Review of HOT PURSUIT by Suzanne Brockmann (see her website)
Ballantine, July 2009
It's supposed to be a cakewalk. Alyssa Locke takes her husband/business partner and a group of off-duty Navy Seals to New York. An assemblywoman there has been threatened and they'll talk about security, see what the problem is, and, at least for the Navy Seals, do their best to get laid. But when they get there, they're directed to a heart stuck in a desk drawer--and the cakewalk starts looking more troublesome.
Serial killer 'the Dentist' has had a weird crush on Alyssa since she began investigating his case. He's set the stage and he intends to end it here, in New York, on his home turf. He'll manipulate the team, kill the husband, capture Alyssa, and maybe he'll even kidnap their child and raise him as his own.
Navy Seal Dan Gillman knows he's about to be sent to Afghanistan...again. But two weeks in New York should give him the loving he needs to keep going. Not for him, though, are one-night stands. Two week stands are more like it and the assembly-woman's chunky but smart assistant seems like just the woman to take away his cares. Gillman likes his women, but with his job, he knows he isn't boyfriend material. He'll show her a good time and then move on. Except when Jenn is kidnapped (twice), Gillman discovers a feeling he's never had before. Could he really be falling?
In her Troubleshooter series, author Suzanne Brockmann (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Brockmann) interweaves the lives of the men and women of Troubleshooters and their Navy Seal allies. HOT PURSUIT gives us an update on many of them (Sam and Alyssa are doing fine except for the serial killer thing, Jules and Robin are also doing well and happy to be living in Massachusetts where gay marriage is legal). Not doing so well is Izzy, who is pining for Gillman's sister, Eden...who won't even talk to him. The assemblywoman likes Izzy and it would be easy to fall into bed with her, but Izzy is married...even though his wife is in Germany avoiding him. For me, all the time spent on updates got in the way of enjoying the current romance (Gillman and Jenn) and the suspense (will they figure out who the 'dentist' is before it's too late?) Too, the mystery was a bit too easy, although Brockmann gave us readers clues she didn't give to Alyssa and company so I guess we can't blame her for being slow.
Brockmann is a highly skilled writer and HOT PURSUIT is an easy book to read. If she'd focused a bit more on this story, it could have been great. As it was, it's just an acceptable read.
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