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Breaking the Rules

(Troubleshooters #16)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  5,737 ratings  ·  416 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Suzanne Brockmann's Born to Darkness.

When Eden Gillman needed someone most, Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella was always there for heroffering a place to stay and a shoulder to cry on. And when she got pregnant with another mans child, he offered his hand in marriage. Their life together seemed meant to be, until Edens miscarriage left
Kindle Edition, 529 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Ballantine Books
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Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Very satisfying. Yes, at times a little too angsty, and somehow the suspense plot to me wasn't all that suspenseful, compared to some of SB's past work, but it was Brockmann, you know? Her writing and the way she expresses her male characters' POV is like no other (except maybe JR Ward). Lots and lots of detail, plenty of humor (although with writing for a character like Izzy Zanella, how can it not be funny?), lots of emotional moments, two passionate yet troubled romances, and a plot (human ...more
4 stars Romantic Suspense

Im a huge Suzanne Brockmann and Troubleshooters series fan, and zany Izzy Zanella has always been one of the most entertaining, endearing characters, so Ive been anxiously awaiting his story. Unfortunately, this didnt quite live up to my high expectations, and its one of my least favorite books in what has been a mostly spectacular series.

I have to be honest that Id probably give this an average 3 star rating if it wasnt Brockmann because it felt overly angsty and
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I have loved 14 out of the previous 15 Troubleshooters novels, but this one, the one I've been waiting for every since Izzy was introduced in the series, is the absolute worst. Into the Fire was not that interesting to me, but at least it had a good plot and good characters, I just wasn't that into it. Breaking the Rules is just god-awful. I don't know whether to compare it to The Jerry Springer Show or a Lifetime movie or one of those ridiculous after school specials that were full of cheese. ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Breaking the Rules is the 16th installment of the Troubleshooters/SEAL Team Sixteen series, and from what I understand, its going to be the last for awhile. In this book we get two romantic relationships in the making, both centered around a single plot, and no easy feat, that. But in my opinion Ms. Brockmann pulled it off with flying colors.

If youve been following the series youll know the background of Izzy and Edens turbulent relationship and where Breaking the Rules is going, but heres a
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings and Reviews

Breaking The Rules, Troubleshooters #16, covers about every social situation you can think of as Brockmann continues her campaign of tackling the big issues head on - dysfunctional family, abusive parents, child sex trafficking, prostitution, life as a gay person, religious cult-like interventions, kidnapping, alcohol/drug addictions, custody issues, emotional immaturity, relationship phobia, lack of communication . . . its all here.  At times, it
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eden Gillman has moved to Las Vegas to try to get custody of her younger brother, Ben, from their violent step-father. She has appealed for help to her older brother Dan who is currently in a hospital in Germany recovering from injuries suffered in Afghanistan. But when that fails, she turns to her estranged husband, Izzy Zanella. Even though Izzy hasn't seen Eden in a year, he hasn't been able to get her out of his mind. Izzy and Eden, along with Dan and his girlfriend Jenni, band together to ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I think this review will piss off some die hard Brockmann fans, but I didn't LURVE this book the way I'd hoped to. I love Izzy's sense of humor but I found the whole lot of them to be emotionally immature throughout most of the book. I can accept that they all had reasons for emotional immaturity (and Eden's only 19), but that doesn't mean I have to want to read about it. I read contemporary romance because I like to read about adults, not because I want to remember what it was like to be in ...more
Izzy ~ Izzy ~ Izzy. Many fans of the popular Troubleshooters series have been waiting for Zanella's book and now it's finally here. But it turns out that Izzy isn't the only hero of Breaking the Rules. Danny "Fishboy" Gillman also features prominently along with his girlfriend Jennilyn May whom he met in the previous novel, Hot Pursuit. Izzy's heroine is the ever young and nubile Eden Gillman, making this a Gillman family reunion when you add in little brother Ben Gillman.

Izzy helped me get
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally.... Izzy's book! Izzy has long been my number one man from Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series (and with so many wonderful heroes in there to choose from, that's saying something!). I suppose it was inevitable that his long-awaited story was not quite the awesomeness that I was hoping for, but Brockmann is such a wonderful writer that it's hard to feel too disappointed.

Whilst I didn't think Izzy was given quite the opportunity to shine in this angst-ridden story, and Dan continued
♡Karlyn P♡
Loved Izzy, liked Eden, Hated Dan, and felt sorry as hell for Jenn for marrying that SOB. This story was frustrating at time, but also nail biting at other times. Bottom line I couldn't put it down despite the many times I rolled my eyes. I'm happy to have read it, but I think SB is doing the right thing by ending this series on a high note.
Krista (I'll take Xiao Yu'er, thank you)
Four stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another would get three stars, max.

1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. I expected her to mature in this book. I expected her to beg for Izzy's forgiveness. Instead, Brockmann throws in a bunch of excuses that supposedly let her off the hook. And, Izzy does SO MUCH apologizing to Eden!!! Over and over he has to apologize to her! She does completely stupid things and then he has to apologize to her for calling her on it.
Jennifer - The Book Admirer

First of all I love Suzanne Brockmann and I have all of her books from this series, but after waiting so long for this next installment of the series to come out and reading it, I was very disappointed. It lacked the passion that a romance should have, the characters didn't have has much growth as I was expecting them to have considering this is the last book for a while. I know a lot of people were/are against Izzy and Eden, but I really liked the idea of them when
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Had to get that off my chest. What did it say? Was it a kiss off? Did it reveal her love? Was it an explanation as to why she acted the way she did? Doesn't Izzy want to know???? Why didn't he even ask?

Anyway, this was a hard book to review/rate. Great story. Fast moving. But it was so angsty. So much sadness. Also, there was zero communication--even up to the end. I hate that.

If this book didn't have Izzy's rambling and joking, I wouldnt have liked it nearly as
I highly recommend this series to those that love hot yummy heroes meeting their one true love (including hot love scenes) combined with a suspenseful and adventurous plot.

Wow.this was an exciting roller coaster ride!!! Im sitting here in awe of the whole book.just finishing it a few minutes ago. I just loved seeing Izzy (be my man and sing me a tune, please) from a previous book reconnect with Eden (a prego young woman he helped out by marrying but fell in love with) aka his Navy Seal
Aug 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
This is the only time I have ever DNF'd a Suzanne Brockmann book, but at least I made it through 50% of the book. I probably should have bypassed this book because I heartily disliked Izzy and and Eden as a couple in the previous books and I disliked Danny Gilman's attitude about the whole thing.

This book changed nothing. In fact, it was kinda worse. I thought there would be some growth with Eden but I thought her treatment of Izzy was still bad. And I love Izzy to death but I was never
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I apologize in advance because this is more of a rant than a review. But, I figured something out with this book. I started out as a fairly big fan of Suzanne Brockmann's books, but I've been less than thrilled with the ones she's put out over the last several years, and I (duh!) finally figured out why. Her books still have great characterization, dialog, and a good story, but she's done what has killed my relationship with so many fictional authors, and entertainers which is to use her books ...more
Jacqueline J
I'll start with non spoiler generalities. Then I'll separate some spoilerish things below.

In general the book was well written with good pacing. The dialog was good as I've come to expect from SB. Both Izzy and Dan kept their male distinctive voices. This is of course not a stand alone novel and should not be read without having read at least the last 2 books before this one.

I feel a little bit let down after reading this book. Is it because I expected too much? I don't think so. Suzanne
Christi Snow
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good if you look at it as a single book. As the final book for the series (at least for a long while) it was really disappointing. There was no SEAL team 16 or Troubleshooters scenes in this book besides the very first scene. This book focuses solely on Izzy, Eden, Dan, Jenni, and Ben and getting their family dynamic to work. Like I said, on it's own it's a good book, but I was really hoping for a good group book for this final one.

Full review reposted from my Smitten with
As usual, Suzanne Brockmann is so very easy to read. Her writing always goes down so smooth, like a well blended chocolate milkshake.

But also as has been the case with her last few installments of the Troubleshooters series, this book provides an uneven read. Some characters are fantastic (Izzy, Ben, to a small degree - Eden) and others are either completely annoying and irredeemable (Danny Gillman is NOT a hero) or basically useless (Jennilyn is TSTL for putting up with Danny the Tool). The
Number one reason to like the book: Izzy
Number two reason to like the book: Izzy
& number three: Izzy
Oh! & how can i forget Izzy!
yes the book was a bit melodramatic, but it had Izzy in it & i don't know how much more you can ask for.
I am in the group that hates Danny and thinks that Jennilyn is too good for him, but there's not much i can do about it. I can just hope that she leaves him in the future or somehow deals with this belief that he's too good for her because the opposite is
Nov 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was this written by the same author as Over The Edge??? I waited so long for this book, and all I can say is thank GOD I got it from the library!! This was not at all an action/suspense/romance as much as a mushy and in your face about Gay rights book. I have no problem with books having a social message, but when they beat you over the head with it, it gets to be a little much. Gilman's character was completely unlikable, and the only sense I got of his girlfriend/wife was that she was big ...more
3.5 stars, maybe.

This one was my least favorite in the series, I think. Too much angst, too predictable, and too crowded with plots.........
Marie Ealing
I'm going to try to make this review as spoiler free as I can, but maybe, just in case, don't read it if you don't want to know anything about the book, even vague references to the plot.

I have to be honest, I was a little scared about this book; I mean, when you have so many expectations about a book, is more likely that you are going to be disappointed, and this one was in my top five of most expected books ever! While I cant say that Im disappointed about Izzys book it wasnt my favorite.

Not as good as the previous ones IMO and quite disappointing.
This book was longer and frankly the first part seemed overstretched - the characters did not do any major development, they just kept arguing with each other, the plot started to set in place but it could have been done more efficiently. It was also very dark, especially with Neesha's experience recollection. The more I read about the way Jenn and Dan's relationship evolved, the less I thought it would last and the way they both took
Last summer I read the Troubleshooters books 1-15 consecutively and I was obsessed! I love the world that Brockmann created and I wanted more of it. Well, Breaking the Rules was not what I wanted. I judge a romance book by whether the hero is someone I would want all for myself and Breaking the Rules has not one but two heroes and they did absolutely nothing for me. Izzy was one of my favorite secondary character in past books but he and his estranged wife, Eden came across as horny and ...more
Book Him Danno
Ive read every book in this series now and I think I can say that this one is not one of my favorites. Not much SEAL stuff in this one, lots and lots and lots and lots of dialogue and touchy feely mush. She left in the sharp language that Dan and Izzy are known for, but she took too much of their other good qualities out to make them insecure and nauseating to listen to. I miss the rough guys who fall in love, but dont discuss their feelings with each other. Maybe Im exaggerating a bit, but I ...more
Kris H.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED Eden and Izzy. HATED, HATED, HATED, Dan Gillman for about 3/4 of the book. Seriously, this guy is the biggest a--hole who isn't supposed to be the villian of a story that I have EVER read. That is, for me, the main reason this wasn't a 5 star read. I get that he had some major issues to deal with, and he does redeem himself at the end (I guess), but come on!!! Aside from Dan there are many things to like about the book--action, suspense, romance, sex, completely detestable ...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of romantic suspense
Recommended to Mollie *scoutrmom* by: Arch
I stayed up all night reading this in one fell swoop. Auntee's review is so excellent that I think I'll just give you a link to it.

Auntee's Review of Breaking the Rules

Jenifer Mohammed
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I was surprised at how sympathetic a character that Eden turned out to be. She had always seemed so untrustworthy that I never really understood what Izzy saw in her beyond the physical. Now, I'm glad that she and Izzy get a HEA. Good coming together of Jenn and Dan as well. Overall, a good story.
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After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didnt pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling, and explored brave new worlds as a bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty-five years she has written more than fifty-five novels, including her ...more

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