Get Lucky is another installment in the “Tall Dark and Dangerous” series. For the uninitiated, the TD&D series centers around one of our country’s elite covert military groups -- the Navy Seals. Luke “Lucky” O’Donlon is the last of the great “I’m staying a bachelor even if it kills me” kind of hero, which in a less appealing character can be quite annoying. He dates beautiful, but two clicks from being brain dead, women for two-week stretches to ensure that he remains a bachelor. That is, until Sydney Jameson comes along.
Sydney is a reporter who comes home one evening to find her 19-year-old neighbor raped and brutally beaten. Sydney discovers there is a serial rapist at large; evidence suggests that it could be a Navy Seal. Angered that no warnings were issued to women to take extra precautions, she trades her press silence in return for inclusion on the law enforcement task force and an exclusive story when the rapist is apprehended. The Navy Seals, by way of Lucky O’Donlon, are grudgingly included on the task force. The head of the task force, in his displeasure at having the Seals and a reporter involved, forces them to work together.
Sydney sees Lucky as a living Navy Ken doll (he shows up at the first meeting in blinding dress whites complete with ribbons and medals) and Lucky views Sydney as dead weight that will slow his Seal team down. The story centers on these two getting rid of their preconceived notions about each other and themselves as individuals.
Between the two, Lucky needs the most work in terms of character growth as evidenced by his really crass efforts to be Sydney’s bogus best friend and when that doesn’t work, he moves quickly to plan B -- seduction. In spite of a kiss that causes temporary insanity, Sydney is way too smart and too grounded for that nonsense and puts Lucky in his place.
Having read The Bodyguard, there was definitely a predisposition to like this story and I wasn’t disappointed. Ms. Brockman has produced a quality story with only a couple of glitches. The transitions were a little choppy, creating a feeling of having missed something. Having a nebulous, never-really-there villain whose actions were a key element in the story created another imbalance that, in the end, was tied up a little too neatly. Perhaps the real culprit is not the author but the word constraints that govern the world of series romances.
If you like heroines that are smart and caring with a wicked sense of humor and a fairly healthy view of men, then Sydney is as close to perfect as anyone could want. Her perception of her physical self is where Sydney needs some work. She hides herself in baggy, androgynous clothing and no makeup. Somehow the author manages to convey that, although her self image is a little warped, Sydney truly understands that her true worth is in her inner self.
Lucky has no problem understanding what a good looking, charming, wonderful, charismatic person he is. That’s not all he is, just all that he’s willing to openly acknowledge to himself and expose to the rest of the world. Therein lies the beauty of Get Lucky, their forced close association provides opportunities for them to really get to know, like and understand each other.
Don’t worry Sydney doesn’t turn into a glamour queen a la Professor Higgins. The changes are much more lasting. And subtly defined by Suzanne Brockmann’s use of humor, action, camaraderie and some of the hottest kisses this side of Phoenix in July. And as a plus, for those who follow the TD&D series, there are plenty of appearances by past and no doubt future characters.
--Wilda G. Turner