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Out of Control

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Out of Control

Troubleshooters Series, Book 4
Bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann knows how to push the limits of romantic suspense to new, breathtaking heights. Potent, gripping, and explosive, OUT OF CONTROL is a roller coaster ride of a novel-- as a single act of loyalty becomes a desperate struggle for survival. . . .

Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle's life, she goes in search of Ken "WildCard" Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. She must convince him to help her deliver a cache of ransom money into the hands of terrorists halfway around the world. What she doesn't expect is to end up in WildCard's arms before she can even ask for his help.

WildCard has always had a soft spot for beautiful women. But when he discovers Savannah's hidden agenda, he is determined to end the affair. But Savannah is bound for Indonesia with or without his protection, and he can't just walk away. When her plan goes horribly wrong, they are trapped in the forsaken jungle of a hostile country, stalked by a lethal enemy. As time is running out, they scramble to escape, risking their lives to stop a nightmare from spinning even further out of control. . . .

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Bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann knows how to push the limits of romantic suspense to new, breathtaking heights. Potent, gripping, and explosive, OUT OF CONTROL is a roller coaster ride of a novel-- as a single act of loyalty becomes a desperate struggle for survival. . . .

Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle's life, she goes in search of Ken "WildCard" Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. She must convince him to help her deliver a cache of ransom money into the hands of terrorists halfway around the world. What she doesn't expect is to end up in WildCard's arms before she can even ask for his help.

WildCard has always had a soft spot for beautiful women. But when he discovers Savannah's hidden agenda, he is determined to end the affair. But Savannah is bound for Indonesia with or without his protection, and he can't just walk away. When her plan goes horribly wrong, they are trapped in the forsaken jungle of a hostile country, stalked by a lethal enemy. As time is running out, they scramble to escape, risking their lives to stop a nightmare from spinning even further out of control. . . .

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  • Chapter One SEVERAL MONTHS LATER

    Savannah von Hopf's life spiraled even further out of control when she opened her cell phone and discovered that the batteries were completely dead.

    She stared at the phone in disbelief, unwilling at first to accept any explanation other than that she'd suddenly and horrifically been plunged into an alternate reality. She'd charged her phone last night in her hotel room--same as she charged her phone every single night of her life. She wouldn't have forgotten something as important as that, and she hadn't. She'd plugged it into the outlet in the bathroom and . . .

    And then turned out the light to go to sleep. Without the light switch in the on position, the outlet hadn't worked and the phone hadn't charged.

    Of course.

    She wasn't in an alternate reality. She was merely an idiot.

    So now here she was, sans phone, in a rental car with a flat tire, in an unfamiliar part of San Diego.

    Okay. Cross using her cell phone to call the car rental company for roadside assistance off the list that had the heading "What To Do Now." Savannah kept the motor on and the air conditioner running while she tried to think. What were her other options?

    Knock on doors and ask to use a phone?

    She peered out the windows of her car. The houses in this neighborhood was extremely small, and many of them had a grayness to them--as if the people living inside had had to choose to spend their money on something more vital, like repairing the roof, rather than on a fresh coat of paint.

    The yards were all neatly kept, but still, this entire part of town had a desperate feel to it, a hopelessness.

    The thought of having to get out of her car made Savannah a little uneasy--let alone the idea of getting out of her car and knocking on some stranger's door.

    And wasn't that just great? If she were too chicken to get out of her car in some middle-class neighborhood in San Diego, how on earth was she going to get off the plane in Jakarta?

    Of course, that was why she was here in the first place. Because she didn't want to get off that plane in Jakarta--at least not without a hand to hold.

    Specifically, Kenny Karmody's hand.

    She'd gotten what she'd come into this neighborhood for before the thumping front tire had forced her to pull to the side of the road.

    She'd driven past Kenny's house and made certain there was no circumstantial evidence in his yard that would signal he was married with kids. No swing set, no big wheels, no Barbie hanging by her hair from a tree. No minivan parked in the drive.

    Adele had told Savannah that, to the best of her knowledge, Ken was still single. But she'd had experience back in college with "the best of Adele's knowledge," and she'd wanted to see where Kenny was living before she called him.

    And asked him to travel halfway around the globe with her, as a favor.

    God, how was she going to ask a favor like that? Of a man she hadn't seen in over six years? A man with whom she'd had only one brief conversation, who probably wouldn't even remember her?

    Savannah could see Ken's house in her rearview mirror--it was one of the better kept ones on the street. Miniature, sure, but not quite as drab.

    She wasn't going to have the opportunity to ask the man anything if she didn't get back to the hotel and call him.

    And say what?

    Adele had been adamant that Savannah not mention her when she spoke to Kenny. According to Adele, he still wasn't over their breakup.

    "Don't even tell him you met him while you were at Yale," she'd said. "He hates Yale--hates all Ivy League schools and everyone who went to one."

    So what...
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  • 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 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 a feature-length movie, the award-winning romantic comedy The Perfect Wedding, which she co-wrote with her husband, Ed Gaffney, and their son, Jason. She has also co-written a YA novel, set in the world of her paranormal Fighting Destiny series, with her daughter, Melanie. Find Suzanne Brockmann on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and visit her website to find out more about upcoming releases and appearances.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 11, 2002
    Blending several humor-garnished love stories into the best sort of cocktail, veteran romance author Brockmann (Over the Edge) serves up a heady brew that readers are certain to savor. Computer wiz and Navy SEAL Ken Karmody changes a tire for grease-smudged damsel-in-distress Savannah van Hopf, cooks her dinner and ends up in bed with her—the beginning of a fantastic relationship, he believes, until Savannah shatters his dreams the next morning with her sheepish revelation that she had sought him out so he could help her negotiate her uncle's ransom in Indonesia. But sleeping with him, she insists, was never part of her plan. Feeling betrayed, Ken nonetheless accompanies her to Indonesia. Evading kidnappers plunges them deep into the jungle with few resources, forcing the two to rely on each other, rebuild their broken trust and rediscover their former passion. Meanwhile, Savannah's grandmother—a World War II double agent whose memories of her love for a supposed Nazi interweave with Ken and Savannah's jungle perils—rousts Ken's fellow SEALs and the FBI into organizing a rescue mission. A consummate and prolific storyteller, Brockmann consistently turns out first-rate novels that tug on the reader's heartstrings, and her latest is no exception. (Mar.)Forecast:Brockmann's books consistently garner rave reviews, hit the bestseller lists and rank high on RWA's 10 Favorite Books of the Year list. Despite its forgettable cover, this military romance should sell particularly well, given the public's recent hunger for patriotic entertainment.

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