Catch Me (The Donovan Family: Book 9) by Margaret Watson

Catch Me (The Donovan Family Book 9)

Title: Catch Me

Author: Margaret Watson

Publisher: Dragonfly Press

Date of publication: March 31st, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 342

POV: 3rd person

Series: The Donovan Family

Love Me – Book 1

Watch Me – Book 2

Find Me – Book 3

Trust Me – Book 4

Cover Me – Book 5 (review here)

Protect Me – Book 6 (review here)

Save Me – Book 7

See Me – Book 8

Catch Me – Book 9

Where you can find Catch Me – Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

When Chicago Bearcats baseball player Sam Marini witnesses a brutal confrontation outside a bar, he can’t help the victim. So he does the next best thing – shoots a video of the attack.

He assumes he’ll hand it over and be done with the case. But when the investigating detective is Julia Carleton, a woman he’d met at his sister’s wedding, he can’t walk away. Julia, however, hides dark secrets, and can’t get involved with Sam.

As they work together to ensure justice, their simmering attraction heats to combustion. But the father of the attacker is a wealthy, powerful man who doesn’t like to lose. When Dean Kirby grows more and more desperate to protect his son, the threats against Sam and Julia escalate.

Julia vows to protect Sam, but can she keep her heart safe? Choosing him means risking the job that means everything to her.

My review:

Catch Me is Sam and Julia’s story. Sam, if you remember from the past novels in The Donovan Series, is Priscilla younger brother and Julia is a cop on the force with the Donovan siblings/Priscilla. Both Sam and Julia have made appearances in the past books, so I was waiting for them to have their own story. I was a bit surprised that it was with each other.

I loved the storyline. Sam, a professional ballplayer with the Bearcats, was walking home from the game when he witnesses a crime. Having caught the crime on his phone, he is the star witness in the case….which was just assault and battery. Julia is the first detective on the scene and takes the scene over from an overbearing, woman-hating cop who was trying to intimidate Sam into giving his phone to him. When Sam’s name is released in a police blog, he becomes a number one target for the bad guys. When that doesn’t work, they move onto his mother. Which was a mistake.

The chemistry between Same and Julia sizzled. That is one thing that I look for in a romance novel when I read it. Chemistry that comes off the pages in waves and oh boy, did they have it. Poor Julia tried to keep it under control, tried to stifle it and well, let’s just say that it made for a pretty memorable first sex scene. Talk about needing a fan.

I thought the bad guys were pretty stupid in this book and not very bright. One was a roid head and the other one thought he could use his wealth to bully people around. Not going to go much into them but they got what they deserved in the end….all of them did.

The ending was very fitting for this book and I loved that everyone was at the hospital waiting for Priscilla to have the baby. I also liked that they were taking bets. I kinda laughed at that one because I had something similar happen with my youngest. Except no one won because she was in a hurry to be born (I had her 10 mins after being admitted to L&D).

How many stars will I give Catch Me: 4

Why: A well-written romance with a great plotline and characters that had some sizzling chemistry.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex, language, and violence

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

Protect Me (The Donovan Family, Book 6) by Margaret Watson

Protect Me (The Donovan Family Book 6) by [Watson, Margaret]

Publisher: Dragonfly Press

Date of publication: November 11th 2015

Genre: Romance

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Series: The Donovan Family

Love Me – Book 1

Watch Me – Book 2

Find Me – Book 3

Trust Me – Book 4

Cover Me – Book 5 (review here)

Protect Me – Book 6

Save Me – Book 7

See Me – Book 8

Book Synopsis:

Police officer Mia Donovan is studying for the detective’s exam when her captain offers her an assignment – be Finn O’Rourke’s personal bodyguard for the next three weeks. He’s in town to film a movie, he has a stalker, and the threats are escalating. 

Mia isn’t interested – she’s focused on the looming exam. But her captain convinces her that successfully protecting Finn will look very good on her record when promotion decisions are made. So, reluctantly, she takes the assignment. 

Finn isn’t the arrogant, egotistical actor Mia expected. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the ‘most hated man in America’, Finn’s nickname since he cheated on his girlfriend, a beloved pop star. 

But his stalker is lurking and the threat is escalating. Although Mia’s feelings for Finn are growing, her job is to protect Finn, not fall in love with him. 

My review:

This book is electric, right from the get-go.

Mia Donovan is what my mother in law would call a firecracker and I loved it. I didn’t expect any less and would have been disappointed if the author wrote her any other way. Even the way she introduces herself to Finn was gold. I loved it!!

I didn’t care for Finn’s character at first. I get he’s an Alpha male and thought he could protect himself from his stalker, but still. To take the risks he did the first day was stupid and he didn’t listen to Mia. Made me want to slap and shake him.

I was shocked at how fast they had sex. They didn’t even know each other a week. The more I thought about it, it made sense. They were together 24/7, no breaks and they were attracted to each other. I liked that they entered the relationship as adults. Except for the no condom sex and taking each other’s word that they were clean. You couldn’t pay me any amount of money to do that with someone I just met.

Mia being undercover was a hoot and I giggled when she became an airhead. It cracked me up. I laughed every single scene.

Finn’s issues with his ex wasn’t funny. He let her put his name through the mud and all because he’s a nice guy. I will say that it reminds me of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard saga going on.

The stalker’s identity and the end of the book was a little bit of a shock to me. The stalker wasn’t who I pegged. I wasn’t expecting the book to end the way it did. I did get a little misty-eyed at it !!

How many stars will I give Protect Me? 4

Why? A great, fast-paced romance that pulls out all the stops. Mia and Finn were perfect for each other!!

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range: Adult

Why? Lots of sex and some violence.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Cover Me (The Donovan Family: Book 5) by Margaret Watson

Cover Me (The Donovan Family Book 5) by [Watson, Margaret]

Publisher: Dragonfly Press

Date of Publication: April 28th 2015

Where the book can be found: Amazon 

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Romance

Series: The Donovan Family

Love Me – The Donovan Family, Book 1

Watch Me – The Donovan Family, Book 2

Find Me – The Donovan Family, Book 3

Trust Me – The Donovan Family, Book 4

Cover Me – The Donovan Family, Book 5

Protect Me – The Donovan Family, Book 6

Save Me – The Donovan Family, Book 7

See Me – The Donovan Family, Book 8

Book synopsis:

Chicago cop Brendan Donovan loves the adrenaline rush of his role on a tactical team. So when he’s assigned to an undercover job to ferret out the supplier of a new and deadly sex drug, he’s thrilled. His partner is Cilla Marini, a detective he’d met recently during a traffic stop. He’s intrigued by Cilla, but his sister told him that Cilla doesn’t date cops. Which is exactly what they have to pretend to do. Brendan loves a challenge.

Cilla is shocked to find out that Brendan is her mystery partner. After an incident that forced her to transfer from her district and isolated her from her fellow cops, Cilla knows relationships with cops are off the table. But she’s spent far too much time thinking about Brendan since he pulled her over for speeding. Now, not only are they working together, they have to pose as a couple to find the source of the sex drug that’s already killed several men.

As the action heats up, Cilla and Brendan don’t have to pretend they want each other. But when secrets put them both in danger, will they have each other’s back? Or will their quarry divide and conquer them before they can find their way to happily ever after?

My review:

I was surprised by this book. As you all know from previous book reviews, I don’t like reading books out-of-order in a series. They are hard to read because there are references to the other books that have come before in the series.

But not this book. You can read Cover Me as a standalone book. There are references to the other books but (and stress but) they are for the story only. Which is another reason why I liked this book.

I first met Brendan Donovan as he is sitting outside a drug house, doing surveillance. When a vintage Mustang goes speeding past him, he assumes that it was stolen. So he gives chase and pulls the car over. Imagine his surprise when not only does he pull over a woman but she is a cop and a hostage negotiator on her way to a scene. Her name, Priscilla (aka Cilla) Martini. A cop that is shunned because of an incident that happened in her old district with another cop.

Brendan and Cilla do meet again. This time they are partners and they are looking for the dealer(s) of a deadly street drug that has killed 5 people. This drug is used as a sexual stimulant like Viagra. Cilla is going undercover at the pub where the drug seems to be dealt at. Brendan is going as a pub regular who starts to have a relationship with Cilla after meeting her there. Cilla got a heads up about a serial rapist that is striking the local clubs/pubs in the area and to keep her eyes open.

The sexual attraction and the heat between Brendan and Cilla were unfreakinbelievable. The fact that Cilla could get aroused from a look from Brendan and Brendan from Cilla was awesome. When they finally do have sex, it rocketed off the page.

What I loved about this book was that the sexual tension was second fiddle to the story. The author used the sex scenes as delicious interludes to Brendan and Cilla’s police work. This is how a romance is supposed to be. The storyline and then sex. Not sex and then storyline!!!

I did get frustrated with Cilla and her not wanting to have a relationship with a cop. Which was based on her aunt’s experiences. Her aunt’s experience was bad. But it is something that shouldn’t have been reiterated to a child over and over and over again. I didn’t like that Cilla was the fixer for her family. Every time someone had a problem, they called her. Her mother acted like a small child when Cilla kept telling her to go see her Uncle Donny to get her brakes fixed. Made me want to reach through the book and smack both Cilla and her mother.

I did figure out who the serial rapist was early on in the book. No fault of the author but the fake name (and Cilla’s reaction to it) was a dead giveaway. I liked that it leads into another storyline and that one was left open-ended at the end of the book.

I didn’t understand why ratting out a fellow cop for doing something bad was such a bad thing. The way Cilla handled herself when meeting Ward was very classy and NOT the way I would have handled myself. Also, Brendan and Connor’s defense of her was great too.

The ending was great and I was taken by surprise at who the dealer was. I didn’t think it was who I thought it was.

Oh and I want to say, I love Australian shepherds. Hehe.

How many stars will I give Cover Me? 4

Why? This is a well-written romance with a big heap of mystery/suspense in it. There were a few parts that did frustrate me (see above) but overall, I loved it. And as the 5th book in a series, this is definitely a standalone book.

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range: Adult

Why? Lots of hot, steamy sex. Drug use. Violence and one scene of attempted rape.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**