Forever Blue

His eyes were still the brightest shade of blue she’d ever seen in her life, and as he met her gaze she felt frozen in place, hypnotized.

Suzanne Brockmann
Forever Blue

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:
The guy next door is home to stay—but can he be trusted?

Blue McCoy was once the hero of Lucy Tait’s teenaged dreams—quiet, dark and dangerous. But after high school he left Hatboro Creek, South Carolina, to join the military. Now, years later, a brooding Navy SEAL, Blue is back in town.

Lucy, now a no-nonsense police officer, is certainly not the person Blue remembers.
And when he’s accused of murder and Lucy is assigned his case, their brief affair becomes part of an extensive investigation where the stakes are vital: Blue’s freedom—and maybe Lucy’s heart.

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

Rellim’s Thoughts:
I read this a few years ago, but when it 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.

Carter “Blue” McCoy is back in his tiny hometown to attend the wedding of his brother and former sweetheart. Blue doesn’t have feelings for Jenny Lee anymore – but it doesn’t stop the gossip mill from turning.

Lucy Tait is a rookie in the local Sheriff’s office and is still harboring feelings for her high school crush. When Blue’s brother is murdered and Blue becomes the prime suspect, Lucy is assigned to be lead investigator.

Here’s where things get a little tricky for me as a reader/listener. This is a small town, so I’m willing to give leeway in what is protocol or how people would/should/might act. There’s a lot of unprofessionalism and “seriously, would anyone get away with that?” going on that’s somewhat distracting in it’s totality.

Also, one of the things I love about Brockmann is her ability to write strong female characters. Even if vulnerable, they’re usually no dummies. Lucy is one of her weaker characters in terms of incompetence as an officer and her determination to think that, despite repeated statements to the contrary, Blue is still in love with Jenny Lee. It gets old by the end.

The mystery/suspense part is fairly solid, but as the stage is “small town” the action is fairly benign for a Military Romance.

*Audible has since discontinued the Escape program.

Narration:
This is my only experience with Ashley Adlon and it was good. She did have the tendency to sound like she had something in her mouth at times, but overall it was a OK recording. Honestly, I think I’d rather read it next time.

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.)

My Favorite Quotes

His eyes were still the brightest shade of blue she’d ever seen in her life, and as he met her gaze she felt frozen in place, hypnotized. – Forever Blue @SuzBrockmann #TallDarkDangerous #RomanticSuspense #NavySEAL

Everyday, Average Jones

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:
When Melody needed someone to rescue her, she knew that navy SEAL Harlan “Cowboy” Jones was just the man for the job. But afterward, when things got more intimate, she had to write it off to an adrenaline rush. After all, she was looking for an ordinary guy—and Cowboy was anything but. Too bad their encounter left Melody with more than just memories…

Then Cowboy paid Melody a surprise visit and saw her burgeoning belly. That did it—he had to convince her that they were meant to be together! That he could be as ordinary as the next guy. And he’d do it, too—even if it meant twenty-four-hour-a-day, hands-on contact…

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

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This has to be my least favorite of Brockmann’s SEAL books. It starts out well, with the SEALs rescuing Melody Evans from hostage situation at a foreign embassy. Harlan “Cowboy” Jones is her personal escort during the escape. After the rescue, the have a brief but hot fling.

Then it’s all downhill. Melody learns she’s pregnant. Keeps it a secret. Cowboy finds out and comes to persuade her to have a relationship. Melody proceeds to go on and on and on about how she wants to marry someone normal. She’s TSTL as well as arrogant and obtuse. Melody is in no way redeemed and I didn’t really find myself cheering their HEA.

Note: Please, don’t stop at this book – the others are so much better. I’m not even sure you have to read it to enjoy the rest of the series.

Narration:
UPDATE 8/12/19: I usually skip this book when rereading the series. However all the TDD books are on Audible Escape*, so I thought I would give it another try. I had to DNF. The narrator is terrible. Maia Guest performs action scenes with the excitement of someone reading a grocery list. When following the book saying that Joe Cat has a NY accent, she gives him 4 words in that accent and then drops back into her lackluster voice for the remainder of his dialogue. The same with Blue’s southern accent. It’s like she can’t be bothered.

*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.)

Midnight Games

Just went to show that you should never underestimate the quiet ones – and never let your guard down around them either.

Elle Kennedy
Midnight Games

Format:
ebook then audio

Publisher’s Synopsis:
She wears a thousand deadly identities. He sees through them all.

A master of disguise, Isabel Roma spends her life pretending to be other women.  Normally, her emotions are reined in tight—but sexy mercenary Trevor Callaghan has a knack for getting under her skin. The elite operative’s quiet strength and raw magnetism affect her in ways she’s never felt before, a distraction that can quickly turn deadly in their dangerous line of work.

After putting his tragic past behind him, Trevor is ready to focus on his future—and he damn well intends for Isabel to be in it. When their entire operation is thrown into chaos, Trevor enlists Isabel’s talent for deception. And as they attempt to save their team in a world where the stakes are high and the danger is grave, Trevor must convince Isabel that the woman beneath all the disguises is the one worth having…. 

Point of view:
3rd Person.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Midnight Games is the third book in the Killer Instinct series. Each book follows a different couple and there’s definitely a story arc for each book that is completely satisfying – however, there are story lines that cover several books and weave through the series so you’ll want to be sure to read/listen in order, starting with Midnight Rescue.

Yes! Ever since Isabel & Trevor were introduced in book 1, I have been looking forward to this couple’s story. Kennedy does a great job of keeping us interested in their progression during Luke’s book, Midnight Alias – and I absolutely think they both needed that time. Midnight Games is one of my favorites of the series – not just because of the main couple, but the continued building of back stories for the secondary characters and the action/suspense element.

This book starts with several surprises, a missing team member, and someone completely unexpected taking control. Meanwhile, Trevor is trying to break through Isabel’s high emotional walls, respect her expertise and capability as an operative, and working to discover who the mysterious foe is.

While the biggest tension is between Jim & Noelle, I’m completely on board with the next book being about the sniping Ethan & Juliet in Midnight Pursuits.

Narration:
Allyson Ryan is solid in narrating this whole series. I love her performance and can’t say enough good things about it. She keeps voices, accents, & mannerisms consistent throughout and it’s absolutely binge worthy.

About the author:
New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

You can connect with Elle Kennedy here:

About the narrator:
Allyson is a native New Yorker whose diverse talents have led to a career in voiceover, theatre, TV, commercials, and films. She began on the New York stage and then onto Los Angeles to work in film and TV. She played “Mom” in national commercials. She landed her first gig narrating an audiobook for Penguin Random House and fell in love with voiceover. She has been narrating for several years and has an Audiofile Earphones Award for the audiobook “The Divinity of Second Chances” by Kaya Mclaren. She is also a 2017 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences nominee for audiobooks. She narrates all genres and loves bringing books to life. She can be also be heard in commercials, animated shows, and video games.

You can connect with Allyson Ryan here:

My Favorite Quotes

Just went to show that you should never underestimate the quiet ones – and never let your guard down around them either. – Midnight Games by @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @AllysonRyan13 #KillerInstincts #RomanticSuspense

Over The Edge

He wanted to wake up to her smile every day for the rest of his life, like some stupid coffee commercial on TV.

Suzanne Brockmann
Over The Edge

Format:
ebook & Audiobook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Her passion is flying. As one of the best helicopter pilots in the naval reserves, Lieutenant Teri Howe is tough, dedicated, and highly-skilled–until a past mistake surfaces, jeopardizing everything she’s worked for.

Rock steady Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok has made a career of solving problems. He willingly comes to Teri’s aid, knowing that his personal code of honor–and perhaps his heart–will be at risk. But when a jet carrying an American senator’s daughter is hijacked, Stan’s unflinching determination and Teri’s steadfast courage are put to the ultimate test. The rescue mission will be daring and dangerous. But somewhere between peril and resolution, the line between friends and lovers begins to blur, pushing both their lives over the edge…

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives by several main characters. Always clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This is one of my absolute favorites of the Troubleshooters series. Not only am I a huge fan of age gap – I love that both Stan & Teri can’t quite conceive that the other person would be interested in them.

Brockmann is famous for her story within a story and bringing together numerous interesting plot points to a thrilling end. At nearly 16 hours – this is days worth of entertaining and engaging action, suspense, romance, and drama. Weaved through this is a bittersweet love story told in flashback to WWII Denmark and their occupation by Nazi Germany.

Continuing storylines for Sam & Alyssa, Wildcard, Jules, and Max as well as the introduction of characters you’ll be seeing in future books like Gina, MaryLou, Izzy, Gillman, Muldoon, and more.

Next up is another one of my favorites, Out of Control.

Narration:
I cannot say enough fabulous things about Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank. They are both stellar narrators – voices, accents, emotions, and giving each character their own unique sound. They also have this way of slightly changing their “reading voice” for each character so that it’s unique from that person’s perspective. It is incredibly dynamic and not found in many narrations.

Note: I originally read this. Then I found our library had the original audiobooks of the first 6 books (single narrators, various). THEN! Then the series was rerecorded in Dual Narration style with Patrick Lawlor & Melanie Ewbank. I’m in LOVE with these narrations. I own them all. And if it were possible to wear out digital copies of something, I’d have done it by now.

My Favorite Quotes

He wanted to wake up to her smile every day for the rest of his life, like some stupid coffee commercial on TV. – Over The Edge @SuzBrockmann #audiobook @PLawlorAudio @EwbankMelanie #Troubleshooters #SEALs #RomanticSuspense #AgeGap #Pilot

Midnight Alias

“This really isn’t fair,” he choked out. “I was trying to be a gentleman, and you’ve ruined everything.”

Elle Kennedy
Midnight Alias

Format:
ebook then audio

Publisher’s Synopsis:
She’s smart, seductive, and in way over her head.
He’s her only way out. 
An undercover DEA agent has gone off the radar. Suspecting an internal mole, the government needs Luke Dubois and his elite team of operatives to recover their man, and the New Orleans native thinks he’s found his way inside the dark underbelly of Manhattan: Olivia Taylor, the girlfriend of a mob boss and the sexiest woman he’s ever laid eyes on. His new mission objective? Get past Olivia’s defenses and convince her to take a chance—on him.

All Olivia wanted was to finish law school and live a normal life, but that dream was shattered when one dangerous night put her deeply in a mobster’s debt. Now Luke and his team will help her escape—in exchange for intel on the missing agent. But Olivia doesn’t anticipate her intense attraction to the reckless Louisiana charmer or that she’ll be forced to risk everything—including her heart.  

Point of view:
3rd Person.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Each book in the Killer Instinct series follows a different couple and there’s definitely a story arc for each book that is completely satisfying – however, there are story lines that cover several books and weave through the series so you’ll want to be sure to read/listen in order, starting with Midnight Rescue.

This isn’t my favorite of the series, but still a solid listen. There’s a few parts that stretch believability a little further than I like & there’s Olivia’s insistence (despite her ill mother) to repeatedly be involved in Ops that sort of annoys me. However, she and Luke are adorable together. We get to know Isabel, Trevor, & D better, meet Liam & Sullivan, and Kane, Abby & Ethan get little cameos.

Kennedy does a great job of giving us many moving parts/ smaller arcs that coalesce into a good overall story. I’m so ready for Trevor & Isabel’s book, Midnight Games.

Narration:
Allyson Ryan is solid in narrating this whole series. She keeps voices, accents, & mannerisms consistent throughout and it’s absolutely binge worthy.

About the author:
New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

You can connect with Elle Kennedy here:

About the narrator:
Allyson is a native New Yorker whose diverse talents have led to a career in voiceover, theatre, TV, commercials, and films. She began on the New York stage and then onto Los Angeles to work in film and TV. She played “Mom” in national commercials. She landed her first gig narrating an audiobook for Penguin Random House and fell in love with voiceover. She has been narrating for several years and has an Audiofile Earphones Award for the audiobook “The Divinity of Second Chances” by Kaya Mclaren. She is also a 2017 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences nominee for audiobooks. She narrates all genres and loves bringing books to life. She can be also be heard in commercials, animated shows, and video games.

You can connect with Allyson Ryan here:

My Favorite Quotes

“This really isn’t fair,” he choked out. “I was trying to be a gentleman, and you’ve ruined everything.” – Midnight Alias by @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @AllysonRyan13 #KillerInstincts #RomanticSuspense

The Defiant Hero

She was talking to him—that was good. He didn’t like what she was saying, but at least she was talking.

Suzanne Brockmann
Defiant Hero

Format:
ebook & Audiobook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
“The United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists.” Meg Moore remembered the warning from her job as a translator in a European embassy. Those same words will spell out a death sentence for her daughter and grandmother who have been kidnapped by a lethal group called the Extremists. Meg will do anything to meet their unspeakable demands; anything — even kill — to save her child.

When Navy SEAL John Nilsson is summoned to Washington, D.C. by the FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation, the last person he expects to see holding a foreign ambassador at gunpoint is Meg. He hasn’t seen her in years, but he’s never forgotten how it feels to hold her in his arms. John could lose his career if he helps her escape. She will lose her life if he doesn’t…

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives by several main characters. Always clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
I love. Love. LOVE. Suzanne Brockmann and the Troubleshooters series. However, John & Meg are probably my least favorite couple of the series. (Tying with Mike & Joan in Into The Night – likely because Meg & Joan share many of the same traits that annoy me.)

What I love about Brockmann is her ability to create dynamic characters, with flaws but with strength and the capacity to learn/grow as well. Meg was not intelligent (beyond conniving) nor was she emotionally/physically/mentally strong in any endearing way. She didn’t grow as the book went on and she’s only mentioned in passing once or twice as the series continues. John seems to somewhat mature, but only in the final moments of the book and in a way that isn’t very convincing. His internal dialogue about pregnancy in the last 30 min of the book really highlighted his continued emotional/relational immaturity. I just couldn’t connect with either one of them.

The Sam & Alyssa storyline as well as the flashbacks to Eve & Ralph and the fabulous narration save this for me. However, I have read/listened to all the other books in the series numerous times and I find myself constantly skipping this one. I recommend it, in that you need it as a foundation for the fantastic Sam & Alyssa arc that continues throughout the series (especially in Over the Edge, Into the Night, & Gone Too Far). While he only has a few lines, Jules is also introduced in this book and he will soon become an integral and beloved member of the Troubleshooters world.

Next up is Over the Edge which I adore for so many reasons!

Narration:
I cannot say enough fabulous things about Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank. They are both stellar narrators – voices, accents, emotions, and giving each character their own unique sound. My only complaint is the same as the last book, in regards to pacing/speed. Lawlor speaks at a much quicker pace than Ewbank (I think they recognized this at some point because I don’t find it to be as big a disparity in later books). I found myself having to adjust narration speed between narrators for it to be more cohesive.

Note: I originally read this. Then I found our library had the original audiobooks of the first 6 books (single narrators, various). THEN! Then the series was rerecorded in Dual Narration style with Patrick Lawlor & Melanie Ewbank. I’m in LOVE with these narrations. I own them all. And if it were possible to wear out digital copies of something, I’d have done it by now.

My Favorite Quotes

She was talking to him—that was good. He didn’t like what she was saying, but at least she was talking. – Defiant Hero @SuzBrockmann #audiobook @PLawlorAudio @EwbankMelanie #Troubleshooters #SEALs #RomanticSuspense #SecondChance

I’m going to go down there, look at the car and go, hmmmm. Then fly back to DC and tell the boss everything that the local guys already told me. – Defiant Hero @SuzBrockmann #audiobook @PLawlorAudio @EwbankMelanie #Troubleshooters #SEALs #RomanticSuspense #Jules #SecondChance

Midnight Rescue

It makes you feel powerless, doesn’t it? You want me, you can’t fight it, and it makes you crazy.

Elle Kennedy
Midnight Rescue

Format:
ebook then audio

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Dangerous. Ruthless. Savage. And she’s the good guy.

Abby Sinclair had a desperate childhood until she was rescued and adopted by a retired army ranger who molded her into a master of self-defense. Now, she’s a cunning and fearless assassin thrust into assignment after dangerous assignment, using everything she has-nerve, resilience, strength, sex-to come out on top. Her only rule: trust no one.

Abby’s latest assignment is in Columbia: go undercover and snuff out a dangerous arms dealer active in the underground sex trade. But when Abby purposely blows her cover in a last-ditch attempt to free the helpless victims, deadly mercenary Kane Woodland is recruited as back-up. His mission: get Abby out of that hell hole.

The last thing Kane expects is to feel a primal attraction for Abby. But when she convinces him to join her on her perilous mission, their newfound passion could put the lives of their whole team at risk.

Point of view:
3rd Person.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Each book in the Killer Instinct series follows a different couple and there’s definitely a story arc for each book that is completely satisfying – however, there are story lines that cover several books and weave through the series so you’ll want to be sure to read/listen in order.

Midnight Rescue is a hard one for me. It’s a fantastic kick off to the series and Kennedy does a great job of introducing a huge cast of characters without being totally overwhelming or taking away from the story in any way. However, this particular book has some big time triggers in it that can make it an uncomfortable read/listen. It deals with child sex trafficking and several characters are physically & sexually assaulted.

That said, the point is to rescue children who are currently being held to be auctioned off. Kane & Abby are dealing with their own pasts & traumas while trying to thwart the auction and save the girls.

I think one of the things I love about this book (and the series as a whole) is that Kennedy writes strong, capable, trained women as well as men. No TSTL characters here. There’s a fantastic mix of action, thriller, mystery, & romance. We get to meet several characters who will be featured in future books – but it’s isn’t just one line of “oh, here’s Luke”, they play integral parts to the plot and missions.

Speaking of Luke, he’s up next in Midnight Alias.

2019 update – Big heads up if you prefer audiobooks: THERE IS NO AUDIO FOR THE LAST BOOK. I don’t really regret buying the audios, but I don’t understand why the publisher had all but the last book recorded. It’s been several years since Midnight Target was released (and it is a full & engaging ending to the series) and there’s no audiobook. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Narration:
Allyson Ryan is solid in narrating this whole series. I love her performance and can’t say enough good things about it. She keeps voices, accents, & mannerisms consistent throughout and it’s absolutely binge worthy.

About the author:
New York TimesUSA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

You can connect with Elle Kennedy here:

About the narrator:
Allyson is a native New Yorker whose diverse talents have led to a career in voiceover, theatre, TV, commercials, and films. She began on the New York stage and then onto Los Angeles to work in film and TV. She played “Mom” in national commercials. She landed her first gig narrating an audiobook for Penguin Random House and fell in love with voiceover. She has been narrating for several years and has an Audiofile Earphones Award for the audiobook “The Divinity of Second Chances” by Kaya Mclaren. She is also a 2017 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences nominee for audiobooks. She narrates all genres and loves bringing books to life. She can be also be heard in commercials, animated shows, and video games.

You can connect with Allyson Ryan here:

My Favorite Quotes

It makes you feel powerless, doesn’t it? You want me, you can’t fight it, and it makes you crazy. – Midnight Rescue by @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @AllysonRyan13 #KillerInstincts #RomanticSuspense

For once in your life, lower your guard and let yourself feel something, damn it. – Midnight Rescue by @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @AllysonRyan13 #KillerInstincts #RomanticSuspense

“You deserved a hell of a lot more than any of those bastards gave you.””If it helps,” she said with a faint smile, “I killed most of them.” – Midnight Rescue by @ElleKennedy #Audiobook narrated by @AllysonRyan13 #KillerInstincts #RomanticSuspense

The Unsung Hero

You can’t choose who you love, Kelly, but you can waste it. Why on earth would anyone want to waste it?

Suzanne Brockmann
The Unsung Hero

Format:
ebook & Audiobook

Publisher’s Synopsis:
After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the sighting as injury-induced imaginings. In a last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorism team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton. As the town’s infamous bad boy, Tom was always in love with Kelly, a sweet “girl next door” who has grown into a remarkable woman. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day.

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives by several main characters. Always clearly defined.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This isn’t my favorite of Suzanne Brockmann’s novels but it is still fantastic. I constantly find myself wavering between giving this 4 or 5 stars. Because it’s not my favorite of hers – I do wish it had more action to it (on a scale with her other Troubleshooters books, this one leans more heavily to romance than suspense), because there are a few troublesome bits in it.

On a “Brockmann scale” – it’s a 4 in terms of weighing it against her other work. Ultimately though, I give it a 5. I own this in ebook & audiobook format. I’ve read/listened so many times I don’t even bother trying to track it on Goodreads each time. Pretty much, that defines a 5 star read donchathink?

Unsung Hero is a LONG book (over 15 hours). It’s like getting (and enjoying) several stories that individually are compelling, interesting, engaging and weaved together to culminate in one awesome experience. We are introduced into the Troubleshooters world, meet characters we’ll get to know and love for years to come (some take 5 books to get their HEA – I’m talking to you Sam & Alyssa), new love, old love, heartbreak, laughs, and tracking down a terrorist.

Also, I’m not one to go on about sex scenes. I’m not exactly sure how – but she has this way of making them incredibly steamy and evocative without being graphic. Probably helped by the narrators. I felt myself blushing a little while making dinner last night.

Note: I originally read this. Awesome. Then I found our library had the original audiobooks of the first 6 books (single narrators, various). Pretty good. THEN! Then the series was rerecorded in Dual Narration style with Patrick Lawlor & Melanie Ewbank. Fantastic! Amazing! I’m in LOVE with these narrations. I own them all. And if it were possible to wear out digital copies of something, I’d have done it by now.

Narration:
I cannot say enough fabulous things about Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank. They are both stellar narrators – voices, accents, emotions, and giving each character their own unique sound. My only complaint is in regards to pacing/speed. Lawlor speaks at a much quicker pace than Ewbank (I think they recognized this at some point because I don’t find it to be as big a disparity in later books). I found myself having to adjust narration speed between narrators for it to be more cohesive.

Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
Parent dying of cancer. Hostage situation. Military battle.

My Favorite Quotes

You can’t choose who you love, Kelly, but you can waste it. Why on earth would anyone want to waste it? – The Unsung Hero @SuzBrockmann #Troubleshooters narrated by @PLawlorAudio @EwbankMelanie

Unsung Hero
Suzanne Brockmann