Run to You (Risking It All #1)
by Rachel Lacey (Goodreads Author)
TeriLyn's thoughts: **Run to You generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
The first book of the Risking it All series features a quirky heroine, adventurous hero, feisty grandma, and a comfortable, sweet North Carolina setting. Rachel Lacey's contemporary romance told from the third person points of view flows serenely from beginning to end. Run to You hails as a classic, easy love story from Forever romance.
Both Ethan Hunter and Gabby Winters are hiding from past troubles. While spending a summer away in Haven Gabby meets Ethan rather when she least expects. Ethan lives a carefree existence, trying to construct a future free of attachments except for his dream of opening an outdoor adventure spot in his hometown. With Ethan's fun and spirited Gram having health issues, Ethan and Gabby embark on a fake relationship. They're fast friends and their chemistry is palpable.
Throughout the middle of the book I felt the story was dragging a bit. There was a lot of superfluous detail and some redundancy about each characters hang ups in their personal lives causing the prose to become a bit stagnant. For this chunk of the middle I felt a bit disconnected from the story and characters. However, with certain events the plot became energized again and I was more than interested in knowing how Ethan and Gabby's relationship would play out.
With more colorful characters in the townspeople and Ethan's buddies the story also had an edge of intrigue for what's to come for the other two most eligible bachelors now back in the small town of Haven. If you're a reader who enjoys contemporary romance with little angst - a sort of beach type read you'll find enjoyment in Run to You.