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‘Hit And Run’
by Lori Matthews
First Lines

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This is a meme for all you ‘First Page Browsers’

Cover image of the book 'Hit And Run' by author Lori Matthews




“The roaring of an engine and the crunch of metal hitting bone caused Dani Pierce to look up. Her stomach lurched as she watched the blond woman who had been crossing the street directly in front of her catapult twenty feet in the air.

The woman twisted, her eyes huge, round and glassy like marbles. Her mouth formed a perfect O. Her arms flailed as she flew, her salmon-colored jacket bright against the light blue sky. She landed with a sickening thud. Bone hitting pavement this time. Her head bounced like a deflated basket‐ball and came to rest at an awkward angle.

For one brief instant, it seemed like the world had frozen, time had stopped moving. Dani could hear her own breathing and her heart hammering in her chest. Then it was as if the world had exhaled simultaneously, and all hell broke loose.

Tires screeched. Someone screamed while a cacophony of voices cried out, demanding help and yelling for the police. The smell of exhaust filled her nose.

The van that had caused the accident zigzagged around the body then sped off down the street. Dani craned her neck to see around the crowd and caught a glimpse of the van as it turned the corner a few blocks down. Then it disappeared from view.”

Cover image of the book 'Hit And Run' by author Lori Matthews

So, you have taken a look, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise.

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HIT AND RUN – (Callahan Security #3) by LORI MATTHEWS

Cover image of the book 'Hit And Run' by author Lori MatthewsGage Callahan knew his latest assignment with Callahan Security was going to be a disaster. He traipsed around Europe to locate the computer programmer he was hired to protect only to discover she’s actually a hacker hiding in Alaska. Tensions mount when she narrowly escapes becoming roadkill as a vicious organization comes after her. It will take all his ingenuity to rush her to safety, especially when Gage’s primary objective…get her and the prototype to New York…becomes secondary to protecting his heart from a fatal attraction to the spunky woman.

Dani Pierce is used to working on the dark web but now she is truly scared because deadly trouble has arrived at her front door. The self-reliant hacker knows she’ll need help to survive her contract to build facial recognition software. The aggravating yet handsome man hired to protect her makes it clear he detests her, but that doesn’t stop her from developing feelings for him.

It soon becomes apparent to Gage that Dani’s in deeper than she’ll admit but her answers don’t explain why the deadly gang after her is always one step ahead. It will take his military skills and her hacking know-how to save not only their butts, but the budding love they’ve discovered in the midst of danger. 

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Lorraine,

      I know it is not always possible, but I do like it when an author manages to get those opening few lines to set the scene, and this one certainly does that.

      In fact this is a very descriptive book throughout, both in plot and characterisation. It is a storyline which is easy to become invested in and is a nicely paced read!

      Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a peaceful weekend 🙂

  • Wow! What an opener!! I could visualize the entire event as it played out! I certainly hope she got a glimpse of the tags on the van before it sped away.

    • Now that would be telling! But let’s just say, that in this all action storyline, it isn’t long and with only a little help, before Dani works out what she has just witnessed – and then all hell breaks loose and it’s pretty much full-on right to the end!

      There’s no deep and hidden message in this storyline. What you see, is what you get! 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      Lori definitely knows how to pull her readers in right from the first page, doesn’t she?

      I can guarantee you will definitely be hooked from then out, as the characters have great appeal and the storyline is ever changing and evolving.

      The trilogy also works great as individual stories, which was good for me too!

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Becki,

      Dani doesn’t know it yet, but there has been a case of mistaken identity and the woman mown down and killed by the van, was in fact, meant to be her!

      The chase is on!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Sunday 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Plenty of action in and out of the bedroom and some unexpected humour!

      I read this one in a couple of sittings 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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