About Rachel Lacey
These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellow jackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital "hot," and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there's nowhere to hide from Ethan's sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.
At the center of the town's matchmaking is Ethan's grandmother, who's convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there's serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won't fool just the entire town - they might fool themselves too . . .
So this was my first time reading author Rachel Lacey and let me tell you, Run to You was a sweet romance that just happened to have a pinch of spice in it. The couple in question had a memorable first meeting. Basically, Gabby Winters gets stung by yellow jackets (Ouch) and then falls into a stream right in front of the sexiest guy she’s ever seen. Sucks right? But then Ethan Hunter had to go and be all sorts of charming with “Trouble” written all over him. And with Ethan’s ailing, matchmaking grandma these two have no other option but to pretend they’re dating for her sake. Like that ever stays platonic right?
Don’t let the blurb fool you, Run to You was an emotional read almost from the very beginning. The surprising thing though was it wasn’t Ethan and Gabby’s relationship that brought out the tissues; it was Ethan and his grandmother. Now I’m a sucker for a sweet, meddling, adventurous grandmother and Dixie was all that and more. I felt that she really was the heart of the story and she brought out the best in any character she interacted with. It was impossible not to love this woman with her sweet but blunt manner and genuine need to see Ethan settled and happy.
This small town romance, while complete with meddling townsfolk didn’t feel suffocating. The setting was charming, and the people meant well even when they didn’t always do the right thing. Big bonus points for that. The people of Haven provided more than a few laughs along the way.
There were a few bits that I could have done without in Run to You, one of them being a character from Gabby’s past who really didn’t serve much of a purpose aside from causing a few problems here and there. The real conflict was Ethan’s childhood and Gabby’s fallout from her previous relationship. Other than that though, this was a solid story that had a great mix of heat, chemistry, humor, and heart.
Final Verdict: Run to You will definitely get you if you love a lot of heart in your romance. As much as I cheered for Ethan and Gabby’s relationship, I had a soft spot for Dixie and Ethan’s relationship and I looked forward to all their interactions in the book. This was definitely a win for me and I can’t wait to see what Ethan’s friends are up to.
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