Elizabeth was a young widow with two small children when she met Congressman Richard Baker. Handsome and wealthy, with a sparkling public image, Richard seemed like the perfect man to provide the security that Beth and her kids were craving. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret about her new husband, Beth realizes he will go to any lengths—even murder—to keep it. After barely escaping with her life, she and her children flee. They eventually make their way to a secluded estate in the Pennsylvania countryside, where Beth dares to hope she has found a safe place at last…
Forced into retirement by an unexpected injury, Philadelphia homicide detective Jack O’Malley is mourning the loss of his career when his uncle abruptly dies, leaving Jack to dispose of his crumbling country house. Unbeknownst to him, his uncle engaged a caretaker just before his death, a mysterious woman with two children and a beautiful face that haunts his dreams. Determined to know her, Jack begins an investigation into Beth’s past. When he uncovers the shocking truth, and a local woman is viciously murdered, Jack puts his own life on the line to keep Beth and her children safe.
A 2012 International Thriller Award nominee for Best First Novel, She Can Run is a sexy, satisfying debut from award-winning author Melinda Leigh, packed with enough suspense and romance to get even the tamest heart racing!
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"She Can Run", by Melinda Leigh, is an entertaining, involving romantic suspense read. I enjoyed the "noir-ish" flavor and the humor "with bite". I loved the hero, Jack O'Malley, a policeman forced into early retirement when a drunk driver causes him a serious injury. Jack is somewhat adrift, not sure of which direction to take, when his beloved uncle dies and leaves him his home and horse farm. Jack had spent many happy summers on the farm in his youth, but he had planned to spend his life in the big city, retiring from the police force at a ripe old age. When all that changes, Jack must change as well. He discovers that his uncle had hired a caretaker, a young woman with two children and a lot of secrets. Jack is drawn to the lovely Beth and her children, and he his grateful for her expertise in caring for the horses. However, his inbred cop's instinct tells him that Beth is on the run, and he determines to find out what has sent her and the children into hiding. Beth is attracted to Jack, but the last thing she needs is to become involved with someone with law enforcement connections who could trace her real identity. Beth is terrified that the powerful politician husband whom she fears will find her and her kids, and since she knows his scandalous secrets, he sees her as a threat to be eliminated. At the same time that Beth and Jack are getting used to each other and settling into a friendly working routine, one of Jack's unfinished investigations comes home to haunt him. A serial killer whose victims were among the unsolved cases on which Jack worked is now claiming victims in the area of the horse farm. Jack is only too eager to help local law enforcement find the killer--a killer whose victims are petite and dark-haired, just like Beth. I read this book all in one sitting, reading on through the night. It's perfect for late-night, page-turning, involved reading. Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vine
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 nse Magazine
My Review: 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!