Thursday, July 6, 2017

ARC Review: Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Some Kind of Hero
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Troubleshooters (Book 19)
Publication: Ballantine Books (July 11, 2017)

Description: The Troubleshooters return in the latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann! Some Kind of Hero showcases Brockmann’s signature white-knuckle suspense, romantic twists, and sexy Navy SEALs.

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.

My Thoughts: If you like your romantic suspense with hot SEALs, great suspense, and lots of romantic tension,  Brockmann is for you. This was an excellent story that had me both tearing up and laughing so hard I couldn't see the words on the page. Shayla Whitman had noticed the hot SEAL who moved in across the street with his daughter but hadn't met him until she picked him up on the side of the road and, at his urging, followed the car that he was sure his fifteen-year-old daughter Maddie had taken off in.

Maddie had been missing for a couple of days and Pete Greene - Lieutenant Peter Greene, US Navy SEAL - was determined to find her. Pete and Maddie's relationship was new. He got custody of her when her mother died. Though he had faithfully sent child support, Maddie's mom Lisa had been determined to keep the two of them apart. Now, he's dealing with a grieving child who is convinced that Pete never wanted her and didn't care about her while dealing with becoming a full-time father of a teenager.

Maddie has made only one friend at her new school but Fiona isn't the kind of friend anyone needs. Fiona set up Maddie when she blew town with $10,000 that she owed her drug dealer. Now Maddie is on the run from the drug dealer with her older boyfriend Dingo. We get her viewpoint as she tells about what is going on with her and Dingo.

Meanwhile, Shayla, a writer of romantic suspense herself though suffering through a bout of writer's block, and Pete begin to follow the clues to find his missing daughter. I liked that Shayla has the voice of her main character in her head giving her advice and I liked that she kept trying to fit her and Pete's story into some sort of romance novel trope.

I liked Pete because, besides being very hot, he was concerned, caring, and really listened to Shayla. Starting a romance wasn't what either of them planned for and both threw up barriers that caused a lot of the romantic tension in this story. I liked that we got a chance to reconnect with some characters from earlier books in this series - this being book 19. But even if you have never read another book in the Troubleshooters series, this book will grab you and keep you reading. I was up well past my bedtime because I couldn't sleep until I knew how the story would work out for Pete and Shayla.

Favorite Quote:
She was always thinking. "You'd make a great SEAL," he told her.

Shayla snorted. "Yeah, except for the part where I can't run very fast, my swimming is limited to the dog paddle, I hate the cold, and oh, yeah, I'm afraid of literally everything."
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.


  1. I was curious what you thought of this one, being so far into the series. The author must have done a great job of keeping the stories interesting. And I do love a good cry and some belly laughs. Might have to check these out.


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