Heartthrob [NOOK Book]

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NO WOMAN COULD RESIST HIM . . .

Once voted the "Sexiest Man Alive," Jericho Beaumont had dominated the box office before his fall from grace. Now poised for a comeback, he wants the role of Laramie bad enough to sign an outrageous contract with top producer Kate O'Laughlin--one that gives her the authority...
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Heartthrob

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Overview

NO WOMAN COULD RESIST HIM . . .

Once voted the "Sexiest Man Alive," Jericho Beaumont had dominated the box office before his fall from grace. Now poised for a comeback, he wants the role of Laramie bad enough to sign an outrageous contract with top producer Kate O'Laughlin--one that gives her the authority to supervise JB's every move, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

ESPECIALLY THE ONE WITH THE MOST AT STAKE . . .

The last thing Kate wants to do is baby-sit her leading man, and Jericho Beaumont may be more than she can handle. A player in every sense of the word, he is an actor of incredible talent--and a man with a darkly haunted past. Despite her better judgment, Kate's attraction flares into explosive passion, and she is falling fast. But is she being charmed by the real Jericho or the superstar who dazzles the world?


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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A MASTER OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER.”
—Romantic Times

“An author of tremendous range and versatility, Brockmann proves herself a master of love and laughter.”
Romantic Times

“Thanks to Suzanne Brockmann’s glorious pen, we all get to revel in heartstopping adventure and blistering romance.”
Romantic Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307530721
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/24/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 136,272
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Brockmann
Since her explosion onto the publishing scene ten years ago, Suzanne Brockmann has written forty books, and is now 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 in 2000, 2001, and 2002—two RITA awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Suzanne lives west of Boston with her husband and two children. Visit her Web site at www.suzannebrockmann.com.


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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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"But the stress of having to carry a movie might be too much for him to handle. A starring role like Laramie would put pressure on someone who's completely healthy, let alone--" Kate took a deep breath. It was important to keep breathing. Without air, she would just keel over. "Victor, I know you see only the possibility of greatness. You see Jericho's talent. He shines, I'm not arguing about that. It's all over that audition tape. But I'm not convinced that he's going to be able to carry this movie--both physically and mentally. I don't want to gamble all the millions of dollars I've busted my ass finding for this project. I'm not willing to bet all that on someone like Jericho. I can't take that risk--and I can guarantee that the other financial backers won't want to take that risk, either. There's got to be someone else who can play this part."

Victor stood up. "Katie. I hear everything you're saying. And I know what I should do is agree with you and find someone else." He shook his head. "But I can't do it. I can't make this movie knowing that I could have had my number one, absolute, perfect cast. I can't do it knowing that I've got to settle across the board. Because if I don't get Jericho, I don't have Susie. And without the two of them, I won't have Jamaal."

"Victor--"

He held up his hand. "I love you, you know that, and this is the best script I've seen in about ten years, but I will walk away from both you and this script if you don't let me cast Jericho. I'm sorry, babe, but it's ultimatum time. I want Jericho. Susie and Jamaal want Jericho. If you want me to stay connected, it's up to you to figure out a way to make the backers want Jericho,too."

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Good Book

    I liked the characters and it was a fun reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Not

    I did not like this book at all. I am happy with her heros in her Navy seal and Troubleshooters series. They are strong, healthy, and morally well men. Not like Jed. If I want heros like that, I would read something more realistic, like Tennesee Williams. I will continue to read SuzanneBrockman because this is the first one of hers I did not like. I hope it is the last one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Jassie

    I want to b a *** slave!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    -

    *walks in take off his pants and grab rya and statrts phucking her*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Em

    Bi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Isabella

    A cute teen walked in waering only a thong and a b r a on her neck hung a sighn that said s*x slave use her beat her h u m p her and ra*e her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    The cow

    Farts loudly and makes people fall over as a green bubble floats arlund in the air

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    No

    No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Oyate

    She licks her fingers all sexy and rubs ryas pus.sy....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Ryerson

    I gtg bye by Emily

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Jack

    Hello

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Rya

    *li.cks between her bo.obs and rubs her puzzy on Oyates*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Becca

    Okay. Ugh. G2g.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    loved it

    Enjoyed reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Good book

    Good

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    IT IS A GREAT READ!

    WELL WRITTEN. SOME GRAMMER ERRORS. I LIKE THAT THE MAIN CHARACTERS HAVE TO SHOW THEIR WEAKNESS, AND THE STRUGGLE WITH ADDICTION IS ON GOING. MY FAVORITE PART IS WHEN THEY FINALLY HOOK UP AT JED'S FRIENDS HOUSE. THAT WAS ONE HOT, HOT SCENCE. THE SIDE CHARACTERS ARE GREAT! FUNNY AND WELL THOUGHTOUT. I COULD REALLY SEE THEIR PERSONALITIES COME OUT. I LOVED IT.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    It's a winner

    I really enjoyed this one from Suzanne Brockman. Course I haven't read one yet that I didn't enjoy for her. She is one of my favorite authors out today. Very touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Not Her Best

    I love Suzanne Brockmann, but this book lagged to me. Jed was a great character, very complex and interesting. His love interest left a lot to be desired though. I don't think it's right to chastise people for only thinking of you as a sex object if that is how you portray yourself. She was really boring and whining, but like a true master, Brockmann still made the story interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2004

    Better than expected

    The title and plot made this one sound like a predictable, contrived romance, but it turned into a story with complex characters and a few surprises.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Great Story

    This book was really good. It was funny, intense, romantic, tragic. It had it all.

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