Brockmann, Suzanne. All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas.(New York: Ballantine Books, 2007). ISBN – 0345501098.
Main Characters: Jules Cassidy & Robin Chadwick; Sam Starrett & Alyssa Locke; Will Schroeder & Dolphina Patel; Max & Gina Bhagat
Description from book:
It’s Christmastime in Boston, and this year the silver bells will be wedding bells as FBI agent Jules Cassidy ties the knot with the man of his dreams, Hollywood heartthrob Robin Chadwick.
The pair plan a quiet, intimate ceremony, to be witnessed by family and close friends from the FBI, SEAL Team Sixteen, and Troubleshooters, Incorporated, including Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke. But the holiday season brings more to the happy couple than they expect.
A waterfall coming through their kitchen ceiling, a bat colony in the attic, old family tensions…even an international incident can’t dampen their spirits. But add to that a parade of unexpected guests, including a reporter looking for a scoop, an ex-lover hell-bent on causing trouble, and a dangerous stalker, and suddenly the wedding is poised to unravel in chaos.
But nothing will stop Jules and Robin from getting their happy ending, because along with a guest list featuring the most elite counterterrorism force in the world, they have their own secret weapon – true love.’
I literally could not put this book down. I went out to buy a copy on my way home from work – and then plopped myself right down to read the entire thing. The book centers around the engagement and marriage of Jules Cassidy and Robin Chadwick – who overcame some serious obstacles to fall in love with each other in Brockmann’s summer release, Force of Nature. Jules has been a recurring character in most of Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series – a gay FBI agent working to save the world from terrorists repeatedly with his boss, super-FBI-agent, Max Bhagat. I have always loved the character of Jules. His interactions with Max and Sam Starrett have always been comical, yet heartfelt. His friendship with Alyssa Locke has always been inspiring. I was thrilled that he got his own story in Force of Nature – and even more excited by this glimpse into his life with Robin.
In All Through the Night, Robin and Jules are having trouble coping with the time they must spent apart. Jules works out of Washington, DC – and Robin, a famous actor, works wherever his scripts, movies and/or tv shows lead him. At the start of the story, however, he is working in Boston on a cable tv series. Jules decides to take some time off and flies up to Boston to see Robin, hoping to propose. He is really nervous. Things do not quite work as planned, which I think makes for a better story. I can’t tell you how many times I have re-read the scene where Robin proposes to Jules. Jules got violently ill after getting to Boston. The couple have lost their hotel room (Robin had decided to go to DC) and have nowhere to go. Fortunately, Sam and Alyssa are in town – and have a hotel room. So, Jules and Robin end up sharing a hotel room with two double beds with the other couple. When Jules wakes up after having been ill, Robin proposes – with Sam somewhat participating in the whole event. Absolutely hysterical!!! I love the relationship between Sam and Jules, and we get to witness it at its finest in this book. The fact that Alyssa sleeps through the whole thing is even funnier.
The rest of the book focuses on the wedding and a series of unfortunate events that would make anyone feel unlucky. First, a reporter crashes their wedding shower leading to another scandalous news article – and tape of Robin. Jules gets called to Afghanistan; serious danger ensues; and the couple cannot spend Thanksgiving together. Then, there is the fact that Adam, who is an ex to both Robin and Jules, starts calling. He eventually shows up because of a crazy stalker. Add to this the fact that the President of the United States decides to attend the wedding wreaking havoc with the guest list, and one might start to wonder if the wedding will ever take place. Fortunately, it does with Robin and Jules surrounded by almost all of their loved ones. I will admit that I almost cried.
I absolutely loved this book!!! It is one of my favorites – along with Gone Too Far (Sam & Alyssa’s story), Breaking Point (Max Bhagat & Gina Vitagliano’s story – as well as Grady Morant – aka Davey Jones and Molly Anderson’s story) and The Unsung Hero (Tom Paoletti & Kelly Ashton’s story). I also love the fact that Brockmann has crafted a wonderful, mainstream romance about a gay couple. This story obviously had to take place in Massachusetts where gay marriage is currently legal (which makes me proud to live here, by the way). There is some discussion about what the future may hold for Robin and Jules because their marriage isn’t legal anywhere else. Brockmann does have a note to readers at the end where she discusses the state of gay marriage in Massachusetts. Additionally, she is donating all proceeds from the book to MassEquality, “an organization whose sole purpose it is to preserve equal marriage rights in Massachusetts” (Brockmann, All Through the Night, p.285). This makes me love this book even more!
Read first on October 31, 2007