Ignore the ridiculously bad cover, enjoy "Lucky"

Get Lucky (Tall, Dark & Dangerous, Book 9) - Suzanne Brockmann

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.

 

Thankfully this series has just been re-released as 2 in1’s with WAY better covers, because this has to be one of the worst. It’s embarrassingly bad; especially when you consider that our hero is meant to be some kind of super gorgeous, godlike person. The word FUGLY comes to mind for this cover.

 

Love-‘em and leave-‘em specialist Luke “Lucky” O’Donlon is the 9th Navy SEAL to have his story told and while he’s no PRINCE JOEor Admiral Jake Robinson THE ADMIRAL'S BRIDE (sigh) this was still a super enjoyable, sexy read. The serial rapist storyline is well played, surprising and very suspenseful. And watching Lucky finally grow up and fall in love with a woman that isn’t Barbie doll perfect is a hell of a lot of fun. Yes we even get to see him cry.

 

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.

 

With Sydney becoming the bait in their sting operation the pair is forced into a fake relationship, even going so far as fake moving in together. The problem is Lucky likes having her around and likes fake kissing her even more. Yes, the lines between make believe and reality are beginning to blur.

 

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.