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Give Him the Slip (Brazos Bend #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,176 ratings  ·  111 reviews
First in the sexy new series from USA Today bestselling author Geralyn Dawson.

Maddie Kincaid thought she finally found the simple life when she moved to Brazos Bend and started her own business. She never dreamed that helping a gentle old man would force her to run for her life, right into the arms of the infamous Luke "Sin" Callahan. He has just settled into a fishing v
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Signet (first published January 1st 2006)
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5 stars – Romantic Suspense

Top Ten Things I Liked About Give Him the Slip:

1. Three former hell-raiser, bad-boy brothers referred to as the “Holy Terrors of Texas” turned hard-edged military/security men/government agents
2. Devilishly sexy DEA Agent hero Luke “Sin” Callahan
3. Spunky red-headed heroine and secret rock princess Maddie “Baby Dagger” Kincaid
4. A lovable mutt named Knucklehead
5. A goldfish named Oscar
6. Sweet, steamy romance
7. Hilarious dialogue
8. Zany, quirky, dynamic, offbeat
I enjoyed this romantic suspense novel by Geralyn Dawson very much. It was quite a bit different from the other books I have read by her, and I liked it better. I thought that Luke Callahan was a great hero -one who was a bit on the tortured side - and his brothers sound like they will make great heroes for the other books in the series. Heroine Maddie Kincaid, a girl who has made quite a few bad decisions in the past, was also very likeable.

Maddie Kincaid has sworn off of men and started a bus
Miss Kim
Jul 06, 2009 Miss Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Nora Roberts
Luke Callahan is my favorite hero. He is the bad boy turned cop, and boy is he is hot! I loved him and Maddie together and I was rooting for them the whole time. There was a period where I wanted to shake Maddie, but it was brief, so I won't put her on the TSTL list.

I LOVE this series! It reminds me of Nora Robert's trilogies where the are three siblings that are very close and involved in all three stories. Thanks ladies to all who pointed me to it! :D

 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Jan 04, 2012 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: My enjoyment of the Eternity Springs series and A Callahan Carol

3.5 of 5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Hmm… I’m disappointed to say that Give Him the Slip, the first Callahan Brothers book by Geralyn Dawson did not captivate me the way her Eternity Springs series, written under the pseudonym of Emily March, did. Angel’s Rest, the first book in the Eternity Springs series is John Gabriel Callahan’s (Gabe Callahan’s) story and was one that really grabbed me.

The four Callahan Brothers of Brazos Bend, Texas - Matthew, Mark and Luke (the twins

This one started off with a BANG for me. Maddie channels her inner Stephanie Plum and sneaks onto a houseboat to use the bathroom, go thru the fridge and "borrow" a beer. She falls asleep on the houseboat and is rudely awakened by a naked DEA agent, Luke "Sin" Callahan.

Fireworks commence.

But things sorta fizzled out for me after that. Too many rabbit trails and whodunits. Too many snarls and grunts and crankiness by the hero. I don't think it was the author's fault (?) - my mind is going a mill
It may have been me, but it took me a long time to finish this romantic suspense, set in East and West Texas. I even put it down a few times to read other books. My mistake was reading this series backwards...not a good thing to do. :-( I can say that I enjoyed #3 and #2, so was looking forward to #1...

Give Him the Slip was just too light-hearted, loosely written, with a lot of slow parts for me to get hooked into. The characters, Luke and Maddie were okay. Thought Maddie being "Baby Dagger" was
I got this book free from the author. This is my honest review.

What happens when two independent people find that sparks fly whenever they're together, and though they both have secrets, they find that they do need each other for life and for love?

Luke, and his brothers, Matt, Mark, and John were know as the "bad boys" of Brazos Bend when they were teen agers. Now, John's murder caused the others to become estranged from their wealthy Dad. They have all become responsible adults, working in diff
Jan 02, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense Fans
#1 Callahan Brothers - Sexy Romantic Suspense

Very enjoyable series debut featuring the Callahan brothers of Brazos Bend, Texas.

Luke "Sin" Callahan casts off from the marina on a peaceful fishing trip, only to be startled by an unexpected on board guest. Maddie Kincaid boarded his houseboat and fallen asleep while looking for a friend. A female friend.

Maddie's got big trouble. Her responsible and calm life has been uprooted when she finds a stash of drugs, and now she's on the run.

DEA Agent Luke
I loved this book! Maddie and Luke are a great couple and the story was wonderful. Luke "Sin" Callahan is a former bad boy who has grown up to be a good man. Maddie is a strong woman who wants to make a life for herself and find a place to belong.

I like the romance to be the focus when I read romantic suspense and that was the case with this book. The suspense story was well-written and kept you guessing, but the romance was the focus and I really enjoyed it.

There are two other books in the se
First in the Brazos Bend series about the Callahan Brothers by Geralyn Dawson. Maddie "Baby Dagger" Kincaid is the daughter of a rock star and just wanted a normal life so she settled in Brazos Bend, Texas. She ends up having to run for her life and encounters Luke Callahan. Wonderful balance of romance and suspense. Such a fun and delightful read.
Just finished this book. It was great! Luke aka Sin was so damn hot! Wow.... The bad boy turned good ( kinda) *wink wink** ... Luke is just so........uhhhhh!! Ok so in the beginning he has a chip on his shoulder and man the issues that Luke and his brothers have with their father broke my heart. I wanted to hate his father but in the end my heart just wasn't into it. I felt bad for them both. OMG who did not love Luke's stray dog Knucklehead?? I loved him!

There was a lot of mystery in this one
I love this author - have for years - and she did not disappoint me with this book, first in the Callahgan Brothers series. Rarely does Ms. Dawson use the Stupid Misunderstanding device, which I so appreciate. I also like the way she develops a closeness between her two lead characters, and yet they each have people who are important in their lives, who are also worked naturally into the plot. Now I hope that I already have book #2 here in my TBR closet...
Chelsea Klepfer
If you love Emily March's Eternity Springs series you have to check out her Brazos Bend books. LUKE CALLAHAN has action, humor (there were times I was laughing out loud), and still tells a heartwarming love story that is classic Emily March. A really great read!
3.5 stars

I really liked this one. It was fun, had good characters and a nice mix of romance and suspense. I'm looking forward to reading about the other brothers, so I'll definitely continue with the series.
Betty Sandstrom
Emily March, author ... what more can be said ... She is one of my special favorite authors and I just finished reading her newly released book, "Luke ... The Callahan Brothers" ... originally titled "Give Him the Slip" written under the pen name of Geralyn Dawson in 2006. This story speaks about the Callahan brothers, Matt, Mark, Luke and John of Brazos Bend, Texas.

The first book is about Luke. I was hooked on this author before and now can't wait to read the rest of this series ... What a stor
Barbara ★
When Maddie Kincaid arrives on his yacht unexpectedly, Luke Callahan is shocked and disbelieving of her story. Drugs and murder in his small home town - unbelievable. Maddie works her way into his heart though and he follows her back home to protect her from whatever forces are at work in Brazos Bend. The sexual tension between Maddie and Luke is intense and the sex is HOT. Luke is fighting moving back to the town his estranged father controls. For many reasons, none of his sons will speak to Br ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
This was a fun ride with interesting characters.

What I enjoyed:
* Maddie - poor girl has had a crazy life, but built something she could be proud of. Her secret is interesting (view spoiler) and I like her spunk.
* Luke - other than his father issues, he is just about perfect.
* Poor Oscar...

What could have been better:
* (view spoiler)
This book so addicting..Sizzling, funny and plot twist... I LOVED IT

maddie is a very cute woman, shes brave, independent, sexy as hell ..poor thing, she always had bad situation accidently through her life but shes survived it well..

luke is bad boy cop , alpha , sexy and smart..hes very smitten with maddie..hes in love with her all the way

sexy book and cant wait to read callahan brothers next series
This was one of the best 1st books of a series that I have ever read. Both the hero and heroine were great and very likable.
Luke "Sin" Callahan is the perfect “bad” boy. His steam factor is off the charts. I am so glad that Maddie didn't let the trouble of her past relationships cloud her feelings for Luke. The suspense aspect of this book was also very good.
Jonel Boyko (Pure Jonel)
Were I to describe this novel in one word, that word would be priceless. March has created a comical yet sweet & sassy story that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. She develops the town of Brazos Bend in such a manner that readers are not only able to picture it, but feel as if they’ve been invited into the town that is the backdrop for her captivating tale. The combination of romance & sass, old grudges & new beginning, action & suspense is eloquently and memorably done.

March defi
An awesome read!

I love Emily March's writing. Luke is fun,sexy,engaging and overall a delight. I laughed,I sighed and I smiled. I am eager now to read Matt,Mark and the Christmas story. I highly recommend Luke if you want a fun easy read with a touch of mystery.
First read by this author and loved it !!! – the characters, the mystery, the family angst but especially the romance.

Thirty-four year old Luke Callahan grew up in a wealthy family in small town Texas then learned life the hard way after his father kicked him and his brothers out 17 years earlier, splitting them up geographically. The bond between Luke and his controlling father was tenuous at best but totally disintegrated after the death of his youngest brother John. Luke finally cleaned up h
All in all a very well written book.It kept my attention for long stretches of time which is very hard to do : ) I believe I have read it before because some of it stands out to me.I tried and tried to get an image of Maddie in my head.I couldn't do it.Now Luke "Sin" Callahan gave me all kinds of thoughts including how he looked.

The book was a whirlwind of who done what and when and where but in a good way and kept me guessing until the end.To say I was shocked is an understatement.The person wh
May 31, 2011 Splage marked it as wish-list
related to Emily March Eternity Springs series
I got this book free from the author. This is my honest review.

What happens when two independent people find that sparks fly whenever they're together, and though they both have secrets, they find that they do need each other for life and for love?

Luke, and his brothers, Matt, Mark, and John were know as the "bad boys" of Brazos Bend when they were teen agers. Now, John's murder caused the others to become estranged from their wealthy Dad. They have all become responsible adults, working in diff
I received this book from the author Emily March. I was very excited to start reading this book. Maddie Kincaid thought she had left trouble behind when she settled in peaceful Brazos Bend. Maddie doesn't have a lot of trust for men as she has been burned three times. When she stumbles into trouble again, one of her clients, Branch Callahan sends her to seek the help of Terry Winston. Unknown to her Terry is not a woman and has also recently died. She instead meets Luke "Sin" Callahan, the kind ...more
I've been a fan of Emily March's since my mother-in-law encouraged me to read her Eternity Springs series. I think that was when she had only written the first book, so I wait patiently like many others do for the next to arrive and I grab it as soon as it's available! So when I heard that she was re-releasing an older series I was hesitant because I feel like Eternity Springs is a place I want to visit every vacation and it's hard to "move on" so to say. But since I'm originally from Texas, I d ...more
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Maddie has gotten herself into a real jam, stuck with a minivan full of millions of dollars worth of an illegal drug and on the run from people trying to kill her to get to it, all this trouble leads her to a man who would make any girl weak at the knees. Luke is damn reluctant to get involved with whatever mess Maddie has gotten herself into, but he can’t seem to help himself when it comes to the fiery red head. Things only get more and more complicated for Maddie and after a few unfortunate in ...more
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I had this book in my TBR pile since 2006 but some not-so-good reviews made me give it a pass. Then I read a synopsis of the second title, Never Say Never, thought it sounded just what I'd enjoy and bought it. It was only then that I found out Give Him the Slip was the first book so naturally, I read this first.

And I did not regret it one bit. Maddie isn't all that spoilt despite the reader being led to think she is, at first. From a pampered background yes, but not dumb and spoilt. We soon real
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Geralyn Dawson is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She is a three-time finalist for the prestigious Romance Writers' of America's RITA award and a recipient of their Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year award. She received Romantic Times magazine's Career Achievement award and its Reviewer's Choice award. In 2009, the American Library Association named her romantic suspense no ...more
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