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Woman On the Run

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,342 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
What's a girl to do?Sophisticated urbanite Julia Devaux loves her life. What's not to love? A fabulous job in publishing, wonderful friends, gorgeous apartment, the company of her beautiful though temperamental Siamese cat, Federico Fellini—she's got it made. And then Julia has the bad luck to witness a Mob murder and her life goes straight down the toilet. Under the Witne ...more
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Ellora's Cave (first published September 1st 2004)
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SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
11/01/2014 re rated from a 3 star to a 4. I had issues with the start, but since I finished it I have found myself thinking about it and how much I liked it in the end and I shall be trying more books of hers out.

This was my first book by this author.

Have to admit, in the first few pages, I was wondering if I would finish this.

We have Julia Devaux, who witnesses a mob murder.

And what are her concerns upon being told she has to go into the Witness protection programme? The name she has been give
Shari Kay

It was okay. Not much to say on this one.

Girl is put in witness protection program by seemingly incompetent government officials. City girl meets Podunk. Podunk takes to h like ducks to water. Talkative city girl meets grunting cowboy. They have lots of sex. Dude has stamina. They fall in love. Assassination attempts spoiled with a little TSTL thrown in. Town is saved by good decorating. HEA. Babies! H needs to shut up he talks so much now. The End.

May 15, 2011 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another good book by LMR. I loved both Coop and Julia, even though I didn't understand at first how she fell in love with him since he barely talked to her and, quite frankly, he didn't know what foreplay was - I mean, he knew what it was but just didn't have enough control to dedicate himself to it, LOL.

The thing that bothered me in this book was the amount of scenes dedicated to the villain bent on killing Julia. There were too many of them, to the point that it was annoyingly distrac
Jul 02, 2008 LibraryLass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
This was another dip in the erotica genre for me. Although it is only rated S=sensuous by Ellora's cave, it was quite sufficient for me ;) Only down side for the whole book was the use of the c word. My pet hate. Anyway, unlike other reviewers I liked Sam being the strong silent type (I married one and was fathered by one after all). I thoroughly enjoyed the vulnerability and strength of both Sam and Julie. It was a well written book even though the plot line has been used before. It was enough ...more
I have to say that I find this book extremely frustrating. There is nothing special in it, its pretty basic, with a well known structure, a typical plot line, plenty to criticized about the characters, yada, yada, yada. And yet I find myself coming back to it and rereading it!! Why? Why? I have read it at least 3 times already! What’s wrong with me? I swear I have much more bad things to say about it than good things but for some reason it beckons me! It kills me to admit it but I find Sam Coope ...more
Mar 01, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense Fans: Steamy
Romantic Suspense (Steamy) - Stand Alone

A very good story of a young woman whose life is suddenly turned upside down after she witnesses a mob murder. Julia is hurriedly relocated via the Witness Protection Program from big city Boston book editor to a tiny rural Idaho town, where she's now a grade school teacher.

Julia, now known as Sally, is doing pretty well under the circumstances, just trying to keep it together until she can testify and regain her real life. In a moment of panic after hour
May 12, 2008 Kathrynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Auntee
I liked this book and thought it had some neatly written passages throughout, but neither Sam nor Julia (Sally) fascinated me. Sam wasn't much of a talker...This book is rated S (Sensuous) by the publisher and, frankly, I've read hotter books in mass market format. I can't even place this in my "Hot" bookshelf. So, if you are looking for a nice romantic suspense (which is where I would categorize this one), you should enjoy it.

There were some similarities to this author's book "Pursuit" written
I really enjoyed this one. I love Lisa Marie Rice's heroes. They are so in lust with their women and have no problem showing it. There is no hot-and-cold, no lying, just straight out: I want you...very refreshing. Longer review coming soon
Julia Devaux finds herself in the mother of all fixes when she witnesses a mob hit and becomes a valuable witness who could put away the dangerous Joey Capruzzo behind bars for a good long time. However that also means that one seriously rich and pissed off Capruzo is after her pretty little head served on a platter which would mean another failed attempt by the US government to indict him.

A book worm and film buff at the core, though Julia has lived a life of moving from one place to the other
Feb 11, 2014 MostlyDelores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linda Howard fans
3.5 stars. Lisa Marie Rice books have an old-school Linda Howard feel to them and I'm a sucker for that. Big, strong, inarticulate ex-soldier meets delicate, sophisticated editor hiding from evil villains, and within hours he's on her like a stallion on a filly. I'm not even kidding.

A little more heavy-handed than it should be, there's no subtlety here at all, but if you feel like a reading about a damsel in distress rescued by a big, strong hero, it satisfies a craving.
Sandy M
I’d been wanting to read this Lisa Marie Rice book for a while. If I’d had more of this author’s books handy after devouring Pursuit, which she wrote under her pseudonym of Elizabeth Jennings, I would have been reading them too. This woman can write. She pulls you in immediately, gives you characters, especially heroes, you love (at least for me), and a storyline that won’t let go of you until the very last word is read.

Julia is in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a mafia
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Actually 4.25 stars

Incredulous is the word to describe Julia Devaux's reaction rant of 'Sally! Sally May! Sally May Anderson! Live in Idaho! Are you kidding me? I couldn't look less like a Sally if I tried.' The name alone is almost enough to make Julia reconsider testifying against a powerful crime lord and entering witness protection.

Add frumpy clothes, an injured flea-bitten stray dog and a shabby house in a place where deer is the local fast food, and Julia's thinking maybe the scrawny man
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction
A great read. I think I liked it almost as much as Rice's Midnight Angel. Cultured, east-coaster Julia, after witnessing a mob murder, enters the witness protection plan and ends up as Sally Anderson, a grade school teacher in a dying town in the midwest. Cooper is a former SEAL who now runs a very successful ranch just out of town.

They had chemistry and I really enjoyed their interactions, but I didn't quite feel that sparks were flying. I love dialogue between characters, and Cooper was extre
May 19, 2012 Mareli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delicious surprise here! I was in a break from Cindy Gerard, after finished her Bodyguards series and before beginning her BOI series and I got this great book!

The story is simple, Julie, a former editor, had the misfortune to be a witness to a mob execution. They put a 1 million dollar price on her head (after it's separated from the rest of her) and she had to go under witness custody program to be able to live untill the process. She ended in a sort of god-forgotten little town in the
May 08, 2015 Serena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointed, romance
My first book from Lisa Marie Rice. i really enjoyed the book when I first got started. I liked LMR's style, I liked her humor. I thought that it would be a nail biting, heart stopping action story. But the book just dragged on. Everything is so predictable that there is essentially no plot, no twist, and the characters are all one dimensional. Not even half way into the book i started skipping and scanning. The sex was hot in the beginning; then it became more of the same and a little gratuitou ...more
Jane Stewart
3.5 stars. Good erotic romantic suspense. Enjoyable and fun escape, but a few weak plot devices.

Julia was a city-loving book editor who witnessed a mob murder. Under the Witness Security program she is relocated to a small town in Idaho, working as a 2nd grade teacher. The murderer put out a million dollar contract on her life. Hit men are plotting and searching for her. She meets Sam who breeds horses and is a former SEAL. Julia and Sam are immediately drawn to each other and begin
Sep 30, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still on my LMR kick. I liked this one a lot. It felt different from the other two recent LMR books I recently read (Midnight Man and Dangerous Passion).

For one there was a nice undertone of humor throughout the book. Not yuk-yuk funny or anything, but the main character, Julie's, inner dialogue was great. She is a sophisticated city girl, an editor for a boutique publisher. She is well travelled and well read. She likes her coffee shops, her bookstores, her foreign films and her cat Frederico
Mar 05, 2012 Kaetrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
This romantic suspense by Lisa Marie Rice was written in 2004 when email and mobile phones weren’t quite so prevalent and data encryption wasn’t as good as it is now. But, leaving those things aside, this book was a win for me. LMR books have a kind of a crackalicious flavour to me – like those glorious B movies some people love. Julia Devaux witnesses a mob murder and is placed on the Witness Protection Program. Her new name is Sally Anderson and she’s relocated to the tiny town of Simpson, Ida ...more
3.5 stars

This was a very difficult book for me to settle on a rating. I believe that many of my GR friends will really love this though.

Woman on the Run had the potential to be really really great for me. I thought the short-on-words Cooper was fantastic and sexy. Julia/Sally was pretty decent. The setting and storyline were interesting. There were lots of nice side characters. I loved how absolutely OTT obsessed and crazed Cooper was for Julia/Sally. The epilogue was totally adorable. I loved i
Jun 09, 2015 Farah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books, favorite-books
Outstanding !!
I loved this book , the plot was grabbing and the characters were real and had depth. The suspense was perfect and the romance was a bit different as the hero's character was unusual.

Julia/Sally was funny , sweet and brave. I liked her character a lot , she's very honest with herself and though the situation definitely calls for whining ... she held herself together and dealt with everything that was thrown her way. Cooper was really intense , he's a man of few words and isn't r
Feb 15, 2015 Estara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Estara by: I think it was a freebie link at DA
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2015
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Cover & Title - four out of five.
Favorite Character - Cooper.

I have read and enjoyed quite a few books by this author. The sex scenes in them is normally ranging from hot to really hot, I felt a bit let down in this book. I guess the sex was still hot but it wasn't as good as i wanted it to be. Foreplay was an unknown concept that is for sure. Oh and a few references to horses during sex were rather odd but *shrug* Thankfully the story made up for the not the best sex. I surprisingly enjoye
Dec 23, 2012 Crt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bueno Cora, pues le pongo 3 estrellas. Lo que es la historia entre ellos me ha resultado simpática, pero la parte en la que él se pone a cuidarla una vez desvelada su auténtica identidad me parece un tanto despropósito ¿cómo es eso de que está más segura en una tienda con un octogenario que la "vigila" desde la rebotica que en un bar repleto de gente? Que no digo yo que en el bar estuviera segura cuando su cabeza tenía un precio de 2 millones de dólares. Me imagino yo que con un precio como ese ...more
Apr 18, 2016 Lena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
This is an erotic romantic suspense novel and a snob out of water story but neither of these are the reason I have reread it and given it five stars. Growing up a (non) military brat Julia was taught to make the best of whatever her current living situation, but as her adult life was posh Boston the sudden move to nowhere Ohio was harsh. Julia's relationship with Cooper is what jars her out of self pity to redecorate her shabby home into a warm and welcoming cabin. Seeing Julias skill her new fr ...more
Sep 20, 2009 AgentScully rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-smut
I'm posting my review from Amazon from last year:

The plot is excellent and the characters sound like real people not stock cardboard cutouts. Julia is spirited but not dumb. Cooper is hot. There is less sex than you might expect from an erotic romance (some of them seem to be nothing but sex scenes strung together) and that's ok. The identity of the Professional took me by surprise and I had to reread the earlier scenes to make sure I hadn't missed anything. Clever! Lisa Marie Rice is fantastic,
Sep 05, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep on avoiding Lisa marie rice's book because of its abrupt ending but this book is great I can't resist it...

its when you're on the edge of the story, building up the suspense and then Bam! what???that's it, it just take that to end.damn.ooops...but at least the epilogue hold it wheww that was close..

great characters, I like Julia, she's talkative and charming while Cooper is the exact opposite, that taciturn man haha...

A keeper for me! One of those stories with "the woman hiding from the villain" theme. For whatever reason I love that theme and this book did it right for me. Julia Devaux witnesses a mob hit and ends up in the Witness Protection program as Sally Anderson, in the small Idaho town of Simpson. Enter rancher and former Navy SEAL, Sam Cooper, who has an immediate attraction to the new school teacher in town.
3.75 stars, rounded up. Absorbing. Suspenseful erotica with a lovely feel-good STORY about a dying community. Some bits at the end bugged me, we spent too much time in the killer's mind, and the sex ... felt exhausting. But I just loved Cooper! (The cover art does NOT do him justice.)
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  • Grace Under Pressure
  • Out Of Control (McClouds & Friends #3)
  • Tactical Deception (Silent Warrior, #2)
  • On Thin Ice (Ice, #6)
  • Wild Borders (Wild, #4)
  • Deceiving the Protector (Resurrection, #2)
  • Under Fire  (Under Fire #1)
  • Hide from Evil (Dead Wrong, #2)
  • Defender (Dark Ops, #1)
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  • Deadly Descent (Bagram Special Ops, #1)
  • Time to Run (SEAL Team 12, #3)
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Lisa Marie Rice is eternally 30 years old and will never age. She is tall and willowy and beautiful. Men drop at her feet like ripe pears. She has won every major book prize in the world. She is a black belt with advanced degrees in archaeology, nuclear physics, and Tibetan literature. She is a concert pianist. Did I mention her Nobel Prize? Of course, Lisa Marie Rice is a virtual woman and exists ...more
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