book, ebook & Audiobook (I actually own all three!)
For ebook and print – the TDD series has been combined into sets of 2 or 3 books. (depending on the version you hunt down)
When six canisters of lethal nerve agent are stolen from a military testing lab, Admiral Jake Robinson must recover the chemicals by any means necessary. He defies convention and decides to infiltrate the compound where religious fanatics have stored the deadly toxin.
Dr. Zoe Lange is a biological warfare specialist and an expert in espionage. Zoe agrees to assist Jake on the case, and , posing as husband and wife, they manage to gain access to the compound. But Jake fears his instant attraction to Zoe might compromise the mission. Their marriage may be a hoax, but Jake’s growing feelings for Zoe are anything but make-believe. With each hour he’s in Zoe’s company, the stakes get higher, the game more real. And the dangers within the compound escalate out of control.
Now everything is on the line.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives, not by chapter but clearly defined.
This is my favorite of the whole series. I’m a big fan of May/December. I’m a fan of smart women and strong but still sensitive men. I’m a fan of as much, if not more, action/suspense than romance in my military romance. I’m also a little biased by a story that can make me laugh & cry. This met all those.
You don’t have to read Hawken’s Heart (also titled It Came Upon A Midnight Clear) to enjoy this book – but it is quite a bit of back story as to who Jake Robinson is and the life & death of his first wife.
Along with several of the Team 10 guys, Jake & Zoe work to locate and extract a deadly nerve gas stolen by some zealots and stored on a compound. Part of the mission requires Jake to “marry” Zoe so they can both access the grounds. The emotional angst in this book comes from Jake’s struggle with his attraction to Zoe, both as a widower and how much younger she is than him. It’s simultaneously heartbreaking and lovely to see their relationship unfold. In Brockmann style – there’s also a lot of action and suspense to keep the story moving.
Update 8/14/19: Borrowed via Audible Escape. Allyson Johnson’s narration is my favorite of the series. I still prefer dual narrators with these multiple POV books, but Johnson did a great job. I’m still not sure I’d buy this audio as I wouldn’t own the rest of the series, but it is worth a credit.
Update: I bought the audio. LOL!
About the author:
After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling, and explored brave new worlds as a bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty-five years she has written more than fifty-five novels, including her award-winning Troubleshooters series about Navy SEAL heroes and the women—and sometimes men—who win their hearts.
You can connect with Suzanne Brockmann here: (Rellim’s note: She’s most active on Twitter.)