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by Suzanne Brockmann

Bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann knows how to push the limits of romantic suspense to new, breathtaking heights. Potent, gripping, and explosive, OUT OF CONTROL is a roller coaster ride of a novel– as a single act of loyalty becomes a desperate struggle for survival. . . .Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle’s life, she goes in search of Ken “WildCard” Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. She must convince him to help her deliver a cache of ransom money into the hands of terrorists halfway around the world. What she doesn’t expect is to end up in WildCard’s arms before she can even ask for his help.WildCard has always had a soft spot for beautiful women. But when he discovers Savannah’s hidden agenda, he is determined to end the affair. But Savannah is bound for Indonesia with or without his protection, and he can’t just walk away. When her plan goes horribly wrong, they are trapped in the forsaken jungle of a hostile country, stalked by a lethal enemy. As time is running out, they scramble to escape, risking their lives to stop a nightmare from spinning even further out of control. . . .
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ISBN: 0345487419
ISBN13: 978-0345487414
Category: Romance
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 27, 2005)
ePUB size: 1669 kb
FB2 size: 1146 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 529
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And I have read all the troubleshooter series and more from this author. Wild Card and a starchy lawyer running from bad guys in the jungle is a great read. The humor, thinking outside the box, in depth character development and romances are just great. Add in the 2 other love stories intertwined makes this seem like an epic book that keeps me coming back to read it again and again. Once again after reading it I can never decide which of the 3 romances and couples I like the best.
Warning: This series is addicting. While each story stands on its own; It is greatly enhanced by reading the series in order.

One of the things that is so good and yet again frustrating about each stories in Troubleshooters is there are many vignettes going on simultaneously. The story jumps around. The main emphasis in Out Of Control is
Wildcard, Ken Karmedy and Suzanna Von Hoff trip to get money to Suzanna' Uncle Alex. WWII story about double agent Rose (Suzanna' Grandmother).
Jones, American Ex-Pat and American Missionary Molly. I hope a continuing story.
And the continuing story of Skarett and Alicia.
Although a continuation in the Seal Team Sixteen world this book can easily be read as a stand alone book. Ms Brockman uses her unique style of several different stories running together, entwined to create a multilayered story. In this book however, the stories are presented with little to distinguish one from the other ( at least the Kindle version had no paragraphs or italics) making it jarring rather than a smooth transition between the various layers of the story. An excellent story well worth your time and money.
This is my fourth Troubleshooters book, and I'm loving the series. Each book has a story of its own, but the characters transition nicely from one book to the next with the focus shifting to different characters each time. I love the way the author does that because the characters are well developed, relatable and most of them likable, so I don't feel like I'm starting from scratch with strangers each time I pick up a new book in the series. Can't wait to get started on the 5th Troubleshooters book (which I've already purchased). Highly recommend!!
I bought and read this book several years ago, but I loaned it to someone and didn't get it back, so I bought another copy. This is probably my favorite Suzanne Brockmann book. I love the dialogue between Ken and Savannah - it makes me laugh out loud. The first time I read it I didn't care for the multiple story lines, but I find myself enjoying them all this time around.
I have always heard good things about Suzanne Brockmann. My first attempt at reading anything by hers was to read her novel Bodyguard which certainly didn't make me turn away from her books though it didn't leave much of a lasting impression on me either. However as everyone knows I tend to get a little crazy about jungle-trek themed romances and this one was recommended as such a read, I have now forgotten on which forum. Regardless of the fact that I have never attempted to read the Troubleshooters series before, I bought myself a copy and did manage to read a couple of pages then and never managed to make it past the prologue before I was distracted by some other title that I just HAD to read. And then last week my emotions decided to play the i-am-not-pleased-with-any-of-the-stuff-you-are-reading game & so I decided to pick this one up where I left off, hoping that the magic that had had earned this book rave reviews would work on me and my totally wayward emotions as well.

Book 4 in the Troubleshooter series stars Navy SEAL Ken Karmody, who gets nicknamed as "Wild Card" because of his ability to think out of the box and come out winning however difficult a problem might be. Ken had certainly not led a charming childhood with an emotionally and physically abusive father, which had in the end toughened him up and made Ken determined to do what he wanted in life. Ken is a genius when it comes to computers and whatnot and beneath his tough SEAL facade lies a heart that yearns to love and claim a woman as his forever. His ex-girlfriend Adele had certainly done a number on him with a continuous on and off relationship with Ken which had gone on for around 10 years until Ken had finally seen the light and refused to bend to her every whim which had pretty much ended things on the relationship front.

Savannah Van Hopf couldn't be any more different from Ken even if she tried. A rich heiress who works as an appellate attorney, Savannah is the granddaughter of the famous Rose Van Hopf who worked as a double agent for the US and the Nazi during World War II. Savannah had always had a huge crush on Ken even though he hadn't noticed her much, and it is through Adele that Savannah finds out Ken's address and travels to San Diego to find him and ask his assistance in locating her uncle Alex who had disappeared in Indonesia without a trace.

From the moment Ken comes across the beautiful and utterly feminine Savannah, he is smitten something fierce and before Savannah can muster up the courage to bring up why she is actually in the neighborhood, these two light up the sheets with intense passion and red hot desire that practically leaps out of the very pages. To say that both fall completely in lust and a little bit in love with one another during that night would not be a lie. However with the morning, the truth comes out completely walloping Ken with intense feelings of betrayal which makes him pissed off at Savannah to no end. However, even with all the intense feelings of dislike churning within him for a woman who still has the ability to make him go a little bit weak at the knees, Ken is not willing to let Savannah travel all the way to Indonesia alone to find her uncle.

It is in Indonesia that the real adventure begins when Ken and Savannah are kidnapped by Russian goons at gun point right from the airport itself. Barely managing to escape them, Savannah and Ken are forced to survive in the jungle that grows densely throughout the Parwati island of Indonesia. To survive and outmaneuver everyone who is after them, Savannah and Ken are forced to endure each other's company which in turn makes each of them discover why they had fallen for each other so hard in such a short span of time.

This book was so frigging good that I believe I have dug myself into a hole from which I won't be able to escape anytime soon. Since I haven't read books 1 - 3 in the Troubleshooter series and jumped straight into book 4, I was a bit overwhelmed to say the least when characters kept leaping right into the pages from left and right. However, a couple of chapters in, I was totally captivated by the ease with which Ms. Brockmann makes each and every character count, how she makes them come alive and how effectively she makes each and every one of their stories matter.

What I loved most about Out of Control was the rich banter between Ken and Savannah. Ken has the quirky character of coming out and saying whatever leaps to his mind without thinking much about it and Savannah's responses to his remarks totally made my day. Ken is sexy, witty, a little bit of a nerd and has such a big heart that you can't help but fall completely in love with him. The way he seriously asks his friends about women's ability to have multiple orgasms had me cracking up so hard that I was laughing all throughout that conversation.

And Savannah is not an unforgettable character either. Though she has been brought up by a snotty mother who would rather see her married off to some royalty than see her happy, Savannah is tough beneath her picture perfect exterior and loyal to a fault. And I loved every single thing about her character from the way she interacts with Ken to her vulnerable nature which she strives so hard to hide.

And that takes me to my favorite couple from the series - yes, though I have not read the series in order, I have discovered that I have a strange fascination for Molly and John, whose characters complement each other perfectly. John is totally the kind of alpha male that slightly borders on being gamma, which makes him just the perfect kind of hero to base all my dreams upon. And his reluctant fascination with Molly which ends up being one of the best parts of the story is one worth savoring. Their happily ever after finally comes in book 9 of the series and this alone is the reason why I am determined to make my way through the rest of the books, because I am that much fascinated with their story.

And that brings me to Rose's character. Her adventures in the form of a memoir which continue throughout the story makes for a fascinating read. Her work as a double agent and the story of how she meets up and falls in love with Mr. Van Hopf who is an Austrian prince adds something delightful to an already 5 star read.

Needless to say, highly recommended for romantic suspense fans because I just flat-out loved this one.

It was only after I sat down to write the review that I saw that this book has received around 7 AAR awards between 2002 and 2007. Definitely deserves them all!

Reviewed by: Maldivian Book Reviewer
fire dancer
Love Suzanne Brockman books. I'm reading all of them now. I can't wait to read each one of the Troubleshooters series. SEALS are always hot and this one centers on Wildcard Ken Karmondy . Hot! Hot! Hot!
This book is also a book within a book. Ken's love interest is the grand daughter of a double agent spy during WWII and you get to read her story during the course of this book.
I enjoyed the book. I don't love the way the book jumps around between the always three different stories. I like the current love stories, but just tolerate the WWII stories. Brockman includes one in each of her books I've read so far. This is the fourth book in the series and I've read the preceding books. One nit I will make is that EVERYONE in the book is incredibly good looking. They don't all have to be breathtakingly beautiful.