Dead Running by Cami Checketts
Author: Cami Checketts
Published: 25th April 2012
Source: Copy from the author for an honest review
Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she’ll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.
I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this book, it just sounded a little odd, I mean a book about running? How does that work? My answer: Very, very well.
I loved the mystery/thriller part of this, it wasn't too stressful but I was definitely on the edge of my seat! the running mixed in extremely well with everything and I felt a desire all the way through the book to start running! I've been wanting to exercise, to become more fit, and now running seems like the perfect option! Thanks Cami!
I love a good mystery and the continual guessing of who's who and what's what was great. I had my own opinions on who I thought was good/bad but I couldn't be sure and there were some very nice twists in the book that left me questioning what I thought was correct.
There was only one main thing that I didn't like about this book.. there wasn't enough Jesse! I know he's a main character and featured in quite a lot of the book but I think he should have been a few more *cough* all *cough* scenes. Preferably shirtless.Honestly, I thought Jesse was great. He was sexy and mysterious and just that little bit bad. Cami did a fantastic job with the characters!
The book was a bit confusing and full-on at times, with everything criss-crossing and being a little complex, but I didn't mind as this book was so good - I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This book was a wonderful surprise. I immediately felt a connection to Cassidy and the mix of mystery, action, romance and running was absolutely great. Don't be put off by the running! If you haven't read this book but you love a good action-mystery-romance-thriller type story, then this is for you! The writing was brilliant and I had a lot of fun!
Twigs cracked. A bird flitted away. My eyes popped open. I jumped to my feet, ready to sprint for safety.
Jesse held out his hands defensively. “It’s okay, Cassidy. It’s just me.” His eyes were dark chocolate and oozing concern, but I wasn’t in the mood to be rescued. He crossed a couple more feet. I backed away, thumping into a scratchy pine tree.
Jesse stopped, watching me warily for several seconds before asking, “Are you all right?”
I shook my head.
“What are you doing here?” His tender voice and broad shoulders exuded the need to shelter me.
I wrapped my arms around my stomach, wishing I didn’t want his protection so badly. Who was he? The good-looking bad boy or the kind-eyed plastic surgeon? “I could ask the same of you.”
“I saw you from the road.”
My stomach lurched. I swiveled my gaze to the lush vegetation: bushes, weeds, pine and aspen trees. It was impossible to see the road from here. A quiver of fear shot through me. How could a man be so attractive and so unsettling at the same time?
“Are you following me?” I demanded.
Jesse grinned and the attractive factor shot above my unease. “It isn’t the first time.”
Unsettling and attractive were now battling. Was I just being paranoid? I had plenty of reasons to be. I clutched my hands behind me, the poky pine needles embedded into my palms. “Who are you really?”
He cocked an eyebrow. “Excuse me?”
“You seem like this nice, good-looking, smart guy, but no way are you just showing up every time I need you.” I jabbed a finger at him. “You’re following me, and,” my voice quivered as I produced a lie, “I don’t like it.”
Jesse’s lower lip protruded slightly. He jammed a hand through his dark hair. I felt like such a jerk. I took several steps towards him. A soft breeze brought his musky scent to me. “Okay,” I said, “so maybe I like it, but you’ve got to understand why I’m a bit freaked out.”
Those eyes met mine. Everything in me melted.
“I feel like . . .” Jesse crossed the remaining distance between us. The way he held me with his eyes incapacitated me. Reaching out, he brushed those wonderfully calloused fingers down my cheek. “I’m very protective of you, Cassidy.”
I gulped, loving his touch, yet still terrified by his words. “Why do you need to be protective of me?”
Jesse’s hand dropped. He studied a grove of aspen trees. “I can’t tell you.”
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