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Friday, March 10, 2006

Out of Control by Suzanne Brockmann

Hero: Kenny "Wildcard" Karmody.
Heroine: Savannah Von Hopf
Grade: B+
Date: 3/9/06

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. . . .

I took this book with me yesterday to work, read it on my breaks and couldn't stop laughing, it reminded me of the first time I read this book, I was in college, sitting in the library, waiting for my brother to finish his class so that we can go home. I had just finished checking my email and thought to get a few chapters of reading in before I headed home.

I zipped through the entire book that night.

I laughed high and loud throughout the entire book, never once skipping ahead to see if the book got better. It was cool how Suz turned Wildcard's character around into a really great hero. Because after reading the other books before Out of Control in the series, I kept wondering how she was going to pull it off, because in the beginning of Over the Edge, I wanted to throttle Wildcard for his stupidity in pissing off the Marines, who wanted to kill him. Had it not been for Senior Chief Wolchonok, they probably would have jumped his ass (he probably would have won the fight cause he IS a big bad SEAL, but still), and quite frankly, I wanted them to get his ass, because he was so bloody obnoxious.

But she did a wonderful job, because not only was Wildcard a stand up guy in this book, but he was one heck of a funny guy. Like in this scene, when he meets Savannah.

"Hey," Ken knocked on the front window of the car. "You know, it's not a real smart move to have the car running while it's up on a..."

He realized he was looking down at a young woman who'd hiked her skirt all the way up to the tops of her thighs. She had the AC on full blast and her blouse unbuttoned so much that he could see the lace of her bra. It was red.

Holy God."Uh, up on a jack," he finished.

Dear Penthouse, I never thought I'd write a letter like this but...

He's just one riot after another...I just love it, check this one out too, it's when Kenny goes to Nils (hero in The Defiant Hero) and my favorite SEAL, Sam for advice on relationships:

"I was just wondering if there were any rules that I don't know about,"

"Rules?" Johnny repeated. "Like...?"

"Don't do it in animal masks while swinging from a trapeze until the third week of the relationship," Sam suggested. "That's a rule I always followed religiously--along with the one about not having sex in her parents' kitchen in the middle of a black-tie party. Broke that one once--got into real trouble."

The funny scenes and lines go on for days throughout this book, Wildcard is a riot, a laugh a minute and just a whole lot of fun, aside from the fact that they're running from bad guys, who want them dead in the jungles of Jakarta.

In this story we meet Molly and Jones who later come to the aid of Wildcard and Van, their story is sweet, a great addition to the storyline. This book is just an all around fun read. Ya'll should read it.

Oh yeah and Savannah was cool too. LOL.

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