This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Troublemaker by Linda Howard
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Purchase at: Amazon
A thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from sensational New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard.
For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Due to worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he’s determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet.
The part-time police chief of a small West Virginian mountain town, Isabeau “Bo” Maran finally has her life figured out. She’s got friends, a dog, and a little money in the bank. Then Morgan Yancy shows up on her doorstep. Bo doesn’t need a mysterious man in her life—especially a troublemaker as enticing and secretive as Morgan.
The harder they fight the intense heat between them, the closer Morgan and Bo become, even though she knows he’s hiding from something. But discovering the truth could cost Bo more than she’s willing to give. And when Morgan’s cover is blown, it might just cost her life.
This was a previous Terrific Tuesday from May 10, 2016. I was so pumped about this release, you can read about my enthusiasm here, but this is my reaction now:
This is touted as “a thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense.”🤔 Not in my opinion, this is not what I would consider a thrilling, fast-paced or suspenseful read. It is an easy read that has a sprinkling of action, suspense, and a touch of romance. This story is really about the dog Tricks. She is the most fleshed out as far as characters go in this book.
Morgan Yancy has just come back from a mission and was looking forward to some down time to unwind and discharge after being over seas. After sleeping for a day he had decided that he would go fishing. Unfortunately on his return home he was shot for a reason that he and his superior officer cannot figure out. This also means that his team as a whole has been compromised.
What they choose to do after he was stable enough to move is set a trap for the person or persons who wanted him dead with the hopes that in knowing who it is they will be able to figure out why he was targeted. This trap involves Morgan being sent to a remote location and putting out enough information as to his whereabouts that when the perpetrators look for him an alert will trigger and they will have a direction to search. Where to put Morgan? Well his boss has an ex step-sister that he loves to torment so he sends Morgan there and offers Isabeau “Bo” Maran a cash settlement to take care of Morgan.
Bo is a police chief in the small town of Hamrickville, West Virginia. She mainly handles the administrative side of the job while her partner Jesse handles the law and order side. Bo has been in this town for about seven years after a business venture went bust and she was essentially stranded in this town. She was not unhappy though, she wanted to keep her life simple with no attachments. No attachments other than to her trusty dog Tricks.
Tricks is a golden retriever that is the most popular canine in the whole town. Essentially the majority of the book from here on out is about Tricks awesomeness, how much Bo loves Tricks, how challenging it is for Morgan to recover from being shot, and how Morgan and Bo do the dance of strangers living together who become friends and later lovers.
I did like this story. It had elements of humor, drama, romance, and canine furriness. I love dogs so I did find the canine character super cute and enjoyable. It was an easy read but nothing that made me twitter-pated and if it’s going to be marketed as “a thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense,” then it had better deliver. I think this would be a nice beach read for anyone who wants a romance that is centered with a loyal canine.