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Throwback Thursday Review: Then You Hide by Roxanne St. Claire

Posted June 6, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Throwback Thursday Review: Then You Hide by Roxanne St. ClaireReviewer: Casee
Then You Hide by Roxanne St. Claire
Series: Bullet Catcher #5
Also in this series: First You Run
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 349
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

When Bullet Catcher Wade Cordell is offered a cushy assignment to track down a woman on vacation in the Caribbean and persuade her to meet her birth mother, the secret ops sharpshooter decides it's the perfect antidote to his stressful job. Except spirited and sassy Vanessa Porter isn't on vacation, she's on a hunt for a friend who has disappeared. Wade's news doesn't faze a woman who swims with the sharks on Wall Street -- Vanessa knows she's adopted and has no intention of meeting or helping the woman who gave her up in a black market scheme. But as it becomes clear that her missing friend is deep in hiding and deeper in trouble, Vanessa strikes a shaky bargain with the sexy bodyguard who's an expert at finding people who don't want to be found. How high a price will she have to pay the Bullet Catcher willing to put his life on the line for her? Will she sacrifice her pride . . . her heart . . . even her life?

*** Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy! ***

This review was originally posted on June 26, 2008.

This is the 7th book (including anthologies) in St. Claire’s Bullet Catcher series and the 2nd in the trilogy that is out this year. The trilogy started with First You Run, where the Bullet Catchers are trying to find three women-triplets-that were given up in black market adoptions thirty years before. As the story unravels, the Bullet Catchers now believe that finding these three women may be the key to solving a thirty year old murder. A murder that their birth mother has been in jail for since shortly after their births.

When Wade Cordell heads to the Caribbean, he figures he can get in a few days of relaxation after convincing Vanessa Porter to go to South Carolina to meet her birth mother. What he doesn’t count on is Vanessa herself. A southern boy at heart, Wade is ill prepared for the brash, fast, and no-nonsense Vanessa. Now, a job that should have been easy is anything but that when he finds himself chasing Vanessa from one Caribbean island to another.

Vanessa is in the Caribbean for one reason and it isn’t vacation. After a good friend disappears, seemingly without a trace, Vanessa follows him to the Caribbean. Determined to find him no matter what the cost, Vanessa has no time for Wade Cordell or her murderess birth mother. When she realizes that she’s in over her head, Vanessa grudgingly accepts Wade’s help. In return, she agrees to go to South Carolina after they find Clive. It’s not long before Vanessa is glad to have Wade on her side.

I really enjoyed Vanessa and Wade. Wade was almost scandalized by the language that would come out of Vanessa’s mouth, which was extremely amusing. These two are as opposite as two people can get, yet it works somehow. Those are the best romances. Though they quickly fall into an affair, Wade knows that there is more to Vanessa than the ball-busting persona she shows the world and he’s determined to get past that. Vanessa has to get past her own childhood hangups if she wants anything more w/ Wade. Their relationship was funny and sweet, yet hot and exciting.

The mystery arc that is continuing over the course of the three books gets more intriguing in this book. I look forward to the conclusion of this series and am confident that the author won’t disappoint.

4 out of 5

This book is available from Pocket Star. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review and Giveaway: Make Her Pay by Roxanne St. Claire

Posted October 7, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 38 Comments


Genres: Romantic Suspense


Casee‘s review of Make Her Pay (Bullet Catchers, Book 9) by Roxanne St. Claire.

Bullet Catcher and former Navy SEAL Constantine Xenakis has infiltrated a dive ship to discover who’s plundering priceless gems from a legendary sunken Spanish galleon. When he catches Lizzie Dare red-handed in the locked treasure room, her story of a stolen ancestral legacy convinces him to work with the sexy thief instead of turning her in — and not just because he wants to find the real culprit. Lizzie is willing to risk everything to save the Bombay Blue Diamonds from her sworn enemy, even if that means giving in to an irresistible desire to get closer to her accomplice. But when passion hits them like a rogue wave and danger surrounds them like a school of hungry sharks, their adventure on the high seas turns treacherous…and deadly.

Con Xenakis has one change to prove to Lucy Sharpe that he has what it takes to be a Bullet Catcher. After years of skirting the line between right and wrong, Con now has to make a choice. Does he stay in the shadows or come out in the sun? (I came up with that analogy all by myself.) Deciding that he’s going to show Lucy that she’s wrong about him, he takes a job where he has to uncover a thief.

From the moment that Con and Lizzie come together, there are fireworks. The first time they meet, they end up naked in the shower together after ten minutes. It had nothing to do with sex or sexual attraction, but it was still pretty hot. The number of times these two ended up naked together before they actually got to the good part was pretty amazing. I thought they both showed considerable self-restraint.

Lizzie is part of the team salvaging El Falcone for one reason: to clear her father’s name. For years, her father said their family was wronged and their name besmirched. He died before he could complete what he started. Lizzie decided to take up where he left off. That included finding artifacts that rightfully belong to her family.

When Lizzie decides to trust him, it can’t get any better for Con. While he thought she was a thief at the beginning, he realizes that she isn’t the thief. The thief that he’s looking for that is. As Con is more attracted to Lizzie by the day, he knows that it will all be over when she finds out who he works for.

This book was classic Bullet Catcher fare. Con has popped up here and there throughout the years, so it was nice to finally get his story. Lizzie is the perfect woman for him. She believes in Con when he doesn’t believe in himself. She knows that he’s not the villain that he portrays himself to be. Even after he shatters her trust in him, she still doesn’t think he’s a bad person. A jerk, yes.

At the end, Con has to decide between Lizzie and being a Bullet Catcher. It may seem like an easy decision to some, but it’s not so cut-and-dried for Con.

The ending is melt-your-heart sweet. Loved it.

4.25 out of 5.

This book is available from Pocket. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Now You Die by Roxanne St. Claire

Posted September 9, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 4 Comments


Genres: Romantic Suspense

Former Bullet Catcher and lone wolf investigator Jack Culver is on a mission. Thirty years ago, an innocent woman was convicted of murder. Jack believes he’s found the real killer — but to take down one of the highest legal authorities in the land, he needs access. Serious access. Unfortunately, the one person he knows with that kind of power is his ex-boss and ex-lover, the woman who still haunts his dreams.

Bullet Catchers owner Lucy Sharpe realizes she’s being used for her connections, and she intends to use Jack Culver right back. She’s determined to see justice served, even if that means partnering with the man who once found his way past her iron shields. This time, she’ll be strong enough to avoid Jack’s persuasive touch.

But when passion flares, and they become the killer’s target, Lucy and Jack don’t just break some rules — they shatter them. And that means risking everything: their jobs, their hearts…and their lives.

This book was effing awesome. As w/ any popular series character, you always wonder if there’s going to be a let down. This just must be my summer b/c I loved this book and I loved Lucy. Heh.

Now You Die wraps up what really happened on that night 30 years before. Jack Culver has been Eileen Strafford’s biggest supporter, doing whatever he can to make sure she is not only reunited with the girls she gave up, but that she finally is exonerated for murder. There’s just one small problem with Jack’s plan…the man he thinks is responsible for everything is a Supreme Court Justice. The only person Jack thinks can help him is Lucy Sharpe. Not only does she have the in he needs, but she is always open minded.

Lucy (and her white streak of hair) has always been an intriguing character. What Rocki did reveal about the BulletCatcher boss was painfully small. All we know is that Lucy had a child that was murdered by someone we assume is her lover, who she then killed. Hence the white streak of hair. Lucy is a very self-contained person who never, ever lets anyone see any weakness. That is why she can barely stand the sight of Jack Culver. Jack is one of the few who has seen her at her weakest and she has never forgiven him for that.

Though she is at first incredulous at Jack’s belief that Higgie is the father of Eileen’s triplets as well as a murderer, the evidence he presents to her is compelling. While she won’t blindly follow Jack’s belief that he’s guilty, she is willing to launch an investigation into the possibility that he’s involved. Unfortunately for Lucy, that means that she’ll be in close contact with Jack.

Jack was a fantastic hero. He is one of the few people that understands what makes Lucy tick. Though he’s been in love with her for years, he’s wisely kept his feelings to himself. Biding his time. Waiting until he thinks she’s ready to face the feelings that they have for each other.

Jack and Lucy are both loners who have to work together to solve a 30 year old mystery. There is a lot of give and take involved in their relationship. I think what I liked best was that Jack’s ego was able to withstand a person like Lucy, someone who almost always needs control. At the same time, Lucy was able to give up some of that control to Jack. It was a win-win.

One other thing Jack made sure to let us know is that nothing Lucy did was arbitrary. Too true, Jack.

4.5 out of 5.

This book is available from Pocket Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Read my review of First You Run here and Then You Hide here.


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Contest Winners!

Posted July 17, 2008 by Casee in Giveaway Winners | 5 Comments


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The two winners of the Roxanne St. Claire contest are…

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And for her great Sawyer pics…
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Congratulations!! Email your info to thebookbinge at gmail dot com!


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Guest Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Posted July 15, 2008 by Casee in Promotions | 16 Comments



Roxanne St. Claire joins us again today to talk about writing, reading, and more importantly…Sawyer from Lost.

Book Binge: What is the difference in writing a single title for Pocket Books vs. a category romance for Harlequin’s Silhouette Desire line?

Roxanne St. Claire: The difference between a big, juicy steak, rare and smothered in blue cheese and a three-layer dark chocolate cake, heavy on the frosting. They’re both incredibly fun to dive into, but the taste is entirely different. The single titles I write have action, adventure, danger, complicated plots with multiple villains, lots of secondaries, and a core romance that drives everything. The Desires (I haven’t written one in well over a year, sadly, since I’m concentrating on the Bullet Catchers, but I hope to again) are pure romance, sexual tension, conflict, banter, emotional twists, and a core romance that drives everything. At the root of whatever I write, there is a deep and complex relationship, full of electricity and chemistry and fire, but the stories can be very different.

BB: What are you working on now?

RSC: Dan’s book! It’s coming out in the summer of 2009, it’s *tentatively* titled WHEN HE LIES. I’m having fun with him!

BB: What is easier…writing a stand alone or writing a series?

RSC: Nothing is easy. Noth. Ing. Not a scene, not a page, not a word. Every single book makes me want to tear my hair out at the roots and go back to writing press releases for hamburger companies. But I won’t. I love my job!

BB: What is your writing process like? Do you outline?

RSC: Constantly. I outline every day. On reams of legal pads. In pretty blue ink. Then I sit down to write what I’ve outlined and something entirely different and unexpected comes out of my fingertips. At the end of the day, I take out my pad and outline all over again. I save all of my legal pads and when I finish a book, I flip through them and laugh.

BB: What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you get to visit the places you write about (like the Caribbean)?

RSC: I do try to set books in places where I’ve been, or are similar to places I’ve visited or lived. I took a research trip to Charleston, South Carolina last year because the setting is central to the story arc in the 2008 Bullet Catcher trilogy. When a story takes me somewhere I’ve never been or can’t go, I use my imagination and all the research available. I often put out calls for help on my many writers loops and am amazed at the assistance and photos and information everyone shares.

BB: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

RSC: Wishing I could be a writer. I’ve had other jobs, some kind of glam (TV actress), some very challenging (business owner), some rather impressive on paper (PR executive). But nothing (except being a mom, of course!) has ever made me happier, way down deep in the bone, than writing novels. I hope to have the opportunity to do so as long as I can sit up straight and type.

BB: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

RSC: Read. Write. Connect. Never give up. Start writing a new book the day you finish one, don’t rewrite the first three chapters six hundred times, fine tune your voice, and believe this to be true: mere mortals write books. People just like you and me. You don’t have to be someone extraordinary or know someone in publishing or have a special secret. Just write, learn, polish, and submit.

BB: Who is your favorite romance author?

RSC: All of the usual suspects – especially the Queens of Romantic Suspense like Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown. When I sneak in a paranormal, it’s Kresley Cole all the way, and I’ve discovered YA in the past few years and have been gobbling that up, too.

BB: What is your favorite romance novel to re-read?

RSC: LaVyrle Spencer’s MORNING GLORY is my number one comfort read, followed by ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN and MR. PERFECT by Linda Howard.

BB: Pepsi or Coke?

RSC: Wine.

BB: What’s your biggest weakness (shoes, books, chocolate, etc)?

RSC: My kids.

BB: Chocolate or Vanilla?

RSC: Chocolate ON vanilla.

BB: Coffee or Tea?

RSC: Coffee with plenty of sugar and cream. I’m not an elitist. When my husband comes home from dropping the kids off at school with a great big Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for me, I remember why I married the man.

BB: Favorite movie?

The list is long, and depends on my mood. Recently my ten-year-old daughter and I discovered that there are about six million movies for 99 cents right on our TV. I had no idea until we were channel surfing one night. “What is this On Demand classics thing?” I asked. Whoa! Who knew? This summer, we are watching a movie every night and through her eyes, they are all brilliant again. Last week, we watched “Ghost” and “Overboard” and “Gone With The Wind.” (She did NOT like the ending.) I just love a good story with unforgettable characters and a hot guy or two.

BB: Favorite T.V. show?

RSC: Lost. Lost. And more Lost. Can we just talk about Sawyer for a minute? Le major sigh. I’m totally hooked beyond description. I admit to an embarrassing weakness for some reality shows, mostly because the insight into characters is priceless. I’m fascinated with America’s Biggest Loser because those people literally change their lives in the course of a season, and they lose so much more than weight – they lose baggage and gain self awareness. In a sense, isn’t that what we writers try to do with every character’s journey? I can also lose a few hours on Clean House, What Not To Wear (Clinton rocks), So You Think You Can Dance, and, yep, I love me some American Idol. I thought last season was superb – I cried when David Cook won.

BB: Favorite color?

RSC: Pink. Is there another color?

BB: Mexico or Hawaii?

RSC: I love Hawaii and have visited many times and left my heart on the Kona Coast. I bet I’d love Mexico, but I’ve only ever been to Cancun and Tijuana, and something tells me I’ve missed the good parts.

BB: Fly or Drive?

RSC: Fly = Xanax. ‘Nuff said.

BB: Thanks for taking the time to visit with us, Rocki!

RSC: Thank you for the opportunity to visit! I’ll be happy to pop in and answer any questions about books, discuss life, share thoughts about writing, and review the fine points of Sawyer.

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