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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tasty Book Tour: Run to You by Rachel Lacey (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Good morning all! Have you ever read a romance where the main couple isn’t number one in your heart? It’s not a bad thing at all because my number one in this book brought out the tears, tissues, and laughs in the best way!

About Rachel Lacey
Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie.

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.

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
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.

Ethan for all his outward confidence had some pretty serious internal hang-ups and I liked that Rachel Lacey didn’t try and gloss over Ethan’s concerns when it came to relationships because it was a big factor in his growing feelings for Gabby. Likewise Gabby was dealing with the fallout and effects of her previous relationship and it made her hesitant to get into a relationship with Ethan. Both characters were shaped by their experiences with toxic relationships and it definitely set the tone and pace for their romance. But about halfway through the story felt a little bogged down by unnecessary scenes and the back and forth between Ethan and Gabby became a little tedious after a while. However, once I got into the last quarter of the book it picked up again and overall I enjoyed Ethan and Gabby’s journey to a 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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When Ethan awoke, sunlight was streaming through his window, and based on the tent in his sheets, Gabby was still on his mind. He closed his eyes and started counting backward from fifty, his morning tradition to relieve the pressure so that he could leave the bedroom without being indecent in front of Gram.

His dick was just starting to relax when his phone pinged with an incoming text. Welcoming the distraction, he reached over and grabbed it off the nightstand.

The text was from Gabby. Thinking about you this morning and hoping that problem we talked about hasn’t gotten too hard to handle.

She’d inserted a little winking emoticon at the end, followed by a sunrise and a tree. Morning wood. And yep, that problem had just gotten really hard again.

Killing me. He texted back.

That bad, huh?

Oh yeah, it was bad. Getting worse by the second.

I’d be happy to help you with it if you want to stop by… This was followed by several colorful hearts.

His poor cock ached at the thought. But… No can do. Gotta take Gram to an appointment.

Oh. Bummer.

No kidding. Gotta go
. Chatting with you is not helping the issue.

He thrust his phone back onto the bedside table and lay there, concentrating on the sounds of Gram moving around in the kitchen until his dick finally accepted defeat. Then he went down the hall and took a long, cold shower.

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