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Blue McCoy kembali ke Hatboro Creek untuk menghadiri pernikahan kakak titinya. Di sana ia bertemu Lucy Tait yang telah tumbuh dari gadis remaja tomboi menjadi wanita mengagumkan. Lucy juga takjub melihat Blue, begitu tampan dan gagah dalam balutan seragam resmi. Tetapi keesokan harinya pria itu dituduh membunuh kakak tirinya dan Lucy-lah yang ditugaskan menyelidiki kasus it Blue McCoy kembali ke Hatboro Creek untuk menghadiri pernikahan kakak titinya. Di sana ia bertemu Lucy Tait yang telah tumbuh dari gadis remaja tomboi menjadi wanita mengagumkan. Lucy juga takjub melihat Blue, begitu tampan dan gagah dalam balutan seragam resmi. Tetapi keesokan harinya pria itu dituduh membunuh kakak tirinya dan Lucy-lah yang ditugaskan menyelidiki kasus itu. Kini ia harus memendam ketertarikannya terhadap Blue agar dapat melakukan penyelidikan ini dengan objektif. Namun semua bukti mengarah kepada pria itu. Benarkah Blue bersalah?


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Blue McCoy kembali ke Hatboro Creek untuk menghadiri pernikahan kakak titinya. Di sana ia bertemu Lucy Tait yang telah tumbuh dari gadis remaja tomboi menjadi wanita mengagumkan. Lucy juga takjub melihat Blue, begitu tampan dan gagah dalam balutan seragam resmi. Tetapi keesokan harinya pria itu dituduh membunuh kakak tirinya dan Lucy-lah yang ditugaskan menyelidiki kasus it Blue McCoy kembali ke Hatboro Creek untuk menghadiri pernikahan kakak titinya. Di sana ia bertemu Lucy Tait yang telah tumbuh dari gadis remaja tomboi menjadi wanita mengagumkan. Lucy juga takjub melihat Blue, begitu tampan dan gagah dalam balutan seragam resmi. Tetapi keesokan harinya pria itu dituduh membunuh kakak tirinya dan Lucy-lah yang ditugaskan menyelidiki kasus itu. Kini ia harus memendam ketertarikannya terhadap Blue agar dapat melakukan penyelidikan ini dengan objektif. Namun semua bukti mengarah kepada pria itu. Benarkah Blue bersalah?

30 review for Cinta Sejati Blue (Forever Blue) - Navy Seals Series Book 4

  1. 4 out of 5

    Buggy

    Opening Line: "Lieutenant Blue McCoy was the point man, leading the six other men of SEAL Team Ten's Alpha Squad across the marshlike ground." Carter "Blue" McCoy is the 2nd of Brockmann's Navy Seals to have his story told in the Tall Dark and Dangerous series and I have to say I am loving these men. Feeling a little bit like dessert these well written romances are short, super addictive and each just different enough that the stories always feel fresh. With delicious alpha male heroes, fantastic Opening Line: "Lieutenant Blue McCoy was the point man, leading the six other men of SEAL Team Ten's Alpha Squad across the marshlike ground." Carter "Blue" McCoy is the 2nd of Brockmann's Navy Seals to have his story told in the Tall Dark and Dangerous series and I have to say I am loving these men. Feeling a little bit like dessert these well written romances are short, super addictive and each just different enough that the stories always feel fresh. With delicious alpha male heroes, fantastic dialogue and just the right amount of suspense, action and melodrama to keep you coming back for more (sometimes even before dinner) While each of these can be read as a stand alone as with all romantic series they seem to work best when read in order due to the continuing or evolving story arcs. Blue McCoy has just returned to his hometown of South Carolina to attend his stepbrothers wedding. He hasn't been back to Hatboro Creek since he graduated and joined the Navy and in all honesty doesn't relish being back here now especially since his stepbrother Gerry is marrying his high school sweetheart, the fluffy, perfect Jenny Lee. It's a little awkward to say the least. However awkwardness soon becomes the least of Blue's problems as later that night at a pre-wedding party he and Gerry get into a heated argument and by morning his stepbrother is dead. Of course Blue becomes the primary suspect due to their very public fight and because Gerry's neck has been broken in such a way that only someone skilled in hand to hand combat could have done it. Soon witnesses are coming out of the woodwork and the whole towns convinced Blue's guilty, everyone that is except for his old friend and rookie police officer Lucy Tait. I really liked the heroine this time around, usually I find Brockmann's females kind of bland and unmemorable but Lucy had spirit and personality. She's had a crush on Blue since she was 15 and he rescued her from some bullies, never quite able to forget him she`s learned all she can about the SEALs program and is aware of how Blue lives his life and what it took him to get there, she also knows he's not a killer. As a rookie Lucy's first big assignment comes when she's made chief investigative officer to Blue's case. And despite the hero worship she's suffering and the palpable sexual tension between them Lucy is determined to play by the book to prove Blues innocence and find the real killer. But what will she do when she finds out Blue is not the hero she thought he was? And as for Blue well he's never had a friend who was his lover before, who knew that was possible? Unfortunately with this instalment there isn't much interaction with the rest of Alpha Team but it's still a great story, complete with several car chases and a police pat down that will make you blush. Once again Brockmann's dialogue draws you in, making the whole falling in love within days theme plausible. The love scenes are soft yet still erotic (just without the dirty words and more imagination needed) Here we even get some underwater action, and just wait till this SEAL chokes!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars This 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 Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars This 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 immensely more enjoyable than Prince Joe had been. No one is more surprised than I am about how much more I 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 clichéd 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 lot more time lazing around and developing a love story than we did investigating a murder--sometimes we didn’t ask the right questions, and sometimes we spent more time 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 a more well-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 bit more wrapped-up. I would have also liked to see more of 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 bit more balanced, 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

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    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 is more than an old crush, it is love. Blue also comes to realize that when a woman puts her life on the line it is more than friendship.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    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!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    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 that...can'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. 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 that...can'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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    8 January 2016: $0.99 on Kindle 6 November 2015: $1.99 on Kindle 8 January 2016: $0.99 on Kindle 6 November 2015: $1.99 on Kindle

  8. 5 out of 5

    Renee M

    Not my favorite Brockmann but entertaining enough. I definitely shook my head over some of Lucy’s decisions, but I liked her tenacity.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    3 stars While 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 stars While 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 it more than 3 stars. Not even for Suzanne Brockmann.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    LaFleurBleue

    This one, I actually downgraded from 4 to 3 stars after my latest read. I was not caught in the same maelstrom of feelings than when I first read it and it even felt flat several times. Usually I do not like it too much when one character has been in love with the other forever and then suddenly the other got an eye opening and oups magically returns the feelings. Here, at least the eye opening was progressive, but he knew about her feelings for him before. And it did not feel that right that he This one, I actually downgraded from 4 to 3 stars after my latest read. I was not caught in the same maelstrom of feelings than when I first read it and it even felt flat several times. Usually I do not like it too much when one character has been in love with the other forever and then suddenly the other got an eye opening and oups magically returns the feelings. Here, at least the eye opening was progressive, but he knew about her feelings for him before. And it did not feel that right that he would leverage on them. I honestly did never understand why the heroine suddenly decided to work in law enforcement.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    I thought this book was absolutely wonderful! A good, strong hero -- a Navy SEAL, Blue McCoy -- and a good, strong heroine -- Lucy Tait, a rookie cop -- meet again after many years. When Blue is accused of murdering his stepbrother, Lucy is the only person who believes he is innocent of the crime. As they work together to discover the truth, the attraction between them grows.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Badass

    I liked Blue McCoy. I liked Lucy. I didn't like Lucy always feeling second best to Jenny. I wanted to slap her self confidence into her. But, I liked them together. The plot was OK. It was a shorter book, so it could have been flushed out a bit better, but overall it was well done. I would think that Jenny Lee would have been grieving more and longer for her fiance though O.o I liked Blue McCoy. I liked Lucy. I didn't like Lucy always feeling second best to Jenny. I wanted to slap her self confidence into her. But, I liked them together. The plot was OK. It was a shorter book, so it could have been flushed out a bit better, but overall it was well done. I would think that Jenny Lee would have been grieving more and longer for her fiance though O.o

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa - (Aussie Girl)

    One of the earlier Brockmanns. Some of the romantic suspense aspects were a little far fetched (she has definitely improved and expanded this part of her writing in her fantastic Troubleshooters series) but the development of the romantic relationship was nicely done. An enjoyable read. 3.5 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    It actually wouldn't be a bad book if the author had left all the lust out. (Note: This is the first book by this author that I've read.) POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD! (Read on at your own discretion) *** Carter "Blue" McCoy, a Navy Seal, returns to his hometown for his stepbrother's wedding. Since his stepbrother is marrying Blue's high school sweetheart, you'd think Blue would have her on his mind, but instead, he's thinking about Lucy Tait, a scrappy girl several years younger than he is (who just h It actually wouldn't be a bad book if the author had left all the lust out. (Note: This is the first book by this author that I've read.) POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD! (Read on at your own discretion) *** Carter "Blue" McCoy, a Navy Seal, returns to his hometown for his stepbrother's wedding. Since his stepbrother is marrying Blue's high school sweetheart, you'd think Blue would have her on his mind, but instead, he's thinking about Lucy Tait, a scrappy girl several years younger than he is (who just happens to be a police officer now). For her part, Lucy has had a crush on Blue since her high school days. Blue invites Lucy to the rehearsal dinner (until lust overtakes them and they plan to leave) but before they can leave Blue and his stepbrother have words and later that night the stepbrother is murdered in a way that leaves Blue as the prime suspect. While I love the friendship and romance that develops between Lucy and Blue (lust parts excluded in my like), I do think that Lucy's feelings for Blue lead her to make poor professional decisions. I do agree with her decision to stand up for the not yet arrested Blue when he's refused service at the diner and tossed out of the only hotel in town. However, she takes Blue to her own home and then stays in the house with him (which she should know would start tongues wagging in a small town). It seems she could have either gotten a room at the hotel for herself or failing that, stayed with a friend in town (Sara perhaps), or maybe even asked Sara and her husband to take Blue in. She also fails to secure any weapons Blue might have until she's ordered to by her boss. All this because she just "knows" he couldn't have done it. If we're ever in trouble, we all need a friend like Lucy who believes in us no matter what (well, almost no matter what), who will fight for us, and who will even sacrifice her investments to bail us out. Blue thought from the beginning that someone in law enforcement was in on the murder--and it turns out he was right. Doesn't seem like it left many of the police out--which makes me wonder who is protecting the town after all this goes down--because Lucy leaves. There's a part about your dreams vs. those of your parents (particularly mothers). Both Blue and Lucy had mothers whose dreams were in Hatboro, South Carolina. Blue seems to have realized sooner that those were his mother's dreams and did not have to be his own. Forever Blue--Blue became Carter's nickname because he was a fast runner and was short for "Blue Streak". Blue is also a color associated with police officers. Both Blue and Lucy want a forever love.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anna Marie

    Carter 'Blue' McCoy (← yes, Brockmann is a Trekkie) is a SEAL on leave to go to his step-brother Gerry's wedding. To Blue's high school sweetheart. Everyone expects it to be tense and bad, and then when Gerry's found dead, his neck snapped? Everyone points at Blue as the murderer. Everyone except Lucy Tait, the little girl grown up who'd had a crush on Blue back when she was in middle school. This book would be a lot more enjoyable if Blue weren't so aloof. MOST of Brockmann's heroes are heartfel Carter 'Blue' McCoy (← yes, Brockmann is a Trekkie) is a SEAL on leave to go to his step-brother Gerry's wedding. To Blue's high school sweetheart. Everyone expects it to be tense and bad, and then when Gerry's found dead, his neck snapped? Everyone points at Blue as the murderer. Everyone except Lucy Tait, the little girl grown up who'd had a crush on Blue back when she was in middle school. This book would be a lot more enjoyable if Blue weren't so aloof. MOST of Brockmann's heroes are heartfelt and open, even in their thoughts, but Blue just doesn't let us in. And when the author isn't one to write women well? You *NEED* an open hero, or it's just a very crusted-over experience, with the reader shut out. I think she *WANTED* this one to be different. I think she *WANTED* to write a good heroine. Lucy was actually the first giving, loving, caring, devoted female character. She's the first one who sells her house and business and follows her man to the base, sacrificing for him. But Lucy... she just doesn't hook the reader, either. The other complaint I have is that there's SO MUCH stacked against him. An entire town unwilling to let him eat in their restaurants, sleep in their motels, an entire town beating the shit out of him at every turn, an entire prison about to try to shiff him, an entire cop force destroying evidence that would prove him innocent... on top of being shut out of Blue's experience, we're shut out of everything else, too. It's a bleak read. The underwater sex was interesting, but... a SEAL nearly drowning in a pond? Seriously...? I have noticed repeat characters from Troubleshooters in these TDD books, though. In 'Prince Joe', there was Frank O'Reilly, who shows up reincarnated later as Frank O'Leary. In 'Forever Blue', Karen is the senator's daughter kidnapped by terrorists, and shows up later in Troubleshooters 'Breaking Dawn' as Karen, the senator's daughter 'kidnapped' by terrorists (aka Gina). Which is... kind of disturbing, but if you don't read the two series back-to-back, you wouldn't notice Brockmann isn't as imaginative with her characters as... well, hell, nevermind. Mike/Mark/Gillman are all the same, too - forgot about that! Anyhow, this is also the first gay character I've seen Brockmann write, so... it goes back a lot further than I thought it did. But then, she hails from Boston, so there ya go. Still... it's not a bad book. Not as good as 'Prince Joe', but... not one I would skip.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Strobel Madrzak

    This book was okay. I like Blue and Lucy is okay, but cut the melodrama. I can see being excited about getting a chance to be with her high school crush, but she is completely hung up on believing that he is still in love with his high school sweetheart (HSS) who is marrying his brother. I believe they are in their 30s. There is absolutely no evidence showing that he still has feelings for HSS. He dances with her and Lucy sees them and she is totally convinced that this means he still loves HSS. This book was okay. I like Blue and Lucy is okay, but cut the melodrama. I can see being excited about getting a chance to be with her high school crush, but she is completely hung up on believing that he is still in love with his high school sweetheart (HSS) who is marrying his brother. I believe they are in their 30s. There is absolutely no evidence showing that he still has feelings for HSS. He dances with her and Lucy sees them and she is totally convinced that this means he still loves HSS. Blue is supposed to be the best man, but when he gets to the wedding, a big deal is made of him only being invited at HSS' insistence. And then he is asked to leave. Wouldn't this make for an awkward wedding, not having a best man and all? Then toward the end he calls HSS and Lucy goes into a total pout as this means he is leaving her to spend his life with HSS. Blah.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ushmi

    So the beginning sense is h cannot doing her job properly without the help of H, where h is a police officer. So i should now sing praise of H for helping h to finish her job. Or get annoyed h for stupid and incompetent? I would rather chose latter one. I don't like to read stories where hs are incompetent and in need of Hs help for every GOD DAMN thing. You know what!! after every line I'm just like look up in the ceiling and sigh .. really r u kidding me..she is a fucking officer.. please why c So the beginning sense is h cannot doing her job properly without the help of H, where h is a police officer. So i should now sing praise of H for helping h to finish her job. Or get annoyed h for stupid and incompetent? I would rather chose latter one. I don't like to read stories where hs are incompetent and in need of Hs help for every GOD DAMN thing. You know what!! after every line I'm just like look up in the ceiling and sigh .. really r u kidding me..she is a fucking officer.. please why can't she behave like one! I was very tempted to DNF it. And i did dnf it. You just can't loathed a book and keep reading on .so I'm done with this book. Just read chap-1. I hope . God I'm begging...that 3rd book has some kind of normal woman that i can like please.because i need to like the h to read further the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mags

    Forever Blue is the second in Ms Brockmann's Tall, Dark & Deadly series and features SEAL Team Ten's Alpha Squads second in command Blue McCoy, who returns to his hometown to attend his ex-girlfriend and stepbrother's wedding. Only to be accused of murdering the groom. But rookie cop Lucy Tait is on-hand to help prove Blue innocent, even when the whole town and police force has decided he's guilty. And with some action, a nicely plotted and paced mystery, likable main characters, and a sweet roma Forever Blue is the second in Ms Brockmann's Tall, Dark & Deadly series and features SEAL Team Ten's Alpha Squads second in command Blue McCoy, who returns to his hometown to attend his ex-girlfriend and stepbrother's wedding. Only to be accused of murdering the groom. But rookie cop Lucy Tait is on-hand to help prove Blue innocent, even when the whole town and police force has decided he's guilty. And with some action, a nicely plotted and paced mystery, likable main characters, and a sweet romance Forever Blue is an enjoyable read. But one that couldn't be more different to the first in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is more like it! Blue McCoy comes back to his home down because the love of his life is marrying his brother. At the get together party before the wedding Blue meets up with Lucy whose had a crush on him since she was 15 years old. She's now a cop. Blue's brother Garry causes a scene and throws Blue out of the party. The next morning, Garry is dead. Now Blue and Lucy have to figure out who actually killed Garry before they kill Blue. This is more like it! Blue McCoy comes back to his home down because the love of his life is marrying his brother. At the get together party before the wedding Blue meets up with Lucy whose had a crush on him since she was 15 years old. She's now a cop. Blue's brother Garry causes a scene and throws Blue out of the party. The next morning, Garry is dead. Now Blue and Lucy have to figure out who actually killed Garry before they kill Blue.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bill Hair

    I do like the story lines of the first two books but the constant repetitive negative inner head monologues kills them for me. This book could have been cut down by 45% if the author periodically alluded to the mental gymnastics of the MCs instead of overwhelming the story. Cut 4 hours of repetitive inner monologues or add other information to the story and this easily would have been a 5 or 5 star read for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Hm, I feel a bit at a disadvantage here, having read Troubleshooters first. But I really struggled to connect to either charater in this book. And when I don't feel that connection to either one, it's tough going to finish. It's Brockmann though so I enjoyed aspects enough to round it up to three stars. Hm, I feel a bit at a disadvantage here, having read Troubleshooters first. But I really struggled to connect to either charater in this book. And when I don't feel that connection to either one, it's tough going to finish. It's Brockmann though so I enjoyed aspects enough to round it up to three stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alina Vlădoi

    Old nice romantic reading, back when to prove someone innocent was way harder, in the era where mobile phones didn't exist. A beautiful love story between a SEAL lieutenant, Blue, and a smart police officer, Lucy. Easy to read and captivating if you are into this kind of genre. Old nice romantic reading, back when to prove someone innocent was way harder, in the era where mobile phones didn't exist. A beautiful love story between a SEAL lieutenant, Blue, and a smart police officer, Lucy. Easy to read and captivating if you are into this kind of genre.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This book has wonderful characters and great suspense! I got a bit tired of some of the repeating whine and there was a lot of angst for me in this book. Still, it was an entertaining book with a great ending!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    book_luv_r

    Pretty decent audiobook. Came across as very dated, but still enjoyable.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This book was amazing. It had romance and suspense and one kick ass heroine.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    A fine installment in the series. I didn't like how easily Blue believed Lucy would betray him, but at least he figures it out. A fine installment in the series. I didn't like how easily Blue believed Lucy would betray him, but at least he figures it out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mattie

    It was ok, I did like that the hero didn't have unresolved feelings for his high school sweetheart. Heroine wasn't my favorite but she was ok. Np. It was ok, I did like that the hero didn't have unresolved feelings for his high school sweetheart. Heroine wasn't my favorite but she was ok. Np.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥

    Overall Rating: 4.85 Action: 3.6 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 4.9 / Sensuous: 1.8 / Suspense: 4.1 // Laughter: 0 / Giggles: 0 // Tears: 1 / Teary: 0 Forever Blue: 4.85: A difficult-to-put-down, entertaining, really enjoyable re-read. It was impossible not to be thrilled with Brockmann's skill when it came to creating memorable characters, writing witty and endearing dialogue, and telling a thoroughly romantic, somewhat suspenseful story while inserting a bit of action and a lot of detail about those w Overall Rating: 4.85 Action: 3.6 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 4.9 / Sensuous: 1.8 / Suspense: 4.1 // Laughter: 0 / Giggles: 0 // Tears: 1 / Teary: 0 Forever Blue: 4.85: A difficult-to-put-down, entertaining, really enjoyable re-read. It was impossible not to be thrilled with Brockmann's skill when it came to creating memorable characters, writing witty and endearing dialogue, and telling a thoroughly romantic, somewhat suspenseful story while inserting a bit of action and a lot of detail about those wonderful Navy SEALs. Hero: 4.8: Lieutenant Carter "Blue" McCoy: a gorgeous, muscled SEAL who revealed his compassionate nature underneath his bad-boy veneer. A well-developed, multi-faceted hero, who easily won hearts. Heroine: 4.3: Lucy Tait: although not quiet as richly detailed as Blue, Lucy is the kind of heroine that readers can love. Lucy had such a strong-willed, determined, and earnest personality that it was impossible not to admire her. Lucy was like the proverbial 'bull in a china shop' when she believed in someone or something. Story Line: 4.0: An original idea. The small town bad boy returns home to attend the wedding of his stepbrother to his former girlfriend and finds himself being framed for murder. It was impossible not to enjoy the slightly unrealistic, creative, unfolding story that put Blue, a hero who closed himself off emotionally, with Lucy, a heroine who was bound and determined to stand by Blue's side as the entire town turned against him. Action: 3.6: The action is this book is not the exciting, adventurous kind that one might expect from a book about a Navy SEAL. Rather, Brockmann features the laid-back, ordinary, everyday kind of action that a small town police officer and the framed suspect might encounter when trying to find the real killer. Emotion: 3.5: While it was easy to become emotionally invested in Blue's and Lucy's story to a degree that brought forth a teary moment, that serious, soul-deep connection between the reader and the protagonists was not quite present. Romance: 4.9: This book was all about the relationship, the romance, and the friendship that built between Blue and Lucy. Sensuous: 1.8: As expected in a Harlequin Romance published in 1996, the sensuality in the lovemaking between Blue and Lucy was minimized. Suspense: 4.1: An aura of suspense permeated this story. Not only were Blue and Lucy trying to find out who the actual killer was (while the whole town was in a mob mentality mode), but also the underlying question of why frame Blue in the first place remained front and center. Secondary Characters: 2.7: The depth of personality development was missing when it came to the secondary characters found in this book. Enjoyed the inclusion of details about Blue's injured teammate, Alan "Frisco" Francisco, which prompts readers to pick up the next book of the series. The incorporation of some details about several of Blue's SEAL teammates hiding in the background of the story: {1} Joe "Cat" Catalanotto, {2} Harlan "Cowboy" Jones, {3} Daryl "Harvard" Becker, {4} Bobby "Bob" Taylor, {5} Wesley "Wes" Skelly, and {6} Luke "Lucky" O'Donlon, added to the storyline. There were several other under-developed secondary characters that were necessary to make the story come alive: {1} Gerry McCoy, {2} Jenny Lee Beaumont, {3} Annabella Sawyer, {4} Frank Redfield, {5} Chief Sheldon Bradley, and {6} Travis Southeby. A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of Forever Blue appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Suzanne Brockmann First published: 1996 Length: ~250 pages Setting: Contemporary. Small-town, South Carolina. Sex: Varies from explicit to door half-closed. Reasonably frequent. Hero: SEAL. Heroine: Police officer. *shrug* meh. It was okay. Reasonable characters. Reasonable storyline. But I didn’t feel the love and spent the latter part of the book waiting for the town and townspeople to get their comeuppance or at least a Hallelujah! moment. It’s an interesting enough series but Book 2 didn’t liv Author: Suzanne Brockmann First published: 1996 Length: ~250 pages Setting: Contemporary. Small-town, South Carolina. Sex: Varies from explicit to door half-closed. Reasonably frequent. Hero: SEAL. Heroine: Police officer. *shrug* meh. It was okay. Reasonable characters. Reasonable storyline. But I didn’t feel the love and spent the latter part of the book waiting for the town and townspeople to get their comeuppance or at least a Hallelujah! moment. It’s an interesting enough series but Book 2 didn’t live up to the hype. Tall, Dark & Dangerous: Book 1 Prince Joe - Veronica St John and Lieutenant Joe Catalonotto Book 2 Forever Blue - Blue McCoy and Lucy Tait Book 3 Frisco's Kid - Alan Francisco and Mia Appleton Book 4 Everyday, Average Jones - Harlan "Cowboy” Jones and Melody Evans Book 5 Harvard's Education - Senior Chief "Harvard” Becker and PJ Richards Book 6 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - William "Crash” Hawken and Nell Burns Book 7 The Admiral's Bride - Zoe Lange and Admiral Jake Robinson Book 8 Identity: Unknown - Mitchell Shaw and Becca Keyes Book 9 Get Lucky - Lucky O’Donlon and Sydney Jameson Book 10 Taylor's Temptation - Bobby Taylor and Colleen Skelly Book 11 Night Watch - Wes Skelly and Brittany Evans References: Author's website: http://www.suzannebrockmann.com/books... (Read in Tall, Dark & Dangerous ISBN 97801488757280) -CR-

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