Then You Hide (Bullet Catchers Series #5)

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When Bullet Catcher Wade Cordell is offered a cushy assignment to track down a woman on vacation in the Caribbean and persuade her to meet her birth mother, the secret ops sharpshooter decides it's the perfect antidote to his stressful job. Except spirited and sassy Vanessa Porter isn't on vacation, she's on a hunt for a friend who has disappeared. Wade's news doesn't faze a woman who swims with the sharks on Wall Street -- Vanessa knows she's adopted and has no intention of meeting or helping the woman who gave ...
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Overview

When Bullet Catcher Wade Cordell is offered a cushy assignment to track down a woman on vacation in the Caribbean and persuade her to meet her birth mother, the secret ops sharpshooter decides it's the perfect antidote to his stressful job. Except spirited and sassy Vanessa Porter isn't on vacation, she's on a hunt for a friend who has disappeared. Wade's news doesn't faze a woman who swims with the sharks on Wall Street -- Vanessa knows she's adopted and has no intention of meeting or helping the woman who gave her up in a black market scheme. But as it becomes clear that her missing friend is deep in hiding and deeper in trouble, Vanessa strikes a shaky bargain with the sexy bodyguard who's an expert at finding people who don't want to be found. How high a price will she have to pay the Bullet Catcher willing to put his life on the line for her? Will she sacrifice her pride . . . her heart . . . even her life?
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"Hot, fun, fast and fearless! I want one of these bodyguards!" — Cherry Adair, New York Times bestselling author

"When it comes to dishing up great romantic suspense, St. Claire is the author you want." — Romantic Times

Publishers Weekly

Ambitious investment banker Vanessa Porter is hot on the trail of her friend Clive, who has disappeared in the Caribbean. On her heels is sexy Wade Cordell, of the security-for-hire Bullet Catchers: Wade has a plea for Vanessa from the birth mother she has tried to forget, recently incarcerated Eileen Stafford. Wade, who thought catching up with Vanessa and delivering the message would be a cinch, soon struggles to protect Vanessa from people who want to throw her off Clive's trail—or worse. Meanwhile, other Bullet Catchers (from St. Claire's First You Run) dig into the truth behind Eileen's arrest. Vanessa is a spitfire of a heroine, dedicated to her friends and passionate about her life, and Wade is the quintessential Southern gentleman warrior. The plot, while disjointed, pulls itself together enjoyably. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416552437
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Series: Bullet Catchers Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 607,629
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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

Charleston, South Carolina, 1978

"Well, look what we have here. The prettiest little suspect in Charleston County." The fluorescent lights cast a sick, yellow shadow on the cheeks of the man who'd just entered the interrogation room.

Eileen Stafford straightened in the uncomfortable wooden chair and met his gaze. "Where's my lawyer?"

"He's comin', sweetheart. He's comin'. Mind if I sit down?" Across the table, he yanked out the other chair, flipped it around, and spread his legs around the back. "You remember me, don't you?"

As if she could forget the man who'd tried to blind her with a flashlight, cut her with handcuffs, and insult her from the front seat of his squad car.

She sat silent. Because anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

"We met the other night out on Ashley Bridge." He lifted thick black eyebrows and crinkled his forehead, all friendly and social.

She glared back at him. "Pretty convenient, you and your partner just cruising along looking for people driving away from crime scenes."

"Oh, now, honey, you know what happened. Someone saw you running and called the cops. While we were following you lead-footin' out of Charleston, Ms. Sloane's body was found." He held out his hands to imply that this happened all the time to a good cop.

Or a very bad one.

Didn't he realize this case was so flimsy you could see through it? She'd seen the murder; she'd witnessed it! She knew who did it, yet she sat here, sweating, waiting for a lawyer who was supposed to be here hours ago. When he came, she could tell him who pulled the trigger and who put that gun on the passenger seat of her car — a gun she'd never touched.

But would she have the nerve to tell the truth? To take on the most powerful man in the county? The thought made her stomach roll.

"Why'd you do it, Miss Stafford?"

She bit her lip to keep from saying a word.

"It is miss, isn't it?" Hazel eyes dropped to her chest. "Sure it is. I've seen you around the courthouse. You're a flirty little thing. Real friendly with all the lawyers and judges. You're a legal secretary. Just like...the deceased."

"Which makes me smart enough to know I get a lawyer before I talk to anybody."

He chuckled, propping his elbows on the table and locking his hands into a little shelf for his chin. "And smart enough to know that the South Carolina legal system don't always work as right as it should."

She fought a quiver, unwilling to let him see her fear. "I'm not going to talk to you, Officer."

"Then how 'bout you listen to me...Leenie."

Oh, God — only one person on earth called her that. Which meant whatever this cop was about to say was a direct message from him.

"Listen real careful, okay?" His look made her heart wallop against her ribs. "I'm gonna offer you a fine deal."

"A deal?" Or her worst nightmare? The man who had destroyed her happiness, forcing her to make a decision she would regret until the day she died — that man could do anything. He could lie, cheat, steal, and, oh, Godamighty, he could kill.

"Real simple, this deal. You tell your lawyer exactly how you killed Wanda, how you were hidin' right there in that alley, just waitin' to pounce on the gal who'd taken your place as the prettiest legal secretary in the courthouse, and — "

"I wasn't waiting for — "

" — and we'll make sure you don't have to sit in the hot seat." One corner of his thin-lipped mouth slid up. "You know what I mean by the hot seat, don't you, Leenie?"

"There hasn't been an electrocution in this state since 1962."

"Capital punishment is alive and well in the state of South Carolina, darlin'. In the hands of" — he bared straight, shiny teeth — "the right judge."

Eileen closed her eyes. She'd known this was coming. Ever since she'd hidden behind that brick wall in Philadelphia Alley and watched her former lover put a bullet into Wanda Sloane, she'd known she couldn't run far, and she couldn't hide for long. Not from him.

"It's a simple deal. You tell the lawyer just what happened, Leenie. And in exchange..." He shrugged, as if the rest were obvious.

"Say it," she insisted hoarsely. "You have to say it."

He leaned close. "Sign the piece of paper pleading guilty... and nothing will happen to your baby."

She knew it.

"I don't have a baby."

That statement would be the truth in a deposition. She didn't have a baby. She'd had three. But he didn't know that. No one in Charleston knew that.

"You have a child," he said in a patronizing tone. "'Course, you sold the poor li'l fatherless bastard. But anyone can be..." He took out a handkerchief, blew his nose, let the unfinished sentence hang in the air. "... found with the right people pulling the strings."

She stared at him.

He folded his hanky and stuffed it into a breast pocket. "And you know, sweetheart, those black-market babies are not always the healthiest. They've been known to just die in their li'l cribs."

That murdering, lying son of a bitch. Would he kill his own daughter?

Of course he would. He was capable of anything. He bought cops like this sleazebucket, bought juries, bought witnesses, bought loyalty. Hell, he'd bought her.

But he only knew she'd gone to the farmhouse on Sapphire Trail to have a baby. No one except the nurse, the lady who owned the place, and one of the sets of adoptive parents knew she'd had triplets that night eight months ago.

Three tiny, helpless baby girls who were all sold to strangers. He only knew of one, but she didn't know which one. Any of those tiny babies could be his victim, unless she...

"Make this deal." Impatience edged his voice. "Or she dies."

Right now, her daughters were safe and loved. And marked. If they ever found one another, would that tell them the story of what their mother did and why? All that mattered was that they lived. Her life was worthless without them, anyway.

"Okay," she said in defeat.

He pushed away from the table and sauntered to the door with a lazy, cocky grin. "I heard you were a very smart girl, Leenie. Guess it's true." He pulled the door open, and she heard him say, "The suspect is ready to bargain."

Eileen dropped her head into her hands. Maybe someday, her babies would forgive her for selling them to strangers. And if they ever discovered who gave them birth, maybe they'd understand why, eight months after they were born, she'd shouldered the blame for a crime she didn't commit.

Copyright © 2008 by Roxanne St. Claire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    Then You Hide

    I've read this whole series from the beginning and really love these books. But there was something special about this one, like the author has really hit her stride. Wade is a perfect Bullet Catcher hero - tough and cool and very sexy, but a real gentleman on the inside. (I think that's what I like most about this author's heroes.) Vanessa is also tough, and not always in a good way. She's a little rough around the edges, but I really related to her, she seemed the most 'real' of St. Clair's heroines so far. Definitely not perfect, but she made me really feel her pain. I loved the Caribbean setting and I thought the whole suspense plot with a missing friend being a cover up for a bigger crime was very clever. I don't agree with the reviewer who didn't think the end made sense - it did to me and I loved it. In fact, I stayed up until 2:00 am to finish and didn't mind the lost sleep. All I can say is bring on Lucy Sharpe. That should be the best book of all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Me

    Love this 3 book (#4, 5, 6) series. Each book stands alone but best read in order. AWESOME suspense, lots of twists and turns right to the very end. Exactly enough romance in all the right places. Loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Bullet Catchers at their very BEST!

    I don't think it gets any better than this. Action packed from page one to the end. We have a drop dead gorgeous hero, and a spunky independent beautiful heroine with issues. Bodies to the left and too the right. Crazy supporting cast. This is Bullet Catchers at it's very best!

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    HIghly Recommend

    Great book by awesome author. Loved all of the series and hate to see it end. But will re read many more times.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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    Okay

    Not my favorite story of the series. I felt it drag and get tedious. The female character annoyed me. The male character was a wonderful southern gentlemen. The story didn't keep me on the edge of my seat like the other books of this series. So Keep reading the others they are all really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    SUN, SURF, SEX, SUSPENSE - NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER

    Sun, surf, sex and suspense - Bravo! Fans of Roxanne St. Claire will surely applaud her latest read, proving once again she's Queen of Suspense. The second in her trilogy of Bullet Catcher adventures is guaranteed to keep you reading through the night for the ultimate 'who-done-it' conclusion. Vanessa Porter, a 31 year old Wall Street high flyer, is in the Caribbean, but not to take advantage of the sunshine. She's on a mission to track down her colleague and best friend, who mysteriously disappeared while on vacation. Meanwhile, Bullet Catcher Wade Cordell is on a mission of his own. He's been assigned to track Vanessa down. Seems Vanessa is the only chance in helping solve a thirty year old mystery and save a woman's life - a convicted murderer who happens to be her birth mother. Ms. St. Claire treats her readers to 349 pages of a wild ride in the Caribbean sunshine with this latest Bullet Catcher adventure! Be sure and watch for the last book of the trilogy - NOW YOU DIE (available September 2008). Mine is already on order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    ***Page Turner****

    I have a habit of grabing a book at the local supermarket because it sounds good not realizing that it's apart of a series. I picked this book up when I was taking off for vacation. I completed the book before I got back home. First day back to work I was at the book store on lunch to buy the first of this series. The second one was so good I was dieing to know what had happen in the first book. I will be getting the third book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    A wild and sexy ride

    Roxanne St. Claire continues her pulse pounding Bullet Catcher series in Then You Hide. ________________ Wade Cordell agrees to take what appears on the surface as a cake assignment. He needs to track down a woman on a Caribbean vacation. Wall Street hot shot Vanessa Porter. What he thought was an easy assignment is anything but easy. Seems Vanessa has her own agenda. _______________ Vanessa Porter is using the cruise in the Caribbean as a disguise. She is searching for her friend Clive Easterbrook who has disappeared. Seemed easy enough until Wade Cordell comes along. Wade wants to bring her back to the states to save her dying birth mother. Vanessa knows all about her jailbird momma and wants nothing to do with her. This is until she makes a deal with Wade. If he helps her find her friend she will go with him back to the states. ________________________ There are people who don¿t want Vanessa to find her friend and they send her on a wild chase across the islands. But there are others who want to harm both Vanessa and Wade. _____________ Vanessa and Wade start out with opposite agendas but soon their main goal is to stay alive. Along the way their attraction in the tropical paradise becomes hotter then anything either has known. _____________ Then You Hide will keep you turning every page to find out who is trying to sabotage Vanessa search for her friend. Vanessa and Wade¿s chemistry is electric and their banter is hot and spicy. I can¿t wait for the next story in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    definately a page turner

    Definately a page turner until the end. However there must have been some pages missing at the end of my copy. Way too many loose ends. A total cliffhanger. I prefer a book that ends with no questions leaving me the choice to move on to another author instead of purchasing the same author to find the answer to the previous book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    Then You Hide

    I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end. I love romantic suspense, especially when the romance is front and center, the conflict between the two people is real and the plot is complex enough that I can't figure out who the bad guy is. This book hit every one of those, and more. Very hot, great story, amazing hero and a heroine who was opinionated and real. Cannot wait for the next book!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an exhilarating romantic suspense thriller

    Vanessa Porter goes on vacation in the Caribbean. However, she is actually seeking her missing friend Clive Easterbrook, who vanished. Bullet Catcher¿s CEO Lucy Sharpe tries to persuade consultant Wade Cordell to fully join the team he refuses as he says he is no longer a legally paid assassin as he was for the marines and CIA. Disappointed, Lucy asks him to do a small favor find Vanessa. Apparently she was one of three babies taken from their biological mother Eileen Stafford in 1978 Charleston and sold on the black market Eileen needs a compatible bone marrow transplant.------------- Wade finds Vanessa rather easily, but she persuades him to help her find Clive. In return she will meet her mom, take the compatibility test, and decide whether to donate or not she hides from Wade the fact that she made up her mind to refuse. However, as they work together and fall in love, the effort to save Clive may prove deadly to the wannabee rescuers.---------- The second tale in this Bullet Catcher¿s trilogy (see FIRST YOU RUN) is an exhilarating romantic suspense thriller as Wade and Vanessa run into one nasty scenario after another trying to locate Clive. Although Vanessa¿s actions seem too unnecessarily risky, she makes the story line hum with her obstinacy and courage. Fans of the saga will appreciate this strong action-packed entry as the lead couple learns that love is a strong impetus to live for.-------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2008

    Then You Hide

    I was hoping I'd like this book as much as the first in the trilogy, and I actually liked it more. Then You Hide is non-stop action, adventure and romance with a really snappy heroine who hides a deep wound and possibly the sexiest bodyguard on the planet. I was amazed that St. Clair could take the 'find the daughter of a woman in jail so she could donate bone marrow' story line again and make it completely different from the first - and also a book that can be read alone without having read the first one. This is its own wonderful story with two people I really wanted to root for. It has multiple plot twists, lots of colorful characters, a gorgeous setting, steamy, steamy love scenes, edge of your seat action, and a little emotional twist at the end. Perfect! I loved it and will probably buy the next book (featuring Bullet Catcher's owner Lucy Sharpe) the day it comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    Be enfolded in a captivating plot

    A woman dying in prison. A woman who confessed to a crime she didn¿t commit to save her children. The children she gave up for adoption to protect the identity of their father. The father who let her take the fall for the crime he committed. Roxanne St. Claire¿s ¿Then You Hide¿, the second book in The Bulletchaser Series, is a titillating read. St. Claire has the ability to capture every emotion felt by every character and portray those feelings so clearly that the reader is enfolded in the captivating plots that are characteristic of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    An Outstanding Page-Turner

    Southern gentleman Wade Cordell is the best marksman in the military. Or he was until he left because he was tired of killing people for a living. When Lucy Sharpe offers him a full-time position with the Bullet Catchers instead of the part-time consulting work he¿s been doing, he waffles. He knows Bullet Catchers protect their clients, but he hasn't forgotten that sometimes they have to kill in order to protect. So Lucy offers him a ¿gimme¿ ¿ a simple assignment to find a woman who¿s on a vacation in the Caribbean. Find her and take her to meet the woman who gave birth to her and then sold her to a black market adoption ring. The woman who¿s serving a life sentence for murder. The woman who is dying a needs a bone marrow transplant from a relative. Wade tracks her down on St. Kitts, but Vanessa Porter is a keen negotiator. Before the Wall Street investor with the killer instincts will agree to visit this woman, Wade must help her find her work associate who¿s decided to drop out in the islands. What follows is murder and mayhem that takes Wade and Vanessa from island to island, following a trail of clues, which might be leading them to their man ¿ or not. And while Wade is falling in love with the woman he¿s supposed to find and protect, Vanessa is fighting the emotions because she can¿t possibly love a man who killed for a living, any more than she can care for a woman who is not only serving time for murder, but who sold her like an unwanted lamp. Rapid-fire dialogue and a plot full of twists and turns highlight this second book in Ms. St. Claire¿s 2008 Bullet Catchers trilogy. This bodyguard is to die for and he steams up the love scenes like rain on asphalt in August. He¿s met his match in Vanessa, a spitfire with a brilliant business sense but who considers herself unworthy of anyone¿s love. You won¿t be disappointed in this fast-paced romantic suspense.

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