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Running Scared (Rarities Unlimited #2)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  2,070 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Running Scared
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by William Morrow (first published 2002)
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Author: Elizabeth Lowell
First published: 2002
Length: 5153 kindle locations, 552 pages
Setting: Contemporary, Mostly around Las Vegas.
Sex: Reasonably frequent and explicit.
Hero: Casino Owner.
Heroine: Curator.
Paranormal: MCs have a supernatural link through the gold pieces to a Druidic/Celtic past.
Links: to Lowell’s Donovan series (April Joy plays a major role).
Author’s Extra: Essay from Lowell Popular Fiction: Why We Read It, Why We Write It.

Lessons on Druidic/Celtic gold.

Another very lengthy book
Runing Scared - G+
Elizabeth Lowell
Risa Sheridan knows everything there is to know about gold - its history, its secrets, its allure, its perils. Her boss, Shane Tannahill, is addicted to the stuff, having already made the precious metal the theme of his ultrasuccessful Las Vegas gambling establishment, the Golden Fleece. Now an ancient Celtic piece is being offered to Shane for his collection, and the casino owner is hooked. But though she shares Shane's enthusiasm, Risa is wary - because someth
Book 2 in the Rarities Unlimited series is almost as good as book 1, but not quite. It didn’t engage me as much, although the storyline and characters were not unengaging. Perhaps I was just too aware that all of the “good” characters are gorgeous, superintelligent and well-off or wealthy. And that all of the “bad” characters are unattractive, stupid or drug-addicted and broke. A little too black-and-white, with very little grey, which is not at all like real life. Still, the premise is interest ...more
Feb 03, 2010 Marti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Parts of this book were more interesting than others--the description of the Celtic gold vs. the sexual tensions and gropings of curator Risa Sheridan and her boss, Shane Tannahill, who possesses wealth, power and extreme knowledge. Risa grew up with one of the baddies, Cherelle, who has joined up with two ex-cons, Timmy and Socks. The trio are fortunate enough to obtain a Celtic hoard of gold. There are plenty of people interested in it, whereas Cherelle, Timmy and Socks prefer cocaine. Most of ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Decent story and kept me reading, but there were some missing scenes between the main characters that I would have really liked to see. I also thought it ended kind of abruptly, and never really resolved a few things about where they are going to go from that point on. But it was a pretty good read, just not as good as most of the other Elizabeth Lowell books I've read.
I had forgotten that I had already read this one. Definitely not my favourite Lowell. Spends too much time with other characters, and the bad-guys (all 8,000 of them), and not enough on the actual relationship.
May 10, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not as good as the first due to less character development, but still enjoyable. another review pointed out that every "good" character is gorgeous. every "evil" character is ugly, which is a little simplistic.
Jun 27, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Entertaining but raunchier than I'd hoped (language, sex); the back cover made it sound a lot more classy and intriguing than it actually was.
2.5 Stars

So Shane Tannahill and Risa Sheridan were introduced in enough detail from the first book in this series, Moving Target, for us to get a pretty good idea about what type of characters they’ll be. Not that I don’t appreciate subtle introductions from one book to another within a series, but there were just some things in the first book that I thought were unnecessary to the book’s plot.

Fortunately for Running Scared we don’t have much unnecessary tangential characters taking up space (al
Jan 28, 2017 ATreads rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A pretty nifty plot cannot rescue this thing from a collection of unconvincing characters. Never mind the excess of sexual content (I'm not a prude, but if that fit my tastes, I would be looking in the romance genre). The cover bills this as a novel of suspense, but at the end of the day, it's not so much suspense as just bland curiosity.
Truly, this probably isn't that great of a book, but it's become a bit of a comfort re-read for me over the years. Don't really know why but it is.
May 16, 2010 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebooks
Running Scared is Book 2 of Elizabeth Lowell's Rarities Unlimited series, but I was a bit disappointed to see that it didn't quite live up to the enjoyment I got out of Book 1, Moving Target. This is not to say that Running Scared was bad, mind you--it's just that this one didn't tickle my fancy nearly as much as the first one did.

This time around we've got a heroine named Risa Sheridan, a gold appraiser in the employ of wealthy Vegas casino owner Shane Tanahill, who has a strict hands-off polic
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Jun 30, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I randomly picked this book up from the library. I had never heard of the author and I hoped it was a fast page turner for a good summer read. Honestly, the amount of characters I had to keep up with had me jotting notes down to remember who was who. I had to think about how the story tied everyone together a little harder because I had to remember so many of them. The in depth talk of Celtic gold artifacts kind of bored me. No doubt the author did her research on Vegas casinos and all the proce ...more
More of a two and a half. Engaging enough to keep reading but very formulaic with little depth to the characters. The story was about ancient celtic/druid gold but we learn little about it. Only that it's powerful, to the point of ruining the life of the man who found it. But almost no details. No backstory. No flashbacks. Nothing. The character who is "running scared" is secondary and we don't learn much there either. In fact, the main "will they get busted" suspense turns out to be a farce. Th ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am finding Elizabeth Lowell consistently good. Little suspension and plenty of romance, which I'm a sucker for.

I particularly enjoy these because they have some information that seems like it could be real about the jewelery business or about jems or metals. So, I feel like I might be gaining some new information from this contemporary fiction, which rarely happens. (Of course, I do understand that this is fiction and there's a good likelihood that the details were added to make a good story,
Beth Lee
I liked it for a fast beach read. Not too serious but with an interesting concept. Unlike some other reviewers I am a big history nerd so loved the background on the Celts and the gold. It was actually what drew to to pick this book over the latest Nora Roberts. The writing was a bit cheesy in places. And it really drove me crazy that our "heroine" was all prim and proper but as soon as the couple gets intimate she starts saying "Dick" in every other paragraph. She was a "white trash" kid and ri ...more
Nov 10, 2010 Maam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I marked this as read but I am choosing to not finish it. Moving Target was okay with a few unnecessary overly detailed sex scenes but I was interested in the story line and when it ended with a cliff hanger I decided to try this one. The characters involved in the cliff hanger have not made an appearance yet and the all too frequent sexual references (and in many cases in vulgar terms) and the prevalance of them (seems every character is thinking about sex they want to have with another charact ...more
Apr 16, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly one of my absolute favorite books from Lowell, I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes a fast-paced, easy, interesting read. I love the way Lowell shows us part of the story through the POV of the 'bad guy' & I love how she writes. And I have to admit, I'm in love with the characters. I love that they're so protective over each other, how well they know each other & I love the reoccurring appearance of Niall & Dana. If you want a great read with great charac ...more
Oct 10, 2012 C K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moving Target and Running Scared are must reads in my book!! All that Celtic history and "things that go bump in the night" mixed with the drama, suspense, intrigue and of course romance. I have read both of these books 3 times now! This is an author that I have read a lot of and have added her books to my 'keeper' book shelf. Most I have read at least twice and some even more than that. Always in depth characters that anyone can identify with on some level.
Karen Hufman
Not my favorite- it felt kind of choppy. Risa's job is to procure Celtic gold pieces for Shane's uber successful Vegas Hotel whose centerpiece is all about gold. There's major sexual tension between her and her boss. The characters were not really developed and I felt there were some holes in the story. The gold seems to have some magical properties but it's never really explained. The other characters are Cherelle (Risa's old childhood friend), Timmy and Socks.
I love this novel! Maybe because it was a guilty pleasure - I read it when I was supposed to be studying for an exam and to look at books from afar.
I liked the setting - the casino, and the characters - Shane, Rita...I'll get back to fill in the others.
I loved the paranormal element. So cool.
And, last but not least, the sex was hot!
Oct 22, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast-paced, truly entertaining romantic caper/thriller. Las Vegas was a fun setting and the small touch of paranormal associated with the Druid gold was just enough to spice it up to the next level.

Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
it was readable but nothing special. I was actually disappointing because it felt like it follows this authors outline of certain points to a tea with nothing new from her other books. i wasn't happy with it
Dec 03, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version and really love Carrington McDuffy's voice! The complaint I have is that some books have a volume so low that it's hard to hear well. This was one of those. I would probably have liked it more if it hadn't been so hard to hear it.
Aug 07, 2009 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book a little hareder to love than her other ones. I think it was the Vegas thing I am not sure for me. But liked the idea behind it and enjoyed the Risa and Shane tension. Druid gold and friendships gone bad.
Lisa Pauls
May 23, 2015 Lisa Pauls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one - the search for ancient gold and intrigue around its provenance were different than your typical suspense novel. Some plot lines were developed more fully than others and the love story a bit predictable, but a good read nevertheless.
I think I prefer Lowell's more recent St. Kilda books for romantic suspense, but ah well. The milieu here is the weak spot for me--I'm not that interested in Vegas or Celtic gold.
Janet Horton
Jun 10, 2013 Janet Horton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy all of Lowell's books. There is adventure, mystery, romance and laughter. What is not to like! It has been a good series and easy to see why it was reissued.
Just plain good dialog. Excellent dialog. Witty. Entertaining. Funny. Straightforward good fun. Like going on a roller coaster. Totally enjoyed the ride!
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