Opening Line: “All early-morning conversation in Captain Joe Catalanotto’s office stopped dead as everyone turned to look at Lucky.”
You really can’t go wrong with any of the books from Suzanne Brockmann’s Tall Dark and Dangerous series. Each is well written with a delicious alpha male hero and just the right amount of action, suspense and melodrama to keep you coming back for more. All the stories are loosely connected (following Seal Team 10’s Alpha squad members) yet still different enough that they feel fresh and unique.
The other thing I really enjoyed here was how Brockmann brought all the past heroines back into the story. Even though I couldn’t keep them straight (who was married to who) I appreciated the effort as most times the women get forgotten about in an ongoing series while the men continue to have reoccurring roles.
Lucky the babe magnet has just turned down a covert mission in Eastern Europe. It’s the kind of plum job that he lives for however with his baby sister getting married he wants to make sure he’s around to walk her down the aisle. Reassigned to a special task force Lucky’s new assignment has him working alongside Sydney Jameson. She’s a frustrating yet pretty (in an Annie Hall kinda way) freelance journalist. Syd also just happens to be their only eye witness as she “bumped” into the rapist on his way out of his latest victim’s apartment. To make matters worse all the victims have had the SEAL‘s Budweiser burned into their skin. It looks the bad guy here is going too be one of their own.
I really disliked Lucky in the beginning of this; he’s a strutting, overly confident, a-hole, who uses women to get what he wants. However by the end he’s fully redeemed himself thanks to Syd. She calls him on his crap, has a wicked sense of humour and doesn’t swoon when he walks into a room. Possessing enough brains to actually hold an intelligent conversation (unlike his past conquests). I think the fact that these two became friends first was why they fell in love and watching them was a treat. Cheers.