Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Book Review – Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann

Computer specialist, Tess Bailey, has trained hard to become a field agent. But after her agency denies her field agent status, she quits, and takes up an offer from Tom Paoletti to work as a field agent at Troubleshooters, Inc. On her first mission, Tess is assigned to work with Jimmy Nash. Tess knows Jimmy from the Agency, and even had a one-night stand with him, after which he never called, left the Agency, and moved to Mexico. They must get over their rocky past because their mission requires them to go undercover as husband and wife in Kazbekistan. They must recover a top-secret laptop that has details on Al-Qaeda’s future attacks.

Flashpoint has good secondary characters as well as main characters, which makes the story very interesting. Since the book is in the Troubleshooters, Inc. series, the focus is more on the plot than on steamy love scenes between the “hero” and “heroine.” We do, however, get to see a lot of character development with Jimmy, who is a flawed hero. Brockmann is a master at knowing just how much detail of the suspense plot to mix with the romance plot to make a good romance-suspense novel.

Overall rating: 2 out of 3 stars – a good read

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