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Monday, April 27, 2009

Still Running by Judah Raine

Still Running by Judah Raine
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (212 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Lilac

Josie Tate has been running for a long time – from her past, from a tragic secret, and mostly from herself. Then her life is suddenly upended, and she finds herself back in the one place on earth she doesn't want to be. Worse, she is suddenly caught between an unforgiving past and Cade Harper's unrelenting pursuit.

As determined as she is desperate, he seems hell-bent on making sure that her running days are over. It doesn't help that Cade is the most gorgeous man ever. Or that the uncanny attraction between them seems to have a life of its own.

But Josie is determined to keep her distance from Cade. He is equally determined to shatter the walls she is raising up between them. And when her ghosts reappear in the flesh Josie's life finally implodes. The only way out seems to be to keep on running...

Still Running is a touching story centered on a heroine deeply affected by her past who must face it in order to move on.

When Josie Tate’s boss abandons her two children and charges Josie with the responsibility of taking them to their unknown father, Josie finds herself with a dilemma as she must return to her South African home and face a past she had run from. Once there she meets Cade Harper, a man determined to win over Josie and convince her to stop running from the past and the feelings that exist between them. Josie cannot deny her attraction to Cade despite her reluctance to get involved. But when Josie’s past comes to light she fears that happiness is beyond her reach and is tempted to once again run.

The main focus of this story is Josie, a woman deeply affected by both her past and her relationship with her family. I was quite intrigued by Josie’s “secret” and found it to be an interesting twist once revealed. But because of this secret and incidences in the past, Josie has her walls firmly in place as she seeks to both protect herself and protect others from what she fears will happen if they get close. As the title implies, Josie seems to run from her problems rather than face them head-on and is a self-described “runner.”

But with Cade and the children she cares for, she may have finally found a reason to stop running. I really enjoyed watching Josie’s relationship develop with both Cade and the children. The children, as well as other characters, seem determined to play matchmaker bring the couple together. Josie goes through quite a transformation as the story progresses and Cade works through her defenses. It was enjoyable to watch.

Still Running is a wonderful story that I found to be a very entertaining read. Josie’s journey as she learns to stop running is one that many should enjoy.