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Out of Control

(Troubleshooters #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  9,565 ratings  ·  328 reviews

Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle's life, she goes in search of Ken "WildCard" Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. She must convince him to help her deliver a cache of ransom money into the hands of terrorists halfway around the world. What she doesn't expect is to end up in WildCard's arms before she can even ask for

Mass Market Paperback, 470 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published February 1st 2002)
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5+ stars – Romantic Suspense

I really enjoyed this one...very entertaining. I loved the Survivor-esque plot with Navy SEAL Ken “WildCard” Kamody and Miss Prim and Proper Pollyanna Savannah von Hopf roughing it in the jungles of Indonesia, while escaping and evading terrorists and the local warlord. I have to say, Savannah handled traversing rough terrain in bare feet, sleeping in the mud, and eating slugs much better than I would and without complaints. Ken initially thinks she’s a spoiled, uptig
I wasn't expecting to enjoy Out of Control as much as I did. Really!

When I consider a series, I am one of those readers that needs to start with the first story. Rarely -and I actually have a tag for this- do I reveal a book is fine as a standalone. That said, Ms. Brockmann used multiple characters from previous narratives with The Troubleshooters. When I began, and having not read the first three books, I considered (I didn't actually do it) looking for a notebook to write down who was involved
I spent the entire month of February in Cozumel on the beach reading the rest of the Troubleshooter series and it’s a good thing my Kindle’s whispernet worked or I would have had a stroke!!!......This series is so damn addictive….you can’t read just one, and you definitely must read them in order. I liked some of the books much better than others….but this one is Fantastic!!!...There is so much going on.......

1)The main story of the rich prim/proper girl (Savannah) meets bad boy Navy Seal Ken K
I am almost giddy with excitement for the stories to come. I am getting closer and closer to the really good stuff and I can hardly stand it. :)

This installment was better than I expected. Yes, I've read it before, but it was a while ago. I forgot that Molly and Jones meet here and whoa! Their story is explosive and it only just begun. Then Alyssa and Sam, Jules, Max...sigh. Squee!!! Such a great series as a whole with some super big standout characters. One thins about listening to the audio,
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Wendy F.

The Troubleshooter Series just keeps getting better and better as they progress. I'm hooked. Call me a fan of Brockmann from this moment forward.

“A flying bookstore.” Molly smiled at him. “Be still my heart.”

In Out of Control we are again given not one, not two but three love stories.

Savannah and Ken: Their love affair is like a fire, it's hot and started fast. Ken puts his foot in his mouth for most of the book but he finally comes to his senses and see's what's right
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I wasn't going to read this book for a few weeks as I didn't want to overdose too much on the same author....however I just couldn't resist reading Wildcard's story! And now the bad thing is, is that I can't decide who I like more Wildcard or Stan (although I would have to go with Stan just on a height basis)

The heroine in the story is Savannah Van Hopf who knows Kenny "Wildcard" Karmody from Yale and has had a crush on him ever since. She needs his help as her Uncle Alex has been kidnapped and
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Five big fat stars all the way. Two great heros paired up with two absolutely wonderful heroines, three great love stories, lots of action and laughter and tears all the way. Just wow. I can't wait to go onto the next one. Thank God I'm years behind this author and I've all the Troubleshooter books all good to go.
5+ Stars Romantic Suspense

Book 4 in the Troubleshooter series stars Navy SEAL Ken Karmody, who gets nicknamed as “Wild Card” because of his ability to think out of the box and come out winning however difficult a problem might be. Ken had certainly not led a charming childhood with an emotionally and physically abusive father, which had in the end toughened him up and made Ken determined to do what he wanted in life. Ken is a genius when it comes to computers and whatnot and beneath his tough
❧Gwendolyn❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
5 Splendidly Romantic Stars!

This pic reminds me of Savannah~she's was a sweetheart! And not a damsel in distress , which is so awesome to read.

The MC's SAVANNAH & KEN "WILDCARD' were awesome!

The secondary romance of Molly and Jones were an adorable.The WW11 subplot love story with Rose and Hank was sweet and interesting and this time held my attention.

The car scene had me LMAO. And the development of the MC and SCs as alway was stunning. This is were Suzzane Brockman excels along with her d
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! Great characters, wonderful back story (WWII). I just loved Kenny "WildCard" and Savannah. Enjoying the hell out of this series. So far, all of them are "I can't put this down" books. Onto the next one! ;)
Lori McD
4.5-5 stars (And 5 stars is really, really hard for me to give!)

What can I say? This one was FAB! Loved that there was more of a light-heartedness feel to the book most of the way through. Sure, the situation in the jungle for Ken/Savannah, Alex, Molly/Jones isn't "light-hearted", but there was something other than intense gloom and doom at all times.

I'll have to come back at another time and really review this book... not feeling well today.

I want MORE of Rose's and Hank's story! I always love
Feb 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book Brockmann advances her skills considerably. Ken and Savannah are good characters, the WWII subplot is again an interesting one and even the 2 mini plots of Molly/Jones and Alyssa/Sam are good. All stories are intertwined nicely and the fact that someone from each of the pairings is reading the same book was clever.

One thing that did aggravate me from time to time was again the female lead thinking she could handle a situation better than a navy seal. Savannah ignores things Ken say
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I think this one might be my favorite so far. Or at least, the characters were some of my favorite so far. As always, there was a WWII related storyline going at the same time, and I really liked how this one was done. It was kinda funny that all of the characters in the book were reading the same thing. It was a lot better than the Alzheimer lady of the previous book just slipping back into the past. One thing I thought was interesting was the fact that Wildcard who is basically a big giant gee ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
Wonderful! Probably the best in the series. A must read for suspense romance fans.
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Three fantastic storylines contribute to one awesome read!

Each book in this series just gets better and better.
This author may not be for me. This is the second book I've read in this series. I don't like the writing style of returning to the past and present and the different storylines. I prefer to concentrate on just one or two couples. I have more of this series in my tbr but I think I'll take a break from it for now.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow! On a scale of 1-5 I rate it a 10! Love this series. Do yourself a favor and read it in order. This is a great author and this is an amazing series. I love both story lines. The current one as well as Rose's life during WWII. I love the way she transitions into each storyline. I would think that would be difficult to do smoothly, but she handles it well. While each book is about a Navy Seal couple, the series tells Rose's story in bits throughout all of the books.

Highly recommend
Manda Collins
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
First read in 2002 when I was homesick and living in Toronto. I was totally captivated. Probably reread in the intervening years but there was no Goodreads and I wasn't good at keeping track. Happy to report that Out of Control more than holds up over time. Kenny Carmody is still one of my all time favorite beta heroes and the Molly/Grady romance that finishes in a later book is still an all time favorite secondary Romance. I love it when favorites stand the test of time! ❤ ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
4.5 Stars...Best one of the series so far! What an awesome read! One thing's for sure - you get your money's worth with each book as there are at least 3 to 4 story-lines playing out. Loved Ken/Savannah, Molly/Jones, & Rose/Hank...heart broken for Alyssa/Sam. I really liked the tools the author used to tie it all together - like the different couples reading excerpts from Rose's book. As always, I love the backstory. Great job! A Must Read!
Tellulah Darling
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mouthy bad boys, spunky chicks, adventure and romance - what's not to love? I think that the tone of this book was pretty great. My big bump was that there were way too many times when the characters felt like crying. But overall, it was a hell of a lot of fun.
Christine Green
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series but this by far is my favorite book. I can't wait to find out what happens with all the characters that were in this book. Suzanne does such a great job of weaving stories and getting you ready for more.
Elisabeth Lane
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of overlapping storylines but wound up liking it

The way Brockmann structures stories threw me off at first. This book actually have very little of the main couple, especially at first. And since they're fighting early on, I worried it wouldn't be a satisfying romance for me. However, they move closer to center stage as the book professes, which helped. I also just got used to her style and invested in the secondary characters. Since I had tried the first book in this series some time ago an
Adele Buck
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Excellent, gripping romantic suspense. I'm reading this series a little out of order, but so far everything stands alone.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black-ops
I think that WildCard is one of my favorite Seals. I really loved Roses back story
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Review of the new rerecorded 2014 version - from Speaking of Audiobooks Top Ten 2014 Listens - my #3 choice:
Narrated by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank

In August 2013, I shared with readers my all time favorite print romances. Number four on that list was Out of Control, the fourth entry to the Troubleshooter (TSS) series. Winning the 2002 Best Romance and Best Hero awards here at AAR, I recall being amazed at Brockmann’s storytelling and I simply loved this book that features more than one rom
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Lady Allison
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm having a hard time sitting down & reviewing this one, but it's definitely not because I didn't love it, because I most certainly did.

This one was WildCard Karmody's story with the lovely (albeit quite naive) Savannah vonHopf. Savannah's always had a thing for Wildcard but that isn't the (main) reason why she finds him in San Diego - she needs a favor. Not just a change-my-flat-tire kind of favor, although fabulous man though he is, does that too. She has to go to Indonesia to bail her gr
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I'm the one who's out of control with this series. I was only going to read one more and now I can't seem to stop. I blame Suzanne. She wraps some things up in each book but makes you want to read the next one to see how other things are going to play out. I'm DYING to get to Sam's book but I'm trying to be patient. But then I think of Max and Jones and I just want more about all of them. GAH! I can't seem to read fast enough.

The main premise of this book was a kidnapping and attempt for
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
While reading previous installments of this series (which I love), we heard about Wildcard from time to time. Up til now, he was known as somewhat of a technogeek whom was always cracking jokes. We also found him at the beginning of "Over the Edge" in a barfight as he hears that his ex-girlfriends places a restraining order on him. (you find out more about that in the story.)

Wildcard heads to Indonesia with Savannah, to drop off ransom money for her uncle as he doesn't want her to head into dang
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, romance
I cannot tell a lie: WildCard Karmody does exactly nothing for me.

It's not the poor man's fault. He's a likeable enough techno geek wrapped in a badass Navy Seal package, and the narrative following his trip to Indonesia with heiress (and former college acquaintance) Samantha von Hopf to deliver a ransom for her uncle is full of action and humor and (of course) romance. But Kenny, sadly, is just not my thing.

Heinrich von Hopf and David Jones, however, are exactly my cuppa, so I read this one mor
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After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t 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 award- ...more

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“You love me,” he said. “That’s all I need to know.”
“You always say the right thing,” Savannah told him, her eyes so filled with love that he almost wept. “Sometimes it takes you awhile to get to it, but you always get there, and what you say is always worth waiting for.”
“I’m going to carry you now,” he told her, “so we can move even faster. I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. Any response from you is unnecessary and unwelcome.” 25 likes
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