by Lynn Montana

June 2005
ISBN: 0-06-074255-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

What an unusual romance! I’m sure that some readers won’t like Running on Empty at all. It comes with many flashbacks and is written in the heroine’s point of view and that in first person. She is not likable and the hero even less so. The character flaws are not sugar-coated and should therefore appeal to non-romance readers looking for a grittier story. It’s refreshing; it’s>

Josie Mayne is ex-military, a bounty hunter, and a thrill seeker. Ready to accept a marriage proposal from her very rich, very understanding boyfriend she’s not prepared for the reappearance of her ex-husband. The news of her beloved ex-stepson’s kidnapping puts her wedding preparations on hold. She follows Pardee to Mexico. Her too-good-to-be-true fiancé finances the whole operation.

One last adventure with her ex-husband/partner turns into more than just another thrilling ride. Her new and old self are at war. Loving one man she lusts after another. And no matter how much she tries to deny the attraction, dodging bullets shifts her priorities. Her reasons and her actions won’t sit well with all readers, as she does betray her fiancé’s trust. However it’s honest and reading about the build up with its vulnerable moments and simmering passion, its small gestures instead of lavish declarations, it’s easy to respect Lynn Montana for her choices in characters and actions.

Josie and Pardee might not be likable at first – he’s a real bad boy – and not very heroic later on, but they are just right for this unorthodox and edgy romantic suspense novel. Had the author not only teased her readers with a long steamy anticipation but delivered more than an unmemorable bed scene I’d have given Running on Empty gladly a place on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Kris Alice.

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