Running From the Past by Katie Reus
Published: October 1, 2014 by KR Press, LLC
Genre: Suspense Romance
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 on is being attracted to the rugged cowboy who owns the place. Whenever he comes around the only thing she can focus on is his seductive voice and sinful body.
And her past is about to catch up with her. Former Marine Caleb Ryder hires Emma even though he knows she’s lying about her identity. He desperately needs the help, but he also doesn’t have the heart to turn away a woman so obviously in need. After being burned by a woman once, he doesn’t let that deter his mission to claim Emma’s body and heart. Now that she’s his, he’ll face any threat to protect her, no matter how deadly.
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 but she knows when she has to stand up for herself. She’s innocent but I liked that she could hold her own and was smart about her escape. Caleb is your typical stoic cowboy who plays things close to the chest. He knows he needs to stay away from his new cook but he just can’t. He’s protective, confident, and surprising gentle when it comes to Emma.
There was some very strong insta-love with Emma and Caleb. I don’t mind a short window to fall in love but this time it didn’t work as well for me. Emma I can understand falling quickly because her emotions are already going strong, but I expected a bit more work from Caleb.
3 stars – it was good