Wednesday, August 31, 2016

4 stars-- Run to You (Risking It All #1) by Rachel Lacey

Yall. I couldn't put this one down. From fake mates to great friendships and starting over, heartbreak, hope and a little daring. Run to You was just a lovely read and a knockout beginning to a new series.

The quick of it is that Ethan's grandmom has one see Ethan settled down and happy. And she's sure new-girl-in-town Gabby is just the one that's going to make that happen. And Ethan? He's determined to give his gram everything she's hoping for even if it means faking a relationship with the town's new arrival for just a little while.

"Extreme outdoor sports?"

"Yeah. Zip-lining, rock climbing, that kind of thing." His eyes gleamed with pride.

"Wow, that sounds, um...exciting."

His lips quirked. "You look horrified."

 Alright. Gabby and Ethan. They were fun. He's a former Olympian turned business owner and she's a video game developer. He's a daredevil and she's all about keeping both feet firmly on the ground. But they were cute together as they faked it. And very sweet as they slowly helped each other heal from their pasts--a bad childhood that left him thinking he could never trust himself with women and a very bad relationship that knocked down her self confidence. I did want to give her a shake later on in the book over some dumb choices but it wasn't a deal breaker.
She licked icing off her fingers. "Wow. That's like an orgasm on a plate."

Ethan's dick twitched. Down, boy. "It's good, but I can give you better."

Gabby's cheeks flushed red as she took another bite. "I can take care of myself."

Ah, hell, now he was hard as steel imagining her in bed pleasuring herself. "Do you think of me while you're at it?"

Her cheeks got even darker, and she choked on her second mouthful of cinnamon bun. She swallowed, coughed, and sputtered. "Oh my God. I didn't mean...that came out wrong...and no."

He grinned. "You're a terrible liar."

She covered her face with her hand. "I can't believe we're having this conversation. Change the topic, please."
I love the whole fake mates trope and seeing them trying so hard to not get attached but totally getting attached. They had nice chemistry and a couple hot and heavy moments that were pretty fun. But most of it was them becoming real friends and healing along the way.

Now, Ethan and his Gram. And omg, yall, I just loved these two and how much he adored his grandmom. She saved him from foster care and raised him. Has been his rock all these years. And seeing them deal with aging and making the most of the days she had left got me choked up now and again. Quiet nights at home, working down her bucket list, going on mini vacations. It was just. It was incredibly moving and totally had me falling for him.

It wasn't all gloomy or anything like that, though. There was a lot of light and humor and fun with all the different characters. I adored his buddies and can't wait to hear their stories.
"I brought brisket sandwiches," Gabby said. "They smelled really good and I figured you guys might be getting hungry."

"I love you," Ryan told her as she handed him the bag of sandwiches.

She laughed, her eyes darting to Ethan. He felt the stupid urge to punch Ryan right in his cocky mouth.

"What?" Ryan's eyes widened in mock surprise. "Did I say it before you? Oh shoot, I hope I didn't just make things awkward."

"You're an asshole." Ethan's hands balled into fists.

Ryan threw his head back and laughed. Gabby's face flushed an adorable shade of red.
All in all, Run to You was a delightful and touching read. It had more of an emotional punch than I was expecting but was so damn sweet. Lacey did a wonderful job of balancing lighthearted, sexy fun with emotional turmoil. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more from the series.

Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellowjackets 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 . . .


Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemporary) | New to You (author) | Goodreads

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