RUNNER (Tainted Hearts) by AJ Summer (Review by Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier)


Title: RUNNER (Tainted Hearts)

Author: AJ Summer

Published Date: April 28th 2014

Genre: Romance


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Move at a speed faster than a walk, never having both feet on the ground at the same time.

A person who smuggles specified goods into or out of a country or area.

Because if you don’t, I will find you, and you will wish you’d done it a little faster, a little better, because there’s nowhere on earth I won’t find you…

You make the right choice, you win.
You make the wrong choice, you lose.
You let someone else choose for you, because there really isn’t any other way to do it, and they own you.

I’ve worked for Reno Parker for six years.
And shit just got bad.

I’m going to the place I thought I’d never see again.
I’m going home.

Do I want this new responsibility? No.
Do I need it? Yes.
Will someone else choose for me? Never again.

And to finally crash this impending train wreck, there’s a girl messing with my head.

Are you ready for another seven days?


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Kristin #NerdGirlSoldier’s Review***
Runner is the second book in the Tainted Heart Series and it’s basically Runner’s story. If you’ve read the first book, then you’ll immediately know what Runner’s real name is. The book starts in the past and brings the reader to the present, giving you an inside look of Runner’s mind. You’ll learn all of his secrets and how he goes from being one person and becoming Runner. You also see him struggle with his feelings for a woman named Talon, and you’ll see her struggle to contain what she feels for Runner. They fight their feelings, but for very different reasons. One doesn’t want to let down another person and the other has to save a loved one. The point of view shifts throughout the book between the two and while it’s helpful, the flow is disrupted in my opinion. I think it would have flowed better had the author written just from Runner’s point of view and saving Talon’s story for another book. Putting her story in the middle of Runner’s while never giving any resolution to what happens to Jase at the end of book one makes the book confusing and hard to follow. Another character is introduced as well, Xavier Parker. He’s only mentioned a few times throughout the book and when first introduced, the author makes him seem like an important character to the story…and then he’s only mentioned in Runner’s thoughts; Xavier is not seen or heard from again in the book.

The end of the book is also confusing. It ends with Talon’s point of view and she explains her role in the book. Some questions are answered, but more sprout up that are never answered. As with book one, there’s another horrible cliffhanger. I don’t mind cliffhangers if they’re done in a way that resolves the issues in the book and sets it up for the following book to pick up where it needs to; this cliffhanger doesn’t do that it. It felt like the author ran out of steam and just decided to end the book there and have it published. I’m not sure that I will read the next book in her series because I’ve been disappointed by this book.


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