Monday, January 14, 2013

VBT: Review~ Dead Running and Dying to Run by Cami Checketts

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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.

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.

             Purchase Dead Running * Dying to Run

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.

Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook * Fitness Blog

My Thoughts:

Dead Running was a face paced story. The action started right away and kept on going. 

I really liked the characters especially Cassidy. She is just so real! She's funny, brutally honest, and very caring when it comes to those she cares for. The names she gives people are too funny! I have to admit that I didn't have to go back once to see who she was talking about. The nicknames make it really easy to remember the less important characters.

There are two hunky guys that seek her affections but who can she trust?

The plot had action, sass, mystery, exercise, romance, humor, hot guys, and a feisty Nana. 

I really enjoyed this book and seeing as it is a squeaky clean romance it is age appropriate for anyone. This story was an exhilarating thrill ride.

Dying To Run is the sequel and it has all of the same elements but not as much exercising. This second book is not as long but is a page turner!

I was pretty happy with the ending but I can't help but wonder if a book three is in the works.

If you are looking for a clean romance packed with a lot of action, this is a perfect book with you. :D

I received copies of both books in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly liked both books. They were good. 

 In the book Cassidy refers to Jesse as Dr. Tattoo. What do you think of tattoos? Turn on or off?

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I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!


  1. i'm glad to have your opinion ^^. I'm not a fan of tatoo.. small tatoo with a real signification i could accept, several statoo just for fun not at all so i guess for me it's turn off

    (g+ done)

    1. Don't feel bad Miki, it's a turn off for me as well. I am okay with a one or two smaller ones but to have them all over. No thank you! That's just my preference. To each their own. I have family members that have them. My sister is quite like Dr. Tattoo and has many.

    2. Hey Miki,

      I forgot to ask you. Have you noticed that you are on top of the commenters?


    3. i didn't it no^^;; i was just trying to do my best and stick my resolutions so i didn't see there was a listing yet -_- but i love the idea it can be a great motivation sometimes^^ thank you for telling me

    4. No problem. Keep up the good work!:D

  2. I like tattoos, so long as they're not totally over the top (i.e. Zombie Boy) or completely trashy (body covered in naked women? No thanks). I've been thinking of getting one myself in fact, but it's expensive plus I hate pain, so it wouldn't go very well.

    1. That is another reason why I don't like them. I hate needles. Just imagining sitting there letting someone poke me with needles. *shivers* No Thank You. :D

      Good luck with your courage!

  3. +JMJ+

    Oh, gosh! Tattoos are such a turn off for me that it's not even funny. =S I can see myself overlooking a man's body art if I really, really liked him, but I would never be drawn to him because of it.

    By the way, I can't believe this is the second time I read your thoughts on these novels but only the first time I've noticed that they are also about exercise! The heroine isn't just running for her life, but also running for her health! (Clever, aye?) I've just started a new exercise regimen myself, and it has occurred to me that we don't have many characters who are serious about exercising. Or do we and I'm just missing them all again? =P

    1. You're just hearing about the exercise because this time I've read them. Last time I posted about them was just a promo type post, a Book Blast.

      I haven't read many books where the characters are serious about exercise, maybe one or two other ones if that.

      This was pretty good though. People kept doubting that she could do it and trying to talk her out of it. I felt bad for Cassidy.

  4. I do think the right tattoo in the right place can be a turn on. I mean, from a romance standpoint, they draw the eye, provide something for the person to trace with their eyes, hands, and tongue ;)

    However, too many tattoos or the wrong tattoo can be EW.

    Josette Schaber
    evanlea @ gmail dot com

    1. You are correct. In books, the way the author describes a love scene with a tattooed hottie, can be very sensual. ;-)

  5. I don't care for tattoos. The book sounds great.


  6. Brenda - Thank you so much for the fun reviews and thanks to all of you for stopping by and commenting.
    When I met the man who inspired Dr. Tattoo I remember thinking, he'd be such a goodlooking boy without the body art. But then I started thinking, ooh, what if the heroine wasn't really drawn in by tattoos but ...
    It was fun to write about!
    Thanks again,

    1. I thought it was awesome that Jesse had body art and Cassidy's initial reaction to it was priceless.

      I've been asking a question everyday in an effort to get more comments and that topic just seemed perfect for today. :D

      Is there going to be a book three and when can I expect it if there is?

    2. I am plotting and dreaming about book three (fun to do when Dr. Tattoo is involved). It's going to be another short story so plan on a mid-March release. Thanks for asking!
      I wanted to email you about my latest release, The Broken Path, and couldn't find your email. Would you mind sending me an email - Thanks so much!

  7. Hi all,
    Not a fan of tattoos :) I know they are the "thing" but not mine. I have a lot of friends with them though :) I do appreciate the artistic side of it. I think some of them are really neat. I was present when my husbands friend was getting one. A lot of work goes in them.
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

    1. I have to ask, Lori, was it hard to watch, did he look like he was in pain? I can handle pain like running or childbirth, but a tattoo sounds horribly painful to me! Such a wimp.
      Thanks for stopping by,