When Tony Met Adam

Title: When Tony Met Adam
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Cover Artist: N/A
Publisher: Ballantine e-Books
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M, Action/Adventure
Length: Novella/61 print pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


 
Review Summary
: This romance, while quite good, would have resonated more with me if it were a bit longer.

THE BLURB

An exclusive short story featuring characters from the Troubleshooters series

Tony Vlachic, a ruggedly handsome Navy SEAL, has kept his sexuality a secret for years under the threat of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” That is, until he meets Adam Wyndham, a charismatic yet troubled film star. Tony knows that by approaching Adam in front of his teammates he’s jeopardizing his military career. And Adam, nursing a broken heart, has no interest in a relationship. Still, neither man can deny their instant attraction.Tony didn’t become a SEAL by accepting rejection, and his pursuit of Adam leads to one unforgettable night. But the next morning, Tony is ordered to ship out to Afghanistan, and he’s forced to leave Adam with too much left unsaid.
As Tony enters a dangerous war zone, Adam, back in Los Angeles, struggles with the demons of his past, while dealing with the very real possibility that Tony could be killed in action. Half a world apart, both men must face their feelings for each other—and decide if what they’ve found is worth risking everything in the name of love.

 

THE REVIEW

When Tony Met Adam is, I believe, Suzanne Brockmann’s second foray into the world of M/M romance but I understand that there are other gay characters in her Troubleshooters series although I haven’t read these books as they are heterosexual romances. This book picks up right after All Through the Night another gay romance which I hope to review within the next few weeks if it’s only M/M.

Adam had been dumped by his lover, FBI Agent Jules Cassidy when he first met Tony a young, brash Navy SEAL who appeared to be very taken with him. Tony and his teammates were standing on the sidewalk outside Adam’s ex’s house when he approached Adam and introduced himself. Adam wanted no part of him and indicated that he was nursing a broken heart and wasn’t interested in pursuing anything with Tony, but the Navy SEAL was not taking “no” for an answer and he wrote his phone number on Adam’s hand and told him to call him if his heart mended. This was done in full view of his teammates so they were now aware that he was gay. Apparently being with Adam was more important to Tony than the fallout from his actions.

Since DADT was still in effect (the story started in 2007) his teammates pretended that they didn’t see him trying to hit on Adam, as exposure of his sexual orientation would lead to his dishonourable discharge. His teammates had varying reactions to his outing, some of which he expected, but he wasn’t that concerned if his military career came to a crashing end because he had a job waiting for him in the private sector if he were let go.

Of course Adam never called him but Tony wasn’t going to walk away from the movie star so he used his ‘in’ with a friend to get his telephone number. At first Adam was not prepared to see him but Tony was so persistent he agreed on condition that it would be a brief one-time hookup and then Tony would leave him alone. When Tony arrived in L.A. Adam did everything he could to turn him off but Tony didn’t care – he was in love. Adam was still obsessed with his ex who now belonged to another man and he didn’t want any emotional entanglements with Tony, but his plan didn’t work out quite the way he expected.

They didn’t have much time together because the next morning Tony had to report back as his Team was headed to Afghanistan. When Adam didn’t hear from Tony after his deployment his feelings for him underwent a change and he realized that he cared about him a lot more than he wanted to admit.

Much maligned Adam, who apparently many fans of the series hated for good reason, did have a few redeeming qualities and it turned out that he wasn’t as much of a scoundrel as he was painted. His somewhat murky traits started when his mother threw him out of his home at 16 after he confessed that he was gay, and he lived on the streets for years until he got a lucky break. This molded his personality so he wasn’t the man his ex wanted him to be, and he screwed up both their lives. With Tony he tried the same tactics of being aloof and sabotaging what little relationship they had, but Tony was determined to keep Adam, even though he was given no encouragement from him that they could have anything more than a booty call.

To summarize: I didn’t like the insta-love aspect of Tony’s feelings for Adam whose reaction to his declaration seemed more realistic. Adam was very flawed and when he appeared to be falling for Tony I wondered whether this was a rebound affair, although in the end he seemed sincere as he was frantic when he couldn’t find out Tony’s status while he was in Afghanistan. With his characteristics his redemption was all the more surprising, and I had a few niggles about the speed of his and Tony’s feelings for each other. I liked the way that Tony’s teammates were supportive of him in Afghanistan when he was injured  and their camaraderie in the field.

There is a fair amount of telling rather showing in When Tony Met Adam but I thought most of the prose worked well in the context of the story and the MCs seemed to have a lot of chemistry, although Tony at times appeared to be a bit young for jaded Adam. I enjoyed Tony’s character which was very upbeat and a foil for Adam who didn’t think he deserved Tony and he also couldn’t believe that someone as damaged as he could want Tony as more than a play toy. To give Adam credit he did his best to turn Tony off because he didn’t want to ruin his life, but he ended up falling for him.

Brockmann is an excellent writer but at times I felt the story was rushed and there was a bit of information overload because there was a fair amount of backstory on Adam, Tony and the Troubleshooters which, while necessary, would have benefited from another 30 pages to flesh out the romance. Tony and Adam didn’t have more than 12 hours together before he was deployed, which may or may not be enough to get to know someone really well.

The story is told in Tony’s and Adam’s third person POV.

Recommended

 

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28 comments

    • You have to send me a few more recs Larissa about mainstream authors who write M/M. 😀 Taylor said that J.R. Ward is writing a book about Blay and Qhuinn so I’m looking forward to reading that when it releases. If you have news of a release date let me know.

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      • Hihi I’ll have to look through my collections. As you can guess I don’t read a whole lot of mainstream anymore, but mostly young adult and m/m is emerging there as well!

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  • YAY….you reviewed a SB book!!! I have read every book in the TS series and more then once.

    Jules is one of my all time favourite characters, when he meets Robin in Hot Target their chemistry is off the charts and SB writing an m/m couple is what got me reading m/m romance. I wish you would start with Hot Target Wave and then Force of Nature before ATTN….I know you don’t like het sex but I say just skip those parts. I just don’t think reading ATTN before really knowing what Jules and Robin went through gives their story justice.

    But back to Tony and Adam, I loved this little short and SB is one heck of a writer…she made me fall in love with a character who I thought was a total pick in Hot Target.

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  • Heh, just got done with the whole Robin/Jules arc. Force of Nature is the second one (contains descriptions of het sex, between other characters that can be skipped) then there is Troubleshooters X-max. I have not read the first book (Hot Target), but these two were waaaaay too happy for my liking, so much drama. To me it was a traditional het romance with two dicks instead of one…
    Sorry if I came across too harsh, but by the time I was done with these books, I wanted to scream and rip my hair out.
    “When Adam…” picks up towards the end of T X-mas and was fun, but too short and ended too abruptly for my liking.

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    • Ugh! I meant sappy, not happy (autocorrect strikes again…).
      And I forgot to mention lots of crying…
      Though to be fair for mainstream het romance series it is not bad at all 🙂
      Also all proceeds from T X-mas book go to support equal opportunity initiative in Massachusetts 🙂

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    • This is the first book I’ve read in this series and I’m looking forward to ATTN but I’ll keep in mind what you said. 🙂 I don’t think I’ll be reading the other books in the series since I understand that the romances are het.

      As I said in the review, this book needed a lot more pages to flesh out the plot and characters although I liked the two MCs.

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  • okay. my comment wasn’t clear. the yay! was for the review of a more “mainstream” book n mortar m/m romance with a solid het rec. i rec attn and its wedding follow up. both m/m with no on screen het sex. :0)
    -kkm

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    • Thanks kkm. Now I can go ahead and read All Through the Night. 🙂

      I wish more mainstream authors would write M/M because I had lots of favourite authors when I used to read het, and I miss them.

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  • Man, I love the Troubleshooters series. But, fair warning, When Tony Met Adam is the only m/m-only book in the series; even All Through the Night has a het subplot (and the m/m sex happens mostly off the page). (Totally worth it, IMHO, because the series is excellent, but I figured it was worth stating for those who don’t read het.)

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    • Hi Kate
      Are you saying that the het sub plot in ATTN had on-page het sex? I don’t mind a book with no sex and strong female characters but I can’t review a book for this site with on page het sex. I don’t mind if the M/M sex happens off page, sometimes I prefer it because a lot of M/M books are only a series of sex scenes strung together with no plot and that gets old pretty fast.

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  • I loved “All through the Night” with Robin and Jules, a really great read for fans of m/m fiction and highly recommended! It was nice to read a story with characters (both het & gay) that were friends and involved in each others life.

    I have not yet read WAMT but plan to buy it soon, Thanks for the review!

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  • I liked this one, although I share your Insta!Love reservation. OMG Troubleshooters, I keep wanting to read books fourteen and fifteen where Jules’ and Robin’s romance comes to fruition and very happy ending (yes, I bought books fourteen and fifteen and looked at the end haha!) But Jules appears in earlier books which as you said heterosexual romances for main couples, so if I read one het romance book a month it would take me a really long time lol. Thanks for the review. I loved seeing gay romance in the mainstream publishing though, still not nearly enough if you ask me.

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    • Hi Sirius
      Have you read All Through The Night? I just bought it but I don’t know if there is any het sex in it. I really want to review this book because it’s Robin’s and Jules’s story. 🙂

      I know that the Troubleshooters series is loved by many readers.

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      • Hi Wave, great review:) Although I read ATTN quite some time ago, if I remember correctly, there is no het sex in it, I wonder whether there is any sex at all!?

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        • Hi Anke
          Thanks for commenting. I bought ATTN without checking the reviews and then I wondered because I know that Brockmann’s books have het couples, and I saw somewhere that there was at least one het couple in the book.

          When Tony Met Adam had very little sex which was great for me – I have become so tired of sex on every page of these books without any real story.

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      • All through night is book fifteen, right? Where they get their well deserved happy ending? I have only skimmed it, but pretty sure about no het sex part (cannot be 100 percent sure though). They are playing central roles in Force of nature too, I believe and their romance develops significantly but I believe they share central roles with het couple there. All through night is their book alone. I remember reading reviews calling this book self indulgent and spending too much time on gay couple and thinking, yes indeed how dare she to do that? Sarcasm. I hope you enjoy this book and I really have to read it soon.

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        • Thanks Sirius. I hope to read and review it before I take a short vacation break.

          I noticed somewhere that a few readers were incensed because Brockmann was writing about gay men and they thought it had to do with the fact that her son had come out recently and that she was being supportive. Their attitude was “enough already”. Well you know my reaction to that. 😆

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          • I suspect we share the same reaction to those attitudes :). Gee, let me count how many gay romances are present in mainstream publishing. Would the fingers of my two hands be enough? Vacation sounds fun 🙂

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            • I loved All Through the Night. If I recall correctly, it’s suggestive but not explicit at all. I like that the author donated all profits worldwide from the book to MassEquality. I’m really hoping the fact that she followed up with When Tony Met Adam means she will write more mainstream m/m.

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      • Yes, there is (gay) sex in it — on their honeymoon I think. I love this series even with the het sex. *g*

        I’ve been a long-time fan of this author and was so happy when she added Jules/Robin to her list of characters. As for the people complaining about the “gay,” they can suck apples. Suzanne is my hero. I just wish LaNora or my other favorite Tami Hoag would do that too.

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        • Hi Lasha
          Now I can read this book knowing that there’s no het sex. 😆 I used to read het romances a long time ago but switched to M/M because I love the guys and the stories and I was sick and tired of TSTL heroines (although some M/M authors still give us CWDs).

          When I read het I used to read Brockmann and she is a good writer. Like you I wish that Nora and J.R. Ward would have gay romances as the main plots in their stories but that will probably never happen.

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          • J.R. Wards is writing a novella for Blay and Qhuinn. I read somewhere she’s not including any of the arcs from the BDB books. That way the fans that aren’t as crazy about man love as the rest of us are won’t miss out on the storyline. Which means it will be all Qhuinn and Blay. Lord, can’t wait. Qhuinn is my kind of vamp *g*

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