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Running Scared

(Rarities Unlimited #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,392 ratings  ·  82 reviews
The sensational New York Times bestselling author of Moving Target and Eden Burning returns with another breathtaking novel of romantic suspense

Elizabeth Lowell won the hearts of fans worldwide with her wonderful bestselling novels, including her wildly popular Donavan series. Now she brings us a brand new novel of romantic suspense, the second in her Rarities series follo
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Avon (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
Mar 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
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Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
Oct 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book did nothing for me. It was far too long to make it exciting. So much could have been left out to make the plot more interesting. The lust for gold and the amounts of money the hero raked in with his casino was of putting. I didn't care for the characters and the ending felt like no one really paid for the crimes except the ones that were killed. ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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. ...more
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.
Jim Sullivan
I Rate this 2.5

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5.0 - Amazing
4.5 - I loved it
4.0 - I liked it a lot
3.5 - I Liked it
3.0 - It was OK
2.5 - Just
2.0 - I wouldn't bother
1.5 - I didn't like it much
1.0 - I disliked it
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
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
Felicia Ferguson
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a whole, this book is not Ms. Lowell's best. In fact, I think there are quite a few missed opportunities on its pages. The extended attention paid to the B characters, who are unsavory to say the least, borders on a waste of words which could have been better spent on the main characters, Risa Sheridan and Shane Tannahill. More back story on Dana and Niall would also be a tremendous improvement (in fact, I'm still crossing my fingers their origin story will hit the presses at some point). But ...more
Risa Sheridan started in a trailer park foster care situation and now has a Ph.D. and is a recognized gold antiquities expert. She's currently working for collector and casino owner, Shane Tannahill. Risa's childhood friend Cherelle has gone a totally different direction, but gold brings the two back together amidst murder, death, the FBI, and money laundering. Risa and Shane finally get their HEA. Rarities Unlimited and characters from previous books make an appearance, but don't distract signi ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoy Elizabeth Lowell books so was surprised that I had a hard time with this one. I got the feeling that it had just been written to continue two characters from Moving Target which I really enjoyed. Maybe it is the wrong time in my life to read this one right now. Risa and Shane are very strong characters and the author just barely skimmed over their lives with little feeling so it was hard to get connected to them. On to the next one.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was trying to be too much with too little, which caused it to have many thin story lines and no real meat. The romance was rushed and formulaic and the part about their mutual intuitions/psychic connection was an unnecessary and somewhat forced addition to the plot. The ending was lazy with the protagonists neatly avoiding charges in a very unbelievable manner.
3.5 stars. The overall message downgrades the occasional flashes of brilliance for me.
Wonderful writer. Interesting casino info.
New age-y, paranormal bits blanket book.
Best scene: Ian’s interrogation of Miranda Seton’s neighbor.
New best word I learned: anomie (with lots of derivatives).
Kinda gross: Niall & Dana’s sex play while N is on the phone (yucky!)
Good title.
Kate H
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Lowell books are obviously fairly formulaic but I still find them to be an enjoyable quick read. I think her books are at their best when they are part of a series so she has a chance to develop the characters and story a bit more. I especially like her series that deal with rare artifacts. This series is one of hers that I think works the best.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Backdrop is Druid gold and a woman who is sensitive to the history of old gold she touches, working for Rarities Unlimited and working for a casino owner who is equally sensitive to old gold. Cool. Plus some steamy sex scenes, a childhood friend who's in over her head and in possession of stolen Druid gold make this one a lovely read. ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was non-stop action from the very first page all the way to the last! I loved it so much I lent it to a co-worker as soon as I finished it!! Great characters and written wonderfully. Highly recommend.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ending felt rushed but that’s the only reason this isn’t a 5 star
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve been on a fun EL run lately and don’t plan to stop.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely terrific.
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, romance
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 rated it liked it
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
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one work of non-fiction. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. Her novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery. After working in contemporary and historical romance, she became an innovator in the genre of romantic ...more

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