Run to You
Risking It All #1
By: Rachel Lacey
Releasing August 30, 2016
ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.
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 . . .
When a story is filled with joyful, cheerful, life-loving moments, yet the characters has depth, intensity, and growth as they face the realities of life, and it all just flows seamlessly from the pages - how can you not love every moment of it?!
Ethan and Gabby are both charismatic, considerate, kind-hearted people, so easy to like and fall in love with. The chemistry between them is off the charts, the attraction is sizzling between them. But there's more to them than just pretend relationship and intense physical attraction. And everyone else can see it, sense it, and witness it every time Ethan and Gabby are in the same room, yet they live in denial.
And Ethan's Granny. What a lady. The way she cared for everyone, looked after them, and shared her wisdom, her bucket list, her adventures, she nearly stole the show completely. (On a personal note, one of Granny's bucket list items is to visit Biltmore Estate in Asheville - I just want to thank the author for taking me back to my old stomping grounds for a moment, it made me smile).
But there's more to the story than just hot North Carolina summer days, there are serious matters of domestic abuse, the survival of it, and the survival guilt. Just like Granny's destiny, it breaks your heart a bit. The author has dealt with the issue with respect towards the victims and survivors.
I loved the upbeat tone of the tale, the gleeful moments of fulfilling dreams, the thrill of facing and conquering your fears, the bliss of falling in love, it all made me smile, even laugh out loud couple times. Yet the story touched my heart with the life-battered souls, the sorrow from losing a loved one, and the growing pains from the raw deals of life.
A dazzling and addictive tale, that made me want to update my bucket list and inspired to live every moment to the fullest.
~ Five Spoons
“I’m glad you brought me out here.” Gabby stepped over a tree root, lifting her skirt with her free hand so that she didn’t trip.
Ethan squeezed her left hand. “Me, too. The rock face is right up this way.”
They came around a corner and the path opened up to a big rock looming at least thirty feet into the air. There were some creases and cracks in it, but how anyone could scale it with only their bare hands—or why they would want to—was completely beyond her. “You can seriously climb that?”
“I can climb it. Ryan can kick its ass, though.”
“Okay then. Show me.”
With a cocky grin, he reached up and hooked his hand into a crack in the rock. He pulled himself up, his biceps flexing most impressively as he climbed. Holy shit, that was sexy. Soon she was left with nothing but a view of his very fine ass. And by the time he’d reached the top, she was so turned on, she could hardly stand it.
“So?” he called from the top. “You going to join me or what?”
“Not a chance. But I will enjoy watching you climb back down.”
“Gotta give the lady what she wants.” His fine ass reappeared over the edge as he started back down. He took his time on the descent, and if she wasn’t mistaken, he might have reached for a few hand and footholds that made him flex his muscles a little more than was strictly necessary.
“You’re a show-off,” she said when his feet were back on solid ground.
He was a bit out of breath, his bronzed skin glistening with sweat, trademark smile still in place. “No clue what you’re talking about.”
“No? You really needed to reach all the way to that notch?” She gestured above them. “Instead of the one closer to your shoulder that maybe wouldn’t have shown off your lovely biceps quite as well?”
He flexed for her. “What, these old things? And for the record, I totally needed the leverage.”
“Mm-hmm.” For some reason, she put her hand on his biceps, and oh crap, that was a mistake. His skin was hot beneath her fingers, and his blue eyes blazed into hers.
“Killing me, Gabby,” he murmured. “Killing me.”
His words sent a bolt of red-hot desire right through her, and she must have made a sound because Ethan sucked in a breath, his gaze locked on her lips. His hands settled on her hips, burning into her skin through the thin fabric of her skirt.
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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