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First You Run (The Bullet Catchers, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 2008
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About the Author
Published since 2003, Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than forty romance and suspense novels. She has written several popular series, including Barefoot Bay, the Guardian Angelinos, and the Bullet Catchers. In addition to being an eight-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA™ Award for the best in romance writing, Roxanne’s novels have won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense four times, as well as the Maggie, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others. She lives in Florida with her husband, and still attempts to run the lives of her teenage daughter and twenty-something son. She loves dogs, books, chocolate, and wine, but not always in that order. Find out more at RoxanneStClaire.com, at Twitter.com/RoxanneStClaire, and at Facebook.com/RoxanneStClaire.
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Great story. The action, suspense, and romance were all wonderful as always for this series.
Her last thriller novel has been written quite a few years ago and the author seems to be currently focusing on straight romances. What a shame! So few authors can do R/S and there are sooooo many less talented authors who do straight romance. PLEASE GIVE US MORE BULLET CATCHERS!!!!
Kill Me Twice
Thrill Me to Death
Take Me Tonight
What You Can't See: "A Reason to Believe"
First You Run
Then You Hide (Wade's story. Due for release in July 2008)
Now You Die (Lucy Sharpe's story! Due for release in September 2008)
Each book in this series can stand on it's own, but you will miss out on some of the bonds and history between these body guards if you start the series in the middle. Every book in the series so far is excellent. I recommend starting from the top.
Five stories strong, The Bullet Catchers series has never let me down. Roxanne St. Claire writes modern mystery- thrillers that are vivid enough to make you "see" the scenes unfold. All the while, she develops a romance that is both steamy and emotional. Her heroes are big, powerful, intelligent (something I personally find very hot in a man), and completely loyal to their job and their loved- ones. Put these page- turning traits together and you have "The Bullet Catchers".
In "First You Run", our hero is an Australian charmer complete with knee- weakening dimples. Adrien Fletcher, or "Fletch" to his friends, is known for being fearless. Raised by Aborigines in "The Bush", there is very little about the modern world that can frighten him.
Adrien's principle is a highly intelligent college professor, author, and doctor of Maya history. Miranda Lang is ready to launch a book- signing tour to promote her new controversial non- fiction novel. Her book shatters a myth that many Maya historians believe to be true. One man in particular wants to make sure that Miranda's book fails to reach the public. He'll scheme, threaten, and even commit murder to meet his goal.
Adrien's best mate, Jack, is in need of help. A woman who is dying of Leukemia needs to find her long- lost daughter for a bone marrow donation. At the same time, she needs Jack to uncover the truth about a murder case that has her spending her last days in a prison hospital. While Jack works to solve the case, he asks Adrien to conduct the search for her daughter. Adrien has a few weeks vacation from his position with the Bullet Catchers. He'll gladly spend them helping his friend who once saved his life. With his boss's consent to use The Bullet Catchers' many connections and resources, Adrien sets out to search the country for the missing daughter.
Half- way through his list of possible women, Adrien believes he may have found the daughter in Miranda Lang. He gets more than he bargained for when he learns that she is the target of a madman's schemes. Time is of the essence. Adrien needs to learn if Miranda really is the missing daughter before Jack's principle succumbs to Leukemia. However, he can't resist helping Miranda defeat her unknown enemy. Without his protection, Miranda will face a murderer alone. His growing attachment to her makes it impossible for Adrien to abandon Miranda, even when he receives evidence that suggests she is not the daughter after all. Caught between his loyalty to Jack and his need to protect Miranda, Adrien is torn. Should he continue to guard the woman he has come to love, or follow the path of duty?
One of the things that made me like Adrien so much was the fact that he didn't fight his feelings for Miranda. Once he realized what she meant to him, he didn't hesitate to hold her hand or hug her whenever she seemed to need it. Big, strong and tough, Adrien was all heart.
I was a little concerned that this book was going to turn more into a paranormal, like "A Reason To Believe". There are some scenes where Maya gods and magic are part of the mystery. As much as I love paranormals, there are more than enough of them on the market. St. Claire's no- nonsense straight- shooting murder cases are a welcome change of pace. Most of the paranormal material in this book turned out to be trickery, but some things were left unexplained. In the end, it didn't overwhelm the story.
If you'd like to read the whole series, here are the links:
Kill Me Twice (The Bullet Catchers, Book 1)
Thrill Me to Death (The Bullet Catchers, Book 2)
Take Me Tonight (The Bullet Catchers, Book 3)
What You Can't See (Compilation of novellas, including the Bullet Catchers story "A Reason To Believe")
First You Run (The Bullet Catchers, Book 4)
Then You Hide (The Bullet Catchers, Book 5)
Now You Die (The Bullet Catchers, Book 6)
If you like body guard/ mystery romances, try the T-FLAC series. Here are the links to the first few books in the series:
Kiss and Tell (The Men of T-FLAC: The Wrights, Book 2)
Hide and Seek (The Men of T-FLAC: The Wrights, Book 3)
What I like about her writing style is that her characters are strong but easy to indentify with as they have vulnerabilities. I would highly recommend all of her books.
The only reason I did not give this one a five is because I was getting a little bored with all things Mayan. A little too much history for my own personal taste.