Spaz Reviews: Born to Darkness – Suzanne Brockmann

As the New York Times bestselling author of the Troubleshooters series and a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today), Suzanne Brockmann has an acclaimed history of taking readers’ breath away with her novels of hot passion and high adventure. Now she takes her talent for sexy, action-packed storytelling in a thrilling new direction: forward—into a future, both fantastic and frightening, that only the brilliant Brockmann could envision.

Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists—including women half his size—can kick his highly skilled ass.

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • List Price: $26.00
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345521277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345521279
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The setting is futuristic with elements of the paranormal with some action romance for good measure. The very best thing I found about this book is that is sort of played out as 2.5 romances. There are two wonderfully developed romances with one that kinda happens and is fun to watch. As a matter of fact, I was quite pleasantly surprised to discover that one of them was m/m! I loved it!

The first h/h established in Born to Darkness are between Michelle “Mac” MacKenzie, a scientist with the OI compound, and the new recruit NAVY Seal Shane Laughlin. I loved the start of their bad romance, after they meet in the bar and get it on! It is steamy and hot! But in true love-em-and-leave-em fashion, Mac has intimacy issues and beats the street running once she discovers he is a new recruit at her place of employment. OOPS. As much as Mac could be infuriating, there was a part of me that totally could identify with her. Mostly. And Shane… wow. From his muscle-bound Navy SEAL body to his popping his “p”s when he said nope… He was hot. Of course she wants nothing more to do with him, and he is all ABOUT her. It’s fun watching, because he is undeniably persistent and charming no matter how she tries to scare him away.

And that’s not where the hot men ended, which leads me to the unexpected second romance of Born to Darkness. There were Steven Diaz and Elliot who also discovered their feelings for one another, and they were just as hot as well. But my issue with this relationship as how quickly it progressed, at a very unrealistic pace.

The world building was solid, no complaints there. But there are seven points of view in this book. Yep! Seven. I have to admit it did keep me from connecting with some of the characters fully. I would have liked a lot more backstory behind some of the characters that there just wasn’t time for with all the other story lines going on. The other .5 Romance I mentioned previously was just meh for me, and I’m glad that it didn’t get resolved because I would like to get more time with Anna and Joseph before really caring whether they got together or not.

Once I finished the book, I had a great time going to Suzanne’s website to see portrayals of the “full cast” of characters. I enjoyed this book enough to read others by the author, but I just didn’t seem to love it as much as my fellow book bloggers did.

Smitten With Reading  5 Stars

Geeky Blogger  5+


  • Samantha May 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I’ve read every book by Brockmann. Yep, every single one. But 7 points of views? Maybe I’ll check out her website first then read it to help me from getting lost. 🙂

    • Spaz May 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

      You know what, I saw a LOT of comments when I was looking up other reviews that this book not like other Brockmann books and that I should definitely try her other series. I really don’t know how I missed the other books she has written but I am definitely going to check them out!

  • Laurie May 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I agree with your review. I’m not a reviewer or blogger but just little me and I rated it a 3.5 as well. I thought it was just me that didn’t rave about it as I have not read her others either, but I did find some bloggers who agree that it was kinda confusing with all the POV and couples, who’s story was it really? I will try some of her others when I get some time, I have heard they are good.

    • Spaz May 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Glad to know I wasn’t the only one 🙂 Thanks!

  • Wicked Lil Pixie May 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    7 POV’s? I can barely keep up with two nevermind 7!

    • Spaz May 10, 2012 at 11:11 am


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