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Forced into retirement by an injury and grieving the loss of his uncle, Jack O’Malley is unprepared to share his new home with a strange woman and her two kids. He is even less prepared for the instantaneous attraction he feels whenever Beth enters the room. She is beautiful, intelligent, kind…and obviously terrified of someone or something. As Jack’s investigation uncovers the shocking details of Beth’s past, the rural community is shaken by the murder of a local woman. Driven by instinct and desire, Jack is determined to keep Beth and her children safe, even if doing so means putting his heart — and his life — on the line.
Posted March 16, 2012
Melinda Leigh has been writing since her youngest child started school. With two books published and one due to be released in April 2012, she is quickly making her mark in the romantic suspense and paranormal genres. “She can Run” is a fast-paced romantic suspense. Action-packed with just enough romance thrown in to keep everyone’s interest whether romance novels are your thing or you are into suspense thrillers.
Beth is a woman hunted. Married to Congressman Richard Baker she has endured brutal beatings and mental abuse. Beth finds out Baker’s dirty little secret which sends the man into a rage. Beth narrowly escapes his attack grabbing the kids and heading into hiding. But Baker is not giving up his search until he has Beth and makes sure she will never tell.
Fast forward ten months and we find Beth looking forward to a new job on a large estate where she will be far from Baker’s eyes and the possibility of a new life. Arriving at the estate, she finds her employer has died from a heart attack and his nephew Jack the inherited owner of the property. Jack is a newly retired police officer forced into retirement from a debilitating injury. After being convinced to stay on as caretaker of the farm, Beth finds herself hopelessly drawn to Jack and being torn between letting her guard down in hopes of true love and running to keep her kids safe.
Meanwhile there is a serial killer on the loose dumping bodies of women in the lake. The killings are getting close to home and the town is on high alert when the body of a local waitress is found. The search to find the killer leaves Jack’s guard down and that is when Richard strikes. He has located Beth and plans to silence her permanently. Jack must race to stop Richard and the killer before they claim his true love.
This book is a must read. It will have you flying through the pages until the riveting conclusion.
Reviewed by Jodi Hanson for Suspe
Posted November 28, 2011
I was asked to read an ARC of this novel by Melinda Leigh, an author that I had never read before. I like romantic suspense and the plot sounded good, so I said, Yes. Oh my goodness, I had no idea what a treat I was in for. I loved this book. The plot is FANTASTIC. The action is non-stop. I was riveted to the book from the moment I started it until I sadly reached the final page. It was one of those books that I did not want to end because it was so good.
I absolutely fell in love with these characters, Beth and her kids Katie & Ben, who are so obviously scarred and scared from the abuse they have suffered. It is painful to watch how they all react to human touch and how they have so obviously been traumatized.
Then there is Jack....ooh, I adored Jack. Jack is a police detective who has been forced into retirement after a car accident left him with a bum (and painful) knee. He is a protector at heart, and although he has been thrown into this situation with Beth and her kids out of the blue, he can see that something has hurt them and doesn't have the heart to turn them out. Watching him slowly and steadily win over this family is a gorgeous thing to read. Between him and his dog, Henry (the failed police dog,) they are exactly what this family needs and they quickly discover that they need the family too.
There is also a great cast of supporting characters whom I loved, especially the depth that they added to the story:
*Quinn & Sean- Jack's cousins
*James- Beth's uncle
*Mrs. Harris- Jack's housekeeper
The suspense story line has a lot going on with it. There is Beth's abusive and murderous Senator husband who is after them, but there is also a serial killer that has Beth in his sights. Both of these stories climax within about 3 pages of each other in the book and I thought that was a bit over the top, but that was my only complaint about this book. I didn't mind that the book had both story lines in it. I just wish the climax of the end of both story lines had completely intersected or that the finale for both of them had been a little more spaced out.
Regardless, it was still an amazing book. I will definitely be looking up more by this author!
Posted November 15, 2011
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