Book Review: Running Man By Jennifer Young

Giorgia Manfredi has been groomed to work in the family’s hotel on the shores of Lake Garda, and has never reallyrunning-man experienced a life outside its walls. When she’s the victim of an attempted mugging, she wants to thank Danny Davies, the mysterious man who returned her bag. Danny has secrets he’d rather Giorgia didn’t know about, and so he runs into the shadows where he feels more comfortable. As the fortunes of the Manfredis and the Davies grow increasingly entwined and the differences between Danny and Giorgia come sharply into focus, can a boy from the wrong side of the tracks really find happiness with a girl who’s never known anything but luxury?

Running Man is the third book in Jennifer Young’s Lake Garda series, and while this story concentrates on Giorgia where the previous books, A Portrait of My Love and Coming Home, have featured her older sister, Leona, you really need to read Coming Home first, as Running Man deals with the fall-out from the big revelations in that book and so contains plot spoilers. Taken in isolation, Running Man is an enjoyable and twisty thriller that has fun with the well-worn trope of opposites attracting. Danny is smitten with Giorgia at first sight, and the attraction is strong and mutual, but there’s a rival for her affections in her fellow hotel employee, Matt. However, Matt’s intentions may not be as honorable as they seem. He’s in danger of losing his beloved boat, the Rosaria, because he’s overstretched himself financially to pay for her, so getting involved with a wealthy heiress could be the answer to all his problems. Throw Danny’s brother and petty crook, Will, into the mix, and things become darker and even more complicated…

For fans of sweet romance, and readers who are keen to find out how the events of Coming Home have resolved themselves, this is the perfect light read. Danny and Giorgia have realistic problems to overcome, rather than the artificial conflicts that are so often used to keep a couple apart, and their romance is played out against a backdrop of compelling family tensions. Running Man feels like a natural conclusion to the Lake Garda series, but given the Manfredis’ sprawling family structure, who’s to say new relatives couldn’t be introduced for future books.

Running Man is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK and Smashwords, and you can find out more about Jennifer Young on her Tirgearr author page.

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