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One Chance Sara Garret thought the military lawyer she married would be the perfect husband and father. But he has become her worst nightmare. Now one vicious act has driven Sara to take their young son and flee. And she discovers that the only thing more frightening than running away...is trusting a stranger. One Shot Chase McCaffrey is a damn good sniper, and an even better One Chance Sara Garret thought the military lawyer she married would be the perfect husband and father. But he has become her worst nightmare. Now one vicious act has driven Sara to take their young son and flee. And she discovers that the only thing more frightening than running away...is trusting a stranger. One Shot Chase McCaffrey is a damn good sniper, and an even better SEAL---but he's no knight in shining armor. Still he can't refuse Sara's plea for help. Nor can he control the attraction he starts to feel. What is between Sara and Chase is electrifying and irresistible. What they must face is terrifying: an explosive combination of sinister calculation and murderous rage. Time to Run Danger is right behind you.


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One Chance Sara Garret thought the military lawyer she married would be the perfect husband and father. But he has become her worst nightmare. Now one vicious act has driven Sara to take their young son and flee. And she discovers that the only thing more frightening than running away...is trusting a stranger. One Shot Chase McCaffrey is a damn good sniper, and an even better One Chance Sara Garret thought the military lawyer she married would be the perfect husband and father. But he has become her worst nightmare. Now one vicious act has driven Sara to take their young son and flee. And she discovers that the only thing more frightening than running away...is trusting a stranger. One Shot Chase McCaffrey is a damn good sniper, and an even better SEAL---but he's no knight in shining armor. Still he can't refuse Sara's plea for help. Nor can he control the attraction he starts to feel. What is between Sara and Chase is electrifying and irresistible. What they must face is terrifying: an explosive combination of sinister calculation and murderous rage. Time to Run Danger is right behind you.

30 review for Time to Run

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    We got a quick glimpse of Sara Garrett in the last story, enough to know that she was a probable domestic abuse victim. A chance encounter with SEAL Team Twelve Chief Petty Officer Chase McCaffery sets them both, along with her son, on a path away from her cruel and controlling husband, JAG attorney Bartholomew Garrett. There's a lot to like about this story. Sara's transformation from a cowering, fearful and controlled woman to someone who takes the reins of her life was inspiring. Her relation We got a quick glimpse of Sara Garrett in the last story, enough to know that she was a probable domestic abuse victim. A chance encounter with SEAL Team Twelve Chief Petty Officer Chase McCaffery sets them both, along with her son, on a path away from her cruel and controlling husband, JAG attorney Bartholomew Garrett. There's a lot to like about this story. Sara's transformation from a cowering, fearful and controlled woman to someone who takes the reins of her life was inspiring. Her relationship with Chase changed both of them. And, her son's interaction with a real man made such a difference for the child who'd suffered at the hands of his biological father. I loved Chase in the previous story and this one was worthy of him. There were other challenges that elevated the suspense and tension to make this an enjoyable read, the best to date. It will warm your heart.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Buggy

    This is book #3 from the SEAL Team 12 series but I’m pretty sure you could read it as a standalone without any problems. This one centres on team sniper Chase “Westy” McCaffery and on the run military spouse Sara Garrett. Our hero is on leave for the majority of the story here, so the military aspect which I usually enjoy takes a bit of back seat. Chase is on his way to a family ranch in Oklahoma that he’s just inherited when Sara (a woman he’s aided in the past) asks for his help (a ride) in es This is book #3 from the SEAL Team 12 series but I’m pretty sure you could read it as a standalone without any problems. This one centres on team sniper Chase “Westy” McCaffery and on the run military spouse Sara Garrett. Our hero is on leave for the majority of the story here, so the military aspect which I usually enjoy takes a bit of back seat. Chase is on his way to a family ranch in Oklahoma that he’s just inherited when Sara (a woman he’s aided in the past) asks for his help (a ride) in escaping her controlling husband. At first Chase refuses, not wanting to get mixed up with a JAG lawyer and his wife’s domestic issues but because he suffered abuse as a child he also spots the signs of terror in her and the next day Sara and her young son are in his car and on their way to Texas. We get a bit of a road trip story then, Sara gets a makeover, her son bonds with Chase and they decide to go and hide out at his ranch for a few days while she gets her bearings again, free from the clutches of her abusive husband. -Who is of course now bashing down doors in his frantic search for her. And then the skinheads show up. So, I struggled through this story, it’s not that it’s terrible but I’ve come to the conclusion that Marliss Melton is just not for me. I find her writing really frustrating and I spend a lot of time rolling my eyes at crazy situations and old fashioned dialogue. I think the reason I get so frustrated is because parts of her books are super good, her story ideas are intriguing, the set ups for the romance, the tortured heroes but her follow through drives me crazy. This book was gripping initially but as soon as we arrived at the ranch it got bogged down by silly sub plots involving Neo-Nazis, abductions and plans to bomb a golf course on Columbus Day. The murder of Jesse the dog had me seriously debating finishing. Even the bad guy husband who started out with promise lost all credibility by the end and just became a stereotype. I also have issues with the dubious and old fashioned language she throws in “Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.” “Heavens, who was in charge of this abduction?" (I’ve only ever heard my grandmother use expressions like these. And again “Heavens must you fire your gun at 7 in the morning, I thought the skin heads were back.” Really!? Time To Run also included one of the weirdest sex scenes I’ve ever read wherein Chase and Sara finally give in to temptation, are half way through makin love and then stop to have a full on conversation. He threatens to “rip her husband’s head off” she tells him she thinks she loves him, he contemplates leaving, then because “he’s in his mother’s bed “ has a flashbacky type childhood memory and starts crying uncontrollably… Not sexy! So yeah, I’m done with this series. 408jb2

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    3.5 Stars - Enjoyable read - A good blend of suspense & romance with an intriguing plot line. The character development in this one is really good, especially with Sara as readers get a chance to watch her learn to stand on her own. Chase is everything I love in a hero - strong & protective, yet emotionally damaged by the loss of everyone & everything he's ever loved in life. He doesn't give his trust or love carelessly - nor does he accept it from others. While a couple of situations/events in 3.5 Stars - Enjoyable read - A good blend of suspense & romance with an intriguing plot line. The character development in this one is really good, especially with Sara as readers get a chance to watch her learn to stand on her own. Chase is everything I love in a hero - strong & protective, yet emotionally damaged by the loss of everyone & everything he's ever loved in life. He doesn't give his trust or love carelessly - nor does he accept it from others. While a couple of situations/events in Time To Run felt out-of-character or a bit unbelievable, they didn't stop me from enjoying Chase & Sara's story. I found it easy to connect with these characters and their plight. Intriguing story, strong chemistry, and a couple of cute kids make this A Must Read!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    As I read the books in the Seal Team Twelve series, they just keep getting better and better. I thoroughly enjoyed Time to Run. Chase McCaffrey was an appealing, protective hero, and I enjoyed reading about how the heroine, Sara Garret, blossoms under his care. Hannah Geary Lindstrom, heroine from the previous book, figures fairly prominently in this one, and it was good to read about her again. Sara Garret has been mentally brutalized by her controlling husband for years. She has dreamed of lea As I read the books in the Seal Team Twelve series, they just keep getting better and better. I thoroughly enjoyed Time to Run. Chase McCaffrey was an appealing, protective hero, and I enjoyed reading about how the heroine, Sara Garret, blossoms under his care. Hannah Geary Lindstrom, heroine from the previous book, figures fairly prominently in this one, and it was good to read about her again. Sara Garret has been mentally brutalized by her controlling husband for years. She has dreamed of leaving him someday, but when he strangles their son's pet rabbit, she realizes that they have to get away before he does something terrible to one of them. Sara has met Chase McCaffrey, Navy SEAL, a couple of times when he has come to her rescue during difficult situations. When Sara sees Chase and he mentions leaving for Oklahoma, where he is going to claim the family home that he inherited, she sees a possible answer to her transportation problem. Sara's husband doesn't know that she was adopted and that her birth mother lives in Dallas, so she sees Texas as a perfect place for refuge. Against his better judgement, Chase lets Sara and her ten year old son, Kendal ride with him. Originally planning to part ways as they get into Oklahoma, Chase decides to take Sara and Kendal home with him so that he can fix up a vehicle for them to drive to Dallas. Arriving in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Chase finds his home run down, and learns that his now deceased stepfather was heavily involved in a dangerous white supremacist group. As Chase and Sara work to put his home in order, they are intensely drawn to one another and eventually begin an intimate relationship. Their lives are complicated by several issues - including Sara's plans to relocate to Dallas, danger at the hands of the white supremacist group, Chase's recent four year reenlisment as a sniper, and the arrival of Bartholomew Garret, Sara's ex-husband. If they can figure out how to overcome all of these obstacles, Chase and Sara will have the opportunity to find happiness together. This was a great romantic suspense novel. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. I loved the strong, sexy hero, and thought that Sara was a good match for him. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Sara Garret is desperate. Her abusive husband, JAG lawyer Bartholomew Garret, has gone too far. He strangled her son's pet rabbit because Kendal was playing his music too loud. Sara approaches Chase McCaffrey, a man she barely knows, and asks for help. Soon Chase is driving Sara and Kendal across the country to a house left to him by his deceased stepfather. Chase assumes that Sara and Kendal are safe at the house. But White Supremacists have been living in the empty house. They left the house b Sara Garret is desperate. Her abusive husband, JAG lawyer Bartholomew Garret, has gone too far. He strangled her son's pet rabbit because Kendal was playing his music too loud. Sara approaches Chase McCaffrey, a man she barely knows, and asks for help. Soon Chase is driving Sara and Kendal across the country to a house left to him by his deceased stepfather. Chase assumes that Sara and Kendal are safe at the house. But White Supremacists have been living in the empty house. They left the house but have returned to retrieve their stockpiled weapons. This is the third book in Melton's Navy Seals Team Twelve series and my favorite so far. Chase has just signed on for another four years as a sniper for Team Twelve. His emotional detachment is perfect for the job, but Sara is getting under his skin and Chase is questioning his decision to stay in the navy. Both Sara and Kendal are wary around Chase, worrying that he will begin acting like her husband. But as they grow to know Chase, they find a man that will do anything to keep them safe. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

    Well...this was nice. A little fast paced, some things would be better if they had been eased into but overall it was a good read. At first, I didn't think the husband was that bad, I mean yeah he was a total douche but I've read/heard of worse but with the power of attorney shit he pulled, he died too easy. I probably loved the epilogue best in here. It was nice to see how sweet Chase was. ^_^

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

    Love this, but it had a flaw that prevented me from giving it five stars. More review to come.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa - (Aussie Girl)

    Once you get over the far fetched opening of Time to Run (view spoiler)[ Navy SEAL risks his career on a woman barely an acquaintance (hide spoiler)] and settles into the story ( which explains somewhat the abovementioned shaky start) a fairly decent romantic suspense which by the end was quite enjoyable. 3.5 stars Once you get over the far fetched opening of Time to Run (view spoiler)[ Navy SEAL risks his career on a woman barely an acquaintance (hide spoiler)] and settles into the story ( which explains somewhat the abovementioned shaky start) a fairly decent romantic suspense which by the end was quite enjoyable. 3.5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    OMG! I cannot believe the same author who wrote the first two awful books in this series wrote this one too. They are like night and day. This book has a great plot with great writing to match. I hope the rest of the series is as good. Sara is living a nightmare life. Her husband, a JAG officer, is a controlling, emotionally abusive bastard. After he strangles her son's pet rabbit, she decided it's time to leave. Chase is the Team sniper. He has been at it twice as long as other snipers. He has ne OMG! I cannot believe the same author who wrote the first two awful books in this series wrote this one too. They are like night and day. This book has a great plot with great writing to match. I hope the rest of the series is as good. Sara is living a nightmare life. Her husband, a JAG officer, is a controlling, emotionally abusive bastard. After he strangles her son's pet rabbit, she decided it's time to leave. Chase is the Team sniper. He has been at it twice as long as other snipers. He has nerves of steal and no emotions at all. The perfect killing machine. His step father died and left the family farm in Oklahoma to Chase. There are some great family memories and some real tragic ones too associated with the place. Chase is this badass alpha SEAL sniper who, in order to do his job, closed his heart to just about everyone, except his team. He is the perfect example of a loner, yet he feels enough to rescue Sara and Kendel and protect and care for them. Add in a gang of skinheads and an out for revenge spurned husband and you have a romantic-suspense that holds you from beginning to end.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    A great addition to the SEAL Team 12 series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I don't know what why, but I am a sucker for these types of books, the ones where the woman has been abused by her spouse and finally as the last straw she feels her only need is to run. This is the case for Sara and her son Kendal, what finally after 10 years tipped her over, when her husband killed her son's bunny right in front of him. That would do it for sure. Of course it doesn't help that the bad husband is high up in the JAG, perfect on the outside, evil on the inside. Sara takes a chance I don't know what why, but I am a sucker for these types of books, the ones where the woman has been abused by her spouse and finally as the last straw she feels her only need is to run. This is the case for Sara and her son Kendal, what finally after 10 years tipped her over, when her husband killed her son's bunny right in front of him. That would do it for sure. Of course it doesn't help that the bad husband is high up in the JAG, perfect on the outside, evil on the inside. Sara takes a chance on Westy, a SEAL who has shown her small kindnesses in the past. They end up hidden away on a ranch Westy just inherited, while the rest of the world thinks that Sara and her son have been kidnapped by a stranger. While they restore the ranch they also end up fixing up what is broken within themselves and end up falling in love, but neither realizes it. Of course there are some issues, the neo-nazi's and the crazy husband. Some of the best scenes in this book are with Westy and Kendal, there is a quiet strength there with them. I loved the ending, thought it was great for Westy and a great way to enlarge their family.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Nice romantic suspense. Well written and one of my favorites of the series. I particularly enjoyed the emotional progression of the hero. (view spoiler)[I thought that the way that his falling in love led him to hit the wall as a sniper was very realistic. (hide spoiler)] It was different to see an abused woman who instead of being physically abused was mentally abused. It did make it so that she didn't have as much to overcome to get physical with the hero so was easier to swallow. The villain w Nice romantic suspense. Well written and one of my favorites of the series. I particularly enjoyed the emotional progression of the hero. (view spoiler)[I thought that the way that his falling in love led him to hit the wall as a sniper was very realistic. (hide spoiler)] It was different to see an abused woman who instead of being physically abused was mentally abused. It did make it so that she didn't have as much to overcome to get physical with the hero so was easier to swallow. The villain was just a tab bit lame at the end, IMO. This was a reread for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The third novel in The SEAL Team 12 series by Marliss Melton. Westy, aka Chase McCaffrey, is back and is going on leave to Oklahoma. Before leaving Sara Garret asks for help in escaping from her controlling husband. Sara and her son hit the road with Chase to his ranch in Oklahoma. Unlike the previous two in the series, we don't get see the rest of the team in this book. Chase is on his own. There is a glimpse of Hannah from In The Dark. A fast pace read with a few heart wrenching moments.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shellz

    This series keeps getting better and better...the end was so sweet it made me cry :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Arzu

    3,5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    May Grider

    I started reading Marliss Melton after finishing Suzanne Brockmann ' s Troubleshooters series. I searched on "authors Ike Suzanne Brockmann" and of course a Goodreads discussion came up with several suggestions, of which Marliss Melton seemed to be the most commonly and favorably mentioned. I had to get a few books into the series before I realized, with this one, "Yes, these books are entertaining and absorbing." Whereas Ms. Brockmann seems to create characters who defy stereotypes of what a SE I started reading Marliss Melton after finishing Suzanne Brockmann ' s Troubleshooters series. I searched on "authors Ike Suzanne Brockmann" and of course a Goodreads discussion came up with several suggestions, of which Marliss Melton seemed to be the most commonly and favorably mentioned. I had to get a few books into the series before I realized, with this one, "Yes, these books are entertaining and absorbing." Whereas Ms. Brockmann seems to create characters who defy stereotypes of what a SEAL would be, or what a big ugly or handsome guy's personality and interests would be, Ms. Melton's characters stick closer to expectations. However, main characters still come across as individuals. I think there is also a lot more humor in a Brockmann book, and since the jobs aren't funny, the humor comes mainly in the "life outside the job" scenes. In a Melton book, the plotting seems a little tighter with fewer non-plot -related conversations between characters. I wish I had more of the Troubleshooters series to love, but lacking that, I'm enjoying this series (and particularly this book) and I think you will, too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leila

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars I was having a bit on insomnia and finished this book in almost one night (and a bit of the afternoon). Kudos to Sara for taking it upon herself to getting herself and her son out of the awful home situation they were in. Everyone loves a strong hero who’s just a little bit broken and needs to be rescued himself from his solitary life. This book was a bit predictable and I would have loved to have seen a bit more suffering on Garrett’s part for the way he treated his wife and son, overall 3.5 stars I was having a bit on insomnia and finished this book in almost one night (and a bit of the afternoon). Kudos to Sara for taking it upon herself to getting herself and her son out of the awful home situation they were in. Everyone loves a strong hero who’s just a little bit broken and needs to be rescued himself from his solitary life. This book was a bit predictable and I would have loved to have seen a bit more suffering on Garrett’s part for the way he treated his wife and son, overall a good read of this genre.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Choilyn

    I'm disappointed in the book. Though, Sara was obviously a victim of domestic abuse, fell out of love for her husband who is out looking for her and her son, the author should have at least removed the threat first, then after a few years slowly fell in love with Chase and had sex. Not during a few weeks after they escaped! I don't believe in extra-marital affairs so I don't like the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    This is a great action packed series. You are pulled in from the very beginning. You will fall in love with the characters. A officer's wife and a Navy SEAL, what could they possibly have in common?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy Branch

    This was my first book read by Marliss! She is an amazing writer. Her stories hook you and leave you wanting more. Her books are a must have!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Woolson

    A really quick read, but nonetheless a fun read with real depth to the main characters. I enjoyed myself.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ★¸. • * ° *Jillie Anne * ° *•.¸☆

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    A mom with a 10 year old son trying to escape an abusive relationship; a man who knows love is not for him; and an ending that surprises you!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    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 stepfath 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!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    The story of Westy and Sara. Westy was the mysterious sidekick from book 2. He is the sniper of Team 12 and believes that all snipers are a bit psycho and therefore no normal woman could have a meaningful relationship with him (and vice versa). Of course. In book 2 he notices Sara, the wife of the JAG lawyer prosecuting Gabe, mainly because she is trying so hard to hide from sight by dressing in drab, shapeless clothing. Even then we can see that he is interested (although I thought she might be a The story of Westy and Sara. Westy was the mysterious sidekick from book 2. He is the sniper of Team 12 and believes that all snipers are a bit psycho and therefore no normal woman could have a meaningful relationship with him (and vice versa). Of course. In book 2 he notices Sara, the wife of the JAG lawyer prosecuting Gabe, mainly because she is trying so hard to hide from sight by dressing in drab, shapeless clothing. Even then we can see that he is interested (although I thought she might be a witness [I was confusing Garret the lawyer with Lovitt the baddie] or an undercover agent). It turns out that Garret is a manipulative, controlling and verbally abusive husband and father. After he kills their son's rabbit with his bare hands, Sara decides to leave him. Having met Westy two or three times when he has displayed random acts of kindness (picking up papers, getting her car to start etc) Sara thinks it is a sign when he informs her he is going home to Oaklahoma and asks if he will give her and her son a lift as they are going to Texas. Sara and her son stay with Westy on his farm/ranch/homestead while Westy fixes up an old truck which he has agreed to give to Sara for her drive to Texas. In return Sara helps clean his home which his step-father has neglected. This will make you laugh ... My initial view was that the plot of this book was less far-fetched than the others. Westy's step-father had become involved with a Neo-Nazi supporting group of White Supremacists who have conveniently stored their guns in his home. Westy and Sara stumble across their evil plans to set off a large explosion on Columbus Day. In the meantime, Sara's psychotic husband is randomly terrorising and brutlaising people looking for her. All's well that ends well - although, writing all these reviews back-to-back has made me realise that in each book the couple feel their differences/ inadequancies/ problems/ incompatabilities mean that they cannot be together. In each case they separate before realising that they do love each other, they can't live without each other, they can make compromises etc.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jazzypom

    This is the best book Ms Melton has written so far. Chase is complicated enough to make things interesting, decent enough to fall for. Sara is tough enough to admire, but vulnerable enough to sympathise with her plight. Summary: Sara is married to Jarrett, a JAG. For a long time Sara has suffered under his abuse, until Jarrett does an action so shocking, so cruel, it gives Sara the impetuous to take her son, and plead her case to Chase. Long story short, they are on the road, and he takes her to This is the best book Ms Melton has written so far. Chase is complicated enough to make things interesting, decent enough to fall for. Sara is tough enough to admire, but vulnerable enough to sympathise with her plight. Summary: Sara is married to Jarrett, a JAG. For a long time Sara has suffered under his abuse, until Jarrett does an action so shocking, so cruel, it gives Sara the impetuous to take her son, and plead her case to Chase. Long story short, they are on the road, and he takes her to his late stepdad's ranch (where he has business to take care of) so that she can hide out, recoup and disappear in the great American outdoors. Well, that doesn't really go to plan. Jarrett, suspicious about his wife's whereabouts, seeks to find her, in addition, Chase has troubles with his late parent's ranch, what with gun runners and all, and a plot is afoot to start a race war ala Yockley style. In addition, Chase finds himself too attracted to Sara, because he can't afford to be, what with his job and all. Emotions and family ties are not needed, and Sarah, truly in love for the first time, is desperately fighting for Chase to accept what she has to give him. Of all the books that Ms Melton has written, this is the tightest (and best) yet. There's hardly ever any sag, due to varying levels of tension: sexual, emotional, aware of the enemy at the same time kind of tension. Because of this, Ms Melton can't engage in her purple prose - it's at a minimum here - nothing but taut narrative. Yum. For those who liked Hannah Greary from the other books (raises hand), she plays a little part here. It's nice to see her happy and not withdrawn. Well recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Gypsy Soul

    3.5 Stars. This is the 3rd book in Marliss Melton's Seal Team 12 Series and is very different from the previous two books. I imagine it's because Chase (Westy) is apart from the rest of the Seal Team for most of the book. This book centers around Sara who is fleeing her emotionally abusive husband and Chase a sniper who agrees to help Sara and her son. Sara is actually quite a strong character and I admit I wondered how she managed to get into and stay in an abusive relationship for so long. Chas 3.5 Stars. This is the 3rd book in Marliss Melton's Seal Team 12 Series and is very different from the previous two books. I imagine it's because Chase (Westy) is apart from the rest of the Seal Team for most of the book. This book centers around Sara who is fleeing her emotionally abusive husband and Chase a sniper who agrees to help Sara and her son. Sara is actually quite a strong character and I admit I wondered how she managed to get into and stay in an abusive relationship for so long. Chase is emotionally unavailable and needs to stay that way in order to do his job as a sniper. However, he can't just leave Sara and her son and so takes them to his childhood home that he now owns after the death of his step father. Unfortunately, it turns out that it isn't as safe there as he'd like it to be. This book has a slow romance with a nice build. The characters have a lot of baggage and neither is looking for a relationship. The romance is very believable and the action and suspense of both the husband hunting Sara down and the trouble brewing in Chase's hometown keep the book interesting. The only thing I missed was some of the humor that we get from the interactions between the Seal Team mates. This installment in the series was a lot less military action oriented but I really liked the characters better. I have struggled with the previous heroines but I didn't in this book. Sara is character you can instantly like and root for.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nile Princess

    Really liked this one. I've loved Westy (Chase) since Book 1 and Sara was a wonderful match for him. This was a pretty straightforward read. Sara's husband is controlling and abusive and she approaches Chase, who was about to head out of town, to give her a ride so she can start a new life. Loved the chemistry between Chase and Sara and enjoyed Sara's transformation from dowdy to sexy. The pacing and 'adventures' on the road were realistic. The only problem I had was that with all the reasons li Really liked this one. I've loved Westy (Chase) since Book 1 and Sara was a wonderful match for him. This was a pretty straightforward read. Sara's husband is controlling and abusive and she approaches Chase, who was about to head out of town, to give her a ride so she can start a new life. Loved the chemistry between Chase and Sara and enjoyed Sara's transformation from dowdy to sexy. The pacing and 'adventures' on the road were realistic. The only problem I had was that with all the reasons listed for why Chase and Sara couldn't be together initially ( he's a sniper, he's a redneck, he can't feel such powerful emotions for her and still do his job), not once was it mentioned that HELLO, she was married!! It just never came up, once. Granted Garrett was a monster, but it would have been nice to see it addressed, even in passing. Other than that, I liked everything else, and the relationship between Ken (Sara's son) and Chase was very sweet.

  29. 5 out of 5

    J.M. Brister

    Ah, yes...because when I start a series, apparently, I must finish it! This book was actually a pretty enjoyable read. I liked it better than the second book in the series but not as much as the first. Sarah has a husband who is a complete creep (probably the nicest word I could use for him). She decides enough is enough of his controlling demeanor and makes a plan to run with her son. She ends up getting help from a Navy SEAL sniper, Chase, who takes her to Oklahoma in hopes that she start a new Ah, yes...because when I start a series, apparently, I must finish it! This book was actually a pretty enjoyable read. I liked it better than the second book in the series but not as much as the first. Sarah has a husband who is a complete creep (probably the nicest word I could use for him). She decides enough is enough of his controlling demeanor and makes a plan to run with her son. She ends up getting help from a Navy SEAL sniper, Chase, who takes her to Oklahoma in hopes that she start a new life. And of course, the romance begins... Overall, this was a cute story with a cute couple. I read through it pretty quickly because I really wanted to know if her husband would eventually catch up to her....

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Baily

    Another thoroughly enjoyable Marliss Melton Navy SEAL suspense book. Recently, I read a SEAL book that was all gratuitous sex scene after sex scene, and the story was so secondary that I didn't care about the characters, didn't believe their love story, and couldn't suspend my disbelief for the course of the book. This is not the case with Melton. The characters in Time to Run aren't just instantaneously attracted to each other and they don't fall immediately into bed. The characters get to know Another thoroughly enjoyable Marliss Melton Navy SEAL suspense book. Recently, I read a SEAL book that was all gratuitous sex scene after sex scene, and the story was so secondary that I didn't care about the characters, didn't believe their love story, and couldn't suspend my disbelief for the course of the book. This is not the case with Melton. The characters in Time to Run aren't just instantaneously attracted to each other and they don't fall immediately into bed. The characters get to know each other and fall for each other and you see it (read it) happening. The plot makes you want to pick up the book every chance you get to read. The believable characters have you liking them and wishing them the best. Looking forward to reading the next one.

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