guy with, maybe with dark secrets. But in Hot Target, he pretty much doesn't fit that role at all. He just didn't fit what she'd built him up to be.
The storyline was...eh. It had its good points and bad points.
Brockmann may also have gone a bit overboard with the homosexual angle of the story. What was supposed to be a secondary plot almost entirely took over the story. It was a bit unexpected. Maybe I would have found more interest in it if I'd even remotely liked Adam and Robin.
The books was just very superficial. It jumped around too much, mistreated characters, had characters acting in ways that made no sense, and just didn't capture my attention in the least. I had a really hard time finishing it. The only redeeming quality of the book was Jules, who is such a fabulous character. His emotions in Hot Target were wonderfully portrayed. That alone was all I liked about the story....more
**spoiler alert** I'm always hearing such fabulous things about Jennifer Crusie. People rave about her books and eagerly anticipate new releases. And**spoiler alert** I'm always hearing such fabulous things about Jennifer Crusie. People rave about her books and eagerly anticipate new releases. And I just don't get it. This is the second book of hers I've read and I haven't liked either one. I was bored to tears with this one by page twenty. It got a little better as the story progressed, but I still couldn't wait to finish and be done with it.
The whole vibe of this book was just bizarre. The only thing I can really say that I liked about the book was the humor. Crusie does do well incorporating humor into her books, but it doesn't overcome the short points. I had problems with the story right from the start. The introduction of all the various (many) characters is poorly done. They are all just sort of plopped in there like I should already know them, and I ended up confused as hell until they were better established later.
Romance wise...so-so. There was chemistry between Nick and Quinn, but I wasn't feeling the sentimentality of it. It was just sort of like too people getting together for the heck of it and because of a long standing friendship. I had some problems with the fact that these two people were good friends for like fifteen years or however long it was...hung out, were close and all that...but only now a sudden sexual overtone pops up. That just kinda didn't work for me. And the characters overall where just very one-dimensional, with very little depth
What really killed the romance of this book, and just the story overall, was the faithlessness of everybody. It seemed like there was cheating going on left and right and nobody gave a damn. Well, they do, but not to the extent they should, and it just seemed exceedingly bizarre. I mean, one couple is having some marital problems, so the husband decides he's gonna go on a date with the town slut. Then Nick's not sure what he wants to do about Quinn, so he dates the town slut. Another woman decides, what the heck, I'll take my husband back now that he's been dumped by the town slut. Then Quinn's parents have some bizarre problems and her dad goes out with the town slut. Quinn's Mom reveals she's had a long-standing sexual relationship with another woman, kicks her husband out, has her girlfriend move in, and Quinn's Dad is just like, okay whatever guess I'll go find myself a date. It was like nobody in the whole book had any respect for commitment and monogamy. I just didn't find anything pleasant or romantic about that and it drove me nuts.
In the end, I just found the book as a whole rather stupid and campy. It was like reading a cheesy soap opera with fickle, whiny woman, clueless men, and rotating romances. There was absolutely no substance to the story whatsoever. Why people act like Crusie is the next coming, I just don't know. I certainly don't plan to read any more of her books. If you like lame, very superficial beach reads, then, hey, go pick this one up. But if you like stories that have more substance, I wouldn't waste your time on this one....more
**spoiler alert** Wow, this book was boring. Okay, maybe not that boring, but I didn't enjoy it at all. I think a lot of that was the lack of realism**spoiler alert** Wow, this book was boring. Okay, maybe not that boring, but I didn't enjoy it at all. I think a lot of that was the lack of realism throughout the story....imaginary countries, prophecies, thousand year old nun/saints, magic crystal boxes, strange happenings. And a female character who did difficult things - like descending a sheer cliff face - simply from reading about how to do it. I kept shaking my head at what Evangeline did. It really took away from the believeability of the story. I know a lot of people like fantastical romances, but I generally don't - with a few exceptions. Even ignoring my dislike, the book bored me.
Another annoying thing was how many times she rambled about how she wasn't a princess. It seemed like that came out of her mouth every other sentence. The romance wasn't too bad, but it couldn't overcome all the stuff that bored me. I was also annoyed at the end of the book by the rather curt, careless explanation of how Evangeline got mixed up in the whole mess and what happened to the real princess. It needed to be more thorough.
This is the 3rd Dodd book I've read, and I've not been impressed by any of them. I'm rather glad that I only spent $0.25 for this one used....more