Review: She Can Run (She Can… #1) by Melinda Leigh
Title: She Can Run
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!
Author: Melinda Leigh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Midnight Sacrifice, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, He Can Fall
Series: She Can
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: She Can Scream, She Can Hide, He Can Fall, She Can Kill
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Author
Published: November 28, 2011
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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There are so many highly enjoyable elements within the pages of She Can Run. I enjoyed the characters the most. Jack may not be active within a police department any longer, but all of his skills are still present and honed. He knows that the new caretaker of his uncle’s estate is hiding something. He knows that he can’t push to find out this something, pushing will just scare Beth more and send her running. I also enjoyed Henry the police dog reject. He adds some unexpected humor to a very suspenseful book.
And yes, she can run, but the run has become very taxing on Beth. Beth has landed a job as caretaker of an elderly man’s estate. He has agreed that she and her two children can live there as part of the agreement to her employment. It seems perfect. She can hide at a secluded estate with her children. She’s forced to face an unexpected problem, a cop who knows something’s not quite right while she has nowhere else to go.
WOW! Beth’s life is one disastrous wreck after another. The pages just keep turning and turning while you sit there thinking this woman has got to catch a break soon. From the very first pages Beth’s life is in danger. The hits keep on coming! Luckily between Jack, Henry, and a very mysteriously cool Uncle James she just may make it out of this mess that too quickly became her life.
I did feel like the ending wrapped up a bit quickly and a little too neatly. Over all it is a great book. There is a great mix of suspense, mystery, humor, sexual tension, romance, and the characters are all very realistic. I was surprised at how well all of the characters fleshed out, even the ones that barely had a role. This is only the third romantic suspense that I have read. I enjoyed the author’s writing. I can easily see myself reading more books by Leigh and I will definitely mix more romantic suspense onto my to be read pile.