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Jul 11 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Suzanne Brockmann’s Some Kind of Hero (July 11, 2017)

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Suzanne Brockmann
Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #19)
Ballantine Books / July 11, 2017 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital 

In a letter that came with the ARC of Some Kind of Hero, Suzanne Brockmann called the book “(her) love letter to the (romance) genre.” Brockmann isn’t wrong; Some Kind of Hero is, in fact, a love letter to the Romance genre.  But it’s also a writer’s journey.  The book’s heroine, Shayla Whitman, is a romance writer suffering from writer’s block. Her journey as a writer through her writer’s block is one of the many threads in this book.

At the beginning of the book, shortly after the hot SEAL hero jumps into her car, Shayla thinks this:  

“And alas, even though she’d spent her career writing books where this kind of impromptu meet-cute would end with them having screaming animal-sex before the clock struck midnight, Shayla wasn’t as bold as her romance novel heroines.  She didn’t look all that much like them either.”

As our heroine gets deeper involved into both her attraction to her next door neighbor and the situation involving his missing daughter, she finds herself relying on the common sense and skills she’d picked up from researching the books that had made her a comfortable living.  She says:

“I’m a writer and I’ve written a lot of serial killer books” 

Later on, after the heroine’s quick thinking gives them yet another way to think of the problem in question, this conversation happens.

“I’m impressed.  That was a logical breakdown of…Are you law enforcement?  You said you write about serial killers, but you drive like you’ve had training….”

“Welp, sorry to disappoint.  I’m just a writer.”

“What do you write?”

“Romantic Suspense”

This is how readers learn that Shayla, our heroine, has unknowingly spent her writing career preparing for this moment.  And time and time again, she does not fail.  Which leaves us, as readers, with the following information: 1) A strong, competent romance reader and writer heroine who... 2) has gained the skillset through writing and life best suited to... 3) help her through the romantic suspense novel she finds herself in.

Not only that, the reader is shown that Shayla is an author with a fanbase.  This is especially made clear when some of the characters from Brockmann’s previous books show up to help the hero, and proceed to fangirl all over the heroine.  Yes.  Characters the reader is supposed to respect, give our heroine, and the genre she writes in, the respect she (and they) deserve.

How does the handsome Navy SEAL hero react to this?  We learn that he’s bought our heroine’s books shortly after meeting her…in order to better understand who she is as a person.  This is amazing, and by all accounts,  one of the best set ups for a writer’s journey. 

But like all romance plotlines, the writer’s journey our heroine goes on has it’s own black moment.  This:

“I’m not writing and it’s scaring the hell out of me, because I’ve never not written before.  …I feel like I’m doing it with my hands cuffed behind my back, with that rope now clenched between my teeth, as that hill keeps getting steeper and the road keeps getting longer…”

By the time the reader arrives at this point in the story, they want to know if the heroine will have a happy ending in her writing journey in conjunction with the other plotlines that make up this wonderful tapestry of a book.  But like all stories, this one is best discovered when read. 

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Stacey Agdern, @nystacey

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