BLOG REVIEW: Catch Him by S. Doyle


28yo SF cop heroine(h) accepts date with dashing British stranger, 30s businessman Hero(H), who she met the night before as a suspect for breaking & entering at his friends' house due to house alarm going off for not having the passcode. She asked him why pick someone ordinary like her instead of a supermodel with his billionaire lifestyle. H thought her honesty & openness refreshing, with her informing him sex is off the table on their date since he ended up buying her expensive dress & shoes for their posh dining he insisted on & she didn't want to feel like she was paying him back with sex. She agreed to go to another date with him the next day, with him informing her that he's not buying her clothes & shoes coz he plans on getting her to have sex with him. He took her to a baseball game & she shared her issues with her father who lives with her & used to be a SFPD cop but started taking money from the mob to help pay for her mom's cancer txt & he was fired b/c of it & still lost her mom. He understood due to his alcoholic mom & him having to take care of her & his younger sis. He hugged her when she cried, which was unusual for her. So she tells him he's a good guy but he told her that he's not & warned her he's a ruthless guy. 

When she goes home with him, she knew it wasn't just for dinner & knew it was a temporary affair since she knows he's only visiting SF & she's not his usual woman but would take advantage of this Cinderella-type experience with someone so hot & cosmopolitan like him temporarily interested in someone ordinary like her. She didn't know what to do after dinner since H was just watching the news & not really engaging with her so she told him she's just gonna go home. He responded instead with asking her if she wanted to make love or be f**ed & proceeded to detail what he would do if she chose either. She chose the latter & then he had her strip & they hotly smexxed with a little spanking. She was about to leave to go back to work but he asked if he could sext her & she said ok. 

The next 3 weeks they continue their affair & their connection deepens as they go to fancy & casual restaurants & just hang out. But h finally asked the question about when he was leaving & H just said if they could just enjoy what they have like they were. She said that she knows that it's temporary but she didn't want to get into deep with him & he said he already was & that he was in love with her. She yelled at him that he can't do that coz he's leaving & realized she was already in love with him & didn't like to see him with the sad look he gets sometimes. She told him she needed some time to think about it all &, when she got home to her shared apt with her distant dad after 3 weeks of at H's, she realized that she was gonna ask H to take her with him. But when she got to his house, he was gone with no trace of him or the stuff she left with the whole house cleaned & the cops there with a very irate owner who had no clue who H was & had his safe cleaned out & wanted to press charges for dismantling his alarm 3 weeks ago. She was completely shattered that H lied to her & their 3-week affair was a charade. She got suspended from her job but she quit instead. 

With her dad's suggestion, she intended to hurt him like he hurt her & started tracking him down via the credit card used for the clothes he bought her & his leased office. She went to his office & was given a letter by a temp employee from H, apologizing for hurting her & that the house owner was not a nice guy & that if she didn't get her job back that he would make some financial reparations for her & that he deliberately left the receipt on the clothes back for her to track his office down but that was the end of his trail. She read it a few times & later got mad at his condescension & now more intent on finding him with the help of her dad. She barges in to the houseowner's house & demands some answers, making a deal for 25% for finding whoever stole the drugs from his safe. H couldn't believe his tracker lost her & that she found his sister at his well-secured farm & is now with her. He quickly went to his sister who h now knows is the reason why H stole what was in the safe—the only photo of him at his sister's wedding that terrorists & villains world-wide are vying for as their 1st sight of mysterious contract-agent H with his multiple aliases. And also to keep his sister safe from her abusive husband, the houseowner. He & h had it out with how H duped her & H welcomed her to have angry sex with him & repeatedly telling her he loved her. They hotly smexxed bareback with H hoping she'd get pregnant coz he never wants to let her go now that she knows all about him. He also told her that he realized that letting her go was a mistake & he already planned on getting her back once everything died down but she got to him 1st & he told her he'll never underestimate her again & knew he had to work to get her to trust him again. 

They setup H's sister's ex-husband & his villainy lawyer dad to go to prison but his sister's ex got shot for trying to attack his sister. She was there for it all & was not turned off by the dark side of H's world, which made H feel really loved. 2 weeks of hot smexxing & ILYs, H surprised h with a wedding at the farm with dress & shoes & with her dad there. HEA.

* 159 pgs 
* good tight writing & great pacing
* good emotionality & romance with some angst/poignancy 
* good action-suspense & likable characters
* really liked h's openness & plain-speaking & telling H she's not into games & even feeling awkward at knowing what to do next since she doesn't date very much & not used to someone of H's calibre
* likec that h is sure about who she is & ok with that & grateful for experiences outside of her norm without letting it fool her into thinking it's gonna change or chase her
* liked H's quiet suave mystery with his sometimes jovial & casual & underlying alpha demanding-ness
* good character development, especially h who became tough & determined with a no-nonsense approach to being intimidated or scammed (i.e. houseowner lowering her fee % from 25% to 20% for finding H) & used her dad's bad-cop rep & his mafia connections to threaten back with her mad but calm vengeful streak against H totally duping her & insulting her with his condescending letter
* loved how OTT devoted possessive claimy H was over h
* although it's good that H & his ex-lover are just now really good friends & business partners, I didn't like that H wanted more in their sex affair than ex-lover was willing to give so they had to end it but very minor point & ex-lover & h teamed up as badass fighters & to shut down H's arrogance

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