The members of Hart family are the true stars of this book. I had my suspicions about them when I read the dedication Angela Winters had written to her fans about her decision to carry on their story in this novel, and they were definitely confirmed by the time I finished Love On The Run. Bree Hart might be the one falling in love, but her wickedly plotting family is never far from her, or our, thoughts, making them a fabulous combination of villains and loving family. You just love to hate them. Itís the driving force of the whole story.
It is because of their scheming, controlling ways that the youngest Hart, Gabrielle, or Bree as she is called, has run away from home. Anxious to preserve the family name, her mother is trying to force her to marry a stuffy, boring district attorney. It is not the first such plan, we learn quickly, and easily sympathize with Breeís desperation to escape. But her family will not let her go so easily, and essentially blackmail a decent college professor, Graham Lane, into finding her and bringing her back.
Sparks fly between the two of them almost immediately, in part because Bree, as much as one may admire her spirit of rebellion, is a bit of a brat. But Graham is an upright citizen in need of a little corrupting for his own good, so when she tricks him and leads him around by hisÖnoseÖyou donít really mind too much. In fact, as they work together to solve what turns into a very complex mystery, it sort of reminded me of an early romantic comedy from the 1930ís, an It Happened One Night with a mystery attached.
The mystery involves Grahamís sister, framed by a large corporation with ties to the government. It was very well done, aside from a few coincidences that seemed to be stretching believability, but it all kept the plot moving. The writing was a bit jerky at times, and it wasnít the hottest sex Iíve ever read in my life, but it was still very fun, and definitely made me want to check out the other books and the rest of the tales of the Hart clan.