Book Review: Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay

Another catch-up post on two books read more than 6 months ago. Slowly, but surely, I’m reducing the list of TBW (to be written) posts. These two books, Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay were a natural follow-up to the Bullet Catcher series, which I’ve been following.

Book Review: Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay

Title: Hunt Her Down

Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pocket Books

Year Published: 2009

Stand alone or series: Book 7 of the Bullet Catcher series, excluding the novellas

Why I read it: After reading the books in the series, I simply have to hunt down the last two books in this exciting series.

On the Back cover:

Fourteen years ago, undercover FBI agent Dan Gallagher watched his lover, Maggie Varcek, flee into the Miami night as gunfire exploded around them. Now a Bullet Catcher, Dan has learned that drug lord Ramon Jimenez is out of prison after the FBI bust Maggie unwittingly aided, and is looking for revenge. Determined to protect the woman who still haunts his memory, Dan tracks Maggie down, undercover once again — until his identity is stunningly blown.

Furious at his past betrayal, Maggie refuses Dan’s help, yet the passion between them still burns irresistibly hot. Then Ramon strikes terrifyingly close. The Jimenez family will do anything to gain the key they believe Maggie holds to their hidden fortune, and the rejoined lovers are forced into a race against time, trying to unlock the secret before everything they hold most dear is destroyed…forever.

In my books …

At last, bad boy Dan gets his love story and boy was it chock full of adventures, emotions and memories from the past, not to mention painful secrets that could undo everything he’s done to protect the one he loved, and still loves.

Overall, the taut story pace, great characters, even the wisecracking, witty supporting characters grabbed me from page one. Sure, there were one or two scenes which were too tidily wrapped up, in order to advance the lot efficiently, but in the end, it didn’t detract me form enjoying the adrenaline filled and sexy suspense offered up in this 7th instalment. Yeah, so I’m a fan and maybe biased, but if you like your romance and suspense in equal thrilling measures, you will be entertained, no doubts about it.

Favourite Quotes/Parts:

To be honest, I read this book late last year, and can’t recall any favourite quotes.  However, if you troop over to DearAuthor and the SmartBitches for their review of this book, you’ll find quite a few choice parts/ scenes from the book.

IMB Rating: 3.0, liked it


Book Review: Hunt Her Down and Make Her PayTitle: Make Her Pay

Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pocket Books

Year Published: 2009

Stand alone or series: Book 8 of the Bullet Catcher series, excluding the novellas

On the Back cover:

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.

In my books …

“I don’t normally make a habit of hiring thieves as security specialists.” Lucy Sharpe told Con Xenakis at the beginning of the story. But “Sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief.”

Con was certainly the perfect choice for this mission to flush out the jewel thief.  The only snag is, he didn’t expect to get himself into a moral quagmire, where to save the day and be a true hero to someone he’s coming to love may mean betraying his colleagues, lying to his superior and conning his client.

Having been introduced briefly to Con in Hunt Her Down, I already had an inkling that he is no ordinary anti-hero, and that in his heart of hearts, this good guy gone bad is trying to redeem himself by delivering the goods into his client’s hands. The emotional drama and tension, as well the suspense of finding the real villain behind the whole mission dominates the story more than the romance between the lead characters.

Although the fast paced adventure, and sensual roller coaster helped the romance a bit, the suspense fan in me liked this whodunit mystery a tad more than Hunt Her Down. The snappy dialogue and witty repartee added to the entertainment factor, which made this my favourite of the last two books.

For a slightly different opinion, read Janet’s review.


Favourite Quotes/Parts:

Lucy debriefing Con on the nature of the mission:

“The assignment is tough, even for a seasoned Bullet Catcher.” She handed him the file. “ I need a diver”.

“My time as a SEAL was brief, but I’m certified to dive.”

“And I need a thief.”

He lifted his gaze from the paperwork. “Excuse me?”

Lizzie to Con after the latter bared his past:

“I don’t like what you’ve done … but I like the potential of what you could be.”

IMB Rating: 3.5, liked it

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