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Breaking the Rules: A Novel (Troubleshooters) Hardcover – March 22, 2011
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Starred Review. In the powerful 16th Troubleshooter title, Brockman (Infamous) masterfully weaves the stories of the four Gillman siblings into a single narrative that reaffirms the importance of family. Ben, the youngest, asks Danny and Eden to come to Las Vegas and rescue him from their stepfather. Ben befriends Neesha, a teen running away from years of imprisonment in a brothel, as Eden struggles to prove she's not as messed up as Danny thinks she is. Eden is also dodging her estranged husband, Izzy, who served in the Navy with Danny; he and Danny's fabulous girlfriend, Jennilyn, are rare voices of sanity as the Gillmans try to forget the past and learn to get along while saving Ben and Neesha from their pursuers. The slowly rekindled attraction between Izzy and Eden is steamy, and Jennilyn is a rock for Danny, giving romance fans two delightful relationships for the price of one. (Apr.)
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Praise for Breaking the Rules
"In the powerful 16th Troubleshooter title, Brockman masterfully weaves the stories of the four Gillman siblings into a single narrative that reaffirms the importance of family." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review
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I think whether you like this latest (and last?) book in the Troubleshooters series will depend on how you feel about the Gillman siblings, Danny and Eden. For whatever reason, Danny never really bothered me. Obviously, he was a cocky jerk but it always seemed like he was written that way to be a foil for Izzy. And I felt like he would eventually meet a woman who would basically give him his comeuppance. I mean, Mr. Darcy was a cocky jerk too, right? I loved how the last book in the series ended with Jenn sending poor Danny off to Afghanistan with nothing but a kiss and a "call me when you get back if you feel like it". After he had played her the entire book, she played him right back and I was so happy for her. In Breaking the Rules, their relationship advances well, and Danny shows the most emotional development of anyone in the book. Jenn and Danny won't be the most memorable couple from the Troubleshooters series, but they were well written and articulated. And I liked that Jenn wasn't gorgeous like many, many, many of the other heroines we've seen. At this point, I'm pretty sure Troubleshooters is just a cover for some kind of Project Runway reality series since all the women are perfect. Although, I felt sorry for Jenn that her weight kept being brought up by the author - it was bordering on bullying, lol. Look, she's six feet tall and a size 14. Is that fat? Danny described her as "statuesque". As we all know, he's more critical than anyone and if he says statuesque, I believe him.
Now, Eden...she's probably a pretty good rendering of an 18 year old. Which is to say, dramatic, teary-eyed, obnoxious...the problem is, I just lost a lot of respect for Izzy's character when he hooked up with her. My husband employs a few 18-19 year olds and they are adorbs! But the idea of a 30 year old finding an 18 year old (and lets not forget she was under 18 when they initially got together) sexually attractive and then ACTING on it? Creepy. Maybe, MAYBE, I could have overlooked it if she were poised and confident, a little worldly. But the only way in which she was worldly was that she was sexually experienced, which is not really experience at all considering the way she was victimized. The bottom line is this...Zanella couldn't possibly have anything in common with her and I don't believe he was in love with her. Which means he's in lust with a kid who's had a hard life and his age and experience means he took advantage of that. I mean, you can tell yourself you read Playboy for the articles all day long, but we all know why you got the subscription in the first place, lol. Eden was definitely a survivor, but her emotional maturity was low...really low. So if he actually was in love with her? That also doesn't speak well of him. The age difference between Max and Gina felt different to me as Gina was college educated (ie, she had options in life), well-traveled, accomplished, with a great family supporting her. And there is a massive difference in maturity between 18 and 23. There just is. So this part of the book didn't work for me.
The good points are these: like all Brockmann books, there was a good, quick flow to events. Everything clips along at a good pace. I appreciated the change of pace in that the events were more domestic and family oriented, rather than a serial killer/terrorist situation. It gave more insight into the day to day life. For example, money was mentioned often, like...Gillman realizing it was going to be tough to afford an apartment in San Diego, plus visits to New York to see Jenn, etc. It lent a certain realism to the book. I'll miss all of the characters I've met along the way...I'm just a bit sad the series didn't end on a high note.
First of all I love Suzanne Brockmann and I have all of her books from this series, but after waiting so long for this next installment of the series to come out and reading it, I was very disappointed. It lacked the passion that a romance should have, the characters didn't have has much growth as I was expecting them to have considering this is the last book for a while. I know a lot of people were/are against Izzy and Eden, but I really liked the idea of them when reading past books. However, in Breaking the Rules they just got to be so tiresome. Izzy really loved Eden that I believed, but he spent a lot of their time together saying that she should stop lying and just be honest with him when in fact he should have done the same and forgo all of the internal debate that he had with himself and just flat out said how he felt. Eden left because she couldn't deal, fine, but then she jumps in his lap the first chance she gets as what? A thank you? They skimmed over their issues that drove them apart to begin with and instead just said they loved each other and then everything was fine in the end, which was not believable. And Eden, I was very sad to find out that she did not have much character growth that you would expect after all that she has been through. She was still lying and manipulative. I would have liked to have seen her more grown up and have learned from the past instead of still using sex to get what she wanted instead of talking things out. I liked that we learned more about her past but then it became too much I thought with everyone wanting to sexually assault her. There was her friends boyfriend when she was 14 her sisters husband, Greg trying to touch her, Richie and the camera guy, the men that work at Burger King always touching her rear when she tried to work there, enough already. And speaking of her sisters husband, that seemed to come out of nowhere, I think if the author was going to have her be violated by another person than she should have just stuck with Greg, her sister's husband was barely mentioned in past books and in this one it was like he was used as a throw in predator to show that she is even more of a victim than she was before. The plot of the story was pretty much them constantly looking for Ben. I wish she did more with the human trafficking story line and less with people wanting to turn Ben straight. Eden and Dan's relationship was mended too fast. He was too mean to her for too long to believe the truth so fast when he didn't want to listen before. But I do like his character he grew the most out of everyone I thought and I really did believe that he loved Jenni. I wish the author dedicated a few pages to give us a glimpse of what things are like for them into the future especially since she isn't writing the next book in the series for a long time.
Over all I give the book 3.5 stars. It could've been really great but it just wasn't.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story of love and perseverance. Strong characters, would make a great movie!