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She Can Run

(She Can... #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  14,064 ratings  ·  680 reviews

Elizabeth was a young widow with two small children when she met Congressman Richard Baker. Handsome and wealthy, with a sparkling public image, Richard seemed like the perfect man to provide the security that Beth and her kids were craving. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret about her new husband, Beth realizes he will go to any lengths—even murder—to keep it. After

Paperback, 327 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by Montlake Romance
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Mary Catherine
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm not going to lie - I wanted to like this book. Marketed as a suspense thriller type, I thought it would be a good read with steamy scenes, a chase, some bad guys - you get the picture. And in the beginning, this book had promise. Beth is on the run from a husband who's not yet an ex (but really should be) and ends up in Jack's new place. Jack just happens to be an ex-cop with a busted knee.

The problems come pretty soon after the introduction. The main reason? I found the pacing to be slow a
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Just some thoughts...

I have read Melinda Leigh before and was looking forward to starting this series.

Initially I liked the story and characters but was quickly irritated by the immediate attraction that developed between Elizabeth and Jack. They are both older characters and I was hoping for a more mature romance. My complaint is not only how quickly the attraction developed between the H/h, but that it didn't seem realistic to the characters. She's on the run from an abusive husba
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a middle-age soccer mom romance fantasy masquerading as a thriller.
Which is fine if you're into that sort of thing. The reason I couldn't put it down was because I wanted to see how many cliches could possibly be shoved into a single 300 page book.
The prose is light and readable, so I might pick up another one of her stories one of these days, but since she has already used every single cliche known to man, it may be difficult for her to find source material.
Having already read some ML stories I expected so much more from this but it just didn't deliver. It was well written and I still enjoyed the story but it lacked the drive, the oomph making it run of the mill type of read.....Hoping the next one delivers more.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one :)
Big Joe  Rossi
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a well done Romantic Suspense novel. Twist, turns, intrigue...had me glued to the pages (or tablet in my case). Every character, not our hero, had suspicion woven into their story.

Beth Baker lost her 1st husband, a firefighter, not to the job but a car accident. A widow with two kids. No family. Senator Richard Baker saw as the perfect 'wife' a widow of a hero. Mother of 2. Alone. Only she wasn't as submissive to his demands as he thought and when she walks in and discovers
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She walks in on her husband then gasps. Next thing she knows, she's
running for her life. This is a story that starts out with a bang and
doesn't let up. Its quick pace brings a reader along on a suspenseful ride.
Will Beth Baker and her kids outrun the senator? He has all the power and
money, and he must stop Beth permanently or risk his secret getting out.

Beth shows up at the home of a nice old man who hired her to be his estate
♛ Garima ♛
Leaving this at 10% because of trigger. Not a big fan of psychopath who kidnaps random women for torture and killing....
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Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful woman in an abusive marriage to a powerful politician has found out his dark secret that would destroy his career ... so she escapes from him with her two children, knowing he will hunt her down and attempt to kill her. She needs a safe place to hide, enter a retired sexy police detective whose Pennsylvania countryside home becomes her safe haven. Mix in a serial killer who hunts down women and sadistically murders them, and now has the politician's wife in his sights. In She Can Run ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book was good and I have to say that Henry is my favorite character in this book. That is how to write a really good part for a dog. I just don't care for writers who think that animals deserve to be the focus of the book.

Beth is on the run and she, and her kids are hiding from a very powerful man. Beth's husband, Richard, is a US Congressman, his father is a former Senator and the family is filthy rich. Oh, and, he tried to kill her. Beth takes a job with a elderly man as careta
Anne OK
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic suspense readers
Recommended to Anne OK by: Kara Conrad
Shelves: 2012-reads
Romantic suspense debut by Melinda Leigh that hits the ground running. A not-so-nice politician with a big secret, a wife who knows the secret and is running for her life, and a cop on medical leave who never expected a case of this magnitude to fall in his lap. And then there's the Riverside Murderer who is on the loose in the countryside of Pennsylvania adding another level to the suspense. Of course, it wouldn't be "romantic" suspense without a HEA for a couple who really needed it. This book ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was one creepy book and I mean that in a good way! If you enjoy Karen Rose or Allison Brennan, lots of villain POV then this might be for you. Great Alpha hero and a heroine on the run with her kids. I had the bad guy nailed about mid-way but it didn't take away from the excitement or creepiness.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
This was enjoyable to listen to. It's a romance mystery suspense thriller, but I'd say it's more heavy on the romance, so would probably be enjoyed more by romance fans with an appreciation of suspense thrillers, rather than the other way round.

I borrowed this is audiobook format through Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2011, suspense
There are so many highly enjoyable elements within the pages of She Can Run. I enjoyed the characters the most. Jack may not be active within a police department any longer, but all of his skills are still present and honed. He knows that the new caretaker of his uncle’s estate is hiding something. He knows that he can’t push to find out this something, pushing will just scare Beth more and send her running. I also enjoyed Henry the police dog reject. He adds some unexpected humor to a very susp ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A politician's wife uncovers a dangerous secret, and to save her life and the lives of her children, she runs.

But can she run fast enough and far enough? She knows that her husband's paid killers are close on her heels, so when she tries to disappear into a mountain village in Pennsylvania by taking a job as a caretaker on an estate there, she hopes she may have found respite.

But Elizabeth Baker (now Beth Markham) may have entered a whole new danger zone. For lurking near
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great suspense novel that has dual story lines that end up interconnecting. Beth and her two children have been on the run from her abusive husband, a Congressman who has a secret he wants to kill Beth for knowing, for ten months. Beth's Uncle, unknowingly to her, sets her up with a job with an old Nam buddy of his. But before Beth gets there he dies. His nephew (a cop who is on medical leave) has inherited the place and decides to keep Beth on for the job his Uncle had hired her for as he can t ...more
Maybe up to 3 stars...

I don't think that this can be classified as a mystery... The second the "bad guy" was introduced I knew he was going to be the suspect. This was an okay read for me, it felt like something I have read several times before. The heroine had every possible bad situation happen to her, it was pretty spectacularly unbelievable. There was also the strange supernatural aspect of the uncle's "premonitions" that had me quirking an eyebrow...

Probably wont be continuing
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm giving this 2 stars because it intrigued me enough to finish it but I just found this to be mostly silly and unbelievable. Everything bad that can happen to someone has happened to the main character. The poor woman has suffered, so much so that it just got to be ridiculous. Favorite character was Henry :-) Would not recommend to anyone...maybe entertaining enough for a long airplane ride.
Barb Shuler
Beth is on the run from a no good husband. Her children in tow. There wasn’t anything to do to get away and to safely but run. She had spent 10 months on the road. Staying with an uncle until she made her way to Pennsylvania -to an estate in the middle of no where- to be a caretaker for an old man. But when she arrives at the estate Danny -the old man she had interviewed with- had passed away. Danny’s nephew Jack O’Malley was now the one in charge of the estate. Beth agreed to give a few weeks a ...more
Christi Snow
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
I was asked to read an ARC of this novel by Melinda Leigh, an author that I had never read before. I like romantic suspense and the plot sounded good, so I said, Yes. Oh my goodness, I had no idea what a treat I was in for. I loved this book. The plot is FANTASTIC. The action is non-stop. I was riveted to the book from the moment I started it until I sadly reached the final page. It was one of those books that I did not want to end because it was so good.

I absolutely fell in lov
Virginia Campbell
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
"She Can Run", by Melinda Leigh, is an entertaining, involving romantic suspense read. I enjoyed the "noir-ish" flavor and the humor "with bite". I loved the hero, Jack O'Malley, a policeman forced into early retirement when a drunk driver causes him a serious injury. Jack is somewhat adrift, not sure of which direction to take, when his beloved uncle dies and leaves him his home and horse farm. Jack had spent many happy summers on the farm in his youth, but he had planned to spend his life in t ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Elisabeth discovers her husbands secrets and he attacks her, she barely escapes with her life. Taking her two young children, she goes on the run desperate to hide from her husband and the past that she knows will eventually catch up to her. Beth manages to find a job as a caretaker on a remote estate for an elderly man, upon her arrival she discovers that the elderly man has passed away and her fate lies in the hands of his nephew Jack, an injured police detective and his retired dog, Henr ...more
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked that one - creepy but good :)
Even though you can figure out the bad guys and all the secrets that are to be figured by the first half of the book the suspence continues to the end (happy of course). Poor Beth everyone wants a hit on her so I was really simphatetic for her. After all through the second half of the book she is constantly hurt by one or another.. at least there is Jack.
All in all a good book so if you like romantic suspence you'll probably like it too.
A Melinda Leigh book I didn't mind. 3.5 stars really, rated down for obvious killer. I did like the characters, which I usually don't of her books, so that was good. Good, not great, story.
May 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book sounded intriguing but turned out to be cliche in the end as the female lead, Beth, is on the run from her husband who is trying to kill her as she finds out a secret about him that could end his political career. She and her two kids end up with an ex-cop, Jack, who happens to have a police dog that didn't quite live up to his training but later he becomes super dog and protector of Beth and the kids.
Throw in a serial killer plot twist, a cousin of Jack's who is a
Heather Martin
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
She Can Run

Whew, that was a story! This was quite the winding road of a story that covered a lot. My one disappointment was I knew from early on who the serial killer was but otherwise, quite a story! I do wish there was a little more at the end but otherwise, really enjoyable! The narration was also enjoyable, so much so, that I was really into the story during the serial killer end scene and a real life noise happened and almost caused a heart attack!
Dec 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is the first book I by Melinda Leigh. This book started good but after that the story didn't grab my interest. The storyline became boring & confusing to me that I stopped reading it at chapter 3.
Caz Malpas
3-3.5 STARS

I Listened to this story, it was ok.

The serial killer storyline had my interest but my oh my what an anti climax! It was all a bit predictable.
Would I listen to another book by this author? Yes if it was free!
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#1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker who learned that writing books is way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Since then, she has garnered numerous writing accolades, including two RITA® Award nominations and an induct ...more

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