The Barnes & Noble Review
New York Times–bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann delivers another high-adrenaline thriller packed with passion and danger -- this time set in Hollywood -- with Hot Target. Producer Jane Mercedes Chadwick has started to receive hate mail and death threats while filming a World War II epic with a hero who is gay. FBI agent Jules Cassidy, a popular character from Brockmann's Troubleshooter books, suspects a homophobic organization in Idaho, so Navy SEAL chief Cosmo Richter -- on an enforced one-month vacation -- agrees to protect Jane. It's oil-and-water from the start: Cosmo is too impassive for Jane, Jane is too Hollywood for him, and her natural bravado leads her to take unnecessary risks. Brockmann winds the plot tighter and tighter, as her characters fight off unwanted emotions and attractions. Cassidy has his own personal demons to fight with an ex-lover. By the time Jane shoots the reenactment of the invasion of Normandy, the battlefield could be more dangerous than anyone thinks possible. Ginger Curwen
Known for her adrenaline-laced Navy SEAL romances, Brockmann displays a new, more political side in this brisk but bumpy romantic thriller, which advocates gay rights. Though the book follows the exploits of sexy, silent Cosmo Richter, the man of mystery from Brockmann's earlier romances (Gone Too Far, etc.), Cosmo must share the limelight with Jules Cassidy, a gay FBI agent and also a recurring character in Brockmann's books. Both Cosmo and Jules are charged with safeguarding hot Hollywood producer Jane Chadwick, who has come under fire (literally) for making a movie dealing with two gay war heroes. A few contrived plot twists find Cosmo and Jane initially butting heads, then coming together as friends and finally burning up the sheets as lovers. More compelling is Jules's struggle to stay away from his egocentric ex, an actor who conveniently lands a starring role in Jane's film, and from Jane's brother Robin, who's so deep in the closet that he has turned to drink. At times, Brockmann goes too far in pushing her agenda-even Cosmo is a card-carrying member of PFLAG who, thanks to his gay father, "can name every Barbara Streisand album ever made"-and readers won't need second sight to foresee the story's twists. Still, Brockmann's uncanny ability to give each character an authentic voice and dialogue to match will pull readers through this shaky installment. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Navy SEAL Cosmo Richter has a reputation for being cold and heartless; Jane Mercedes Chadwick, a Hollywood producer, is better known for her appearances in the tabloids and for her first film than for her brilliance. She is producing a film on a war hero in World War II who happens to be gay and the father of the founder of the Freedom Network, a group of right-wing religious extremists. After receiving death threats, Jane gets extra security from her studio and draws the attention of the FBI. Cosmo works for the security company hired to protect Jane, and after initially clashing, they find they have more in common than they think. There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings here, and listeners will find themselves sitting on the edge of their seats as the book reaches its climax. Though the change in readers at unexpected times can sometimes be distracting, Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank do a fine job. Strongly recommended for public libraries.-Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
The megaselling author (Gone Too Far, 2003) sends tough-talking SEALS from her Troubleshooters series to southern California for fun in the sun. The story begins, however, with an obligatory pit stop in a terrorist-ridden Third World country so that hero Cosmo Richter can rescue three caged nuns and do a little patriotic swashbuckling. Then he takes a leave to moonlight for Troubleshooters Incorporated, which hires Cosmo to protect Jane Mercedes Chadwick. She's an independent producer who's received threatening e-mails from a right-wing, homophobic group that doesn't like her next movie about a homosexual WWII hero. Her movie star brother Robin, a compulsive womanizer, will play the hero-no one will think he's secretly gay. Enter gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy, also a continuing character from previous books, to help crack the case and explain hate crimes to Cosmo. (Brockmann, the proud mother of an openly gay son, misses no opportunity to wave the rainbow flag.) Looks like the brawny SEAL will have to protect Jane by (what else?) moving into her house and staying with her 24/7. Neo-alpha male Cosmo has a sensitive side: he confides in Jane, when not rippling his muscles and looking through the blinds for drive-by sharpshooters. Pretty soon the two are rolling around in bed. Then they lounge around the house some more, until Jane gets restless and heads for the Coast highway. The action heats up, sort of. Cosmo asks Jules for a list of all the people in the western US who own ancient white Pontiacs and dark Ford pickups with a "6" in the license number (see above: drive-by sharpshooters). Hey, Jules is on it-when not having heart-to-heart talks of his own with Robin Chadwick. The handsomeactor has a favor to ask, oh-so-casually: he's never kissed a man. Would Jules mind? Not at all. The kiss is intense. So is Robin gay? And will Cosmo save impetuous Jane?Not exactly nail-biting suspense, not quite a romance: crowded cast and competing plots don't help. Agent: Steve Axelrod/Axelrod Agency
PRAISE FOR SUZANNE BROCKMANN
Gone Too Far
“Sizzling with military intrigue and sexual tension, with characters so vivid they leap right off the page, Gone Too Far is a bold, brassy read with a momentum that just doesn’t quit.”
Into the Night
“She skillfully builds suspense. . . . With its complicated, complex characters and a sexy romance seasoned with humor and danger, Brockmann’s [novel] is absolutely irresistible.”
–Booklist (boxed and starred review)
Out of Control
“Brockmann consistently turns out first-rate novels that tug on the reader’s heartstrings, and her latest is no exception.”
Over the Edge
“A taut, edgy thriller.”