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Gone Too Far
by Suzanne Brockmann
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Ballantine, 2003 (2003)
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* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

For fans who've been chomping at the bit waiting for the steamy, on-again off-again and often antagonistic, relationship between Navy SEAL Sam Starrett and crack FBI agent Alyssa Locke to reach its culmination, the long wait is finally over.

Two years have passed since the night Sam professed his love for Alyssa and she was ready to listen and take their relationship to the next level. But when the 'king of one-night stands' found out he was about to become a father (by a woman, with whom he had a short-term affair after one of Alyssa's rejections) he decided to 'do the right thing' and marry her. He and Alyssa parted ways, permanently. Sam was determined to make a life with new wife Mary Lou and baby daughter Haley, and Alyssa moved into a more controlled relationship with her FBI boss Max Bhagat.

Though Sam's marriage was short lived, he's determined to be part of his daughter's life. He travels to Florida to work out an agreement with Mary Lou, but when he arrives at her doorstep he makes a horrifying discovery -- Mary Lou is dead and Haley is missing. Knowing he'll be a prime suspect, Sam makes a frantic call to the FBI. In short order Alyssa Locke is flying to Sarasota, her assignment to bring in Sam Starrett for questioning about his wife's murder and other issues Max Bhagat has yet to clarify.

Both Sam and Alyssa are still reeling over their 'eviscerating' break-up and neither is thrilled about seeing the other. But when new evidence points to Mary Lou's and then Sam's possible involvement in a still unsolved assassination attempt on the President, Sam and Alyssa's unresolved issues must be set aside. Finding Haley and proving his innocence becomes their number one priority. As more startling evidence surfaces and forensic tests indicate that Mary Lou is still alive and probably in hiding, it's not only the FBI and Alyssa and Sam hunting his ex-wife, but also deadly assassins bent on silencing Mary Lou before she reveals what she knows about the failed terrorist assassination plot.

In Gone Too Far, Suzanne Brockmann not only provides the emotional resolution to Sam and Alyssa's fiery relationship, but she also moves the focus of her entire SEAL Team Sixteen/Troubleshooters series to a major turning point, one that should prove very interesting in future books. The author displays once again her true craftsmanship when it comes to seamlessly melding and manipulating a large cast of characters and multiple plots while also incorporating brand new plot threads, yet never losing focus on her two lead characters. When it comes to top notch romantic adventure no one can outgun Suzanne Brockmann!

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