Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Breaking the Rules: A Novel (Troubleshooters) [Hardcover]

I've finished "Breaking the Rules" the 16th book in her Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann.

Product Description
Izzy Zanella wasn’t looking for another reason to butt heads with his Navy SEAL teammate, and nemesis, Danny Gillman. But then he met Danny’s beautiful younger sister, Eden. When she needed it most, he offered her a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on — and more. And when she got pregnant with another man’s child, he offered her marriage. But Eden’s devastating miscarriage shattered their life together — and made the intense bad blood between Izzy and Danny even worse.

Now Eden’s back, and she’s on a mission to rescue her teen brother, Ben, from their abusive stepfather. Even if she and Izzy can prove that their broken marriage is still in one piece, winning legal custody of Ben is a long shot. But they’re not alone: Danny and his girlfriend, Jenn, offer to help, and he and Izzy agree to bury the past and fight for Ben’s future.

As they plan their strategy, Izzy and Eden grapple with the raw passion that still crackles between them —while Danny and Jenn confront new depths in their own rocky relationship. But events take a terrifying turn after Ben befriends a girl fleeing a child prostitution ring. When the young runaway seeks refuge with Eden and Izzy, her pursuers kidnap Ben — and a deadly standoff begins. Now they must all pull together like never before and strike back, swift and hard, to protect their unconventional little family and everything they hold most precious.

Product Details
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition first Printing edition (March 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345521226
ISBN-13: 978-0345521224

My Review:

I highly recommend this series if you love a sexy Navy Seal hero with a kickass heroine in an action packed mystery thriller.

Really glad to see Jules take part in a rescue mission and his speaking interactions with the guys!  Very enlightening conversation!

Storyline:  The first time Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella saw Eden Gillman, he fell head over heels. And when she was pregnant by another man and in need of help, Izzy offered her marriage and anything else she could want. But when Eden suffered a miscarriage she took off and putting as much distance between herself and Izzy as possible.

Now Eden needs help again. Her teenage brother, Ben, is in danger. To get Ben away from their stepfather and safely in her custody, Eden needs Izzy to stand by her and prove that they can give Ben the ideal home. Eden would do anything to keep Ben safe and Izzy's willing to play knight in shining armor once more. Only now, old wounds aren't so easy for him to ignore. Izzy wants Eden as his wife, in every way, but he knows he can't trust her. To make things worse, Danny, Izzy's teammate and Eden's older brother is also along for the ride, as is his girlfriend, Jenn. Danny and Izzy have never gotten along, Eden's relationship with Danny is very tumultuous and Danny's relationship with Jenn is going anything but smoothly. Can the four of them put aside their problems long enough to gain custody of Ben?

Ben has befriended a teenager who has escaped from a child prostitution ring and the girl's captors are on the hunt for her - and will kill anyone who might know where she is.

Romance:  Eden and Izzy's problems stemmed from a lack of trust and communication, which means results in "big misunderstandings."  I wish they had an open mind and listened to one another earlier. 

The secondary romance between Danny and Jenn is very sweet.  Danny is head over heels in love with Jenn but he messed up in the past and she's very wary of believing that his claims of love are the real thing.

Killer(s):  The killers were quite vile and sadistic in their killings.  They had no remorse and no respect for women/girls.  They use them and treat them like a speck of grain.


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