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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

She Can Run by Melinda Leigh

She Can Run by Melinda Leigh
Published by Montlake Romance (November 28, 2011)
Sold by Amazon Digital Services
ISBN: 1612181511
Genre: Romantic Suspense

About The Author:

More than a decade ago, Melinda Leigh left a career in banking to raise her children and never looked back. She started writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity. Her paranormal romance and romantic suspense fiction has won writing awards across the country, including The Gateway to the Best Contest, The Marlene Award, Where the Magic Begins, Put Your Heart in a Book, and The Golden Gateway 1st Round Grand Prize.

Melinda is also an avid martial artist. She holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate, studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and teaches women's self-defense. She lives in the New Jersey suburbs in a delightfully messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs and one neurotic cat with an inexplicable fear of ceiling fans. With such pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination.


Disclaimer: As a book reviewer for The Romance Reviews, I have been given an ARC edition of this novel, at no cost to me, for my honest review.

This book review is originally written for The Romance Reviews (TRR). Book Review:

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.

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!

She Can Run is available for pre-order, the release date for paperback and e-Book is November 28, 2011. Pre-Order of She Can Run

My Book Review:

A beautiful woman in an abusive marriage to a powerful politician has found out his dark secret that would destroy his career ... so she escapes from him with her two children, knowing he will hunt her down and attempt to kill her. She needs a safe place to hide, enter a retired sexy police detective whose Pennsylvania countryside home becomes her safe haven. Mix in a serial killer who hunts down women and sadistically murders them, and now has the politician's wife in his sights. In She Can Run, a thrilling combination of murder, intrigue and passion will have the reader sitting on the edge of their seat.

Beth Baker is in an abusive marriage, and her husband Richard is a powerful Congressman from Pennsylvania. She accidentally discovers a dark secret about her husband that would ruin his promising political career, and he won't allow that, so she escapes from the Main Line mansion in Philadelphia with her two children from a previous marriage, to her Uncle James' tavern in Virginia. Her uncle helps her hide for ten months, and provides her with a new identity, Beth Markham, but her husband's men are closing in on her hiding spot, so she once again has to flee for a new safe haven. Her uncle helped her secure a caretaker's position with an old acquaintance, who has a country estate in the middle of Pennsylvania, but once she gets there she finds out that her new boss, Danny O'Malley has passed away and his nephew, retired police detective Jack O'Malley has inherited the estate. Always prepared to run on a moments notice, Beth doesn't know what to do now, but Jack is willing to allow her and the children to stay. Jack is suspicious that Beth is running from someone or something, and he is determined to find out what it is ... but along the way he discovers that he is starting to have feelings for the beautiful woman. At the same time, there is a serial killer on the loose, and the sadistic killer now has Beth in his sights. Can Jack protect the woman he desires and her children, and keep them safe? Will Beth's estranged husband find her and silence her for good? Will the serial killer get his next prey? Find out what happens next in She Can Run.

She Can Run is a fast-paced, riveting romantic thriller that is filled with so many suspenseful twists and turns, it will keep the reader sitting on the edge of their seats. This debut novel by author Melinda Leigh is very well written, and the storyline has an intriguing multi-layer of suspense and romance that kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed the multiple storylines, there was plenty of intrigue and action, while the romance portion added a nice balancing act. The characters were very well developed, I loved how the author intertwined their relationships within the storyline, especially the relationship between Beth and Jack.

If you are a fan of romantic suspense thrillers, this novel is right up your alley, the riveting intrigue of the storyline will not disappoint you.



  1. Great Review! Sounds like an Intriquing Read!

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    ~ Jill

  2. This was a great book, I love romantic suspense thrillers, and it was everything I hoped it would be. :)