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Brockmann continues a disappointing trend,
This review is from: Into the Fire (Troubleshooters) (Hardcover)
I loved SBs books right up until Flashpoint which I struggled with. Into the Fire (ITF) continues with many of the main characters form Flashpoint so anyone who has not read this recently will not have a clue. Other reviews have said about the numerous convoluted plotlines etc so I will not. SB has made it plain that she is now writing fiction rather than romantic suspense and just as well because this book has no romance and minimal suspense. My main problems with this novel are as follows:-
- Murphy and Hannah have zero chemistry. Just as well the sex scenes are pretty non existent because I could not imagine these 2 being good together despite SBs kept telling the reader that it was. The pairing have previous history which always means the reader misses out and the good old "best friends that now fancy each other" was so old hat and not well done. Also, admirable although SBs intentions are in being wholly inclusive across all races, etc. I did feel that she was pushing the point by making Murphy part Vietnamese and Hannah deaf as I felt these were put in there for no reason.
- there is no interesting plot and minimal action. Virtually the whole novel is the myriad characters all talking about how they feel etc and the action that does come in at the end is poor and only an excuse for SB to pull in every character that has ever appeared in her books.
- the Izzy/Eden plotline was good in that it continued to develop Izzy as a lead role whilst still keeping his "jerk" like character which is good, and a throw back to the Wildcard/Sam characters who everyone seemed to love from earlier books. However, nowhere could I find why Izzy supposedly falls in love with Eden, they hardly knew each other and all she did was cry, weak "heroine". The baby bits are poignant though, will not put a spoiler here!
- Jimmy Nash/ Tess from Flashpoint - why did SB feel the need to take these back in to her books and take away their HEA? They have always been the weakest pairing in the book series and I certainly did not want to read about them again. Nor is there an explanation behind Nash's actions - or is SB saving this for yet another book?
- Decker/Sophia/ Dave all reappear from FP and here SB does take an unexpected turn. I hope she continues it as I never looked on Decker as a romantic hero. He spends most of this book being rather bitter.
On the plus side, the book is readable because I knew all the characters so well and I will probably read the next one but whereas SB used to be a must read, sadly it looks no longer to be the case.