Title: Force Of Nature
Series: Troubleshooters #11
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: Aug. 14, 2007
Buy Link: Amazon
My Rating: 5 Explosive ♥'s
Hard-driving suspense and intense passion are the hallmarks of bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann’s pulse-pounding thrillers. In her tales of daring, danger, courage, and desire, men and women of action fight fiercely, love deeply, and time after time raise the bar for adventure to new heights. Brockmann’s latest novel is no exception.
Florida private investigator and ex-cop Ric Alvarado’s life is spiraling out of control. His beautiful new girl Friday, Annie Dugan, is far more interested in fieldwork than filing, and despite Ric’s best efforts to ignore the attraction, sparks are flying between them. Then one of Ric’s clients turns femme fatale and tries to gun down an innocent man. Thanks to quick thinking and even quicker reflexes, Ric comes to the rescue, only to learn he’s done a very good deed for some very bad people.
Suddenly Ric finds himself deep undercover with Annie, working for notorious crime boss Gordon Burns. One mistake from Ric’s painfully inexperienced partner and they’re both dead.
FBI agent Jules Cassidy’s life isn’t in much better shape. For years the FBI has been trying to prove Gordon Burns’s ties to terrorist activity. Now, thanks to Ric and Annie, Jules has found a way into the lion’s den. But in the course of his investigation he comes face-to-face with Robin Chadwick, the charismatic but self-destructive and closeted movie star for whom Jules feels a powerful attraction. Robin’s in town promoting his latest film–and Gordon Burns is a star-struck movie buff.
With Robin and Jules’s help, Ric and Annie are soon entrenched in Burns’s organization, surrounded by killers who may already have executed an FBI infiltrator. Before long the couple realizes that many more lives besides their own will be at stake if they make a false move. As the heat between them reaches dangerous levels, so do the risks they’re willing to take–in the line of duty, for the sake of loyalty, and in the name of something that runs even deeper.
I don't know how this author continues to turn out such awesome books with heroes that steal your heart and heroines that can stand up to them but she does. Force of Nature is another five star addition to the series. It literally has it all - intense action, heart stopping suspense, multiple tightly woven plots that mesmerize, and romance that will have you pulling your hair out while waiting for each couple's happy ever after. Perfecto!
Private Investigator Ric Alvarado loves women. Period. But, it seems, he has finally met his match with his new assistant Annie Dugan. She leaves him tongue-tied and wanting more - often with his foot inserted in his mouth. These two are hilarious dancing around one another. When a supposedly "safe case" goes bad, Ric knows he'll do anything to protect her - but Annie is no wilting rose. Maybe she doesn't need "saving" . . . maybe she can save herself and everyone else! I love Brockmann's gutsy, sassy, take charge heroines, and Annie is no exception. While it took me just a bit to warm up to her and Ric as a couple, the wait was well worth it. Some of the scenes between these two are priceless!
And the icing on the cake in Force Of Nature?? FBI Agent Jules Cassidy and Actor Robin Chadwick meet again when Robin inserts himself into this case in order to gain time and attention from Jules. These two are matches & dynamite - an explosion waiting to happen. And wait I have. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. Poignant, heart-breaking, yearning, want, need, and yes, love all encompassing this couple as mishaps and misunderstandings keep them apart. Of course, that just makes the coming together all the sweeter. I couldn't have asked for more from their story. As much as I loved Ric and Annie - once again, it's a "secondary" couple that steals the show as it was Jules & Robin all the way for me! A Page Burning Story! A Must Read!
My Rating: 5 Explosive ♥'s . . . And that's the truth!
Cross My Heart . . . xxx