Hawken’s Heart

Note: This book was also released under the title, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”.

Format:
book, ebook & Audiobook

For ebook and print – the TDD series has been combined into sets of 2 or 3 books. (depending on the version you hunt down)

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Navy SEAL Crash Hawken awakens in a Washington, D.C., hospital to learn that he is the prime suspect in the assassination attempt on a commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder, he is alone—except for Nell Burns. Nell and Crash have a history—as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day.

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives, not by chapter but clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
The first 50% is a little slow and basically mostly romance, but a necessary groundwork for both the last half and the following book, The Admiral’s Bride.

This is one of my favorites of the series – Brockmann is wonderful here with balancing flawed but strong characters and weaving a lot of story together in a way that keeps you guessing. The action is slightly less than some other books, but still strong.

Crash’s cousin, Daisy, is dying and he’s spending her final weeks staying with her and her partner Admiral Jake Robinson. Daisy’s personal assistant of several years, Nell, also lives at the farm. The first half gives us this time spent fulfilling Daisy’s “bucket list” as well as a deepening friendship between Nell & Crash/Billy. When Daisy dies, Crash goes away and Nell tries to move on with her life.

Fast forward a year and Crash is the only survivor in an ambush that kills Jake and the team protecting him. The second half is a lot of action because Crash is framed for the slaughter and goes on the run with Nell, who has also been targeted. Lots of twists, turns, and surprises. I really enjoyed this one.

Narration:
Updated 8/13/19: Borrowed via Audible Escape* & DNF due to the narrator’s constant inflection at the end of nearly every sentence. The title lists the narrator as Gabra Zackman but the intro says Maia Guest. This is Zackman. I’ve listened to a non-fiction book she narrated and didn’t have this issue. So she’s either improved or the issue was with the director or ???

*Audible has since discontinued the Escape program.

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.)

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