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Running Scared by Lisa Jackson

The Book:

Running ScaredKate Summers is excited to leave Boston and her annoying boss behind. Alone and still grieving after losing her husband and child, she is in for a pleasant surprise when she is asked to adopt a baby. She definitely has second thoughts; but the offer is too good to decline and she agrees to never return to Boston or reveal the child’s past.

Fifteen years later Kate and Jon are having a happy life in Hopewell, Oregon when the past catches up on them. Daegan O’Roarke lands as their neighbor with the intentions of taking back his son; born to him and Bibi – his cousin.

Fate plays its own game when Daegan falls in love with Kate and she reciprocates. Meanwhile Robert, Bibi’s father has his own investigator find Jon so he can make him the legal heir to the Sullivan wealth. Obviously there are other members who do not want this to happen and would stoop to any level.

The View:

This book was a thrilling one. I picked up an audio version and this was probably the first book that I listened to completely though it was long (I mean really really long – almost 18 hours). But the narration was fantastic and had the right rendition (Thanks to Jack Garrett),I found myself hanging on to my iPod almost every minute.

The plot was intriguing and at first appears to be un-exciting. For fifteen years of Jon’s life, Kate remains pretty much isolated to preserve her new-found happiness. Then Daegan enters the scene and the rest of the plot appears to be predictable.

But surprise, there is much more story left and so much more drama. Every time there is a mention of a Sullivan the story shifts to flash back mode and a shocking past is revealed. This happens way too many times though and I felt it could have been avoided. There were also too many unnecessary detailed descriptions of the sexual encounters (more so maybe because of the audio).

I would rate this book a 4 on 5. I love Lisa Jackson and she never disappoints.


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