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Running from the Past

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  45 reviews
A woman on the run.

Miami socialite Emma Garcia has been running from who she is her entire life. When she witnesses a horrific crime, she goes on the run. In desperation, she answers an ad for a chef on a remote horse farm in the middle of nowhere, Florida. It seems like the perfect plan until she figures out what to do with her secrets. The only thing she doesn’t count o
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 3rd 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 2008)
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❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
4 Alpha Cowboy Stars!!

Emma Garcia has been trapped in a forced relationship with powerful crime lord Ricardo, when she witnesses a murder she goes on the run, hiding from the powerful man who'd been blackmailing her for years. She changes her appearance and lands on a rural ranch taking on a position as a cook till she can earn enough money to move on.

Former Marine Caleb Ryder couldn't think straight the minute he laid eyes on Emma, she was his "fantasy" woman come alive” but he could tell rig
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
A fast paced smut-suspense, done to fluffiness and served with cheese.

The H is very likable – a hot alpha cowboy with a tough gruff exterior hiding a sweet sensitive side.
The h is that cute sexy perky kinds - but with secrets.
The chemistry is instant and incendiary.

She needs protecting (from a villainous ex) and our H volunteers for the job – all protective and possessive instincts on full alert. It helps he’s an ex-marine with FBI/CIA connections.
Wow, our hs are not so fluff brained after all
Brande Waldron
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Running from the Past by Katie Reus is hot, hot, hot with a cherry on top! This is my third of Katie's delicious little reads and once again I couldn't be happier that I picked it up and immediately I was sucked into the world of Emma who has just driven up to Caleb's ranch looking for a job. A stunning Miami socialite and daughter to an arms dealer, where else would she be right! That is if she is on the run, who would possibly look for her there!

Caleb is blown away by her beauty and agrees to
Trish R.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read..

Alrighty then, I bought this book December 4, 2014 and just read it last night and today. I have no idea why it took me so long, unless it just got lost in the 100+ books-to-read on my kindle.

Anyway, it was pretty good. It had a lot of suspense and murder in it and it was without all kinds of angst. I’ve gotten to where I’m on the look-out for this kind of book because it offers a reader a little more than just a plain old love story so full of angst and misunderstandings you find y
A short and steamy romantic thriller!

Emma Garcia gripped the steering wheel of the stolen pick-up truck she wished she wasn’t driving. In the entirety of her twenty-six years, she hadn’t taken as much as a piece of gum without paying for it, until today…

Running from the Past by Katie Reus is a short and ultra steamy romantic thriller. It’s a stand alone read from Katie and not part of a series. Emma is running for her life from Ricardo, a crime lord. She needs to hide where he and his minions c
Reviewing the audio format narrated by Sophie Eastlake.

Emma witnessed a murder and runs away. Caleb may not know who she is but something in his gut tells him he can trust the beauty and decides to give her a job as a cook in his ranch. As much as they try to keep hidden how attracted they are to each other they give in and you can imagine what happens next.

I've always liked Sophie Eastlake narrating style and this was no exception. There was a particular character, Robert, who was Caleb’s fri
Tracy T.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good short fast paced story. Great narration by Sophie Eastlake (audible review)

I really enjoyed it. There was murder, action and romance all rolled into 3 hours.

The story line and plot was good. I really enjoyed Emma and Caleb, they had good chemistry albeit quickly. There was a lot of dialogue throughout the story too.

As for the narration, it was excellent, I really enjoy Sophie Eastlake, She does such a good job on the mens voices and. She has a very nice reading voice and re
Deviant Divas
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ellora-s-cave
Running From the Past is exciting, fun and sizzling. A sexy man and dangerous suspense thrown into the mix gives a great story.

Kate Reus delivered action, adventure and erotic chemistry.Reviewed by Destiny Travis


Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story of this book... But the book is only 93 pages..
Yvonne Cruz
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this audiobook. Ms Reus never ceases to amaze me with her storytelling.
Though it’s a short audiobook, it’s fast paced , has an intense plot that is filled with action, suspense, a hunky former Marine, a feisty female, bad guys and of course, romance.
Emma Garcia is running for her life after witnessing a murder. She ends up in a ranch owned by Caleb Ryder, a former Marine . He hires her as a cook, even though he knows she is lying about her identity.
The chemistry between them is
Rosemary K
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful woman running for her life, a protective former marine willing to risk everything to keep her safe and a forever love. These are the ingredients that make Running From The Past by Katie Reus a riveting romantic and suspenseful story. Emma is caught in a web of violence when she sees her fake fiancée kill two women. Luckily she escapes and hides as a cook on a remote horse ranch. Her attraction to Caleb, the owner, leads to more complications. Will he understand why she lied to him? I ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really good book!
April Symes
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
****A gifted copy was provided by the author for an honest review****

Running from the Past is a juicy, delicious read by Katie Reus. I read this book in about an hour and was so sad when the book ended that I have read this story several times over because it is sooo good.

The book starts out with Emma Garcia on the run from her abusive boyfriend after she sees someone so horrific. She is trying to get away when he calls her and lets her know he knows she isn’t where she is supposed to be. That i
5 stars!

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WOW! What a FUN book this was! Right from the get-go, Running From The Past was exciting, sexy, and just downright fun to read.

This delicious, thrilling story is about a beautiful, headstrong woman named Emma Garcia who has secrets galore, having witnessed a horrifying double murder from her ex-boyfriend. She needs a few days to get her head on straight and come up with a game plan to alert the FBI and such, so she go to the middle-of-nowhere, Florida AKA Lake City. There she meets the
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Only a few days had passed since she'd left but she felt like she'd been running from her past and who she was her entire existence.

A quick and easy read with some suspense and romance weaved together well. I liked Emma a lot; she’s sweet, determined, and kindhearted. Caleb was a bit overly possessive considering their short time together but overall a good hero.

Emma was a really great heroine who might not be worldly but is still strong of heart and conviction. She’s been trapped all her life
Joyfully Reviewed
Miami socialite Emma Garcia is used to running to sales not from gun wielding psychos. But when she witnesses her fiancé murder two women she has no choice. Luckily, she finds a job as a horse farm chef in the middle of nowhere. However, she never expected to find herself attracted to her hot boss.

Caleb Ryder is a wealthy ex-Marine. He owns a horse farm and is in desperate need of a chef for his employees. Caleb has a feeling the young lady applying for the job is lying about who she really is b
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Running from the Past is a stand-alone romantic suspense book written by Katie Reus. Emma Garcia has been living a lie her entire life. When he father, an arms’ dealer, dies – she is blackmailed into being the “arm candy” and “girlfriend” of his right hand man. (He threatens to harm her mother, if she refuses). Shortly after her mother dies, she sees something she shouldn’t and goes on the run. She starts heading north from Miami in a stolen truck – trying to decide what she should do about what ...more
T.M. Payne
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audible Book: Running from the Past
Author: Katie Reus
Narrated By: Sophie Eastlake
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


"No looking back "

What did you love best about Running from the Past?
Emma is a strong woman who has no one left in her life but she doesn't let that stop her from trying to find that life she knows she deserves and doing the right thing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Running from the Past?
When the ex shows up at Caleb' and thinks
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This was a very very quick read. So I would give too much away.
But Emma is running from her life. I life that has been less than perfect. Finding herself on a ranch was the last thing she had ever seen herself doing. But it might just be the best place to be.
Caleb is not looking for anything other than a cook. But what he finds is a woman who could change everything in his life. Whether that is for the good or bad
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Discovering Happiness!!!

Emma Garcia has been in a relationship she never wanted when she witnessed a crime she had to go into hiding and away from the man who'd been blackmailing her for years into being with him, Ricardo. She changed her appearance and reached a ranch in Lake City, Florida answering an ad for the position of a cook.

Former marine Caleb Ryder couldn't think straight when he first saw Emma, she was his "fantasy" woman come alive....He didn't believe she was a cook but still he gav
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay so I don't like cowboys and I don't like futuristic stories and Katie Rues has me reading both now. She's got me thinking outside the box again for the second time in two days (I read Heated Mating yesterday).

Emma has to get out of Miami because her boyfriend is a criminal and is chasing her down. She ends up on this horse ranch with Caleb Ryder who turns out to be an ex-Marine which pays off at the end of the book.

I don't want to say too much because of spoilers but this was an awesome boo
Patti Correa
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

First off I have to say that I love Katie Reus. That will not sway my review in any way. This is the kind of book that once you start, you finish in one sitting. Yes, it is that good and just the right length to accomplish. Katie has a knack of pulling you in with a suspense, then adding that tug of war romance, and killing it with a happy ending. In Running From the Past, she manages to get it all in in 108 pages! Really, who doesn’t love an
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sexy, funny, suspenseful romantic read. After witnessing her violent boyfriend standing over two beaten and broken females, Emma packs and plots her escape. Leaving Miami and needing time to think, she drives north and stumbles onto a small town horse farm with a job opening for a cook.

Ranch owner and former Marine Caleb Ryder is captivated immediately by Emma and senses she's running from, and hiding something. But desperately in need of a cook for the ranch's men, he hires her. As they spend
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great Book!!
This is a great book by Katie Reus. Emma Garcia has been running from herself her whole life, when she witnesses a horrific crime, she goes on the run. She takes a job on a horse farm in the middle of nowhere as a chef. She does not planning on falling for Caleb,the sexy cowboy who owns the farm. Caleb knows that Emma is running from something when he interviews her for the job, but he hires her anyway because he needs the help. He is determined to find out the truth and help Emma wi
Joy Zaharia
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was asked for an honest review of this story. I've loved other stories by Katie Reus...and this story certainly didn't change my mind. I loved the story line and the characters. I only wish the story had been longer as I read it in no time at all and would have loved to stay with the characters longer!!! When Emma Garcia runs from witnessing a horrific crime, she unknowingly run right into the arms of Caleb Ryder who vows to protect her no matter what...even before he knows what really happene ...more
This one could have been better. I like Reus' rom-sus. In this case, the story was too brief, and could have used some more detail. The runaway, the rancher, the danger - all of these are tried and true elements of a good romantic suspense story. Ms. Reus does this well. I enjoyed this one and wish there had been a little more detail on the setup and the suspense climax. This could have gone another thirty pages without a problem. I'm just a little disappointed.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. Emma Garcia is running for her life. Emma has spent the last eight years as the girlfriend of a mob guy in Miami because he threatened her mother. Now, she has escaped. She finds a job as a cook/housekeeper on Caleb Ryder's ranch. Caleb is an alpha man who senses Emma needs protection. He feels protective of her as well as attracted. A goo story and good romance.
Angela Wade
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ツ Renée
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy-suspense
I really enjoyed Caleb and Emma’s story. Caleb is everything you want in a man: Sexy, confident, successful, protective, intelligent, and capable. Emma is a sweet, honest person who found herself in a bad situation. It was nice seeing her get her HEA. Not too much suspense, but that was okay as I was more focused on Caleb and Emma anyway.

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Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. ...more
“Emma Garcia gripped the steering wheel of the stolen pick-up truck she wished she wasn’t driving. In the entirety of her twenty-six years, she hadn’t taken as much as a piece of gum without paying for it, until today…” 1 likes
“Despite his soft speech, he stared at her as he’d like to eat her whole. Damn her traitorous body if that thought wasn’t such a bad one…. This could not be happening. She was on the run from a maniac and her hormones were going haywire. Clearly, she had issues.” 1 likes
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