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The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
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Oct 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, adult, always-worth-re-reading, romance, series, suspense-thriller, 2017-reads, contemporary, dangerous-heroes-between-my-covers, dhasg, dhasg-2017, reread
Read in April, 2017 , read count: 2

Highly competent and capable intrepid SEAL Lt. Tom Paoletti's in danger of losing his loyal, elite and cohesive special operations team and his career. After waking from a coma caused by an injury suffered in an unconventional escort turned daring and unorthodox rescue, Tom finds his team essentially disbanded and himself on convalescent leave to meet a rival's political agenda.

Lingering bouts of frailty coupled with the paranoia linked with his injury puts leaves Tom feeling even more pressure as he goes home to Boston on his forced leave. Tom's sure a fellow traveler is a notorious international fugitive terrorist Tom studied for years. Reporting up his chain of command proves futile as Tom's nemesis strengthens his case that Tom is delusional and his claim is dismissed.

Not only does Tom feel the pressure of trying to hold onto his career, the co-star of his teen fantasies Dr. Kelly Ashton is next door caring for her terminally ill father and the span of 17years has not diminished her in his eyes one iota. Kelly's concerned about her patients and feeling rejected by her dad but when she sees the adult Tom, every teen-aged fantasy she had of him is rekindled.

Tom's uncle and Kelly's father have been friends since WWII and they bicker constantly. When Tom shares his theory with the old guys, they put their heads together to try to help Tom come up with a plan of counterattack as Tom also shares his theory with his teammates. The SEAL team doesn't disappoint and jump at the chance to help their friend, their leader and their country. Even if it's off the books!

The budding young adult friends to lovers romance, a triangle of enemies to lovers against a wartime backdrop and an adult we can't seem to get it together friends to lovers scenarios going on simultaneously the outing surprisingly wasn't all about the romance. The intriguing did a good job of linking them while staking out its own territory kept things moving.

However, the nice pacing plus suspense, action, drama, romance, lead and secondary characters with chemistry and depth all in equal measure was a perfect recipe for my taste. The foundation introduces a huge cast slowly so that they make their own impact and with multiple threads one told in complete flashback, at times the transitions weren't as smooth as I would like, it got the job done.

The leads and the supporting characters of defenders doing that defending thing with feet of clay while falling in love and oozing chemistry like oxygen pushed enough of this reader's buttons to make an instant fan and offers several exciting book boyfriends.
Originally Read: November 10, 2011 - 4.5 stars actually
Rating: 4.5stars

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