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She Can Run (She Can Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Melinda Leigh
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Book Description

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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    Book Description

    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!

    From Publishers Weekly

    "In her debut romantic suspense, Leigh carefully weaves the subplot of a serial killer with the main plot of an abused wife on the run and successfully ties the threads in a thrilling conclusion..... . Leigh’s tight, consistent plotting marks her as an author to watch."

    Product Details

    • File Size: 749 KB
    • Print Length: 327 pages
    • Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 28, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0053TIB6I
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    110 of 116 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars She Can Keep Running June 5, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I was really looking forward to this, I read some of the good reviews but apparently none of the bad, and I was incredibly disappointed. I only finished because I am too stubborn and curious for my own good. The heroine- if you can call her that- is a teeny tiny woman with incredibly large eyes and a great ass (according to the male characters description anyway- don't writers like to write of any other type of woman?), who is continually praised as being smart and brave, but does nothing to deserve that reputation. She seemed sort of stupid and helpless to me, and I am sick of reading weak female leads. The 'killer' was obvious from the start, along with who they wanted us to think was the bad guy, it was all really predictable. Add to that a psychic uncle and the fact that her new 'rescuer' is an ex cop, who has just inherited millions - and it makes the bad language and explicit sex scene seems like only a small problem.

    I liked the dog.
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    97 of 107 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful November 7, 2011
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    Eliabeth Baker is hiding from her politician husband who wants to kill her. She is too dangerous to him alive and she is running for her life. She is working as a caretaker in a remote area of Pennsylvania while she struggles to protect herself and her 2 terrified children.

    Her employer Jack is an ex-cop who knows something is very wrong and tries to gain her trust - a task which seems impossible at times. He does make some progress with her children though. The scenes between 7 year old Katie and Jack are particularly touching in a book which goes way over to the dark side in other places.

    The children and Jack are the best parts of the book. Elizabeth's terror comes through from the very first page - as does her love for her children. Ben (12) and Katie are very well written as they begin to learn to relax and trust.

    But the danger keeps coming closer from more than one direction and it will keep you reading.

    Some of the things that happen are a little over the top but all in all, this book is well worth your time.
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    63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! November 28, 2011
    Format:Paperback
    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.
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    48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars On The Run November 3, 2011
    Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    "She Can Run" is literally about a woman on the run ... on the run, with two children to care for, a psychic ex-military Uncle who is on her side, and an ex-policeman that pushes all her buttons. Beth accepts a job as a caretaker on a remote Pennsylvania estate, only to arrive just ahead of a storm, to be greeted by a hearse at the front door. The old gentleman who hired her has died, leaving his estate to his wounded ex-cop nephew, who isn't even sure that he wants to live there.

    So there she is, using an assumed name, trying to protect herself and her children from her husband, who is trying to kill her before she can make his biggest secret fodder for the media. Now she may have nowhere to go, and if she stays on the estate, she will have to deal with an ex-cop who is more interested in her than she cares for.

    The story line is fairly good - wife on the run, violent husband with a secret, injured ex-cop who is all to interested in her, and a serial killer that is targeting small, dark haired women just like her. Then there are the neighbors - single men, one who seems okay, and one who is verbally abusive and way too aggressive.

    One downside, for me, anyway, was that there are far too many sex scenes, and the general presentation of sex throughout the book is too graphic. The other downside was that it was a bit too easy to figure out what the nature of the husband's secret, and who the serial killer actually is.

    Other than that, I found the book interesting in that it combines mystery, romance and a touch of the paranormal. A nice read to just sit back and relax.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars well written, but story line too far fetched
    I would have enjoyed this book except it was hard to read with my eyes rolling at the ludicrous plot line; especially at the end. Read more
    Published 9 hours ago by Julia Simons
    4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
    This book had may twist and turns and it was hard to tell how it was going to end. The ending was good.
    Published 1 day ago by Ken Richardson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
    Great cast of characters! The right amount of suspense, mystery and romance. Look forward to the next book! I liked how real the characters were.
    Published 2 days ago by L. J. Porter
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    It was a good , read ,easy, light some good romance, enjoyed read after work or to unwind, can't wait to continue the series
    Published 2 days ago by karen madden
    5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
    This book is the first I have read by Melinda Leigh; I have already purchased the second in the series. It is a good story line with good characters. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Sophie K
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is my third book by MELINDA LEIGH. I was not disappointed.
    From the first page to the last, you feel caught up in the life of the characters. It is so well written you can envision the scenes and the terror as it unfolds. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by PeytonsMom
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
    This is a perfect mix of suspense and just the right amount of romance. I have a new favorite author.
    Published 4 days ago by Ann
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another jewel!
    Once again, a great, very entertaining reading. My hopes were fulfilled, as I expressed in my previous review about "Midnight Sacrifice;" the mix of suspense and romance is... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Marcos R. Bustamante
    5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY GOOD!!
    It was an amazing book... not like anything I've ever read!! There was drama with every page. It was just an completely fantastic book!!
    Published 5 days ago by Shylo Marie Anderton
    5.0 out of 5 stars corny sex....but a great read
    Despite the over done sex scenes, this is a fun entertaining read. I will certainly read the next installment. Read more
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    More About the Author

    Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity. Over the next few years, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a book, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda's debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Her bestselling books have twice been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award.

    Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate and teaches women's self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs and two new rescue cats who already run the place. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting melindaleighauthor.com.

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