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Blog Tour - Dead Running and Dying to Run

I'm excited to have my blog be today's stop for the blog tour for Cami Checketts amazing two books, Dead Running and Dying to Run.

Dead Running

Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she'll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.

My review

Cassidy Christensen has never been a runner, but her pregnant sister-in-law Raquel has talked her into running a 5k with her. Cassidy finishes, barely, and then she wins something - that's never happened before. Cassidy is celebrating her first win, without even knowing what she's won, she's so excited and then she learns what she's won. She's won an entry into the St. George Marathon, more running...ugg! But the race nazi refuses to allow her to change the entry to anyone else, besides the hot redhead who wants to run with the amazingly hot runner guy, Damon, really wants to get the entry so that she can train with Damon. And Cassidy can't have that, so she decides to go for it. Things seem to be too good to be true when it seems as though Damon really wants to date her. But Hot Redhead seems to always show up and make Cassidy unsure of both herself and Damon's feelings for her. And then there's Jesse, he always seems to show up just when Cassidy needs protecting from something. She doesn't know why, but bad things always seem to be happening to her now, first she finds a dead body, then she's being stalked by some disgusting guys who show up at her brothers house, then said yucky guys try to kidnap her and shed doubt on the fact that her parents are dead. Will Cassidy survive until her first marathon, or will she be killed first?

I really enjoyed this book! I love the way Cassidy always comes up with apt names for people. I really enjoyed Detectives Fine and Shine, I had to snicker every time they were mentioned. Cassidy has a distinct humor, that I really enjoyed. This was an engaging story with twists and turns around every corner. I was kind of shocked when I found out who the bad guy and the good guy were at the end. This is a great book, if you enjoy a clean, mysterious, action packed book.

I won a copy of this book a few months ago, and was really excited for an excuse to read it!

Dying to Run

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.

Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place.

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more.

My Review

Things are almost back to normal for Cassidy, no one has tried to kill her for nearly two weeks. That changes almost instantly when in the middle of the night an unknown dark-skinned man that she's never seen before uses his key to open the house where Cassidy and Nana are getting ready for bed. Cassie quickly dials 9-1-1 and heads downstairs to keep a sleeping Nana safe from the threat. She quickly discovers that the man is her father's friend Sham trying to protect Cassie from Damon, he's been released from jail and is after Cassie again. She narrowly escapes him the first time, but he comes back for a second try and captures her. He hauls her off, claiming to be ready to kill Cassidy very slowly and painfully. Will Cassie escape her current adventure with her life and the lives of her loved ones still intact?

I enjoyed reading this story. It was short, and I was amazed at the amount of detail and how many crazy things happened in the short amount of words. This is a quick read, because it's so short and I didn't want to stop reading it once I had started! I really like Cassie, she has such crazy humor. I like Jesse too, even though Cassie is conflicted about him because of what those around her say about him. I really hope that there are more of Cassie's adventures coming soon, because I want to know what happens to her, her dad and Jesse!

I was sent an e-copy of this book to read in exchange for an objective review.


Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog:

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.


Blog Tour Giveaway!

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash from Author Cami Checketts
3 Sets of iFrogz Earbuds & Armbands

Ends 1/31/13
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