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Run to You
     

Run to You

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by Rachel Lacey
 

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ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.

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

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ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.

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 . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/18/2016
The first book in Lacey’s Risking It All contemporary series follows Gabby Winters, who’s renting a summer cottage in the small mountain town of Haven, N.C., to recuperate after leaving an abusive relationship. The video game software developer has no plans to make friends or date, but finds it hard to resist Olympic gold medal swimmer Ethan Hunter’s pleas to go out with him in order to make his grandmother’s final days happy. Like Gabby, Ethan wants to avoid a real relationship because he’s busy building Off-the-Grid, an adventure park, with two close friends, plus he’s carrying some baggage from his own difficult childhood. There’s never any doubt that Gabby and Ethan will get together as their chemistry jumps off the page, and the barriers they have to overcome are fairly minor. Lacey (Only You) doesn’t break new ground, but nevertheless delivers a heartwarming read that fans will love. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"4 Stars! Readers will love how the lives of the main characters meld together while still maintaining their individual lives."—RT Book Reviews

"A stirring romance with complex characters!"—FreshFiction.com

"There's much to like in this sweet romance, including the strong hero and heroine, the cast of supporting characters and the beautiful mountain setting. Readers will eagerly anticipate the next installment in the series, Crazy for You, due out next spring."—Bookpage.com

"Lacey's Love to the Rescue contemporary series keeps getting better and better."—Publisher's Weekly (starred review) on Ever After

"4 Stars! An engaging plot and colorful, genuine characters make the author's latest a sweet, enjoyable read."—RT Book Reviews on For Keeps

"Your heart will be captured many times by the genuine scenarios, and the happily-ever-after for all, both human and canine."—HeroesandHeartbreakers.com on For Keeps

"Endearing! Rachel Lacey is a sure-fire star."—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455537549
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/30/2016
Series:
Risking It All Series , #1
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
134,943
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Rachel Lacey is a contemporary 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.

Rachel loves to keep in touch with her readers! You can find her at:
RachelLacey.com
Twitter @rachelslacey
Facebook.com/RachelLaceyAuthor

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Run to You 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Liberty_Ann_Ireland 12 months ago
Get the tissues ready! Based on the story taking place in a small town - Haven, NC - put it on Cowboys 'n Country rather than CUDDLES PLEASE my other book review blog. I also loved the cover, thinking this book would be a nice little romance - right up my alley. Well, little did I know that Run to You is like one of those movies that's supposed to be a comedy like say, Mrs. Doubtfire. Then you start to watch it only to discover that there's a bunch of tears caused by feelings in the story you did not expect. Those leave you with puffy eyes, torn up tissues and feeling basically verklempt. Truthfully though, I was pleasantly surprised on how emotional this book was as well as funny, sexy, encouraging and full of... yes, I'm gonna say it...love.. So let's get to the nitty gritty. We have three main characters - Gabby, Ethan and Gran. Gabby was running from an abusive relationship, trying to put her life back together and redefine herself and find her strength of self. In trying to do so, she was a bit geeky and awkward but that is part of what made me love her and relate to her. An angry nest of hornets cause Gabby to run into Ethan's arms (How's that for a first meeting?) and *+*Poof*+* it's like magic. The chemistry between the two of them is undeniable. And while Gabby is more than a little man-shy and has sworn off them for the time being. Ethan is not much better off. With a seriously painful childhood to overcome and his hands more than full trying get a new business off the ground with two of his long-time friends he's in no place for a relationship at this time. On top of this, his gran, whom he adores, may have little time left on this earth. He would do anything to make her happy. Anything including perhaps faking a relationship with Gabby since one of Gran's few wishes is that he love and be loved in return. Gabby and Ethan were cute together as they faked it too. Now just tell me, in stories (Heavens NOT IRL!) who doesn't love a cute meddling grandma? She always has the best of her loved ones at heart and her methods are usually humorous for us as the outsiders. Ethan's Gran is no different. She totally reminds me of Sookie's Gran in True Blood. Gabby and Ethan ended up having to decide if their 'fake' relationship was more than just a fling. I loved how they interacted. Yes there were sex scenes but overall they were pretty tame. Ethan and Gabby both had issues but eventually were able to figure out how to put the past where it belongs....behind you. I'm not going to tell you much else about what happened in the book. You'll just need to read it for yourself. :) Now I do love a good series set in small towns were we get to meet extended family and/or friends. Based on how Rachel introduced us to Ethan's two long-time friends, my bet's on them for sure. I loved getting to know our grounded yet hurt-and-getting-back-better-than-before heroine, our jumping off all kinds of cliffs both physical and emotional hero and our tenacious and strong-as-they-come gran. Placing the story in the beautiful Carolinas was a happy memory for me as well and a comforting place to set the story in. Rachel Lacey is on to something here and it's something good. *****5 Shining Stars***** *Thank you Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts*
toniFMAMTC 12 months ago
Ethan is a ladies man. He’s supposedly a player, but he came off as sensitive, caring and compassionate right away to me. He’s a former Olympian who won a few medals in swimming. Since this is an Olympic year, and I’m all fired up about Olympic swimming, this added some attraction to Ethan for me. Gabby does coding for video games and is in Haven taking a break from the city. She stumbled onto Ethan’s extreme obstacle course property, which immediately starts them having the hots for each other. If you like stories where the relationship gets started right away (versus a slow buildup), this is something you should check out. My favorite part was probably the steamy ocean sexy time. I also liked how close Ethan was with his grandmother.
gaele 12 months ago
Who doesn’t love a meddling grandmother, smack in the middle of a small town romance? I knew I couldn’t resist, and I’m glad I read this one. Hiding from life, notice and her abusive ex, Gabby has taken refuge in this smcoall town of Haven to regroup and recover some of her old self. Ethan has lived in Haven with his grandmother Dixie since he was 12, when his father killed his mother. Dixie – well, she’s just a pistol – into everything and desperate to see her grandson settled and happy, she’s not taking her new diagnosis or requests to settle very well. But when Gabby is attacked by hornets, only to be rescued by ‘the hottest guy ever’ the potential here seems to spark off the pages. See – Gabby realy isn’t all that sure about a relationship, and Ethan is busy fighting City Hall (literally) to get his Sport Adventure business off the ground – he’s not got the time for a ‘relationship’, but Dixie won’t stop pushing. So, together they explore a ‘relationship’ even if it’s mostly for show. And while the establishment of the relationship isn’t anything new, the characters make this one sparkle. Gabby is far from the shrinking violet, even with a rather careless and clueless family or abusive ex. She’s not willing to take anyone’s guff lying down, and her loyalty to those who she befriends is solid and shows her determination. Ethan’s careful management of his grandmother, the worry and care he shows even with her driving him to distraction shows a side that isn’t evident to all. With Dixie wanting to be ‘in the know’ with her curious mix of grandmotherly care, matchmaking and general busybody, she’s just a star. A wonderful story that is full of lightness and heart, sure to please romance readers who want a fun and light story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 3 months ago
Run to you would most certainly be my sentiments when I have a nest full of yellow jackets chasing me. I will most certainly run to safety or cover which ever comes first. Just running in your direction was not suppose to lead to chemistry lessons. But trouble will be sure to follow in the wakes of this explosive encounter. Gabby needs to get away from it all. So of course go to a small town where everyone knows everyone and you have very little chance of getting away from the one crashing encounter you made since you arrived in town. In comes the tall, hot glass of TROUBLE, Ethan. There are some things that have Gabby and Ethan back in each other company. A trouble past for each leads to traveling the smoother road. With family, friends, and just the small town atmosphere surrounding them, they seem to be in each other company more often then not. The relationship grows out of more necessity than deep feeling or so they thought. The past has a way of finding you when you don't want it. In walks Gabby's past and all that she left behind. But of course this is a sweet, country romance that has to have a little spice and kick to get it all off track. There are a few laughs along the way and a few energizing encounters. Welcome to Haven, NC.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Binge reading Rachel Lacey right now. Great stories with characters that keep you coming back for more.
Nicolerko 11 months ago
4.5 Stars I really enjoyed reading this one. I loved the small town settings g and all the characters were engaging. It does have a sad vibe to it, but it makes you appreciate the people you have in your life. For me personally it made me think of my grandparents because I'm close to them like Ethan is to his grandma. Great storyline that has the perfect combination of angst, passion, and heart. Grabby is in Haven to a fresh perspective after her last relationship and sworn off men, but she didn't count on Ethan. Ethan doesn't do meaningful relationship just casual, but there is no denying that Gabby makes him wish he did.
KelliJo 11 months ago
*SIGH* Gabby and Ethan are two people SET on not entering a 'real' relationship - each for their own reasons - she just got out a bad relationship and needs to feel like she's standing on her own two feet - he feels like his family history will repeat itself. But, his Gram is dying and her main wish before she dies is to see Ethan settled down - he feels his new business will do the trick. But then, they both meet Gabby. And Gram knows. So read this book to find out what happens when you enter a "fake" relationship! Lacey brings on the whole spectrum of emotions. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will definitely sigh. And maybe even have to fan yourself... ;)
iScreamBooksBlog 11 months ago
"Killing me." I discovered Rachel Lacey by accident. It was my love of rocker romance that caused me to notice the cover of her book, Rock With You. It was a short story and the synopsis intrigued me so I took a chance on a new author. I'm so glad I did. While Run to You is not focused on the rock star, he did show up. And while this cover didn't do anything for me, what's between the pages made up for it. This series seems to be more focused on the town of Haven which is small and remote, and also a good vacation spot. A place known for rest, relaxation and vacation fun. It also seems to be a good place to escape. The locals are a fun and entertaining group and the 'visitors' have been full of secrets and surprises. Enough to keep this series going for a long time. Ethan has been living in Haven since he was 12 yrs old. He was raised by his grandma, Dixie. And let me tell you, Dixie is a mess. She's sweet and sassy and sneaky. She had to be to keep up with a young Ethan and his two best friends, Ryan & Mark. They got into lots of trouble as teenagers and now that they are grown and trying to start a business, they are having a time trying to convince the town that they are mature and responsible adults who know what they are doing. The three friends have put everything into their new business, Off-the-Grid Adventures. Unfortunately, the Town Council is throwing up road blocks and they have their work cut out for them to convince them to approve their zoning permit. Imagine Ethan's surprise when he sees her for the first time, on his property. He's never seen her before which tells him she's not a local, or he would have noticed her long before now. As he approaches her, he's just in time to witness her disturb a nest of yellowjackets and get stung repeatedly before falling into a stream right in front of him. She's a mess... and she's beautiful. Gabby is hiding out in Haven. She's been there for a while without being noticed. She can work from anywhere as long as she has a computer and internet. So she's managed to escape the notice of the locals until she accidentally trespasses onto the future site of Off-the-Grid. She was just taking a walk, minding her own business, and there he was. Meeting a sexy man in the middle of nowhere was not in her plans. Actually, a man is the last thing she wants in her life. However; how can she ignore the helping hand that offers to pull her out of the stream and take her to the clinic to seek medical attention for the excessive number of stings she received? It's not like she needs to worry about him being attracted to her with wet, muddy clothes and red welts all over her face, right? It's a good thing she didn't notice that those clothes kinda became invisible once they got wet, she might have been even more embarrassed and her face would have been even more red. But he noticed... One thing that Ethan learned a long time ago is that you can't hide anything in Haven. His grandmother knew that he had driven Gabby to the clinic before he'd even made it back home. And being the matchmaker that she was, she couldn't resist trying to meddle and bring them together. Dixie has Ethan wrapped around her little finger. He would do anything for his Grams, and she knows it. That's how Ethan & Gabby end up pretending to be in a relationship. He'd rather convince a stranger to be his girlfriend than to disappoint his Grams. She'd rather pretend to have a boyfriend than to really have one. Neither o
BookSnuggle 11 months ago
"Run to You" by Rachel Lacey is book number one in the "Risking It All" series. This is Gabby Winters and Ethan Hunter's story. When Gabby and Ethan first met it was a moment they will never forget. They were not looking for a relationship. Due to circumstances they ended up pretending to be a couple. Well, it was pretending at first but does it stay that way? The author story gets your attention right from the start and keeps it throughout the book. There are funny, heartwarming, and steamy moments. I loved this story. I fell in love with Gabby, Ethan, and Ethan's grandmother. An excellent read. I look forward to reading other books by this author. FYI, includes mature content. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.
BookReaderAnnie 11 months ago
I've been really enjoying Rachel Lacey's books. This new series has had me laughing right away. Run to You starts off with Gabby being stung by bee's. Now in real life that wouldn't be funny at all, but let's remember, this isn't real life. Right away you will just crack up and enjoy how both Gabby and Ethan meet. It might not have seemed romantic but in it's way it is. Ethan rushes to help her, how romantic is that! Gabby is basically hiding out in the woods, trying to get her life together after a very bad break up. You understand right away how she's feeling. We've all had that person in our lives that wouldn't take no for a answer. I love how Ethan and his friend have come home to make something of themselves, or I should say remake since they've all done great for themselves out of their home town. They all feel they need to make up for how crazy they were as kids. Right away you'll enjoy their friendship. I wish we had more of it in the book. Yes, the story is about about Ethan and Gabby but the series is about the guys. I would have liked a few moments from their childhood. Hopefully in the next books you'll get more. I even enjoyed the idea of them (Gabby & Ethan) faking a relationship to make Ethan's grandmother happy. You can see how they fall for each other. It isn't always a easy ride but I had fun with them.
BooksAndSpoons 11 months ago
When a story is filled with joyful, cheerful, life-loving moments, yet the characters has depth, intensity, and growth as they face the realities of life, and it all just flows seamlessly from the pages - how can you not love every moment of it?! Ethan and Gabby are both charismatic, considerate, kind-hearted people, so easy to like and fall in love with. The chemistry between them is off the charts, the attraction is sizzling between them. But there's more to them than just pretend relationship and intense physical attraction. And everyone else can see it, sense it, and witness it every time Ethan and Gabby are in the same room, yet they live in denial. And Ethan's Granny. What a lady. The way she cared for everyone, looked after them, and shared her wisdom, her bucket list, her adventures, she nearly stole the show completely. (On a personal note, one of Granny's bucket list items is to visit Biltmore Estate in Asheville - I just want to thank the author for taking me back to my old stomping grounds for a moment, it made me smile). But there's more to the story than just hot North Carolina summer days, there are serious matters of domestic abuse, the survival of it, and the survival guilt. Just like Granny's destiny, it breaks your heart a bit. The author has dealt with the issue with respect towards the victims and survivors. I loved the upbeat tone of the tale, the gleeful moments of fulfilling dreams, the thrill of facing and conquering your fears, the bliss of falling in love, it all made me smile, even laugh out loud couple times. Yet the story touched my heart with the life-battered souls, the sorrow from losing a loved one, and the growing pains from the raw deals of life. A dazzling and addictive tale, that made me want to update my bucket list and inspired to live every moment to the fullest. ~ Five Spoons
Evyblix 12 months ago
Originally reviewed for www.buriedunderromance.com RUN TO YOU, a steamy romp through zip-lines and rope courses, is the first novel in the new Risking It All series by Rachel Lacey. Combine the adventure with a sexy Olympic swimming champion who first meets the girl of his dreams after she has fallen in a creek while being attacked by a swarm of bees, and you end up with a quirky novel that is a lot of fun to read! Ethan Hunter, the proud winner of two gold and one silver medal, has returned to his home town of Haven to coach high school swimming and to open an extreme sports venue with his two best friends. His life is seemingly perfect except for one thing: His beloved grandmother Dixie is dying. Gabby Winters designs video games for a living. She has moved to Haven in order to hide from an abusive ex-boyfriend. She keeps to herself most of the time, and she plans to return home at the end of the summer. She hadn’t counted on the immediate attraction she felt for Ethan in spite of the awkward way they met. When Dixie meets Gabby, she immediately senses that she is the perfect girl for Ethan. Even though neither Ethan nor Gabby is looking for a relationship, they decide to pretend that they are becoming involved in order to make Ethan’s grandmother happy in her last days. Can they fool Dixie? Even more important: Will they be able to walk away when the time comes? Both Ethan and Gabby were very easy characters to like. They were strong, accomplished and very confident in the choices they were making in their lives. The dialog between the two was very well written with quirky banter and, at times, heart-felt seriousness. They were well matched, and I couldn’t wait to see how their inevitable HEA played out. I also enjoyed the storyline about the adventure park. I’ll admit that I knew very little about extreme sports before picking up this book, but I enjoyed that it was an unusual subject for a romance novel and I enjoyed learning about everything along with Gabby. The writer makes it all seem very exciting, especially during a special event that takes place. Sadly, I’m afraid my fear of heights would keep me from participating, even if a sexy guide like Ethan were leading the way. While I very much liked the plot and the characters, there were two things, however, that kept me from giving RUN TO YOU more than three stars. The first issue is simply a personal preference when it comes to language. I realize that many of the words that society considers to be obscene are more and more commonly used in day to day conversations, movies and TV. That being said, I understand the author’s use of some offensive language in dialog. What I don’t accept, however, is its use in the narrative of the story. “Ethan had no f**king clue….” Or “he couldn’t f**king wait to see her again.” The author should have been able to find better descriptive language to use here. The second issue that bothered me was in the middle of the story. While I understand that sex scenes were important to this story, I felt like they really bogged down the progression of the plot in the middle. We got a lot of sex and a very little plot, but I felt the story would have been better served if the plot had continued to take precedent as it had in the beginning of the book, and as it would in the end. I nearly stopped reading, but I’m very glad I didn’t because the story picked up and charged into an emotional, but satisfying, ending. In spite of
beckymmoe 12 months ago
A quick, sweet read! Run to You is the first book in the Risking it All series after a prequel short story, Rock with You --though the couple from that one is in this story briefly, it's not necessary to have already read their book to enjoy this one. It takes place in the small town of Haven, North Carolina, where we are introduced to Ethan Hunter and his best friends and business partners, Ryan Blake and Mark Dalton, the soon-to-be owners of Off-the-Grid Adventures. Ethan and Gabby, a software designer who has come to Haven looking for a temporary escape, have a horribly painful (for Gabby) meet cute, and feel an instant attraction. Neither of them are looking for a relationship, though--Ethan has major hangups in that arena thanks to a less-than-ideal parental experience, and Gabby is fresh out of a bad relationship with an abusive and controlling ex and wants zero romantic entanglements until she feels more confident in her ability to take control of her own life once again. Fortunately for us, fate--and Ethan's grandmother--have other ideas! Ethan and Gabby embroil themselves in a fake relationship--it's pretty standard stuff where the troupe is concerned--and of course it ends up leading to the real thing. Naturally it takes both of them a while to 1) realize what's going on and 2) actually admit it to each other--otherwise we wouldn't have much of a story, right? (One of them nearly waits until the last page of the last chapter--grrr--fortunately, there's an adorable epilogue added on to make up for that character's total and utter cluelessness. ;) There are a few threads left hanging in the story--Gabby's parents' attitude about Ethan, for example--but it's hard to get too worked up about them. Basically this is a cute story peopled with interesting characters in a world I'm looking forward to visiting again and again. If you're looking for a light and sweet story with plenty of series potential, look no further! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Honolulubelle 12 months ago
Favorite Quotes: Ironic that Ryan, the hulking man with the motorcycle parked out front and tats up and down his arms, was the cool-headed peacekeeper of their group. Mrs. Winters was looking at him with respect now, and while he preferred that to the disapproval he'd gotten from her earlier, it pissed him off that his gold medals somehow made him more worthy in her eyes. He kept them in a box in his closet. They didn't define who he was or even the greatest thing he'd accomplished. Dixie was looking at her like she held the keys to the universe. Secrets and lies can destroy a family. My Review: At first glance, Run to You seemed like a simple story, yet - considerable growth and transformation occurred for the characters as they moved from being strangers to pretend partners and into a quasi-relationship. As they became friends and quickly moved into more than friend territory - they dealt with a myriad of concerns including ongoing grief, establishing a new business, confronting inner demons, overcoming personal fears, working through a bucket list, skinny dipping, losing a loved one, and finally opening up to a new romance. The characters were likable and the storyline was emotive, occasionally steamy, easy to follow, and entertaining.
JensReadingObsession 12 months ago
Ethan is such a sweet guy, that I just couldn't understand why he was so afraid into turning into his father. He's never had a serious relationship, but there is something about Gabby that keeps him wanting more. Gabby has her own issues to deal with due to an abusive relationship, but the town, as well as Ethan, helps her get her confidence back. If you like sweet, fun, emotional small town romances, then you will enjoy this one. While some of the story line is a bit on the predictable side, the writing and the characters are great and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Majorly_Delicious 12 months ago
Risking It All is the first book in Rachel Lacey’s newest series. This book has it all if you love a good small town romance with a meddling grandmother and some humor on the side. Gabby Winters has set off to Haven to regroup and get her life on track after ending her relationship. When she has a run in with an angry nest of hornets she finds herself being rescued by a sexy stranger. Gabby knew two things the first time she laid eyes on Ethan Hunter, he was gorgeous and trouble however the more time these two spend together the more she finds herself wanting to break her no men rule and see if there is more behind their chemistry. Ethan Hunter is working on trying to get his new business venture, Off the Grid Adventures, up and running. He doesn’t have time for a relationship even though his grandmother Dixie is determined to see him settled and happy. When he first meets Gabby he is instantly attracted to the beautiful woman but the more time he spends with her the more he finds himself craving their connection. Seeing how much his grandmother wants him to be in a relationship, Ethan comes up with the plan that Gabby and him pretend to be dating. Together these two set out to fool everyone but in the end they may be the ones fooled. I really enjoyed this story; it was a quick and fun read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a small town, lighthearted romance. I received a copy an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
etoile1996 12 months ago
run to you is technically the kick-off to a new series by rachel lacey, unless you've read rock with you, and you've already been introduced to the town of haven, north carolina and some of its inhabitants. while the lead characters weren't introduced in the novella, some of the secondary characters in run to you were and it's nice to have a little bit of history with the town as you read the novel. in any case, run to you uses my favorite romance trope, the fake relationship that turns real. i like it in books, in film, i maybe even like it in real life. here ethan hunter meets gabrielle "gabby" winters and there is instant sizzle. ethan's beloved grandmother, dixie, who raised ethan after some really horrifying things happened to his parents, recognizes that spark and is convinced that they are meant to be. dixie happens to be on the verge of dying as she has an inoperable brain aneurysm threatening to burst at any moment. because ethan will do anything to make his grandmother happy, he decides that letting her believe he's finally settled down and gotten over the fears of relationships that have plagued him due to his dysfunctional childhood is the best thing to do. when he proposes this to gabby she's not convinced that lying is the right thing to do. but when her ex-boyfriend shows up, she impulsively agrees to ethan's scheme. gabby is in haven to recover from some of her own traumas. at first she has no intention of making friends in haven, her plan is to lick her wounds in private and then return home once she feels ready to face her life there. but meeting ethan leads to meeting other people in the town, and then her ex shows up and she realizes that perhaps her plan of loneliness may not be the way to go. gabby is determined to stand on her own two feet, and one of the things lacey does well is to show how it's certainly well-and-good to be independent, but that sometimes it is okay to ask for help, you can be strong and still be part of a team. this is a lesson gabby must learn, and honestly it's a lesson quite a few other romance heroines could stand to learn a little better than they do. once ethan and gabby give into their sizzling attraction, they inadvertently find themselves in a serious relationship. seeing how they come to terms with their issues with commitment and accepting that they are in love is a really sweet thing. in the supporting cast we see hints of where future novels might go, and it will be fun to see how ryan and mark, ethan's business partners, end up finding their true loves. **run to you will publish on august 30, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/forever/grand central publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Rhondaz 12 months ago
Run to You by Rachel Lacey....Oh my goodness, I love Rachel Lacey's books she has a way of pulling the readers into the story and you become invested with the characters. This book hits all of your emotion buttons, you are happy, sad and make sure to have tissues while reading. Ethan, where do I start...he is so hot and your dream boyfriend, perfect in every way. Gabby is an angel, I loved her personality and how sweet she is. These two are trying not to fall in love with each other while pretending to be in a relationship. This is a must read for any romance reader. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
BehindClosedDoorsBookRev 12 months ago
Amount of sex - 4 / 5 How explicit - 3.5 / 5 Romance - 4 / 5 Overall: - 4 / 5 Run to you by Rachel Lacey is a very heartwarming story. I laughed, cried, yelled and smiled while reading this great love story about Ethan and Gabby. I was pleasantly surprised on how emotional this book was. So, get the tissues ready! Ethan is dealing with the notion that his Gram is dying of a brain aneurysm which is inoperable. Gabby decides to move to Haven to take a break away from her life in Charlotte, which includes an ex – boyfriend. She meets Ethan under very unfortunate circumstances. Although, it presented Ethan with a great idea. He decides he wants to help Gram complete her ‘bucket list’ as well as her last dying wishes… one being for him to settle down and fall in love. Since, Ethan and Gabby have sizzling chemistry, they agree to pretend to date for his Gram. But, are they really pretending? I recommend this book to anyone who loves a heartwarming story! Just don’t forget the tissues! **ARC received in exchange for an honest review**
IreneC 12 months ago
4.5 stars I really enjoyed Run To You. The storyline was sweet, fun, heartwarming and very entertaining. From the first meeting, Gabby and Ethan captured my interest and I couldn't get enough of them. I enjoyed their banter, the way they would tease each other and they had amazing chemistry. After leaving an abusive relationship Gabby escapes to the small town of Haven looking for peace and time to find herself again after all she'd been through. Meeting Ethan and spending time with him starts to make her feel things she wasn't emotionally ready to acknowledge. I enjoyed watching Gabby and Ethan come together, both were soooo not looking to fall in love but the heart wants what the heart wants lol The more I read the more I found myself falling in love with these two, sigh... It touched my heart watching Gabby open herself up, especially with Ethan's grandmother, Dixie. The two women formed a close relationship that would emotionally help them both in very different ways *wipes tears* Overall, Run To You was a beautifully written, emotional and entertaining romance with characters that will touch your heart and leave you with smile on your face. I'm really enjoying the Risking it All series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all!
JenniferSchultheisJS 12 months ago
Run to You by Rachel Lacey is the first book in the Risking It All series, and highly enjoyable. The romance between Gabby Winters and Ethan Hunter is sweet, tempting, and hits all the right buttons. Gabby and Ethan’s first meeting will go down in history books as memorable. Just when Gabby sees a very sexy man coming towards her, she’s stung by many, many yellow jackets and needs medical attention. Ethan, being the great man that he is, takes care of her, creating a catalyst of decisions that must fall into place. Ethan and his two best friends share a tight bond. They were in foster care together and now are opening a business together. Ethan needs to concentrate on his business, but Gram, the only woman who has ever been there for him, is sick and wants to see him settled before she dies. What’s a man to do? Gabby is only in town temporarily. She’s getting over a disastrous relationship and needs time to gather her bearings. The attraction between her and Ethan is at an all time high, but she refuses to give in and plays it safe. But when Ethan comes to her and begs her to be in a pretend relationship with him…lines get crossed and suddenly nobody is pretending. The relationship might have started off as pretend but there is nothing fake about their chemistry. Eventually, enough is enough and they decide to enjoy each other while they have the chance, but will Ethan’s fears cost him the only woman to get under his skin? Diverse characters, small towns, and a wonderful storyline, makes Run to You, a fantastic contemporary romance!
book_junkee 12 months ago
This sounded exactly like my sort of sorbet. I'm a sucker for a sassy and meddling grandmother type and thankfully, this totally delivered. Love love loved Gabby and Ethan. They're both sort of hiding from something and I throughly enjoyed reading them try to work on themselves while playing bf/gf. The chemistry between them was perfection and the UST was delicious. There are some other great characters in this town and I'm hoping the companion books are Mark and Ryan. Sure, it's a bit predictable, but it's mostly filled with fluff, banter, and amazing kissing scenes. I'll definitely be looking for the next book in the series. **Huge thanks to Forever and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
LynnB888 12 months ago
I am really enjoying this new series by Rachel Lacey! I read the prequel novella ROCK WITH YOU, so it was fun to see a hint of Carly & Sam again in this book. Lots of flirty romance, quirky laughs and sexy men floating around! Can't wait for the future stories! Gabrielle Winters is visiting Haven, North Carolina for some down time away from real life. She happens upon local Ethan Hunter by accident and proceeds to humiliate herself by stumbling into a bees nest and requiring him to take her for medical attention ... talk about embarrassing! Ethan is a fun loving ladies man who isn't planning to ever settle down. He's going into business with a couple of his buddies and enjoying life close to his Gram, Dixie. When she catches wind he was seen with a beautiful woman, she's convinced he's got a new girlfriend. Extenuating circumstances leads Than to get Gabby to agree to play along with that thinking for awhile. Will it be more truth than fiction when all is said and done?
Lashea677 12 months ago
It started with a laugh, bloomed with a lie and ended in romance. On the roadway to love there are many turns off course before smooth sailing wins out. Ms. Lacey takes the comedic approach and creates a love story that is full of lighthearted antics and unforgettable moments. A wily old woman, a determined town and an embarrassing incident lead Ethan and Gabby on a collision course with destiny and each other in Run to You. Run to You leaves a lasting impression with continuous laughs and a feeling of family, home and heart.
bouncyberthaCR 12 months ago
4.5 - "That was even better than I thought it would be..." Stars! Run to You is the first full length novel in Rachel Lacey’s new, Risking It All series. Having read and really enjoyed the prequel novella, Rock With You I was expecting to be impressed and I was not disappointed. Ethan and Gabby gelled really well together for me, in that both of them were not looking for commitment for their own particular reasons, but also both knowing that the connection growing between them as their ‘fake’ relationship progresses is more than they have ever felt for someone previously. "If this were a real date, you would so be getting luck tonight." But whereas Gabby starts to embrace those feelings and emotions as time progresses, Ethan very much tries to stick to their agreement, even though he steps outside of their boundaries with more and more frequency as the story moves along. This man… He was so wrong for her yet so completely right. And right now, she never, ever wanted to let him go… There is a lot going on in this story, what with the introduction of Ethan’s partners and long-time friends; Ryan and Mark (who will have their own stories told in future books). The struggles they face with the town Council for the development of their new business Off-The-Grid Adventures, as Adrenalin sports are considered out of keeping with Haven’s relaxing atmosphere. As well as Dixie, Ethan’s much loved and spunky Grandmother, and her medical issues and issues with Gabby’s ex popping up intermittently. "Baby, you have caused me more blue balls than you will ever know." And for the most part all those aspects really worked in relation to the development of the story-line as a whole, I think the whole ex situation was a but superfluous in the overall scheme of things, but it didn’t figure too much in the story as a whole so much as to detract from the growing relationship between Ethan and Gabby. "I feel like I’ve spent my whole life running away from my past, but I could never get away from it…" I love me a series, set in a small town, with recurring characters, and add in a diverse mix of leading ladies and men, with a different story for each of them as the series progresses and I am generally a happy reader. Rachel ticked all my required boxes in that respect, and I cannot wait to read more of this series, and more from this author in general in the future. Crazy For You; Ryan and Emma’s book is due early 2017, and I cannot wait to see what story the author gives them. But I have to admit Can’t Forget You; is the one I am itching for, there was something about Mark Dalton in this book that intrigued me, but it’s not due til October 17, so I will have to try and wait as patiently as possible for it. Rachel is a new author to me with this series, so I have plenty to read in the interim while waiting for the aforementioned to be released. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, through Tasty Book Tours in exchange for the above honest review.