Beginnings and Ends (Short Story) [NOOK Book]

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Suzanne Brockmann, bestselling author of When Tony Met Adam and the pulse-pounding Troubleshooters series, has been hailed by USA Today as a “superstar of romantic suspense.” In this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Brockmann returns with two of her most beloved characters from the Troubleshooters world: operative Jules Cassidy and his husband, Robin.
 
After years of playing the tormented actor Joe Laughlin on the ...
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Overview

Suzanne Brockmann, bestselling author of When Tony Met Adam and the pulse-pounding Troubleshooters series, has been hailed by USA Today as a “superstar of romantic suspense.” In this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Brockmann returns with two of her most beloved characters from the Troubleshooters world: operative Jules Cassidy and his husband, Robin.
 
After years of playing the tormented actor Joe Laughlin on the hit television show Shadowland, Hollywood star Robin Chadwick Cassidy is ready for a change. Joe’s character embodies the real demons of Robin’s past—his struggle with his sexuality, his battle with alcoholism—and portraying the part has taken a heavy toll on his personal life. Robin’s husband, FBI agent Jules Cassidy, has noticed the strain and will do whatever he can to make Robin happy. And what Robin has in mind will forever transform his career, his marriage, and his family.
 
Includes a thrilling excerpt from Suzanne Brockmann’s novel Hot Target, featuring Jules Cassidy.
 
“Openly gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy [is] one of the most charming and original characters in popular fiction today.”—Library Journal
 
Praise for Suzanne Brockmann
 
“Brockmann strikes the perfect balance between white-knuckle suspense and richly emotional romance.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“Brockmann is a master of adventure, drama, passion, and suspense.”—The Tampa Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345540539
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Troubleshooters Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 35
  • Sales rank: 32,640
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Brockmann
Since her explosion onto the publishing scene, Suzanne Brockmann has written more than fifty books, and is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year (three years running), two RITA Awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Suzanne Brockmann lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband, author Ed Gaffney.

Biography

Although Suzanne Brockmann can't remember a time when she wasn't scribbling something (one of her earliest masterpieces was an action-packed radio play called "Mice on Mars"), she didn't begin to write seriously until she was married with young children. She spent several years trying to break into the super-competitive field of screenwriting before deciding to try her hand at genre fiction; and, it was only after months of intensive research that she finally homed in on Romance. In June of 1992, she sat down to write her first book. By year's end, she had completed ten manuscripts, and in August of 1993, she sold her first book, the contemporary romance Future Perfect.

Brockmann's first novels were stand-alones. But as her career progressed, she noticed that romance mini-series, with their opportunities for character development and intersecting story lines, had become extremely popular. Seeking to increase her readership, she decided to write a mini-series of her own. She found her "hook" in a magazine article on Navy SEALs and, in 1996, she released Prince Joe, the first novel in her Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. The alpha males of Brockmann's fictional SEAL Team 10 proved to be the perfect romantic heroes, and the series was an immediate hit with readers. Four years later, she launched a second series of military/romantic thrillers centered on the friendships, romances, and working relationships among a team of Navy SEALS and members of an elite security agency called Troubleshooters, Inc. Starting with The Unsung Hero in 2000, the Troubleshooters books have catapulted the author to the top of the charts.

Brockmann is known in the industry as a risk-taker, having written stories around such sensitive topics as interracial romance and homosexuality, In 2004, she garnered attention for her eighth Troubleshooters novel, Hot Target, which involved one of her most popular recurring characters, openly gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy, in a romantic subplot. Brockman, who dedicated the book to her gay son Jason, was not sure how readers would respond. To her surprise, the reaction from gay and straight alike proved positive. She stated on her website: "I love the fact that the world I've created in my books -- a diverse American world filled with the same variety of people who live in my urban American neighborhood -- has been so enthusiastically embraced by readers."

Brockmann's distinctive literary blend has come in for its fair share of praise. Writing in the Chicago Tribune, veteran Booklist reviewer John Charles stated: "Brockmann strikes the perfect balance between white-knuckle suspense and richly emotional romance." And USA Today has called her "[t]he reigning queen of militaray suspense." As further proof of her mainstream appeal, she remains one of a handful of Romance novelists to have made the leap from mass market paperback to hardcover.

Good To Know

In an interview with the online magazine All About Romance, Brockmann says: "I started reading when I was three (my first 'real' book was Beverly Cleary's Here Comes the Bus -- I remember this because no one believed that I was really reading it and I got really upset when my older sister took it back to the school library before I'd finished it!)."

A serious history buff from her youth, Brockmann has read widely on WWII and has been known to incorporate stories from that era into the books of her Troubleshooters series.

Brockmann loves music. She attended Boston University as a film major with a minor in creative writing but dropped out to perform with a rock and roll band. She also sang with and served as music director for a Boston-based a cappella group called "Serious Fun" and produced its first and only CD in 1998.

Brockman is married to novelist Ed Gaffney.

The mother of an openly gay son , Brockmann is a proud member of PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays).

In her writing, Brockmann employs a device she calls Deep Point of View. She explains it in an interview with the online writers' journal Writers Write: "In my books, I use subjective point of view, but I'm not satisfied with merely showing the reader what that camera sees from its perch atop a character's head. I bring the camera down, inside of that character's head, so we see the world through that character's eyes. We hear things through his ears. We smell what he smells, feel what he feels, think what he think. With deep POV, I write using words that that character would use. I tell the story with that character's voice."

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

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    Loved It!

    I love Robin and Jules. I loved reading this story and hearing about the end of Joe Laughlin and the decisions that Robin and Jules made about their future. I loved the short, it was a great quick diversion. And bonus: it featured two of my favorite characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    I love Jules and Robyn!

    If you are a Troubleshooter fan, this is a must. She fills in what's going on and sets up the next novels. MORE!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Perfect length. Perfect visit with favorite characters. Perfec

    Perfect length. Perfect visit with favorite characters. Perfectly named short story.

    I adored this short story, BEGINNINGS AND ENDS, by Suzanne Brockmann. It was JUST RIGHT in so many ways. Yes, it was 'just' a short story...but this was perfect...it was meant to be another visit with favorite characters Robin Chadwick-Cassidy and Jules Cassidy...and it was just that. An update on their lives, their romance, their happiness together. I found this one-sitting read to be a welcome tide-me-over until Suzanne's next full-length book came out.

    The romance between Jules and Robin (M/M for those who are unaware) is just that...a precious romance emphasizing that love comes in all different packages. The deep and abiding love between Robin and Jules is a phenomenal illustration of what love should be like; unconditional, supportive, communicative. It's no surprise that Jules is such a popular character that fans of Suzanne Brockmann are delighted to see recur in her ongoing Troubleshooters and just-released first book in Reluctant Heroes series.

    Fans of Brockmann will enjoy this short story. Savor every word. It's worth it! ~kristin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

     absolutely love Jules & Robin and I loved this story.  I lo

     absolutely love Jules & Robin and I loved this story.  I loved the ending and hope to see how things end up for Jules and Robin. Please do no end the
    end the Troubleshooters series until you can let everyone know how the future ends for all members of the troubleshooters series.  I fell in love with them all and hope to see how everyone ended up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Ice

    Im so sorry..

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Skystorm

    Hhhmm ok but letsjust hear the story ok?-skystorm

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Nightclaw

    Ok. Well. A long time ago, when i was still an apprentice in a clan called Brokenclan i had three brothers. Shatterpaw, who had permanently broken a claw, Volcanopaw, and Sunpaw. Sunpaw became Sunrise and clans med cat after Sleekfur retired. Then The rest of us became warriors. Shatterclaw, Volcanofang, and me. The day after our ceremony the dawn patrol was attacked by a small team of Enclave soldiers. They were tough and only a recon party. In the following weeks we got reports of similar things happening to other clans. Then, a long time later, Shatterstar replaced Chainstar after he was killed by one of the recon parties. He made Volcanofang deputy, a wise choice because he was a brilliant stratagist and a great warrior. Then, five moons later, the Enclave came in force. Almost 170 soldiers came. They attacked without warning. They drove one neighboring clan into our teritory then forced us to retreat. The six clans in the area mustered every warrior and apprentice they could and were still outnumbered 140-170. Then we fought a massive battle on a plain. It raged for four days. DAYS. We lost many good warriors. Almost half of the warriors were dead or too injured to keep fighting after the third day so we put together a desprate plan. I was to take 15 warriors and flank them in a wide circle and attack their command post. We were downwind of them when a sudden change of wind direction revealed our position. They chased us back to the main force, who jumped on the chance to reduce the enemy numbers a little. They fight without the warrior code, so they kill. After the fourth day Shatterstar and the other leaders ordered us to fall back. Our numbers had fallen from 143 to 57. The Enclave started around 170 and ended with about 105. We lost 86 warriors and apprentices and killed less than 65. We were actually leaving when a raiding party hit us. There were twentyish of them and the lightning speed of the attack left Volcanpfang mortally wounded and Shatterstar in the process of losing his third life. He had lost two during the battle. Volcanofang died a half hour later. This enraged me so much i actually chased down the raiding party and killed three of them before i succumbed to my injuries and went into a coma. Shatterstar had sent Sunrise and two warriors to find me and they saved me. We had set up a new camp when the Night of the Bloody Dens took place. That night fifty Enclave soldiers killed the guard and murderd the queens, kits and elders in their nests before taking all of us to the center of the clearing and killing us one by one. I was the only one who survived. Starclan doesnt even know why they turned back. Maybe it was trouble in there homeland. Or maybe they had been sent to wipe us out. Oh yeah, DONT ask how i survived.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Disappointing

    I love Jules and Robin, but so much of this story is about Robin's television character that it really takes away from the real relationship and story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Love robin and jules

    Loveove her series wish more from there story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Great

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly recommend for any Suzanne Brockmann fan.

    Excellent read, I absolutely love these characters and cannot wait for her next Troubleshooters novel.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    another great read by Suzanne

    I always enjoy an author that feels the need to finish what they start with a character. While I am sure Suz is far from finished with Jules and Robin....this is a wonderful "what are they up to now" read

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Great Addition to Troubleshooter's Series

    First let me say that while this story is good, I wouldn't bother with it unless you've read the series and know the characters. Brockmann doesn't really introduce Jules and Robin in this story, it's meant to be a continuation of her previous work (which it totally worth reading if you haven't yet!).

    That being said my review is this: LOVED IT!

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Recommend

    If you are reading the series you need to read this book so that you know what has been going on with Robin and Jules. Would have like a longer story but guess that will be the next book. A little short 48 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Nice update!

    It was fun spending time with Robin and Jules. A sweet treat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Expected more

    Love this author and these characters, but one paragraph could have told this story. Would prefer to wait twice as long to get the next chapter in their lives.

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    Posted July 1, 2012

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