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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  7,054 ratings  ·  765 reviews
A thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from sensational New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard.

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Due to wo
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by William Morrow (first published July 2007)
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Russty Actually, Morgan was the team leader... Axel(the "ex-step-brother" is the boss/political/chief of all the Go-Teams...

Did anyone else get bogged down…more
Actually, Morgan was the team leader... Axel(the "ex-step-brother" is the boss/political/chief of all the Go-Teams...

Did anyone else get bogged down with all the "Tricks" and coffee drinking???(less)
Christine Allman He was targeted because of what they thought he knew. The congresswoman and her husband were doing some shady deals and couldnt take the chance of…moreHe was targeted because of what they thought he knew. The congresswoman and her husband were doing some shady deals and couldnt take the chance of being exposed by Morgan.(less)

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❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
2 Disappointing Stars!!

I hate that I am so disappointed with a Linda Howard book. When reading the book blurb I was so excited because it sounded like a classic Linda Howard book….I was sorely disappointed. I was expecting a book reminiscent of her “CIA Spies” books. What we get was basically the life of a beloved Golden Retriever in a small West Virginia town. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs but I don’t want to read a whole book about a dog when I expected a book that was clearly tagged as
Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Troublemaker by Linda Howard is a 2016 William Morrow publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It is so nice to see a brand new romantic suspense novel by Linda Howard!

Morgan is a member of the exclusive GO-team, and an operative who has been shot, resulting in a heart attack, and is now in need of a place to lay low after his cover was compromised.

Bo is the chief of police in a small W. Virginia community, trying to pull hers
He was smiling down at her, a crooked smile that invited her to join in his amusement. “Is there a rule about how many celebratory kisses are allowed?”
“Yes. One.”
“What idiot wrote that rule?”
“I did.”
“Scratch the previous comment.”

As always, Linda Howard knows very well what the readers want, and she masterfully interweaves romance, humor, and a touch of suspense into this fantastic novel.

As her fan, I was so excited to dive into this book, but I must admit during the first few chapters, I had
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Vintage Linda Howard, but with an unforgettable golden retriever named Tricks as an additional character. I loved the intimacy of this book.
Just for fun I searched the name "Tricks" to see how many times the darn dog's name was said in this book. Over 500 times!!!
Drop the mic...

Did Linda Howard really write this? I sure do miss the Mr Perfect and After the Night style of writing. The men sizzled in those books. The sexual chemistry was off the charts good. This book only really focuses on the stupid dog. At the 50% mark Bo and Morgan had barely spoken to each other. Very two dimensional characters. I was so looking forward to this n
I'm glad I didn't read any reviews here before reading the book, because I would have missed hours of epic amusement had I gone by popular opinion. Agreed, the dog was more memorable than the protagonists and the plot was nothing new, but it was definitely a fun read.
5 stars for Tricks and her awesome tricks (she totally deserved the prom-queen treatment), 4 for Morgan and Bo (The guy was pretty hot and chemistry was great) and 2.75 for the story.
Geri Reads
Welp! This was disappointing.

It had good bones, story-wise. Morgan is an elite paramilitary personnel who got ambushed and almost got killed. To lure out the people who put a hit on him, his supervisor sent him to his stepsister, Isabeau "Bo" Maran to recover, essentially setting himself up as bait.

I was into this. It sounded like the Linda Howard of old. Unfortunately, things never really got off the ground. The book didn't quite know what it was supposed to be. Is it supposed to be romantic
Kat Valentine
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this romantic thriller! Great storyline and characters.Linda Howard is one of my favorite writers. Morgan Yancy is a operative team leader who is home on leave and gets jumped and stabbed by Russian operative. His team leader knows its only a matter of time before who ever wants Morgan dead will send someone to finish the he sends Morgan to live with his step sister Bo, from along ago marriage. What happens when you take a man who's life is a dangerous and secretive and put him with ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linda Howard has been my go-to author for romantic suspense lately. I can’t get enough of her, and it doesn’t matter if the book was published twenty years ago or just releasing, she somehow nails the genre every time. Troublemaker pulled me in and kept me entertained the entire weekend!

Morgan Yancy is part of a top-secret, elite team ready to take down any threat to the US Government. He’s back in the country after a couple of months working and ready for some down time when trouble comes knoc
The other reviewers were right. This is the story of Tricks the Golden Retriever and the bad things that happen to her people. LH obviously owns or owned a GR as she has the whole ridiculously playful, vain and loving personality of Golden nailed.

But this is actually a suspense/thriller so…

It’s not much of one. The hero is shot and sent to the heroine’s small town to recuperate and to trap the evil doers. After more Golden Retriever love, some small town shenanigans, small town intrigue and much
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: s-bv-library
I was so looking forward to this one and even bumped it to the top of my stack of books to read. And it was such an incredible let down.

The plot was flat. There was some suspense at the first of the book, a tiny dap in the middle and then a brief attempt at the end. That was it. The rest of the story was basically a day to day journal of Tricks the Golden Retriever interacting with the characters of the books. Don't get me wrong, Tricks as a character is adorable. Goldens are one of my favorite

Linda just be honest with me! Was this you when you were writing the Troublemaker?

Because I've never read a book where a dog was the main character.

Meet Tricks.

She's the main character and this book revolves around her.

How many toys does she have,
how smart she is,
how pretty she is,

You get the point.

The romance and the suspense were on the sideline, but I loved it. I love the H and the h. Their relationship was honest with no unnecessary drama or misunderstanding. There was no insta-love a
Jacqueline J
Just okay. Not up to Linda Howard's gold standard. Seemed like an offering from a midlister instead. There was none of the sparkling humor between the hero and heroine or high tension in the mystery plot that I've come to expect. Okay storyline. I thought there was way too much of the super smart dog. The heroine's reactions concerning the dog were over the top. Seemed like they were the reactions I would have expected a person to have about their child instead. I know some people really love th ...more
Paige  Bookdragon

Actual rating: 3.7

Full review to come
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The dog saved the book! 🐕 Some of the book was over-the-top romance but the over all story was interesting. But the best part was definitely the cool dog.
R2 D2
May 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am a dog owner- and i get it. They are adorable, very intelligent, and always upto some mischief.
But this book was not a romance. There was a bit of a thriller plotline, but honestly, Marley and Me is a better book to read.
This book was completely about the dog, and the dog's relationship with everyone.
Natalie The Biblioholic
I'd like to start this off by saying that I'm a huge fan of Linda Howard. Ever since I read Mr. Perfect, a copy of which I have in paperback, I became addicted to her writing. She seemed to have an innate sense of when to pull back on the romance and introduce spine-tingling doses of terror! The suspense was always woven effortlessly throughout the plot, and although for the most part we knew who the bad guy was, how he would meet his end was still a mystery. The steady build towards the clima ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense
I felt very fortunate to get this book on publication day. Also fortunate to be able to start it immediately. This book is classic, really, really fantastic Linda Howard. 5+++ stars to start, unfortunately is bogs in the middle and the sentimentality is off the charts. Now, I will admit that I am predisposed to like the works of those authors I really like, so you should take that into account here, this is really a pity 4-star rate, which for anyone else would probably be a 3-star rate.

If you
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was classic Linda Howard, and I loved it.

I loved Isabeau “Bo” Maran, who is your typical Linda Howard heroine, tough and kickass. She got stuck in the small town in West Virginia because she made some bad investments, but ended up finding a home, friends and a wonderful dog. As always it’s refreshing to find a book where the heroine is the one afraid of love.

Morgan was a real bad ass and I loved him. When he was sent to Bo’s house, he was supposed to hide and recover from almost dyi

Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
I'm so disappointed and sorry to say that I didn't much like Troublemaker. I finished but it didn't work for me as either a romance or a thriller. As practically everyone has noted, the woman+dog love story is front and center. Bo's dog love is really an obsession, as her life is built around serving her doggy overlord. A little bit too far off for my taste. I have no doubt that Bo would have dumped Morgan in a hot minute if he hadn't been willing to step aside for her one true love, Tricks The ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I usually love romances that include dogs (and other pets) as significant characters. They interact with and reveal important facets about the human characters. However, in this book the dog overwhelmed the story and the characters. With each page I began to dread having to read about the dog's (Tricks) each snort, food treat, walk, bowl of water, and clever antic. It was incessant and distracting. An otherwise interesting romantic suspense story got lost in the weeds, and would have benefited f ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
3.5 'needs another edit' Stars. I don't know whether to call this RS or not. The first 10% and the last 10% were solid, suspense action; but all the story in between was full-on small town romance. Both were enjoyable enough, but I’m not sure how well they worked together. I'll have to do a reread of the final book.

Morgan has just come home after a mission with the shadowy paramilitary group he works for, when someone tries to kill him. Desperately wounded, and not knowing who was behind the att
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who really like dogs?
2.5 Stars

This is a story about a golden Retriever named Tricks and the humans she dotes upon.
Some of you _ the ones who have read this _ will probably laugh, and call me exaggerated... but really I'm not. The dog really is the main if you love dogs, this is just the book for you!

Look I love dogs and cats: that's why I sometimes find myself without knowing what to do with my life, when I think of all the animals that I've taken care, and the ones that I still have in my life.
I enjoyed but I think calling it a rom suspense was over reach. C+

Troublemaker is the first book in a new romance suspense series by Linda Howard that revolves around a group of men involved in black ops. Morgan Yancy is part of this group-called GO Teams- that cleans up “situations” the government wants handled quietly. Ambushed and wounded during his downtime, his boss sends him to an ex- sibling in small town in West Virginia to recuperate and hide while the group tries to discover who was se
As a big Linda Howard fan and somebody who's read a number of her novels, trust me when I say this book is hugely underrated.
Looking at the plot, characters and world building, it might as well be a part of her Kell Sabin series, though there is a distinct difference. The heroines in her series were meek, pathetic creatures while the heroes were these super macho types who eat nails for breakfast and shit like that. While the hero in Troublemaker was still a very manly man, it was toned down and
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Итак, бравый оперативник (честно, не знаю, как его называть, с этими их секретными подразделениями...) Морган Янси после ранения нуждается в тихом местечке, чтобы залечь на дно. Подлечиться и разобраться, кто и за что пытался его убить. Руководитель его группы отправляет Моргана в крохотный город в дом к своей бывшей сводной сестре - Бо.
Бо и тот самый руководитель были братом и сестрой совсем недолго (брак их родителей продлился чуть больше полугода) и далеких 17 лет назад. Но уже тогда ребята
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What's not to love about Linda Howard's Troublemaker? It features a hot Alpha special ops hero, a strong, smart, independent heroine, and a bright, funny diva of a golden retriever named Tricks. Weave in a suspenseful plot that keeps you turning the pages, a host of delightful secondary characters, a surprising love story, along with laugh out loud humor and you have a winning combination.

When Special Ops agent Morgan Yancy was shot in an am
D.B. Reynolds
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Morgan Yancy, the hero in this book, and thought the chemistry between him and Isabeau "Bo" Maran was a slow build from denial to incredibly hot---although the denial was almost entirely on Bo's part. I did think there was too much of Tricks, Bo's dog, who was unbelievably intelligent and intuitive. I like dogs, but I generally don't like them as lead characters in books. Tricks's presence made more sense, although not until the very end of the book, when Morgan recognizes Tricks's impor ...more
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars At least 50 pages too many devoted to the dog. And "fast-paced," "thrilling?" Really?

There are the bones for a good book here, but there's a tonal issue and lack of focus that runs this story off the rails. And again--cute dog, but even a lighthearted Kristen Higgans book doesn't spend this much time obsessively detailing the dog. Linda Howard used to write fantastic romantic suspense, romance novels, and historical romances. No idea how her last few books have missed to mark so badly
Audrey Dry
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

Pues me ha gustado, y mira que no tenía muchas esperanzas a pesar de que esta autora me gusta mucho.

Casualmente, el libro anterior que leí fue La testigo de Nora Roberts, y me he quedado muy sorprendida por las similitudes que existen entre las dos novelas. Ambas protagonistas viven aisladas, pero en este caso Bo no huye de un pasado traumático. Ambas tienen como mascotas un perro. En cuanto al personaje masculino, en La testigo es policía y en este libro es agente secreto. Ambos son gu
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance

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