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Time to Run by Marliss Melton

Time to Run

by Marliss Melton

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Sara has lived with her JAG officer husband's abuse for eleven long years, but an unforgivable act of violence finally pushes her to put her plan for escape in motion. In order to get away without leaving a trail she enlists the aid of Navy SEAL Chase McCaffrey. The rundown ranch he's recently inherited seems like the perfect place for Sara and Kendal to lie low before moving onto their new life, but rural Oklahoma has its own dangers in the form of a white supremacist militia and Sara's getaway plan may not be as foolproof has she thought.

I've enjoyed other books by this author, but this one didn't work for me. Chase was an appealing hero, but the main story about Sara running from her abusive husband had a lot of problems. Sara asks Chase, who she's only met a couple of times, to drive her and her son from Virginia to Oklahoma because he has helped her before---he once jump started her car when the battery died and another time he helped mop up a spill she caused in the aisle of the PX. There's a big gap between those things and being stuck in a car for days with a stranger and her child who are on the run from a man who could destroy Chase's career. Yes, Chase is a good guy and yes, Sara is desperate enough to be somewhat illogical, but it bothered me that this is never addressed in any meaningful way.

What bothered me even more is that Sara's ultimate destination is the home of her birth mother, who she has never met. The two have exchanged emails, but that's it. Sara leaves her adoptive parents behind without so much as a hint that she's OK, and she and her birth mother instantly get along perfectly. Sara's lack of contact with her adoptive parents makes sense as a safety measure because her husband naturally immediately contacts them when she and Kendal disappear, except Sara barely thinks about them at all. Her plan is to start a new life with her birth mother and apparently never see or speak to them again. As an adoptee both the fantasy aspect of the perfect birth mother and the erasure of the adoptive parents really bothered me.

It also bothered me that after enduring more than a decade of an abusive marriage Sara was ready to move on to another relationship in just a couple of weeks. I'm rarely a fan of what I call "instalurv", but in a story like this it's especially frustrating. The fact that the abuse story line wrapped up in a predictable and awfully convenient way didn't help with that.

I found the subplot about the white supremacists more interesting and less problematic than the main plot, and wish that had been the focus of the book. ( )
  LoriAnnK | Oct 21, 2015 |
An intense beginning to the great fast paced action packed story. I enjoyed the alpha hero and his sensitivity to both the heroine and her sons situation. I also like how the she develops a backbone. Navy SEAL Chase helps Sara and her son escape from an emotionally abusive husband.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
Not as good as the other books in this series. I was expecting more from Chase's story. Story was a bit slow at times and not as exciting. ( )
  hbos0527 | Jul 1, 2011 |
The books in this series are full of passion, action-adventure, and suspense, and if you haven't had the chance to read them yet, you need to pick them up today!

Chief Petty Officer Chase "Westy" McCaffrey was having a bad day when he strode into the Trial Services Building at Oceana Naval Base. It wasn't just that he needed the signature of a JAG lawyer to sign off on a case, or the fact that he'd just returned from sniper duty in a bad hot spot. It wasn't even really the fact that his stepfather was dead; rather, it was the fact that he had to head back to Oklahoma to take control of the McCaffrey land that the lazy, cruel, and insufferable man had been living on. When he sees Sara Garret, wife of infamous prosecuting JAG attorney Captain Bartholomew Garret, he's immediately struck, once again, by her skittishness. When Sara asks to meet with him only a day later, in a secluded park, he figures out why she's always seemed so nervous-Sara claims to need to escape her husband, and wants Chase to take her and her son with him to Oklahoma.

Sara Garret is a woman who, for all intents and purposes, is an abused wife. Her husband demands absolute perfection from her, and also crazy things like arranging their groceries in the cabinets in alphabetical order. When she fails at any task he's given her, or disobeys him in any way, he takes something away from her-which is why, for several months, she hasn't been allowed to drive. But Sara has been forming a plan, a way to escape. Then things boil over when her husband strangles her son's rabbit, simply for the boy playing his music too loud, and Sara knows she has to make her move.

Chase instinctively refuses to help Sara when she asks for his assistance. Later, though, he has a change of heart, and shows up telling her and Kendal to hop into his car on his way out of town. As newspapers flash stories of Sara and Kendal's disappearance and possible kidnapping, Sara and Chase realized that it's going to take a lot more than just leaving town to get rid of Captain Garret. One way or another, though, this man has to go.

When Sara realizes that she's developing feelings for Chase that are more than those of a friend, she's more panicked than ever. She doesn't have the time or the energy for a relationship, but Chase treats her differently, more like a woman, than any man in her life ever has. As for Chase, although he realizes the dangers in having a relationship with Sara, he's determined to protect her and her son from harm at any and all costs.

This newest installment in Ms. Melton's SEAL series is a heartfelt winner, and I highly recommend it. I can't wait for further books in the series! ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 14, 2009 |
I really liked this book ( )
  lg4154 | Jul 30, 2009 |
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On the run from her controlling husband, Sara Garret has discovered she's got a spine of steel - and she'll do anything to protect her son. Now the person she must turn to is another man. But this SEAL, with his Harley and ponytail, is no knight in shining armour.

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When an unforgivable act causes Sara to flee with her son from her husband, she finds herself trusting a stranger for help and falling in love at the same time.

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