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In the final First Wives novel by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee, falling in love could become the most dangerous dare of one woman’s life. Protector-for-hire Sasha Budanov is accustomed to life as a loner. Always on the move, she’s now reached a crossroad. Looking for answers about her shadowy youth, she’s returned to the strict boarding school in Ge In the final First Wives novel by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee, falling in love could become the most dangerous dare of one woman’s life. Protector-for-hire Sasha Budanov is accustomed to life as a loner. Always on the move, she’s now reached a crossroad. Looking for answers about her shadowy youth, she’s returned to the strict boarding school in Germany where she was raised. It’s also where she was trained in the stealthy, militarized art of survival. But behind its gleaming gates, Richter is a fortress of secrets, including those buried in Sasha’s mysterious past. To uncover them, she’s clinging to her first rule of defense: stay guarded.If anyone can challenge Sasha’s rules, it’s devilishly sexy stranger AJ Hofmann. He wants answers, too. And he needs Sasha’s help. The recent deaths of several of Richter’s former students—including AJ’s own sister—have aroused his suspicions. He’s arousing something more in Sasha. Never one to surrender to her emotions, she senses something tempting in AJ. She trusts him. He’s fearless. And he kisses like a demon. Sasha’s found her match.But treading Richter’s dark halls—and following their hearts—has its risks. As the decades-old secrets of the past are mined, Sasha and AJ are falling deeper in love…and into danger.


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In the final First Wives novel by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee, falling in love could become the most dangerous dare of one woman’s life. Protector-for-hire Sasha Budanov is accustomed to life as a loner. Always on the move, she’s now reached a crossroad. Looking for answers about her shadowy youth, she’s returned to the strict boarding school in Ge In the final First Wives novel by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee, falling in love could become the most dangerous dare of one woman’s life. Protector-for-hire Sasha Budanov is accustomed to life as a loner. Always on the move, she’s now reached a crossroad. Looking for answers about her shadowy youth, she’s returned to the strict boarding school in Germany where she was raised. It’s also where she was trained in the stealthy, militarized art of survival. But behind its gleaming gates, Richter is a fortress of secrets, including those buried in Sasha’s mysterious past. To uncover them, she’s clinging to her first rule of defense: stay guarded.If anyone can challenge Sasha’s rules, it’s devilishly sexy stranger AJ Hofmann. He wants answers, too. And he needs Sasha’s help. The recent deaths of several of Richter’s former students—including AJ’s own sister—have aroused his suspicions. He’s arousing something more in Sasha. Never one to surrender to her emotions, she senses something tempting in AJ. She trusts him. He’s fearless. And he kisses like a demon. Sasha’s found her match.But treading Richter’s dark halls—and following their hearts—has its risks. As the decades-old secrets of the past are mined, Sasha and AJ are falling deeper in love…and into danger.

30 review for Say It Again

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    I was so excited when I found out that we were getting Sasha's story even though she isn't a First Wife. She has been in this series from the very first book and has been this mysterious woman. She never let anyone close or disclosed anything about herself, but she was always there when anyone needed her. You just knew there was so much to learn about her character. Sometimes with an anticipated character like hers, the background just can't compare once you learn it. Boy is that not the case he I was so excited when I found out that we were getting Sasha's story even though she isn't a First Wife. She has been in this series from the very first book and has been this mysterious woman. She never let anyone close or disclosed anything about herself, but she was always there when anyone needed her. You just knew there was so much to learn about her character. Sometimes with an anticipated character like hers, the background just can't compare once you learn it. Boy is that not the case here. The author did Sasha justice. When I think of Sasha, I reminded of an older tv show called the Alias with Jennifer Garner, but more badass. I just love a heroine who can can outsmart and take down a person before they even know what's coming. That's Sasha. I loved her! AJ was nothing like I expected for Sasha, and yet he seemed to fit her perfectly. She needed someone that wouldn't feel threatened by all that she is. He also still needed to be a strong character himself, as well as be patient to be able to breakdown all those walls she had. It was a tall order, but he fit it seamlessly. There was an unexpected side character that really added a lot to this book. I think that was such a brilliant move of the author. It brought more heart to Sasha and was another piece to broke down those walls she had. I would love to say more but I liked that I wasn't expecting that character, so I'm going to leave it. I loved seeing all the gang from all the previous books again. This is one of my favorite series and I'm completely satisfied with how the author concluded it. I highly recommend this series and I know I will be re-reading it again and again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com SAY IT AGAIN (First Wives Club Book 5) by Catherine Bybee is the last romantic suspense in this series and features the mysterious Sasha, who has made intriguing appearances since book 1. This is a well written series of books that have unique suspense and relationship plots that can be read as standalones, but the relationships between all of the “First Wives” evolve and change, so in my opinion it is best to read the series in or Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com SAY IT AGAIN (First Wives Club Book 5) by Catherine Bybee is the last romantic suspense in this series and features the mysterious Sasha, who has made intriguing appearances since book 1. This is a well written series of books that have unique suspense and relationship plots that can be read as standalones, but the relationships between all of the “First Wives” evolve and change, so in my opinion it is best to read the series in order. Sasha Budanov has grown up learning to only ever depend on herself. She was raised and hidden in a boarding school in Germany. Richter is bastion of secrets. From a young age the students are trained in languages, stealth, firearms and militarized survival through high school and college. When she finds herself discontent and not knowing what direction to take in her life, she decides to return to her old school. AJ Hofmann has travelled all the way from Florida to Germany searching for answers. His sister was killed and he believes when he discovers her roommate from Richter was also killed that the answers to the murders lie in her old boarding school. He wants answers and he needs Sasha’s help. Sasha always works alone, but something about AJ just keeps pulling her to help and keep him close. As the two work to uncover secrets the danger escalates and they become the hunted. It will take all the training Sasha has and the help of some old friends to unmask a killer. I love that Ms. Bybee gave Sasha a full story. She has always been so mysterious and isolated. AJ is not the type of character I would have thought could bring out Sasha’s softer side, but he did and it worked. The dialogue between Sasha and AJ was entertaining and at times very emotional. The romance builds right along with the suspense. I was surprised by the climax, which followed a page-turning read. I read this book in one sitting and it was worth the time spent. The sex scenes are explicit, but not gratuitous. There is a wrap up with all the couples from the previous books at a Christmas get together which ends the series nicely. This is an exciting read and another great addition to this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Sasha is at a crossroads in her life after fulfilling a long-time mission and having nothing on her agenda she’s not sure what’s next. Ritcher is the military type boarding school that molded her into the woman she is today and so she decides to visit her old school and ends up with a mystery to solve in the process. Enter AJ. His sister, a previous student of Richter, has been murdered and AJ is determined to find her killer. AJ wasn’t super close to his sister, so he decides to trace her past Sasha is at a crossroads in her life after fulfilling a long-time mission and having nothing on her agenda she’s not sure what’s next. Ritcher is the military type boarding school that molded her into the woman she is today and so she decides to visit her old school and ends up with a mystery to solve in the process. Enter AJ. His sister, a previous student of Richter, has been murdered and AJ is determined to find her killer. AJ wasn’t super close to his sister, so he decides to trace her past and find out if it had anything to do with her murder. He hits a roadblock with Richter, they’re secretive sending up all kinds of red flags for AJ, so he hits up Sasha for help. While the previous books in the First Wives series have been more contemporary romance with a bit of romantic suspense, Say it Again is more of an action/romantic suspense story. Sasha (as the interview below points out) is kind of like a female James Bond. She’s been a savior and protector of the heroines in the past stories, so I’m happy to get the story behind this badass woman! As an orphan in foster homes and then as a student in Richter, Sasha is used to being on her own without anyone having her back, so it’s a new experience to have AJ, Reed, Trina, and the gang at her back providing not only support and protection, but a place where she fits in as family. The romance between AJ and Sasha was fitted in between solving AJ’s sister’s murder, and evading danger, but whenever they had a minute it was electric and passionate! Even with the intense attraction between them, Sasha and AJ didn’t just jump into a relationship, there was a lot going on and each were focused on finding Amelia’s killer as well as what is really going on at Richter. They got to know each other bit by bit under tense circumstances, forming a bond with an attraction that eventually couldn’t be ignored. The slow progression from attraction to more, felt right for the story. I really enjoyed Say it Again with the extra amount of danger, action, and thrills thrown into the mix! Never a dull moment with this fast-paced story, and I’m pleased with how it all turned out! There’s potential for more action/thriller/romance books with a few of the characters introduced here. Maybe Claire or Olivia? I guess we’ll see if Ms. Bybee decides to continue their stories. I look forward to whatever she decides to write in the future. A copy was kindly provided by Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    If you like a tough heroine that can really kick tale, Sasha is the one for you. She was trained as a child to fight and learned on her own how to hack into computer systems. There’s nothing this woman can’t do, except stay in one place and develop relationships. When A.J. signals her out to help him find clues to his sister’s murder, Sasha is hesitant. But soon she’s leading the way and A.J. willingly follows. With the help of Reed and Neil as well as their team of experts, they find connections If you like a tough heroine that can really kick tale, Sasha is the one for you. She was trained as a child to fight and learned on her own how to hack into computer systems. There’s nothing this woman can’t do, except stay in one place and develop relationships. When A.J. signals her out to help him find clues to his sister’s murder, Sasha is hesitant. But soon she’s leading the way and A.J. willingly follows. With the help of Reed and Neil as well as their team of experts, they find connections to Richter, the boarding school she grew up in that is more than it appears to be on the surface. While the romance is rather light, the action and mystery is constantly unraveling. From Europe to the U.S., this story takes us on a high octane journey to find solutions to more than the murderer. It’s a tangled web that requires everyone’s expertise to untangle and I loved watching it happen. Sasha isn’t the type of heroine I like to hunt out. I enjoy a tough female character, but Sasha was so cold and rarely showed any emotion. However, there was no doubt that she wanted something more but didn’t have a clue what it was or how it would look if she ever came across it. It’s safe to say that she grew on me the more I got to know her. Likewise, A.J. isn’t all alpha. He tends to be the underdog and follows Sasha lead. But I did love his ability to smile and be lighthearted, bringing some of that into her life. With all the action and constant changes of scenery, this felt like a fast read. I never skimmed because I wasn’t sure if I’d miss a clue or a vital piece of character revelation. The chemistry between Sasha and A.J. was always evident and I felt this was more about the mysteries than the romance. Nevertheless, it was a really interesting read and one I’d highly recommend if thrillers with a touch of romance are your thing. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h not a virgin – book begins with her having just had sex with a one night stand; H not a man-whore (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review As I have been reading the First Wives series, Sasha has always been the one that I have needed to know more about. She lives on the outskirts of the "First Wivers" and their families, kind of on the outside looking in, but that is the way likes it... or is it. She is such a badar$e, you just never know what she is going to get up to next. I loved learning more about her past and how she got to be the woman she is today. And she's the kind of woman w ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review As I have been reading the First Wives series, Sasha has always been the one that I have needed to know more about. She lives on the outskirts of the "First Wivers" and their families, kind of on the outside looking in, but that is the way likes it... or is it. She is such a badar$e, you just never know what she is going to get up to next. I loved learning more about her past and how she got to be the woman she is today. And she's the kind of woman we all want to be (at least in our minds). I got a kind of Black Widow vibe from her (but that could just all about the black). I liked seeing the softer side of Sasha come out too. No woman is an island, and seeing her realise that she is loved was wonderful yet heartbreaking at the same time. It is probably because of the kind of woman that Sasha is, that I did not feel as connected to her as I have with the other ladies in the series. However I think that is also the way Ms Bybee wants it to be, keeping us all at arms length. It is always sad when a series comes to an end, however it leaves us open to all the possibilities of what will come next. I can't wait to see what Ms Bybee brings us next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    I love this series and a so happy that Sasha got her chance for a happy ending. She is a badass just looking to belong. Going back to where she began has her experiencing flashbacks and realizing that some people are not what they seem. AJ is desperate to find out how his sister died. When these two meet the attraction is electrifying. Fighting it at every turn, they must work together to solve the mysterious deaths that they have uncovered. Such a great book! Review copy provided for a voluntary I love this series and a so happy that Sasha got her chance for a happy ending. She is a badass just looking to belong. Going back to where she began has her experiencing flashbacks and realizing that some people are not what they seem. AJ is desperate to find out how his sister died. When these two meet the attraction is electrifying. Fighting it at every turn, they must work together to solve the mysterious deaths that they have uncovered. Such a great book! Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natasha is a Book Junkie

    “You help everyone. We trust that you’ll be there. When will you trust that we will be here for you?” “The moment you trust someone to be there is when they leave.” It only took a hot minute for me to be dazzled by Catherine Bybee’s books when I first discovered them, but it was this series in particular that made me irrevocably fall in love with her storytelling, so seeing it come to an end was nothing short of bittersweet. And while I always expected this heroine’s story to be somewh “You help everyone. We trust that you’ll be there. When will you trust that we will be here for you?” “The moment you trust someone to be there is when they leave.” It only took a hot minute for me to be dazzled by Catherine Bybee’s books when I first discovered them, but it was this series in particular that made me irrevocably fall in love with her storytelling, so seeing it come to an end was nothing short of bittersweet. And while I always expected this heroine’s story to be somewhat different from the rest given what we knew of her backstory, nothing could have prepared me for this fast-paced, high-stakes, globetrotting game of cat and mouse that somehow embodies and outdoes every single thing I’ve come to love about this author’s writing style. Bybee keeps us guessing until the very end in this perfect, edge-of-your-seat finale to a much-loved series, delivering an immensely satisfying ending that truly brings the series to full circle. Continue reading this review... Follow me on Facebook! | Follow me on Twitter!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    4 You’re the Bonnie to my Clyde Stars.   I’ve read Changing the Rules before I read this so I strongly recommend that this book is read first. I was intrigued by Sasha in CTR and here she totally kicks arse. I want to be her when I grow up which I’m sure will happen any day now. Lol. Sasha has had extensive training in being covert but after leaving Richter she has become bored. No longer wanting to roam she returns to the place where it all started and notices that something is off. This intrigues 4 You’re the Bonnie to my Clyde Stars.   I’ve read Changing the Rules before I read this so I strongly recommend that this book is read first. I was intrigued by Sasha in CTR and here she totally kicks arse. I want to be her when I grow up which I’m sure will happen any day now. Lol. Sasha has had extensive training in being covert but after leaving Richter she has become bored. No longer wanting to roam she returns to the place where it all started and notices that something is off. This intrigues her more than ever and after meeting AJ and hearing his story she helps. Great plot, and characters. AJ is a fantastic Hero, he accepts Sasha for who she is and knows that she’s got skills. Due to characters from previous books being included, I’ll be backtracking several series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sally Channing

    Got this as an ARC from Netgalley. Another great book by Catherine Bybee. I enjoyed this book that wraps up the "First Wives Club" but didn't feel so involved with Sasha, maybe because she is not one of the "wives" but just a friend. Can't wait to see what Catherine Bybee has as her next series. I have loved them all and introduced friends to her books, which they also love. Got this as an ARC from Netgalley. Another great book by Catherine Bybee. I enjoyed this book that wraps up the "First Wives Club" but didn't feel so involved with Sasha, maybe because she is not one of the "wives" but just a friend. Can't wait to see what Catherine Bybee has as her next series. I have loved them all and introduced friends to her books, which they also love.

  10. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    4.5/5.0 One thing I have come to absolutely love about this author is that she NEVER allows her stories to fit any mold. Rather, she follows her characters where they lead instead of forcing them into her box of “contemporary romance”. Yes, all are contemporary but each and every story is different depending on the people within those stories. This book focuses on Sasha, a very intricately layered woman who is something of a James Bond in female form. She uses her extensive talents to help and pr 4.5/5.0 One thing I have come to absolutely love about this author is that she NEVER allows her stories to fit any mold. Rather, she follows her characters where they lead instead of forcing them into her box of “contemporary romance”. Yes, all are contemporary but each and every story is different depending on the people within those stories. This book focuses on Sasha, a very intricately layered woman who is something of a James Bond in female form. She uses her extensive talents to help and protect those she cares about, though. I knew from the very beginning that she would be a very hard nut to crack. I loved that she cared so deeply for people but had no idea how to show or express it. I also loved her awkwardness with affection because she was so over-the-top capable in every other single area. This is where Ms. Bybee’s talent shines. She follows Sasha’s character and doesn’t force her to be someone she isnt’ just because the story is “supposed” to. This one can’t, it isn’t in the main characters DNA to have a fluffy, or even angst-ridden love affair. Instead it is a mystery/suspense with a very understated growing love. It fits. It’s perfect for her. With that being said, however, I do wish we could have delved a bit deeper into that slow growing love (I guess Sasha really needed two books - or even a series. One to draw her out, more to explore how she grows) because I never felt a real, true connection between her and AJ. I never could determine if he would ultimately be strong enough for her. He is definitely what she needs to counter and compliment her hardness. He understands her like no one else. But, I was never able to actually see strength within him, alone. And that is the ONLY reason this book didn’t receive 10 of 5 stars. Every other aspect is pitch-perfect, can’t put down, amazing mystery-suspense at it’s very best! And, as a side noted - LOVED Claire!! She is one of the strongest secondary characters I’ve seen in a long time. She needs her own book!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda Brackin

    Can't believe this is the last book in the First Wives series. You finally get to see where Sasha came from and what influenced her to be the independent, feisty, head-strong women she is. Her long journey will make you feel sorry for her but on the other hand, make you feel proud to have seen how she has come a long ways since meeting Trina. I really enjoyed how Catherine Bybee developed the interaction of new and returning characters with Sasha. You will experience moments when you want to cry Can't believe this is the last book in the First Wives series. You finally get to see where Sasha came from and what influenced her to be the independent, feisty, head-strong women she is. Her long journey will make you feel sorry for her but on the other hand, make you feel proud to have seen how she has come a long ways since meeting Trina. I really enjoyed how Catherine Bybee developed the interaction of new and returning characters with Sasha. You will experience moments when you want to cry, laugh and think, what just happened? Sasha meets AJ in this book and you think... she has finally met her match, or has he? If you love action, suspense and adventure, you will love "Say It Again". This is definitely a great story to end this series with. Get your copy and see what adventures Sasha and AJ take. Don't forget to check out Catherine's other series, Not Quite, Most Likely To and Weekday Brides. You will not be disappointed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ~ Cariad ~

    I need more stars! Wow, I absolutely LOVED this whole series. Hope CB has something new out soon. She's, without doubt, autoread for me. More from this group of friends would be great! I need more stars! Wow, I absolutely LOVED this whole series. Hope CB has something new out soon. She's, without doubt, autoread for me. More from this group of friends would be great!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Jaeger

    I’m so sad this is the last “FIRST WIVES” book from Catherine Bybee, because I simply love all of the additions to the series, this one included. For the past few books we’ve seen SASHA BUDANOV as a bad ass protector and security maven. SAY IT AGAIN finally gives up a glimpse of who – and what- she really is. First and foremost, she’s a loner. Raised in a military-type school where she thought she was an orphan, Sasha is a woman for whom the words “I love you” was never said to her. Now, at a cross I’m so sad this is the last “FIRST WIVES” book from Catherine Bybee, because I simply love all of the additions to the series, this one included. For the past few books we’ve seen SASHA BUDANOV as a bad ass protector and security maven. SAY IT AGAIN finally gives up a glimpse of who – and what- she really is. First and foremost, she’s a loner. Raised in a military-type school where she thought she was an orphan, Sasha is a woman for whom the words “I love you” was never said to her. Now, at a crossroads in her life, she returns to that school to look for some kind of balance in her life. Once there, a stranger approaches her and asks for her help in finding out what happened to his dead sister – also an alumnus of the school and a fringe acquaintance of Sasha’s. She doesn’t want to help him, but when questions keep popping up instead of answers, she agrees. And for the first time, Sasha isn’t alone. Not in her professional life. And not in her personal one. This man, AJ Hofmann, makes Sasha feel things she’s never allowed her self to feel before and she’s as confused and mad about it as you’d expect her to be. In the end, the mystery flowing thru the book is solved, but what’s more, Sasha finds that balance she was looking for. Ms. Bybee continues to write books about people I wish I could be friends with. Her dialogue, her settings, even the way she conveys deep emotion, simply “speak” to me. 5 very well deserved stars to the end of a fabulous series. Thanks to Netgalley and Montlake for a sneak peek at this soon to be released denouement.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Say It Again by Catherine Bybee is book 5 in the First Wives Series. This is the story of Sasha Budanov and AJ Hofmann. I have read the previous books, but feel you could make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Sasha has a somewhat mystery past childhood which now is making her start to want to know what her past holds. This leads her to her childhood school which along the way she meets AJ. Aj wants Sasha help in finding out who killed his sister. This brings AJ and Sasha to start wor Say It Again by Catherine Bybee is book 5 in the First Wives Series. This is the story of Sasha Budanov and AJ Hofmann. I have read the previous books, but feel you could make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Sasha has a somewhat mystery past childhood which now is making her start to want to know what her past holds. This leads her to her childhood school which along the way she meets AJ. Aj wants Sasha help in finding out who killed his sister. This brings AJ and Sasha to start working together which leads to them to start having of course feelings for each other. Enjoyed their story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    MsChris1161

    Finally we learn more of the enigmatic Sasha. In SAY IT AGAIN, the 5th book in Catherine Bybee's First Wives series we learn about the mystery woman Bybee's been dangling and teasing her readers with since the first book. And WOW! What a background story! I was picturing every badass female I've ever seen in action movies. What a thrill ride this book was. As are ALL of Bybee's stories it's well written, well researched, the characters are fun and real and easy to connect with, the mystery and s Finally we learn more of the enigmatic Sasha. In SAY IT AGAIN, the 5th book in Catherine Bybee's First Wives series we learn about the mystery woman Bybee's been dangling and teasing her readers with since the first book. And WOW! What a background story! I was picturing every badass female I've ever seen in action movies. What a thrill ride this book was. As are ALL of Bybee's stories it's well written, well researched, the characters are fun and real and easy to connect with, the mystery and suspense hooks you and it's nearly impossible to put the book down. I loved it!! AJ Hofmann was just the right match for keeping up with Sasha. His dedication to finding his sister, willingness to let Sasha lead, and of course his charm, managed to earn her trust. The strong sexual attraction and chemistry between them was also well-developed. The story brought in all the gang. Added a bright new character that really balanced the tone of the story. And there's babies now. How do you resist the cuteness of babies? Overall a polished ending to a wonderful series. All of which I highly recommend as a read. 4.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hopeless Romantic Chick

    Such a wonderful story! Full of action, adventure, romance and heart. I love the lesson about family though not in blood. The naughty way AJ gained Sasha's heart...so many LOL moments between them even with the other characters. This opens your mind to exploitation of talents and skills of minor to grow up spies and assassins. To make them heartless and robotic to these "employers". Had an awesome time reading this, thank you! Oh by any chance, can you do a spin off on Cooper and Clair...there's Such a wonderful story! Full of action, adventure, romance and heart. I love the lesson about family though not in blood. The naughty way AJ gained Sasha's heart...so many LOL moments between them even with the other characters. This opens your mind to exploitation of talents and skills of minor to grow up spies and assassins. To make them heartless and robotic to these "employers". Had an awesome time reading this, thank you! Oh by any chance, can you do a spin off on Cooper and Clair...there's potential there you know?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was hands down my favorite book of the series! I adored Sasha throughout the other installments and loved finally getting to see her in full action. This was more inline with what I anticipate in Romantic Suspense. I enjoyed seeing previous couples and meeting new faces. I was thrilled to learn there will be a spinoff with the newer characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    Catherine Bybee has become one of my auto-buy authors. This is book five in the First Wives Club series. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review, I immediately accepted since I loved the other books in this fantastic series! My opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone. Say It Again is an emotionally-charged romance with plenty of action and great characters. The plot is suspenseful and had me flipping the pages on my Kindle quickly. As with all Catherine Bybee has become one of my auto-buy authors. This is book five in the First Wives Club series. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review, I immediately accepted since I loved the other books in this fantastic series! My opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone. Say It Again is an emotionally-charged romance with plenty of action and great characters. The plot is suspenseful and had me flipping the pages on my Kindle quickly. As with all of Ms. Bybee’s novels, the dialogue is real, and the characters are flawed, making them so believable. Sasha’s character had intrigued me in the last book, so I was anticipating a lot, and Ms. Bybee has delivered again! Sasha is gutsy and bold with lots of secrets. She dealt with quite a bit of baggage in the last book, so even though her behavior is shocking, especially in the first scene, I understood why. She isn’t a warm and fuzzy character, and I loved her sassy attitude toward AJ. AJ Hofmann is a fantastic hero. He’s driven to find his sister’s murderer and will leave nothing to chance. He quickly discovers Sasha is the perfect person to help him. He’s also not a lily-white character and has his own baggage. The romance between Sasha and AJ ignites quickly and burns hot. AJ is actually able to bring out a softer side of Sasha, one she rarely shows. Under her gritty personality, her heart is generous. That comes out as well when she befriends a young woman at Richter. If you enjoy character-driven romance novels with engaging characters and a great plot, then you will enjoy Say It Again. While this book can be read as a stand-alone, I do recommend reading the other books in the series first. You will thoroughly enjoy the paths these four women travel as much as I. Happy reading!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    Wow!!! I devoured this book in one day, could not put it down. I was so excited to get Sasha's story and this did not disappoint. Protector for Hire, Sasha has returned to her boarding school in Germany to gather information on her past when she meets AJ, also looking for answers on the death of his sister. They will join forces to get to the bottom of her death and along the way find many secrets about Richter. This is a compelling story with many twists and turns and falling in love when you le Wow!!! I devoured this book in one day, could not put it down. I was so excited to get Sasha's story and this did not disappoint. Protector for Hire, Sasha has returned to her boarding school in Germany to gather information on her past when she meets AJ, also looking for answers on the death of his sister. They will join forces to get to the bottom of her death and along the way find many secrets about Richter. This is a compelling story with many twists and turns and falling in love when you least expect it. Loved the epilogue, a great way to tie in the previous stories. Always hard to say good bye. This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kim Perry

    Say It Again was the fitting conclusion to the First Wives series. Catherine Bybee knocked it out of the park with this sexy and suspenseful story featuring the elusive Sasha. Sasha is a total badass. She grew up in a strict military boarding academy and she has all the skills to show for it. She's always been a loner and she's uncomfortable with the ties she does have to Lori, Avery, Trina, Shannon, and their spouses and security teams. Going back to her former school gives her clues to her pas Say It Again was the fitting conclusion to the First Wives series. Catherine Bybee knocked it out of the park with this sexy and suspenseful story featuring the elusive Sasha. Sasha is a total badass. She grew up in a strict military boarding academy and she has all the skills to show for it. She's always been a loner and she's uncomfortable with the ties she does have to Lori, Avery, Trina, Shannon, and their spouses and security teams. Going back to her former school gives her clues to her past and opens the door to secrets no one wants revealed. AJ is a sexy stranger determined to figure out who killed his sister. He needs Sasha more than she needs him, but he works his way past some of her walls. With suspense, danger, banter, heat, and surprises along the way, I didn't want to put this down. Catherine Bybee gave me all that I wanted and more in Sasha's book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paulette Reecer

    Say It Say what? What words is it so hard to say? Three little words, 8 letters, that's all there is. And yet they are so hard to say and mean. I love you. Say it again. Say It Say what? What words is it so hard to say? Three little words, 8 letters, that's all there is. And yet they are so hard to say and mean. I love you. Say it again.

  22. 5 out of 5

    B.

    This is more of a suspense novel than a romance. If you’ve read Bybee’s earlier books in this series, you’ve been introduced to the mysterious Sasha. She possesses unbelievable skills but always appeared on the periphery. Now she’s the main character and we find out more about her background and how she developed her amazing skills. She was educated on a weird sort of military school in Germany where graduates are often recruited for all sorts of spy agencies and even more nefarious tasks. In thi This is more of a suspense novel than a romance. If you’ve read Bybee’s earlier books in this series, you’ve been introduced to the mysterious Sasha. She possesses unbelievable skills but always appeared on the periphery. Now she’s the main character and we find out more about her background and how she developed her amazing skills. She was educated on a weird sort of military school in Germany where graduates are often recruited for all sorts of spy agencies and even more nefarious tasks. In this novel, she seeks to uncover why some alumni of the school have been mysteriously murdered. One of the victims was the sister of AJ Hofmann, a charming and good-looking guy who has sought to investigate on his own. I found myself not really caring about the mystery since it was all so improbable. I just couldn’t believe any of it, but was willing to suspend disbelief. I just couldn’t warm up to Sasha as a romantic heroine. She is portrayed as cold, almost an automaton except for her unspoken affection for the women and families of the First Wives Club. AJ might have been charming, but he really didn’t have that much going for him. He tags along as Sasha does all the investigating and espionage. All he’s done in his life was steal cars. Really? If you’re looking for a hero who is good-looking and clearly crazy about the heroine, but really doesn’t have much else going for him, then AJ is your guy. I needed something more to really enjoy him and didn’t find it. I was disappointed because I had really enjoyed the other books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tanisha Inman

    Sasha Budanov was a badass woman in the best sense of the word. She evolved from a mysterious woman in the first book to a genuine member of the family and team at the end of this book. Her evolution was done at the right pace that the reader was right there along with her. Sasha is the person you always want to have at your back, whether you know she’s there or not. Sasha’s technically not a first wife but she’s as much a member of this chosen family as any of them. I love when a woman is Bourne Sasha Budanov was a badass woman in the best sense of the word. She evolved from a mysterious woman in the first book to a genuine member of the family and team at the end of this book. Her evolution was done at the right pace that the reader was right there along with her. Sasha is the person you always want to have at your back, whether you know she’s there or not. Sasha’s technically not a first wife but she’s as much a member of this chosen family as any of them. I love when a woman is Bourne and Sasha is Jennifer Garner’s Alias and Matt Damon’s Bourne rolled into one character. I just love this character. Bringing AJ into her world just made it a perfect revelation that the loner she thought she was, was a carefully crafted mask to protect her heart from the love she never received as a kid. He wasn’t the person you’d imagine for Sasha, yet he seemed to be just the right amount of nice guy with a touch of bad boy, adrenaline junkie perfection Sasha needed. The story itself was very Jason Bourne with Sasha at the center of it all. The interplay between her and the team, "Are you a dad yet" was funny and like all good ribbing you get from your siblings. The added character which mirrored Sasha’s own upbringing yet meeting Sasha, AJ and the team changed the direction her life could’ve ended up going in a good way. Sasha being a “big-sister” of sorts lent heart to her and the story. I can't believe that I avoided this series because I didn't want to read another romance novel, but this series is very different with strong-willed woman at the forefront and the alpha men who love them without controlling them. It’s still romances but with contemporary realism that keeps you interested. I listened to this book on Audible and the narrator did a wonderful job especially with Sasha's accent and the male voices. I'm glad the publisher keeps the same voice throughout a series for Catherine Bybee. I’m looking forward to Catherine Byee’s next series and I hope her trend of storytelling that has less focus on marriage and babies being the end all and be all of life continues.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rita Kayla

    When I requested this book on Netgalley I did not expect to receive it the next day! I downloaded it on July 14 and it’s only yesterday that I got the time to read it! Okay, so still don’t really have the time but the suspense was killing me! So I paused everything and it was Sasha time! If you’re a fan of the series, you will absolutely love Say It Again! And if you’re not a fan of the series, you will absolutely love Say It Again! It is INTENSE! From start to finish and I’ve read the book overnigh When I requested this book on Netgalley I did not expect to receive it the next day! I downloaded it on July 14 and it’s only yesterday that I got the time to read it! Okay, so still don’t really have the time but the suspense was killing me! So I paused everything and it was Sasha time! If you’re a fan of the series, you will absolutely love Say It Again! And if you’re not a fan of the series, you will absolutely love Say It Again! It is INTENSE! From start to finish and I’ve read the book overnight. I just couldn’t stop. And the thing is, I know this is the last book in the series but I want more. And I am pretty sure there is potential since, you know, Claire is still young, and she has friends… and then everyone is having kids so the spinoffs can go on and on forever! All favorite characters are back and seeing them again, makes you realize how much you miss them. The thing with Catherine Bybee’s books, is that the main characters are good and the secondary ones are even better. I simply love them all, even Jax who barely appears or Checkpoint Charlie. The plot always makes sense and it is highly dense. At no point you feel bored. Always a page turner. Sasha’s personality was well presented. The character we’ve seen before in glimpses is now fully here! We get to know her better and appreciate her more. Reading her character develop through the pages was a joy. As for AJ, well he’s good. I did not expect full disclosure at the beginning (after the failed chase) but well, this only got things started faster. I have to admit, except in his story, I’ve never seen Neil talk that much :)) (I also missed Rick in here. I thought Mr. Serious and Mr. Smiles, you know, were inseparable). But let’s get back to the essential, this book is great because the characters have a support system which is each other. After all, having people you can count on is everything! Thank you Catherine Bybee for another wonderful book! And here’s for more to come!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the fifth (and sadly, final) book in the series. If you have not read any of them yet, then I would recommend that you do, as they are really good. You will meet characters from the previous books here, but actually Sasha's story is quite separate, so you could read this first and then go back. Each story is wonderfully unique and this one certainly is too! Sasha was never a first wife, however, she has been an i ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the fifth (and sadly, final) book in the series. If you have not read any of them yet, then I would recommend that you do, as they are really good. You will meet characters from the previous books here, but actually Sasha's story is quite separate, so you could read this first and then go back. Each story is wonderfully unique and this one certainly is too! Sasha was never a first wife, however, she has been an important side character in helping earlier leads get their HEA. She has always been a mystery ... and some of that is peeled away here, but more importantly, she finds someone who wants her, for her, no matter her past. We find Sasha returning to her German boarding school, which is more like a fortress training soldiers for life. As we get to understand how she was educated, and the lengths that she went to to subvert the system, I think she becomes an even more appealing person. She is given access to information which reveals more about her past, and possibly has an impact on what her future could hold. She also meets AJ, a man in search of answers about his sister's death. He is convinced that it is due to her also being a student at the same school. And thus the purpose for her visit expands, as well as her finding AJ may be of interest himself ... a thought she normally would not allow herself. This leads to them becoming embroiled in a political school battle. I loved all this intrigue, passion and hope. A very different story from the previous ones, yet ardent fans will be delighted that we do still meet up with the first wives, and get to celebrate with them what family and love really mean. Thank you Catherine Bybee for a lovely series, one which has found its place on my Must Reread List.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    5 Star Review Say It Again (First Wives #5) by Catherine Bybee Reading this book was bittersweet, knowing that it is the final book in the series. There is something about Catherine Bybee’s style of writing that resonates with me. She weaves a story that has me totally immersed from the first to the last page. Although a stand alone I would probably be inclined to read the previous books in the series before reading Say It Again as the books provide the back story for this book. This is Sasha Budan 5 Star Review Say It Again (First Wives #5) by Catherine Bybee Reading this book was bittersweet, knowing that it is the final book in the series. There is something about Catherine Bybee’s style of writing that resonates with me. She weaves a story that has me totally immersed from the first to the last page. Although a stand alone I would probably be inclined to read the previous books in the series before reading Say It Again as the books provide the back story for this book. This is Sasha Budanov and AJ Hofmann’s story. Sasha is used to being alone thanks to her chosen profession, however she has been unsettled and finds herself at a crossroad in her life. Determined to get answers to her mysterious past, she returns to her old boarding school in Germany. The sparks soon fly when Sasha meets AJ at the boarding school where he is seeking his own answers. The chemistry sizzles between them with an intensity that surprises them both. As they become more involved, the secrets from the past and the present bring danger to them both. I was intrigued by Sasha from the first time she appeared in the series and I knew that her story was going to be something special. It was every thing I hoped for and so much more. AJ was the perfect man for Sasha, strong, determined and swoon worthy. Ms.Bybee creates characters that are strong, yet vulnerable and you know that there will be plenty of romance and some rather steamy scenes. It was also great to catch up with the other couples. A fitting conclusion to a great series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel - Read with Rach

    Say It Again is the fifth book in Catherine Bybee's First Wives Club series. I have loved every book in this series and Say It Again is no exception! I have been intrigued by Sasha since the very first book in the series. She has always been kind of an enigma, floating in and out of the other character's lives as she sees fit. In Say It Again we learn all about Sasha's past and what has made her into the woman we saw in the first four books. AJ Hofmann enters Sasha's life while investigating his Say It Again is the fifth book in Catherine Bybee's First Wives Club series. I have loved every book in this series and Say It Again is no exception! I have been intrigued by Sasha since the very first book in the series. She has always been kind of an enigma, floating in and out of the other character's lives as she sees fit. In Say It Again we learn all about Sasha's past and what has made her into the woman we saw in the first four books. AJ Hofmann enters Sasha's life while investigating his sister's death. He has noticed a pattern of alumni from Sasha's school dying or being killed. I really liked how AJ and Sasha's relationship was built. It was a definite slow burn that often times took a back seat to the investigation. The mystery part of the story was so well written and I definitely didn't guess how it would all shake out. No one write suspenseful romance like Bybee and she definitely hit it out of the park again! Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Wolfe

    This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. Could not wait for Sasha's story! She was so mysterious in the previous books and snuck in and out and you just wanted more of her. She sets up a huge chain reaction when she goes back and visits the "boarding" school she attended and graduated from. There are a few twists and turns that you do not see coming and I could not put the book down! When Sasha meets AJ, there is not the instant love as Sasha is not used to this emotion and it kind of grows This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. Could not wait for Sasha's story! She was so mysterious in the previous books and snuck in and out and you just wanted more of her. She sets up a huge chain reaction when she goes back and visits the "boarding" school she attended and graduated from. There are a few twists and turns that you do not see coming and I could not put the book down! When Sasha meets AJ, there is not the instant love as Sasha is not used to this emotion and it kind of grows along the way as they research why AJ's sister was killed. I loved that we see the other members of the First Wives and a mention of Samantha and Blake and a book that sounds pretty similar to theirs! Glad the wait for the book is over and that it exceeded my expectations but sorry that all the wives are now married and it looks like the series has ended.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Dunn

    Sadly, this is the last of the First Wives Club series, but it ended with Sashas’s story and I loved it. While Sasha was not part of the First Wives Club, she did have an integral part of the series. Always a loner, seemingly coming and going in the darkness of night helping her friends. Yet when she tries to find out more about herself, she finds a man, AJ, who is also troubled by his past. As their past intertwines with each other, the two together make an undeniable force to be reckoned with. Sadly, this is the last of the First Wives Club series, but it ended with Sashas’s story and I loved it. While Sasha was not part of the First Wives Club, she did have an integral part of the series. Always a loner, seemingly coming and going in the darkness of night helping her friends. Yet when she tries to find out more about herself, she finds a man, AJ, who is also troubled by his past. As their past intertwines with each other, the two together make an undeniable force to be reckoned with. This story has lost of mystery, action, and steamy romance and has made it in the top of my reading list for the year. Catherine has done an outstanding job, as usual, and should be on your “must read” list.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    What a fun book with a lot of action! Sasha is a like a female version of James Bond. She has been slipping in and out of the lives of the first wives club for several years and now we finally find out more about her. Not knowing where her life is going, she returns to where she grew up, a military style school with more secrets than anwers. AJ is looking for the killer of is sister and he suspects that it has something to do with the school she attended. The same school that Sasha did. Reluctan What a fun book with a lot of action! Sasha is a like a female version of James Bond. She has been slipping in and out of the lives of the first wives club for several years and now we finally find out more about her. Not knowing where her life is going, she returns to where she grew up, a military style school with more secrets than anwers. AJ is looking for the killer of is sister and he suspects that it has something to do with the school she attended. The same school that Sasha did. Reluctantly, Sasha agrees to help with his search. They make a great team and it was wonderful getting caught of with all the other characters in [previous books. I loved Claire and I really enjoyed the story.

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