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Hot Target (Troubleshooters, Book 8) Hardcover – December 28, 2004

3.9 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews
Book 8 of 16 in the Troubleshooters Series

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Known for her adrenaline-laced Navy SEAL romances, Brockmann displays a new, more political side in this brisk but bumpy romantic thriller, which advocates gay rights. Though the book follows the exploits of sexy, silent Cosmo Richter, the man of mystery from Brockmann's earlier romances (Gone Too Far, etc.), Cosmo must share the limelight with Jules Cassidy, a gay FBI agent and also a recurring character in Brockmann's books. Both Cosmo and Jules are charged with safeguarding hot Hollywood producer Jane Chadwick, who has come under fire (literally) for making a movie dealing with two gay war heroes. A few contrived plot twists find Cosmo and Jane initially butting heads, then coming together as friends and finally burning up the sheets as lovers. More compelling is Jules's struggle to stay away from his egocentric ex, an actor who conveniently lands a starring role in Jane's film, and from Jane's brother Robin, who's so deep in the closet that he has turned to drink. At times, Brockmann goes too far in pushing her agenda—even Cosmo is a card-carrying member of PFLAG who, thanks to his gay father, "can name every Barbara Streisand album ever made"—and readers won't need second sight to foresee the story's twists. Still, Brockmann's uncanny ability to give each character an authentic voice and dialogue to match will pull readers through this shaky installment.
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Jane Mercedes Chadwick has worked hard to cultivate her image, and having a bodyguard around would prove that her reputation as Hollywood's "Party Girl Producer" is more fiction than fact. But after she begins receiving death threats from a group of neo-Nazis who object to her latest project, Jane's studio ignores her protests and hires Troubleshooters, Inc. Babysitting a hot movie producer should have been an easy assignment. Then U.S. Navy SEAL Cosmo Richter meets Jane, and not only does he have to convince the sharp-tongued and sharp-witted Jane that she really is in danger but Cosmo has to convince himself that becoming romantically involved with a client really isn't a good idea. Several characters from previous books in Brockmann's Troubleshooters, Inc., series have roles to play in her latest riveting tale of danger and desire, including FBI agent Jules Cassidy, whose old romance with actor Adam Wyndham and whose present, somewhat confusing relationship with Jane's younger brother provide even more romantic complications for the plot. Brockmann's latest is funny, sexy, suspenseful, and superb. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345467930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345467935
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. McCreadie on December 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There has yet to be a Brockmann book that I haven't loved. And this one is no exception - it contains her usual realistic dialogue, fully formed three-dimensional characters, and the perfect balance of a-plot and romance without tipping into the "too technical" abyss that could happen in such stories.

I did love the relationship between Jane and Cosmo. But...I have to say that I was slightly disappointed when Cosmo turned out to be not quite the "dangerous man with a mysterious past" character he had appeared to be in previous stories, but actually a very open-minded, generous-hearted and very understanding man. Don't get me wrong - I think these traits are absolutely necessary in a good hero. I just almost felt that Cosmo was too good to be true. There was no digging beneath the layers of toughness and mystery to find the tender jewel beneath his exterior - he pretty much laid it all on the table up front. And in the end, all of the dark mystery surrounding him was actually based on a bunch of gossip that had just gotten blown out of proportion. The truth of the story was very moving, and it made me fall in love with Cosmo. But I felt the "menace" of his character in past stories was missing in this one.

As for the heroine, Jane, at first I really didn't like her. What she did - using her bodyguards so expoitively to promote her own agenda - was really low. But she did redeem herself once she fully understood how what she had done affected those around her. And I was very touched by her reaction to the tragic events that occurred to others trying to protect her. It seemed to be a very realistic response.

I also loved that Brockmann has brought Jules Cassidy to the forefront as a leading character.
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Format: Hardcover
The first Suzanne Brockmann book I read was "Out of Control", and after that I bought or borrowed nearly every book she's ever written. Reluctantly, then, I give Hot Target three and a half stars, but not for the reasons many other reviews have given.

This is a story of a Hollywood director who is threatened by a fringe hate group because of the content of the movie she's filming. But the bad guys are never really fully described, and the threat never feels personal. (This is in stark contrast to another of her best books, "Over the Edge", where, with Gina's story, you feel the very real threat throughout the whole book.)

There is tension in this book, but it's mainly "please don't do anything dumb" tension as the main characters seem to make stupid decision after stupid decision, whether in their actions or their love decisions.

All of this being said, Suzanne Brockmann still writes a gripping story that I had a hard time putting down. I just hope she focuses more on action, on SEALs, and on her plot development in her next book.
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After receiving death threats for her screenplay depicting a decorated gay war hero and his lover, Jane is forced by the studio to have around-the-clock protection from Troubleshooters, Inc., a firm comprised of security experts, Navy SEALS, FBI agents, and the like. At first she's against it, but a burgeoning attraction to by-the-book Cosmo Richter soon has her singing a different tune - especially when someone takes a shot at her. Sharing the spotlight is Jules Cassidy, a charismatic FBI agent (usually banished to the background), who hasn't been in a relationship since his lover, aspiring actor Adam stepped out on him one time too many. Further complicating Jules' life is a growing attraction to Jane's brother, alcoholic heartthrob actor Robin Chadwick. Robin is so deep in the closet that he doesn't understand his feelings toward the captivating Jules, which just sends him further into the bottle.

Make no doubt about it; the book starts out as romance between Jane and Cosmo. But soon the more compelling triangle of Jules-Adam-Robin heats up the story, giving it heart and soul, particularly when Adam is cast as Robin's lover in the movie, much to Jules' chagrin. Brockmann portrays the triangle with such sensitivity and compassion, that the reader is swept away with her character development and their own imagination to the point that you really care about the characters, flaws and all, regardless of their sexual orientation. When it comes to fast-paced SEAL action, no romantic suspense writer surpasses Brockmann.
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I won't bore you with a synopsis since if you're reading this, you've already at least read the overview. I'm a huge fan of Brockmann's books and the Troubleshooters series is my favorite. If you haven't read this series yet, start with Unsung Hero and you'll be hooked.

I loved Hot Target because Brockmann furthers Jules Cassidy's story. Although he's not the main hero, you cheer and cry and hope for the sweet and very capable and professional FBI agent. Oh, and he's openly gay. To watch Jules struggle with a persistant ex who cruelly broke his heart all while he's trying to help keep Jane safe from awful terrorists is just awesome! I love a man who can kick ass and still mourn for a love lost! Brockmann's books have everything you're looking for: humor, adventure, mystery, suspense and romance! The only criticism I have of this book is I would have liked a few more love scenes between Cosmo and Jane. Oh! And I loved Cosmo's back story!
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