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FInCOM agent P.J. Richards is given access to the no-women-allowed world of the Navy SEALs from the inside, so she can't afford any distractions--especially not toughened SEAL Senior Chief Harvard Becker. Reissue.


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FInCOM agent P.J. Richards is given access to the no-women-allowed world of the Navy SEALs from the inside, so she can't afford any distractions--especially not toughened SEAL Senior Chief Harvard Becker. Reissue.

30 review for Harvard's Education

  1. 5 out of 5

    Buggy

    Opening Line: "This was wrong. It was all wrong." Ack this was so good. Although I will admit a bit slow to get started, by the end however I really felt like I knew our heroes and was completely wrapped up in their lives, especially during their last so called “training” mission together. Jeez talk about suspense and romance in the jungle. “Harvard” Becker is the 5th SEAL from Brockmann’s Tall Dark and Dangerous series to have his story told. And while I somehow missed this fantastic series the f Opening Line: "This was wrong. It was all wrong." Ack this was so good. Although I will admit a bit slow to get started, by the end however I really felt like I knew our heroes and was completely wrapped up in their lives, especially during their last so called “training” mission together. Jeez talk about suspense and romance in the jungle. “Harvard” Becker is the 5th SEAL from Brockmann’s Tall Dark and Dangerous series to have his story told. And while I somehow missed this fantastic series the first time around I’m sure enjoying the hell out of it now with the re-issues. These well written, quickie romances are impossible to put down, with delicious alpha male heroes, sweet romances and just the right amount of action, suspense and melodrama to keep you coming back for more. And except for Brockman’s tendency to make up imaginary countries I just love her style of writing; using real military jargon she gives us larger then life Navy Seal heroes and exciting yet plausible storylines. Her romantic dialogue and love scenes are always amazing and our big, bad hero *sigh* usually even sheds a few tears. Harvard and the rest of SEAL team 10 are running training exercises during an 8 week experiment wherein they are to train members of FInCOM in all things Navy SEAL. With the type of life and death situations they face this is an exclusive boys club and that’s just the way Harvard likes it. Enter PJ Richards, sharpshooter, most capable recruit, Harvard’s perfect intellectual match and of course all woman. With his sexist attitude these two have problems from the start. Harvard just doesn’t believe women belong in a combat zone, it’s too dangerous, too brutal and she would be far too distracting. A great deal of HARVARD’S EDUCATION takes place within the relative downtime of training, so we really get to know our couple. Watching their relationship ebb and flow at times felt like a character study without the usual benefit of firefights, tangos and explosions. Another great aspect here was getting reacquainted with past team members in particular Joe Catalanotto from book #1 (Prince Joe) We are also introduced to new grey group member ‘Crash’ and I can’t wait for his story in(Hawken's Heart) The ending chapters here were fantastic as a planned out of country “training” mission goes horribly wrong. Leaving me hanging for quite a while as to whether the mission (and fatalities) were in fact real or a training op. Pinned down by hostiles, armed only with paint ball guns, and with their leader Captain Joe severely injured and taken hostage it’s going to be up to PJ and Harvard to save the day. Will he be able to set his prejudices aside long enough to let PJ do her job and help rescue their team mates? Will they make sweet love while awaiting nightfall, save their commander and maybe fall in love? Sorry my description makes this sound super cheesy when in fact this is actually suspenseful, exciting and really well done. Cheers Brockmann, another great read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    All I'm going to say is that Harvard and P.J.'s story made the top of my "this is how to lose your virginity" list! An excellent addition to the "Tall, Dark, and Dangerous" series. Enjoy! All I'm going to say is that Harvard and P.J.'s story made the top of my "this is how to lose your virginity" list! An excellent addition to the "Tall, Dark, and Dangerous" series. Enjoy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    OK. I have to admit that I gave up on this one. I couldn't even get half-way through the previous book, and although I got 75% of the way through this one, it just stopped working for me. The biggest problem I had with this one was that the heroine was so one-dimensional. She was a gun-toting, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, virgin, man-wannabe, determined to show that she's as much of a man as the next man. I have a few problems with this, so here goes. 1. The portrayal of the heroine is so stereotypi OK. I have to admit that I gave up on this one. I couldn't even get half-way through the previous book, and although I got 75% of the way through this one, it just stopped working for me. The biggest problem I had with this one was that the heroine was so one-dimensional. She was a gun-toting, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, virgin, man-wannabe, determined to show that she's as much of a man as the next man. I have a few problems with this, so here goes. 1. The portrayal of the heroine is so stereotypical. The woman-wanting-to-be-a-man thing just annoys the hell out of me. It's totally dated (let's say c. 1980), and just gets my back up. I actually have had experience as working as the only woman in a man's world (as an engineer on an oil refinery), and it's not as one-dimensional as this implies that it is. The era when women were willing to essentially become men has long since gone, and this book misses a great opportunity to show this. OK, so this was set in the military, but, I mean, come on! 2. The heroine is herself one-dimensional, and absolutely no match for the hero. The hero is sensitive, balanced, smart, experienced, and, well, just plain great. The heroine appears desperate by comparison, and I just can't believe that the hero would be attracted to her for any other purpose than a notch on the bedpost (except that he isn't the kind of guy who's interest in notches). The heroine's character totally lets down both the hero and the plot, which is actually great (training course with ulterior motives, and training exercise that goes wrong). And finally, and the big killer for me, she's not so much a spitfire sticking up for herself, with the intelligence that her life experiences and intellectual capabilities would imply, than a punchy, aggressive harridan. You would have thought that after her extensive experience of being the only woman in her situation, she would have learned to use her difference subtley to her advantage - not to go for the jugular with every complaint, but to persuade and to demonstrate through action. I've never been in the military, but I've never seen such an aggressive approach work in a work situation where you're the only woman. She would have been made the butt of jokes and not taken seriously at all. There. Rant over. I'm going to look for some fun, sexy fluff to read now..

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeri

    I loved it. I've been looking forward to this character's story, and Suzanne Brockmann did not disappoint, giving a story with characters so real you feel you could sit down and have a chat with them. Navy SEAL Daryl Becker, nicknamed Harvard, does not see any place in combat training for a woman, particularly 5'2" PJ Rogers. (I guess he's not a fan of G.I. JANE. ) "But the fact is, you're a woman. Having you on my team, out in the field, in a combat situation, would be a serious distraction." Boy I loved it. I've been looking forward to this character's story, and Suzanne Brockmann did not disappoint, giving a story with characters so real you feel you could sit down and have a chat with them. Navy SEAL Daryl Becker, nicknamed Harvard, does not see any place in combat training for a woman, particularly 5'2" PJ Rogers. (I guess he's not a fan of G.I. JANE. ) "But the fact is, you're a woman. Having you on my team, out in the field, in a combat situation, would be a serious distraction." Boy, has he got a lot to learn. PJ is part of the FInCOM team training with the SEALS for a combined antiterrorist team, and she is determined to succeed. Harvard is strongly attracted to PJ, as she is to him, but he's going to have to learn to deal with her as a person before she is willing to deal with him on a man-woman level. She's a strong, talented, and above all, practical, woman and it isn't long before Harvard realizes that those very qualities are a large part of what he's is falling in love with. The two of them make a formidable pair and it was a delight to watch them get to know each other. BTW, I loved the way PJ handled herself and the male prejudice that she met. I imagine some readers are going to think she takes too hard a line, but she's got my respect and admiration. Not bad for a fictional character, wouldn't you say?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mollie *scoutrmom*

    I adore this book. In the read-through I just finished, what stood out for me was the themes of racism and sexism in the plot. 'Harvard' got his nickname because as a black man who actually graduated at the top of his class there and became a Navy SEAL, he is both an example of reasons not to stereotype and also of tokenism in institutions. P.J. is a woman whose race is not given, but she has escaped her inner city upbringing by a single mother drug addict in determination not to repeat her moth I adore this book. In the read-through I just finished, what stood out for me was the themes of racism and sexism in the plot. 'Harvard' got his nickname because as a black man who actually graduated at the top of his class there and became a Navy SEAL, he is both an example of reasons not to stereotype and also of tokenism in institutions. P.J. is a woman whose race is not given, but she has escaped her inner city upbringing by a single mother drug addict in determination not to repeat her mother's mistakes. She has become a federal agent and the plot revolves around a joint counterterrorism training operation between her agency and the Navy SEALS. I think there are parts of these characters that the author used for Alyssa and Sam in the Troubleshooters series. (Arch, do you agree?) Anyhow, in order for the operation to succeed (to save the boss when a training operation goes SNAFU goatstyle), our hero has to swallow his urge to protect. He has to learn to admit that the woman with whom he fell in love is a warrior, and also that he would not have fallen in love with anyone who needed the protection his instincts are pushing him to insist upon. This is the education to which I believe the title refers. P.J. has other issues with which to deal. They stem from her upbringing and from the sexism she encounters in her work. If there is a weakness in this work, it is that I don't see much of Harvard's influence in her triumph over these issues, she just seems to be growing. Well-written, well thought through, with lighter moments to provide a bit of leaven. My favorite is when P.J. gets away with leading a non-sexual conversation revolving around H's penis. I will be reading this series over and over again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anja

    Well, I like an alpha male and I like a strong woman as counterpart to make it interessting, but it's easy to cross the line where I get annoyed. If a male is too alpha I don't like and if a woman is too strong I don't like. For some reason the author chose another very strong and very independed woman again. In the book before about Cowboy, his woman was borderline. I get that getting someone pregnant isn't a reason to get married or base a marriage on, but resting all the help is stupid. In thi Well, I like an alpha male and I like a strong woman as counterpart to make it interessting, but it's easy to cross the line where I get annoyed. If a male is too alpha I don't like and if a woman is too strong I don't like. For some reason the author chose another very strong and very independed woman again. In the book before about Cowboy, his woman was borderline. I get that getting someone pregnant isn't a reason to get married or base a marriage on, but resting all the help is stupid. In this book P.J. took this whole independent, strong woman thing another step furhter. I get as a tiny, black woman in a mainly mens job you have to be twice as tough as everybody else, but after the 5th repetition that she can do whatever they can do, I kind of had enough and it touched the line of being annoyed when she threw it in Havards face whenever he made a command. At least that was my impression throughout the story. The story itself wasn't really my thing. I liked Havard as supporting character in all the other books, but he failed to win me over completely as a main character. Maybe the reason was P.J. as I didn't really warm to her.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Suzanne Brockmann First published: 1998 Length: ~4340 kindle locations, 248 pages Setting: Contemporary. Sex: At the end. Reasonably explicit. Hero: SEAL. Heroine: FInCom agent. A lot of time spent discussing the role of women in the military, the casual sexism of otherwise strong, educated, respectful men, and how gender roles influence our expectations. And done very well, too. Eg. Discussing her physical attributes rather than skills. “’Exactly how many members of your team were hit tonight, Mr Author: Suzanne Brockmann First published: 1998 Length: ~4340 kindle locations, 248 pages Setting: Contemporary. Sex: At the end. Reasonably explicit. Hero: SEAL. Heroine: FInCom agent. A lot of time spent discussing the role of women in the military, the casual sexism of otherwise strong, educated, respectful men, and how gender roles influence our expectations. And done very well, too. Eg. Discussing her physical attributes rather than skills. “’Exactly how many members of your team were hit tonight, Mr. Hawken?’ ‘Six.’ He smiled slightly. ‘Four of whom you were responsible for.’ ‘Four out of six.’ She shook her head, exhaling in a short burst of disbelief as she glared at the SEALs. ‘I beat you at your own game, and yet you’re not talking about my skills as a shooter. You’re discussing my butt. Don’t you think there’s something really wrong with this picture?’” loc.4840 Or women excluded from combat roles on principle. “She snorted. ‘Sorry. From where I stand, you’re the enemy.’ ‘I’m what?’ ‘You heard me. You want me gone from this training op on pure principle. You think women have no place out in the field, in the line of fire. You’re judging me not as an individual, but based only on the fact that I don’t have a penis. What’s the deal with that? Do you use your penis to aim your rifle better? Does it help you dodge bullets or run faster?’” loc.5517 And it, overall, works. Brockton walks a path between strong, independent woman in a man’s world who must prove herself over and over and the needs of a romance - sex with an Alpha male. A difficult path but she succeeds. Harvard and PJ don’t jump into bed at the first opportunity. She isn’t side-lined on his say-so. PJ is no TSTL heroine forcing her way into positions requiring rescuing. She’s intelligent, disciplined, strong. And Harvard learns to appreciate her. A very solid, enjoyable story. 3.5 stars, rounded up. 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 Jack 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 Vol 2 Books 3-5 ISBN 9780857996336) -CR-

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelita

    I loved this story. It's one if 4 in the Tall Dark & Dangerous Part 2 anthology. I liked PJ. She was a woman in a man's world who had a tough upbringing and had to work hard to prove herself. Plus she was a black woman in a man's world. While Ms. Brockmann didn't touch upon the racial aspect of PJ's life, she did an in-depth look at being a woman in the military or military like organization. I've never had a desire to be in that type of organization but I can only imagine how hard it is. Plus P I loved this story. It's one if 4 in the Tall Dark & Dangerous Part 2 anthology. I liked PJ. She was a woman in a man's world who had a tough upbringing and had to work hard to prove herself. Plus she was a black woman in a man's world. While Ms. Brockmann didn't touch upon the racial aspect of PJ's life, she did an in-depth look at being a woman in the military or military like organization. I've never had a desire to be in that type of organization but I can only imagine how hard it is. Plus PJ is a little thing so it was probably hard for her to get them to take her seriously. And being a black woman is going to cause some issues with a lot of people. Other than her not really touching on that and the hut interlude which was a little far fetched, I loved this story. I didn't think Harvard would get his own story and I was pleasantly surprised. I've been telling my friends who might not have previously read one of her books to pick this one up. Now I'm reading Crash's story and already they made me cry. I'm enjoying this series and would recommend it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    I my quest to read all of the Tall, Dark & Dangerous books within a short span of time, this was a reread for me. I always expect great thing from Suzanne Brockmann and she rarely disappoints. In reading through the series, this book is #5, I have noticed that some of the characters have similarities with some characters from the Troubleshooter series. One really striking similarity is between P.J. and Alyssa Locke. P.J. is a balls to the wall, black woman who is out to prove she is just as good I my quest to read all of the Tall, Dark & Dangerous books within a short span of time, this was a reread for me. I always expect great thing from Suzanne Brockmann and she rarely disappoints. In reading through the series, this book is #5, I have noticed that some of the characters have similarities with some characters from the Troubleshooter series. One really striking similarity is between P.J. and Alyssa Locke. P.J. is a balls to the wall, black woman who is out to prove she is just as good as any man, and better than most. She is a FInCOM (FBI) agent and has been chosen to take part in a joint training operation with SEAL Team 10 Alpha Squad to combat terrorism. The CSF team is P.J. and 3 other men and the 7 member Alpha Squad. Master Chief Daryl Becker, Harvard, finds it lust at first sight when he meets P.J. and she goes on to not only make him fall in love with her , but to earn his respect while she does it. When they throw out the training "book" the team gets into a very dangerous situation Harvard is forced to make decisions that put P.J. in danger.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I have been devouring this series and loved Harvard in the first 4 books. I was really looking forward to his story. I still really like Harvard's character, but this book just fell flat for me. It was okay and entertaining, but somehow left me wanting more...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mom

    I liked how hard PJ had to work to make it working with the Navy SEALs. It really showed how hard it can be for a woman in a man's occupation.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Two-haiku review: She's training with SEALs He's against female combat But strong attraction Another good one Again liked both characters Enjoying series

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alie Gauslow

    More like 3.4 for me. I read this romance novel for my women and sexuality class. I'm very surprised how much I liked it and appreciated that it didn't feel like a chore. However, the heroine is super scrutinized about her abilities as an agent by her male peers, who objectify her. Luckily, the man who she's paired up with to be her One, undergoes serious character development and by the end respects her, her body, and her abilities. But it still leaves a sour taste in my mouth about how much th More like 3.4 for me. I read this romance novel for my women and sexuality class. I'm very surprised how much I liked it and appreciated that it didn't feel like a chore. However, the heroine is super scrutinized about her abilities as an agent by her male peers, who objectify her. Luckily, the man who she's paired up with to be her One, undergoes serious character development and by the end respects her, her body, and her abilities. But it still leaves a sour taste in my mouth about how much the heroine was objectified in the beginning, even by her lover. I was also nervous about Brockmann, a white woman, writing about two people of color characters and whitewashing them or eroticize their race or weaving in streotypes, but she didn't. So I guess that's something.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Romance

    This was an excellent military romance. It’s funny that some books in this series I didn’t like while others I really enjoy and even love. This had good dialogue, sometimes I laughed out loud. PJ, our heroine was tough, feminine and funny. She was honest and strong. Harvard who we’ve met in earlier books is this tall, quiet capable Navy SEAL. But what you don’t realize but might guess are his archaic views about women in the military. He’s pretty blunt to PJ and I remember at one point I cried o This was an excellent military romance. It’s funny that some books in this series I didn’t like while others I really enjoy and even love. This had good dialogue, sometimes I laughed out loud. PJ, our heroine was tough, feminine and funny. She was honest and strong. Harvard who we’ve met in earlier books is this tall, quiet capable Navy SEAL. But what you don’t realize but might guess are his archaic views about women in the military. He’s pretty blunt to PJ and I remember at one point I cried ou, oh no he didn’t! Lol. Their relationship was fun and in the end she gets to prove she is an asset and the SEAL team shows why they are so successful.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Brown

    This is the first series I've read that gave an African-American couple their own story. I prefer men with hair on their heads, but I understood his reasons for keeping his head shaved. At least he didn't have dreadlocks.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Pauline Serrato

    The G.I. Jane version..😂😘👊👮 Salute to Suzanne B.😍💓 Wow!😍 you're fully-packed of actions😆😍 I love you for that 💓👮

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julia Morris

    My first romance novel thanks to Professor Lois! Although I’m usually not drawn to this genre, I thoroughly enjoyed a light hearted, cheesy, happily ever after read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    S. R. Lewis

    This book has a tiresome first half but a great action filled second half. I do love the characters and the romance finally happening.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Traann

    I SO love this series. Harvard's book is wonderful with all of the conflict it brings up and addresses. On to book 6 for me. You must read them in order.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kate McMurry

    Wonderful romance, terrific action-adventure FInCOM agent P.J. Richards is a small woman, but extremely fit, strong, intelligent, and with shooting abilities that are off the chart. She demands no special consideration as she and several other FInCOM agents team up for eight weeks with the legendary U.S. Navy SEALs for a joint exercise. P.J. is on a roll with her career, and she has no intention of being thrown off course by romance, but Senior Chief "Harvard" Becker puts every man she's ever kno Wonderful romance, terrific action-adventure FInCOM agent P.J. Richards is a small woman, but extremely fit, strong, intelligent, and with shooting abilities that are off the chart. She demands no special consideration as she and several other FInCOM agents team up for eight weeks with the legendary U.S. Navy SEALs for a joint exercise. P.J. is on a roll with her career, and she has no intention of being thrown off course by romance, but Senior Chief "Harvard" Becker puts every man she's ever known in the shade. He's huge, gorgeous, and as smart as she is, but he doesn't think that she, as a woman, should be on this mission. Not that he holds much respect either for the male "Finks," as the SEALs so insultingly call them, because they're careless, lazy, and out of shape. Only P.J. stands as a contradiction to the SEALs' belief that any real joint mission with FInCOM agents would be a disaster because it would drastically slow down the SEALs. Brockmann does a wonderful job of portraying two appealing African-American characters, from opposite sides of the proverbial tracks. Harvard is the child of a privileged upbringing as the son of a college professor, and P.J. hales from a difficult upbringing in the inner city. In reaction to her mother's promiscuity, though P.J. is in her mid-20s, she is still a virgin, and the most unusual virgin heroine in a short-contemporary romance I've ever read. P.J. is anything but naive or innocent. She simply respects her body and her future and knows exactly what she wants--and does not want--from life. The passion between these two attractive protagonists is immense, and the action in the final act of the story is riveting. P.J. and Harvard make a fantastic team, and the rescue they take on together would be captivating on the big screen. I originally read this book when it was released 15 years ago in 1998. This book was just as exciting to read the second time around as the first, and given the world we live in today, the themes are quite timely. I read a Kindle edition which is well formatted and edited. 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 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 to follow it, pulling to the forefront the SEAL who is the hero of the next book. 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

  21. 4 out of 5

    MorpheusZzz

    Harvard's Education by Suzanne Brockmann TDD #5 Daryl "Harvard" Becker & P.J. Richards FInCOM agent, P.J. Richards, is part of an anti-terrorist team doing some combined training missions with the SEALs from Team 10. As a member of this CSF (Combined SEAL/FInCOMM) team, she is given access to areas and to training ops which are usually not available to women. Having clawed her way up, she has experience with the prejudices she will have to face. She's learned how to be tough and how to perform bett Harvard's Education by Suzanne Brockmann TDD #5 Daryl "Harvard" Becker & P.J. Richards FInCOM agent, P.J. Richards, is part of an anti-terrorist team doing some combined training missions with the SEALs from Team 10. As a member of this CSF (Combined SEAL/FInCOMM) team, she is given access to areas and to training ops which are usually not available to women. Having clawed her way up, she has experience with the prejudices she will have to face. She's learned how to be tough and how to perform better than her peers just to convince them she is capable of doing her job. She finds a friend in Joe Cat and eventually in Harvard, although it takes Harvard a while to adjust to his natural inclination to protect her. It's hard for him to see her in combat situations and he's afraid the distraction would cause problems. She needs him to trust that she is capable so others will see that her success is due to her abilities and not in receiving special favors. They are both tested when they are caught up in a real-life deadly situation when two rival drug lords start warring with eachother--right in the midst of where their training operation is being held. P.J. shows her mettle in helping to locate and rescue one of their own from under the noses of the enemy. These two are a great couple. Harvard comes from a big and loving family. He's well educated (attended Harvard, hence the nickname) and a genuinely good guy. P.J.'s background is the opposite. Her mother had her at 14. Her grandmother had her mother when she was 16. P.J. was abandoned at age 12 and decided at a young age that she was going to break the cycle. She's tough and smart and funny...and she has a surprise for Harvard. ;)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rellim

    Update 8/9/19: I read this a few years ago, but when the series showed up in Audible Escape I decided to give the audiobook a try. It's so hard to rate these older Suzanne Brockmann works. Compared to the level of writing in her Troubleshooters series as well as the production/narration quality of those audiobooks, it leaves many of these Tall Dark & Dangerous books feeling a slightly bereft. This book is one of my favorites of the series and clocks in at 4 stars for the story, but narration lea Update 8/9/19: I read this a few years ago, but when the series showed up in Audible Escape I decided to give the audiobook a try. It's so hard to rate these older Suzanne Brockmann works. Compared to the level of writing in her Troubleshooters series as well as the production/narration quality of those audiobooks, it leaves many of these Tall Dark & Dangerous books feeling a slightly bereft. This book is one of my favorites of the series and clocks in at 4 stars for the story, but narration leaves a lot to be desired. Brockmann does what she does best here and gives us a strong female lead in PJ (probably only surpassed by Alyssa Locke in her Troubleshooters series). Harvard Becker learns he isn’t as enlightened as he thought he was ~ but he *does* learn. There’s also considerably more action in this book than in the previous few which is excellent. I’m not sure what the deal is as the narrator is listed at Maia Guest, but introduced in the Audio as Gabra Zackman. It sounds like the same narrator from the last book. It’s still not great, but markedly better and tolerable. I *almost* didn’t listen because this is the same narrator as Everyday Average Jones, which was terrible. She still doesn’t have a distinct voice for male characters and tends to drop accents/voices mid-sentence/conversation. Makes it difficulty to tell sometimes who is actually speaking. Again, I wouldn’t buy this production, but as a part of the Audible Escape package I was satisfied. I will go back to reading this story in the future.

  23. 5 out of 5

    LaFleurBleue

    Re-read in March 2014 It's not among my favorites in the series. I downgraded from 4 to 3 stars. It might be more of a 3.5. Harvard was an interesting character, though I was expecting more brilliant dialogues when he was involved, considering what I read about him in the previous books, and his many first missed interactions with PJ definitely were missing. I absolutely loved it when she called him "bigot" and Joe Cat did not contradict. PJ's whole character was very extreme and thus did not seem Re-read in March 2014 It's not among my favorites in the series. I downgraded from 4 to 3 stars. It might be more of a 3.5. Harvard was an interesting character, though I was expecting more brilliant dialogues when he was involved, considering what I read about him in the previous books, and his many first missed interactions with PJ definitely were missing. I absolutely loved it when she called him "bigot" and Joe Cat did not contradict. PJ's whole character was very extreme and thus did not seem totally realistic or humane, her childhood, her lifestyle. I often thought she was too young to behave as she was, but some other things (view spoiler)[ her absence of any relationship and subsequent virginity (hide spoiler)] might have seemed even more strange, had she been around 30 rather than the 25 announced. From my first reading, I remember a big disappointment that the Black from the team should hook up and end up married with a Black girl as well. In this second reading, I was not so enthralled by the plot, rather slow with not much suspense until the last 30 pages or so, as everything takes place during a safe and almost boring training program. I would also have liked the other 3 Fincom candidates, in addition to PJ, to be less dumb and caricature. It's however useful to have read this one, and especially the end of this one, before the next (which I'm already almost through)...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lizabeth Tucker

    Tall, Dark & Dangerous 5 P. J. Richards is the only woman selected for a joint FInCom/SEAL training mission. Coddled, ignored, and disregarded in turns, she’s extremely angry when she catches the SEALs discussing her physical attributes rather than the fact that she was the only one to take down any “bad guys” after her male counterparts led them into an ambush. Master Chief Daryl “Harvard” Becker doesn't believe women belong in combat, considering them a distraction. Nor does he believe that wom Tall, Dark & Dangerous 5 P. J. Richards is the only woman selected for a joint FInCom/SEAL training mission. Coddled, ignored, and disregarded in turns, she’s extremely angry when she catches the SEALs discussing her physical attributes rather than the fact that she was the only one to take down any “bad guys” after her male counterparts led them into an ambush. Master Chief Daryl “Harvard” Becker doesn't believe women belong in combat, considering them a distraction. Nor does he believe that women can do the killing necessary unless provoked. He tries to ignore the instant attraction between them, already dealing with the great upheaval in his personal life after his father’s mild heart attack. When a training mission goes wrong, Harvard must trust P. J. to assist him, but can he separate his love for her from his need to complete his rescue mission? Romance aside, this is a great look at how all too many military men feel about women in combat situations no matter how competent they might be. Adding another layer is the fact that both Harvard and P. J. are black, another frequent focus of prejudice in their lives. The differences in their backgrounds, his from a loving middle class family, hers from a tradition of underage unwed mothers, help their reactions to ring true throughout the book. It was also great to have the team together again. 4 out of 5.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Harvard's Education is the fifth book in Brockmann's "other" Navy SEALs series, the "Tall, Dark, and..." series. It did not disappoint. Although the start was a bit slow, once it got going it was hard to put down. I've been hoping Harvard would find someone for several books now. Although many people seem to have issues with PJ's attitude in this novel, I'd argue that she doesn't want to BE a man, but she does have very valid reasons why she feels that she needs to ACT like one, in some cases, Harvard's Education is the fifth book in Brockmann's "other" Navy SEALs series, the "Tall, Dark, and..." series. It did not disappoint. Although the start was a bit slow, once it got going it was hard to put down. I've been hoping Harvard would find someone for several books now. Although many people seem to have issues with PJ's attitude in this novel, I'd argue that she doesn't want to BE a man, but she does have very valid reasons why she feels that she needs to ACT like one, in some cases, even more than the men do. My husband was in the military, and just as a person indirectly involved in the system (at least as far as really seeing day-to-day interactions of military personnel) I totally understand where she is coming from. Women ARE treated differently. It's not the same as in other male-oriented jobs, even though it may appear so to outsiders. My husband was not at all what I would consider sexist, and he definitely was friendly with the women in his unit as coworkers, but even he displayed a different attitude toward them then he did the men in his unit--as did just about everyone else. PJ's attitude, though she did seem overly defensive, was not at all out of line, in my opinion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan Muir

    Suzanne Brockmann is one of my go-to authors for a heart-pounding, laugh-out-loud action adventure romance. I love her SEAL books and I'd managed to miss this one when I read the other books about Alpha Squad in SEAL Team Ten. But this one came at just the right time, at a time when the online world is deal with misogyny and the inability of men to see women as people or masters in their own right. Daryl "Harvard" Becker is a graduate of Harvard, a damn good Navy SEAL, and a master with the ladi Suzanne Brockmann is one of my go-to authors for a heart-pounding, laugh-out-loud action adventure romance. I love her SEAL books and I'd managed to miss this one when I read the other books about Alpha Squad in SEAL Team Ten. But this one came at just the right time, at a time when the online world is deal with misogyny and the inability of men to see women as people or masters in their own right. Daryl "Harvard" Becker is a graduate of Harvard, a damn good Navy SEAL, and a master with the ladies. He's highly educated and highly intelligent. But none of that does a damn bit of good when it comes to his FinCOM colleague P.J. Richards. She's 5'2", 115 soaking wet, and a beautiful female of the human species. He looks at her as a woman who needs protecting, figuring his charm and intelligence will win him a place in her bed. But P.J. has been fighting a long time to be recognized in the "Big Boys' Club" as a person capable at doing her job. And she is. It takes a fair amount of education to get "Harvard" to see her as a master sharpshooter and a person, not just a woman. Well done and great timing for a great read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I had a hard time getting through this one. I admit halfway through I skimmed a lot. No matter how much I dislike a book I at least will finish it because you never know, the ending might redeem itself. I liked the hero becker, did not like his nickname "Harvard" at all, I don't know why it struck a cord. P.J. the heroine I didn't like her one bit. I felt like there was nothing to her. Her reasons for how she was to me were not good enough. She was too much everything, to much wanting to be a gu I had a hard time getting through this one. I admit halfway through I skimmed a lot. No matter how much I dislike a book I at least will finish it because you never know, the ending might redeem itself. I liked the hero becker, did not like his nickname "Harvard" at all, I don't know why it struck a cord. P.J. the heroine I didn't like her one bit. I felt like there was nothing to her. Her reasons for how she was to me were not good enough. She was too much everything, to much wanting to be a guy, wanting to be seen as one of the guys, wanting to be kickass. I didn't get any real emotions from her, she could have been more of a man than a woman. There is a similar character in the troubleshooters series Alyssa. She was tough and kicked ass. Was one of the guys, however I loved Alyssa's character. The plot line was a bit out there for me too. I had got this book at the library, I was trying out new authors so I had like 5 of Suzanne Brockmann's books. Since then I have read all of her work. Out of them all I think only 4 didn't really do it for me. But the rest I love badly.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marielle

    Now I know for sure. Miss brockmann's heroes are out of this world to die for. They're strong, beautiful man that are also able to cry. Touch guys with a heart of gold. And that, combined with a writing style that I like, is what earned the 3 points for this book. Because unfortunately miss Brockmann's heroines are in no way in the same league. At least not in the books of her i've read so far and that being the books in this series so far. So in this book I really couldn't care less what would h Now I know for sure. Miss brockmann's heroes are out of this world to die for. They're strong, beautiful man that are also able to cry. Touch guys with a heart of gold. And that, combined with a writing style that I like, is what earned the 3 points for this book. Because unfortunately miss Brockmann's heroines are in no way in the same league. At least not in the books of her i've read so far and that being the books in this series so far. So in this book I really couldn't care less what would happen to PJ. But only a shabby heroine could have earned more points, weren't it so that I hated the racial issue being forced down my throat without it having anything to add to the story or the romance. I also didn't like it that with a book so focussed on selling the non-discrimination view and non-stereotypical thinking the hero and heroine turn out to be both african americans... Very stereotypical. Despite this I will continue to keep reading the next books in this series because, yes, because of those heroes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bookabulary

    There's nothing like an old SB reread to save my week. It started with me having two books to read. These were the ones I picked up last weekend and was quite excited about them. (I never keep a TBR pile because if I see all these yet to be read books, I'm 99 per cent sure to stay home to read each one of them rather than go to work. Believe me, it already happened.) One was a paranormal romance I thought would help get me out of historicals mania; the other was a historical to continue said man There's nothing like an old SB reread to save my week. It started with me having two books to read. These were the ones I picked up last weekend and was quite excited about them. (I never keep a TBR pile because if I see all these yet to be read books, I'm 99 per cent sure to stay home to read each one of them rather than go to work. Believe me, it already happened.) One was a paranormal romance I thought would help get me out of historicals mania; the other was a historical to continue said mania. I did find out two things for sure: I'm not one for paranormal reads--all that biting/immortality/time travel just don't do it for me. And that I'm not not totally immersed in my historicals mania not to recognize an unejoyable Regency/medieval read. I guess it's safe to say that I won't be making reviews for those two books--total waste of time. Read full review on Bookabulary.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book missed the mark a little for me. I thought the overall plot was interesting and I liked that the book focused on a training mission instead of a real operation. What kept me from really enjoying it was that I never really warmed to PJ. I'm sure that it is extremely tough to be a woman in an all men career field (and I recognize that this is an older book... although it does show that we haven't really come that far on this issue) but she was so incredibly defensive all the time that sh This book missed the mark a little for me. I thought the overall plot was interesting and I liked that the book focused on a training mission instead of a real operation. What kept me from really enjoying it was that I never really warmed to PJ. I'm sure that it is extremely tough to be a woman in an all men career field (and I recognize that this is an older book... although it does show that we haven't really come that far on this issue) but she was so incredibly defensive all the time that she just came off as angry and confrontational. I guess I expected her to have a more subtle way of dealing with this issue in the work place than to just accuse everyone of being sexist and making everything about sex all the time. She just drove me absolutely crazy which made it hard to root for her. I wish her character had been written with more depth.

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