Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jim “Spaceman” Slade’s got a problem. A SEAL Team is only as fast as its slowest member—and right now, thanks to his battered knees—that’s Jim. He reluctantly takes medical leave, but he’s a SEAL, so he spends his “vacation” as an instructor, helping out a former senior chief who runs a camp for SEAL wannabes. But to Jim’s shock, he finds himself falling for the one woman attending the camp session—an obviously brilliant but seemingly timid lawyer who is determined to do everything her way, no matter how wrong.
Ashley DeWitt’s got a problem, too. She’s a kickass lawyer, but when it comes to her personal life, she’s a total pushover. When she finds herself hiding behind her condo Dumpster to avoid a confrontation with an ex, she decides enough is enough and signs up for a session at a camp called SEAL World, in hopes she’ll discover how to be more assertive outside of the courtroom. And then she’s assigned to Jim’s team…
When an alpha male—smart, funny, strong, but terrified of a future trapped behind a desk—collides with a smart, funny, and quietly strong woman with a troubled past, sparks fly hot and fast.
Point of view:
Yes it was just released today and yes I read the whole thing. Because Suzanne Brockmann! Brockmann has gone back to her SEAL beginnings and is adding on to the Tall, Dark, & Dangerous series. (moment of mourning that there’s no Izzy here.) While it’s been 10+ years since the last TDD book, this falls right in line and includes familiar folks from the series as if no time has passed, without the awkward “retrofitting” of archaic technology/current events/etc. Writers prerogative and I think it completely works. As usual, Brockmann’s characters have faults, learn a lot, grow, and no one is better at giving us strong women ~ even if a bit vulnerable.
So why 4 stars instead of 5? 2 things.
A. is Possibly Spoiler-ish: I’m not a fan of insta-love. And that’s exactly what happened here. I loved the book, their conversations were deep and often humorous, but still. 4 days. FOUR. And Jim & Ashley’s interactions as well as internal dialogue jumps to love and forever.
B. This reads more like a rom-com and less like the action/adventure/Military I so look forward to when reading Brockmann’s SEAL novels. I acknowledge that her Troubleshooters series is a different “world”, but it sets a much higher bar for bringing together several story arcs, even from within the same novel, that I just don’t see in this book.
Do I regret reading or buying it? No way. I probably just would have enjoyed more if it were listed as a novella or ancillary companion to the series that let me know it wasn’t going to be SEAL/Military/SpecOps action.
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.)