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Monday, 22 April 2013

Giveaway & Review: Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons

**Giveaway at bottom of post**

My Rating: Date Me Now (4.5 stars!)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Steam Level: mild - warm

“You’ll never have your happy ending unless you’re brave enough to open the book and start your story.”

Running on Empty was an emotional roller coaster for me and I loved every dip, spin, and drop. It’s a story of love, healing, and family. While laugh out loud funny at times it is also heart wrenchingly emotional and I had tears in my eyes multiple times. It begins three years after Alex has lost her husband, the father of her 3 beautiful baby girls, in a tragic accident. Blake, and old childhood friend, rolls in on his motorcycle and beings to slowly crack the shell Alex has built around her to protect herself. 

Alex was a beautiful selfless person any way you looked at her, she was doing her best to hold everything together for the sake of her children. After losing the love of her life she is hesitant against ever opening up her heart up to the potential of that kind of pain again. There were a series of decisions that she made when she was a child/teenager that I didn't agree with, but what teenage is perfect or can understand the long term consequences of their decisions at that age?

“But these girls…they mean more to me than my own life. I’ll do everything in my power to keep them from being hurt ever again. That is what defines me. I already had my happiness and I live for them now. I’m okay with that.” - Alex

Blake is almost too perfect. He is tall, handsome, caring, and AMAZING with Alex’s girls. He has many layers that come out during the book (I won’t say more because I don’t want to give anything away). The development of Alex and Blake’s relationship is slow but heart-warming and the last 15-20% blew me away. 

The cast of secondary characters were instrumental to the setting and feel of this story. Harlow, Alex’s best friend, was hilarious, supportive, and not afraid to speak her mind. I adored her! And Alex’s girls…what can I say. They were amazing and had me laughing out loud and also tearing up. As a mom of 2 kids I can personally relate the relationship between Alex and her three children, it was beautifully written. And every time I read a scene involving those 3, I couldn't help but picture the girls below. Come on I know you did too!!

A beautifully story of healing and love that I highly recommend. I read it one afternoon, I couldn't put it down!

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  1. I would love the opportunity to read this book.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  3. Pick me!!!

  4. I cant read enough books and could always use a free one ;) thx for the op!

  5. Awesome review! Thank you for this giveaway :)

  6. I enjoyed reading your review! Sounds like a book, I'd like to read. Thank you for the giveaway!

  7. I enjoyed reading your review on this book. Sounds like a book I'd like to read. Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. I've had this on my list for awhile! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. this sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway

  10. Looking forward to reading this one. I don't usually like children in my romances, but this sounds interesting. Loved the review, as always!

    1. Tonya, I don't really like children getting in the way of romances either (my kids do that enough in real life, lol!). But this one worked for me, it was beautiful and sweet and sad. The kids really lightened up the heavy subject matter and hand me laughing out loud!

  11. I've been wanting to read this forevah now. You know how it goes. Other men keep getting in the way. Lol!!!!

  12. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  13. Thanks for the chance to win!!!