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ARC Book Review-You Can Run by Rebecca Zanetti

by | Dec 25, 2021 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Story

“Be prepared to stay up all night . . .”*
Suspense, danger, romance, and family drama converge as a rising star profiler strives to stay one step ahead of the criminal mind—and discovers that her own demons may be the hardest to outrun…

Laurel Snow wouldn’t call hunting a serial killer a vacation, but with a pile of dead bodies unearthed near her Genesis Valley, WA, hometown, she’ll take what she can get. Yet something about this case stirs her in unexpected ways. Like the startling connection she feels to Dr. Abigail Caine, a fiercely intelligent witness with a disturbing knack for making Laurel feel like she has something on her. Then there’s Laurel’s attraction to Huck Rivers, the fish and wildlife officer guiding her to the crime scene—and into the wilderness . . .
A former soldier and a trained sniper, Huck’s thirst for blood is rivaled only by his fierce pursuit of Laurel. He’s been burned by love, wounded by the government, and betrayed before, and to say he has trust issues is the ultimate understatement . Plus, he might be closer to this killer than anybody knows…
Once in the heart of darkness with Huck, Laurel must negotiate her distracting desire for him, her complex rapport with Abigail—and her mission to find a serial killer among a growing list of suspects and a danger that’s far too close to home. So close in fact, Laurel fears she will never find her way back to the woman she once was . . .
*“Rebecca Zanetti takes you on a thrill-ride, pitting characters you love against impossible odds.”—New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan*

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

You Can Run is the first book in the latest series by Rebecca Zanetti. This is a brand new series that is quite different than anything that you have seen from this author yet. This is the type of story that is closer to that of J.D. Robb or Amanda Quick, the romance definitely takes a back seat but it’s different in that it definitely has some sexy scenes in it that those books just don’t contain. So I found it just a unique mix of what this author brings to the table. I can tell that this will be a delicious slow-burn romance in the long run throughout the series. I am not sure what the plans are that Rebecca Zanetti actually has for this series but I am definitely on board with it. Thankfully I think I was in the right mood when I picked this one up, so be aware that romance isn’t the primary focus. From other reviews I had read of this one, I had a feeling it would be like this, so mentally I was ready for it. But I do think readers who have read this author will be quite surprised at the lack of focus of the romance. I can tell though that this author is venturing outside her realm and I had a blast seeing her explore it within this book.

You Can Run is a story that starts off with our heroine, Lauren Snow, who is an FBI Agent and has been called back to her hometown when there is a serial killer on the loose and since some of the cases are occurring on government lands, she is called upon to investigate. Laurel hasn’t been the best image for PR of late, and now her boss has ordered her on a mission that she is more than willing to take a chance on. Especially when her uncle is a prime suspect and Laurel is determined to get to the bottom of everything going on. But her partner in crime, the local who will be working with her on the case, is Huck Rivers. The attraction between Huck and Laurel is almost transcendent, but they have a case to solve and young women being killed. They are at odds with each other due to the circumstances, but despite their career differences, there is a chemistry building between them. A relationship between them won’t do any good but a one-night stand isn’t going to be enough to satisfy either of them. As Huck and Laurel explore their feelings, they also embark on an adventure of finding the real murderer and that none of their suspicions will save them in the end….

You Can Run is such a suspenseful read and I had a blast in discovering what this one was all about. I admit that I saw the cover and this author on the cover and I instantly grabbed it up on Netgalley. I didn’t even question it or even glance at the blurb, THAT is how much I have faith in this author. I didn’t doubt that I would enjoy this one and I was correct. Just like with Feehan earlier this year, I took a chance on this romantic mystery/crime thriller and it worked out for me in the end. I am never sure with these types of books that have romance as the backseat how much I will truly enjoy in the end, but somehow they really work for me. Part of it is that I have a soft spot for a well-written mystery and Rebecca Zanetti has such talent in writing it. I NEVER suspected the true killer, she really offered so many unique twists and turns that just flowed so well with other elements of the story. I admit though I NEEDED more with Huck and Laurel because they just worked in so many ways and it should be fun seeing them develop their relationship into something more in future books.

Overall I found You Can Run to be a superb story that captured my attention from the very beginning and wouldn’t let go of my attention until the very end. Zanetti has crafted a powder keg of a thriller that is bound to curl the toes of each of its readers in the most delectable of ways.

Book Details

Title: You Can Run

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Series: Laurel Snow #1

Genre: Romantic Thriller

Pages: 400

Book Links

Amazon | Barnes and Noble| Kobo| Goodreads| Storygraph| Literal Club

If you like these books, then I recommend you picking up “You Can Run”.

Rapture in Death by j.D. Robb

Murder At Sunrise Lake by Christine Feehan

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 4.75

Story Itself: 4.5

Character Development 4.25

Writing Style 4.5

World Building 4.5

Feels + The Romantic Heart 4.25

Pacing 5

Plot 4.25

Cover Art 5

Ending 4.5

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Steam Rating

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Series Order

(order goes as follows, links lead to other reviews)

You Can Run-Pub 2022 (400 Pages)

You Can’t Hide- Coming Out 2022 (400 Pages)

About The Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

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