A Buddy read with my friend Jo @ The Abtastic Ab Loving Geishas, despite not having hot man-abs on the cover...
Well, another Navy Seal Alpha Dude story of falling in love and doing whatever possible to get the girl of his dreams to accept his love... This time it was John Nilsson and the widowed mother of a 10 year old girl, Meg. The first time they have met was at a foreign country where she helped him pull a stunt which could have endangered people's lives. In that instance, she ...more
Buddy read with the amazing Choko
As with the previous book, The Defiant Hero seems to follow the same recipe featuring the romance of the main couple, but also a romance set in a past war.“I’ve let you get away too many times before,” he said quietly. She could barely hear him over the rain. “I’m not letting you go this time. Not willingly. Not when you need me—and dammit, you do need me.”
I’m not a big fan of second-chance romances but for the most part I liked the romance between Meg...more
Sometimes you want cheese, and it's just the right amount, and you're in cheese nirvana:
Other times you want cheese, and it's just too much, and you end up with all the regrets:
This was a little of both.
Clearly, a story about terrorism, child abduction and a mother in peril just isn't meaty enough to carry the plot of an entire book all by itself, doncha know. Nope, this thing needs some filling. Lots and lots and lots of filling. So much filling that you pretty much lose ...more
The author has five different stories happening, 3 current day and 2 flashbacks. She frequently is telling one story, then stops at a cliff-hanger point, then goes on to another two stories before coming back to the first story. Notwithstanding the cliff-hangers, she is jumping around within these five stories for the entire book. It was irritating, annoying and offensive. It felt worse than tv commercial interruptions. Other ...more
The first half of this book was slow. Honestly, I really really did not like Meg. Talk about TSTL, at least for me. If she'd just trusted John from the immediate things would have been a lot more interesting, in my opinion. The constant driving from place to place and all the arguing about trust, it was overkill. It felt like 75% of the book was the same conversation between Meg and John over and over again.
However, the last quarter of the ...more
This is a continuous series where all the characters play a role in each book, sometimes big roles, sometimes little, and I have my favorites. In the case of The Defiant Hero, I wasn't super interested ...more
This is how I pictured Eve. She was fantastic to read.
The book as a whole is filled with romance and suspense. And a good solid story with well done plotting and pacing. The steam factor IMO was kind of PG-13 with extra sizzle factor added.
Eve/Ralph cute couple. I liked them.
Sam/Alyssa (one of my favorite couples in this series thus far). I loved them.
Meg /Nils I liked them.
The Action was solid.
The suspense was awesome.
The descriptive writing ...more
There are numerous character story lines fighting for attention and the transitions are very choppy. It seemed like we, the readers, are a pin ball in a pin ball machine as we are careening from character to character as well as jumping from past to present in many of the characters' lives. It is just too much. In the first book, it ...more
The lead one involved Meg, whose daughter and grand-mother were taken hostage, and who was manipulated by terrorists to do their bidding. She got John to help her.
A second one with the hostages being hostages, trying to survive and escape. While trying to survive, the grandmother remembered and told back to the little girl how she first fell in love with Ralph during WW2 in England.
A third one with another ...more
This book was a tad unbelievable in that the woman kidnapped an ambassador so easily, but again, it was written in the early 2000, so I guess technology would be less.
Overall, I liked the ...more
Most of ...more
What I loved most about this story is oddly what I also had a bit of a hard time with. Confused? Let me explain. Brockmann has ...more
It's been so long since I'd read this, that while I remembered the story, I had forgotten some of the details.
One of the things I love about Meg is that she is willing to do anything for her daughter. That's the driving force behind all of her actions throughout the book. Similarly, John feels the same way about Meg and he's willing to do anything to help her and save her daughter. I really do love them ...more
Meg in my opinion falls in the ...more
You could read this book without having read the previous. Though there are some characters that appear in both books.
Like in book 1 there are three different stories going on in this.
The MCs, Meg and John, story. Extremists kidnap Meg's daughter and grandmother to make her do what they want. John and the other troubleshooters step in to help. John and Meg have a history of friendship and attraction. John is much younger then Meg. ...more