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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 19 Nov 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette Books; 1st Uk Paperback Edition edition (19 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037307896X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373078967
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,536,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As Christmastime settled quietly over the countryside, Navy SEAL William "Crash" Hawken was faced with a deadly conspiracy. And he had only one person to turn to -- the caring passionate Nell Burns. For though Crash had long ago accepted the fact that there was no place in his dangerous world for the simple pleasures of home and family, Nell had been the only woman who had ever tempted him to dream of another kind of life...
This is my favourite Suzanne Brockmann 'Team 10' book - even though the recent Nightwatch has come a very close second. The conspiracy subplot kicked off in the previous book 'Harvards Education' when Team 10 were sent on a training mission in South East Asia that went badly wrong. The book flashes back to explain how Nell and Crash know each other so well - and I think its one of this books strengths that their relationship was formed through an experience many will have in common with them eg a family member being seriously ill, before it launches into a high octane espionage adventure. Crash really is tall, dark, very silent and suitably deadly and is one of my favourite romantic fiction heros!
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This is one of Ms Brockmann's earlier works, and not in quite the same class
as her later ones, when she really got into her stride and became such an exponent
of romantic suspense.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Another great SEAL book 31 July 2000
By pontmarie - Published on
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A year earlier, William "Crash" Hawken and Nell Burns were thrown together when his boss and surrogate father, Admiral Jake Robinson, and her boss, Daisy Owen, needed them. Daisy was dying of cancer and Jake's last request was that she marry him. As Crash deals with his grief, Nell goes about making arrangements for the wedding, and does everything she can to entice Crash. jake and Daisy think they'd be good together, but a lifetime of distancing himself from people makes Crash do his damnedest to avoid Nell, although he wants her more than life itself.
When Daisy dies, Crash and Nell, alone in their grief, turn to each other and share a night together, but Crash makes sure that Nell understands there can be nothing more between them. A devastated Nell leaves, and it's only a year later, when Crash is wanted for killing Jake, that she sees him again. She helps him escape and as much as he tries to resist her help, this is not something he can deal with alone.
This is another exciting book in Suzanne Brockmann's Navy SEAL series, and it didn't disappoint. I was saddened by Daisy's death, and happy when everything was revealed at the end. I highly recommend this book.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
My favorite in the TD&D far 23 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While I enjoyed the other first five books in this series, (Prince Joe, Forever Blue, Frisco's Kid, Everyday Average Jones, and Harvard's Education) this one in my opinion is the best of the six. Billy 'Crash' is arrested for the murder of his admiral and other agents. He's innocent and hunts down those that framed him. Backing up... Nell, personal assistant to Daisy, the Admiral's significant other appears at Crash's door to tell him that he is needed by the Admiral...Daisy is dying. I'm not giving anything away here. This is how it starts and it gets better. Nell, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that Crash could never have killed his Admiral sets out to help him prove his innocence. I loved it! I know you will too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Brockmann is one of the *very* best romance writers today! 1 April 1999
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I have read almost all of Brockmann's books, and to me this is the very best of her many outstanding books. I strongly regret that I just read the book now, in March, 1999, too late to nominate it for the Romance Writer's of America's Favorite Book of the Year award. I do hope it wins the RWA published author award, the RITA. It surely deserves it!! This author just keeps getting better. The emotional intensity in this book was unbelievable. And the teamwork of the SEALS A-Team really added a whallop to her fantastic, action-packed climax. I really like this continuing series and am trying to find all the previous books I missed before I knew how great Brockmann is. By the way, in response to the remark of the other critiquer, it wasn't until you mentioned it that I realized this was packaged as a Christmas book. I didn't think about that at all. I was just so stunned by the book and Brockmann's genius. :)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Early but good Brockmann SEAL story 29 Aug. 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The holidays aren't a great time for William "Crash" Hawken. Last Christmas, his cousin Daisy died of a brain tumor after finally tying the knot with Jake, her lover of 20 years. Daisy and Jake (a Navy admiral and former SEAL) were surrogate parents to Crash, who was abandoned by his distant father. Nell, Daisy's personal assistant fell for Crash the first time she saw him, but like any good SEAL who does not want to leave anyone behind, he kept his distance from her until he desperately needed comfort after Daisy's funeral.

A year later, he stands accused of treason in the murder of Jake his mentor. He knows it's a set up. He knows that a high ranking officer is behind it. He just does not know who. Nell's the only one who believes in him. She helps him escape from custody at the courthouse then tells his lawyers she will pay to have the ballistics tests rerun on the gun that killed Jake, knowing that Crash will be exonerated. This manages to put Nell on the bad guys watch list, and just as a hit man is about to strike, Crash puts a halt to it. His plan is to get the name of the top dog out of the gunmen's mouth, by any means necessary. But can her and Nell possibly have a future after she sees this other side to him?

One of Brockmann's better early offerings, she manages to make this more than a revenge fantasy. Despite Nell being a girly girl, she manages to prove to Crash and the reader that she is no shrinking violet.
Intensely emotional and sexy read 21 May 2013
By Kate McMurry - Published on
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Navy SEAL Billy "Crash" Hawken was practically raised by his cousin Daisy and her common-law husband, Admiral Jake Robinson, after his mother died when he was ten years old, and his uncaring father neglected him. In his adult life, he is closer to them than anyone on earth. Then he learns that Daisy has an inoperable brain tumor. Getting through the tragedy of Daisy's last days on earth is made both more difficult and more bearable by living under the same roof with beautiful, sensitive Nell Burns, Daisy's personal assistant. Crash works for "grey ops," super-secret missions as an assassin, with Jake as his direct supervisor. He is out of the country most of the time, and he feels he is a terrible prospect for any woman as a long-term mate. Until meeting Nell, he's never had any trouble maintaining emotional distance, but the combination of Daisy's final illness and Nell's empathy and compassion has him breaking all the rules he's set for himself, and massively falling for Nell. With extreme difficulty, he convinces himself as much as Nell that he has nothing to offer her and drives her away.

Crash ignores every attempt Nell makes to contact him for an entire year. Then she suddenly views on the evening news Crash's arrest for the murder of Jake Robinson. Strong evidence is stacked against Crash, but Nell has not a single doubt of his innocence, and she is determined to prove it to the world, even though Crash tells her to stay out of it when she visits him in prison.

This book is memorable on two counts. First, we get to experience Crash and Nell, an amazing couple. I fell in love with both of them, and the passion and tenderness between them is mind-bogglingly intense.

Second, it is great to experience the backstory of another one of Brockmann's amazing heroes, Admiral Jake. He is the hero of The Admiral's Bride, which is the next book in this wonderful SEAL series.

These books do not absolutely have to be read in order, but readers will definitely get an extra impact from the series if they are, because we get to know individual SEALs little by little across the series before each has his own book, and plot lines from one book often feed into another. In the case of this book, the events of the book just prior to this one, Harvard's Education, are highly significant to the suspense plot.

I rate this book as follows:

Heroine: 5 stars
Hero: 5 stars
Romance Plot: 5 stars
Suspense Plot: 5 stars
Writing: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars

This is the order in which this series was first released:

1) Prince Joe, originally published June 1996
2) Forever Blue, originally published October 1996
3) Frisco's Kid, originally published January 1997
4) Everyday, Average Jones, originally published August 1998
5) Harvard's Education, originally published October 1998
6) It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, originally published December 1998
7) The Admiral's Bride, originally published November 1999
8) Identity: Unknown, originally published January 2000
9: Get Lucky, originally published March 2000
10) Taylor's Temptation, originally published July 2001
11) Night Watch, originally published September 2003
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