Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Breaking the Rules - Suzanne Brockmann

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.

Breaking the Rules is the 16th book in the Troubleshooters series.  There was a lot to this book and if you didn't keep up, you got lost.  First you have Izzy and Eden who are married but haven't seen each other in 10 months despite Izzy's attempts to contact her.  Izzy comes back after helping out Dan (Eden's brother) to end it with Eden.  It turns out, they need to stay married for a while longer to help Ben (Eden's other brother).  During the few weeks they are together and coming up with a plan to help Ben, their apparent raw lust for each other can't be contained and they tend to do it like rabbits when ever the mood hits.

Cut to Dan and Jenn.  Dan is in love with Jenn but she doesn't believe him, she thinks he only wants to marry her cause it is convenient to help Ben.  Through many ups and downs, a few kidnappings and near death experience, they make it down the isle, only to wake up to a phone call on their wedding night of another kidnapping.  Can these two catch a break?

Finally you have the story of Ben, the youngest brother who happens to be gay.  Yep, you didn't think you would get away from reading a Brockmann book without some gay rights stuff added in did you?  Ben finds a girl at the mall, who he finds out is basically living there.  Through trying to help her, he brings the wrath of some very bad people in on his family.

The story was good, but seemed to keep going on and on, it kind of jumped all over the place and didn't seem to really flow.  I had major issues with the characterization of Jenn.  In the last book, she was described as plain but pretty and almost cute, tall but not overly overweight.  In this book she is described as 'larger-than-large & amazon size'.  Which is it?  I had head that Mrs. Brockmann will be taking a break from writing the Troubleshooters series, and I think it is time to take a break.  Troubleshooters only came in to play for about 20 pages of this book, how can it be classified a Troubleshooters book, with no Troubleshooters?  Not only that but this book left more questions than answers, Lindsay loosing another baby, then is just okay with it??  On what planet?  I hope if this series is restored, we can get back to the actual Troubleshooters.

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