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Book Club: Cover Me by Catherine Mann.

Posted May 16, 2013 by Rowena in Features | 3 Comments

It’s book club time and this month we’ll be discussing COVER ME by Catherine Mann.

COVER ME is the first book in Catherine Mann’s Elite Force series.  It features Pararescueman Wade Rocha and Sunny Foster.  Wade jumps in to rescue a group of hikers that have lost their way, only to meet up with Sunny Foster who does not need his help…only she does.  Just not in the way that she thought she’d need help.

Check out the blurb:

It should have been a simple mission…

Pararescueman Wade Rocha fast ropes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine…

But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple…

With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down in a cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime… Unable to trust the local police force, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled..

There is much to discuss so let’s get right to it, shall we?

  • What did you think? Did you like it or no?
  • What did you think about Wade and Sunny? Did they work for you?
  • What about the secondary love story between Flynn and Misty?
  • What are you thinking about Phoenix, Sunny and Misty’s brother?
  • What were your favorites of the book? Scene? Quote? Character?
  • What about your not so favorite parts of the book? Share them with us.
Is there anything else you’d like to discuss? Bring it up in the comments and we’ll discuss it right along with you.  We’ll be adding our thoughts there as well.  This is just the set up post.  See you in the comments!
-Rowena & Holly

Guest Review: All or Nothing by Catherine Mann

Posted January 2, 2013 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Judith’s review of All or Nothing (The Alpha Brotherhood #2) by Catherine Mann

“I can’t sleep with a man who keeps secrets.”

Despite the warnings that he would break her heart, Jayne Hughes fell for the bad boy. And Conrad Hughes, casino magnate, did just that with his absences and lies. Now she’s ready to move on, but her husband has other plans….

Conrad’s undercover work for Interpol destroyed his marriage. When Jayne comes to Monte Carlo seeking a divorce, he launches an all-out assault. Seducing his wife back into his bed is child’s play;  earning her trust is another matter. Yet Conrad knows the odds favor the house. And he has no intentions of losing.

My experience with Catherine Mann novels leads me to believe that a reader who really enjoys romance fiction will seldom if ever be disappointed with one of her stories.  This short novel is no exception.  The marriage which holds center stage in this story is in deep trouble and has been for years.  Husband and wife have not even communicated directly with one another and even though divorce papers have been sent back and forth across the Atlantic, the impasse continues.  Conrad can’t even face the idea that Jayne is wanting out of their marriage, even though he knows that his own double life is at fault, his unwillingness to trust her or share all the facets of his life even when told that it was acceptable to his intelligence handlers.  And Jayne, who continues to love Conrad, who wants so badly to find a way back into a good and happy marriage relationship, believes that the shadows that are wrapped around her husband and what he may or may not be involved in, are the poison that will ultimately break them apart irrevocably.

This story is about the loss of trust, the futility of trying to build a relationship on a foundation of duplicity and half-truths.  It is about two intense people who freely admit that they are attracted to one another like steel to a magnate, but they both know that something–more than one thing, actually–has to change.  Even in his darkest moments when he doubts he can ever win her back, Conrad refuses to give Jayne the divorce she seeks and woos her with every creative thought and idea that he can manufacture in a mind and heart that are deeply in love with his estranged wife.

It’s a wonderful love story even with the adversarial content and a reader will find that the emotions go from hope to despair more than once.  Yet one finds herself pulling for these two, hoping against hope that Conrad can finally put Jayne first, can opt for living happily with the one woman he can love forever, rather than choosing the excitement and adrenaline rush of the espionage world into which he delves from time to time.  I think readers will have to agree that this love story is intense, the characters clearly drawn and shaped, the story holding the reader’s interest to the point that one can, from time to time, find oneself perched on the edge of the chair.  While not a true “suspense” novel, there is that tentative and precarious nature to the Hughes marriage and it is that intensity that drives this story forward to its conclusion.

I hope you will seek this book out and enjoy it as much as I did.

I give it a rating of 4 out of 5.

The series:
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You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This book is available from Harlequin. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

Guest Review: An Inconvenient Affair by Catherine Mann

Posted September 17, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith’s review of An Inconvenient Affair (The Alpha Brotherhood #1) by Catherine Mann.

Hillary Wright has always been a magnet for Mr. Wrong. Her latest left her in trouble with the law, and to clear her name, she’s agreed to an undercover sting—as the “date” for infamous Troy Donavan. The notorious hacker is now a government good guy…and a sexy billionaire playboy. Troy has a reputation as the sort of man she’s vowed to avoid, and his secretiveness adds fuel to Hillary’s distrust. But with his kisses like molten sin, her fierce resistance is melting. And being sensible in the face of such overpowering desire is just not an option.

Harlequin Blaze manages to give readers another very hot contemporary romance that brings together a reformed “bad boy” billionaire, a man who was waaaaaaay too smart for his own good as he was growing up, with parents who really didn’t either want to or know how to manage him and his brother, landing him in a harsh military school environment because he hacked into the Department of Defense computers and revealed corruption within. Now he has made more money than Midas and occasionally is called upon to go “under cover” for the government. It is here that he encounters Hillary Wright, a woman who has a talent for attracting emotional and relational losers. Yet Troy’s sex appeal, his winsome and attractive manner, and eventually his bedroom prowess lure her into a relationship that could well be more emotionally destructive than any she has ever experienced.

The levels of tension in this story come from the undercover assignment itself, the developing sexual affair between Troy and Hillary, and the knowledge that readers bring to the story that this could very well be the worst personal experience for a woman who has already had her emotions shredded beforehand. Yet there is also a sense that a jaded roue like Troy has finally met the one woman who can get past his very carefully guarded defenses and his manner of seeking to prolong their affair or in guarding Hillary during the conduct of their affair gives evidence that this is something of a surprise that Troy hadn’t been planning on. There are surprises, twists, ups and downs, great love and deep disappointment as the story progresses. It is the kind of story that will give readers a stimulant for the libido and a engaging experience for the mind. It’s a good read that you won’t want to miss.

This is a short novel, but never let it be said that it is short on content. Ms Mann has packed this novel with a ton of hot loving, lots of sexual tension, some mystery and that kind of shadowy wondering what is coming next that is characteristic of a story with an undercover modus operandi. Readers who like this kind of fast-moving story will find this a fun read that won’t take up a ton of time but will be a most satisfying reading experience that will fit in with a busy life.

I give this short novel a rating of 4 out of 5

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This novel was released by Harlequin Blaze in August, 2012. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

Guest Review: Under Fire by Catherine Mann

Posted July 3, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith’s review of Under Fire (Elite Force #3) by Catherine Mann

A decorated hero, pararescueman Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, he and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake in the Bahamas. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, yet parted ways. Still, Liam has thought about Rachel every day—and night—since.

Now, after ignoring all his phone calls for six months, Rachel has turned up on base with a wild story about a high-ranking military traitor. She claims no one but Liam can help her—and she won’t trust anyone else.

With nothing but her word and the testimony of a discharged military cop to go on, Liam would be insane to risk his career—even his life—to help this woman who left him in the dust.


Liam and Rachel couldn’t be more different and yet they are very similar and have a surprising number of qualities in common. Both are sensitive and caring people and both have committed their time, energy, and considerable talents to rescuing those caught in difficult circumstances, whether the victims of a tragedy or disaster, or someone who is a prisoner of severe PTSD. Liam is a man who is nearing the end of his active days as a pararescueman, really wants to do that for the rest of his life but knows that his body is nixing that notion. Rachel is trying to overcome a case of burn-out from dealing with so much death and wounding by training service animals for the handicapped or those disabled by PTSD. There attraction was of short duration, but that being said, neither of these intense and caring people can forget each other. Yet Rachel has refused to even acknowledge Liam’s attempts to re-establish contact since returning to the States six months previously. Yet the one person Rachel knows will put himself on the line to help her with his considerable networking and military contacts is Liam, and after all other alternative is exhausted, it is to Liam that she flees.
This tale reminded me of novels like Ice Station Zebra and other Cold War intrigues where the corruption and infiltration of evil was significant in military ranks. Yet this story is really about greed and power, the ambitions of a man who lives very close to the line between insanity and health, and about a man whose deep wounds of the spirit are not enough to keep him from trying to do the right thing. Yet his concerns are dismissed as if he were a mentally disabled child. It is just one more evidence (and it happens in real life, too) that PTSD victims are not taken seriously, are like many with who have emotional and mental problems today in that they are considered to have a communicable disease. Ms Mann has written a book that calls the reader’s attention most pointedly although it is all in the context of a very good story.
This novel is also deeply saturated with fear: Liam’s fear of long-term committed relationships although that is what he wants down deep, more than he even realizes. Rachel’s fear of being hurt emotionally more than she can stand; the fear of the PTSD soldier who knows what he knows, but is not taken seriously and who worries he will be discarded; and the fear of those in high places as they have to spend more and more time and effort protecting themselves and their future. It is a novel that penetrates the wishful thinking of readers who want to believe that all our military personnel are driven by high purpose. One would think we all know that isn’t so. Yet it is a compelling novel that is filled with hope and the belief that good really does overcome evil, that there are people out there who will love us as we are, that it is possible to find long-term happiness no matter how many emotional detours one has taken in the past.
There is no hiding the fact that this is a suspense tale through and through, but all mixed up in it is the poignant and up-and-down story of Rachel and Liam’s romantic journey. Their paths are full of ups and downs and emotional potholes, but one has to recognize that these two have the tensile strength to stay the course, even when they are most tempted to turn away from one another. I have to say that I was glued to the page–read the whole thing from start to finish in one sitting. It’s just that good. And of course, you can’t go wrong looking at that gorgeous torso on the cover.

It’s a delightful and sensuous book, and I give it a rating of 4.25 out of 5.

The Series:
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You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

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

Guest Review: Cover Me by Catherine Mann

Posted July 5, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 2 Comments

Lori’s review of Cover Me (Elite Force book 1) by Catherine Mann

It should have been a simple mission… Pararescueman Wade Rocha parachutes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine…

But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple… With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down ina cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime…

Unable to trust the shady local police, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled…

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I adore Mann’s writing, even when there may be something missing in the story. This story had a very interesting premise – taking place on the remote islands off of Alaska. It centers around a colony of people who have isolated themselves from society in order to live a better life. However, something horrible is happening to those who decide to leave. Once Wade discovers that Sunny is in danger, he goes into full alpha protective mode. This, of course, grates on her since she likes to view herself as wholly competent and not needy at all, but she finds herself wanting to lean on Wade and afraid to do so for fear of spilling her town’s secrets.

Sunny is a wilderness guide, wholly competent in the wild lands of Alaska, and that totally confuses Wade at first and then intrigues him. He knows that Sunny is hiding something, but she won’t say what. When her dog is injured protecting her, she has to stay in town until he’s able to return home with her.

I adored the hero, as always. Wade is one of those smart, alpha military heroes who hides his vulnerabilities behind a devil-may-care attitude. But something in Sunny touches him (besides her smoking bod and her brassy attitude). While I didn’t love Sunny, I didn’t hate her either, and she did nothing to change my warm fuzzies for Wade.

I love reading about these military guys who go from rappelling down an icy cliff to diving into the freezing waters off of Alaska. Wade is a problem-solver, and a thinker as well. His team was very interesting, too, and the next book featuring one of Wade’s teammates comes out in December.

Rating: 4 out of 5

You can read more from Lori at I Just Finished Reading…

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