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- Print Length: 327 pages
- Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 28, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 28, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0053TIB6I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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The main character Beth isn't particularly compelling, though I did feel sorry for her. I didn't like her or feel like I'd like to have her as a friend. Jack, who owns the estate where she now works, is very appealing and was a very well drawn character. His cousins made great characters as well. Beth's Uncle James is a rather shadowy character, but he is committed to helping Beth, even after she believes he's been kidnapped or killed.
I don't recommend this book unless you can tolerate the lack of excitement and action in the story.
1. Strong, fierce, independent woman ends up in jeopardy in spite of her strength, fierceness, and independence
2. Strong, handsome man enters the picture
3. The two people have never experienced such attraction to another and fall in love in less than a week
4. The man becomes obsessed with protecting the woman in jeopardy and saves her at the last minute
5. They live happily ever after
I honestly don’t know how the author continues to get these books published or why I have kept reading them. Oh wait, it’s because I bought a bunch at one time at a cheaper price and now feel compelled to read them because I paid for them.
It’s not that she’s a bad writer. She just tells the same story over and over again. There is no originality to her story telling. She also comes across to me as a bit misogynistic with these women in jeopardy books.
Now, at 20%, and he still hasn't even entertained the notion of her having been abused by an ex. And he had made detective. Well, even the person with the lowest grades in medical school is still called, "Doctor," right?
Yay! At 31% he finally says that she's not behaving like a criminal, more like a victim. One running away from something. Or someone. Yeah, last in the class. Sheesh.
What I liked was the way Ms. Leigh built their relationship. It was slow, sensuous, serious, and mature. Was pretty easy to figure out, but I like that.
I also felt like there were some plot points that could have been solved in other ways that may have made the story shorter, but it might have made more sense. Loved Uncle James. Wasn't crazy that he had those mystical powers. Didn't really add much to the story, for me, outside of a quietly muttered, "WTH?"
Still, I'm intrigued enough to try the second book in this series.
She Can Run kept me guessing right up to the end. A book that would typically take a couple weeks to read (mom to 5 and 2 year old here) held me captive to the point of finding every second of the day to steal away for ‘just one more page’. In little over one weekend I had the book finished.
One moment I knew who the bad guy was, the next I was perplexed and second guessing myself. Every page brought a new element to the story. At first I’ll admit, Jack seemed kind of skeevey, but Melinda brought his character to life and I wanted him to be my uncle.
My husband came running out twice in fear after my loud surprised gasps emanated throughout our home. ”No honey, the children are fine but this book is insane! I can’t stop!” Reading of the fear the youngest daughter lived in made me hug my girls more than once. This book definitely got into my head.
Do yourself a favor. Read it.
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The characters were weak, there were certain parts of the story which seemed to go nowhere such as the uncle's 'visions' and there was not enough information regarding the threat our heroine was running away from. If anything could be salvaged then the character of Jack was reasonably well formed but non of the characters were particularly believable, especially the children - I have never come across such a well behaved boy! I really enjoy a good thriller but this was just not a thriller.
I was very disappointed with this and will probably not read the other three.
It did have some mistakes-this line definitely needs a comma for starters,"Jack pulled his hand away and lifted it in front of his chest palm out".....and "like total waste of space" lost a from the sentence. Power-less doesn't need a hyphen, either.
I got to this sentence, "Limping around with a semi from dawn to dark was making him irritable" and by then, 35% into it, it was making me irritable as well, I'm afraid.
We meet up with Beth and her two kids.
She has a new job, and they will be living there too.
Let’s hope the owners
are happy with her. She really needs the job to last.
We later find out why
she has moved away.
I thought she did the best thing.
If you aren't too particular about intricate plots, depth of character and obvious plot lines you'll probably love it.