Tuesday, February 18, 2014

For a good time, call Suzanne

For romance novel aficionados, Suzanne Brockmann was first known for her series of Silhouette Romances starring sensitive, good-looking Navy SEALs. (My favorite was Forever Blue, Silhouette Intimate Moments #742).

Then she broke out of the Silhouette mode with the Troubleshooters series: more handsome Navy SEALs, this time in suspenseful full-length adventures. They fight terrorism, stop bad guys, and find true love.

It’s been a few years since I read Brockmann, but I know that her books reliably provide action-packed escapist adventure -- exactly what I was in the mood for this rainy February. So when I spotted the smoldering cover of her 2012 book Born to Darkness, I knew just what to do. I read it.

Born to Darkness is set in a recession-ravaged near future, in which people are getting addicted to a street drug called Destiny. Destiny gives users psychic powers, but it also drives them mad and kills them. And, it turns out that to produce Destiny you need to torture prepubescent girls and drain off their fear hormones. So, you know, that’s not good.

Leading the war on Destiny is the secretive Obermeyer Institute, where people with latent psychic abilities are rigorously trained and studied. The “Greater Thans” of the OI want to take down the villains. They also want to fall in love with each other and fall into bed together, not necessarily in that order.

It’s a hot romance novel crossed with The Uncanny X-Men, and that’s not for everyone. You may prefer to read something a little more serious than the adventures of sexy disgraced SEAL Shane Laughlin, vulnerable-yet-sexy OI operative Michelle Mackenzie, sexy scientist Dr. Elliot Zerkowski and his love interest, sexy-but-repressed Stephen Diaz, and their sexy, sexy boss, Dr. Joseph Bach.

But sometimes serious is not the answer. Are you feeling stressed or unappreciated? Is this weather getting you down? Are you looking for a good time? Call Suzanne Brockmann.

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