Review – She Can Run (She Can…#1)

She Can Run (She Can...#1)
By: Melinda Leigh
Release Date: Novembe 28th, 2011
Publisher: Montlake Romance

I am a Melinda Leigh fan so I was very excited to start this series. While I wouldn’t say I was disappointed in this I didn’t love it immediately either.

Elizabeth, mother of two and a widow meets Congressman Richard Baker and their romance leads to marriage. Thinking she’s found a way forward in life she’s horrified to learn some dangerous things about her new husband so she makes a run for it with her kids in tow. There she meets Jack, recovering from injury and a forced into retirement ex homicide detective. Jack’s uncle had employed Elizabeth as a caretaker of his home before he died. and now the pair are tied together by the house.

Unable to let go of his instincts Jack looks into Beth’s life his interest grows in the woman while she, against the logical part of her brain, begins to return his interest. Still, when a local woman is murdered and the evidence appears that Beth is being hunted Jack steps up to try and protect her and her kids.

The action was enjoyable and the twists and turns were good but I struggled with the instant connection between the characters. A skittish, nervous woman who is trying to lay low and stay hidden from her powerful and dangerous ex falling for a new man so fast felt odd to me. Moments like this are why I don’t usually read romance. Still, the suspense and mystery kept me going.

There are more books in this series but I haven’t touched them yet. I’m waiting to get to the point that I am ready to return before picking up book two.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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