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Suzanne Brockmann, bestselling author of When Tony Met Adam and the pulse-pounding Troubleshooters series, has been hailed by USA Today as a “superstar of romantic suspense.” In this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Brockmann returns with two of her most beloved characters from the Troubleshooters world: operative Jules Cassidy and his husband, RobiSuzanne Brockmann, bestselling author of When Tony Met Adam and the pulse-pounding Troubleshooters series, has been hailed by USA Today as a “superstar of romantic suspense.” In this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Brockmann returns with two of her most beloved characters from the Troubleshooters world: operative Jules Cassidy and his husband, Robin. After years of playing the tormented actor Joe Laughlin on the hit television show Shadowland, Hollywood star Robin Chadwick Cassidy is ready for a change. Joe’s character embodies the real demons of Robin’s past—his struggle with his sexuality, his battle with alcoholism—and portraying the part has taken a heavy toll on his personal life. Robin’s husband, FBI agent Jules Cassidy, has noticed the strain and will do whatever he can to make Robin happy. And what Robin has in mind will forever transform his career, his marriage, and his family.Includes a thrilling excerpt from Suzanne Brockmann’s novel Hot Target, featuring Jules Cassidy. “Openly gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy [is] one of the most charming and original characters in popular fiction today.”—Library Journal Praise for Suzanne Brockmann “Brockmann strikes the perfect balance between white-knuckle suspense and richly emotional romance.”—Chicago Tribune “Brockmann is a master of adventure, drama, passion, and suspense.”—The Tampa Tribune...

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Number of Pages : 47 Pages
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Beginnings and Ends Reviews

  • Jonetta
    2019-01-30 13:44

    This was the first time we get any real insight into Robin's Shadowland series and character, Joe Loughlin. It was so very revealing to see the parallels in the characters evolution and Robin's when he was dealing with the very same career dilemma. It was so very interesting and, of course, too short. Love anytime Jules is on the page.

  • Kaetrin
    2019-02-18 17:56

    Why I read it: I've read and enjoyed all of the Troubleshooters books and I'm a fan of Jules and Robin so I downloaded this one as soon as it was available.What it's about: (the blurb from Goodreads) After years of playing the tormented actor, Joe Laughlin, on the hit television show Shadowland, Hollywood star Robin Chadwick Cassidy is ready for a change. Joe’s character embodies the real demons of Robin’s past—his struggle with his sexuality, his battle with alcoholism—and portraying the part has taken a heavy toll on his personal life. Robin’s husband, FBI agent Jules Cassidy, has noticed the strain and will do whatever he can to make Robin happy. And what Robin has in mind will forever transform his career, his marriage, and his family.What worked for me (and what didn't): It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out what the beginning and end the title speaks of is - the end of the series and an addition to the family. I really don't think that's a massive spoiler. And, it's not that you actually see much of the latter in any event. If the story had been more about the "beginning" and less about the "end" I think I would have enjoyed this one a lot more. I didn't have massive hopes. I was never expecting an A read - the story is only 38 pages long after all. I expected a vignette maybe - a Jules and Robin slice of life. What I got however, was a lot of stuff about Shadowland - a fictional TV show set in a fictional world. I was fairly confused by the way the Shadowland portions of the story were conveyed. Here is the opening of the story: Shadowland, Episode 60, “Eighth of Nine Lives” Starring Robin Chadwick Cassidy as Joe Laughlin Los Angeles, present dayRichie West ambushed me. The meeting is supposed to be about my contract for the next Pierce Cane movie, but I realize within seconds of walking into his office that this is about my past few weekends and the current rash of rumors.Academy Award nominee Joe Laughlin! Thank you for coming in!...Brockmann, Suzanne (2012-06-01). Beginnings and Ends (Short Story) (Kindle Locations 37-41). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.At first, I thought these bits were part of the script. But that couldn't be right. Then I thought "how does the viewer know what is going on in Joe Laughlin's head?" Then I thought, maybe it's a voiceover. That made sense. But the bits in italics didn't seem to fit as voiceovers either. Who says this? Even in their heads? I’m so fucking stupid. I can’t believe I actually thought Richie West was going to guide my coming out, like a Sherpa leading me to a higher plain where honesty and truth prevailed. I can’t believe that I didn’t know— instantly— that if I did come out, he would drop me like a stone. He’d be certain that I would never again open a picture in this town.Brockmann, Suzanne (2012-06-01). Beginnings and Ends (Short Story) (Kindle Locations 96-99). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition. It didn't help that these bits changed tense from past to present.There are 6 "chapters" and 3 are devoted to the Shadowland episodes. On the face of it, that would suggest that equal time is devoted to both storylines. That would be incorrect. The Shadowland chapters are longer. I'd say they make up at least 2/3 of the 38 page short. They are over the top dramatic and, to me, unbelievable. I thought that I would not enjoy watching such an overwrought tv show. I did not enjoy reading about it. The basic storyline was Joe Laughlin coming out. Not all that dissimilar to Robin's own coming out in a very public manner in Force of Nature - when he kissed Jules on a boat in full view of many TV cameras. In fact, the story seemed to me to be largely redundant. It had already been told - except much better in the Troubleshooters series, with Jules and Robin themselves, characters I cared about. I did not and do not care about Joe Laughlin. He is one step too removed from reality for me.On a positive note, we did get a Jules and Robin sex scene which fans have been panting for. There was a part of the story where Robin had inadvertently had alcohol in his mouth. A big deal was made of it but it didn't really go anywhere. (I have very little experience with alcoholism. I assume the information in the book is true. But, such a big deal was made of it, why then did it go nowhere?). Jules and Robin hire a surrogate and that would have been a story I would have gobbled up. But it was just a sentence or two.Overall, this was extremely disappointing. The book cost $1.99. If I had enjoyed it, I wouldn't have minded too much, but given that I did not, I'd have to say it's over priced. People who bought Born To Darkness in hardback got the short free in the back of the book.What else? So, I was disappointed. After I read the story and unrelated to doing so, I went to my Facebook page to check on my news feed. I don't do much on Facebook - mainly I follow some favourite authors. Suzanne Brockmann is one of them.On Saturday, she posted this on her Facebook page: Suzanne Brockmann shared a link. Saturday BEGINNINGS AND ENDS is being totally trashed on Amazon for not having enough Jules and Robin...? If you liked it, please post an honest review. If you didn't like it, that's okay, too. But like the song says, "Don't be a dick about it." http://www.amazon.com/Beginnings-Ends...I expected therefore that there would be many many negative reviews on Amazon based on her post. I felt uncomfortable because I didn't like the book either. I wondered what being a "dick about it" meant. I went and had a look. There was ONE 1* review when I looked on Sunday. There were 30 reviews in total, 20 of them were 5* - all from squeeing fangirls gushing about how wonderful the story was and many specifically referencing the 1* review in some manner - "I don't understand the uproar here..." etc. I feel pretty uncomfortable about Ms. Brockmann siccing the posse onto Amazon. I was even more so when I realised she was reacting to ONE negative review. While I wouldn't have said "SHAME ON YOU AND A POX ON YOUR PUBLISHER FOR SEEING THE DOLLAR SIGNS" as that reviewer did, I did agree with much of her sentiment. It won't surprise you to know that this review has been downvoted so much that it appears lucky last on the list.When I finished Beginnings and Ends, the phrase that came to mind was "self indulgent".After reading the Facebook post and checking out the Amazon review, I feel that applies even more.Grade: D

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2019-02-07 18:41

    Jules & RobinA Troubleshooters Journey Into One Of The First MM Sweetest Romances Ever To Hit Mainstream. From beginning to end was such a sweet read.What an appropiate title for Jules & Robins finale! This series, has been great, and I look forward to more. But, this still feels like the end of an amazing journey. Jules has been the rock in most all of these books for me along with Sam, Alissa & Max. And, Jules finally gets his HEA completed in this little book. Jules and Robin have been the heart of this series for me. As their personas were beautifully created with more than a touch of realism. It was a blast reading them moving forward in life together. The day to day life of a star and an FBI agent. This little glimpse was grand. Beware smexy scenes were not really on page. But...Sweet Jesus this was an awesome read!

  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    2019-02-16 17:40

    3.5 Stars - Short & sweet - a novella featuring Jules and Robin. I loved getting an intimate peek into the life of this couple. Of all the couples in this series, I think this pair deserves their hea the most! A Must Read for fans of these characters and this series!

  • Melissa
    2019-01-20 18:52

    I love this series and in particular Jules and Robin. They are a very special couple because in reading the entire series, we see how Jules has struggled to find his Happy Ending, and we see Robin struggle with his sexual identity and his alcoholism. This particular installment isn't the most in depth, it gives us a small look into how their lives are going, and I LOVE that!! I just want to be a fly on the wall, watching them daily. I might be a little obsessed with them. ;)Now, for those who haven't read this series, and really don't want to read it all but still want to enjoy Jules and Robin, the two men meet for the first time in Hot Target. They meet again in Force of Nature, get married (umm, spoiler?) in All Through the Night, and have some book time in Hot Pursuit (view spoiler)[Jules is almost killed!!! (hide spoiler)]What's funny is Suzanne Brockman (on her website) has said that she had originally planned for Jules and Robin not to get their HEA in Force of Nature. She was like "I promise you (Robin) will get your HEA in 2 books, just hang in there." And she says Robin refused to cooperate, LOL!!! :-D That he demanded his HEA now, that he couldn't wait. That is just too funny, and I am sooooo glad she didn't piss Robin off. This time I listened to the audio and I can't say I cared for the narrator. His voice didn't match Robin or Jules and while he did a good job, I just couldn't get over the fact that he didn't sound like them.

  • E
    2019-02-10 14:37

    I can NEVER get enough of Jules and Robin....EVER! Short, but perfect! Thanks Suzanne for indulging this crazy fan with the perfect Jules and Robin fix!

  • Yvonne
    2019-01-24 17:46

    That was quick! I was hoping for more. If you were looking for lots of Jules & Robin, lower your expectations. There's only 6 chapters with 3 of the chapters about Shadowlands, Robin's TV show & showing Robin as his TV character Joe Laughlin. The remaining 3 chapters gives a brief glimpse of Jules & Robin & them making a decision for their future. The story ends at 75% on my kindle. The remaining 25% is an excerpt from Hot Target (and not even an excerpt with Jules & Robin but mainly with Jane & Cosmos). I understand this was originally included as an extra with one of Brockmann's latest books. As an extra this would be OK. Brockmann should have expanded the story when selling it separately because for what you get, this feels overpriced.

  • Mollie *scoutrmom*
    2019-02-02 14:43

    These stories were too short for anyone who is not following the Troubleshooters series. Those of us who have read All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas will appreciate this more than those who have not.One extremely hot sex scene but not too explicit for newbies to male-male relationships.Simply excellent. The only problem is the whole thing is too short.

  • Duchess Nicole
    2019-01-18 17:27

    I love Jules and Robin, and was really looking forward to spending time with them. But most of this short was told as Robin in character for his TV show. There was very little Jules. BooHoo! Still, it's worth reading. It just brought me back into Troubleshooter world and disappointed me. Since the series has ended, all this did was make me a little sad. But Jules and Robin get a sweet little HEA! So there you go.

  • Mindy
    2019-02-02 19:47

    I have said this in other reviews of Brockmann's books (see this review), but when it comes to Jules and Robin, Brockmann has a tendency to become preachy. I get that Brockmann's son has struggled to thrive in a often anti-gay culture. I get that she loves her son and wants to normalize his lifestyle. I even get that she would choose to use her gift of storytelling to get her message of acceptance out to the larger heterosexual community. And I'm ok with that, really I am. Force of Nature was one of my favorite Troubleshooter books.Anyone who has followed Brockmann's writing for any length of time understands that she is comfortable writing about gay relationships. I think most of her fans are ok with reading gay romance - many even cheer just as hard for them as with hetero romances, if not harder. But as Brockmann has deteriorated from great author of homo- and heterosexual romance to preachy, pro-gay reformist, I think she's forgotten who her audience is.We've gladly followed her lead into what for many of us was new territory and have found we like where she brought us. We are loyal and have been convinced that gay people can have happy endings just like straight people can. Brockmann should no longer have to feel like she must take every opportunity to get on her soapbox. Fans shouldn't have had to sit through 2/3 of book that harps on how hard it is for a closeted gay actor to come out and still have a successful career. We know it's hard. While there are many successful real-life gay actors in Hollywood and on TV (Ian McKellan, Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Ted Allen, just to name a few), they undoubtedly have a lot of hate and other issues to work through to keep their careers intact. I'm not trying to downplay the issues they face, however I don't think anyone who would willingly read a short story specifically about a gay couple needs to hear the whining. It just isn't attractive in anyone - gay, straight, whatever.My other complaint about this story, which some other reviewers have brought up as well, is that most of this book centers on the coming out of Robin's TV alter ego. Why do we care whether Joe Laughlin gets a happy ending or not? I certainly don't. Laughlin was just a character Robin played, no matter how closely Laughlin's life followed Robin's. Robin got his happy ending when he married Jules - why do we need to re-hash that in Laughlin's character?One last thing: why didn't we get to hear more about the baby? I would have loved if this short story followed Robin's and Jules' journey to fatherhood. I mean, Laughlin was a job; the baby is a real life-changer and something worth reading about.I think going forward I will probably forego any exclusively Jules and Robin stories. I just don't have any desire to read whining and there are lots of other good books to read instead.

  • Jade
    2019-02-02 16:53

    1.5 starsThis low rating has nothing to do with the little that we got to see of Robin and Jules, but it has everything to do with the lack of story that I paid for. If this was a free short story whatever I don't think I would have minded, but this was 2 dollars for a whole lot of nothing. We got more scenes about Joe Laughlin than we did of the actual "real" characters. To me that's kind of bullshit. I wanted to read about Jules and Robin and I got maybe 2 small scenes of them and the rest was some character that Robin plays and worse it was in the fake character's pov and universe.With all of my complaining I do have to say that the little we got to see of the couple was really great. I love that they are going (view spoiler)[to be parents!!! I am so excited to see more of that (hide spoiler)]. I also really enjoyed that there was a partial sex scene for them. I feel like they only get really intense makeout scenes or the after math of sex, but no we got an honest to god (view spoiler)[blow job scene. (hide spoiler)] For anyone who is not for sex scenes don't worry nothing is greatly described or in detail.Oh and a little warning it ends at 71% the extra almost 30% are previews for previous books. Needless to say I was pretty annoyed.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-05 21:38

    All these years later and I still can't get enough of Jules and Robin! They were the first M/M couple I'd come across in a romance novel and I fell for them both - hard. This short story was a touching vignette which basically drew one phase of their lives together to a close and set the ball rolling for the next major step in their relationship. And when the two men are on the page together as a couple, it's magic. Seriously swoony territory. Unfortunately, Brockmann splits the focus so evenly between Robin and Jules as a couple and Robin as his television persona Joe Laughlin, that I sorta felt cheated. Don't get me wrong, the parts of the story written about Joe's character were well done, but he's not Robin and Jules (and they're the ones I'm invested in). Looking forward to seeing Jules and Robin (view spoiler)[as parents (hide spoiler)] in the upcoming Troubleshooters novels. Here's hopping for some fantastic cameos!

  • Diana
    2019-01-19 13:44

    I decided to read this because short stories are about the only fun reading I have time for at the moment. I'm glad I had some knowledge of the series because I would have been a bit lost. Truthfully though it didn't seem to me that you had to have read every other book in the series to be able to know what was going on in this. This is an M/M romance about an actor who has what's known as character bleed and isn't sure he wants to keep going. His FBI husband is there to help him through the decision and all the issues it brings up. It was a very sweet story, and I really need to start rereading this series.

  • Anna
    2019-02-06 14:44

    3.5 stars: I liked this more than I was expecting due to some reviews I read before reading this. I missed Jules and Robin and I'm so sad this is the last we read of them because they were a truly amazing couple. Loved their scenes together, and I also surprisingly loved the scenes where it was about Joe, the character Robin was playing for his series; I really got into it, to be honest! So yeah, great short read that reminded me just how great these two are and how much I missed them.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-19 20:30

    Super short yes, but it IS a short story and I read other reviews beforehand so I knew to expect it to be a quick read. I loved it! I'll take a little Jules and Robin any day. I thought the story was written in a really unique way. I loved the fictional story about Joe. Really touching. Of course I was disappointed that it wasn't longer but like I said, I loved this update and so glad I got to read it.

  • Anke
    2019-02-01 17:45

    74% on my kindle and it's already over. I feel cheated out of my last chapter:( Nevertheless, the story itself was wonderful. I had difficulties during the first few pages to get into the story, but then I couldn't stop. I hope we don't have to wait too long for the next part of Robin's and Jules' story.

  • KellBell
    2019-02-05 17:42

    A REALLY short, REALLY quick read about Jules, Robin, and (mostly) the character Robin plays. Since I was in the mood for some Troubleshooters and a quick read (since I have work tomorrow and can't be up reading too late), this was perfect.And when I say short, I mean short. Less than an hour of reading time here.

  • Jess Candela
    2019-01-19 14:41

    4.5I loved revisiting Jules and Robin, and I thought learning more about them through the character Robin plays was a fun way to do it.

  • Jenifer Mohammed
    2019-02-07 18:44

    A short but sweet story. I love to see how Jules and Robin's relationship has evolved over the years. Can't wait to see what happens next for them.

  • Wendy
    2019-01-25 13:44

    I enjoyed this novella

  • Robin
    2019-02-06 15:48

    For the last several years, Hollywood Star Robin Chadwick Cassidy has played tormented actor Joe Laughlin on his hit TV show. The character of Joe is an alcoholic who is struggling with his sexuality. This series echoes Robin's life. Though he has stopped drinking and has married the love of his life, FBI Agent Jules Cassidy, this TV show is starting to drag him down. Jules sees that his husband is in distress. He vows to do whatever needs done to support Robin.This is a very short story in the Troubleshooters series. Part of the story is the TV show and what exactly is happening in front of the camera. The other is Robin and Jules' life together. It was an interesting story, but in such a short format, I would have liked to have seen more of Robin and Jules, and less of the TV show. My rating: 3.5 Stars.

  • Bonnie Stinson
    2019-02-12 18:47

    Two of my favorite characters and some of the best written expressions of love as folks work it all out.

  • Amy
    2019-01-21 13:57

    Too short!! I can never get enough Jules and Robin.

  • Heather
    2019-01-20 17:32

    Robin and Jules short story.

  • Melanie Mathews
    2019-02-10 17:33

    I loved this little story. I cannot get enough of Jules and Robin! This novella was in my opinion was kind of like someone giving me a bite of the most delicious cheesecake and then saying ok that is all you get! I mean, I know it is a novella but it's so sure! One thing that kind of bugs me about it was there was too much about the end of the series. I would've liked to have more Jules and Robin. I felt like there was way too much about the t.v show Robin stared in and not enough Jules and Robin. It was well-written but I wasn't too excited about reading about a "fictional fictional" character that I knew barely anything about. I like that Suzanne FINALLY wrote a steamy "love" scenes for Jules and Robin. Boy did I "love" it! It has kind of, ok it FULL ON bothered me in past books that the F/M couples got really steamy sex scenes and yet the gay characters got the shaft! Pun intended! You would think that since she is so "pro-gay" that she would give them equal spice in the bedrooms (or limos). If people have a problem reading about two characters expressing their love for each other(through hot steamy sex)could skip the scene or not read a book if they are so freaking homophobic! Come on! Who doesn't want to read about two hot man having sweaty sex?Jk It isn't about that. I am totally joking! My point is, Suzanne shouldn't have to worry about offending someone, If the reader doesn't like homosexual characters and they don't have to read it. Otherwise the story is great! I really like how Jules has so much faith in Robin. I love how.... ......SPOILER...... Robin wants more with Jules. How he wants a family. Economy me sad that Robin didn't want to use his sperm (for the suragent) because he was worried about passing on the alcoholic gene. I think it would be cool if in one of the next books a woman that Robin has slept with comes forward with a child of Robins. We all know from past books (*coughs* Patty!) that he has gotten drunk and not used protection. It would be interesting to see how Jules would deal with Robin having a child with some random woman he banged!. Anyways I can't wait for future books to find out what happens! I definitely recommend this little Novella to anybody who loves the Troubleshooters series.By the way, if anybody has problems with punctuation or spelling in this review they can sit on it. I used my iPod touch to do this little review and it feel like it took me forever....hehehehe

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-18 14:40

    loved it. Unlike other reviewers I thought Art used Robin's strength in his "Joe". There was lots of symbolism in this short. Quick fun read. Jules and Robin are the best together.

  • Tara
    2019-01-31 20:52

    I understand now what people mean when they complain that for a book about Robin and Jules there wasn't a ton of Robin & Jules. I had assumed prior to reading it that it meant that there was a lot Sam & Alyssa or something like that. But what happened in this story is we are reading about Robin's TV series and the script of what is happening on it. And I think what is more frustrating is that the character Robing is playing, Joe Laughlin, is almost exactly like Robin from his first few books. So reading about him and his life feels almost repetitive. Like we've read all this before. I suspect that is partially the point. To remind us how far Robin has come to this point. But what is missing is really Jules. I think the problem is that it's difficult to read a story just about Robin with Jules being a sideline character. I mean he's Jules and we miss him in front and center position- fighting bad guys, kicking butt and taking names. In this story it's mostly Jules, supportive husband in his time off. And even then he's a little in the background. I think maybe while I love Robin, especially as part of Jules & Robin, he's just not quite strong enough to carry a story all along. He just works better when him and Jules share, and that includes storylines.

  • Jennie
    2019-01-26 19:40

    I love the Troubleshooters series, so I was thrilled to see this finally. Then I read this and was disappointed. I did like this story, but I felt that it could have been a lot more. The TV show segments were confusing and I didn't really care for them, because I'm here to read about Robin and Jules, not the fictional character a fictional character is portraying.I really wish there would have been more on the baby plot. I think that would have been a lot better use of the novel. Sure, end the show, but then tell us more about how they found the surrogate, what it was like...maybe the pregnancy itself. End with the birth of the baby? As it is, this story felt unfinished. It was nice to see Jules and Robin again -- I adore them both, but I think this novella could have been a lot more (and to be honest, calling it a novella seems a bit like cheating, because the others have been longer, haven't they?)

  • Debbie
    2019-02-17 20:50

    I love Jules and Robin, so was looking forward to this, and anxiously pre-ordered it as soon as it was possible to do so. I eagerly downloaded it on the 1st and read it on the train ride into work the next day and found myself... confused? gipped? disappointed?I happily paid $2 for a short story about Jules and Robin. Instead, I got a hodgepodge of somewhat confusing scenes that alternated between Robin's Shadowland character's life and small glimpses into his real life, and not much of Jules at all, frankly. In the end, I wanted more of everything - more Jules and Robin together, obviously, but also more fleshing out of Joe's life which was actually pretty interesting on its own, and could probably stand a couple books devoted to him. And then the ending which was a bit out of nowhere (in the text - it was alluded to in the title) and rushed, and given short shrift for such a momentous decision.

  • Morpheus Reads
    2019-02-11 20:31

    Beginnings and Ends (short story)Troubleshooters series #17.5Short story featuring Robin & Jules. This specifically revolves around Robin's acclaimed cable series "Shadowland" which has been referred to in previous books as being very challenging for him as an actor as well as personally because it is based somewhat on his real-life experiences of being an alcoholic and an A-list actor facing the dilemma of coming out as a gay man and facing the potential loss of work, fame, income, friendships, etc. It is difficult for Robin because he has to dip his toes back into the dark feelings he used to have before he quit drinking and when he was terrified to admit he was gay (and before he married Jules). He's come to a crossroads in his life and his career and he and Jules have exciting plans and changes coming in the near future.This also covers how Robin's TV series handles the series finale. Both stories (personal and make-believe) are wrapped up nicely.