Posted by: Jennifer | July 31, 2009

Hot Pursuit – Suzanne Brockmann

Brockmann, Suzanne. Hot Pursuit. (New York: Ballantine, 2009). ISBN – 9780345501578.

Main Characters: Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke

Related Works: This is part of Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. Other books in the series include the following:

  • The Unsung Hero – story of Tom Paoletti and Dr. Kelly Ashton
  • The Defiant Hero – story of Meg Moore and John Nilsson
  • Over the Edge – story of Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok & Teri Howe; Max Bhagat and Gina Vitagliano meet
  • Out of Control – story of Ken “Wildcard” Karmody & Savannah van Hopf
  • Into the Night – story of Mike Muldoon & Joan DeCosta
  • Gone too Far – story of Sam Starrett & Alyssa Locke
  • Flashpoint – story of Jimmy Nash & Tess Bailey; Sophia Ghaffari & Decker meet; Dave meets Sophia also
  • Hot Target – story of Cosmo Richter & Jane Mercedes Chadwick; Jule Cassidy & Robin Chadwick meet
  • Breaking Point – story of Max Bhagat & Gina Vitigliano and Molly Anderson & Grady Morant
  • Into the Storm – story of Lindsey Fontaine & Mark Jenkins
  • Force of Nature – story of Ric Alavarado & Annie Dugan and Jules Cassidy & Robin Chadwick
  • All Through the Night– story of Jules Cassidy & Robin Chadwick’s wedding
  • Into the Fire – story of Vinh Murphy & Hannah Whitfield
  • Dark of Night – story of Sophia Ghaffari & Dave Malkoff and Lawrence Decker and Tracy Shapiro
  • Hot Pursuit– story with Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke; beginning of story about Jennilyn LeMay and Danny Gillman

Description from Book:

Alyssa Locke is no stranger to dealing with danger. As team leader of the nation’s number one personal secruity company, Troubleshooters Inc., she’s seen more than her share of action, survived plenty of close calls, and holds her own with the best of them – and against the worst of them. Guarding lives is her game, and no one plays it better. But her toughest challenge will be protecting herself from a serial killer she’s been after for years – known only as “The Dentist”  – who is determined to make her his ultimate trophy.

The assignment was supposed to be an easy one: teach self-defense techniques to a newly elected assemblywoman and her chief of staff after a political controversy generates a blizzard of hate mail – including death threats – from hotheads and cranks. But as soon as she mobilized her squad of moonlighting Navy SEALs in New York City, Alyssa begins butting heads with the hard-case cop who thinks that the Troubleshooters are chasing shadows.

Until they discover a dead body. And then another. Now Alyssa really has her hands full – bodyguarding two independent, busy women, managing a murder investigation, and trying to find time for her husband, Troubleshooters operative Sam Starrett, and their infant son. Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a Troubleshooters operation without romantic sparks and heated rivalries – and any time the SEALs of Team Sixteen are involved, there are plenty of both.

But then, while investigating a suspect, Alyssa is ambushed and suddenly finds herself imprisoned by The Dentist. Cut off from everyone she loves and relies on, Alyssa must call upon all of her strength and skill to survive this final confrontation with the sadistic monster, meanwhile trusting that her Troubleshooter teammates, led by her beloved Sam, will reach her before it’s too late.

My Thoughts:

I have to admit that Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke are my favorite characters from Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series, so I am predisposed to love any story line that revolves around them. They have been an integral part of Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series from close to the beginning. So, I couldn’t wait to read Hot Pursuit when I found out it would feature Sam, Alyssa and their son Ashton. I loved it just as much as I expected it would.

In this book, Sam, Alyssa and Ashton travel to New York City. Their task is to beef up the security assemblywoman Maria Bonavita, who has received some threats since taking over office. Alyssa expects this to be an easy job, one which allow her to spend some time with Sam and Ashton. Little does she know that someone else has carefully orchestrated events to get her to come to New York. When a human heart shows up in the desk of Maria’s chief of staff, Jennilyn LeMay, Alyssa realizes that the situation is much more complicated and dangerous than she had thought originally. She, of course, calls her FBI friend Jules Cassidy for help. Jules and his husband Robin come to New York immediately to help. Robin comes along to New York and most often serves as babysitter for little Ashton – which was almost as funny as Izzy and his babysitting skills.

Meanwhile, Alyssa has brought several of the Navy SEALs with her – Izzy, Tony, Lopez and Gillman. Gillman immediately hooks up with Jenn after making a conscious decision that she would be the easiest and/or quickest lay. This is just the start of the Jenn/Gillman storyline. Of course given Brockmann’s stated intention to put the Troubleshooter series on hiatus after the next installment (in the author’s note), I hope that this situation gets resolved in the next book.

Regardless, I very much enjoyed their part of the story. Gillman is obviously just out for a diversion before he again goes on assignment. Jenn, meanwhile, has body image issues and is used to men who only see her as a sister. She is rather ripe for Gillman’s brand of seduction. Yet, the two are good together – or are until Jenn overhears Gillman tell Izzy how it is much easier to go for the chunky friend rather than the beautiful woman. I can’t wait to see where their romance leads.

Brockmann also promised more of Izzy and Eden. I am still NOT an Eden fan. But, the situation does need resolution, especially since Izzy still considers himself to be a married man.

One of things that I like best about long series like this one is how comforting it is to be surrounded by characters that I have come to love over the years. While Maria, Jenn, and some others are new characters, the majority of the people in this book are ones that Brockmann has written about for many years. I admit that I will be a bit sad to the end (even if it is just a hiatus) of the Troubleshooter series. Fortunately, I will just be able to re-read most of the books in this series (not Dark of Night, though) in order to revisit my favorite characters.

As I mentioned, I loved this book. I was a little bit disappointed that we didn’t see much interaction between Alyssa and little Ashton. Alyssa is such a kick-ass heroine who is in such control. She has been able to mesh her life with Sam, who is also a very strong personality. Brockmann has made it a point to show us Sam’s softer side over the past several novels – something I have really enjoyed. I thought this would have been the perfect opportunity to show us a little of the same with Alyssa. But, Alyssa was a bit busy chasing after a serial killer, I guess.

Read first on July 31, 2009

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Responses

  1. I havnt read this book, but i was so dissapointed in ‘gone too far’ that I vowed never to read anymore. I thought Ms Brockman totally lost sight of what made S&A so hot to her readers. It felt like she was emasculating Sam to prove what a strong woman Alyssa can be.

    HELLO? This is a romance novel, isn’t it ok for the man to be in charge/strong sometimes? Even in the short stories she’s written about them, she’s continued to go for this trend. As much as I like seeing Sam’s emotions when it comes to his love and his family, she didn’t have to kill the character to make Alyssa so strong. It’s totally lost appeal for me, so I doubt Ill be reading this since it seems to be most of the same.

  2. […] Hot Pursuit – Suzanne Brockmann […]

  3. One of things that I like best about long series like this one is how comforting it is to be surrounded by characters

  4. Did suzanne brockmann ever gave closure to Edens and izzy story? I got lost in that story line.


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