Review – Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Posted March 4, 2020 by Carole in 2020 Audiobook Challenge, 2020 Library Love Challenge, Audiobook, Book Reviews / 12 Comments

Troublemaker by Linda Howard
Narrated by Tanya Eby
Series: GO-Team #1
Publisher: William Morrow / HarperAudio
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Date Read: February 25, 2020
Length:  400 pages / 14 hours and 10 minutes
Source: Edelweiss / Library
★★★☆☆

A thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from sensational New York Times and USA Today best-selling 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. Worried 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.

My Review

I thought that this was good.  Years ago I read a ton of Linda Howard but I stopped picking up her books for one reason or another.  I decided to give this one a try and I found that I do still enjoy her writing.  I found this to be a really enjoyable listen.

I really only have one main complaint with this book.  I can’t believe that I am going to say this but too much of this book was about the dog.  I love dogs.  My world revolves around my three dogs and I have to admit that they are incredibly spoiled.  I love it when dogs are a part of the story.  This book took things a bit far even for me.  I felt like I had spent hours listening to how Tricks liked to play catch, how smart she was, how she liked to be fed, where she thought she needed to sit in the car, and the list goes on.  Do you see that cover?  It should have had the dog in the foreground with the humans in the background because that would have been more accurate.

Now, on to the humans.  Morgan works for an elite unit and is enjoying some time off at the start of the story.  He is attacked near his own home comes close to losing his life.  Once he has recovered enough to leave constant medical care, his supervisor arranges for him to go to the home of his step-sister, Bo, who lives in a small remote town.  Bo is the part-time police chief of a small town.  It’s is an administrative position and she fills in the rest of her time with computer work out of her home.  She does not expect to find an incredibly sick man on her doorstep but he is in such bad shape she can’t bring herself to send him away.

There is a lot going on in this book.  Not only do they need to figure out who is responsible for the attack on Morgan at the start of the book, but Bo also has some issues in town that prove to be more dangerous than she counted on.  It did feel like nothing happened with the mystery of who was responsible for trying to kill Morgan for the majority of the book and then everything came together really quickly at the end of the story.  Bo’s situation in town filled in the main part of the book nicely.

I thought that Morgan and Bo worked well together.  Morgan was pretty open and shared as much with Bo as he could.  Morgan was in pretty rough shape for a long time in this story but when he started to recover he seemed to do so very quickly and that is when things started to heat up between the pair.  I thought that they had good chemistry with each other and I liked them as a couple.

I thought that Tanya Eby did a good job with the narration.  It did take me just a bit to get used to her voice but once I did, I had no complaints.  She handled all of the character voices very well and was able to add a lot of emotion to the story.  I had no problem listening to her voice for hours at a time.

I think that readers who enjoy romantic suspense and love dogs will enjoy this one.  I didn’t think that this was Linda Howard’s best work but it was an enjoyable story.  I wouldn’t hesitate to read more of her work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from William Morrow via Edelweiss and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.

About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

Author Links: Website

12 responses to “Review – Troublemaker by Linda Howard

  1. Oh my, it does sound like this book took things a bit far as a matter of dogs . . . Yet, I'm glad you still enjoyed it and that the narration was a pleasant one 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    It sounded like it had some great potential so it’s too bad that the mystery wasn’t a good as it sounded.

  3. Haha! Too much dog. I get your meaning. I think this is the Linda Howard I have on my shelf that someone gave me.

    Oh well, you reached for an older one and finished so that's good. 🙂

  4. Bea

    I read this years ago and wasn't a fan. The dog was a major factor in that but I also wasn't a fan of the MCs. I used to love Howard's books but I think her more recent books are lower quality.

  5. I haven't read this author. It sounds like I would love it but hmmm too much dog is an interesting comment. Fantastic review!

    Anne – Books of My Heart