Review: Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Posted May 16, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 2 Comments

Review: Troublemaker by Linda HowardTroublemaker by Linda Howard
on May 10th 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense
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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.

Dorsey’s Review


2 Disappointing Stars!!

I hate that I am so disappointed with a Linda Howard book. When reading the book blurb I was so excited because it sounded like a classic Linda Howard book….I was sorely disappointed. I was expecting a book reminiscent of her “CIA Spies” books. What we got was basically the life of a beloved Labrador in a small West Virginia town. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs but I don’t want to read a whole book about a dog when I expected a book that was clearly tagged as romantic suspense!

It started out strong, the first two chapters we’re introduced to Morgan Yancy, an operative and leader of a secret U.S. paramilitary group, who is ambushed and almost killed. When released from the hospital he is whisked away to his superior’s step-sisters isolated house in a small town West Virginia town to gain his strength and recover from his injuries while they try to find out who wants him dead.

Isabeau “Bo” Maran is the town’s Police Chief, which is basically a “paperwork only” job she accepted to make a deal with the town, yet she finds herself in the middle of several town disputes. Bo isn’t too happy to have Morgan dropped on her doorstep, her life is just how she likes it, just her and her lab Tricks, and he is just inconvenience. They eventually get comfortable around one another but I felt no spark or connection between Bo and Morgan… all!!

There are twenty-seven chapters in this book and from chapter three to chapter twenty-four  it’s allllll about Tricks, with a bit of Morgan, Bo, and town drama thrown in. That left five chapters of suspense and intrigue, hardly enough to satisfy me and overall very disappointing!

Morgan’s ambush story and who was behind it finally picks up at chapter twenty-five and I hate to say it, it was sort of anti-climactic. There was an HEA, but at this point nothing could save the read or bump up my rating.

Sadly, this will be the last new book I purchase from Linda Howard. When I need a fix, I’ll read some of my old favorites (and there are MANY) on her back list.


About Linda Howard

Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America and in 2005 Howard was awarded their Career Achievement Award.

Linda Howard lives in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband, Gary F. Howington, and two golden retrievers. She has three grown stepchildren and three grandchildren.

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Sue Peace
Sue Peace
3 years 8 months ago

Sorry to hear this was such a disappointment. The blurb does sound good. I might take a pass on this one!

3 years 8 months ago

Well if you love retrievers and don’t want much romance or suspense you may like it….the blurb is fantastic, which is why it was such a disappointment.