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I deserve a medal for finishing this book It pushed practically all of my rage buttons.Let s start with the heroine Lucy is an insult to all women who work hard to succeed in traditionally male dominated careers It s as if Suzanne Brockmann designed Lucy to prove that women are too weak, foolish, and emotional to be effective cops Lucy makes one stupid decision after another, consistently defying protocol and common sense Every decision she makes throughout the whole book is emotionally dri I deserve a medal for finishing this book It pushed practically all of my rage buttons.Let s start with the heroine Lucy is an insult to all women who work hard to succeed in traditionally male dominated careers It s as if Suzanne Brockmann designed Lucy to prove that women are too weak, foolish, and emotional to be effective cops Lucy makes one stupid decision after another, consistently defying protocol and common sense Every decision she makes throughout the whole book is emotionally driven, based on her unsupported belief that Blue couldn t possibly be responsible for the murder he is accused of She has no proof of his innocence she just knows he didn t do it So she repeatedly puts her job, not to mention her own safety, at risk And then there s all the time Lucy spends examining her crush on Blue There are pages and pages of inner monologuing about how much she likes Blue, how unworthy she is of him, how he ll never notice her, blah blah blah Remember, this woman is supposed to be a police officer, and all she can think about is her high school crush If she spent half as much time thinking about her murder investigation as she spent thinking about Blue, she would have solved it within the first fifty pages.As a hero, Blue is neither believable nor consistent In one scene he ll act all macho and douchey, and then in the next scene he ll suddenly become sensitive and introspective For a character who is supposedly taciturn, he spends a substantial portion of the book spilling his entire life story to Lucy Also, Blue s sudden decision near the end of the book that he is in love with Lucy feels forced There is no compelling reason why he would love her, as far as I can see And while he certainly spends a lot of time thinking about how attracted he is to Lucy physically, I don t see much evidence of their compatibility in other ways.The part of the plot surrounding the murder investigation is poorly developed and requires far too much suspension of disbelief It s clear that Brockmann intends for the the reader s focus to be on the romance the rest of the story is just an excuse for throwing the hero and heroine together Also, for such a short novel, there are far too many characters to keep track of When the villains were revealed, I couldn t even remember who they all were or whether I had met them earlier in the novel At that point, I didn t even care I just wanted it to be over.There are plenty of other problems I could rant about, like the extremely unflattering southern stereotypes, the physics defying sex, or Blue s unhealthy attachment to his leather sandals which he indulges even when wearing his dress uniform , but I m too tired to harp on them I enjoyed reading this one It s not a mind chilling thriller suspense, but it keeps moving anyway But the real theme is the romance It develops beautifully in this story It s impeded by her job and their individual belief that the other will think their relationship a mistake in the cold light of day, and then by their unwillingness to actually say I love you , for a number of different, but realistic, reasons It s so easy to empathize with the whole situation, even if most of us aren t l I enjoyed reading this one It s not a mind chilling thriller suspense, but it keeps moving anyway But the real theme is the romance It develops beautifully in this story It s impeded by her job and their individual belief that the other will think their relationship a mistake in the cold light of day, and then by their unwillingness to actually say I love you , for a number of different, but realistic, reasons It s so easy to empathize with the whole situation, even if most of us aren t lucky enough to experience it with a gorgeous Navy SEAL.So, 4 stars and I m sucked in to read the rest of them Actual Rating 3.5 StarsThis is a pleasant surprise.I suppose there s something to be said about second chances just because one book by an author didn t work out doesn t mean that no books from the same author will ever work out Even if the two books happen to be in the same series, or even the same two book volume, with the same theme, and a specific set of characters.Except that Forever Blue only had one roll over character from Prince Joe, and the rest were just in the background ForeverActual Rating 3.5 StarsThis is a pleasant surprise.I suppose there s something to be said about second chances just because one book by an author didn t work out doesn t mean that no books from the same author will ever work out Even if the two books happen to be in the same series, or even the same two book volume, with the same theme, and a specific set of characters.Except that Forever Blue only had one roll over character from Prince Joe, and the rest were just in the background Forever Blue, despite some small quibbles and eye roll worthy moments, was immenselyenjoyable than Prince Joe had been No one issurprised than I am about how muchI enjoyed reading the second book in Suzanne Brockmann s Tall, Dark Dangerous series I was simply expecting a mediocre read, something to get by on, if not a bad one, so that I could finish my Reading Assignment Challenge properly.I was expecting a lot of romance to overshadow the suspense parts I was not wrong I was expecting a so so conflict to fulfill the suspense and crime thriller quota I was not wrong I was expecting another unbalanced story I was not wrong.I was expecting another frustrating, trope filled romance where I d end up throwing the book across the room again when I started getting irritated with the couple This is where I was off base, although there HAD BEEN one little instance where I DID get that itch to toss the book but it came and went and I got over it.I hadn t expected to genuinely, really, really like it Forever Blue spite of everything I should have disliked it for And maybe that s why the enjoyment is so much higher.To be honest, though, I d probably lay at least half of the star rating on the heroine of the book, Lucy Tait She is definitely my kind of heroine and she might be the biggest reason I really liked this book Well, that and the clich d romantic tropes were a bit toned down I m not sure if I even saw many of them Lucy s a straight arrow who doesn t beat around the bushes She says what she wants to say and does what she wants to do, and doesn t hide behind a coy exterior She s a little Miss Perfect with a side of cynicism, which would normally make me wary of her But at the same time, she s very confident of herself on other levels, being smart and resourceful enough to be a rookie cop with lots of potential if she chose to continue that line of career Her no nonsense attitude is probably what makes me love her so much, anyway On the other hand, Blue McCoy was a great guy But he didn t really do much for me, to be honest And he was a bit frustrating at times, but whaddya gonna do He s the standard alpha, broody male with commitment issues There are no surprises there.But Lucy Lucy is just GOLD The story in Forever Blue, much like Prince Joe, was still a bit unbalanced The romance was still heavy handed and got sappy and a bit illogical at times I feel like we spent a lottime lazing around and developing a love story than we did investigating a murder sometimes we didn t ask the right questions, and sometimes we spenttime than not on less significant details.But I d be lying if I didn t admit that I actually, very much loved the way the romance was developed With Lucy and Blue having a vague childhood history, even if it only consisted of three short conversations during high school, I found the development from that point kind of sweet Reuniting after so many years and having each of their images of the other dashed only to be rebuilt in a new light, from friendship to lovers was very well thought out.I especially loved the late night conversations Blue and Lucy had with each other on their front porch, sharing details about their lives as friends and getting to know each other If this book could have been a little bit longer, we d be able to fulfill both the crime thriller aspect AND the lovely slow burn of a developing relationship.But as it is, we ll have to go without awell thought out crime thriller in favor of a well developed romance, I suppose.Some Final Thoughts The ending was very abrupt and I would have liked something a bitwrapped up I would have also liked to seeof Blue s Alpha Squad in action, but I m fine with their absence The main culprit of the murder was quite predictable once the story got going, and at the same time, the details were quite vague.The ending didn t quite wrap up as well as I d have liked There were a lot of loose ends that needed explaining and that I m still asking questions about There were certain suspects who acted very strange throughout, but that we didn t get an explanation for in the end as to why they were so adamant about keeping the investigation stone walled.And then one of the culprit s identities came directly out of left field and we don t even really get a background on why these guys did what they did.Again, there were a LOT of loose ends left over If I didn t like Lucy so much, I might have brought the rating down a half star or something I thought about it But my logic makes no kind of sense to anyone, sometimes not even me Forever Blue is a romance and love story, first and foremost, with the crime thriller and suspense being a sweet background distraction I would have liked for the story to be a bitbalanced, but since I ve kind of developed a girl crush on Lucy, I think I ll make myself content with what I can get 2016 Reading Challenges Goodreads Reading Challenge BookLikes Reading Challenge Reading Assignment Challenge Bookish Resolutions Challenge Bout of Books 16 Mount TBR Challenge This is my favorite type of a romance the hero and heroine have a past relationship In this case, Lucy had a crush on Blue McCoy when she was 15 and he saved her from being beat up by 5 boys who were pissed she made the junior varsity baseball team He was her hero then and now he is back in town for his step brothers wedding to the girl Blue dated in high school Lucy is now a rookie police officer for the Hatboro Creek PD A good ole boy outfit that doesn t take her seriously and go out of t This is my favorite type of a romance the hero and heroine have a past relationship In this case, Lucy had a crush on Blue McCoy when she was 15 and he saved her from being beat up by 5 boys who were pissed she made the junior varsity baseball team He was her hero then and now he is back in town for his step brothers wedding to the girl Blue dated in high school Lucy is now a rookie police officer for the Hatboro Creek PD A good ole boy outfit that doesn t take her seriously and go out of their way to make her look bad.Blue s brother ends up dead, with his neck broken and Blue is the main suspect Gerry was into some bad stuff, but no one knows what Lucy does all she can to help and protect him and comes to know it isthan an old crush, it is love Blue also comes to realize that when a woman puts her life on the line it isthan friendship 8 January 2016 0.99 on Kindle6 November 2015 1.99 on Kindle 8 January 2016 0.99 on Kindle6 November 2015 1.99 on Kindle Good Not phenomenal like I m used to from Suzanne Brockmann, but still a sweet romance with a bit of suspense thrown in Both Blue and Lucy were likeable, normal people with no weird hangups Unrequited love and all thatcan t go wrong One thing I love about SB s heroes is that while they are all alpha to the max, they still seem as if they can function in normal society They wouldn t be scary to come across at a gas station or something, they d just be something to stare at and wonder. |READ KINDLE ☯ Forever Blue ⚇ SHOULD SHE BELIEVE HER HEART For Lucy Tait, no one personified the word hero as much as Blue McCoy As a child, he was her self appointed rescuer, and as a teenager, he was the boy who hot away Now he was back But he was also a suspect in an unthinkable crime and Lucy was the investigating officer OR HER HEAD All evidence pointed to Blue McCoy as the prime suspect, and everyone in town thought he was guilty So, why was Lucy so convinced of his innocence Was she swayed by the facts or blinded by love Not my favorite Brockmann but entertaining enough I definitely shook my head over some of Lucy s decisions, but I liked her tenacity. 3 starsWhile I LOVE Blue and I really liked Lucy Tait, I just couldn t get over how melodramatic this book is OK, it was published in 1996, but it read a little like a half baked movie Blue comes home to small town North Carolina to attend the wedding of his step brother and his high school sweetheart To everyone s surprise and awe, Blue is the Best Man Just before he came home, Blue was on a rescue mission that reminded him about the day he rescued little Lucy Tait, the Yankee girl who d 3 starsWhile I LOVE Blue and I really liked Lucy Tait, I just couldn t get over how melodramatic this book is OK, it was published in 1996, but it read a little like a half baked movie Blue comes home to small town North Carolina to attend the wedding of his step brother and his high school sweetheart To everyone s surprise and awe, Blue is the Best Man Just before he came home, Blue was on a rescue mission that reminded him about the day he rescued little Lucy Tait, the Yankee girl who d made the JV boys baseball team and was being beaten by some of its less than happy members.Blue asks Lucy to go to the Rehearsal Dinner with him, so he doesn t have to be alone Or endure the stares and whispers of how broken up Blue must be to see his step brother Gerry marry the girl that broke Blue s heart when Gerry stole Jenni Lee away from Blue But Blue knows that Jenni Lee always had eyes for Gerry he learned the hard way she was using Blue to get to Gerry And while Blue s heart was a little bruised, he bears no ill will Not even when his somewhat drunken step brother starts a scene at the Rehearsal Dinner, threatening Blue if he doesn t stop dancing with Jenni Lee And the altercation gets so heated, that Lucy now on the police force and the Chief of Police have to break up the step brothers But everyone present hears that if Gerry ever touches Jenni Lee that way again, Blue will wring Gerry s neck The sparks between Blue and Lucy had just been heating up, and Blue had hopes of spending the night with Lucy But after the altercation, that wasn t going to happen So Blue decides to skip the wedding and skip town, and he heads for the bus station the next town over to catch a bus to the nearest base to get back to his SEAL team Except that during the night, when Blue has no real alibi, Gerry s neck is broken, and the Chief tells Lucy to find and arrest Blue Now.Here s where everything gets way too over the top heavy handed The ENTIRE TOWN his HOME TOWN turns against Blue and automatically assumes that he killed his step brother Gerry without even a second thought The local diner won t serve him food When he avoids arrest and tries to find a place to stay, the only inn in town won t rent him a room People start following Blue around, attacking him, and almost lynching him WHAT If this was set in the 1940s or 1960s even, I might believe it But in the 1990s The complications are the only thing keeping Lucy and Blue apart She s on the police force, trying to prove his innocence, and he s trying to avoid a lynch mob and jail His SEAL team is conveniently out on maneuvers and no JAG lawyer is available to help It s all just a way to throw in the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING with Lucy her and the town thinking that Blue s still in love with Jenni Lee while keeping them thrown together in dangerous situations.If I hadn t loved Blue and Lucy so much and knew they had a HEA coming, I couldn t have finished this book Which is why I can t give itthan 3 stars Not even for Suzanne Brockmann So, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot The characters were likable and had great chemistry Lucy was a pretty typical heroine, snarky and proud and stubborn and bad tempered Blue was pretty original I liked that he didn t talk much to anyone except Lucy That was adorable I really liked hearing about the relationships between Blue and the other Navy SEALS, and wish they all could have played a bigger role The prologue seemed completely irrelev So, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot The characters were likable and had great chemistry Lucy was a pretty typical heroine, snarky and proud and stubborn and bad tempered Blue was pretty original I liked that he didn t talk much to anyone except Lucy That was adorable I really liked hearing about the relationships between Blue and the other Navy SEALS, and wish they all could have played a bigger role The prologue seemed completely irrelevent to the plot, which was wrapped up to fast in an ending that hardly made any sense, though that didn t much bother me One thing that annoyed me was Aly s obsession with Blue and Jenny Lee He not once acted like he still loved her, yet she refused to believe he didn t It was an entertaining read, kept me turning the pages and wondering what would happen