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Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Troubleshooters #17
Published by Ballantine on July 11, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.
Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.
Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.
I was recently making a list of favorite series in the romantic suspense genre for a friend. I couldn’t even get to five series; I listed three. Since it is one of my favorite genres, I was surprised how few series made my list. There are many to read but not the quality of this Troubleshooters series. These are top notch with a great blend of romance and action and mystery. I appreciate the fact some of them are personally based and some are based on the team’s missions, not all one thing or the other.
Some Kind of Hero is more personally based. Peter has just got his daughter into his life and now she’s missing. His neighbor, Shayla, is there at the right time. She is too kind and compassionate to let him face this alone. Since Shayla has two teens of her own, she knows a thing or two. I enjoyed the smart way things were handled and how they figured things out. I was right there worrying and trying to find her. The support group was there but one could read this without reading the series. However, it’s so good, why would you not read it all in order?
The story took me on an emotional ride, but in a good way. These people are competent. Their emotions and reactions felt authentic. The romance happened naturally, along with the mystery and action. It’s great to see a bit of old friends from earlier books. Despite the truly nasty bad guys, our team prevails in the end. If you like romantic suspense, these are definitely ones to read!
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge