No Ordinary Man

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Overview

He was the sexiest guy she'd ever met.Aand that was about all Jess Baxter knew about her newest tenant. Rob Carpenter was a master at dodging questions, and ingniting her desires. With just one of his searing kisses, Jess was hotter than the Florida sun.

Then the murders started - all women who looked liked her. And the profile of the killer matched Rob.

Was he an innocent victim - or had his burning kisses ...

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Overview

He was the sexiest guy she'd ever met.Aand that was about all Jess Baxter knew about her newest tenant. Rob Carpenter was a master at dodging questions, and ingniting her desires. With just one of his searing kisses, Jess was hotter than the Florida sun.

Then the murders started - all women who looked liked her. And the profile of the killer matched Rob.

Was he an innocent victim - or had his burning kisses only been a smoke screen?

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Editorial Reviews

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“A sizzlingly hot romance and a high-stakes, high-suspense plot.”
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“A sizzlingly hot romance and a high-stakes, high-suspense plot.”
Library Journal
12/01/2013
A woman is attracted to her mysterious tenant, who just might be a serial killer, in this taut thriller, first published as a Harlequin Intrigue in 1996. Brockmann is one of today's most popular romantic suspense authors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727883360
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Edition description: First World Publication
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 498,233
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Brockmann

Suzanne Brockmann has written over fifty 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), two RITA Awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards.

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A versatile singer and character actress, Betsy has appeared onstage in regional theatre and opera, and in concert with several symphony orchestras. She has toured nationally and internationally with Michigan Opera Theatre, and with renowned children's theatre company, The Prince Street Players. Betsy has worked in film and television, and frequently sits in on vocals with some of northwest Ohio's finest jazz musicians.

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.

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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 November 27, 2012

    Just finished this book - got down to the last few chapters and

    Just finished this book - got down to the last few chapters and couldn't put it down!!!! Excellent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    very good

    kept me guessing all the way thru

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    very good

    enjoyed the story. took a while to figuer out how the murder was.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Good Read

    Not sure what the previous reviewer is talking about but i enjoyed the book. Yes Jess is quite naive in her dealings with the male xters but tapped into her strength when it was needed. All in all a decent read.

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  • Posted October 30, 2013

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    This is the first book I've read by Brockmann that I can say has

    This is the first book I've read by Brockmann that I can say has been a disappointment from beginning to end. The story telling here was very sloppy.  It felt like chunks of the book was edited out. 




    My major problem with the book was the main character.  Jess lived in some delusional world where one date (though I didn't think it was a date) and one night of sex (where the words "no promises" were spoken) some how constitutes a relationship. I mean "I know he said no promises, but he gave me and orgasm and I gave him and orgasm and it was great, so what he really meant was that he's going to live with me and my daughter forever! I just don't understand why he's leaving me now even though he said he wouldn't stay with me." Yes, the book was as eye-rolling as that.  




    Rob as our hero was intriguing at first, but really an annoyance by the end of the book.  Rob was consumed with guilt about his past,and I spent the first half of the book wanting some clue, some insight, and the other half of the book not caring. It was this cycle of resisting Jess, giving in, thinking he's not worthy of her, and guilt. It happened over and over.  The cycle would not have seemed so tedious if we were seeing some progress, some hope from him in his thinking or some insight into why he felt that way. 




    The supportive casts of characters seemed more like unrealistic caricatures. Since when does the FBI run their evidence through civilians in a hope to get their agreement? Why wouldn't the FBI check out all possible suspects? Why wouldn't Jess want to tell the FBI about the men in her life when they think the serial killer is tied to her? 




    The book seemed more like a first draft of a story rather than a well fleshed out suspense.  The reveal of the killer was no big revelation. Bottom line, this book was a waste of time and certainly not Brockmann's best. Check out her Troubleshooter series, those are great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Good Suspense

    While I agree that this isn't one of her top heroes like Prince Joe, Crash Hawken or others I got a large charge out of the serial killer. Sometimes I get very tired of that plotline because in these Ted Bundy times it is too true. But this serial killer picks on rude people. Also one problem the good guys have in tracking him down is an ambiguous first name, which is a neat twist and very USA. (I went to school with a girl named Keith who received a draft notice for Vietnam. In Germany there is a law against ambiguous names like Lee and Terry) Also I like that the suspicions that stir against the heroe are actually not ridiculous because he is indeed hiding stuff. Not up to Anne Stuart who often makes me think "With "good" guys like this ie Black Ice, Now You See Him.... you hardly need villains." Still I liked this one pretty well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Love Suzanne Brockmann. Best romance/mystery/adventure writer around. Characters are loveable. Can't put her books down!

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Suspensful!

    I really second guested who did it in this one

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    decent

    This was an ok read but i have enjoyed some of her other books better. It was hard to fall in love with the male character.

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