Monday, March 7, 2011
The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
Contemporary Romance Challenge
Reading From My Shelves
ROR Spring Challenge
The Buck Stops Here Challenge (49 cents at Goodwill)
SOMETIMES LOVE IS THE GREATEST VICTORY....
After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton -- the sweet "girl next door" who has grown into a remarkable woman. The town's infamous bad boy, Tom has always longed for Kelly. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day....
This was my first Suzanne Brockmann. I had mixed expectations for this book. As not much of a fan of Contemporary Romance I had low expectations but since I do normally like Romantic Suspense and the few Military Romances I've read, that raised my expectations a bit.
The Unsung Hero pleasantly surprised me. I enjoyed the lead story between Tom and Kelly-fairly good interaction and somewhat scorching love scenes. But I really enjoyed more than that all the secondary characters and their trials and tribulations. The mix of the specialist and "ragtag" Troubleshooters crew, the idea that they were on a secret mission because the Government thought the thought of a terrorist attack in sleepy Massachusetts a product of Tom's brain injury, and the back story flashbacks from Tom's Uncle and Kelly's Dad in World War II Germany were very moving. The story was both exciting and had me tearing up as well. This is the first in Brockmann's "Troubleshooters" series (currently at 16 books!) and I look forward to reading the next installment.