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 . . .
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.
“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.
Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
Run to You is a charming small town romance, set in North Carolina. This feel-good story had the perfect balance of humor, emotions and chemistry, with sweet positive characters and a feisty grandmother playing the part of matchmaker.
Ethan Hunter is on his way to fulfilling his dream with the opening of his extreme outdoor sport facility. However, he is far from happy. His beloved grandmother, Dixie, suffers from a life threatening aneurysm and only has a few weeks left to live. As his only family, she is very precious to him and he hopes for a miracle.
Gabrielle Winters is in town for the summer. When Ethan saves her from a nest of aggressive yellow jackets, she can’t resist his charm. She just got out of a bad relationship though and refuses to date him. However, Ethan’s grandmother is convinced Gabby is the one for him. For Dixie’s sake, she accepts to play the part of his girlfriend. Ethan and Gabby have great chemistry and, as the story unfolds, they tend to forget their relationship is only for show. But Ethan is convinced that he has nothing more to offer than a short-lived casual relationship. He is deeply scarred by his family’s tragic past and doesn’t want to be the violent man his father was.
As she gets to know him, Gabby realizes that she has misjudged him. He is outspoken, cocky and hotheaded, but also kind and considerate. They understand each other effortlessly. What they have is special and worth taking an emotional risk.
I enjoyed this lovely story of second chance and new beginnings. This book is the first installment in Rachel Lacey’s new series “Risking it All”. The next books will feature Ethan’s childhood friends and business partners, Ryan and Mark and I can’t wait for more in this series.
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An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.