Breaking Point - Troubleshooters, Bk 9 Author:Suzanne Brockmann As commander of the nation's most elite FBI counterterrorism unit, agent Max Bhagat leads by hard-driving example: pushing himself to the limit and beyond, taking no excuses, and putting absolutely nothing ahead of his work. That includes his deep feelings for Gina Vitagliano, the woman who won his admiration and his heart with h... more »er courage under fire. But when the shocking news reaches him that Gina has been killed in a terrorist bombing, nothing can keep Max from making a full investigation -- and retribution -- his top priority.
At the scene of the attack, however, Max gets an even bigger shock. Gina is still very much alive -- but facing a fate even worse than death. Along with Molly Anderson, a fellow overseas relief worker, Gina has fallen into the hands of a killer who is bent on using both women to bait a deadly trap. His quarry? Grady Morant, a.k.a. "Jones," a notorious ex-Special Forces operative turned smuggler who made some very deadly enemies in the jungles of Southeast Asia... and has been running ever since. But with Molly's life on the line, Jones is willing to forfeit his own to save the woman he loves.
Together with Max's top agent, Jules Cassidy, as their only backup, the unlikely allies plunge into a global hot zone of violence and corruption to make a deal with the devil. Not even Jones knows which ghosts from his past want him dead. But there's one thing he's sure of -- there's very little that his blood-thirsty enemies aren't willing to do.« less
Let me start by saying I've really enjoyed the other books in this series, but this one was pretty bad! Where do I start? With the fact that Gina is a very immature 22 year old chasing 40-something Max? That instead of the probably intended sexy romantic devotion she comes across as scary nympho stalker chick? That she actually gets in confrontations with Max's nursing staff, when she has no apparent education or experience of her own?
The beginning of the book takes place while Max is in rehab for injuries. He repeatedly asks Gina to leave, but Stalker Gina is sure he reallyreally loves her. That he's reallyreally just protecting her. After he asks her to go, she strips, hops into his bed and they have sex, while he tries repeatedly to tell her to leave. If you reversed the roles, say a young woman in rehab asking her male friend to leave, and he did this - he'd be up on rape charges. Stalker Gina never quite gets that she's always initiating, that Max has actually proposed to another woman, that he doesn't want a relationship with her and has told her this. Nope Stalker Gina knows that Max is her guy. Whether he wants to be or not.
I don't know whether Brockman intended to write Gina as the mentally and emotionally unbalanced stalker that she is in the early part of the book, but seriously - didn't anyone edit this? I just didn't see them as a viable couple for anything other than sexual attraction.
This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. Firstly, I do not like Brockman's style of writing at all - always tongue-in-cheek and facetious. I couldn't decide if she was trying to be funny, but she's definitely not funny. Second, the "romance" part is ridiculous - for example, they are in a life or death situation and the man does not take the "opportunity" to kiss the woman. Really??? Is this the time to be romantic? And third, the book is so predictable. It is obvious from the get-go what is and isn't going to happen.
This is the first book of Brockman's that I've tried reading and will definitely be my last.
Rachelle P. reviewed Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, Bk 9) on
I’d been looking forward to Max and Gina’s story for a really long time and while I enjoyed the book for same reasons I enjoy most of Brockmann’s books, I didn’t love how this reunion played out. I’m posting spoilers so I won’t go into a lot of detail. Suffice it to say, Max and Gina’s attitudes, reactions and reactions to each other were mostly annoying to me. They’ve been in love with each for YEARS and this is the their reaction to each other after not seeing or speaking to each other in over a year?
Currently 5/5 Stars.
roboldt reviewed Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, Bk 9) on
Phenomenal book! Suzanne Brockman's Troubleshooters series will NOT disappoint!