Monday, April 28, 2008

Thrill Me to Death Review

Book: Thrill Me to Death
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Category: Contemporary
Grade: B-
Series: Book 2/The Bullet Catchers Series

Max Roper never lets emotion get in the way of his job -- not since the tragic shooting that killed his fiancée's father. Now the former DEA agent is a Bullet Catcher, and he's managed to block out Cori's bitter goodbye -- and their sizzling passion. Those dangerous desires come back with a vengeance when Max is assigned to protect a recently widowed heiress: who turns out to be Cori. But Max must also discover his ex's dark secret...and they both know she can't hide anything from him.


Her luxury lifestyle suggests that Cori has gone from being a trophy wife to a merry widow, but nothing could be further from the truth. Suspicious of her billionaire husband's sudden death, she hires a bodyguard. But her protector is the one man who can melt her every defense -- the one man she blames for her deepest sorrow, the one man whose six-feet four-inches of solid muscle ignites reckless passion in her. And as they close in on a killer who hides in plain view, their high-stakes affair could cost her everything...including her life.

Thrill Me to Death begins with Max Roper, bodyguard for the Bullet Catchers Bodyguard Service, being assigned to protect a woman that he was once in love with; Corrine Peyton. Cori's billionaire husband, William Peyton has died recently, and there has been at least one attempt on Cori's life. Max is sent not only to protect Cori, but to also find out if she might have had a hand in her late husband's death.

Max takes the assignment and heads to Florida. When he arrives at the home of his ex, Max finds Cori is indeed in danger, but he's not quite sure where the danger is coming from. Cori has a slew of people around her who could have wanted her husband dead and her as well.

Cori is shocked to find out that the bodyguard assigned to her is her ex fiancee, Max, a man she once loved deeply, but abandoned that love when she found out he had a hand in her fathers death. She is able to push her initial resentment of Max aside and focus on the pressing matter, because she needs his help. Someone has attempted to kill her, and she's positive that her husband's death was foul play, not the heart attack the autopsy claimed.

When a forged signature turns up, Max and Cori set out to figure out the mystery behind William's death on their own. They soon realize that the closer they get to finding the truth, the more danger they put themselves in.

My Thoughts:

For the most part I liked Thrill Me to Death. I did have a few problems with the story, though. First, I found Max and Cori's initial separation go be contrived. All it would have taken was a little communication and they would have never needed to break up.

Second, Cori had more than a few TSTL moments throughout the book. At times I couldn't help rolling my eyes at her naivete's. Considering that she believed that her husband was murdered and that there had been an attempt on her life, I would expect her to listen to reason and not just do what she feels is best, just because. Another problem I had was the characterization, both Max and Cori were surface level characters to me. Neither were as three dimensional as I would have liked.

What I did like was the overall mystery. I felt that it was well thought out and intriguing. I had somewhat of an idea of who the killer was and while I was half right, it wasn't glaringly obvious. Also, St. Claires writing is sharp. That, along with my investment in the mystery elements, kept me turning the pages. Grade B-



  1. I felt pretty much the same way about this, though I think I was more frustrated by the heroine and the lack of communication and therefore rated it in the "C" range. But it did have good parts.

  2. Hi Holly. I wavered between grading this a low B or high C. After much thought, I went with the B. But it could have gone either way.

  3. I read your review and I know that this is the kind of books I'd get frustrated reading it. i don't know why, but that's a feeling :P Did you read the rest of the series? I've been thinking of starting this series, but in a way, I'm sooo tired of all hunky men agency led by a woman and etc...

  4. I have this series in my TBR list. I haven't started it yet but I will eventually.

  5. Nath, I plan on reading book three in this series, and I have the first book her new trilogy: First You Run. I've heard good things about that one, so hopefully it will be a better read.

    Jill, I'll be looking out for that eventual review. ;)

  6. Hi, Brie, cool blog!

    I've never tried any of St. Claire's books but this one doesn't sound so bad so I'm gonna see about trying them - great review! :)

  7. Hey Brie, did you ever manage to finish Hidden? ;)

  8. Hi Wendy, welcome! I would definitely give this series a try. The writing is good along with the suspense element.

    Jace, Sadly, I haven't.:(

    I actually put Hidden down, again. This time in favor of Moon Called. (I am so loving Moon Called.) Something about Hidden isn't keeping my attention. It's no Driven, that's for sure. I will try again soon, though.

  9. Hi, Brie! thanks, my TBB list is getting quite long, lol.

    Moon Called is a great book! Have you read Iron Kissed?

  10. Not yet, Wendy. I'm reading the books in order, so I still have Blood Bound to read before I get to Iron Kissed.