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I Got You, Babe

(The DeMarco Family #1)

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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  60 reviews
She picked the wrong man . . .

On the run for a robbery she didn’t commit, Renee Esterhaus is stuck in the middle of Texas with a broken car and a sadistic bounty hunter hot on her trail. Desperate for a way out, Renee decides to make a promise she never intends to keep–offer the first man she meets a night of unforgettable pleasure in return for a ride. A night to remem
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Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 28th 2001 by Ivy Books
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bella ϟ  [ bella farren ]
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angsty, arc, crime, romance
4 / 5 stars

‘John closed his eyes. That damned kitten story? Again? “I just pulled the stupid thing out of the water before it could go under. I don’t even like cats!”

“So that’s why you took it home and blow-dried it?”'


I was provided a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



I was pretty much in love with this book from the description—partly because it exuded strong One for the Money vibes, and secondly, it seemed like it would be ridiculous and fun. And it was exactly
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Helena#bookdreamer
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-rom
I was really emotionally torn with this romance. Renee is implicated in a crime she didn't commit and is running from a determined bounty hunter when she meets John in a diner. She persuades him to take her home with him and she backs out of having sex with him. After more lies and deception, he finds out she's wanted for a crime and he's hell bent on taking her in. This is where it gets tricky for me.
On one hand I admire Renee's resolve to maintain her innocence and avoid jail but she does noth
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Bette Hansen
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading this book and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. Not your typical romance novel but that's what makes it so fun. Lots of humor, lots of twists and lots of romance. The craziness Renee and John find themselves in will keep you completely entertained. This is a reissue of a previously published book. It has been updated very nicely! Definitely a recommended read for everyone!!
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Nicely written. Good characters. Pretty good conflicts. Excellent action scenes. Fun feel good ending.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I am a bit confused about genre. It feels like contemporary romance, but there is a strong suspense element because she is on the run, people are after her, and a mystery must be solved. So I’m going with two genres on this one: contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Although there are a few smart and witty lines, there wasn’t enough laughter for me to call this
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Gail
Oct 17, 2008 rated it liked it
A really fun read. Jane writes for Harlequin as Jane Sullivan. In this book, the heroine has jumped bail after her arrest for robbing a convenience store. She has no good alibi and a juvenile record, so the police stop looking, even though she’s lived an exemplary life since then. She gets caught by a butt-ugly bounty hunter, gets away by setting his car on fire and picks up a handsome fella in a nearby diner by promising him sex. Only to find out said handsome fella is a cop from the very town ...more
Netanella
First paragraph:
Renee Esterhaus peered out of room fourteen of the Flamingo Motor Lodge at the intersection of Highway 37 and the middle of nowhere, shivering a little in the crisp October air. She cast a nervous glance left and right down the sidewalk in front of the other rooms, then turned her gaze to the gravel parking lot and the dense pine forest beyond it. Everything seemed quiet. No suspicious-looking people. No cars she hadn’t seen before. No helicopters circling overhead, ready to dro
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Carrie
This book was a wonderful surprise. I hadn't read anything by Jane Graves, and now wonder why I've rarely heard of her. I really enjoyed the humor, which was mostly subtle and never over-the-top. Ms. Graves writes realistic dialog that flows well, enough description to give the reader a good feel of setting, and enough action to keep things interesting. The internal struggles of both Renee and John were believable and moving. This was an excellent read.
Diane Carter
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Jane Graves.I just did not want to put it down, it just kept me wondering what was going to happened next. Loved the strong willed Renee. Enjoyed the storyline and the two characters! Cannot wait to see her other books!
Emma
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Got You Babe by Jane Graves
She picked the wrong man… only to find Mr. Right.
On the run for a robbery she didn’t commit, Renee Esterhaus is stuck in East Texas with a broken-down car and a nasty bounty hunter hot on her trail. Desperate for a way out, she makes a promise she never intends to keep – offer the first man she sees a night of unforgettable pleasure in return for a ride. A night to remember, all right, since the man turns out to be a cop on vacation with zero tolerance for sweet-talk
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Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I GOT YOU, BABE kicks off The DeMarco Family series with a fun and sexy, suspenseful, banter-filled journey to love… eventually. Renee is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Now she’s on the run trying to prove her innocence and keep one step ahead of a determined, nasty bounty hunter. In trying to escape she made an offer she had no intention of fulfilling to the wrong guy or maybe the right guy depending on how it all works out.

Just so happens that guy was a polic
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Rolé
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Renee is on the run. From her past and from a very angry, determined bounty-hunter named Leandro. She desperately does not want to go to jail. John is having a private pity party. He is contemplating his life and his decisions. And in this rural Texas setting, Renee charges into John’s life, shakes him from his stupor, and makes him question his beliefs.

Renee and John sure make some very questionable decisions. Renee seems very young to me (mostly in spirit, she is 26 after all) and she has lost
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Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I GOT YOU, BABE kicks off The DeMarco Family series with a fun and sexy, suspenseful, banter-filled journey to love… eventually. Renee is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Now she’s on the run trying to prove her innocence and keep one step ahead of a determined, nasty bounty hunter. In trying to escape she made an offer she had no intention of fulfilling to the wrong guy or maybe the right guy depending on how it all works out.

Just so happens that guy was a poli
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Sharon Grow
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A hilarious adventure for Renee Eserhaus as she fights to get ahead and to clear her name when she is arrested and accused of an armed robbery. Renee is running for her life, having changed her “teenage” ways and finally feeling good about herself and her future. That is until her car is stopped due to a taillight issue and a gun and money are found in her car. When she misses her court date, she is attacked by a bond enforcement agent, but manages to get away. To escape, she convinces a man in ...more
Heather
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
First off, while it doesn’t state it in the description, this book is a reprint. And that becomes obvious when reading some of the dated storyline. The book started strong. It was engaging and I found myself thinking that I might have found a new favorite author. I liked the back and forth between the characters, and, ignoring some plot holes, it was good. That changed about a third of the way through the book, I’m sorry to say. The heroine, who had been strong and sassy, turned whiney. The hero ...more
Janine
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Renee Esterhaus was on the run. She didn't commit the crime the police said she did, but no one would believe her. She wasn’t about to go to prison for something she didn't do. When Renee met John DeMarco, she didn't know he was a police officer who is just taking some time away from his job. He was the first person she saw at the diner when she ran in for help. She just needed someone with a car to get her away from the bounty hunter who is after her. After Renee pours her heart out to John, he ...more
Paula
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Got You Babe is a re-issue by a new publisher for Jane Graves. I didn’t realize that at first but thought the story seemed familiar. After checking, I feel sure that I read this book in paperback several years ago. No matter, I enjoyed this romantic story just as much the second time around.

Guilty until proven innocent causes Renee to run. Unknown to her, running leads her straight into the arms of a police officer, John. Still running, still doubting, still needs to prove her innocence keeps
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Bonnie Gonzales
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really got into this one. I enjoyed the main characters John a cop on vacation, he’s staying at his boss’s cabin in the woods and Renee who is on the run for a crime she didn’t commit and a bounty hunter who she has managed to ditch. Oh and the author has made the whole cast of characters believable, a couple who ran a dinner tickled my funny bone.
There is a part where Renee is coming on to John and he felt his common sense leave his body, I loved it. Yes there was tense moments, and others
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Shelagh
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Got You Babe is so well written! It is a longish book, but so, so readable. This is romance with hints of comedy, suspense and angst blended seamlessly together to create a book that has been very easy to get invested in. There is the potential for awful things to happen to Renee and John, the stars of the show, yet there are plenty of moments through the book when I wanted to smile or even laugh out loud. There are tender moments too, building in intensity as these two get to know each other, ...more
Paula Pugh
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a whole lot of crazy things happening in I Got You Babe, from a woman on the run from the law to the lawman who gets caught by her. I had to catch my breath reading all the adventures Renee Esterhaus creates while trying to escape jail and a likely prison sentence. She runs right into the arms of John De Marco, a cop on an enforced vacation, and the craziness begins to escalate. I kept wondering how the heck she was going to ever get out of the messes she creates and then how was John g ...more
Laura D
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Renee is on the run from the law and a crazy bounty hunter for a crime she did not commit. Trying to out run said bounty hunter she promises a night of toe curling sex to the most normal looking guy in the bar. Of course that guy happens to be a cop on vacation. Despite his repeated rejection he ends up taking her home. Of course nothing is as it seems and there is no way she is having sex with a stranger. When he finds out the truth can he trust that she is innocent when he is falling for the c ...more
Louise Bird
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is John and Renee’s story. Renee is a wrongfully accused woman (with a sealed juvenile record) of armed robbery who is on the run. She has a fiery run in with a bounty hunter whom she escapes from and wantonly propositions John (a cop on forced vacation) at a backwoods diner. Renee narrowly escapes from the bounty hunter by telling John she is running from an abusive boyfriend.
Through many trials and tribulations, Renee tells John the truth. Will he help her or will he turn her in? Read on
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Shari
Renee is on the run from a robbery that she didn't commit. She needs help, the first man she runs into, she has offered a fun night for his help of her safety. Little did she know, John is a cop on vacation. His first plan was to take her to jail but soon believes she might be telling the truth after all. Now can they prove her innocence without getting their hearts involved?

This was a fast paced story with lots of humor and romance. Great characters. I'm already in love with the DeMarco family.
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Donnajo
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book

A book that will pull you in from the first page. A girl who is being blamed for a crime she didn't do. I Got You, Babe by Jane Graves. A great plot with some good dialogue. First book in the DeMarco Family series. I look forward to seeing what the next book brings you.
Jennifer
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This is a nice story. Well written, very few if any mistakes, grammatical or otherwise. Nice surprises in the end. Full of softness, a bit of laughter, people growing and changing, and a mystery.
Jacki
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5☆
I liked it!

What I liked:
The writing style
The characters
Part of a series: The DeMarco Family
Standalone
HEA
Epilogue

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC from NetGalley.
Kristiej
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I was excited all long weekend. We are short staffed by quite a few people today, I knew we would be, that I would be doing the work of three and I was thinking ‘Great! The day will fly by’. But we were overstaffed on the weekend and not only did they do all of the other two coworkers jobs, but they did MINE too. And what was to be a zoom by day, has turned into one of boredom and trying to stretch jobs to fill out the day. But –my day of boredom is your day of winning as I have another review I ...more
Kate McMurry
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Action, adventure, passion and FUN!

Twenty-five-year-old Renee Esterhaus doesn't have a chance. The offspring of an uncaring, alcoholic mother, she has a juvenile record in her hometown of Tolosa, Texas, and is positive she'll serve time for an armed robbery she didn't commit. Someone has framed her, stashing a gun and stolen goods in her car, and the cops and her court-appointed attorney are convinced she's guilty as sin. Renee panics and jumps bail, but her aging Toyota breaks down far too fe
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Sheena

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 Stars)
Title: I Got You, Babe
Author(s): Jane Graves
Character(s):
Renee Esterhaus: 26 years old, Blonde, Blue Eyed
John DeMarco: Early 30s, Brunette, Brown
Setting: Tolosa, Texas
Tag(s): Romance, Contemporary
Content Rating: R
POV: Third Person
Smexy Level: Hot
Favorite Quote(s):
― “It’s just that this has been a game between us up to now, and you want to make sure the games are over.”
Overall Opinion:
On the run from a bounty hunter after being falsely accuse of robbery, Renee off
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★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

She doesn't know he's a cop on vacation. He doesn't know she's a wrongly-accused fugitive on the run. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose!

To escape a big, bad bounty hunter, Renee Esterhaus steps into a country diner and offers vacationing cop John DeMarco a night of unforgettable pleasure if he'll take her back to his cabin immediately.

John knows something's up with the beautiful blonde, but he ignores his cop instincts and takes her up on her offer. When Renee escapes with his car
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Lauren
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't express enough what a delightful surprise I found this book to be. For me it was a perfect romantic comedy. It’s one of my favorite kinds of romance novels, in that it had an almost unbelievable plot, but somehow still remained realistic. Not once did I say, "Why would they do that, it’s just too unbelievable." That to me is the mark of a good author. If an author can make believe that this crazy situation is really possible then kudos to her.
I enjoyed the chemistry between the two main
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Jane Graves is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty contemporary romance novels. She is a nine-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's Rita Award, the industry's highest honor, and is the recipient of two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Booksellers' Best Award, and the Golden Quill, among others.

Jane lives in the Dallas area with her husband and a beautiful but
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