Fantastic hero, great story!
Reading Level: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November, 1999
Publisher: Silhouette; First Edition
Pages: 256 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Out of Ms. Brockmann’s many fabulous heroes, all of whom I adore, I *totally* fell in love with Admiral Jake Robinson! What a man! He is utterly idealistic and principled, but there is never a second of “sappiness” in the author’s presentation of his heroism. She provides totally believable motivation for exactly why he seems so noble to others. In short: no matter how many people he has saved in Vietnam and throughout the rest of his illustrious career, he has always regretted the ones he wasn’t able to save.
At 52, Jake has been widowed for several years after a happy, 30-year marriage to an artist. The heroine, Zoe Lange, is different in every way from Jake’s deceased wife, but she is truly his soul mate. Like him, she works in covert operations and feels a huge adrenaline rush from the danger. Because their work is so similar, Zoe understands Jake’s career as his dead wife never could.
Many times internal conflicts such as Jake’s guilt about the age difference between him and Zoe can get tedious in romance because the hero’s “angsting” gets excessive. Happily, Ms. Brockmann never crosses that line. The very traits of honor and commitment and deep, abiding love that make the heroine fall in love with Jake are the things that believably keep them apart until the tumultuous climax.
Zoe is a fabulous heroine. Brilliant, competent, and independent, she never wanted to marry because she put her career above everything else in life. She loves her work as a scientist specializing in biological warfare. Like Jake, she knows her work is very important because it saves so many lives. So up until Jake, she only got involved with men as potential lovers that she was sure she would fall in love with only a little bit.
However, almost immediately with Jake she realizes this is not going to be the case. She loses her previous control, because it is impossible to keep any distance from this incredible man.
As for the love scenes–whew! TOTALLY HOT! Because Ms. Brockmann writes in close-third point of view, we get to be intensely immersed in the passionate feelings of each character in these scenes as well as all others. The author never distracts us by the dizzying head-hopping many other romance authors succumb to. We are always close-in and utterly personally involved by her seamless writing style.
All in all this is a truly magnificent book worthy of the many awards it will undoubtedly win, as so many other of Ms. Brockmann’s books have. The only “complaint” I have is that the book had to end!
It’s not essential to read the 11 books in Brockmann’s Tall, Dark and Dangerous series in order, but it greatly adds to one’s enjoyment to do so. Each book sets up the book to follow it, introducing more intimately the SEAL who will be the hero of the next book. This is the order in which this series was first released:
- Prince Joe, originally published June 1996
- Forever Blue, originally published October 1996
- Frisco’s Kid, originally published January 1997
- Everyday, Average Jones, originally published August 1998
- Harvard’s Education, originally published October 1998
- It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, originally published December 1998
- The Admiral’s Bride, originally published November 1999
- Identity: Unknown, originally published January 2000
- Get Lucky , originally published March 2000
- Taylor’s Temptation, originally published July 2001
- Night Watch, originally published September 2003
I rate this book as follows:
Romance Plot: 5
Action-Adventure Plot: 5