Book Review: Run by Eve Vaughn

Friday, September 19, 2014

Source: Purchased
Format: Kindle (Mobi)
Self Published
Genre: Dystopian Interracial Romance
Sex: Strong Sexual Content

My Review

Set in a dystopian future, Run centers around characters Alasdair (Dare) O'Shaughnessy and Aya Smith. 

Dare is the perfect antihero. He is super rich, super gorgeous and a super a**hole. Whatever Mr. O'Shaughnessy wants, he gets any means necessary. And he wants Aya Smith from the moment he sets eyes on her. She has spirit and Dare learned at a early age that when you find someone with spirit, you break them eventually. But getting Aya isn't easy, she's not like any other woman who seems to just throw themselves at, not Aya. She will not go willingly and that causes problems for her and her uncle. 

This story as I've said is set in the future where the rich are the ruling class and the poor (Dregs), well...they don't have much of a chance. Also, there are barely any women. In Eve Vaughn's future, a untested drug to treat cancer has wiped out many of the women on the planet and now men have us at the advantage. Women now earn a living by either selling their bodies in prostitution or participating in the Run, the run is a game where rich men basically "bag and tag" women for their own sinister use. 

This game is now owned by Dare and when Aya basically humiliates him by turning down his offer to become his, he forces her to participate when he ruins the bar her uncle owns. Hence taking away her only means of survival...just to have her as his. To prove to her that no one denies him. 

Oh my, Dare was a evil bastard. Eve Vaughn made sure there was nothing to like about him and I mean nothing...initially. He was written to be hated, he is mean and cruel. As he was taught, dregs are below him and if something or someone does not make him money, Dare does not need or want for it or them. Believing that this sudden obsession that he has with Aya is short lived...he only wants to have her once and discard her. She's a woman and a dreg, it should be so simple, right? but Dare finds out that its not. Once he has her and the more he has Aya, the more he realizes that he can't let her go. 

Aya was a strong willed heroine, very opinionated but just as flawed as her male counterpart. Her mouth got her in a lot of trouble in the story. Her "pride" which she felt is all she has left is tested constantly throughout the book and because of her "pride" it puts her in Dare's path and she really didn't want to be there. But as much as she hates him, Aya is also confused about her feelings when she around Dare. How can you be attracted to a man  that has taken everything away from you? 

This is no a easy love story, Dare's and Aya's story is rough and I'm being nice when I say that. Do not go into this one thinking it was be all rainbows and unicorns...don't read this story thinking that your couple will have a easy peasy skip down romance lane. Oh no people...this is a dark tale. You think all throughout this story how the hell is Eve Vaughn going to make Dare redeemable? HOW? Because to tell you the truth, it is hard to fathom. His treatment of Aya and mostly everyone around him goes from bad to worse. He is selfish and without any moral filter. 

It takes one woman to make him question make him face a past and childhood he so desperately tries to bury. One woman to force him to feel something other than cold hated despair.  

Somehow and some way, Ms. Vaughn made this man damn near lovable by the end of this book...I'm still shaking my head at that. Simply there was no instant change to Dare like you read with most heroes in romances of late. Dare is a progress in work and so is Aya. I have to say...I like that.

This world created is intricate and the story arc is totally engrossing. The characters are complex...I loved every minute of it. I can't wait for the next book. 

Fair warning, this book is not for the faint of heart. The sexual content is at times harsh...women are treated brutally. Dare is fudged up and Aya is a little fudged up too. And yes, I still highly recommend it. This is a total must read. Definitely one of my favorites and top reads of this year.

My Rating



  1. Thanks for the review. I attended Eve Vaughn's release party on Facebook and had a fabulous time.

  2. Ack okay. This is one on my tbr pile. Moving it right on up.

  3. I've read a few like this. I appreciate the warning and attention to the details b/c you're right this is not for everyone or for anytime reading. I totally have to be in the mood and fair-warned for these darker ones. Well done, articulate review!

  4. Hmmm I like books that aren't for the faint of heart. Adding this one. Great review Sexxxy

  5. Not sure I'd enjoy this one right now, I have to be in the mood to read darker books like this but I'm intrigued by the sci-fi concept. Great review Sharonda, I'll have to add this to my "dark" TBR pile! :)

  6. I have to be in a certain mood to read this although this would be the kind of dark read that I like getting lost in. The cruel mean hero's got my attention, his character development must've been fantastic coz you obviously gave this 5 brazen babes!

  7. I'm just starting to dip my toes into dystopian and steampunk...I'm really enjoying the stories. It was a little hard to read some of the things that went on in this story, but I've seen it before in some of my romance reads. I'm just happy she made Dare a redeemable by the end of this one.

  8. ya welcome Allyn :) that was a fun party. It was definitely my first one and I'm glad I didn't miss it.

  9. LOLs. its a dark read Anna, but still worth it.

  10. thanks Sophia! :) It think is only fair to warn folks about a book that is a little darker than most, you know? I know I don't want be suggested something and then boom! I'm sitting there thinking what the heck did I just read, lols.

  11. I hope you enjoy it should you get a chance to read it...thanks Melissa :D

  12. Hey Lori!

    I would definitely say that you would have to be in the mood for this type of story. The sci-fi aspect of the story is quite interesting though...I mean a cancer treatment drug taking out a majority of the woman on the planet? damn! who would have thought?

  13. oh man...Dare was a whole 'nother character. I done seem some crazy and cruel characters throughout my reads, but I have to say this dude is taking the number one spot for me right now.

  14. Yahp! That happened to me a few times with review requests when we had that at the blog. They'd fill out a genre and not really say much more like a warning or blurb (we left a place for this) and then wham! What I thought might be a steamy little romantic suspense or sci-fi turned into a non-con of epic darkness. I don't know why they try to sneak. I probably wouldn't have said no, but the warning would have put me in the frame of mind to appreciate it and not go into an all-systems failure. I like warnings and don't consider them spoilers.

  15. :D I'm sure I will enjoy it!! I like the intense type books every once and awhile. Helps break up reading the same type of genre over and over.

  16. This is the kind story that makes the feminist in me jump out and call me a trader for my enjoyment, but do love stories that take me out my comfort zone, and I get the same high as I do when I read a horror
    I'm very curious, and I do love redemption.
    Thanks Sharonda :)

  17. You def will feel like slapping Dare with a bra a couple of times during this read, lols. But I love stories that take me out of my comfort zone as well. Sometimes we can use a change of pace with our read, you know?

    thanks for stopping by Loupe!