I’m not exactly sure how romance author Christie Craig selected me to review her novel Gotcha, but the busy author knows how to market. Not only did she send an autographed copy, but included in the manila envelope was an oversized postcard for Wild Wicked & Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You’re in a Romance Novel of which the front side was the book jacket. Also out of glossy postcard stock was a book-mark advertising Shut Up and Kiss Me which was released June 2010. Vanilla scented lip gloss in a black tube with pink writing also cleverly advertised Shut Up and Kiss Me.
The following paragraph is taken directly from Craig’s website: “A Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in more than fifty RWA-sponsored contests, she has gained a well-deserved reputation for writing romance fiction that has both witty humor and a suspenseful, sexy tone. Published by Silhouette in the ’90s, she recently broke back into fiction in a big way, making four book sales in one day.”
Note to fledgling and wannabe authors: This woman did not take no for an answer. She kept on writing. How else can you sell four books in one day?
In Gotcha, our heroine, Macy Tucker, is an independent young woman, hell-bent on not getting entangled with a man because she doesn’t need the pain. Her grandfather dropped dead in his spaghetti when she was five. When she was twelve her drunken abusive father abandoned the family. She ended her five-year marriage after finding her philandering husband in their bed with his secretary. Now she is putting herself through law school by working as a delivery girl for Papa’s Pizza.
Macy’s little brother, Billy, the unwitting participant in a convenience store robbery and the only male she still cares about is accidentally caught up in a prison break with a killer who vows to rape and kill Macy because Billy stole his girl. Can handsome, virile Sergeant Jake Baldwin capture the escapees without hurting Billy, while protecting the ball-busting, feisty and sexy Pizza Girl? Will Macy open herself up to ever again trusting and loving a man?
Given the parameters of romance novels, including the requisite happy ending, one pretty much knows up front where all of this is leading. Mystery and danger spice it up. The level of sexual tension spices it up still more. Humor is a delightful bonus. But the final two chapters are the unexpected sparklers on Gotcha by Christie Craig—no peeking.