cover image Some Kind of Hero: A Troubleshooters Novel

Some Kind of Hero: A Troubleshooters Novel

Suzanne Brockmann. Ballantine, $27 (352p) ISBN 978-0-345-54382-0

Brockmann’s reliably sexy Troubleshooters contemporary romantic thriller series continues with this fun, vivid 17th installment (after Do or Die). Lt. Peter Greene is living in San Diego with his teenage daughter, Maddie, having recently gained custody of her after her mother’s death. Maddie is sullen and resents having to live with a father whom she barely knows. She doesn’t realize how much he cares about her, and eventually she runs away. Peter turns to his neighbor, writer Shayla Whitman, a single mom to two teen boys. As she helps Peter look for his daughter, sparks fly, and Peter realizes that he is interested in Shayla as more than just a friend. After they hook up, he’s bemused by her suggestion that their relationship is only about sex. The passion and suspense continue unabated as Peter and Shayla travel across California searching for Maddie. While Shayla reaches out to the girl over e-mail, Peter enlists the help of his SEAL teammates. As always, Brockmann excels at depicting both lusty lovemaking and the genuine camaraderie of friendship. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (July)