What is the best Troubleshooters book? Our ranking is here!
In July, Suzanne Brockmann returns to the world of the Troubleshooters with Some Kind of Hero, (Amazon | Kobo | B&N) the 19th book in this series, which remains one of my all-time favorite romantic suspense series. I credit Brockmann for my love of military heroes and for getting me into the romantic suspense genre. I have been a huge fan since I first read Tom and Kelly’s book The Unsung Hero (which also happens to be the first book in the series). So my love of the series undoubtedly qualifies me to officially rank the books in the series.
I left out the e-short stories as they were too difficult to fit in! Keep in mind that Brockmann has so many threads, secondary plots and flashbacks in her books. I decided to stick to ranking these based upon the primary romances because there is just so much going on in these books (with one minor exception).
18. Do or Die (Ian & Phoebe)
I don’t really consider this one part of the Troubleshooters world, so it automatically goes to the last place on my list. Ian is a SEAL, so he is in the military, but the book is set apart from the world created in the rest of the series. This is a solid romantic suspense but don’t expect it to really fit in with the series. It pretty much stands alone.
17. Dark of Night (Decker and Tracy; Sophia & Dave)
I admit to being one of the readers who hoped/expected Decker and Sophia to get a HEA after their intimate scene together in Into the Storm, which meant that Dark of Night was going to be a tough sell for me. Brockmann surprised me quite a bit with Decker’s sexual preferences and ended up convincing me that Decker and Sophie would not have worked together. However, I never warmed up to Tracy. She had been the office airhead for far too long. I was also a bit lukewarm about Dave and Sophia’s romance - which is why this one is close to the bottom of my rankings.
16. Headed for Trouble anthology (various characters revisited)
Brockmann revisited several characters from the series, Sam and Alyssa, Jenk, Izzy, Gilman, Lopez, Kenny etc in this collection and I enjoyed all of the stories. However, my preference is for the longer stories featuring one (or more) romantic pairings. I had to go back and look through this one to remind myself about these stories as they didn’t stick with me like many of the others.
15. Into the Fire (Vinh & Hannah)
This story is one of the darker ones of the series (which isn’t the reason it is towards the back of the list). I never connected with Vinh like I connected with other members of the Troubleshooters world. Also, Sophia, Dave, Tracy and Decker get lots of page time in this book and well, I’ve told you already about my feelings about these four already.
14. The Defiant Hero (Nils and Meg)
One of my favorite parts of The Defiant Hero is that Meg, the heroine, starts out as the terrorist. She is being forced to hold an ambassador at gunpoint to save her family and this added a great twist to this story. I also liked the fact that Meg and Nils were lovers in the past. I will admit that this is one that I rarely re-read though, and hence why it isn’t higher in my rankings.
13. Into the Night (Mike and Joan)
In this one, White House staffer Joan gets involved with SEAL Mike Muldoon in a race to save the president. All in all this is a solid romance with a great suspense plot, but I was way more interested in the hints of Sam and Alyssa, one of the couples that Brockmann made us wait SO LONG FOR.
12. Out of Control (Wildcard & Savannah)
Wildcard will always be one of my favorite heroes in the Troubleshooters world, and I love Wildcard and Savannah together. This one also has one of my favorite of Brockmann’s secondary flashback stories with Savannah’s grandmother Rosa during World War II.
11. Hot Target (Cosmo & Jane)
This one felt a bit different because the story takes place in Hollywood, and there is controversy over a movie project. Cosmo is sent to protect movie producer Jane. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Cosmo and Jane’s romance, but what really made this romance for me was the introduction of Robin Chadwick who will become the love of Jules Cassidy’s life. All the happy sighs.
10. Force of Nature (Ric & Annie)
This is another one of the Troubleshooters books that feels as if it takes place a bit outside of the world. So many of the primary romances are told over several books, but Ric and Annie were new to the series. But I adored their romance. And there is lots of Robin and Jules in this book. Have I mentioned how much I love Robin and Jules?
9. Hot Pursuit (Sam & Alyssa)
I adore everything Sam and Alyssa; they definitely rank up there with Tom and Kelly for my favorite couple. This book is a revisit with Sam and Alyssa as they battle a serial killer from Alyssa’s path. And after waiting YEARS to finally get Sam and Alyssa’s HEA, I loved that Brockmann continued to share glimpses into their lives together.
8. Into the Storm (Jenk & Lindsey)
Despite the fact that this one takes place in a blizzard, it is one of my favorites, mostly because of Jenk. I adore Jenk and think that Lindsey is a kick-ass heroine. I can also say that this is the book that cemented my hatred of Tracy. Anyway, this is one of the most memorable of the Troubleshooters books for me.
7. Flashpoint (Nash & Tess)
I was enamored with Nash from the first moment Brockmann introduced him. He was such a mysterious character with his shadowy government connections. He is well matched with Tess who is another Troubleshooters operative, and they face a difficult situation in bloody, war-torn country that has been devastated by an earthquake.
6. Over the Edge (Stan & Teresa)
This is one of the most memorable of all of the Troubleshooters books because of the highjacking of a plane with the daughter of an American senator on board. There is one scene in this book that I will never forget (and which sets the stage for a later book in the series, Breaking Point). There is so much tension in this book with the hijacking and with Stan and Teresa’s developing relationship during the mission. This is one of my favorite books in the series to re-read, even if I skip the scene I mentioned above.
5. Breaking the Rules (Izzy & Eden)
Izzy is one of my favorite of the Navy SEALs that make up the Troubleshooters world. Izzy has loved Eden for years and has been there for her even through her romances with others. He is one of the most steadfast and dedicated of the characters in this series, and I was so happy that finally got his HEA.
4. All Through the Night (Jules & Robin)
What to say about Jules and Robin? Jules was one of the staple characters of the Troubleshooters for years before he finally found Robin and true love. We lived through his life working with the FBI (as Alyssa’s partner) and his difficult love life. This was one of my most highly anticipated books in the series. Jules and Robin’s love story happened over many books, but here they were finally able to get married and find happiness. Also, this story was set at Christmas which I loved.
3. Breaking Point (Max and Gina)
Max and Gina first met in Over the Edge when Gina was one of the victims on the hijacked plane. She was also raped by the hijackers while many of the Troubleshooters were forced to listen. Gina developed feelings for Max who was her lifeline while she was on the plane, but he was determined to keep her at arm’s length. I waited and waited for these two to finally get together, and their story was everything I wanted it to be, making it one of my all-time favorites of the series.
2. Gone Too Far (Sam & Alyssa)
It felt like it took forever for Brockmann to get Sam, a Navy SEAL and Troubleshooter, and Alyssa, an FBI agent, together (even though it was only six books in). Sam and Alyssa battled for years, sometimes sexually, before they were finally able to get together (in the meantime, Sam got another woman pregnant and married her). The wait for this one was so very painful, but the payoff was worth it. Sam and Alyssa (along with Tom and Kelly) are my favorite couple of the series. Gone Too Far is one of my most re-read books of the series.
1. The Unsung Hero (Tom & Kelly)
What can I say? Sometimes the first book of the series is the hardest to top. I fell in love with Tom, and Kelly and Tom’s entire SEAL team in The Unsung Hero. Also there is an awesome closet sex scene in this one that I will never forget. I miss that we don’t see much of Tom and Kelly in the later books in the series because these two could use more page time. Along with Sam and Alyssa, the two top my list of favorite couples. The suspense plot is also super intense and it sets the stage for Tom’s move from the SEALs to starting Troubleshooters, Inc. What is not to love?
What do you think about my rankings? What changes would you make? What are your favorites?
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