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Borrowed Time (A Romantic Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

CJ Lyons
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller CJ Lyons:

Pittsburgh Police Officer Kate O'Hern is on the trail of a killer targeting cops. Only problem, he's already killed her once...

Trauma surgeon Joshua Lightner saved Kate's life, only to have her awaken suffering from an unexpected side effect: visions of other people's deaths. As a doctor, he refuses to believe in "psychic mumbo-jumbo" but as a man, he can't deny his feelings for Kate.

When the killer targets them both, are they living on BORROWED TIME?

BORROWED TIME is a USA Today Bestseller as well as an Amazon Top Ten Bestseller and hit #1 in the Romantic Suspense, Thrillers, Police Procedurals, and Medical Thrillers bestseller lists. Download a sample or buy your copy today.

Praise for CJ Lyons and her bestselling Thrillers with Heart:

"Everything a great thriller should be--action packed, authentic, and intense." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

"Compelling...I love how the characters come alive on every page." --New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver

"A pulse-pounding adrenaline rush."--Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

"The perfect blend of romance and suspense. My kind of read."--Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A high-stakes adventure with dire consequences."--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

"Packed with adrenaline."--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author

"Tense, whip-smart medical scenes ... gripping."--Tess Gerritson, New York Times bestselling author

emotional, action-packed and brilliantly realized ... an irresistible
read."--Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

"Exciting ... engrossing, intriguing."--Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

"An adrenaline rush and an all-around great read."--Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

"Breathtakingly fast-paced."--Publishers Weekly

"Delves deep into the human soul." ~RT Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

BORROWED TIME was the first thriller novel I wrote.  In it, a Pittsburgh police officer tracks a killer targeting cops.  The only problem?  He's already killed her once.

Good hook, great idea with lots of possibilities.  But where's the passion?  Is it the idea of a cop dying, laying down her life to protect and serve others?  Is it about how our society breeds and creates serial killers?  Is it about returning from the dead and how that changed everything?

I chose the first.   I decided this story was about a cop raised in the tradition that the best, most honorable, greatest thing you can do in this world is to be a cop and protect and serve.  That was her driving force, her motivation, her reason to live.

And on page three, that's her reason to die.  That's right, she's killed in the first pages.

She's resuscitated by a handsome trauma surgeon and wakes to find that not only is she physically maimed by her encounter with the killer, but she's also psychologically damaged.  When she wakes, she has terrifying visions of people's deaths and so begins to think she's crazy.  A belief confirmed when she learns that she actually was dead for several minutes and that she might have brain damage.

Now I've taken a character whose default action is to take action, even if it means sacrificing her own life, and what have I done?  I've immobilized her, stripped her of her power, made her helpless.  Even more, I've made her fear for her physical recovery while also doubting her very sanity.

Then I make things worse for her...

To find out how, download a sample or the entire book.


About the Author

As a pediatric ER doctor, New York Times Bestseller CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart.

CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).

Her newest project is as co-author of a new suspense series with Erin Brockovich. Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1560 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938426770
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Legacy Books; 2 edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002W5RHRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,077 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense, exciting read December 5, 2010
By Ellis
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This books starts with a bang and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. It's about a cop and a doctor with some unusual characteristics. Both are people to care about and root for, and there are plenty of problems along the way. The violence is fast and fits the story, nothing gratuitous to my mind. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A quick time-out for realism! September 14, 2011
BORROWED TIME is well written and based on the reasonably good idea of a cop being shot dead, brought back to life and being able to see into the future as a side-effect, which could obviously be handy in the fight against crime, or in day-to-day life for that matter. Unfortunately this is more of a novella than a novel and everything seems to be rushed and made unbelievable as a result. The heroine (Kate) comes back from her death-bed to a full recovery and catches the cop-killing bad guy in a week, oh and bags the surgeon who saved her life in the process. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger would have had difficulty with the recovery bit and maybe even with the love interest part as well!

This may appeal to die-hard romance lovers (no pun intended & yes I know that one was starring Bruce Willis), although the surgeon needs Freudian help in my opinion, as he is having sexual fantasies about Kate just days after a major operation. There is also too much description of the surroundings, and not enough of the action for those of us who like fast-paced adventure thrillers.

The 2 stars are for concept and writing ability, the rest were lost to the lack of a realistic time-frame!
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Action January 12, 2011
By Frank
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Borrowed Time grabs you in the very first chapter and then begins to accelerate. Gripping cop and medical suspense with a unique and creative story. CJ Lyons became one of my favorite authors after reading the four books in her terrifically suspenseful Angels of Mercy series. Borrowed Time will appeal to anyone interested in an incredibly fast-paced thriller. It is proof of CJ Lyons great storytelling skills and her attention to detail. Highly recommend!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous October 3, 2011
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Because of fairly good review (which makes me doubt the quality of reviews in general), I bought this book expecting to find a good suspense and was quite disappointed.

Once the romance got started (which was unnaturally early in the story), everything else just became secondary. In middle of a murder investigation, I had to read page after page about how they fantasized about their tight biceps or abs.... Not very suspenseful.

And all sorts of unrealistic and ridiculous things happen just to get the main characters in bed together. Why couldn't the writer come up with some more realistic way to bring them together? Did she really think that the readers buy that nonsense?

I didn't know what a "romantic thriller" genre was before. Now I know to stay away from them.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars at least it was short November 19, 2011
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I'm left wondering if someone wrote this novel as an experiment to see how bad a piece of writing could be and still get published. How is it possible to make a novel about a serial cop killer and a survivor who has visions of future murders into something so boring? The characters are two dimensional cliches and the plot is simplistic, but it's the hackneyed, overblown writing that turns this into a tribute to mediocrity. Some examples:

"She was jogging through a meadow of wild flowers, a white house with red shutters at the end of the path. The door opened and Josh emerged, his back to her. A beatiful lullaby filled the air and Kate's heart was pounding with a joy she could not contain."

Sickening, isn't it? Joy is always uncontained and hearts are always pounding. It's like reading a teenage girls diary. And why did he come out the door backwards? More:

"'What the hell is that?'
Kate looked at Josh in surprise. It was the first time she'd heard him swear."

Presumably she was less shocked when he said 'hell' again two pages later.
But the prize (Bulwer Lytton, that is) goes to this gem:

"She felt old as if her time had come and gone like the grains in those old fashioned salt shakers that were shaped like hour glasses."


And here's a spoiler alert about the ending.

Kate is offered a job at the FBI as a profiler, presumably because of her ability to foresee the deaths of people nearby. But how will this help solve crimes that have already ocurred, or even prevent future crimes, since she has to be in proximity to the future victim to have a vision? The visions didn't even help solve this case, since they picked the murderer out of a mugshot book. As for profiling, the sum knowledge we get about the murderer is 1) his name, 2) the fact that he likes killing cops, and 3) he's not afraid to die.

This book was a complete waste of time. At least it was short.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Borrowed Time January 8, 2011
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Borrowed Time is a great, fast paced read. But what is appreciated, are the details about the location, right down to very correct phrases and speech patterns used in the Pittsburgh area which put me as a reader right at the scene.

Good job, CJ
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Borrowed Time September 3, 2011
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Just too predictable and wanting you to believe someone could be shot to the point of dying, recovering, falling in love and catching the bad guy all in a week is too ridiculous to even comment. The characters really needed more development - I still don't know why this bad guy was targeting her. I finished the book, but at the end I'm not sure why I bothered. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars eh...
This just wasn't what I expected. I could never figure out the attraction between the main characters. I won't recommend this one to friends.
Published 5 days ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. It keeps you on your toes the entire time wondering what is going to happen next. I was not disappointed with the ending either. Amazing!
Published 25 days ago by cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner
CJ Lyons is an author I would like to read more about. The only thing I didn't see the point about was the ethnicity aspect with which I did not identify and seemed to have no... Read more
Published 29 days ago by MMBC
2.0 out of 5 stars Good read with heart
Vacation read with just enough suspense, romance and predictability that could be picked up any time you had a moment to read
Published 1 month ago by Candy Hoksbergen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Author who was new to me!
I just discovered C J Lyons as an author. After reading this first book, I am now reading every one of her books In the order they were written. LOVE her writing style!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing story for me
Main character not very sympathetic. Didn't like her enough. Predictable ending. She has a new career to go too but what about Josh who probably had his license pulled? Read more
Published 2 months ago by B evie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Love how all the first person view puts you inside everyone's head! Kinda scary sometimes, but really lovely other times! Full of suspense and heart rending romance!!
Published 2 months ago by P. Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars Borrowed Time
Interesting read with a lot of suspense. Good until the end. Will try more books by this author. Highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by lero
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all right but not a favorite
I love romantic suspense thriller stories. This book definitely has the romance aspect but it's not very suspenseful in the sense that we already know who the bad guy is from the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lourdes (avid reader)
5.0 out of 5 stars borrowed time
great story and hard to not put my kindle down to stop reading. Luv this collection thanks so much again
Published 4 months ago by LAT
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Questions from Readers for CJ Lyons

Hard Fall was to be the next book after After Shock, is it not written yet?
Shirley J. Patterson asked Jan 12, 2014
Author Answered

Hi Shirley! Yes, HARD FALL is the next Lucy book--I will have other books published beforehand. No, HARD FALL isn't finished yet...AFTER SHOCK just came out less than two weeks ago, so I need a little time to breathe before returning to Lucy's high-intensity world!

CJ Lyons answered Jan 19, 2014

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