Saturday, September 22, 2012

Dead Running by Cami Checketts

Dead Running by Cami Checketts
Birch River Publishing
ISBN: 978-1475166606
Published: April 21, 2012
Trade paperback, 246 pages

Cassidy Christensen is determined to train for a marathon if only to prove she is not a quitter. She meets two men during her running days, both who vie for her attention. The first is Damon, a marathon runner and the second, Jesse, a doctor she met during the first marathon run. Cassidy's parents were both killed because her father was involved in rescuing Mexican children from the slave trade. Now it seems the killers are after her.

From the book cover and the synopsis, I expected this book to be a thriller, but it turned out to be more chick-lit, with the main character salivating after two men, describing them as luscious and yum. I kept being told how gorgeous they were. I don't read much chick-lit, and I was expecting an edge-of-the-seat thriller. This was a light and quick read, funny at times.

Cassidy is an independent gal who is still grieving the deaths of her parents and I felt for her. Sometimes I was annoyed with her silly immature actions and the way she played the two men she was after. She couldn't decide which one she wanted. It's true Cassidy uses humour to stave off her anxiety and this made her quirky, and I liked that, but sometimes the comic-like dialogue, even with the bad guys held off the suspense for me. I couldn't take the story seriously. I was hoping there was more about the slave trade, how her parents got involved and why, and less romance.

The plus side is that it's a clean book, no swearing and no sex scenes. There is some description of the body of a gruesomely murdered man and police drama, but nothing over the top. If you like clean romantic suspense novels that are light and fluffy, then you will enjoy this one.

A portion of the proceeds from Cami's books will be donated to The Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause, please go to

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.  
I will count this book toward the following challenges: Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge

Reviewed by Laura 

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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