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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

She Can Run by Melinda Leigh

She Can Run by Melinda Leigh
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (323 pages pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

One bad decision turns Elizabeth Baker from a soccer mom into a fugitive. Five years after the death of her young husband, Beth marries a charming congressional candidate. But Beth accidentally learns a secret about her new spouse, a secret he’ll kill her to keep. Now she and her children are running for their lives. She takes a job as caretaker on a secluded estate, but her plans to hide are complicated by the sudden death of her elderly boss and her attraction to the ex-cop with well-defined biceps, mussed hair and deep, dark chocolate eyes who inherits the property and becomes her new boss.

Still reeling from the accident that has him out of work as a cop, former homicide detective Jack O’Malley is blindsided by the death of his favorite uncle and the inheritance of a dilapidated mansion, complete with a suspiciously nervous caretaker and her two children. He is even more unprepared for the tug at his heart every time Beth enters the room. When Jack’s instincts tell him something is wrong with his new employee, he begins to investigate. As he uncovers the shocking details of Beth’s life, a local woman falls prey to a serial killer and Beth is the victim of a frightening attack. Jack resolves to keep her and the children safe—whatever it takes, if only he can figure out a way to win her.

She walks in on her husband then gasps. Next thing she knows, she's
running for her life. This is a story that starts out with a bang and
doesn't let up. Its quick pace brings a reader along on a suspenseful ride.
Will Beth Baker and her kids outrun the senator? He has all the power and
money, and he must stop Beth permanently or risk his secret getting out.

Beth shows up at the home of a nice old man who hired her to be his estate
keeper. She doesn't expect to find him dead. Jack O'Malley, a cop retired
due to an injury, greets her in his uncle's place. He inherited the estate
and wants Beth to stay on. They grow close, but she doesn't tell him her
real name and the fact that she's running.

Beth is tough. She shows her courageous nature often and is easy to like and admire. Jack is charming. He doesn¹t push Beth because he sees her acting brave in the face of an intolerable situation. Tender, sensuous emotions develop between them.

To add to the tension, there¹s a serial killer on the loose, and his next
target is Beth.

This story is written well. The subplot fits in nicely with the main one to
keep things rolling. The romance is endearing. She Can Run is a
page-turner as attempts are made on Beth's life. A dash of the paranormal is thrown in with the introduction of Beth's psychic uncle when he receives his visions. The bad guys are despicable, but how many exactly are there? A surprise awaits readers at the end.

Readers of romantic suspense would most certainly enjoy this exciting story.