Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes [NOOK Book]

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND KIRKUS REVIEWS

Suzanne Brockmann’s seamless blend of heroic military action and intense passion inspired USA Today to call her “a superstar of romantic suspense”—and for years her award-winning Troubleshooters books have been must-reads for fans of sizzling stories of action and adventure. Now the New ...
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND KIRKUS REVIEWS

Suzanne Brockmann’s seamless blend of heroic military action and intense passion inspired USA Today to call her “a superstar of romantic suspense”—and for years her award-winning Troubleshooters books have been must-reads for fans of sizzling stories of action and adventure. Now the New York Times bestselling author shoots to thrill again with Do or Die, an electrifying new novel that is certain to win Brockmann new readers and delight devotees.
 
Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian passes on the mission for reasons he will not—or cannot—reveal.
 
But saying no is not an option. Especially not for Phoebe Kruger, Ian’s beautiful and unexpectedly brash new attorney. Determined to see the abducted children set free, Phoebe not only gets Ian on board but insists on riding shotgun on his Mission: Impossible–style operation, whether he likes it or not.
 
Though Phoebe has a valuable knack for getting out of tight spots, there’s no denying the intensely intimate feelings growing between Ian and Phoebe as the team gears up for combat. But these are feelings they both must fight to control as they face an array of cold-blooded adversaries, including a vindictive mob boss who’s got Ian at the top of his hit list and a wealthy psychopath who loves murder as much as he loves money. As they dodge death squads and play lethal games of deception, Ian and Phoebe will do whatever it takes to save the innocent and vanquish the guilty—or die trying.

Praise for Do or Die
 
“This is action-adventure on steroids with an interwoven romance or two, maybe three or even four in full bloom or on the cusp of blossoming. From the start, I’m recommending that you keep an eye out for the next book in this Reluctant Heroes series. Here’s a vote for Martell Griffin’s story. [Suzanne] Brockmann writes with the imagination running free and on the wild side. What’s not to love about that? . . . Suspense remains high at octane levels, and the romance is served up with witty banter, ultrasexiness and very poignant moments.”USA Today
 
“Fans of Suzanne Brockmann’s military suspense novels need not worry. There’s a new cast of intriguing, smart and buff characters (both the men and the women), but the adrenaline-driven pace and crafty plotting are pure Brockmann. . . . As the team members dispersed, I looked forward to reading their tales, knowing that master storyteller Brockmann will deliver them as she did in the seventeen Troubleshooters books.”Tampa Bay Times
 
“Brockmann effortlessly and expertly tosses hundreds of details into the air and juggles them with brilliance. The first in her Reluctant Heroes series, the novel will captivate readers with its intense, action-filled plot, alpha-and-a-half hero, and his smart, perfect-for-him heroine, as well as secondary characters who contribute pathos and humor. Enthralling and breathtaking.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/15/2014
Ex-Navy SEAL and convicted jewel thief Ian Dunn went to prison in order to keep his family safe from the mob. When a shadowy government agency offers him his freedom in exchange for his help in rescuing a pair of kidnapped children and won't take no for an answer, he does the only thing he can—he kidnaps attorney Phoebe Kruger and sets out to protect his family (and stay alive himself) in the fallout that is sure to come. Between avoiding the mob, finding the kids, and dealing with his growing feelings for Phoebe, Ian has his hands full. VERDICT Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and superbly plotted, this nonstop thriller will leave fans breathless and is a flawless start to Brockmann's new series. Brockmann (Headed for Trouble) divides her time among Siesta Key, FL, New York, and Boston. [See Prepub Alert, 9/15/13.]
Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
Bestseller Brockmann's Reluctant Heroes series opener delivers everything that romantic suspense fans will expect. The first case that lawyer Phoebe Kruger tries for her prestigious new firm isn't going the way she thought it would. Her client, Ian Dunn, doesn't want to leave jail, despite being offered his freedom in exchange for doing one small thing for the federal government. His reasons may have to do with a tangled mess of life-changing secrets involving international criminal sociopaths, mobsters, family, and friends. Phoebe and Ian must work on both sides of the law to save two kidnapped children before their time runs out, while ensuring that Ian's family is safe from the demons of his past. The lengthy story starts slowly but moves powerfully once it gets in gear, and the cast of sensitive alpha men and strong, imperfect women is well developed. Interpersonal tension gets far more focus than action, creating a refreshingly light feel. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Feb.)
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“This is action-adventure on steroids with an interwoven romance or two, maybe three or even four in full bloom or on the cusp of blossoming. From the start, I’m recommending that you keep an eye out for the next book in this Reluctant Heroes series. Here’s a vote for Martell Griffin’s story. [Suzanne] Brockmann writes with the imagination running free and on the wild side. What’s not to love about that? . . . Suspense remains high at octane levels, and the romance is served up with witty banter, ultrasexiness and very poignant moments.”USA Today
 
“Fans of Suzanne Brockmann’s military suspense novels need not worry. There’s a new cast of intriguing, smart and buff characters (both the men and the women), but the adrenaline-driven pace and crafty plotting are pure Brockmann. . . . There’s a whole new team to meet, with agents and family and in-laws and outlaws and, yes, even a baby. They’re each unique, intriguing and developed as the action continues, with Brockmann deftly juggling their stories with quick timing. . . . As the team members dispersed, I looked forward to reading their tales, knowing that master storyteller Brockmann will deliver them as she did in the seventeen Troubleshooters books.”Tampa Bay Times
 
“Brockmann effortlessly and expertly tosses hundreds of details into the air and juggles them with brilliance. The first in her Reluctant Heroes series, the novel will captivate readers with its intense, action-filled plot, alpha-and-a-half hero, and his smart, perfect-for-him heroine, as well as secondary characters who contribute pathos and humor. Enthralling and breathtaking.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Brockmann leaves the reader breathless, and longing for sequels. The sex is great, the action nonstop; and the dialogue between Ian and Phoebe is some of Rita Award–winning Brockmann’s best. Her fans will cheer, as will all military-romance fans.”Booklist (starred review)
 
“Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and superbly plotted, this nonstop thriller will leave fans breathless and is a flawless start to Brockmann’s new series.”Library Journal
 
“Bestseller Brockmann’s Reluctant Heroes series opener delivers everything that romantic suspense fans will expect. . . . [Do or Die] moves powerfully . . . and the cast of sensitive alpha men and strong, imperfect women is well developed.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Events take off with a bang and never let up as Brockmann juggles multiple plots with her protagonists caught in a web of deceit (for the right reasons) as well as treachery. As always, there is humor, poignancy and kick-ass action that will keep your blood pumping. The name Brockmann means romantic suspense!”RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars)
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-12-07
Attorney Phoebe Kruger is tasked with negotiating client Ian Dunn's prison release, against his will, so he can rescue two kidnapped children, not realizing that doing so will set events in motion that will threaten dozens of lives--and a few hearts. Considering his reputation as a former Navy SEAL and a suspected international jewel thief, Phoebe finds it a little odd that Ian is in jail for getting drunk and losing control of his car. But when an accident incapacitates Ian's usual attorney, Phoebe is sent in his place. As a recent hire at the respected firm that represents Ian, she isn't surprised when he's hesitant to work with her. She is shocked, however, that he's unwilling to accept a sweetheart deal designed by the government to get him out of jail scot-free in exchange for rescuing two kidnapped kids without causing an international incident. What neither Phoebe nor Martell--the attorney working on behalf of the government--knows is that Ian has his own agenda for being in prison, and if he leaves, for whatever reason, it will threaten the people closest to him. So once they spring him, Ian takes Phoebe hostage, then must rescue his brother and his family from the mob, assemble a team, connect with the FBI, work out a rescue plan with limited resources, deal with the devil in the form of an international assassin and work through long-standing family issues while navigating a sizzling-yet-unwelcome attraction to his new, unasked-for attorney. As outlandish as the plot sounds on paper, Brockmann effortlessly and expertly tosses hundreds of details into the air and juggles them with brilliance. The first in her Reluctant Heroes series, the novel will captivate readers with its intense, action-filled plot, alpha-and-a-half hero, and his smart, perfect-for-him heroine, as well as secondary characters who contribute pathos and humor. Enthralling and breathtaking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345543806
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Troubleshooters Series, #18
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 10,567
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Brockmann
After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling and explored brave new worlds as a New York Times bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty years, she has written more than fifty novels, including her award-winning Troubleshooters series about Navy SEAL heroes and the women—and sometimes men—who win their hearts. In addition to writing books, Suzanne Brockmann has co-produced a feature-length movie, the award-winning romantic comedy The Perfect Wedding, which she co-wrote with her husband, Ed Gaffney, and their son, Jason. She has also co-written a YA novel, set in the world of her paranormal Fighting Destiny series, with her daughter, Melanie. Find Suzanne Brockmann on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and visit her website to find out more about upcoming releases and appearances.


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Chapter One

Monday

Ian Dunn was not what she’d expected from reading his file.

Phoebe glanced at Martell Griffin, who was sitting beside her at the interview table. Even though he nodded very slightly to acknowledge her silent surprise, his eyes never left Ian and the guard who was escorting him into the little room. It was a reminder that this man—­the prisoner—­was dangerous.

On paper, Dunn had come across as the unscrupulous love child of Captain America and James Bond, capable of damn near anything. He was a former Navy SEAL turned international jewel thief—­alleged international jewel thief, because he’d never been charged for that particular crime.

Still, after skimming the file that she’d been handed just this morning, Phoebe had imagined someone who looked more like Cary Grant. Someone slender and light on his feet. Someone capable of becoming invisible when wearing cat burglar black.

But this man in prison garb was built like a boxer. He was Mack truck huge. Piano mover massive.

His only hope at achieving invisibility would be if he tried disguising himself as a small planet or maybe a large moon. Provided it was a very dark night and everyone looking for him was drunk.

He was bigger than Martell, which was saying something, since the African American former-­cop-­turned-­lawyer was tall enough to tower over Phoebe—­remarkable since she’d been Amazonian herself since fifth grade.

But Ian Dunn made Martell look nearly undernourished, and Phoebe feel practically petite.

Along with being huge, Dunn was also sweaty. His prison-­issue T-­shirt was soaked around his collar, down his chest and beneath his arms, too, and it clung to his powerful upper body. The array of tattoos on his massive biceps gleamed as they stretched the edges of the fraying and faded orange sleeves.

His too-­long dark brown hair was dripping onto his face, and as Phoebe watched he used the bottom hem of his shirt in an attempt to mop himself dry. As he did so, he displayed an impressive, glistening set of hard-­cut abs along with the waistband of a pair of dull orange athletic shorts that he wore dangerously, precariously low on his hips.

And great, he’d lowered his shirt to find her staring at his crotch—­her gaze had inadvertently traveled south, following the arrowlike trail of dark hair that pointed the way down from his near-­perfect belly button as if it were a flashing neon sign.

Phoebe pushed her glasses up her nose, aimed her eyes at his face, and forced what she hoped was a polite, professional smile, even as he grinned down at her. His blue eyes were twinkling in a face that was broad and cheerful and big-­boned with a nose that was too large and a brow that should have been much too heavy for him to be called handsome.

Should have been, but wasn’t.

Still, despite the fact that his winsome smile had the power to make the hearts of half the population flutter, Ian Dunn looked more like a man who threw oxen at the local county fair.

More, that is, than the criminal mastermind he allegedly was.

Except that wasn’t just a mix of good humor and wry appreciation gleaming now in his eyes as he continued to aim his amusement at her. As he pulled out the chair and flopped down into it, his entire manner was easygoing and relaxed, as if they were meeting at the picnic area of the local softball field where he was taking a break from the game—­instead of in an interview room in a Florida state prison where he was halfway through an eighteen-­month sentence.

But there was sharp intelligence in Dunn’s eyes, too.

Phoebe watched while he turned and nodded reassuringly at the guard, whose movements were almost apologetic as he used a short plastic restraint to lock the band around Dunn’s left ankle to a metal anchor in the floor.

The prisoner’s hands were cuffed, too, Phoebe realized, but he rested them on the table as if he barely noticed or maybe just didn’t give a damn.

“Nice to meet you in person, finally,” Dunn said in an evenly modulated, accent-­free voice. His words were odd, because neither Phoebe nor Martell had so much as sent him a letter, let alone spoken to him on the phone. There hadn’t been time. She herself hadn’t known she was coming here until a short, chaotic hour ago. “But you know, if you’d called ahead, I would’ve showered and dressed for the occasion.”

He smiled as he turned slightly to glance over his broad shoulder at the door that closed behind the guard with a solid-­sounding thunk.

It was then that his face almost imperceptibly hardened as he looked from Martell to Phoebe and then back to Martell as if he’d used his criminal mastermind to detect that, yes, Martell was in charge of this little meeting. His smile was still securely in place, though, as he leaned in and lowered his voice and asked, “Are you a friend of Conrad’s?”

Phoebe glanced at Martell, who narrowed his dark brown eyes slightly at Dunn as he asked, “Who’s Conrad?”

The intensity—­if that was, in fact, what it was, and not merely her overactive imagination—­vanished from Dunn’s eyes and face as quickly as it had appeared.

“Apparently not,” he said with a shrug as he sat back in his chair. “No big, just an acquaintance I thought might be mutual.” He folded his hands across his stomach, his movement limited by those cuffs. “So. What are you here to sell me? Although it’s probably best if you start with your names, so I can stop thinking of you as Diverse Lawyer One and”—­he looked at Phoebe with another of those sunny smiles—­“Diverse Lawyer Two.”

“I’m Martell Griffin,” Martell said. “And yes, Ms. Kruger and I are lawyers, but only she is here as your lawyer. She works for Bryant, Hill, and Stoneham.”

“Whoa, wait, really?” Dunn laughed but then frowned slightly as he asked Phoebe, “Is that . . .? That’s not . . .” He stopped himself and started over. “Where’s Uncle Jerry?”

Uncle who . . .? The question was as cryptic as the one about Conrad. Phoebe quickly glanced at Martell, but he shook his head in a silent I don’t know.

“J. Quincy Bryant. The B in B, H, and S,” Dunn explained, even though her silence hadn’t dragged on for that long. As easygoing as he pretended to be, this was not a patient man. “The J is for Jerry, at least for those of us whose granddads knew him before he was a total soulless douchebag.” His warm smile softened the potential edge of his words.

In fact, this man could announce I’m here to rob your house, and if he accompanied his words with one of those smiles, most people’s first reaction would be Oh, how nice. Do come in.

Phoebe looked down at her file in dismay, wondering how she’d failed to make note of the fact that one of the senior partners was this man’s uncle, although that certainly explained the reason the elite firm represented him. She wished someone had told her that she was going to have to deliver some very bad news to a family member.

“He’s not a real uncle, we’re not actually blood relations.” Dunn saw her face and again was quick with the explanation. “Don’t worry, you didn’t miss it, it’s not in there.”

Okay, that was good, except now what was she supposed to tell him? Anything? Or nothing?

“The relationship was more of a my-­grandfather-­died-­saving-­his-­life-­in-­Vietnam thing,” Dunn continued almost cheerfully. “Uncle Jerry felt indebted. Although it would’ve been nice if the support had been more proactive. Grocery deliveries and rent assistance while I was still a kid instead of criminal defense after I’d crossed the line, you know what I mean? But hey. Better late than never, right?”

Phoebe knew, from a brief family history, that Dunn’s grandfather, John, had been KIA in Vietnam when Ian’s father, George, was just a boy. George, who had died from hepatitis four years ago, had been a lifer in prison in Concord, Massachusetts, locked up for his part in a robbery in which a security guard had been killed, albeit accidentally. And although it had never been proven, it was believed that Ian had learned at least some of his mad breaking-­and-­entering and burglary skills at an early age, from Dunn Senior, who’d learned it in turn from an uncle. A real one. That info was in her file, along with a long list of other allegedlies. Some of them pretty impressively crazy.

But the present-­and-­living Dunn had asked her a question. Where’s Uncle Jerry? She cleared her throat and decided it was best to be vague. “Mr. Bryant is currently unavailable.”

“No offense,” Dunn said easily, “and I’m sure you’re equally douche-­tastic as a lawyer—­and I mean that in a good way. But whatever you’re here for, Ms. Kruger, I’d prefer to wait until Unca Jer gets back from his vaca. Or you can ask the firm to send over his son-­in-­law, Bob-­the-­incompetent—­if it really can’t wait.”

And now they were both looking at her.

Martell Griffin, too, had been surprised when Phoebe had been waiting for him outside the prison’s gates this morning. He clearly hadn’t expected Dunn to have representation present at this meeting—­or maybe his surprise was that she wasn’t Mr. Bryant or his son-­in-­law, Bob Middleworth. Especially considering the magnitude of his offer.

And so Phoebe changed her mind. Both men needed an explanation, and outside the prison walls, the news had probably gone public anyway. “Mr. Bryant and Mr. Middleworth were injured in a car accident last night, and I’m so sorry to have to tell you, but Maureen Middleworth—­Mr. Bryant’s daughter—­was killed in the crash.”

“Oh, shit,” Dunn said.

“The firm’s experiencing some chaos,” Phoebe continued. “As I’m sure you can imagine.”

“I’m sorry,” Dunn said, with regret in his eyes. “Poor Jerry. He must be devastated. Bobby, too.” He shook his head, took a deep breath, and blew it out. “Wow. I appreciate your stepping up and filling in, Ms. Kruger, but . . . I can certainly wait a few weeks—­months even if it takes that long—­for Jerry to get back.”

Martell spoke up. “I’m sorry, but this situation, however, can’t wait.”

“It’s gonna have to,” Dunn said as he turned his gaze to Martell. He obviously and visibly appraised the lawyer’s well-­fitting suit, his crisp white shirt, his brightly colored tie, as well as the hard planes and angles of a stern face that screamed serious business, accompanied by a gleaming and carefully shaved head. He appraised, but then immediately dismissed. Dunn’s body language was as clear as if he’d flicked away a used tissue. “Isn’t it.” He made his words a statement, not a question, and the testosterone levels in the room rose substantially as Martell bristled, appraising him back.

Lowlife, convict, prisoner scum was the silent message Martell sent in response to Dunn’s dismissal, but the prisoner’s response was only the smallest of mournful smiles. Which served to piss off the lawyer more thoroughly.

“Mr. Dunn, I realize this isn’t the best time, considering the circumstances, but aren’t you even the slightest bit curious?” Phoebe asked, because having the two men sit there in silence, staring each other down, wasn’t helping to move this meeting forward. And she had other things to do today.

Dunn again looked over at her, and she could practically see the wheels turning in his gigantic head as he tried to figure out the best way to push her buttons. And wasn’t that interesting? He really didn’t care why they were there. This meeting was little more than a game to him.

As Phoebe watched, he went for the obvious, with an insulting term of endearment. “Honey, I’m intensely curious—­but only about things that really matter.” And yes, he put the cherry on top by proceeding to undress her with his eyes.

“I prefer to be called Ms. Kruger,” she corrected him, forcing herself to remain as expressionless as humanly possible. Still, she couldn’t stop herself from swallowing—­damnit—­because yikes, when he set his animal magnetism on kill like that, the man was a true force of nature.

And naturally, in turn, he made note of her almost microscopic gulp. His smile broadened.

Fine. Let him think he had the power to turn her knees into Jell-­O. She, however, knew better.

“And this does matter,” she informed him crisply. “The reason Mr. Griffin requested this meeting—­the reason your Uncle Jerry’s firm sent me here, with him, to talk to you. Matters. Immensely. Lives are at stake—­starting but not ending with two innocent children.”

He laughed his surprise. “And only I have the secret code. Or something like that, right?”

“Or something like that,” she agreed, turning to Martell. She herself knew only the basics of the situation. But one thing she did know, with certainty, was that the deal the other lawyer was offering was a gift from on high. “Mr. Griffin, I believe that’s your cue.”

But Dunn was already shaking his head as he told Martell, “Whatever you think I know, you’re mistaken.”

“Whatever you tell us,” Phoebe interjected, despite having passed the invisible talking baton to Martell, “whatever you say, regardless of its legality, will not be used against you, now or in the future. You will receive immunity. Completely. I’ve made very sure of that.”

Martell chimed in: “Play your cards right, Mr. Dunn, and you will walk out of here, with us, today. A free man.”

Dunn laughed again, but his laughter faded as he looked from Martell to Phoebe. “Whoa, wait. He’s shitting me, right?”

She shook her head.

Dunn got very still as he gazed at Martell. “Who are you?”

“I’m here on behalf of, well, the government, is what it comes down to,” Martell told him, “even though I don’t work for them directly and I can’t be specific about the organization in charge of this mission. What you need to know is that I’m here to offer you your freedom, effective immediately, in exchange for your cooperation in—­”

“No,” Dunn interrupted him, turning his chair as far as he could with his tether in place. “No way. No deal. No thanks. Not interested.” He raised his voice and called toward the door, “Hey, Roger, we’re done in here!”

This time it was Martell who was so surprised that he laughed. “Are you kidding?” He looked at Phoebe as if she could help. “Is he kidding? He wants to stay in prison?”

She shook her head. She, too, was clueless.

Which was proving to be a not-­unusual state for her in this, her first week of employment at the prestigious law firm. Upon her arrival, she’d been thrown into the deep end of the pool, assigned to assume the caseloads of three lawyers who’d recently been jettisoned. She’d spent most of the past week paddling desperately just to keep her head above water.

And then today had happened, creating even more chaos. Since she was one of the few lawyers who’d never met the boss’s poor deceased daughter, she’d been hurriedly handed Ian Dunn’s file, which was marked Top Priority. And the waves she’d thought were formidable turned out to be mere swells as this latest tsunami washed over her. It was part of her new normal.

And that was a total change of reality for her, since she prided herself on her ability to always—­always—­be one of the few people with a clue in any given room.

But now that she’d met him, it was clear that Ian Dunn’s file was incomplete. Phoebe was going to have to dig deeper to figure out what made him tick. Which she would do as soon as she found both a little time and some Internet access.

“Roger!” Dunn called again. “Where the hell are you?”

But Martell stood up and knocked on the table in front of the man. “He won’t come back in until I tell him we’re done. And we’re not done until you listen to what I have to offer, and then walk out of here with me, because that’s what sane people do when they’re handed a Get Out of Jail Free card.”

Dunn looked from Martell to Phoebe, and his eyes were no longer warm. In fact they were positively steely. “I’ve been locked up for nearly a year, so maybe things have changed out beyond these walls. Is that really legal now?” he asked her. “Forcing me to do something I’m unwilling to do?”

She cleared her throat. “This is an unusual circumstance. Not only are those children’s lives at stake, but from what I understand, this is a matter of national security. And Mr. Griffin is offering you quite a—­”

“I’m not interested in what he’s offering. While I wish you luck in finding someone who can help you save the world, it’s not gonna be me. Not this time.”

Phoebe blinked at him. “As your lawyer, Mr. Dunn, I highly recommend that you—­”

“You’re not my lawyer,” Dunn said evenly, almost pleasantly, “and I don’t give a shit what you recommend. No deal. Get me out of here. Now.”

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    This was a fun, enjoyable summer read where you could just kick

    This was a fun, enjoyable summer read where you could just kick back and enjoy the ride that this book took you on. The secondary characters were great I especially loved Adam and Shelley. I am interested to see where Francine will go, because while at times I hated her you couldn't help but love the moments where she let her guard down. I look forward to more in this series. Ian Dunn is in prison when Phoebe first meets him. She is his new attorney and is there to help broker a deal for him to be released from prison on the condition that he help save two abducted children who are being kept at a foreign consulate. But Ian is content right where he is and he has no desire to be set free. But when things are put into motion Ian must take on the task of rescuing these children while trying to keep his family safe. The pace is quick moving, with only one or two lulls as this succumbs to first book in a series syndrome. The characters are given enough meaning and background to intrigue you and keep watch for their future books. If you're going in looking for strictly straight romance, you'll probably be disappointed as I would categorize this as Suspense first and then romance. If you are a fan of movies or tv shows like "24" then this is a must read for you, Brockmann's writing is incredibly strong.   

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    I love Suzanne Brockmann's books but.....

    Caution readers - I think we can all acknowledge that the author is a terrific writer and can make a tired plotline come to life, but this is not a romance. It is more of an action packed / gay agenda driven book as has her last couple of books have been. Maybe the author should give up all pretense and label her books as a gay romance with lots of action. After every action packed tense page when I finally finished I realized that this book was an exhausting rather than a fulfilling read. I think all of the readers know that the author has a gay son, but sometimes I really wish that her books did not have a gay agenda or maybe she needs to switch genres to gay romances.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

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    High tension and a great read!

    RATING: Five Stars!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:

    He’s not your typical Navy SEAL. Nor is he your typical Troubleshooter.

    He’s the guy who pretends he’d rather walk away. The guy who gets involved with the rescue of two little kidnapped children only because he has to—because he’s essentially blackmailed into helping. Or so he claims.

    It’s fun to watch his head explode as he meets his match in a smart, funny heroine who sees beneath his facade and stands up to him every step of the journey.

    MY REVIEW:

    I’ve turned into a Suzanne Brockmann fan with this, and I’m kicking myself for not reading her stories earlier! This was a highly enjoyable read, and like I said in a previous status update on Goodreads…if I could give it six stars, I would.

    These characters were funny, engaging, and I loved how in depth the author was able to keep the reader in their minds. You don’t get bored reading this book, in fact; it keeps you up throughout the night if you’re not careful.

    Ian and Phoebe find a way to make their angst for each other known. Not only that, they make no bones about how much they really don’t want to like one another. I love the internal argument both have with themselves and found myself laughing out loud at some of the excuses they throw.

    The action of this book is definitely packed, and like I said before, you won’t be able to put it down. The sexiness of the story is also off the charts, giving you the full recipe for an engaging and smexy read.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their romantic suspense reads a step above the norm. This book will turn you into a believer, and a fan of Ms. Brockmann.

    Five out of five stars.

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    Come on bn. Please do something to these longwinded plot spoilers who rewrite the book in their so called book reviews. They brag about getting their books for free, then proceed to tell every detail of the story ruining it for others who may wish to buy it. Who wants to buy a book when some rude person has already told the entire story????

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Awesome!

    Brockmann did a fantastic job with this one, it had it all! Couldn't put it down!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    First disappointment with Brockmann

    If this book followed the blurb, it would have been better. The gay couple and their anguished problems took over the story and the actual "rescue" didn't come into play into the book until the last 100 pages. I really waited for this to come out...glad I waited and read the library's copy...saved money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

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    The story was good but felt that it could have been shorter. 

    The story was good but felt that it could have been shorter. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Not up to par for this author.

    I've been a true fan of Brockman for several years. Purchased and read (twice) the entire Troubleshooter series. Having said that, I was excited about this book. A true disappointment. Too many characters, too many plots, too much of almost everything except the writing we look for from her.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Must read

    Suzanne Brockman NEVER. disappoints and this book continues to prove that to be true. Do or Die has it all and that makes it darn near impossible to put down until you reach the end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Do or Die is my first book by Suzanne Brockmann. So many people

    Do or Die is my first book by Suzanne Brockmann. So many people that know I like romantic suspense have recommended her books and I can see why. Do or Die is the first of her her new Reluctant Heroes series and it starts out with a wild ride. There is so much going on in Do or Die - multiple points of view (not just the main hero and heroine), a multifaceted rescue mission that continues to change and multiple love stories in this book.

    The first thing I can say about Do or Die is that I love Suzanne’s writing. The plot was well planned out and delivered fantastically. Not only was the plot complicated, but she has such a such a way with words and descriptions. She takes her characters points of view and really adds in their personality to the words, so it is almost as if many people wrote the book. Because of that I really enjoyed that multiple points of view in this story. It wasn’t just the main hero or heroine, but I think almost every member of the rescue team was heard from at some point or another.

    Do or Die is heavier on the suspense and lighter on the romance. The intimate moments are more vague and implied rather than descriptive. However, there is a lot of love going round in this book. It is more subtle since there is a huge rescue mission going on and the team is always on the run, but you get to see it all. Ian and Phoebe are the main hero and heroine in the book and I really enjoyed watching them spar off against one another. While many people backed down to Ian as the mission leader, Phoebe didn’t. Even though she is way out of her element as a lawyer, Phoebe doesn’t fawn all over Ian but tries to do what she thinks is right, regardless of what he thinks. It is her stubborn personality that Ian falls in love with. In addition to Ian and Phoebe’s love story we also got to read about Aaron and Sheldon’s love story. This was quite fascinating to me since I had not read anything like it before. Family love is so strong in this story as well.

    Some of the little things I really enjoyed in Do or Die are the quirky things that kept popping up and the characters sense of humor in general. One of the characters named Martell has a car he considers a piece of crap and even when all other vehicles continue to get trashed for one reason or another his car makes it through everything.

    The ending was really cool. Suzanne included an ending (or new beginning) for each of the characters on Ian’s team. I found some to be unexpected but others to be spot on with what I would want. The overall ending worked out great for the story and has caused me to remain interested in reading future books in this series. I feel as though I have really gotten to know all the characters and am not quite ready to let them go. If you like romantic suspense that will engage you from the beginning, and keep you on the edge or your seat, I recommend you give Do or Die a try.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Do or Die is a highly complex, fast paced, action filled adventu

    Do or Die is a highly complex, fast paced, action filled adventure.




    The sexual attraction between Phoebe and Ian is so thick it can be cut by a knife but this isn't just a story about them...its a story about family...a family made not born by blood. 




    I was captivated by Brockmann's story from the beginning and it held me till the end. The plot is twists and turns, keeping you on the edge of your seat. As they run from the mob, they must out wit terrorists and keep their family safe. Suspense, mystery, romance, deception ,Do or Die is a terrific high velocity read.




    I received this ARC copy of Do or Die from Random House - Ballantine Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication February 4, 2014.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    fabulous book!

    Great read! Suzanne Brockmann is worth waiting for.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Buy it, you won't be disappointed

    Not sure why stars aren't calculating correctly, read the reviews, this is five stars all the way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2015

    Glad I didn't pay for it

    I checked this out through the library.... Glad I did. Not like other books that Brockmann has written at all. It's way to busy and I can't get into the characters. Can't finish it.....

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  • Posted March 16, 2015

    Action packed good read. Full of military men..yum! Fast paced

    Action packed good read. Full of military men..yum! Fast paced, well written! Loved it!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015

    Great!

    Good start to a new series. Loved the new characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Another winner by Ms. Brockmann

    I really enjoyed this book. It had romance and action. My only complaint about this book, and it didn't really affect my rating was the fact that some of the characters had too many nicknames, so sometimes it got a bit confusing. The romances seemed to flow with the story and the action was edge of your seat. Now, if Ms Brockmann would only write as fast as I read, and believe me I'm not that fast a reader, I could get the next book in this series. Hope it won't take to long until it comes out.

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  • Posted October 28, 2014

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review. This is the

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.

    This is the first in a new series, "Reluctant Heroes", by Suzanne Brockmann. It had a lot going on - introducing multiple characters and their backstories along with a plot and subplots that had a lot going on. I switched between reading parts of this one, and listening to the audio version in other parts. Viewpoints switched between the major characters. It all flowed pretty well, but I did find myself enjoying listening a bit more than reading, possibly because the audiobook used both a male and a female narrator, which helped maintain my interest when certain areas dragged a bit. Overall I think it was a promising start for a new series, and I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    This book was great! Ian is an ex navy seal on his own mission p

    This book was great!
    Ian is an ex navy seal on his own mission protecting the people that mean the most to him. Phoebe is a lawyer who is trying to be Ians lawyer but can't help but getting sucked into Ian's mission wether he or she likes it or not.
    I laughed, I cried, and I had a great time with Ian and Phoebe. They were both as individuals very likeable but together they were explosive. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants a funny, touching, action packed sexy romance that just keeps on giving!

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

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    This is book one in the Reluctant Heroes series and it was aweso

    This is book one in the Reluctant Heroes series and it was awesome!  Fast paced, action packed adventures of Ian Dunn, ex-Navy SEAL,  turned Jewel thief, and his team. Ian's character just kept surprising me.  He and Phoebe have amazing chemistry together.  The secondary characters were fantastic also!  So much was happening in this story and I don't like overly long reviews, so let me just say that this was an awesome first book in a spin-off series.  Suzanne Brockmann does not disappoint!  Sexy ex-Navy SEALs , beautiful lawyers, FBI, the mob, terrorists, and WOW, what more could you ask for?  A fantastic love story, of course!  

    Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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