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Apr 18 2017 9:30am

A Definitive Ranking of Every Suzanne Brockmann Troubleshooters Books (So Far)

What is the best Troubleshooters book? Our ranking is here!

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

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) 

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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) 

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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.

Headed for Trouble anthology Suzanne Brockmann

16. Headed for Trouble anthology (various characters revisited)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Into the Night by Suzanne Brockmann

13. Into the Night (Mike and Joan)

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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)

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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)

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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.

 Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann

10. Force of Nature (Ric & Annie)

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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)

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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)

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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.

 Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann

7. Flashpoint (Nash & Tess)

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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)

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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)

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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.

All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann

4. All Through the Night (Jules & Robin)

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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)

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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)

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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.

The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

1. The Unsung Hero (Tom & Kelly)

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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?


H&H Editor Picks:

The Best Kind of Trouble: The Top Books in Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters Series

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32 Love Stories We Couldn’t Shut Up About

 


Jennifer Porter, a mild-mannered librarian by day, runs the review site Romance Novel News and is a compulsive romance reader. She has a tendency to live tweet her craziest reads as @JenniferRNN

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21 comments
Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
Over the Edge at #6? How dare you! (Just kidding.) No, but seriously, that's my #1, because it features all three of my favorite couples: Stan/Teri, Sam/Alyssa, and Max/Gina. Of course, part of this could be because that was my very first SEAL Team 16 book, which I came across at a K-Mart one day. Thus began my obsession with this series until Sam/Alyssa and Max/Gina got their HEAs.

I'd say my top 5 would be:
5. Defiant Hero
4. Unsung Hero
3. Gone Too Far
2. Breaking Point
1. Over the Edge

Thanks for getting this party started! Love talking about this series and can't wait to hear everyone's faves.
NormaKelly
2. NormaKelly
I don't remember loving the first book. I started in the middle and then went back to the beginning. But I agree with the rest of your rankings. I love me some Max and Gina, Jules and Robin and of course, Sam and Alyssa. This list makes me want to do it all again...
Jen Wattley
3. JenWattley
I can't believe Into the Night is so low on the list. ;) I think maybe because I was so consumed by my love of The West Wing when I picked up this book that any WH staff adjacent made me super giddy. So, I remember loving this one very, very much, and being anxious for Sam and Alyssa's story, too. So anxious, but I was kind of...bummed by Sam and Alyssa's story. I guess I just wanted so much more. All the things. I wanted all the things.
Heather Waters
4. HeatherWaters
@NormaKelly -- I know, makes me feel like rereading too!

@JenWattley -- Um, INTO THE NIGHT was a very rough time for Sam/Alyssa shippers, so I'm totally fine with it being lower on the list. As the child of divorced parents, I knew staying together for the kid could actually be worse for the kid than trying to stay together but fighting all the time or just not loving each other like you should, so I was pretty disappointed in Sam for his handling of things. Yeah...I was Team Alyssa! Even though I know she understood why Sam was doing what he was doing, that book was very hard to read for their storyline. Oh, and then there was Alyssa/Max! Um, GUYS. Max was in such denial at that point, he really was. Gah. Honestly, I was so consumed with all that that Mike/Joan didn't register as much.
JenniferPorter
5. JenniferPorter
Yes, @HeatherWater that it definitely one reason why Into the Night is closer to the bottom of my rankings, but also because I remember the Sam/Alyssa parts way more than the Mike/Joan parts. This was also partly due to the fact that other books just stood out for me more.

I really think that a big part of why The Unsung Hero is my favorite is because I read it first and it is the book that hooked me into the world.

Also, ranking 18 books is not an easy task at all. All I knew when I started was that Dark of Night was the one that I had the most trouble with.
Heather Waters
6. HeatherWaters
@JenniferPorter -- Yeah, Dark of Night was not at all what I expected.

I can only imagine how hard it was to rank all 18--thank you for doing it! Great conversation starter. :)
Nicole Leapheart
7. BoxyFrown
omg my love for this series is so real.
Also:
sam+alyssa=4ever

I can't really disagree a lot with this listing, although I might bump 1 to 6 and shift the rest down :)

Over the Edge was handcuffs and hanky panky, right? Man, now I have to re-read them all.
NormaKelly
8. Candy@MS
OMGosh! I have to pic a fav?? I love them all. The characters are like family from reading them so often. Prince Joe will always hold a special spot. It was the first SB book I read. I had had a stroke and it was the first book I was able to read on my own. Love my Joes'. (Unsung Hero is another special keeper.)
Carmen Pinzon
9. bungluna
I've been reading Brockman since she did the "Tall, Dark & Dangerous" category series. I loved "The Unsung Hero" because of Tom and Kelly, but also because of Tom's niece and her story, plus the flashback WW II story, plus the introduction to the team, plus how Tom treated Alyssa, plus plus...

Yeah, your number one is deffinitely mine also!
NormaKelly
10. Lyssa
Izzy fan here. so of course Breaking the rules is one of my tops..but I enjoyed most of the series...As I consider ranking them, I feel bad. Well Tom and Kelly cause, it's the first. But Stan and Teri. (I was not as huge an Allyssa/Sam fan, mainly because Sam reminds me of my brother who I just want to pour water over his head. Except, he has Tom's hairline now.) And Jules I love Jules...which also means I have to stick up for Max and Gina...So in my number 1 slot is this huge cluster...
NormaKelly
11. Avalonrises
I guess I'm going to be the outlier in the group. Dark of Night is my go to book. I loved Decker from the moment he was introduced back in Flashpoint. As for Tracy, she really grew up from the time she was introduced until she and Decker get together. Maybe getting kidnapped by a serial killer forces you to take a look at yourself and make some changes? My point is love her or hate her, she taught Decker to accept himself at a point when he was boarderline suicidal with self hate.
SuzBrockmann
12. SuzBrockmann
Hello, from Florida where I'm smack in the middle of moving house! But I had to drop in and say 1) Thank you and 2) What fun! AND 3) I'm so excited that another TS book, SOME KIND OF HERO is coming at you in July!

My own TS favs (and yes, I have them, too!) tend to lean towards OVER THE EDGE and OUT OF CONTROL (two books that are connected in my mind, because OTE came out a week before 9/11, and I'd finished writing OOC about a week before THAT. And I still view the world as "before and after," and before was much nicer.) But I also love THE UNSUNG HERO madly because it was the first in the series -- the first SEAL book in which I wasn't under category constraints when I wrote it, so I could really roll around in the gritty reality!

And then there's ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, the book that I wrote literally to support marriage equality in Massachusetts.

FORCE OF NATURE, where I stopped writing for two weeks because Robin refused to obey His Author. And I was the one who blinked, and wrote the end of the book exactly the way he wanted it. (All those SEALs, and it was a closeted gay actor who kicked my ass!)

INTO THE STORM is also a big fav of mine, because I wrote from Izzy's POV for the first time in that book...

DARK OF NIGHT because DAVE!!!! DAVE!!!!!!!!!

I always view the idea of "what's your fav TS book" as a bit of a personality quiz/poll. Are you a Stan or a Kenny? Do you love Jules so much that Robin isn't quite good enough for him? Mary Lou: death by volcano or (I will always remember the reader who emailed me to suggest that fiery "solution" to Sam & Alyssa's "problem!!") or mad props for having the strength not just to go for sobriety, but to stay with it in times of peril. :-)

Okay, gotta get back to packing, but thank you again!

Love,
Suz
Heather Waters
13. HeatherWaters
Hi, Suz! Thank you so much for commenting. What an honor! Love hearing your own personal faves and completely agree that our favorites say a lot about who we are as people. I also think the first book we read of a series is pretty hard to top, which is why Over the Edge will probably always be #1 in my heart.

Thanks again!

Best,
Heather
Mala Bhattacharjee
14. Mala Bhattacharjee
I broke up with the Troubleshooters after Deck ended up with Tracy. So I don't know anything about the books after that, and I think I missed a few in between. With that caveat in mind, here is everything on my bookshelf (I just went and looked):

1. Hot Target (by the virtue of the fact that Jules and Robin met in this one, but Cosmo and Jane are great, too)
2. Out of Control (You never forget your first! So this one holds a special place.)
3. The Defiant Hero
4. Breaking Point
5. Over the Edge
6. Flashpoint (Naaaaaaash)
7. Into the Night
8. Gone Too Far (by the time Alyssa and Sam finally got together, I was annoyed by how long it had taken — and how they spent most of the book apart!)
9. The Unsung Hero
10. Force of Nature (I only remember the Jules and Robin parts)
11. Into the Storm (Ugh, Tracy. And that's all I remember.)
12. Dark of Night (Ugh, Tracy and Deck and Sophia and Dave.)

I also own all of the SEAL Team 10 books. Heh.
NormaKelly
15. Julie Brook
All Through the Night - my absolute favorite - so satisfying on so many levels.
Heather Waters
16. HeatherWaters
@Mala -- Alyssa and Sam really did go through the wringer. I appreciate how it kept me absolutely glued to the books until they got together, but it was heartbreaking too.

@Julie Brook -- So well deserved!
angelaherman@juno.com
17. angelaherman@juno.com
I'd put Tom & Kelly, The Unsung Hero, at number 5, and move the rest up with Gone Too Far at #1. Otherwise, I think your list is spot on! Sam & Allysa will always be my favs, but Jules and Robin run a very close second. Jules, sigh! Who would have thought?

I almost forgot to thank Suzanne Brockmann for bringing these exciting, memorable characters and stories to us. What a gift! I just finished the series for the second time, and am waiting with bated breath for the next installment. Three Cheers To You!!!!
Mala Bhattacharjee
18. Mala Bhattacharjee
@Heather -- I loved them SO much in other people's books! When they finally got their HEA, I wanted to enjoy it more than I did.
Elizabeth Lo
19. Kwansum
Having re-read the Hot, Dark and Dangerous (Alpha Squad) novels for the squillionth time, I discovered the Troubleshooters at the beginning of this month and have been binge reading (housework? what housework?). I'm up to #15 - Hot Pursuit. The Sam/Alyssa and Jules/Robin story arcs have been wonderful and I'm really enjoying the series. So far, my favourite is All Through the Night because I really wanted Jules and Robin to have their HEA.
NormaKelly
20. Antoinette Macchia
I have to admit that Suzanne Brockmann is my absolute favorite author, so I have put an embarassing amount of time into this list.

Over The Edge has to be my #1 pick because although I read The Defiant Hero first I was not hooked on the series or the author until I read Over the Edge. As a matter of fact The Defiant Hero is the only book in the series that I have not reread muliple times.

It is hard for me to decide my favorite charcters let alone my favorite books because I love so many of the charcters but for different reasons so I will list them by number of rereads.

#2 Breaking Point (I love Max and Gina so much that I did not really enjoy books 4-8 until after I found out how their story got resolved. I love all the torment and Jones and Molly really add a lot. It would take way too long to explain all the ways I love this book.

#3 Force of Nature (I love Jules and Robin and I don't care what the Blurb says this book was all about them, I apprecaite All through the Night for its charm and sentiment but it was just happy ending gravy. I liked Rick and Anne but nobody read Force of Nature for them they were a subplot.

#4 Breaking Point - I kind of hated both Dan and Eden but I really like Izzy and I feel like Eden made a good recovery plus I love Ben, the story was both moving and engaging and there were plenty of funny moments.

#5 Flashpoint - I have to admit that lying is a big No for me but Nash really grew on me and I love Dave. Decker was cool too and Tess was great too. This book would have been higher up on my list if the ending didn't leave me feeling like it was unresolved. And if there was more Dave, have I mentioned my love of Dave?

#6 Out of Control - I love Kenny! He is one of my favorite characters I really relate to him. He was the first real Geek I ever read and the only one I read for many years. Jones and Molly are pretty awesome too.

#7 All Through the Night - This is probably the most sentimental book in my collection. Whenever I am feeling in the mood for something sweet and emotionally squishy this is the one I reach for. Plus Jules always has the funniest lines. And I like Will he is too cute in a bumbling can't keep himself out of trouble sort of way.

#8 Dark of Night - I have to admit I feel like this one did not live up to its potential. I love Dave he is awesome and undervalued. And I like Decker, I have a thing for short guys (Night watch and Wes Skully is one of my personal favorites) plus Deck's kink is really appealing to me but I felt like the story bounced around too much I didn't get as much emotional engagment as I wanted.

#9 Gone too Far - I know everyone loves Sam and Alyssa but I have to admit when it came out I was just dissapointed that it wasn't Max and Gina's book. Plus I didn't really start likeing Sam and Alyssa until after they were married. I spent most of my time wanting to clout one or both of them. I have to admit that they grew on me in the end.

#10 The e-short stories, especially When Tony Met Adam. I love that one! I also love the follow ups with Tony, Adam, Ben and Izzy. I love the whole Ben vs th Bully (Wade) story line.
Heather Waters
21. HeatherWaters
@Antoinette Macchia -- Woo-hoo! Thanks for sharing your top 10. I whole-heartedly agree with you about Over the Edge. And Max and Gina, oh how I love them. Still hard to believe SB's original outline had Gina dying...she and Max became the heart of that book, and that's saying something because the book features several AMAZING couples.
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