Java Girl’s Review – Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #17) by Suzanne Brockmann

A smart, funny heroine and a brave, determined, resourceful hero who doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘quit’, Some Kind of Hero is a great addition to the Troubleshooters series. ~ Java Girl, Guilty Pleasures 

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.

I confess I’ve had a long, slightly obsessive love affair with Ms. Brockmann’s Navy SEALs since I first read Prince Joe (Tall, Dark & Dangerous) way back in 1996. From TDD to the Troubleshooters series, I can’t get enough. I’m one of those readers who would be waiting for the bookstore to open on release day, to sit in my car reading the latest book because I couldn’t wait long enough to drive home to get started on it. Ms. Brockmann is a woman of many talents and interests, which she has been pursuing the last several years. I applaud and support her in all her endeavors, but I’ve missed getting new books from her on a regular basis. I’m always excited to read a new Troubleshooters book. As one would expect in a 16+ book series, I love some books more than others, but every book in this series is a solid read. Some Kind of Hero probably won’t be on my list of Top Five Troubleshooters book, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. Shayla quickly catapulted to the top of my list of Ms. Brockmann’s heroines. She is smart, witty, compassionate, quick-thinking, and brave. Shayla is a successful author of romantic suspense, who hasn’t written a word in several years. I couldn’t help but think of her as the embodiment of Ms. Brockmann’s own experiences as a writer—readers constantly asking about the next book springs to mind. I have no clue if Ms. Brockmann was channeling any personal experience, but I read parts of it as a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the life of a writer, and I found it hilarious. Shayla’s internal dialogue—conversations with her main character, Harry, had me laughing out loud. I’m not sure if it was her maternal instinct (she’s a single mom to two teenage boys), or just her compassion that had her stopping everything to help, but I admired her resourcefulness, her humor, and her willingness to help someone she didn’t even know when her neighbor, Navy SEAL Peter Greene, enlists her help to find his runaway teenage daughter, Maddie. Peter didn’t affect me the way some of her other SEALs have, but he’s still pretty damn appealing. I’m not sure if it’s his earnest desire to be a good father to the daughter he’s never known, his cluelessness about how to actually accomplish that goal, or just that whole SEAL thing, but I found him very charming and sweet.

Maddie and her friend, Dingo, was a sweet , if slightly unconventional, secondary love story. The historical plot thread of the Japanese-American internment during WWII is of great interest to me. I grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley, home to many Japanese-Americans, many of whom were incarcerated for the duration of the war, including my uncle’s family. I’ve always loved the pieces of history Ms. Brockmann includes in the novels of this series.

Even though characters from the series’ other books (Hello, Izzy Zanella!) play an important role in Some Kind of Hero, I don’t think it’s necessary to read the previous books, however, this is one of my all-time favorite series and I highly recommend reading from the beginning, The Unsung Hero. Some Kind of Hero doesn’t have the plot complexity, nor the depth of character development of the rest of the series, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it!

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

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4 thoughts on “Java Girl’s Review – Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #17) by Suzanne Brockmann

  1. Really disappointed with this novel. Shay’s talking to “Harry” was annoying and the story and characters lacked depth. It’s really hard to learn to love new characters when there are so few previous characters in the plotline. How realistic is it that Izzy would ask ask BUD/S trainees to help?
    We didn’t even get to find out whether Lindsey had a boy or a girl.
    I was looking forward to lots of Izzy and Eden, and got almost no Eden and very little of Izzy; the Izzy we got had so little depth. Based on their relationship, it’s really hard to believe Eden would have told Lindsay she was ready for a baby, before she told Izzy. Everytime we have had Izzy’s POV, he always deals with issues head-on or we see his thinking about the issues through his irreverent filter – but all that was missing this time.
    The lack of continuity is also annoying. Lindsey’s miscarriage was presented as having happened in the first trimester originally; but in this book it turned into a ‘late-stage’ loss?? And Eden was also described as incredibly beautiful, but now Lindsey is on a par with her?? It’s frustrating when the author cannot keep her story lines consistent.
    This book felt like, the author felt she should get on and write another book in the series but really couldn’t be bothered putting alot of effort in

    1. Thanks for you comment! I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as I did. I agree it wasn’t on par with some of the other books in this series, but I’ve come to realize in a long series such as this one, I know I won’t love them all in the same way.

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