Review: Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life
Run for Your Life by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Decided to take a break from romance to go back to one of my favorite authors. I have been avidly reading his Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club series so when one of my customer’s lent me this book I had to see if this was another series I could get into. She have me Book 2 of the series, not that it makes a difference. I think they can be read alone.
I have been taking a break from James Patterson for a while. His method of writing was frustrating to me. The 2 page chapters with the mini cliff hangers were getting redundant. This has greatly to do with me reading many of his books back to back. When I was reading this book I looked to see where I was and I saw I was on chapter 30 something and page 70 something. I just want to read everything at once instead of spending most of my time turning pages because the chapters are so short. When then makes me feel like I was short changed. The book is supposed to be 373 pages. If you take the chapter breaks into consideration then you might really just be getting 300 pages of a real book. I want 73 pages of a real story especially when I paying real dollars for a hardcover book.
Wow, how do I really feel? I did’t think it was bothering me as much as it really is.

Anyway…

Back to this book. I liked the switch in stories. It had the right amount of suspense and thrills. Will I read more from this series? Probably not. I have Alex Cross and I think that is enough.

Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett #2)
by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Michael Ledwidge

A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful and the arrogant. His message is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! For some, it seems that the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York’s elite, it is a call to terror.

Only one man can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Mike Bennett. The pressure is enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his 10 children-all of whom have come down with virulent flu at once!

Discovering a secret pattern in The Teacher’s lessons, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history. From the #1 bestselling author comes RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, the continuation of his newest, electrifying series.

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Alabama Summer (1-3) by J. Daniels

coverWhere I Belong (Alabama Summer Series Book 1) by J. Daniels

When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.
Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.
Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.
Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.
Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.
Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.
Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.
What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?

coverAll I Want (Alabama Summer Series Book 2) by J. Daniels

Luke Evans is a heartbreaker.
I didn’t want to give mine to him. Not when he kept me out.
He gave me enough, just enough to make me fall in love with him. I say this to convince myself. But I know the truth. I would’ve fallen in love with him at a distance.
Handing my heart over to Luke was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I was naive when I wished for more, when I hoped he wanted the same things I did.
I try to hate him. I try to forget him.
But it’s not that easy.

Love is a ruthless bitch, and I’m her latest victim.
Tessa Kelly is a man-eater.
When she sets her sights on you, she doesn’t just consume your heart, she goes for your soul.
What we had was perfect, real, and all I would ever want.
But she destroyed it.
She destroyed us.
I try to hate her. I try to forget her.
But it’s not that easy.
Love is for people who have hope, and I have none.

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When I Fall (Alabama Summer Series Book 3) by J. Daniels

For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible.

Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.

The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me—sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming.

Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I have been meaning to read book since it came out. There are just so many books on my To Be Read list that I never got around to it. Even though I read great reviews about this book online and from other book lovers, I still procrastinated reading it.  When I finally started reading it, I was hooked. I finished it in two days. What did I love about this book? Everything!

I knew some of what the book was about. As I started reading more into it I found it to be hilarious. I have a family member who is an architect, while I was reading about the ways of Bernadette and her obsessiveness to her profession I related that to the same behaviors of my family member. Then they make references to Seattle and the people of Seattle and different they are, it made me think of my other family members. HA. HA.  The references to both are both so accurate I  wanted to keep reading to get to her thoughts on them more and more.

I loved it! If you haven’t read it, don’t deprive yourself of this wonderful book any longer.

bernadetteBernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

Some of my favorite quotes from Where’d You Go, Bernadette

“I hated my life enough without having to drive past a Buca di Beppo four times a day.”

“Grace said, “I’m bored.” “Yeah,” Bee mimicked, “I’m bored.” Bernadette pulled the car over, took off her seat belt, and turned around. “That’s right,” she told the girls. “You’re bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”

“See, that’s why I call the mothers there “gnats.” Because they’re annoying, but not so annoying that you actually want to spend valuable energy on them.”

The Interview by J. C. Reed

An Indecent Proposal: The Interview

It was supposed to be easy.
Hire a professional actor to play my fake fiancé.
But when he steps in front of my door to pick me up for The Interview, my heart stops. Chase Wright is perfect. And hot. I mean like, burn up your dress hot. However, Chase isn’t professional at all. I hate what he does to me with his sinfully sexy blue eyes. I hate that he wants me in his bed.

One month…that’s all I need him for. All I have to do is stay out of his bed.

But the rules slowly begin to change. My fake fiancé suddenly becomes my fake husband. When Chase offers me an indecent proposal, it’s too late to fire him.
It’s too late to decline.

Hero by Samantha Young

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…

Ruin series by Deborah Bladon

RUIN – Part One

Sitting next to a stranger on a flight from Boston to New York City alters the entire course of Kayla Monroe’s life. In her quest to escape the pain of rejection she jumps into the bed of an irresistible man who offers her a night that she’ll never forget.

Their connection is fierce and undeniable. When their paths cross again, a twist of fate brings her to the realization that the man she’s using to mend her broken heart is Dr. Ben Foster, a compassionate and respected physician.

Warnings about his past threaten Kayla’s future. She knows she should believe the rumors, but the moments she spends in his arms, and in his bed, wash away any doubt in her mind.

She sees a future with Ben but those closest to her won’t let her forget that the man she’s falling for has left a path of ruin in his wake that may impact her in a way she never saw coming.

RUIN – Part Two

Kayla Monroe had fallen hard and fast for Dr. Ben Foster. He was everything she needed and wanted after being dumped by the man she thought she loved. What started as a one night stand quickly turned into a blossoming relationship. Then the complications of his youth halt everything in its tracks.

The voices around her are telling Kayla that Ben isn’t the man she thinks he is but her heart is telling her something completely different. She’s drawn to him like a moth to a flame and as she listens as he explains his past, she sees the promise of a future with him that she desperately wants.

She’s the thread that will weave a path for Ben back into the family he has lost. She senses it and as she takes on the task of releasing him from his burdens, she discovers that the man she has been sharing her bed with is, more complicated than she ever imagined.

Just as Kayla is about to step into her future with Ben, she ends up in a place where she’s forced to accept a truth that she never knew existed.

RUIN – Part Three

Kayla Monroe felt safe in the arms of Dr. Ben Foster. He was helping her move past a broken heart and she was guiding him towards a reclaimed relationship with the brother he’d lost years ago. Their bond was unique, strong and bordering on a love that would change them both forever.

Then Kayla found herself thrust into the middle of a triangle she wanted no part of. She heard things that altered her reality completely. There’s no one for her to rely on but herself and she has to decide whether a familiar voice from the past holds more weight than the promise of a future she can’t quite grasp yet.

Trusting her heart has never been easy for Kayla. Trusting others has never been easy for Ben. Together they have to determine whether the sins of the past are too much to bear or whether a connection that is undeniable is worth the risk.

The Beach House by James Patterson & Peter De Jonge

I took a break from reading James Patterson because his books were becoming too redundant. I am a huge fan of his Alex Cross and his Women’s Murder Club series and have read every one of them as they come out. I have each of the series in hardcover in my library. After reading so many of them I had to take a break. It has been years since I read the last Patterson book.

I happened to be talking to one of my customers, at work, and she was telling me how she was in bed all weekend reading. I asked her what she was reading. It was another James Patterson book. She went on to tell me about how much she really enjoyed reading The Beach House and she really thought I would enjoy reading it. She went home and came back with it later the same day (I have some of the best customers).

I started reading this book yesterday and I just finished it. It was really good. I am going to attribute it to his partnering with Peter De Jonge to make this a little different from his series of books. It still had the same elements of short cliffhanger chapters but they were not as bad. The story was good. I am glad I gave it a try. There are two more books my customer brought me, I won’t be rushing to read them next, but I will make sure I read them in the next week or so.

Summary:

Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking the cars of the Hamptons’ elite-and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well. Then Peter’s body is found on the beach. Jack knows the drowning was no accident, but someone’s unlimited power and money have bought the cops, the judges, the system. Now Jack is learning a lesson in justice he never got in law school- and his astonishing plan to beat the billionaires will have you reeling-and cheering-to the very last page.

Fiction/General
Paperback (mass market)
ISBN: 0446612545
384 pages
Grand Central Publishing