On the Run by Kimberly Tipton
Contains mature scenes and violence
On the Run is a romantic suspense novel featuring Amber Cain, a woman running from her mobster father-in-law who thinks she killed his son. Amber is hunted by bounty hunters, and I hoped that this book would be similar to The Bounty Hunter (I love Gerard Butler),with a mix of sweet romance, humor, and action. Alas, that is not the case. We see the altercation in the prologue and the type of person Amber married. He’s not a nice guy, but when the prologue jumps from Amber finding her husband’s body and running away to her checking out a man in the first sentence of the first chapter, we see what kind of person Amber is too.
We see the altercation between Amber and Hunter (her husband) in the prologue and the type of person Amber married. He’s not a nice guy, but when the prologue jumps from Amber finding his body and running away to her checking out a man in the first sentence of the first chapter, we see what kind of person Amber is too.
Initially, I didn’t like Amber at all, but she has her strong moments. She’s running from bounty hunters, trying to stay one step ahead of them and stay alive, and I found that admirable. But admiration quickly turned to exasperation when Amber turned into a jack of all trades. Nothing was too hard for her. And then about halfway through the book, she gives her big speech about being unable to trust men, and then on the very next page, throws herself at the bounty hunter, who at this point, claims to have fallen for her. At that point in the novel, they’ve had two interactions with each other, for a total of maybe a couple hours together.
Now for the male. I didn’t get him at all. He’s a successful bounty hunter, but can’t catch Amber? Really? The girl is resourceful, sure, but he’s armed and bigger than her! Why is this so difficult for him? He also gets lucky, finding convenient “clues” that lead to her whereabouts. As a matter of fact, everything goes easy for all the characters, which cuts down Blake’s skill.
As a matter of fact, everything goes easy for all the characters, which cuts down on the suspense to the point that it’s almost non-existant. There were a couple plot twists I didn’t see coming, but there were also a lot of cliches in this book, as well as some unlikely scenarios (shower sex the day after a gunshot wound? I don’t think so!) The author tried for a strong female character but when the big, bad men come riding to the rescue, she all but becomes useless. That’s a huge pet peeve of mine.
Now for the actual writing. I found it to be basic, and full of grammatical issues, misused homophones, passive voice, incorrectly spelled words, and verb tense issues. This book needs some extensive proofreading and polishing to improve.
My Rating: 1.1/5
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