Sunday, July 09, 2006

Title: Bodyguard
Author: Suzanne Brockman
Published: 1999, Ballantine
Category: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 6.5/10

This is the first time I'm participating in Angie's TBR challenge. This month the challenge is to read a romantic suspense, and I've read so few of them that I thought it would be good excuse to expand my horizons a bit. :)

Alessandra Lamont's good-for-nothing ex-husband has just stolen a million dollars from a mob boss and been killed for it. Now the mob thinks Alessandra has the money and puts out a contract on her. Harry O'Dell is a loose-cannon FBI agent, still reeling from having his wife and son killed in a mob-related accident two years previously. Now Harry is assigned to protect Alessandra.

I really liked this book! I don't know why I don't read more romantic suspense. It was good fun. Exciting, but not over the top. Well, maybe one little over-the-top scene, but that's not too bad. Believable, interesting, and likable characters. Usually the bombshell heroine who feels like her beauty is her only worthwhile attribute annoys the hell out of me. They just don't get my sympathy. Oh, poor you. You're beautiful. But Alessandra wasn't annoying somehow. And Harry was just the right mixture of tough and vulnerable.

So here are the rest of Angie's questions:

Why did you get this book? I've never read Brockman before and had heard that she was good.

Do you like the cover? It's okay. The silhouette drawing is kind of nice.

Did you enjoy the book? Very much! Even though I had Whitney Houston shrieking, "And I-uh-I, will always love yoooouuu-hoooo!" in my head the whole time. Any book that can overcome that must be good.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes, and yes.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Well, it's a library book, so I can't keep it. But I think I'll definitely be picking up others in her backlist.

Anything else? According to her website, Brockman has an ongoing series of books about Navy SEALs. I'm going to check them out. I am disgustingly liberal/pacifist/anti-military (that doesn't mean I'm unpatriotic, please don't give me any shit), so I would never go for a military-type guy in real life, but in books, hmmm there's something about a guy in uniform. I just saw a preview for the movie Annapolis and had the same reaction. I think it's a conditioned response ingrained in all women. I just can't resist.


ames said...

I am a big fan of Suze's. Unfortunately, I read this series out of order. But that's ok! I still love them. Do you plan on reading this series?

SB actually has two series. Tall, Dark & Dangerous and the Troubleshooters. I prefer the Troubleshooters, myself.

Kristie (J) said...

She used to be an autobuy author but I ran into a story I hated so much I don't read her anymore. But - one I highly recommend of hers is Heartthrob. It's one of her few non-military books.

ames said...

Kristie - which one didn't you like?

Mailyn said...

Very much! Even though I had Whitney Houston shrieking, "And I-uh-I, will always love yoooouuu-hoooo!" in my head the whole time. Any book that can overcome that must be good.

LMAO!!!!! OK, now I have that song stuck in my head!!!!

Jennie said...

Ames--I thought this one was a stand-alone book? I think I will try the Troubleshooters series.

Kristie--Yeah, you gotta tell us which one you hated so we can avoid it. I'll put Heartthrob on my list.

Mailyn--Ha,ha! I had to share the love on that one. :)

Kristie (J) said...

The one that did her in for me was The Defiant Hero. I loathed the heroine in that one and while I didn't throw it against the wall, I actually did throw it under the bed in disgust :)
I haven't wanted to read anything by her since in case I come across another heroine I dislike that much.

jmc said...

Brockmann has fallen from my autobuy list now that she is published in hardcover. She's good, but there have been enough stinkers (The Defiant Hero, Gone Too Far, Flashpoint) that I'm wary of the value for price.

I second KristieJ's recommendation of HeartThrob. SEAL series-wise, I liked Over the Edge and Forever Blue.

Jennie said...

Good to know-thanks for the recs!