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Thrill Me to Death (The Bullet Catchers) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2006
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Roxanne St. Claire left her PR career to write full time. She lives in Florida with her husband and children.
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Max arrived at her home the night of a benefit and her stepson Billy shows up angry about Cori inheriting everything from his father. Max escorts him home and tells him to leave Cori alone. This is not the only excitement to occur in Cori week, later someone shoots at her in one of the houses in the island while she is with Max and later on when she is at her masseuse, someone comes in and knock her out after they threaten her life. Max is seriously concerned now for her and he asked his associates to investigate the death of Cori husband William.
Cori also discovered that William might have been cheating on her and this upsets her because in her own way she loved William. Max is suspicious of everybody in Cori's life from her best friend Breezy to Swen her masseuse. Cori and Max have a lot of history and Max even considers that Cori could have murdered her husband but his friend Dan finds evidence to prove Cori is the next one on the hit list.
As more and more threats are made on Cori's life Max rushes to find who really wants her dead and why...
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Well, I liked this story although not as much and the previous one. Ms. St. Claire is an obviously talented author who kept my eyes glued and my fingers turning the pages however. Personally I found Cori a little too perfect for my taste. For example, she marries a man nearly old enough to be her grandfather (she's twenty-eight and he was sixty-three) not for the money, oh no, but for love. To be fair I do feel a little self-righouteus on Max's behalf, since he was beyond dreamy! Oh my gosh how I adored him; not only for his looks which are tall, dark, and handsome, but for the strong and true heart that beat beneath that hot body. He and Cori's sexual tension was palpable, and their need and desire for each other was never once in doubt.
There were plenty of twists and turns throughout that kept me guessing, but have to admit that I found the person responsible for everything completely predictable and think a lot of others will also. Maybe I read too many mysteries but many of the plot devices I saw coming, and kept me from loving it. I even considered leaving three stars instead of four for that reason, but in the end I just enjoyed it too much to do that. I completely and utterly fell in love with Max and would recommend this book for him alone. Overall it was an engaging read with a beautiful romance, enough suspense to keep me intrigued, and well-fleshed characters. I also loved the epilogue and can't wait for more of this thrilling series =)
Below is a list of the entire "Bullet Catchers" series and their reading order, for those who don't already know:
Book 1 - KILL ME TWICE (Jazz Adams & Alex Romero)
Book 2 - THRILL ME TO DEATH (Cori Peyton & Max Roper)
Book 2.5 - YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (a novella originally released in the "I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" anthology)
Book 3 - TAKE ME TONIGHT (Sage Valentine & Johnny Christiano)
Book 3.5 - REASON TO BELIEVE (a novella originally released in the "WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE" anthology)
Book 4 - FIRST YOU RUN (Miranda Lang & Adrien Fletcher)
Book 5 - THEN YOU HIDE (Vanessa Porter & Wade Cordell)
Book 6 - NOW YOU DIE (Lucy Sharpe & Jack Culver)
Book 7 - HUNT HER DOWN (Maggie Varcek & Dan Gallagher)
Book 8 - MAKE HER PAY (Lizzie Dare & Constantine Xenakis)
Book 8.5 - PICK YOUR POISON (Callie Parrish & Benjamin Youngblood) an e-book novella
Kill Me Twice
Thrill Me To Death
Take Me Tonight
Roxanne St. Claire has me hooked. Her hero characters, known as The Bullet Catchers, are incredible. Each has a unique personality, an interesting past, and a noble heart. None would hesitate to sacrifice himself for his client. These men are intelligent and powerful, yet still ordinary guys who make each other laugh with good- natured taunting.
St. Claire really hit a home run with "Thrill Me To Death". Her Bullet Catcher, Max Roper, has everything that makes a woman melt. Not only is he towering in size, he has a big heart as well. His friends and clients don't see it, because he hides behind a "tough guy" facade. His one true love left him 5 years ago, taking the laughter from his soul and the smile from his face.
Now Max has been assigned the job of protecting the very woman who turned his heart upside- down. His hardest task is keeping his feelings out of the picture. However when the two see each other, 5 years melt away as if they had never parted. Both are wary of rekindling their relationship, but their need for one another is undeniable. Max, known as "Mad Max" to his fellow Bullet Catchers, is brought to knees. He finds himself throwing caution to the wind, confessing to Cori that he accepted the assignment of protecting her because he never stopped loving her. Although Cori had pushed herself to move on by marrying a different man after their break- up, she admits to Max that she thought of him every single day.
Cori is caught in a web of lies. All of the people who matter in her life eventually become suspects in the murder of her late husband. That same murderer is now targeting Cori. After losing both her father and Max 5 years ago, Cori clings to every friend she has. She can't believe that any of them could be a killer. Max must keep her close to guard her life as he works to solve the mystery. The thought of losing her again is unbearable.
I never wanted to put this book down. Not only were the characters and the love story great, but the mystery was excellent as well. St. Claire kept me guessing. It has been a very long time since I read a crime story that was not predictable. Every time I thought I had figured out who the murderer was, she threw in twists that changed my mind. I was enthralled with this tale. I can't wait to read the next in the series!
Want to read the whole Bullet Catchers series? Here are the links:
First book in the series:
Kill Me Twice (The Bullet Catchers, Book 1)
Third in the series (following "Thrill Me To Death"):
Take Me Tonight (The Bullet Catchers, Book 3)
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