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REVIEW: Then You Hide by Roxanne St. Claire

Dear Ms. St. Claire:

book review This is the 7th installment in the BulletCatcher series comprised of five books and two novellas. Generally, I’ve liked each one of the installations. A lot of the times I think how well I like one of these books depends on how well I respond to the main characters.

Then You Hide is a continuation of a trilogy of books designed around three sisters, separated at birth. The mother of each sister is in prison for killing another woman. She claims she didn’t do it and has convinced the head of the BulletCatchers that their help would be worthwhile. In addition to the Bulletcatchers attempting to solve the mystery of the murder, they are also attempting to save her life. The mother has Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.

Each sister has a tattoo on the back of her neck. The Bulletcatchers have been dispatched to find the sisters, locate the tattoo, and report back. It is believed that the tattoos might hold some clue to the murderer.

Vanessa Porter heads down to the Carribean to search for her best friend, Clive Easterbrook, who hasn’t returned to his job as a trader in New York. Wade Cordell is sent to follow her and get a look at the back of her neck for an identifying tattoo. Vanessa’s ham fisted ways of investigating don’t get her very far, particularly when the gay community of the Islands seems to shut her out. Wade agrees to help Vanessa in return for a promise to get tested for a bone marrow match. (that didn’t seem very equal to me)
Porter’s fast moving Yankee ways are a bit much for good ol’ Southern boy Wade. When he sees her, he decides that she’s too tart and he likes a soft squeezable peach. When Vanessa meets Wade, she thinks he’s gay. “Wait till she told Clive about this. You guys get all the good ones.

Like the others in the series, this story is very fast paced. The speed at which the two purportedly fall in love is one that might be difficult to accept. What was real to me was the idea that these two opposites could fall in lust with one another and be moved, under the tense emotional and physical stress, to find relief in each other’s arms. What was also well done was that through Wade’s eyes we see how the tart and sometimes uptight Vanessa was doggedly loyal and smoking hot. Through Vanessa’s eyes, we see that Wade is a competent, reliable, and also super hot. I liked seeing the character progression through the acts of the protagonists and the interpretations of those acts.

Because of the way in which the story was set up, with its swift time frame, I didn’t really understand the conflict imposed by Will at the end. It felt artificial and because I didn’t understand it, it confused me. Overall, though, this was another good entry in the Bullet Catcher saga. B-

Best regards,

Jane

This book can be purchased in mass market from Amazon or Powells. Mobipocket only right now.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

9 Comments

  1. Kristen
    Jun 25, 2008 @ 15:30:30

    …we see that Wade is a competent, reliable, and also super hot.

    You had me at super hot. lol Bullet Catchers rule!

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  2. Lara Santiago
    Jun 25, 2008 @ 16:14:52

    Porter's fast moving Yankee ways are a bit much for good ol' Southern boy Wade.

    You had me at good ol’ Southern boy. LOL
    Love Bullet Catchers! Love Then You Hide!

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  3. Lee Rhuday
    Jun 25, 2008 @ 16:34:24

    A leggy New Yorker with a lot to learn about life meets my personal fantasy hero — six feet of slow talkin’, thank you ma’am-in’ golden boy muscle. Send that couple on the run with bullets flying, add in steamy sex in the tropics — what’s not to love? Hey-oh, heey-oh.

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  4. Angela James
    Jun 25, 2008 @ 16:50:49

    Whee! I’m picturing Rocki doing a happy dance right now, lol.

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  5. Lynda
    Jun 25, 2008 @ 17:06:23

    I loved this latest Bullet Catcher book. Vanessa might be one tough cookie but Wade didn’t have too much trouble using his sexy southern charm to bring her around – and that Caribbean lovin’ was hot. I really enjoy how Rocki has so many twists in her books…she has two stories happening concurrently and either one was enough to keep me involved! I can’t wait for NOW YOU DIE.

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  6. Cynthia
    Jun 25, 2008 @ 17:37:44

    Rocki always has the hottest heroes. Always yummy yummy. This one’s a keeper on my shelf…along side the rest of the Bullet Catcher books. :)

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  7. Caffey
    Jun 26, 2008 @ 06:53:57

    I think these Bullet Catcher books are some great reads. I don’t read alot of romance suspense unless the tension is really high in the story, both the romance and the suspense. (Especially the sexual tension, because when I read my first like that, I found finally what I was looking for in my RS reads and avoided those straight suspense that burned me out).

    Sadly, I need this whole new trilogy. Hard keeping up the shopping for the new releases :( But they are on the shopping list. Thanks for the review!

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  8. raine
    Jun 26, 2008 @ 10:38:46

    Rocki is fabulous, and this book is yet more proof of that.
    Great characters!

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