There are so many good reasons to read "Hunt Her Down  ," the pick for our H2H Online Romance Reader's Circle, Sept. 29! 'Cause, Roxanne St. Claire's outdone her already impressive body of work with this relentlessly appealing and scorching-hot piece of suspenseful romance entertainment.

But all you really need to know about why you should score "Hunt Her Down" takes place in a little tool shed, where lovers reunited after 14 years are locked in close quarters, loaded with unrelieved attraction and so on edge sensually that an erotic whisper from one of them leaves the pair in greater danger from each other than the bad guys they're dodging.

OK. So maybe you're one of those exacting readers who wants details to recommend a book, not just an arrow pointed toward the "good parts." 

For you, I offer Dan Gallagher and Maggie Varcik.  Dan was an FBI agent trying to bring down a drug cartel when he met, wooed, bedded and left in the lurch pretty 18-year-old Maggie.  Maggie was a troubled runaway, drug-runner's squeeze and young woman who thought the guy she loved - who shockingly turned out to be an FBI narc - died when he busted a raid on her boyfriend's drug op using info she'd inadvertently fronted him.

Fourteen years later, Dan - sans his undercover disguise, now a prestigious Bullet Catcher bodyguard - is checking up on Maggie, since her ex-drug-runner boyfriend's out of prison. Once Dan "meets" Maggie again and feels stirrings of what he identifies as the old cravings - certainly nothing more to a confirmed bachelor - he doesn't bother cluing in Maggie that he's her former undercover lover.

Maggie's been doing pretty well since she ran away from the unhealthy lifestyle she lead at 18.  But she's sorely tempted to indulge in a little "me time" with Dan, the hot guy who's shown up at the bar and grill she took over when her husband died years before.  

Maggie's not sure she should give an inch to this man who makes her feel so sensually alive - and reminds her of the wild, heady days she shared with a lover she's better off forgetting.  But when bad things start happening to people she loves, Maggie begins to think she can depend on Dan to help protect her - until a rude awakening that causes her to realizes she may be placing her trust, and her life, in the hands of a man who left her once before when the heat was on.

You think you know "bodyguard" romances?  Until you've checked out a Bullet Catcher like "Hunt Her Down  " -- with its too-hot-for-his-own-good hero who needs a good dope slap to the heart, and an earthy, making-her-own-way-and-surviving heroine you'd love to have as a best girlfriend - honey, you ain't read nothing "bodyguard" yet.

What do you like about "bodyguard" romances?  What are your fave Roxanne St. Claire books?  What are your fave "trapped" scenarios, in which a h/hn are forced together in close quarters like Dan and Maggie were? 


* H2H Online Romance Readers Circle

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Tues., Sept. 29 -- 7PM EDT

Comments
by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎09-04-2009 04:38 PM

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by Author RoxanneStC on ‎09-04-2009 04:44 PM

That solved the problem for me, Michelle - thank you.  And thanks for the props on the book.  I have to admit, I'm a  little stunned that the "shed scene" is getting so much response from readers.  It's definitely the one they remember!  I think it's the combination of "entrapment" and the fact that the hero has no control over his responses and uses all his skills to hide what he's thinking/doing...all for naught.  I have to say it was a blast to write, especially the last line in the scene when he realizes he's...busted.

 

Hope the comment problem gets solved for the folks who've written privately.  I'm psyched to hear some thoughts on bodyguard romances and the sexiness of being "trapped." 

 

Rocki

by Author LeeRhuday on ‎09-04-2009 07:37 PM

Oh, that shed scene!  Yes, I can see why everyone is talking about it.  It's one of those Roxanne St. Claire signature scenes, one that just steals your breath away and leaves you smiling. 

 

FRENCH TWIST was my fav -- oooh, another book with one of those ooh-la-la scenes -- until HUNT.  But HUNT HER DOWN is hard to beat and has soared to the top of my fav pile. 

by 1lovealways on ‎09-05-2009 01:03 AM

Hi Everyone!  My favorite "trapped" romance is Linda Howard's Touch of Fire.  Dr. Annie Parker and Rafe McCay are the heroine and hero of this hotter than hot story.  Oh, my goodness gracious!!!  If those pages were any hotter my fingers would have been burned literally!  I swear that man came up with all kind of ways to keep her close to him awake and asleep!  He'd gotten shot by a bounty hunter and comes to her to take the bullet out.  At the last minute he decides to kidnap her and take her with him.  And boy is it ever on!   Ms. Howard builds the tension little by little until nothing but one thing could put out the fire, if ya'll know what I mean!  Whew!!!  This is your basic kidnap plot, but with one of the most sexiest men I've ever read about.  Add all of that and the fact that he has gray eyes and I'm a goner every time!!!  I love this book!!!

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎09-07-2009 09:35 AM

1lovealways, I ADORE that book!  You give us a nice tease about it, too, that I'm sure will make lots of folks want to read it. I want to re-read it now!!! d'oh!  Better get my work done so I can find out where I have it these days... Thanks!

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎09-07-2009 09:43 AM

Honestly, Lee.  I feel bad, like I'm making Roxanne's books all about the sex -- which is so unlike me.  Her novels are really suspenseful, but the love story's front and center always -- and it's always really hot. so there you have it.

 

Rocki, that's the thng about the scene: It's not as much about what's being done as what's being said -- and not said -- that makes is so successful.  Worth the price of admission. :smileyhappy:

by playground_monitor on ‎09-07-2009 10:31 AM

Favorite Roxanne St. Claire book?  Ohh... decisions, decisions.  I still love French Twist held that distinction until I read Now You Die, but Hunt Her Down has squeaked into the lead.  And yes, the shed scene was hotter than an Alabama summer.  We got a little hint of her next hero in this book and I can't wait for Make Her Pay to be released.

by playground_monitor on ‎09-07-2009 10:32 AM

Sheesh.  I should do a better job of proofreading.  You get the idea though.

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎09-07-2009 07:10 PM

Hi, Playground Monitor!  I've got to check out French Twist. The first RstC book I read, I think was "Killer Curves," something l ike that?  There was a kidney-transplant theme, which got my attn.  And I think some hood-of-the-hot-car lovin', though I may be unclear on that, too.  Right on 'bout Make Her Pay, which drops Sept 29, same day as the H2H Online/In-Store RRC!