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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann has thrilled audiences with her Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. Experience it here with a hero who must face the most daring adventure of all - falling in love. Love is the toughest assignment of his life… It will be the biggest challenge of Veronica St. John's career. She has two days to teach a rugged Navy New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann has thrilled audiences with her Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. Experience it here with a hero who must face the most daring adventure of all - falling in love. Love is the toughest assignment of his life… It will be the biggest challenge of Veronica St. John's career. She has two days to teach a rugged Navy SEAL to impersonate a European prince who has been targeted by terrorists. It's a tough assignment, but Veronica is sure she's up to the task—until she actually meets Joe. Despite his physical resemblance to the handsome prince, Lieutenant Joe Catalanotto is nothing like the stuffy aristocrat. Everything about the combat-hardened Navy SEAL—from the arrogant gleam in his eyes and streetwise attitude to the New York accent—says regular guy, not royalty. One conversation and Veronica knows nothing could turn this military man into an aristocrat. Joe, on the other hand, is confident he's got what it takes to complete his duty. But neither of them expects their assignment to include falling in love…


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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann has thrilled audiences with her Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. Experience it here with a hero who must face the most daring adventure of all - falling in love. Love is the toughest assignment of his life… It will be the biggest challenge of Veronica St. John's career. She has two days to teach a rugged Navy New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann has thrilled audiences with her Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. Experience it here with a hero who must face the most daring adventure of all - falling in love. Love is the toughest assignment of his life… It will be the biggest challenge of Veronica St. John's career. She has two days to teach a rugged Navy SEAL to impersonate a European prince who has been targeted by terrorists. It's a tough assignment, but Veronica is sure she's up to the task—until she actually meets Joe. Despite his physical resemblance to the handsome prince, Lieutenant Joe Catalanotto is nothing like the stuffy aristocrat. Everything about the combat-hardened Navy SEAL—from the arrogant gleam in his eyes and streetwise attitude to the New York accent—says regular guy, not royalty. One conversation and Veronica knows nothing could turn this military man into an aristocrat. Joe, on the other hand, is confident he's got what it takes to complete his duty. But neither of them expects their assignment to include falling in love…

30 review for Prince Joe

  1. 4 out of 5

    Buggy

    Opening line: "All of the major network news cameras were rolling as Tedric Cortere, crown prince of Ustanzia, entered the airport." Prince Joe is the 1st from Brockmann’s 11 book Tall Dark and Dangerous series, its Troubleshooters ‘light’ and except for a couple of issues its very, very good. And damn but that Brockman can write a delicious hero because Prince Joe, well I fell a little (lot)in love with him. This SEAL was just arrogant, combat hardened and rough enough around the edges to catch Opening line: "All of the major network news cameras were rolling as Tedric Cortere, crown prince of Ustanzia, entered the airport." Prince Joe is the 1st from Brockmann’s 11 book Tall Dark and Dangerous series, its Troubleshooters ‘light’ and except for a couple of issues its very, very good. And damn but that Brockman can write a delicious hero because Prince Joe, well I fell a little (lot)in love with him. This SEAL was just arrogant, combat hardened and rough enough around the edges to catch my interest and then wrecked me when I realized he was a nice guy too (some might say even a prince) He’s sensitive, has insecurities and is even able to shed a tear. Of course he‘s also a pilot, diver, munitions expert, explosives guru, sharpshooter, mechanic, team leader, able to speak 8 languages and looks damn fine in (and out) of his dress whites *sigh* Now just where can I find a guy like that? I didn’t really know what to expect going into this series, I’d heard good things but because it was written in 96 I thought it might be kind of dated (it isn’t) I’m also not one for the category romances but I found myself swept away here by the touching, suspenseful and often humorous story. I also appreciated Brockmann using proper military lingo, explaining it as we went along so that I felt a real connection to the characters. of course our couple fall in love within days of meeting and through some great dialogue Brockman somehow had me believing it too. The love scenes are ‘soft’ yet also very satisfying and accept for the standard miscommunication/break-up towards the end I almost forgot I was reading category romance. There’s also a ton of exciting action and suspense with an ending that is just brilliant. Leaving me excited to continue on with the rest of these tall, dark and dangerous boys from SEAL team ten’s alpha squad. As much as I enjoyed this I should also mention that I had a couple of issues. For some weird reason Brockman likes to invent countries (Why does she do this?) here I had to train myself so that every time I read her fake country of Ustanzia it became Estonia in my mind just so that I didn’t go nuts trying to imagine a country and people that don’t exist. Her characters also don’t swear, which is fine except that Joe substitutes “Jesus, Mary and Joseph” and always says it twice within the same page or paragraph which just seemed weird. We meet Joe Catalanotto on leave, he’s relaxed, miles from anywhere and enjoying a days fishing with members of his team. All that changes in an instant as a chopper approaches their boat, drops a ladder and a voice announces to the Lieutenant “that his shore leave is over” Within 24hours Joe finds himself in Washington DC surrounded by dignitaries, military brass and one beautiful red headed media consultant. Following an assassination attempt on the crown Prince of Ustanzia (Estonia) Veronica St John has just been given the seemingly impossible task of turning this rugged and stubborn New Jersey accented sailor into a Prince for the remainder of his US tour. Now while Joe may be the prince’s doppelganger it’s still going to be up to ‘Ronnie’ to teach him royal protocol, correct accent, background and the unique mannerisms needed to pull this off. (Think Miss Congeniality) The attraction between our couple is immediate however Joe frustrates Veronica because he doesn’t seem to be taking the ‘job’ seriously. As the two grow closer Veronica begins to see that Joe is much more than he appears, willing to take a bullet for a man he not only doesn’t know but doesn’t like. Before long the “L” word is floating around with Joe feeling that he wouldn’t be good enough for her because of his blue collar background while Veronica tries not to fall in love with a man who will be away from home risking his life on a daily basis and enjoying it. Of course then theres also the small issue of the terrorists and the bulls eye on Joes chest.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    I tried a few times to get into this one, but I just couldn't relate with the whole romance part. Every time I found myself just enjoying the plot (which was actually interesting), it got bogged down with repetitive cliches on how hot the heroine is and how horny Joe is. The romance moved way too fast and the pacing of it threw me too. I wanted to love this one as I normally love Brockmann, but this one didn't work for me. I tried a few times to get into this one, but I just couldn't relate with the whole romance part. Every time I found myself just enjoying the plot (which was actually interesting), it got bogged down with repetitive cliches on how hot the heroine is and how horny Joe is. The romance moved way too fast and the pacing of it threw me too. I wanted to love this one as I normally love Brockmann, but this one didn't work for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    This is the first book I've a read by this author and I think I've found myself a new favorite author (yay me)! I Loved this story! Joe & Veronica's chemistry was amazing, and I loved that no matter how hard they fought their attraction they finally had to give in because it was bigger than the both of them. There was incredible pressure on both Joe & Veronica to do their jobs and they both had different reasons for doing it, but in the end their reasons were both admirable. I'm SO happy I found thi This is the first book I've a read by this author and I think I've found myself a new favorite author (yay me)! I Loved this story! Joe & Veronica's chemistry was amazing, and I loved that no matter how hard they fought their attraction they finally had to give in because it was bigger than the both of them. There was incredible pressure on both Joe & Veronica to do their jobs and they both had different reasons for doing it, but in the end their reasons were both admirable. I'm SO happy I found this series (thank you so much Buggy for you awesome review)! ..now onto Blue McCoy's story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    Joe and Veronica. Prince 'Ted' is an ass, but he is a prince and his country has newly discovered oil. So when he is almost assassinated, the US government is all set to keep him safe. Luckily 'Ted' knows of a Navy Seal who looks just like him and can take his place during the rest of his US relations tour. Veronica happens to be prince Ted's sister's, sister-in-law and is working to improve his media image. So it falls on her to instruct Navy Seal 'Joe' how to impersonate a stuck up prig of a p Joe and Veronica. Prince 'Ted' is an ass, but he is a prince and his country has newly discovered oil. So when he is almost assassinated, the US government is all set to keep him safe. Luckily 'Ted' knows of a Navy Seal who looks just like him and can take his place during the rest of his US relations tour. Veronica happens to be prince Ted's sister's, sister-in-law and is working to improve his media image. So it falls on her to instruct Navy Seal 'Joe' how to impersonate a stuck up prig of a prince. Ronnie and Joe's, first meeting is anything but auspicious. Does Joe allay her bad first impression though? Nope. He plays it up to make himself look even worse. All of this sounds like the makings of a great story right? Wrong. Joe has a chip on his shoulder the size of the Titanic, and it sinks the story every time it seems to be getting good. Veronica has a posh english accent and dresses conservatively, so she must be a snobby bitch right? That's what Joe assumes... over and over and over and over again. Super tiresome to the point of stupidity. When it becomes emphatically and publicly obvious that he has been holding out information on himself that was important to Veronica doing her job well, does she get mad. No.... she is all oooh Joe.. you are so awesome... Overall, Joe was patronizing to the 'little lady'. There was no real reason for it and he was even warned by a man he respects, that there was more to her than he should first assume. So essentially I couldn't see what Veronica saw in him other than he looked hot in his naval whites and was nice to dying children. Does he apologize for being an asshole? (view spoiler)[Nope. Right to the end he assumes she was just 'slumming' with him because she's such a spoiled snob. It was never apparent to me that she gave him cause to think this.. like AT ALL. She comes across as a decent person. Never snobby to anyone. (hide spoiler)] Safety is good.

  5. 5 out of 5

    fleurette

    Well, I have some serious problems with this book. I really liked the main idea of the plot. And the first one third is quite good. But then I lost my interest and read the rest of the book mainly because it isn't bad enough to just leave it. I believe the worse thing is Joe's attitude towards Veronica. He doesn't respect her job. He doesn't respect what she does. He doesn't respect her. He seriously believes that she thinks lesser about him, because he is from worse background than she is. Doesn Well, I have some serious problems with this book. I really liked the main idea of the plot. And the first one third is quite good. But then I lost my interest and read the rest of the book mainly because it isn't bad enough to just leave it. I believe the worse thing is Joe's attitude towards Veronica. He doesn't respect her job. He doesn't respect what she does. He doesn't respect her. He seriously believes that she thinks lesser about him, because he is from worse background than she is. Doesn't that makes her shallow? So, yeah, he thinks she is shallow and finds him stupid just because of a few words she said during a quarrel. And he always knows better. (view spoiler)[She asks him to wake her up and he promises to do it. But then he just lets her sleep because she looks soooo sweeeeet, it's not easy to wake her up and he thinks that she needs to sleep a little longer. She can not rely on him in such small matters as waking her up as she wished! Again where is the respect?! And what she does? She just admits that sleeping over is all her fault and apologies him for being mad! (hide spoiler)] Veronica is just a weak heroine. Yeah, Joe always knows better. He knows what Veronica thinks, so he doesn't ask her about anything. The whole story is about them not talking about anything and thinking poorly about each other. He doesn't tell her about his abilities to fulfill the task and they dont't talk about their feelings and expectations. At about half of the book, both Veronica and Joe think about love and spending the whole life with each other. But till this time they didn't talk with each other about anything other than sex. And I seriously couldn't find any deeper feelings between them. After few days of not talking?! No kidding! And the end doesn't solve anything, to me they are nearly in the same point they were before. I seriously don't think they would make it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    3.5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I felt bad because I really feel that a 1 star rating should come with a reason for that low rating. Suzanne Brockmann is a very popular author in the romance genre, and I am sure that my rating gets a lot of raised eyebrows. For me, this book is a fail. Why? I cannot stand the heroine! I tried my hardest to keep reading, but she annoyed me so much, and I didn't even want to be bothered. Honestly, I have a problem with Suzanne Brockmann's heroines in general. I find most of them fairly unlikable I felt bad because I really feel that a 1 star rating should come with a reason for that low rating. Suzanne Brockmann is a very popular author in the romance genre, and I am sure that my rating gets a lot of raised eyebrows. For me, this book is a fail. Why? I cannot stand the heroine! I tried my hardest to keep reading, but she annoyed me so much, and I didn't even want to be bothered. Honestly, I have a problem with Suzanne Brockmann's heroines in general. I find most of them fairly unlikable. I have a handful I do like, and Veronica is not one of them. Her snobbery, her disdainful way of treating Joe, who is a nice guy, way too nice for her, really got my goat. I like a proper, even stuffy heroine. But she was just plain offensive to me. With a romance book, I have to like the characters to want to see them get their happy ending. In this case, I wanted Joe to ditch Veronica and find a nice woman to fall in love with. I realize I am an outlier with this book. Sometimes that happens. I have considered trying to reread this and see if I like it better the second time. But, I found it so off-putting, I'm not sure when that will ever happen, especially with my immense tbr pile (not to mention books I liked and want to reread). My opinion, and certainly not the only one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eastofoz

    Normally I don’t like stories about princes and kings from fake countries –they tend to bug me especially with a contemporary setting because they come off as dumb but this book thankfully didn’t focus on that too much. For the most part it was a light romance with a dollop of suspense and some heartfelt moments scattered around. Joe Catalanotto is a navy SEAL whose job is to impersonate the prince of Ustanzia who has had an assassination attempt on his life during an official tour to the US. Ver Normally I don’t like stories about princes and kings from fake countries –they tend to bug me especially with a contemporary setting because they come off as dumb but this book thankfully didn’t focus on that too much. For the most part it was a light romance with a dollop of suspense and some heartfelt moments scattered around. Joe Catalanotto is a navy SEAL whose job is to impersonate the prince of Ustanzia who has had an assassination attempt on his life during an official tour to the US. Veronica St Jean is hired to teach Joe how to look and act like the prince and it’s no mean feat considering that he comes from the wrong side of the tracks. To Veronica’s surprise Joe is a quick study. As for their relationship, Joe pretty much wanted to jump her from the get-go and she found him attractive if boorish which of course he only did to get on her nerves. Slowly they both feel the pull, end up doing the horizontal and then start second guessing each other which brings the blossoming relationship to a virtual standstill for a few too many pages for my liking. I loved Joe :) He’s this tough as nails alpha who has a believable soft side. I’m not a fan of the teary-eyed heroes but my heart just broke in pieces for poor Joe for how much he loved Veronica and wanted to be with her. He sort of reminded me of some of Lisa Marie Rice’s heroes from her Midnight series. He’s a great kisser and a champion whisperer. What I didn’t like about his character was that at times he saw himself a lowly second class working stiff compared to Veronica’s uppity high class character. Not only was the guy a navy SEAL but he was an expert in explosives, an engineer, a linguist and an officer. It didn’t make sense that he’d have feelings of being lower class given all he accomplished. Veronia is a fairly decent heroine. She’s one of those prim and proper gals who just happens to fall for the guy that lets her know she can let it all hang out with him and she certainly does. Sometimes she over-thought her relationship with him which got irritating after a while but it did add to the emotional high points of the novel so I could over look that. The book does get too formulaic at times and you think it’s going to veer towards the dumb but Brockmann catches herself in time to put it back on track. It’s not a brilliant story but it’s pretty good for the most part. Thankfully there isn’t an insane amount of focus on the suspense side and the bad guys and their story is kept to a minimum so it doesn’t feel like it’s taking too much time away from the love story. It’s a pretty good, quickie romantic suspense story with some spicy steam and good characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Neat concept but thoughts and actions ruined it for me. I loved the two main characters and the storyline, but the book should have been about 1/2 of the length. The author filled the story with endless ruminations within the characters' minds. They both kept assuming the wrong things about the words the other said. CAUTION SPOILERS: For example, he asks her to marry him, she says no because they are from two different worlds. He thinks she means he is too low class for her, but what she really m Neat concept but thoughts and actions ruined it for me. I loved the two main characters and the storyline, but the book should have been about 1/2 of the length. The author filled the story with endless ruminations within the characters' minds. They both kept assuming the wrong things about the words the other said. CAUTION SPOILERS: For example, he asks her to marry him, she says no because they are from two different worlds. He thinks she means he is too low class for her, but what she really meant was she didn't want to live with the fear that his work as a Navy Seal would keep putting his life in danger. So, he leaves her thinking the wrong thing. A second example is at a social function, she comes up to him and asks him to dance. He says stay the hell away from me (because his role is to be a target for a shooter and he wants her safe, which she should know), but she walks away thinking he doesn't like her, which was false. There were additional wrong assumptions causing conflicts which ruined the book for me. Sexual content: mild.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This was a good story/setup. However, it was marred by most of romantic issues stemming from assumptions and lack of communication. Really people - just talk!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    5 Prince Joe Stars Normally I mention the narration at the end but D – A – N – M it needs to be mentioned first. Ashley Adlon brought every character a voice and even some with ACCENTS!! And she freaking NAILED it. No joke. I loved this book because she had me so engaged. The storyline was there for sure but Ashley slays this book in all the best ways. I went in knowing it was an older romance, meaning it was writing over 20 years ago and I immediately felt like it was a Harlequin I would just pl 5 Prince Joe Stars Normally I mention the narration at the end but D – A – N – M it needs to be mentioned first. Ashley Adlon brought every character a voice and even some with ACCENTS!! And she freaking NAILED it. No joke. I loved this book because she had me so engaged. The storyline was there for sure but Ashley slays this book in all the best ways. I went in knowing it was an older romance, meaning it was writing over 20 years ago and I immediately felt like it was a Harlequin I would just pluck off my grandma’s shelf and devour. These are the romance’s I fell in love with, has the story been done before sure, with more flair sure. But if you take it down to the time the book was written and how it makes you feel I was so in love with Joe! He was this tough seal yacked off his one day leave and shoved into this passion he didn’t want to be in but because of respect, he volunteered in the end to do the job. And Veronica, she was the strong stoic type who sure some might say got walked over, but really she just lied in wait until she could manipulate the situation. I loved that she was so ambitious and skeptical. I loved that Joe wore his heart on his sleeve; he was this strong man until he fell in love. Who doesn’t love a story like that? I loved it as you can tell and if you just go in thinking I am going to be entertained and enjoy a good love story you will love it as much as I did I am sure of it. *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    This was a rather nice, fairytale-type romance. Navy SEAL meets PR consultant. Navy SEAL given ample opportunity to demonstrate bravery, plus a unique array of skills ranging from languages to climbing. Navy SEAL and PR consultant fall in love, but predictable misunderstanding happen. Etc. Etc. It was rather formulaic, but well enough written that it was still enjoyable, and I'll go back for more with the rest of the series. The made-up country thing and spoilt prince were a tad hokey, but the a This was a rather nice, fairytale-type romance. Navy SEAL meets PR consultant. Navy SEAL given ample opportunity to demonstrate bravery, plus a unique array of skills ranging from languages to climbing. Navy SEAL and PR consultant fall in love, but predictable misunderstanding happen. Etc. Etc. It was rather formulaic, but well enough written that it was still enjoyable, and I'll go back for more with the rest of the series. The made-up country thing and spoilt prince were a tad hokey, but the author carried it off ok. The hero and heroine were both very likeable so I don't feel like I wasted my time reading it. 3 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    LaFleurBleue

    Just read it again. As I decided to indulge in reading the whole TDD series in the right order this time, and without waiting months between each book. I liked this one very much, probably more than in my memories. It's not really realistic in more than a few places, but it just worked fine. I felt the attraction and budding feelings between Joe and Veronica, their mutual misunderstanding on their relationship did not seem overplayed. And for a short book, I felt the characters had some depths. In Just read it again. As I decided to indulge in reading the whole TDD series in the right order this time, and without waiting months between each book. I liked this one very much, probably more than in my memories. It's not really realistic in more than a few places, but it just worked fine. I felt the attraction and budding feelings between Joe and Veronica, their mutual misunderstanding on their relationship did not seem overplayed. And for a short book, I felt the characters had some depths. In a way, it's very Cinderella like, in others not at all, but it seems a bit like a fairy tale romance. A very solid 4 to 5 stars (yeah, I'm hesitating to upgrade it)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Liked this better on the reread. Joe Cat is a good character. This one was pretty implausible. I generally don't like when authors make up European countries just so they can have a princess in their story but what are you going to do? The story was okay. The take down scenes on the boat were pretty good if I remember correctly. I read this a long time ago. I like Joe Cat a lot in future stories in the series and you really ought to read it if you're going to read the series since this is the sta Liked this better on the reread. Joe Cat is a good character. This one was pretty implausible. I generally don't like when authors make up European countries just so they can have a princess in their story but what are you going to do? The story was okay. The take down scenes on the boat were pretty good if I remember correctly. I read this a long time ago. I like Joe Cat a lot in future stories in the series and you really ought to read it if you're going to read the series since this is the start. Just know they get better from here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I didn't like Veronica at all. She was annoying. I wanted much better for Joe because he was a good guy. I didn't like Veronica at all. She was annoying. I wanted much better for Joe because he was a good guy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Actual Rating: 1.5 Stars This is truly a disappointing reading experience, and the honest truth is that it could have been a really great romantic suspense. There were a lot of moments that came close to making up for all the things I didn't like about this book, but not quite enough to satisfy me. Prince Joe is what I would call a potentially promising premise ruined by an entirely too one-tracked, unerring focus on a frustratingly clichéd romance. I had already done a good amount of ranting earl Actual Rating: 1.5 Stars This is truly a disappointing reading experience, and the honest truth is that it could have been a really great romantic suspense. There were a lot of moments that came close to making up for all the things I didn't like about this book, but not quite enough to satisfy me. Prince Joe is what I would call a potentially promising premise ruined by an entirely too one-tracked, unerring focus on a frustratingly clichéd romance. I had already done a good amount of ranting earlier in a reading update post, so I don't want to rehash all my same grievances. But it's hard for me not to feel a little let down when I'd been so looking forward to reading this series. When I first picked up this book, I'd skim-read the first chapter and found the writing serviceable. In fact, despite doing into this book knowing that it would be more romance than suspense, based on the book's official summary blurb, I hadn't really expected to get what I ended up getting from this book. The first two or three chapters of set-up and the last few chapters of concluding the main suspense conflict were the best chapters in the book--they managed to focus less on the absurdly clichéd love story and it made things easier to bear. So even going into the book, I'd been expecting more. Instead, as I'd stated in my reading update post, I got bombarded with tacky monologues from both sides of our romantic coupling, ruminating about love and lust and how Veronica and Joe make each other feel and see things differently than they've ever felt before about other lust or love interests in the past. And this entire time, very little is focused on the actual suspense aspects of the book: the fact that Joe needs to learn how to become Prince Tedric and Veronica is the consultant hired to help him. But after a hundred pages into the book, I was already able to name several stereotypical category romance devices that are used WAY too generously in books of this genre. They make my eyes practically roll out of my head. • Veronica trips on a hallway rug, thus requiring Joe to catch her fall and hold her close. This fulfills the "clumsy heroine" device that is supposed to serve as an endearing trait for most. • Veronica lets her hair down and dances sexily to relieve stress when she thinks no one's watching. Except that Joe is watching (creepy...). This fulfills the "there's a sexy vixen hiding underneath that strong, no-nonsense exterior" device to make the heroine a bit more desirable to men. • Veronica falls asleep on a couch and Joe is unable to awaken her. This fulfills the "tired and exhausted heroine needs to be princess carried to bed" device. It speaks for itself. I can name several other devices carelessly thrown into this book for the sake of building a "special, meant to be romance" for our couple. Veronica is apparently more innocent that she lets on, being almost virginal--in fact, she might as well be virginal because there is no mention of any other romantic relationships in her past or sexual experiences. And Joe is Mr. Perfect who is apparently able to do anything and everything, and he is right at least 99% of the time. With his perfect perfectness, there's not even any need for Veronica to play consultant because apparently he's a good mimic and doesn't need to do any preparation to become Prince Tedric. And he's better at security matters than the law enforcement agency responsible for security matters. Let's just do everything Joe's way. He's never wrong. The only other 1% of the time that Joe is wrong is when he's being his reverse snob self and jumping to conclusions and assumptions. As I'd mentioned in my reading update, Veronica and Joe are two of THE most frustrating protagonists if only because they're stubbornly stuck on what they believe to be true of other people. Rather than learning about others and getting to know other people by asking questions and getting to know them, they just go right ahead and make up their own opinions without facts. Anyway, if I have to go on, I might upset myself all over again. If we focus a little less on the romance and more on the action and suspense, the book might be a decent, average read; much more balanced and less aggravating. What little I read of the SEAL operations and the rescue missions and even the pre-planning phases of Operation Make Joe into Prince Tedric--the stuff that came before Veronica and Joe met--were actually not so bad. It's just a shame that everything seemed to just start rolling downhill as soon as the "Meet Cute" happens and the book becomes so obsessed with the romance that we forget that there are more pressing matters at hand. Again, for a look at some previous thoughts while I was reading the book, see my reading progress update | Ani's Book Abyss. *** 2016 Reading Challenges: • Goodreads Reading Challenge • BookLikes Reading Challenge • Reading Assignment Challenge • Bookish Resolutions Challenge • Mount TBR Challenge

  17. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥

    Overall Rating: 4.55 Action: 2.2 / Emotion: 3.9 / Romance: 4.8 / Sensuous: 1.9 / Suspense: 3.1 // Laughter: 4 / Giggles: 1 // Tears: 3 / Teary: 0 Prince Joe: 4.55: A fun, appealing, enjoyable read that reveals the skill Brockmann possesses when it comes to telling an intriguing, SEAL-based story, featuring her gift of writing great dialogue and creating layers to her characters. However, because this book is a shorter "series" book, it simply cannot be comparable to any of Brockmann's full-length, Overall Rating: 4.55 Action: 2.2 / Emotion: 3.9 / Romance: 4.8 / Sensuous: 1.9 / Suspense: 3.1 // Laughter: 4 / Giggles: 1 // Tears: 3 / Teary: 0 Prince Joe: 4.55: A fun, appealing, enjoyable read that reveals the skill Brockmann possesses when it comes to telling an intriguing, SEAL-based story, featuring her gift of writing great dialogue and creating layers to her characters. However, because this book is a shorter "series" book, it simply cannot be comparable to any of Brockmann's full-length, main-stream romances. Hero: 4.8: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Joseph "Joe" Paulo "Cat" Catalanotto: commander of SEAL Team Ten's seven-man Alpha Squad. What's not to love about this handsome, hunky, man's man, who has so many extraordinary skills that he is considered the best of the best. A multi-layered hero who reveals his compassionate nature and vulnerabilities as well as his strengths. Heroine: 2.3: Veronica "Ronnie" St. John: a professional image and media consultant, who displayed a cool, calm, façade, possessed a British accent and came from wealth and privilege. It was difficult to actually warm up to this under-developed heroine because her background story and motivations were missing. Story Line: 3.9: An interesting premise. SEAL extraordinaire, Joe Cat, is asked to step into the shoes of Tedric Cortere, the crown prince of Ustanzia, after an assassination attempt was made on his life during a goodwill tour of the United States simply because the SEAL looked like the prince. The media consultant was charged with teaching the SEAL, who is more worried about security issues than his appearances, to successfully mimic the prince. Action: 2.2: The inclusion of exciting, adventurous, well-described action sequences were minimal in this story. Even when Joe climbed to the tenth story of his hotel to prove to the FInCOM security specialists that their security was sub-par, the actual details of Joe's climb were missing. Because of the shorter page count of this book, even the exciting action scene in the big finale was down played. Emotion: 3.9: A definite emotional connection developed between the reader and the hero. It was impossible to not cry along with Joe when he went to visit little ten-year-old Cindy Kaye in Saint Mary's Hospital and again when his heart was broken. Romance: 4.8: The romance and undeniable attraction that blossomed between Joe and Veronica took center stage in this story. Brockmann spent a great deal of time stressing the feelings of romance, caring, and lust that consumed the hero and heroine. Sensuous: 1.9: The heat, passion and sensuality factors in Joe and Veronica's lovemaking scenes were in keeping with the subdued requirements that are usually found in Harlequin books. Suspense: 3.1: A bit of tension and suspense was included to drive the story as the two villains were given very brief point of view voices in the book. Secondary Characters: 2.2: Other than three intriguing, somewhat developed supporting characters included in this book, the other supporting characters were, basically, undeveloped members of the cast, inserted to further the story line, support Joe, and pave the way for future books in The Tall, Dark and Dangerous Series. The secondary characters of note included: {1} Admiral Michael "Mac" Forrest; {2} Frank O'Riley; {3} Lieutenant Carter "Blue" McCoy; {4} Ensign Harlan "Cowboy" Jones; {5} Ensign Daryl "Harvard" Becker; {6} Tedric Cortere; {7} Kevin Laughton; {8} Diosdado Perez; {9} Salustiano Vargas; {10} Tony Pope; and {11} Senator Sam McKinley. A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of Prince Joe appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Suzanne Brockmann First published: 1996 Length: 269 pages Setting: Contemporary. Around the US. Sex: Varies from explicit to door half-closed. Reasonably frequent. Hero: SEAL. Heroine: Media adviser. Triggers: People die in a casual, BadGuy just shoots kind of way. It works. Surprisingly well. Prince Joe is an early work from Brockmann and perhaps suffers from a lack of experience in pacing and plotting, but overall enjoyable romantic-suspense. Nothing too difficult to challenge it’s original rea Author: Suzanne Brockmann First published: 1996 Length: 269 pages Setting: Contemporary. Around the US. Sex: Varies from explicit to door half-closed. Reasonably frequent. Hero: SEAL. Heroine: Media adviser. Triggers: People die in a casual, BadGuy just shoots kind of way. It works. Surprisingly well. Prince Joe is an early work from Brockmann and perhaps suffers from a lack of experience in pacing and plotting, but overall enjoyable romantic-suspense. Nothing too difficult to challenge it’s original readership as a late-90s Silhouette Intimate Moments #720. Strong, independent heroine. Respectful, stoic but able to cry hero who saves the day. I liked it. 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-

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shambhawi P.

    This was my first book by this author and I expected more from this book. After having heard so much about Suzanne Brockmann I wanted a book with more than a book with gaping plot holes and a exasperating romance. Joe and Veronica made me want to bang my head in the wall, the problems in their romance were so stupid and they were blowing it off to elephantine proportions. I wanted my characters to have more depth, the plot to have more thrill, the story to have less loose ends. I was disappointe This was my first book by this author and I expected more from this book. After having heard so much about Suzanne Brockmann I wanted a book with more than a book with gaping plot holes and a exasperating romance. Joe and Veronica made me want to bang my head in the wall, the problems in their romance were so stupid and they were blowing it off to elephantine proportions. I wanted my characters to have more depth, the plot to have more thrill, the story to have less loose ends. I was disappointed and I do not see myself being a Suzanne Brockmann convert anytime soon.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    I did not finish. I got bored, but am not sure why as I love this author's work. Brockmann writes good characters but in this particular story I did not care if they ended up together or not. I will stick with her thriller/suspense novels rather than straight romance. I did not finish. I got bored, but am not sure why as I love this author's work. Brockmann writes good characters but in this particular story I did not care if they ended up together or not. I will stick with her thriller/suspense novels rather than straight romance.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    I don't dig army guys or cop guys, so I only read this book for some time-killing entertainment, the novel did the job just fine, it's not something that will stay in my memory for too long. I don't dig army guys or cop guys, so I only read this book for some time-killing entertainment, the novel did the job just fine, it's not something that will stay in my memory for too long.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Standard romance with the main couples misunderstanding the problems between them. The reason they don't talk is they think they know everything. Fun enough. Standard romance with the main couples misunderstanding the problems between them. The reason they don't talk is they think they know everything. Fun enough.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate McMurry

    Review of Kindle Edition, reissue of 1996 short contemporary romance This is where it all started with Suzanne Brockmann's long history of writing exciting contemporary romance novels featuring sexy, Navy SEAL heroes. In the midst of a well-earned leave, fishing off the coast of California with his friends, Navy SEAL Lieutenant Joe Catalanotto ("Joe Cat") is scooped up by a military chopper and rushed to a secret assignment in Washington, DC before he has a chance to clean up and change. When Joe i Review of Kindle Edition, reissue of 1996 short contemporary romance This is where it all started with Suzanne Brockmann's long history of writing exciting contemporary romance novels featuring sexy, Navy SEAL heroes. In the midst of a well-earned leave, fishing off the coast of California with his friends, Navy SEAL Lieutenant Joe Catalanotto ("Joe Cat") is scooped up by a military chopper and rushed to a secret assignment in Washington, DC before he has a chance to clean up and change. When Joe is presented to British PR consultant, Veronica St John, she is anything but impressed with the grungy, unshaven beach bum in front of her. He has been chosen to step in as a double for Prince Tedric of Ustanzia, whom he resembles to a striking degree, and complete the prince's goodwill tour of the USA, both to protect Tedric from an assassination plot and help catch the terrorists behind it. Though he's intensely attracted to the stuffy but gorgeous Veronica, Joe is disgusted with the assignment because he loathes Tedric. Several years before, Tedric's stubborn, uncooperative egotism resulted in a member of the SEAL team Joe leads being seriously wounded during a mission to rescue Tedric from a firestorm in Baghdad. But Joe always puts country first, and he sets aside his personal animosity to follow his orders. Veronica informs Joe that she will supervise his physical makeover and personally train him in Tedric's speech patterns and mannerisms, an enormous task that has to be accomplished in a mere three days. Veronica is highly doubtful it can be achieved, but Joe is confidently unconcerned, and his seemingly uncaring attitude outrages Veronica. Managing the insufferably arrogant and demanding Tedric's tour has been a nightmare assignment that Veronica only agreed to because he's the brother of her best friend. But polishing the rough-hewn Navy SEAL into a reasonable imitation of a European monarch in such a short time period makes handling Tedric himself seem like a stroll in the park in comparison. Joe will need to be as talented as an Academy Award-winning actor to pull this off--and she'll need the skill of a Stanislavski, and the patience of a saint, to coach him. I originally read this book when it first came out in 1996, 17 years ago. It is amazing how well it has stood the test of time. (Though also very sad that terrorism is such a continuing "torn from the headlines" source of plots in popular fiction.) Joe is a marvelous hero, and Veronica is his match in backbone, intelligence and drive. Theirs is not an "insta-love," but grows gradually as they experience the revelation of each other's true character under adversity. The romance plot is emotionally intense, sexually exciting, and frequently extremely poignant. The action-adventure plot is thrilling. In particular, the climax of the book makes full use of Joe's bravery and prowess as a SEAL. Of all the SEAL books in this series, I think this climax is hands-down the most enthralling. When I read this book this time around, it was in Kindle format, which is well laid out, formatted and edited. It's not essential to read the 11 books in Brockmann's Tall, Dark and Dangerous series in order, but it greatly adds to one's enjoyment to do so. Each book sets up the book that immediately follows it, introducing the SEAL who will be the hero of the next book, along with pertinent backstory. This is the order in which this series was first released: 1) Prince Joe, originally published June 1996 2) Forever Blue, originally published October 1996 3) Frisco's Kid, originally published January 1997 4) Everyday, Average Jones, originally published August 1998 5) Harvard's Education, originally published October 1998 6) It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, originally published December 1998 7) The Admiral's Bride, originally published November 1999 8) Identity: Unknown, originally published January 2000 9) Get Lucky, originally published March 2000 10) Taylor's Temptation, originally published July 2001 11) Night Watch, originally published September 2003 I rate this book as follows: Heroine: 5 stars Hero: 5 stars Romance Plot: 5 stars Action/Adventure Plot: 5 stars Writing: 5 stars Overall: 5 stars

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alison Diem

    I liked Joe, very much. Veronica, I was a bit less sure about. This book suffered from the "misunderstandings, all the time" plot that many romances seem to fall victim to. If only they had been able to clearly express their feelings, much of the drama here would never have happened. You might argue that there wouldn't have been a book without that plot point but I disagree- Joe being a SEAL is certainly a huge issue for the couple to get over and I think the mystery aspect could have been expand I liked Joe, very much. Veronica, I was a bit less sure about. This book suffered from the "misunderstandings, all the time" plot that many romances seem to fall victim to. If only they had been able to clearly express their feelings, much of the drama here would never have happened. You might argue that there wouldn't have been a book without that plot point but I disagree- Joe being a SEAL is certainly a huge issue for the couple to get over and I think the mystery aspect could have been expanded. Granted, this IS a romance and that has to be the central focus of the book. But nothing dictates what KIND of romance this book needs to be. I am not a fan of the romances where the hero says something and the heroine misinterprets it and gets all mopey and then she says something, and he takes it the wrong way. Eventually things come to a head and they work it out and they feel a combination of relieved that their perceptions were wrong but kind of bad that they wasted so much time believing the wrong things. Annoying, is what it is. The fact that I really, really liked Joe made up for a lot, as did Alpha Team. Spending time with those guys was a blast and I actually want to read more in this series based on that alone. Ultimately, I think the terrorist plot was a bit tacked on. It was clearly just an excuse for this book to take place and the big action sequence at the end felt rushed and tacked on. Brockmann certainly gets better with building the suspense and paying it off with her later books and I can forgive this earlier effort, if only because I know where she's heading. I recommend this book for Brockmann completists.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    The book felt kind of dated to me. I was bemused that the author felt the need to explain - with much hyperbole - what a Navy SEAL is and even more amused that the heroine had never heard of one before. Military romances were already popular by 1996 and really, what American didn't know even 50 years ago that SEALS were elite special forces? Sheesh, back in 1970 Elly May Clampett of "The Beverly Hillbillies" dated a Navy SEAL. And speaking of "sheesh", what the heck was up with the romantic lead The book felt kind of dated to me. I was bemused that the author felt the need to explain - with much hyperbole - what a Navy SEAL is and even more amused that the heroine had never heard of one before. Military romances were already popular by 1996 and really, what American didn't know even 50 years ago that SEALS were elite special forces? Sheesh, back in 1970 Elly May Clampett of "The Beverly Hillbillies" dated a Navy SEAL. And speaking of "sheesh", what the heck was up with the romantic leads use of that term as well as "pal"? He sounded like he had stepped out of a 1940's movie. The book was somewhat amusing even though I could have done with a whole lot more action and whole lot less interior thoughts of yearning from the two leads. The lovebirds kept misunderstanding each other and walking away when the other one was trying to clarify what they meant. Not my favorite ploy for keeping a couple apart. Veronica was an OK if rather undeveloped heroine. Joe came across as cocky and a bit of a jerk. His list of accomplishments was ridiculous as he could pretty much do anything. Stylistically, the random head jumping between the two lead's viewpoint was distracting. It was just weird to read pages from one viewpoint, and then jump to the other for only a paragraph. The storyline and structure of this book is much simpler then the first book in her other SEAL series, "Troubleshooters". I'm not sure if this is just an earlier work and the author she grew as a writer or if it was a stylistic choice. Bizarrely enough, I find myself wanting to read the next book in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    My Rating: 3.0 rounded to 3.0 I'll leave a summary of the plot to other people who do a better job. This book is a lesson in reading the description better. I thought it was a book about navy seals where the main character falls in love. Turns out it was a book about two characters who fall in love, one of whom happens to be a navy seal. These two sentences sound pretty much the same, but it turns out it makes a big difference. I wouldn't have purchased the book if I had understood the story line, My Rating: 3.0 rounded to 3.0 I'll leave a summary of the plot to other people who do a better job. This book is a lesson in reading the description better. I thought it was a book about navy seals where the main character falls in love. Turns out it was a book about two characters who fall in love, one of whom happens to be a navy seal. These two sentences sound pretty much the same, but it turns out it makes a big difference. I wouldn't have purchased the book if I had understood the story line, which probably influenced my rating. But, having purchased it and read it, the book was not half bad. It wasn't a deep story. And the dialog I read was what I guess I would call superficial. I never got lost in the book an forgot I was reading, which I have done with some books. I did skip a lot of the sections that were more romantic in nature. But, I did keep interested in it. Will the two characters overcome their differences and realize they were meant for each other? When and where will the bad guys strike again? For me, the "bad guys striking again" part was way too small and the "will they realize they're meant for each other" was way too big. But, that's the way it should be in a romance novel, I guess. It was my mistake for not realizing what I was buying.

  27. 4 out of 5

    My Pink Fairytales

    I've stopped reading in the middle of the book, skipped to the end and put it down for good. I guess i was expecting something else. In my opinion it's a poor mixture of action and some romance. But the book was bought from the Romance shelf, so what gives? I also decided i'm not such a big fan of third person narration. It feels like someone's telling me a story which makes me fall asleep. So, you write a story about a Navy SEAL who is supposed to be trained by a PR specialist to pass by in publ I've stopped reading in the middle of the book, skipped to the end and put it down for good. I guess i was expecting something else. In my opinion it's a poor mixture of action and some romance. But the book was bought from the Romance shelf, so what gives? I also decided i'm not such a big fan of third person narration. It feels like someone's telling me a story which makes me fall asleep. So, you write a story about a Navy SEAL who is supposed to be trained by a PR specialist to pass by in public as a Prince of a (inexistent) country. Again, i've read about half the book and in all this time nothing really happens. Ok, they kiss once or twice, they plan to prepare him, but in the end he does the job by himself and that's all. Oh, there's something else. It's super super super poorly edited. You read a dialogue between some characters and in the same paragraph the story jumps to something else completely. It has too hard to focus. Maybe i'm just wrong and i thought i was going to read something else, but i feel this is a 1* book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nella

    This was my first ever book regarding Navy Seals and what they are about, what they do, their training, etc. Don't get me wrong, I mean, I know that they existed, but yeah, it was an American thing so I didn't really pay much attention. (No disrespect) But the minute I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I just loved it! (I quickly got myself the rest of the series - Tall Dark and Dangerous series.) I was addicted. I fell a little (a lot) in love with him. Buggy’s review sums it up p This was my first ever book regarding Navy Seals and what they are about, what they do, their training, etc. Don't get me wrong, I mean, I know that they existed, but yeah, it was an American thing so I didn't really pay much attention. (No disrespect) But the minute I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I just loved it! (I quickly got myself the rest of the series - Tall Dark and Dangerous series.) I was addicted. I fell a little (a lot) in love with him. Buggy’s review sums it up perfectly: “This SEAL was just arrogant, combat hardened and rough enough around the edges to catch my interest and then wrecked me when I realized he was a nice guy too (some might say even a prince). He’s sensitive, has insecurities and is even able to shed a tear. Of course he‘s also a pilot, diver, munitions expert, explosives guru, sharpshooter, mechanic, team leader, able to speak 8 languages and looks damn fine in (and out) of his dress whites *sigh* Now just where can I find a guy like that?” I second that… I couldn’t wait to read the other books…

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    I picked it up because I really like the author's "Troubleshooters" series (the first "romance" books I'd liked since I was a teenager) & I 'd read that this was the start of a different series involving Navy SEALS. It was okay because I was sick & depressed & looking for something lightweight -- it worked. But it was so lightweight it was, well, kind of Harlequinesgue (or at least the Harlequins I read as a teenager 30-some years ago...I don't know what Harlequins are like now). I'll try anothe I picked it up because I really like the author's "Troubleshooters" series (the first "romance" books I'd liked since I was a teenager) & I 'd read that this was the start of a different series involving Navy SEALS. It was okay because I was sick & depressed & looking for something lightweight -- it worked. But it was so lightweight it was, well, kind of Harlequinesgue (or at least the Harlequins I read as a teenager 30-some years ago...I don't know what Harlequins are like now). I'll try another in the series to see if it gets better -- this might've been a first book, period, not just in this series. It could be that she grew as an author by the time she wrote the Troubleshooter series, or it could be that the two series are directed at different audiences.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sasti

    This had no originality what so ever. Talk about a cardboard story line. I only continued reading because I liked the plot and wanted to see how things would end up. But seriously I thought Ronnie would be a strong character, at least that's the impression I got from the beginning and it ended with her barring her self completely. Ugh. Can't stand that fact. Also I was annoyed by the writing style. It sounds like a teenager writing her a fan fiction. I got used to it after a while. But stil YA a This had no originality what so ever. Talk about a cardboard story line. I only continued reading because I liked the plot and wanted to see how things would end up. But seriously I thought Ronnie would be a strong character, at least that's the impression I got from the beginning and it ended with her barring her self completely. Ugh. Can't stand that fact. Also I was annoyed by the writing style. It sounds like a teenager writing her a fan fiction. I got used to it after a while. But stil YA authors have better eloquence then this. BTW the number of misunderstandings are just plain stupid. It makes me want to narrate these character's lives for them. But whatever. It was fun to read I guess. Recommended for those who like light reads with one dimentional plots.

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