Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #17)

Available: July 11, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Ballantine Books

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Michelle

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

To say I was happy to be back in the world of the Troubleshooters is an understatement. Even though I don’t remember being introduced to Peter Greene in previous books, it doesn’t matter. He was memorable enough in this one, and there are enough visits from previous heroes and heroines that I felt right at home. Suzanne Brockmann is a master of romantic suspense, and when you throw in a military hero, she’s that much better. Some Kind of Hero would be fine as a stand-alone, but you will get more out of it having read the previous books in the series.

There aren’t too many men who would adapt perfectly to sudden single parenthood. When you’re talking about a never-been-married navy SEAL, perfectly is not even remotely the word to use! Lieutenant Peter Greene knows how to handle just about any situation…except fatherhood. He has had a long-distance, practically nonexistent relationship with his daughter Maddie since he and her mom split up years ago. When his ex dies and Maddie comes to live with him, he is immediately in over his head. He has no clue how to relate to a fifteen year old girl, especially one who openly resents him and is drowning in grief over losing her mother.

Shayla Whitman has seen her hunky neighbor plenty of times since he and his daughter moved in, but she hasn’t had the chance to introduce herself. She gets to do that and a whole lot more when Peter flags her down one day, desperately needing a ride. Peter has never met Shayla and has no idea she is his neighbor, but she doesn’t escape his notice for long. Even in the midst of a parental crisis, everything male in him wakes up and pays attention to the beautiful woman willing to drop everything to help him.

The fact that Shayla is a romance novelist is ironic: she does not have a good track record with her own love life. After a failed marriage, she is content to raise her two teenage sons and focus on the love stories in her head. When sparks fly between her and Peter, she is game to explore the attraction but doesn’t expect anything to come of it. Peter is… well…. Peter. A sexy, strong, gorgeous navy SEAL who could have any woman he wanted. She is just average, and older than him to boot.

This book was a little different from most romances in that when trouble came calling, it wasn’t because of either of the two main characters. Peter and Shayla were thrown together in the middle of his trying to locate his runaway daughter. The more leads they explored, the more they learned how deep Maddie’s problems ran. With Peter’s connections and Shayla’s brilliant writer’s mind, they slowly began to piece together the complicated, dangerous situation that Maddie found herself in.

Some Kind of Hero is typical Suzanne Brockmann in that nothing about it is typical. Peter was the type of alpha hero that many authors don’t write about. He’s strong and powerful and protective, but he’s not a jerk. He’s smart and polite and thoughtful, and he appreciates Shayla’s mind as much as her sexy body. Shayla was so normal she was easy to relate to. She was fearful of giving her heart to Peter, but willing to indulge in some sexy time with him. The timing of their romance was extremely quick, but believable. Even though his life was turned upside down and Peter and Shay spent most of the book searching for Maddie, I thought their romance was thrown into the mix perfectly.

I give Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann 5 stars!

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