January 16, 2007
Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Rating: 4 cups
Julie Marchant, a gemmologist, is happy with her life, until a series of events changes her mind. When her friend Charles becomes increasingly difficult to deal with at a charity function, Julie decides to head outside, where she meets Mitchell Cartright. The attraction is instant, but it is also different than what she has felt before.
Mitch is a single archeologist who is used to seeing what he wants and taking it, and he wants Julie at first sight. Unlike some men, Mitch is not put off by Julie’s aloofness, and he uses all his charm to get her into bed. While he gets his night of passion, he also gets something more.
When Julie goes on a trip with Charles to Thailand and he becomes obnoxious, Julie decides to break off the friendship. Next she heads to Laos to check out a new gem market, only to find Mitchell is there on a dig. They resume their relationship, but things begin to get out of hand when Julie discovers she is wanted for murder in Thailand, and Laos is about to erupt in civil war. However, wounded by events in her past, Julie has not told Mitch the entire truth. Will her keeping secrets from him ruin what they have?
Running Scared starts off slow, but then you find yourself turning pages as fast as you can! Ripe with tension and suspense, Running Scared reads like a fast-paced romantic suspense with plenty of mystery added. Fantastically descriptive scenery from Asia is abundant throughout the book. Explanations of the gem trade and how it works give the reader a bird’s eye view of this industry. Beautifully erotic in the extreme, the love between Mitch and Julie is something to be savored. I cannot wait for Ms. Nicholas’ next novel!
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