In Some Kind of Hero, Brockmann gives her readers what they love: a hot, brave, and sensitive Navy SEAL hero whose life is thrown all kinds of sideways. He meets a smart, real, and also brave woman (sometimes it’s a man 😊 ) who ends up tangled in his crazy world and together they do crazy things to save the day. Sure, it’s a formula, but it’s one that is so well done. This is book #17 in the Troubleshooters series and it never feels stale.
(Side note: if any book in this world can be considered a standalone, then it’s this one. There’s no need to read the others before, though the author recommends reading the trio of novellas, Free Fall, Home Fire Inferno, and Ready to Roll that were published prior to SKoH–which I didn’t read.)
As I said, it’s been a while since I’ve read a new Brockmann, so I forgot that I pretty much inhale her reads. Some Kind of Hero starts with a car chase (An actual car chase. As in, Pete flags down Shayla and hops in her car, tells her he just saw his missing daughter jump in a strange car, and Shayla proceeds to rev the engine and followthatcar!). Sooo, you don’t get any time to settle in. The rest of the novel follows the two, with alternating POVs from Maddie, the runaway, and Izzy, lovable SEAL featured in other TS books (which you still don’t need to read).
The story is filled with energy, filled with humor and fun, and filled with emotions. Brockmann showcases her talent at creating engaging characters with real stories, complicated thoughts and feelings, and throws them in situations, that may seem over-the-top, but nevertheless gives us the opportunity to see their true selves quickly. She basically writes action movies with realistic chemistry and better dialogue.
I had loads of fun reading Some Kind of Hero. It doesn’t make the top ranks of my Troubleshooters favorites, since it features the cast of SEALS that I call the B-list cast (harsh, but 🤷🏽), but I love Shayla. I love Peter too, but Shayla is a top-notch heroine. Great mom, smart, a romance writer!, geeky, no-nonsense, kind…the list goes on. The scenes with her and Peter are so effortless and so smooth, organic, and funny that it makes up for some of the action that is ridiculous (The bucket? What was that?) and the rate at which they fall into each other.
Suzanne Brockmann fans should enjoy Some Kind of Hero, and I’ll also recommend this to anyone who likes romantic suspense. Even if you’re not prone to reading that sub-genre, and just love romance, then this will hit the spot if you’re in the mood for some swoon with a shot of adrenaline, lots of sexy moments, layered with thought-provoking and moving ones as well, and featuring a multifaceted and diverse cast.
Suzanne Brockmann always delivers for me so I’m not surprised that I plowed through this book and I’m ready for more. I was worried that since my tastes have changed much lately, that I might not connect like I did before. But, I should’ve known that the author that’s held me enraptured by her thrilling and honest stories since I was fifteen years old could never disappoint me. I just need her to write a little faster. 😉
Book InfoSome Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Troubleshooters #17
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.
Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.
Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.