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Hot Target: Troubleshooters 8

Hot Target: Troubleshooters 8 [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Brockmann
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Troubleshooters: They Never Let You Down. The eighth addictive romantic suspense novel in New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series, filled with thrilling adventure, excitement and passion. In HOT TARGET, Chief Cosmo Richter takes a job to simply protect movie producer Jane Mercedes Chadwick. But he soon learns this is no ordinary mission...

High-profile maverick movie producer Jane Mercedes Chadwick hasn't even finished her newest film, but she's already courting controversy. Her portrayal of a real-life hero's homosexuality has roused a storm of media buzz and the fury of extremist groups. Jane refuses to abandon the project. But then the harassment turns to death threats. On a month's leave from the Navy SEALs, Chief Cosmo Richter agrees to help Troubleshooters Inc. by protecting Jane. Although she initially resists, Jane hasn't counted on the bond she forms with the quiet, capable Richter. Yet even as their feelings bring them closer, the noose of deadly terror draws tighter. And when all hell erupts, desire and desperate choices will collide on a killing ground that may trap them both in the crossfire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (14 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Provocative subject for a romance novel. 28 Feb 2008
By jazzy pom VINE VOICE
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Cosmo Ritcher is on vacation from his job as a SEAL. In order to pay the bills (and not be bored), he gets a job with Troubleshooters Inc guarding Mercedes Chadwick a hotshot producer who's getting death threats because she's making a movie about a real life hero - who just happened to be homosexual. In addition to this mix, an FBI agent (Jules Cassidy) is helping Troubleshooters in their investigations - as well as trying to avoid being entangled with both Jane's brother (Robin) as well as Jules' ex lover (Adam).

A caveat here: if you're homophobic, you might want to give this book a miss. If you are expecting stereotypical send ups of the gay male, give this book a miss. In addition, if you're hoping for some hot 'Queer as Folk' action (hubba hubba), you'll be disappointed. However, if you're from a fandom that's heavily into slash or m/m relationships, or just relatively open minded, and like reading about all romantic relationships, this book will tick the boxes - and then some.

It's rare that you get a homosexual character in conventional romance that is as fully fleshed as Jules Cassidy: he's funny, sensitive, and yet can be mean when he needs to be. He isn't a stereotypical gay character and the love/lust triangle among himself, Adam and Robin was very compelling. All the characters in this little love triangle are flawed, but likable to a point. I won't give Robin and Jules' story away - you'll have to read Force of Nature to find that out - but the subject is sensitively approached.

For the heterosexual couple now: Cosmo and Mercedes - I loved the relationship from its initial discomfiture, to friends, to lovers. There are a lot of nice moments in this book between the two protagonists. Cosmo is quiet and easy, Mercedes is upfront and brassy.
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gay world 29 Dec 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What I like about this book is that for once the author has left the memoirs (the world war 2 stories) out of this book. It used to annoy me greatly that she would cut into the world war 2 and then back to present.
Once again the author has written a good book although the main theme seems to be gay as this book is dedicated to her gay son.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Usual Brockmann Page-Turner! 31 Dec 2004
By L. McCreadie - Published on
There has yet to be a Brockmann book that I haven't loved. And this one is no exception - it contains her usual realistic dialogue, fully formed three-dimensional characters, and the perfect balance of a-plot and romance without tipping into the "too technical" abyss that could happen in such stories.

I did love the relationship between Jane and Cosmo. But...I have to say that I was slightly disappointed when Cosmo turned out to be not quite the "dangerous man with a mysterious past" character he had appeared to be in previous stories, but actually a very open-minded, generous-hearted and very understanding man. Don't get me wrong - I think these traits are absolutely necessary in a good hero. I just almost felt that Cosmo was too good to be true. There was no digging beneath the layers of toughness and mystery to find the tender jewel beneath his exterior - he pretty much laid it all on the table up front. And in the end, all of the dark mystery surrounding him was actually based on a bunch of gossip that had just gotten blown out of proportion. The truth of the story was very moving, and it made me fall in love with Cosmo. But I felt the "menace" of his character in past stories was missing in this one.

As for the heroine, Jane, at first I really didn't like her. What she did - using her bodyguards so expoitively to promote her own agenda - was really low. But she did redeem herself once she fully understood how what she had done affected those around her. And I was very touched by her reaction to the tragic events that occurred to others trying to protect her. It seemed to be a very realistic response.

I also loved that Brockmann has brought Jules Cassidy to the forefront as a leading character. I wanted to weep for him as he found himself on the verge of a wonderful relationship only to be thwarted by the hangups of his would-be-partner. Jules is such a wonderful man, and I want nothing more than for him to fall in love and settle down, since this is what he seems to want for himself. I'm hoping that perhaps, in a future novel, he'll meet Robin Chadwick again and Robin will be ready for him.

Which leads me to Robin Chadwick. Now this is a character I do hope Brockmann shows us more of. I felt so sorry for him - it was so obvious to me who and what he is, but that he feels he can't be that person is tragic. I prayed through the whole book that his feelings for Jules would be enough to allow him that freedom, and despite my sadness that things didn't work out the way I'd hoped, his actions seem very, very realistic given his history and his desires for the future.

My problems with this book - the reasons I didn't give it five stars - have been mentioned by others. Several characters where given voice when I didn't really see a need for it. For example, Lawrence Decker made a POV appearance on several occasions, but I'm not really sure why it was necessary. His story wasn't advanced in any way, nor was he integral to the two main romances at hand. Too, Max Baghat showed up in one scene only to fade right back into the woodwork. Sometimes I feel like Brockmann thinks she needs to remind us of her entire cast of characters so we'll remember them when they show up as the primary characters of future stories. A sort of name-dropping habit that really isn't necessary.

Also, I didn't much like the portrayal of the Adam character. He confused me. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to hate him or like him. Often he appeared to be a first class sleaze bag who used people shamelessly, only to do something mildly heroic. Instead of viewing these contrasting actions as making him three-dimensional, they seemed more out-of-character. I never understood what Jules had ever seen in the guy, so Jules heartbreak was hard for me to understand. Rather than throw the "lover from the past" into Jules' story, I would have loved more development of his relationship with Robin and how Robin's total denial of his homosexuality caused heartache.

Neither did I much like Patty, Jane's assistant. She was so incredibly naive, and Robin's treatment of her was horrid. I just felt sorry for her, but only in a pathetic way rather than in a sympathetic way.

These complaints aside, I did find myself unable to put the book down. Once again Brockmann has written a story that pulled me so completely into her world that I felt I was hanging out with old friends. And now, sadly, I'm back to waiting the long months until the next Brockmann release...
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars from a Brockmann Fan 7 Jan 2005
By E. Schwarz - Published on
The first Suzanne Brockmann book I read was "Out of Control", and after that I bought or borrowed nearly every book she's ever written. Reluctantly, then, I give Hot Target three and a half stars, but not for the reasons many other reviews have given.

This is a story of a Hollywood director who is threatened by a fringe hate group because of the content of the movie she's filming. But the bad guys are never really fully described, and the threat never feels personal. (This is in stark contrast to another of her best books, "Over the Edge", where, with Gina's story, you feel the very real threat throughout the whole book.)

There is tension in this book, but it's mainly "please don't do anything dumb" tension as the main characters seem to make stupid decision after stupid decision, whether in their actions or their love decisions.

All of this being said, Suzanne Brockmann still writes a gripping story that I had a hard time putting down. I just hope she focuses more on action, on SEALs, and on her plot development in her next book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling characters that will keep you hooked 25 Aug 2005
By Tracy Vest - Published on
After receiving death threats for her screenplay depicting a decorated gay war hero and his lover, Jane is forced by the studio to have around-the-clock protection from Troubleshooters, Inc., a firm comprised of security experts, Navy SEALS, FBI agents, and the like. At first she's against it, but a burgeoning attraction to by-the-book Cosmo Richter soon has her singing a different tune - especially when someone takes a shot at her. Sharing the spotlight is Jules Cassidy, a charismatic FBI agent (usually banished to the background), who hasn't been in a relationship since his lover, aspiring actor Adam stepped out on him one time too many. Further complicating Jules' life is a growing attraction to Jane's brother, alcoholic heartthrob actor Robin Chadwick. Robin is so deep in the closet that he doesn't understand his feelings toward the captivating Jules, which just sends him further into the bottle.

Make no doubt about it; the book starts out as romance between Jane and Cosmo. But soon the more compelling triangle of Jules-Adam-Robin heats up the story, giving it heart and soul, particularly when Adam is cast as Robin's lover in the movie, much to Jules' chagrin. Brockmann portrays the triangle with such sensitivity and compassion, that the reader is swept away with her character development and their own imagination to the point that you really care about the characters, flaws and all, regardless of their sexual orientation. When it comes to fast-paced SEAL action, no romantic suspense writer surpasses Brockmann.
23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.......Again 11 Jan 2005
By Lexy Cat - Published on
Ms. Brockmann's last two books don't begin to compare with her earlier works. This was supposed to be Cosmo's book, but the lack of character development and the fluff plot revolving around Cosmo and Jane Chadwick made the book easy to put down. Cosmo, always mysterious in prior books, is just too perfect to be believable and Jane falls back on the old cliche of using her sex appeal to obtain success.

Jules, a favorite character of mine, steals the book, but I fail to believe an intelligent, experienced FBI agent would put up with the behavior of either of his potential love interests, Adam or Robin.

Sad to say, Ms. Brockmann is no longer an automatic buy for me. I'll be happy to wait for the local library to stock her books.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slight departure from usual stories but very good 18 Jan 2007
By brimmels - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While "Flashpoint" was a very good book, it felt a little heavy due to the situation, especially Sophia's part of the story. So I was slightly hesitant about starting "Hot Target" since I wasn't sure I was in the mood.

I was very pleasantly surprised. "Hot Target" is not a "light" book by any definition but the complete switch from a war-torn, savage country in "Flashpoint" to Hollywood for "Hot Target" made for a welcome change of pace while still maintaining Brockmann's usual combination of suspense, mystery and great pacing.

Brockmann did her usual deft job in pairing up the seemingly different Jane, a Hollywood movie producer who knows how to work the media, and Cosmo, the Navy SEAL who intimidates his tough-as-nails teammates, in a gradual, believable way.

But my favorite part was long-time supporting character Jules Cassidy and his problems with his old lover Adam returning (has Adam really changed?) and an attraction to Robin, Jane's actor brother who is so deep in denial about his sexuality that he's hurting other people, like Jane's naive intern, Patty. Gay characters in romance novels are usually relegated to being the supportive best friend or relative and heaven forbid they touch or kiss someone unless it's a joke, misunderstanding or show of support. Huge kudos to Brockmann for handling gay romantic entanglements with sensitivity and great reality. When Jules refused to be Robin's "experiment" or let Robin get away with the old "I was drunk" excuse, I was simultaneously proud of Jules and very sad that he can't seem to catch a break romantically.

I also loved the real Jack Shelton and the scene between him and his long-time partner, especially since it confirmed to Jules that he shouldn't settle for less than his heart's desire.

Technically I would give this book 4 1/2 stars but Amazon won't allow that. It's better than 4 stars but I don't think it's up to the level of her next book, "Breaking Point," which is definitely a 5 star book.

That said, the Sam & Alyssa short story bonus at the end of the book should get 5 stars all by itself. Brockmann did a wonderful role reversal on the typical "my spouse is half a world away in danger and all I can do is wait" situation. It was also far too timely and poignent with the current situation with our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was also nice to see Meg, Joan and Savannah again, albeit briefly. I also loved Sam's phone call at the end to John.
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