Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Review: Run to You by Rachel Gibson
Series: Lovett (book 4)
Publication Date: UK - 22nd May 2014
Ex-marine Beau Junger likes fast cars and loud music. His body is covered in tattoos and makes girls go weak at the knees. But Beau’s not interested in love this year: No women. No sex. No complications. His only worry is saving Stella Leon.
Stella doesn’t need saving. She’s always been independent, confident, strong. At least on the outside. And she definitely doesn’t need a man. After all, she’s never known one she could depend on.
But when Beau turns up and spirits her across state to meet her estranged sister, everything changes. They’ve both got their demons to face, but as the southern heat brings tensions sizzling to the surface, something sparks between them. This tough guy has finally met his match – and they’re both about to fall harder than a ton of red-hot bricks...
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars!
I started reading RG books when I was about 18. She wrote beautiful stories that made my heart flutter, that made me smile and laugh and ache. Her stories felt like life. They felt real, with highs and lows, love and heartbreak, trials and triumphs.
Over the years I migrated away from Contemporary Romance to Paranormal Romance. From Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy. From Urban Fantasy to New Adult. Reading tastes constantly evolve. Some authors you keep reading, regardless of genre, no matter what your current preference is. Unfortunately, Rachel Gibson wasn't an author I kept reading, but when I saw this available for review on Netgalley I thought "I really liked that author!" So, I nostalgically requested it for review and was approved.
To my shame it slipped further and further down my TBR until I forgot about it and now here I am reviewing it, not far off, a year later.
Was it everything I remembered a Rachel Gibson book to be?
Well, yes but no.
It was still a story about life and love. There were highs and lows, some heart flutters and smiles but the relationship between Beau and Stella felt... A little bit forced. I loved their characters, but together there was just some spark missing.
Another thing that was different was the heat level. The author has certainly cranked the sex up a notch! Shame she used phrases like "hot pocket" though. That made me laugh like a loon with very non-sexy and kinda weird mental images.
All in all, I'd say it's a good contemporary romance. The story is enjoyable - even if threads are left hanging - and it's worth a read. It just doesn't have the magic her books did in the past. Whether that is the book itself or the fact I'm no longer 18... Who knows?