Review: Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water #1) by S.E. Jakes

September 9, 2013 Review 27

Review: Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water #1) by S.E. Jakes

The past can only hold you hostage if you let it…

Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone and thinks only about the trouble he can cause. But his boss, Phil Butler of Extreme Escapes, LTD., has just assigned Proph not only a new partner but also a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he’s got to confront them both head on.

Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still he's determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE, LTD’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, and even though the case is also resurrecting his own painful past.

Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches, while fighting their own dangerous attraction. And when they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners are forced to trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.

Title: Catch a Ghost
Author: S. E. Jakes
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Long Time Gone, Dirty Deeds, Free falling, Running WIld
Series: Hell or High Water
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Long Time Gone, Not Fade Away, Not Fade Away
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: September 9, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance, Suspense
Pages: 3oo
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review

Catch a Ghost was a wonderful novel chock full of drama and suspense. S. E. Jakes has outdone herself in this first book of her new series Hell or High Water. Extreme Escapes LTD operative Prophet is a maniacal wild card in the facility, secretive, elusive and a past that followed him into the present. Tom, new recruit and partnered with Prophet, fell into the elusive world of espionage and secrets where his life and heart are put to the test.

Ms. Jakes delivered spy thriller meets fast paced life as the two men traverse the world of sabotage and dare I say love. What is most promising about this series is the gritty determination to fight the good fight while attempting to not lose sight of oneself or your soul. There are no flowery dialogues between Tom and Prophet but blatant innuendoes that will lead the reader to more adventures as the series continues.

Each man had demons that plagued him and constantly interfered in their mission. Their carnal union was more of a survival tactic, to just simply let go and feel some sort of humanity in a world of darkness. Ms. Jakes entwined the lives of Prophet and Tom, along with secondary characters, leaving the story open to interpretation but with the knowledge that more would come.

Ms. Jakes’ writing is courageous and heart-felt as she interjected massive amounts of inner turmoil and emotion into Tom and Prophet. One cannot read this novel and not become emotionally invested in the characters, feeling every nuance and sensation.

Determination and resolve, thrilling adventure and passion. A must read.

Z.A. Maxfield

S.E. Jakes

Thanks so much for having me here on Jeep Diva to talk about

I’m on the official Riptide Blog Tour and I’m thrilled to be here.
So I tried to corral the guys into answering some questions for you. As usual, it turned into an exercise in evade & escape, but I figured you might enjoy it anyway, if for no other reason than to see them torture me. And each other.

But first, let me introduce Prophet and Tommy in a short excerpt, just to give you a little history of their dynamic together.


“I’m not sleepin’,” Prophet said, in an extremely sleepy voice.

Tom glanced over and saw the blood seeping through the white of the towels. His hands tightened on the wheel, and he refused to let panic wash over him. He turned the radio up—loudly—to country music.

“What. The. Fuck,” Prophet managed to yell over the music.

Tom turned it down a bit. “Stay. Awake.”

“Turn that . . . shit off . . . first. Christ.”

“I knew it’d get you up.”

“Torturing someone . . . who’s been shot. That’s low, T.” Prophet’s eyes closed again, his breath fast, no doubt from pain and maybe even a little shock.

Tom reached over and squeezed his thigh. Looked over again, and Prophet was looking back at him. “You’ll . . . get me there. S’why I can close my eyes.”

Because he trusts me.


Tom drove like a complete maniac the rest of the way, fueled by Prophet’s words alone. When he finally pulled up in front of the hotel, in record time, there was a guy waiting out front who looked like he belonged in a biker gang, all black leather and tattoos and shitkickers. His hair was dark and short and he looked like he wanted to take a piss on the world. Or at least fuck someone up.

Tom waved from the truck, and the guy shot him the finger and motioned for them to follow him, flicking his cigarette to the side as he walked toward them.

“Guess he’s our contact,” Tom said. His voice must’ve held enough doubt to make Prophet crack his lids and say, “Name’s Mal. Kind of . . . an asshole. You’ll like him.”

“Ah, fuck you, Proph.”

“That’s the spirit.”

And now, for the interview with Prophet & Tommy

Prophet: Why are we here?

Tommy: Because our book’s out.

Prophet: My book.

 Tommy: Let’s take a glance at who’s on the cover. And why does that excerpt include Mal?

SEJ: Okay, yeah, so, Catch A Ghost is out and…

Prophet: And she’s spilling all our secrets.

Tommy: Not all.

SEJ: Anyway, so to make things a little different for the interview, I’ve asked a special guest to come up with the interview questions.

Prophet: (to Tommy): This shit’s never good.

SEJ: I heard that.

Prophet: I meant you to.

SEJ: I’ve actually asked Mal to come up with the interview questions.

Tommy: Mal as in…Mal?

Prophet: (hoots) See, now this is getting good.

Tommy: I don’t get it—why Mal?

Mal: (breaks into IM) because I’m obviously the star of the book.

Prophet: Try again.

Tommy: He’s deranged.

SEJ: Which one?

Tommy: When you’re right, you’re right, SE.

Mal and Prophet: (to Tommy): Suck up.

SEJ: Mal, the questions…

Mal: Right. I made it simple, so here goes:

When was the last time you:

Shot someone?

Got shot?

Stabbed someone?

Got stabbed?

Gave yourself stitches?

Snuck across the border. Into anywhere?

Got banned? From any city, state or country.

Had sex? (and feel free to list positions)

Tommy: Do you see now that this wasn’t a good idea?

Prophet: I’d be happy to answer any of those questions.

SEJ: Um, Mal, maybe we could just…

Mal: okay, look, Tom, give me a list of all the people you’ve hunted down in the dead of night.

Tommy: That’s not a question.

Mal: Maybe you just suck at interviews.

Tommy: I’m not answering any of these.

Mal: Killjoy

Tommy: I’m the killjoy?

Prophet: Admitting it’s the first step.

Tommy: I hate you two together.

SEJ: So, this went well. Awesome (—- I hope this sarcasm comes through onscreen.

Mal: shoots everyone the finger and leaves

Tommy: (to Prophet) He’s yours.

Prophet: He’s not mine. Okay, he’s kinda mine.

Tommy: We are so going to talk about this.

Prophet: (to SEJ) I’m looking forward to that…you know how Tommy gets when he’s jealous.

Tommy: I heard that!

SEJ: I think he meant you to.

Free book

I’m having a contest that will run through the end of this blog tour on my website. In order to be eligible, you just need to leave a comment here! Actually, you can comment on my blog and any other blogs along this tour and you’ll be entered separately for a chance to win with each comment.

About SE Jakes: 

SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…

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27 Responses to “Review: Catch a Ghost (Hell or High Water #1) by S.E. Jakes”

  1. Lisa

    Totally agree with your review. Just finished it and now I can’t wait to read Long Time Gone.

    Enjoyed the interview…Lol. 😀 It’s true. Tommy does tend to get jealous. 🙂

  2. Allison

    Loved the “interview”, that was great! Thank you for that and the giveaway.

  3. KristiP

    I’m knew I loved Mal!!!!!!!!! Best character interview EVER…Tommy and Prophet make me so happy, and I’m really looking forward to Long Time Gone.

  4. SE Jakes

    Hey everyone!!! Thanks again for hosting me, Jeep Diva, and thanks to Evelise for the great review :):)

    Mal is different, yes? Ahem. But I love him too 🙂

  5. Crissy M

    OMG!! I could not love this interview any more!!!! I heart Prophet, Tommy, AND Mal!! Great interview and great review for a great book!

  6. JenCW

    I love the interview. That was awesome and a different excerpt from the book as well.

  7. chickie434

    Lol, loved the character interview! Cracked me up, can’t wait to read Catch a Ghost!


  8. Joanne B

    Thanks for that intriguing interview. Mal is just….different. He’s his own person.
    This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Marie

    Thanks to you both for the review and excerpt! This sounds like a great book.

  10. Valerie C

    Can’t wait to read it! That is a very nice cover indeed. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. H.B.

    Great character interview and thank you for the excerpt. The books sounds interesting and is definitely going on the wishlist.