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I keep falling in love with all the heroes in L.B.'s books. They are intense and strong and protective
and sexy... man, are they sexy.
Ahem. Review... focus, focus.
Noah and Tatum- I saw the love/hate thing going on right away, even in the book before this one,
Recovery (#1.5 in the Mending Hearts series). He was attracted when he didn't want to be and she
was attracted before she knew she was attracted.
Neither had an easy childhood... and both are alike in so many ways... so intense and guarded.
Be careful when you let your walls down... a lot of amazing things happen when you do... like falling in
love. The journey isn't always easy... heck, it never is, is it? But for Noah and Tatum it's really rough.
They are just so amazing together that I almost feel guilty making Noah my book boyfriend... almost.
The emotions packed within the covers of this book... so many. Happy, sad, heart-breaking, intense,
fear, torment, and so many more. I cried more than once while reading this book... No, I don't always
cry at every book hehe If the author can pull me in to the point where I am feeling the character's
emotions, then they reach me on the level where those emotions trigger my own and I bawl big fat ugly
tears... as I did in this book.
I found a gem of an author when I picked up The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. (my first book
from her). She's incredible. I have to say that one of the things I love most about her books is that she
weaves a sense of family and not necessarily blood-related into her stories. I love that.
I've added L.B. to my Fave Author List which means I'm going to be impatiently waiting for her next book
and I'll be one of the first people to buy it the second it becomes available.
5 out of 5 stars for me.
Posted January 2, 2014
Amazing addition to the Mending Hearts series! I absolutely love how it's written, how we get you see both Tatum and Noah's POV. I love Tatum and Noah. They are both so real, so flawed, and it's impossible to not get emotionally invested in them! As much as I've loved the rest if the series, this one was my favorite! Definitely a must-read! Thanks L.B. Simmons, for another amazing story!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2013
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Star Rating: 4 stars
Heat Rating: Sizzling!!
**Running in Place is a stand-alone book and can be read out of order**
“Broken hopes and expectations can leave very broken people. So, after a while, you learn not to aim so high, because when people fail you, you land hard and there’s only so many times a person can be shattered before they’re beyond repair.”
L.B. Simmons does it again! She delivered a story that packs a powerful punch and really tugs on the reader's heartstrings! I enjoyed getting to know Tatum and Noah and adding them to the cast of characters that I have grown to love since Running on Empty (book #1 of the Mending Hearts series). Sometimes when you meet someone, you never realize how much you are going to be changed from being with them, and honestly, that chance to grow as a person is really the best gift anyone can give us. Noah and Tatum give each other this gift.
Running in Place gives us two characters who have been beaten up by life and are trying to get through life the best they know how. Tatum wears her pain on the outside and is just floating through life, not realizing that she can be worthy of anything good. Noah hides his broken pieces by pushing all his pain deep inside himself and trying to be perfect on the outside to please his father, ignoring what he really wants to do with his life. L.B Simmons has a great talent of taking characters and making them real and relatable. Even with their flaws and all the baggage Noah and Tatum bring to the table the reader learns to love them and cheer them on, really hoping for them to find out who they really are both together and as individuals.
The Mending Hearts series is a great series and whether or not you go back and read Alex and Blake's story (Running on Empty) or you just dive into Running in Place you are going to get a story that will touch your heart and show you how strong people can be in some of the toughest situations. L.B. Simmons writes beautiful stories about finding yourself, learning how to overcome your past and realizing that love will find you when the time is right and staring with loving yourself.
I HIGHLY recommend this series! 1-click this today and understand why L.B. Simmons is a must read author for me. I am anxiously awaiting what she will write next and crossing my fingers that we don't have too much longer to wait for Harlow's story. (pretty please)
Posted November 4, 2013
Ms. Simmons has, once again, managed to wring every possible emotion from me through her words. Running in Place is a darker story, in many ways, than the previous books. It deals with some heavy subjects. And it's eloquently rendered. Also, Running in Place is classified as a New Adult novel due to the age of its main characters. I have to say it delivered on every element of NA that I love.
Tatum O'Connell is a damaged young woman. She's survived unspeakable abuse. And now that's she's free from her tormentor, at least physically, she's stuck in place. She can't seem to move on, to let go of the past. She quit school with only a semester left to complete. She's dating a douchebag. She drinks copious amounts of alcohol. She's beautiful and she wears shorts in lengths that should be illegal (Noah's opinion).
Noah Reese seems to have it all put together. He has a list of accomplishments miles long - a college degree, a good job, acceptance into Harvard Medical School - and he's gorgeous! However, Noah isn't living his dream. He's living his father's dream. And he feels unable to live life his way.
Tatum sees Noah as Mr. Perfect. Noah sees Tatum as a bit of a loose cannon. They each have their reasons to avoid the other. And yet, they captivate each other. When Tatum is forced to work a second job, where Noah is her supervisor, the proximity brings them closer together. As they become friends and open up to one another, they each begin to understand the other. They build a foundation of trust and reveal things to each other they've never revealed. And they serve as a catalyst for the other to seek out the person they want to be - to find the life they want to live.
Witnessing Tatum's growth was amazing. She started out as this girl barely surviving, doubting her sanity at times, and became a confident woman who realized her strength and worth. I wish we'd been privy to more of Noah's transformation but I loved that he 'left a boy and came back a man'. He made the choice to live his life on his own terms and to follow his passion. These two had so much in common, having dealt with the loss of a loved and then suffering at the hands of another. They each were stronger than they realized, facing their demons. And by facing those demons, they learned to forgive and began to heal.
Although Running in Place dealt with such deep topics, it wasn't without its humor. I was delighted to see Alex, Blake and the girls, as well as Trace and Harlow. Nycole, Kyndall, and Rylie made me smile and giggle. And Harlow's particular brand of humor was always a bright spot in the story.
Running in Place can be read as standalone. But I recommend reading the first two in this series for the added depth of the characters. Tatum and Noah's story is completely different than Alex and Blake's but it's no less compelling. Ms. Simmons delivers relatable, very real characters and an emotionally-charged story. And I loved it!
**I received an eARC of the book, as part of a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.
After the tears dried and my severe book hangover subsided I was able to compose
my thoughts about this beautiful book; Running in Place. From the very first page
I was emotionally attached to Tatum. She is a young, sad girl that has had her heart broken
and shattered and you immediately want to reach into the book, grab a hold of her and never let her go.
Then there is this very swoon-worthy boy named Noah who you immediately wish you could have
for yourself. Noah is just as broken and has his own self to yet discover.
It all comes down to the "right time" for both of them.
Reading this book and following the journey of Tatum and Noah is like watching your favorite
actress/actor give an award winning performance in a movie. L.B. Simmons has a genuine gift for
writing and creates amazing characters you can connect with and remain on your mind long after you
have finished their story. Much love to L.B Simmons and her stories!