Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes

Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes

by Suzanne Brockmann
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Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes by Suzanne Brockmann


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.
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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345543806
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Troubleshooters Series , #18
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 8,165
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

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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Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brockmann did a fantastic job with this one, it had it all! Couldn't put it down!
Valzzoo More than 1 year ago
The story was good but felt that it could have been shorter. 
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book felt forced the FBT came across as incompetent. Action packed but characters not endearing. I really wish Juls would have been part of the story, he's been my favorite character for awhile now. Action packed but it fell flat at the same time. Shel and Aaron the supporting characters were more like able then the main ones. Not one of her better works
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.....
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
*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.
bookaholicGE More than 1 year ago
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!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unless reading how a gay couple reacts to bad situations the same as a hetro couple bothers you (scared, hugging when reunited, no sex or anything) then youll LOVE this book! Cant wait for more!
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
Another winner. I just love how Ms. Brockmann shows that love between gays can be meaningful and beautiful. Love is love regardless. I also appreciate her alpha males and strong women. Her books always keep you right on the edge. She has never once disappointed me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure why stars aren't calculating correctly, read the reviews, this is five stars all the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!  Suzanne Brockmann's newest series is beginning with a bang!!   I've been reading Ms. Brockmann's books for years and enjoy her writing style and the way everyone is always 'real'.  No stilted dialogue...she writes the way we talk.  Ian and Phoebe were very believable together, even though they began at each other's throats!   This is a very long book with LOTS of detail.  Beginning a series, you have to give back story to most of the characters, or at least have a reason for them to be together!!  Lots of energy and the twists and turns were fantastic!  Another hit.  Thanks Suzanne!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a HUGE fan of her Troubleshooters series, and while nothing will ever replace them, this book reminded me why I love Suzanne Brockmann. I'm excited to read more in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many sub plots, too many people. Did not hold my attention Just could not finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ggreat plot but dragged terribly at the last third of the book. Too many side adgends and causes stuck in. Very dissapointed in this author's recent writing style.
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UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Action packed good read. Full of military men..yum! Fast paced, well written! Loved it! *Received for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good start to a new series. Loved the new characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.