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Kill Me Twice (Bullet Catchers Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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From bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire comes a sensational new novel of dangerous desires, dark deceptions -- and one drop-dead gorgeous bodyguard.
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Alex Romero is the hottest "Bullet Catcher" in the business. Tall, dark, and deadly if necessary, this high-priced bodyguard's got the muscle and the moves -- especially when it comes to the ladies. Alex can keep his beautiful clients out of danger, but sometimes they can't ...
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Overview

From bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire comes a sensational new novel of dangerous desires, dark deceptions -- and one drop-dead gorgeous bodyguard.
WATCH YOUR BACK
Alex Romero is the hottest "Bullet Catcher" in the business. Tall, dark, and deadly if necessary, this high-priced bodyguard's got the muscle and the moves -- especially when it comes to the ladies. Alex can keep his beautiful clients out of danger, but sometimes they can't keep their hands off of him. Now Alex has one last chance to prove he belongs among the elite force known as The Bullet Catchers, but his assignment is stacked...against him.
WATCH YOUR HEART
Private investigator Jasmine Adams is fiercely independent and fearless under pressure -- she doesn't need some hunk-for-hire's help to catch the creep stalking her twin sister. But when Jazz uncovers bigger forces targeting her sister for death, she's glad to have Alex's brain and brawn handy. From the steamy streets of Miami to the sultry beaches of Key West, Alex and Jazz try to fight temptation as they race to keep a madman from fulfilling his promise to kill not just once, but twice. And some temptations are too powerful to resist....
First in the new "Bullet Catchers" series by Roxanne St. Claire
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Editorial Reviews

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"Sizzles like a hot Miami night!"

— Erica Spindler, New York Times bestselling author

"A guaranteed powerful, sexy, and provocative read!"

— Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416516194
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Bullet Catchers Series , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 70,403
  • File size: 662 KB

Meet the Author

Roxanne St. Claire left her PR career to write full time. She lives in Florida with her husband and children.
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Prologue

Inside this dossier is your penance." Lucy Sharpe stood to her full six feet and handed the folder down to the man who looked far too big for the delicate chair he sat in. Height was never a disadvantage to a woman who knew how to use it. "She's gorgeous, rich, smart, and built like a centerfold. Do you think you can manage to keep her alive and keep your hands off her?"

Alex Romero set the manila folder on the chair next to him, without opening it to verify gorgeous or centerfold. And to his credit, he didn't attempt another defense of his behavior in Switzerland. Lucy gave him one point for patience and another for recognizing that she'd just placed his world-class backside on probation.

"Is she a new client?" he asked.

"Actually, she's not the client who has retained the Bullet Catchers." Lucy crossed her arms and settled her hip against a massive Victorian writing table that filled one corner of her library. "The client is her employer, Kimball Parrish."

"The media mogul?"

Alex might look like he belonged in full leathers weaving through the Pyrenees on a Ducati, but he read The New York Times. And he had the memory of a supercomputer.

"Yes, he's the owner of Adroit Broadcasting Group," Lucy replied. "And as the master of sixty-five network-affiliate TV stations, a satellite radio network, a chain of theaters, a billboard company, and one of the most popular search engines, mogul definitely applies."

"He's the one who needs a bodyguard. The guy's a one-man right-wing conspiracy who's amassed as many enemies as dollars."

"He was referred by a friend." Though "friend" was too small a word for the person who dragged Lucy from the depths of hell and given her a reason to live again. Taking this unorthodox assignment was the least she could do in return. "Kimball Parrish is a Bullet Catcher client now. Our clients' politics are not our business; their security and safety is." Her gaze dropped to the dossier, giving him silent permission to open it. "He's hired us to protect an anchorwoman at WMFL, a Miami television station Adroit recently acquired. She's being stalked and threatened by a viewer, and he wants round-the-clock security. As you have proven repeatedly, there are few executive protection experts of your caliber in the world."

Alex's eyes burned as black as the Cuban coffee that fueled his Latin blood. "You're sending me to Miami to babysit a newsreader with an amorous fan?"

She knew he'd hate this job. The Bullet Catchers weren't overpriced bouncers hired to fend off the paparazzi, nor were they hourly-wage night-shift guards hired to impress friends of the wealthy. Her elite organization was comprised of first-rate security specialists, and she selected both her employees and her clients with tremendous care. Though she hadn't exactly selected this one -- but Alex didn't need to know that.

She responded to his babysitting complaint with a silent, simple nod.

"No way. Huh uh. Get somebody else. I don't do newscasters."

"Nor will you do this one," she volleyed back. "You've been given this assignment because no one else in this operation can handle it as well as you." She had several covert surveillance professionals, an undercover master, two deadly marksmen, an explosives expert, a few hostage negotiators, and three counter-terrorism specialists on the Bullet Catcher payroll. But none could touch Alex for his ability to case a room, anticipate trouble, and get his principal out of harm's way.

"Why don't you send Max Roper? He could scare the nastiest stalker away."

"He's just back from Cannes." Lucy smiled. "I should think you'd love an assignment in Miami. This is your chance to go home, eat some black beans, and bounce your nieces and nephews on Uncle Alejandro's lap."

His swarthy complexion darkened, telling her he was working to control his temper. "Look, I joined the Bullet Catchers because I don't want jobs like this. If I did, I'd be a contract bodyguard for some white-bread security company. I work for you because I prefer to protect presidents, princes, and the head of Scotland Yard."

"You work for me because I pay you a ridiculous amount of money, let you wear your hair like a rock star, and usually ignore it when women are willing to risk marriages to multibillionaires just to serve you strawberry scones off their breasts."

The hint of a smile tipped his full mouth. "Raspberry."

"Unfortunately, that multibillionaire was one of my best clients and paying us a fortune to protect him."

"I did protect him. I told you, she had a knife and some interesting pictures of her husband and his boyfriend. She'd have carved him to the bone if I hadn't distracted her long enough for him to escape."

"I read the report." She picked up the manila folder and placed it in his hands. "This one's more important than it looks on the surface."

"Because you want more of Parrish's business?"

Let him think that. "I would very much like to impress him, regardless of his political leanings, and I'm counting on you to make that impression. And, of course, to be sure no one lays a hand on one of his favorite employees. Including you."

"Aw, Luce. Don't tell me you believe all those rumors." An irreverent smile broke across his face. "I'm telling you, it's all propaganda."

Lucy laughed softly. "There's truth in propaganda." She never could stay angry with him for very long. Five years ago, when she'd left the Agency with a plan to target the most powerful people in the world as her clients, Alex Romero had been one of her first hires. His intelligence and fearlessness had knocked her socks off. He had that effect on most women; unfortunately their underwear and common sense were invariably knocked off along with their socks.

"This subject is not an ordinary news anchor," Lucy told him. "When she's done in Miami, she's New York bound, being groomed to be the next star of the Metropolitan Network."

"And I'm supposed to get excited about that."

"No, Alex. That's just the point: you're not supposed to get excited about that. Your excitement was the cause of the debacle in Geneva."

He fingered the edge of the folder, and read the tab. "Jessica Adams. What's her deal?"

"She's an ambitious thirty-year-old workaholic who lives in a high-rise off Brickell Avenue in Miami. She rarely dates, loves to cook, reads the classics, collects antique glass, has an identical twin sister, chairs a breast cancer foundation, exercises regularly, and drives a BMW convertible. She'll be an easy client."

"Fine." His tone told her it wasn't. "I'll leave right away."

"Mr. Parrish requested that you arrive no sooner than tomorrow night. That way he'll have an opportunity to brief Miss Adams on his decision to hire a bodyguard. Evidently she's not taking the stalker threats seriously."

"That'll give me time to bounce some nieces and nephews when I get to Coral Gables."

Lucy smiled as she circled back to her chair. "You do that. And when you meet the principal, make sure she understands that the danger to her is real. She needs to know that complacency is the enemy." Picking up her electronic assistant to check messages, she added, "Don't let me down, Alex. You know the rules."

"Jeez, Luce. It's insulting that you think I'm such a dog that I can't resist one measly news -- "

She heard the folder flip open, then his long, slow whistle.

"Those are real," she said without taking her attention from her handheld device. When he didn't answer, she finally looked at him, seeing a glint in his eyes that was both threatening and amused.

"You're evil, Lucy. Truly black-hearted and evil."

Copyright © 2005 by Roxanne St. Claire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Very thrilling

    Just as good as expected

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Holy cow

    ## Holy crap. This book was superb. The two lead characters were fabulous together. The hero Alex was, well, yowza comes to mind. This book is suspensful and sexy (great combo). I recently read " tropical getaway " and "killer curves" by this same author and loved them, so i thought i'd try the bullet catcher series. Glad i did. My favorite part of ms. St. Claire's books are her heroines. Strong and capable! Off to buy book # 2

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Sizzling romance! Riviting Suspense!

    Roxanne St. Claire is a talented and reliable author, always delivering a deftly plotted romantic suspense full of clever twists and unforgettable romance. Forget Starbucks. This book had me drooling for a cup of Cuban coffee. Not to mention one utterly sexy spanish speaking bodyguard. Great cast. Endearing characters. Well motivated. You won't be disappointed!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Suspense packed right to the end....never saw it coming!!! R

    Suspense packed right to the end....never saw it coming!!!




    Romance builds throughout the book and what a moment when our big alpha guy Alex realizes he has fallen in love...and then when our strong and capable heroine Jazz has her moment of clarity. ::sigh::




    I couldn't put this book down...each page made me want to go on to the next.




    Not very fond of Lucy, the boss, but I will have to keep reading the series to find out her story....it has to be a big one!!!



    Looking forward to reading book 2......

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Suspense at it's very best!

    Suspense at it's very best. Beautiful heroine looking for her missing sister. Our hero is a classic latin lover who is much deeper than he seems. Can it get any better than this! Great story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Good Book

    A lot of twist and turns.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

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    Great Book

    I have had this on my wish list for some time. I am glad I finally got around to reading this book. I am looking forward in getting into the rest of Roxanne St. Claire books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Fantastic!

    The word fantastic pretty much sums it up. I love it when i stumble onto a writer and can't put the boks down. On to the next one of the series now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Great mystery and romance

    The writing of this authors suspense novels is unique. Just when you think you might know who did it, she adds another twist. The romance was fun, a little weak towards the end. But I cant wait to read the entire Bullet Catcher series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2008

    Love the Bullet Catchers

    I read the most recent Bullet Catcher book, First You Run, and loved it, so I went back to the start of the series, starting with this book. Excellent! Great stories, super heros, very sexy and suspenseful. I want to read them all. If you like Cindy Gerard or Suzann Brockman or the kind of books that have a team of hot military guys who work as specialists, this is one of the best out there. I am going to read them all. I really liked this one because of the Cuban-American hero and the twin-switch story. It was believeable, sexy, fun and really fast to read. High recommendation!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    Great, fast read!

    This book was absolutely fantastic! Ms. St. Claire is a wonderful writer and i recommend all her work

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    Incredible, powerful, full of suspense....a sensual and romantic journey

    KILL ME TWICE, the first in Roxanne St. Claire¿s Bullet Catcher series is set in Miami Beach with the most incredible sexy, talented, and hot Cuban born bodyguard you will ever come to know, Alex Romero. Alex is hired to protect Jessica Adams, a Miami newscaster who is about to write a very powerful expose which will put her at the top of her field and land her in New York. Jessica asks her identical twin, Jazz, a PI, to fill in for her at the Miami TV station so that she can go undercover to get her story. When Jazz arrives in Miami, she finds that Alex, a bodyguard has been hired to protect her twin, due to personal threats on her life. Now her sister is missing and not to be found. From there on, these two very capable, strong willed and fiery people team up and begin a journey and search for Jessica that will knock your socks off. I found this book suspenseful, powerful, intriguing and extremely sensual. The Bullet Catcher organization is headed up by an amazing ex-CIA agent, Lucy Sharpe. Lucy also has on her team, two additional strong and sexy men, Max Roper and Dan Gallagher. The stores of these bodyguards and security specialists will be continued in future Bullet Catcher Series. KILL ME TWICE, I believe will be one of Roxanne St. Claire¿s best romance/suspense novels. This book truly deserves five stars and more! I can hardly wait until THRILL ME TO DEATH (Max Roper¿s story) will be released.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    St. Claire does it again!

    Roxanne St.Claire knocks me out--not once, not twice, but every time she comes out with another fantastic book. KILL ME TWICE is the first in her new Bullet Catcher series involving an elite squad of bodyguards who know all the right moves--in and out of danger. Set in steamy Miami, KILL ME TWICE has a tight, suspenseful plot and St.Claire's trademark 'braiding' of interconnected story lines to make things even more exciting. The characters are complicated human beings in addition to being (very!) sexy, so the experience of getting to know them is intense and (very!) satisfying. Have I mentioned funny? Just wait until you get to the gym scene, when the usually disciplined Alex Romero considers getting a job as the heroine's sports bra. It wasn't that long ago that Roxanne St.Claire burst onto the romantic suspense scene, but she has already earned herself a place at the top. Prepare to be knocked out by KILL ME TWICE, then read everything else St.Claire has written while waiting for the next Bullet Catcher novel, THRILL ME TO DEATH.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    action-packed romantic suspense

    Adroit Broadcasting Group CEO Kimball Parrish hires the Bullet Catchers to protect a beautiful Miami TV newscaster Jessica Adams from a dangerous stalker. Lucy Stone tells Alex Romero he better keep his hands to himself as she does not want Switzerland ever again. Thinking of raspberries on breasts, Alex knows he is on probation for one of the elite, if the not the best, personal protection specialist in the world. Jessica¿s twin sister private investigator Jasmine poses as her when Alex arrives to protect ¿her¿ as Jess has gone undercover on a story. Alex and Jazz meet, sparks fly mostly as temper as she does not need nor want a bodyguard even if he a hunk that stirs her juices. He, in turn, has never felt so much desire, but knows he must keep his hands to himself (though he thinks that¿s a pity), even if she is not the client. Both worry about Jessica and where she is. They begin to look for the sibling while Jazz warns Alex to stop telling her how to do her job even as they fall in love. --- The first Bullet Catchers tale is an action-packed romantic suspense that hooks the audience from the moment Lucy Stone rips skin off of the hero while giving him his assignment. The story line never slows down once Alex arrives in Florida as he takes his work seriously, but runs into an immovable force who demands he leave. From that first encounter, the lead couple bickers, argues, and falls in love, but never loses sight of the objective finding and keeping her sibling safe. Roxanne St. Claire provides her audience with a terrific thrilling tale. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    Romantic Suspense At Its Best

    Alex Romero fears his days at the elite Bullet Catchers agency may be numbered after the fiasco surrounding his last case. But his boss offers him another chance and he¿s off to Miami to protect Jessica Adams, a high-profile newscaster who apparently is being stalked by an overzealous fan. However when he breaks into her apartment to scare her and show her how much she needs his help, he discovered he¿s scared the wrong Miss Adams. In his presence is Jasmine Adams, Jessica¿s twin sister who has come to Miami to impersonate her twin while Jessica goes undercover for an important investigation. Soon Jazz realizes that her sister is missing and fears she may be dead. She and Alex become reluctant partners in an investigation that leads them into the underbelly of Miami and puts them both in danger. KILL ME TWICE is easily the best romantic suspense that this author has written. It¿s filled with sexy dialogue, intriguing characters, red herrings galore and enough sizzling sexual tension to light up Las Vegas. The plot is superb and will keep the reader guessing til the villain is revealed. This is the first of a series of Bullet Catcher books. Next up is THRILL ME TO DEATH, Max Roper¿s story, in 2006.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Me

    Very good book but not one of my favorites by this author. I could tell that this was one of her earlier books. But trust me, her other books are more like a 7 or 8 star.

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    Good book-give it a try.

    Really like this author and liked this book although it's one of her earlier ones. Wanted to start this series at the beginning and will try another one.

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