Born to Darkness (Originally Published 2012)

Suzanne Brockmann Books
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Fighting Destiny series # 1

Reissue originally published 2012

Set in a dark and crumbling near-future...

Navy SEAL LT Shane Laughlin was dishonorably discharged and blacklisted—for being too honorable. Desperate for work and down to his last ten bucks, he takes a job as a test subject—a human guinea pig—at Boston’s Obermeyer Institute, a fringe scientific research facility.

Shane’s skeptical when he finds out that OI’s focus is to find and train certain exceptional people, usually young girls—called “Greater-Thans”—whose skill-sets include telekinesis, telepathy, rapid self-healing, and super-human strength. And he’s even more surprised when he discovers that Mac, the mysterious woman who rocked his world in an epic one-night stand, is part of an elite team of kickass OI operatives who use their G-T skills to rescue and protect innocents.

Because OI’s not the only organization trying to find Greater-Thans—and the other guys are out to exploit them. An illegal drug called “Destiny” is being made from the blood of young, untrained, and powerless Greater-Than girls. Addictive and dangerous, it gives its wealthy and reckless users instant G-T powers—including eternal youth—at a lethal price.

Dr. Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie and her OI team are at war with the shadowy corporations who enslave girls to meet the rising demand for Destiny, and Shane wants to join them. He may not be a G-T, but as a former Navy SEAL, he’s got talents of his own. Still, Mac’s got powerful reasons to keep her distance from Shane. But when one very special little girl goes missing, Mac’s ready to do anything—including accept Shane’s help—to find and save her. 

Mac’s used to risking her life, but she now faces sacrificing her heart...

Originally published in 2012

(170,000 words, original hard cover edition was 513 pages)

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About the author

After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling, and explored brave new worlds as a New York Times bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty years she has written more than fifty-five novels, including her award-winning Troubleshooters series about Navy SEAL heroes and the women—and sometimes men—who win their hearts.

In addition to writing books, Suzanne Brockmann has co-produced several feature-length indie movies, the rom-com The Perfect Wedding, the thriller Russian Doll, and the rom-com Analysis Paralysis. She has also created a  line of m/m category romantic comedy novellas called Suzanne Brockmann Presents.

Her latest Navy SEAL novel, SEAL CAMP is available now from Suzanne Brockmann Books and Blackstone Audio.

Follow Suz on Twitter @SuzBrockmann, and visit her website at to find out more about upcoming releases and appearances.  

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The Blueprint trilogy takes us to a future in which men and women are almost identical, and personal relationships are forbidden. In Forbidden Alliance, the second book of the trilogy, more than sixteen years have passed since Caia and Mac, now renamed Cathy and Michael, fled their oppressive lives, although the plight of those who remain in the Citidomes is never far from their minds.

Cathy and Michael now have three children and Citidome life is a distant memory. But for Cathy, village life is no longer idyllic. While Michael is famed as the leader of the Alliance of Outside Communities, she is left holding the baby. When a chance arises for her to fulfil her potential, will she make the right choices? Michael, however, is too preoccupied to notice Cathy’s personal struggles. Heightened security in the Citidomes has resulted in fewer escapees, a shortage of young farmers and a depleted gene pool in the village. While Michael unveils his most audacious plan yet to liberate rebels from the Citidomes, will his devotion to the cause cost him the love of his wife and daughter? And will his plan endanger his life, as well as those of his allies?

Forbidden Alliance is also the story of Cathy and Michael’s sixteen year-old daughter Joy. Fiercely intelligent but with limited career options, she fights against the future her father has planned for her: marriage to village boy Matt. Forbidden from seeing Harry, the nomadic canal-dwelling boy she has loved since childhood, she finds friendship from an unexpected source: BodyPerfect ex-citizen Ryan, whose perfect Citidome looks are less than perfect in the outside world. And her illusions about life in the Citidomes are about to be shattered.

In addition to the issues explored in Future Perfect, the first book of the trilogy, Forbidden Alliance poses additional questions, including those of leadership, family loyalties and whether it is possible to justify the sacrifice of human lives for the greater good. 

Reissue Originally Published August 1998

Someone needs a makeover…

Marisala Bolivar has a problem. She’s come to Boston to get an education, and it’s awkward enough that she’s several years older than the average college freshman. But when she finds out that her overprotective uncle Santiago has asked her old friend Liam Bartlett to be her guardian…? She’s not happy. She’s too old to be anyone’s ward—and especially not Liam’s, whom she’s secretly adored for years.

Liam first visited Marisala’s tiny island nation of San Salustiano years ago, when she was just a girl. As an American journalist, he was there to report on the authoritarian government’s human rights violations, and he was quickly targeted as an enemy of the state. He spent years in the soul-crushing darkness of a jail cell until Marisala—with her fellow freedom fighters—broke him out and helped him escape from the island.

But now peace has been won. And while Marisala has the skills to lead a guerrilla fighting force and survive in the jungle for months on end, her uncle has decided she needs to be “civilized”—and that Liam is the perfect man to teach her how a “proper young lady” should behave. But Liam has problems of his own as he struggles to deal with the PTSD he hides behind his sunny smile.

And Marisala has other plans…

Set in 1998 in Boston, Massachusetts, Freedom’s Price spins the Pygmalion/makeover romance trope on its head. It’s a full length novel of 50K words or 212 pages, and is the second in Brockmann’s two-book Bartlett Brothers series that begins with Cal’s story in Forbidden. 

Freedom’s Price was originally published in 1998 by Bantam Loveswept. 

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, whom USA Today calls “the reigning queen of military suspense,” breaks out a rapid-fire collection of pulse-pounding, heart-tugging stories and novellas featuring the intrepid men and women of Troubleshooters Inc., fiction’s hottest ultimate counterterrorism squad.
• Tough-as-nails Troubleshooters operative Sam Starrett learns the agony of loving someone in danger—and the hell of waiting on the home front—as his wife, Alyssa, hurtles into a foreign hotspot that’s about to boil over.
• Navy SEAL Frank O’Leary’s ill-fated holiday reunion with his older brother takes a turn for the better—when a chance encounter on a rainy New Orleans street gives Frank a reason to be thankful after all.
• In a maze of tunnels deep beneath a military base in Germany, Jules Cassidy, Alyssa Locke, and their comrades in arms match wits with terrorists on a mission with explosive consequences.
Plus more never-before-released adventures featuring Jenk, Izzy, Gillman, Lopez, Kenny, Savannah, and other members of SEAL Team 16—along with Suzanne Brockmann’s exclusive interviews with her beloved characters.
Looking for the best kind of trouble? You’ve found it!

Praise for Headed for Trouble
“Through [Suzanne Brockmann’s] efficient writing we witness the emotions and struggles these operatives and their loved ones endure while on their dangerous missions. A perfect fit for any die-hard Troubleshooters fan.”—RT Book Reviews
“Well done . . . Interviews, conversations, and short pieces are all part of this satisfying collection that relates events (and emotions) that . . . are critical to a character’s backstory or development or are just plain interesting. . . . The real market for these engaging short stories and novellas is the dedicated ‘Troubleshooters’ fan (and libraries that serve them); they won’t be disappointed!”—Library Journal
“A great way to meet up with old friends and remember old times.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Those of us who have followed Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters for years can never seem to get enough. I can say that she was my first romantic suspense obsession and the one by whom I judge all SEAL stories. Her authenticity in the genre hasn’t been matched, in my opinion. . . . This is an awesome addition to anyone who has followed the Troubleshooters series and would love all of the extras bound up in one edition.”—Under the Cover
“[Brockmann’s] books have romance, the sweetness of meeting someone and connecting, some sexy steam and a great happily-ever-after. . . . Headed for Trouble was very satisfying and made me just want more.”—Badass Book Reviews
“These stories had me on the edge of my seat, laughing, and even crying. I hope you guys will pick up not only this book but this whole series. I promise you will not be disappointed.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Annotated reissue originally published 1995

A workaholic thirty-something couple and a baby…

Josie Cooper’s got the perfect-for-her life. This former small-town-girl has worked long and hard to grow her computer start-up into a company to be reckoned with. She’s also found her soul-mate in brilliant, quirky, and extremely sexy architect Cooper McBride. And they’re happily—if busily—living out their HEA in Manhattan, the City that Never Sleeps.

The ongoing journey of a happy marriage is one that needs constant work and compromise, but Josie and Cooper are experts at thinking creatively to make their lives and relationship vibrant and thriving.

But when Josie’s brother and his wife are killed in a car accident in the mountains of Tennessee, their two small children—four year old Lucy and nine month old Ben—have nowhere to go, unless Josie and Cooper step up. “I saw a baby once,” Josie tells Coop, “but that’s the extent of my experience…” 

Outside-of-the-box thinking is this power-couple’s forte, but adding two understandably needy kids to the chaos of their lives is a daunting challenge—one that will test them in unexpected ways…

With footnoted commentary about everything from pre-smartphone life in 1994/1995 (when Embraced by Love was written, published, and is still set) to thoughts on writing romance and how much Romancelandia—and her own writing—has changed in the past twenty-something years, Suzanne Brockmann presents a special annotated edition of one of her very earliest books.

Set in 1995, Embraced by Love is a full length novel of 64K words (76K with annotations) or 240 pages. It was originally published in 1995.

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