by Lynn Montana

March 2006
ISBN: 0-06-074257-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lynn Montana’s debut, Running on Empty, was different, bold and intriguing. And her latest release Running for Cover shows that the author is only too willing to come up with more unusual and exciting stories.

Lexie Chandler is a gemologist searching for the elusive and priceless ruby, Heart of Burma. Once it was her late grandfather’s quest, now it’s her obsession. To get her hands on it she needs to travel to Thailand, where she is forced to team up with Cole Bannon, a shady character, but one able to charm her pants off. Even not knowing if Cole is protecting her or selling her out, she has to trust him enough to follow him into the jungle where a rebel gunrunner is holding the stone.

In Running for Cover Lynn Montana takes her readers on a guided tour of Thailand. A country beautiful and dangerous, just like the story’s heroine. Lexie is strong, intelligent, kick-ass and in the end motivated enough to rescue the hero. Theirs might not be a conventional romance, there is not much room for emotional moments, but as both of them thrive on adventure the author provides them with some high-impact bonding scenes. As the whole story is told only from Lexie’s point of view, the reader is left in dark of Cole’s real intentions. Trust comes difficult and rightly so. However, Cole really is charming and knows how to seduce a woman. And the author knows how to seduce her readers. An unusual love story, intriguing characters and an exotic setting allow for an exciting adventure. Maybe not a story for all romance readers – especially with the very abrupt ending – but definitely a thrilling ride for the adventurous ones.

Reviewed in February 2006 by Kris Alice.

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