Review–Dying to Run

From Goodreads:
Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place.

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more.

My Take:
This short story was easy to slip into. It takes place just weeks after Dead Running ends, and Checketts’ easy going style is just as great as before. I was reminded of how much I liked Cassie and her quick wit. There is great tension through out, and I really LOVE the romance side too. Delicious! The best part? Detectives Fine and Shine and all the other fun nicknames are present and accounted for.

My only beef is that it was so short. I’m hoping for some more adventures with Cassidy in the future.

And for a recap…

From Goodreads:
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.

My Take:
First of all, I read this in a day. I love a book that pulls me in and keeps me to the end. There came a point when I had to put the book down and take my daughter to the dentist. No worries, right? All I had to do was drive and then I could read again in the waiting room. Her appointment took seven minutes. Seven stinking minutes!

The worst part was I had reached the point where all the players were in motion and I was just waiting to see how it fell into place. That was the LONGEST drive home ever.

This book had a nice mystery, loveable and believable characters with great voice. I loved how real Cassidy was. Her sense of humor and off the wall bluntness had me smiling the whole time. And the end of the 10K race? OMGosh I couldn’t stop laughing. It was just a great story that let me slip out of my life and into someone elses. That’s why I read.

Bonus points for the following:

  • Making me WANT to start running again. I loved how Checketts used Cassidy’s training for the marathon to show us how strong and determined (stubborn) she could be. Cassidy grows stronger in more ways than one as she pushes herself harder than ever before.
  • Brilliant plot twist with Dr. Tattoo (totally dreamy dude). I don’t want to spoil anything, but LOVED it. Early on I had a very definite idea of which side he would be on, but wow there was still a great surprise in store for me and Cassidy. Can you say CONFLICT baby?
  • All the great nicknames Cassidy had for the other characters. I’m so bad with names that I do this same thing! I only wish she had told Detective Shine what his name meant.
I gave both of these stories about Cassidy a solid 4.

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure


About charitybradford

Science fiction and fantasy writer and blogger. My first novel is now available--The Magic Wakes (WiDo Publishing, 2013)

Posted on January 7, 2013, in 4 Star Book Review, Blog Tour. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. You know a book is good when it leaves you wanting more! Thank you for passing on the review.

  2. Sounds like Cami has a big fan now!

  3. Thank you, Charity, for the fun reviews and for having me on your blog!Thanks Elsie and Alex for stopping by!

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