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)
Being a Navy SEAL is more than a career to Alan “Frisco” Francisco—it is his whole world. So when a bullet wound threatens his future in the Navy, he is determined to achieve a full recovery . . . all on his own. But his lovely neighbor Mia Summerton has other plans for him. She can’t mend his wounded body, but can she heal his heart?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives, not by chapter but clearly defined.
Update 8/9/19: I read this a few years ago, but when the series showed up in Audible Escape* I decided to give the audiobook a try. It’s so hard to rate these older Suzanne Brockmann works. Compared to the level of writing in her Troubleshooters series as well as the production/narration quality of those audiobooks, it leaves many of these Tall Dark & Dangerous books feeling a slightly bereft. This book is also not one of my favorites of the series. Still clocks in at 3.5 stars.
It’s a fun story, but lacking a lot of the action present in most of Brockmann’s SEAL books (of either series). It’s definitely fairly insta-love as the whole book takes place over just a few days.
Frisco has been recovering/rehabbing a knee injury for the last 5 years. He’s just received word that despite numerous surgeries and years of PT – things are as good as they’re going to get. Which means he will likely spend the rest of his life using a cane to walk. Also thrown at him is that his sister needs to go to rehab and he will now be the guardian of his 4 year-old niece, Tasha.
Mia is a high school teacher and Frisco’s next door neighbor. She’s drawn to help grumpy Frisco learn how to be the parent of a pre-schooler as well as encourage him that his life isn’t over.
We also meet Thomas King, one of Mia’s students who bonds with Tasha and simultaneously looks up to Frisco as a SEAL while wary of Frisco’s parenting.
There is some action as Tasha’s mom’s ex causes havoc and a rescue takes place, but it’s quite minimal in relation to the romantic aspect of the story.
*Audible has since discontinued the Escape program.
I had trouble with the Lauren Fortgang as she didn’t have a strong “male” voice. It also felt more like she was reading me the book than performing it. I think she might be a better fit for when a book is only from the female POV. It’s a decent listen as part of Audible Escape, but I’ll read it in the future.
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.)