Gotcha! by Christie Craig
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Macy Tucker was five years old when her beloved grandfather dropped dead in his spaghetti. At twelve, her father left his family in the dust. At twenty-five, her husband gave his secretary a pre-Christmas bonus in bed, and Macy gave him the boot. To put things lightly, men have been undependable.
That's why dating's off the menu. Macy is focused on law school, and putting herself through—which means being the delivery girl for Papa's Pizza. But cheesier than her job is her pie-eyed brother, who just recently escaped from prison to protect his new girlfriend. And hotter than Texas toast is the investigating detective. Proud, sexy...inflexible—he's a man who would kiss her just to shut her up. But Jake Baldwin's a protector as much as a dish. And when he gets his man—or his woman—Macy knows it's for life.</
Gotcha! is the second Christie Craig book that I’ve read, the first being Divorced, Desperate and Delicious. I enjoyed both Divorced, Desperate and Delicious and Gotcha! – but they are both rather similar books. Both books have a police officer hero and a divorced 30-40 something heroine. Both books have the hero being forced to stay with the heroine (almost 24/7) due to some type of police/murder case and both books have the heroine do something so incredibly stupid (in the name of plot humor?) that it made me want to rage.
I really liked the hero, Jake, in Gotcha! but I wasn’t that big a fan of the heroine Macy. Macy was…a little TSTL and a little too stubborn about her police protection. She almost gets killed several times but refuses to take the necessary precautions to keep herself safe. I’m never a fan of that.
Gotcha! also has another (trope? situation?) that I really, really hate: the required forgiveness of a sibling after the sibling marries the ex. I really, really hate that and I’ve run into this more than a few times now. It [almost] always goes the same way: hero/ine is seriously dating/engaged to Person A. Hero/ine and Person A break up/take a break (or Person A cheats on hero/ine) and then the hero/ine’s sibling is shortly after married to Person A. The hero/ine is understandably upset but for some strange reason the sibling + spouse are still in the loving arms of their family while the hero/ine is on the outside looking in. And family member(s) consistently harass the hero/ine about making up with the sibling – family and all that. I never understand this. Never. What the fuck kind of family would do something like that??? My friends and I have a rule: no dating each other’s exes without prior permission (well, mostly not dating at all). I mean, if I wouldn’t date my friends’ ex…why the fuck are you screwing your brother’s fiancee?? That’s just gross and shows a serious lack of loyalty. In Gotcha! Jake’s brother marries his ex-fiancee shortly after they break up. Jake is confronted about how much “his brother needs him” and his communication/pride issues by the ex-fiancee at the end of the book. That shit made me so freaking angry that I saw red.
Macy and Jake are forced together because her brother Davey – while in jail – somehow manages to steal a murderer’s girlfriend. The murderer responds by threatening to rape and kill Macy – then he (the murderer) escapes and tries to make good on his promise. Hijinks ensue, Macy acts TSTL, Jake is frustrated by Macy being TSTL but he still likes her. Jake eventually convinces Macy that he loves her, the end.
Meh. IIRC, I liked Divorced, Desperate and Delicious a bit more but they are both pretty good, funny(ish) contemporary romances. Recommended with the above caveats.