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Running on Empty

Running on Empty

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by L.B. Simmons
I had the perfect life.

Beautiful and loving husband.Three gorgeous little girls.
Successful career.

The only thing missing was the white picket fence. I really wanted that fence.

Three years ago, I lost that life. I lost my husband. And I lost myself. But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness. I've made peace with my new life. I have my girls,


I had the perfect life.

Beautiful and loving husband.Three gorgeous little girls.
Successful career.

The only thing missing was the white picket fence. I really wanted that fence.

Three years ago, I lost that life. I lost my husband. And I lost myself. But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness. I've made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that's all that matters. They are my world. I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse.

But then he came back into my life. On a freakin' motorcycle.

There's no way I'll let him turn my life completely upside down. Absolutely no way.

The question is...

How long can I keep pretending that I'm happy with my life being right-side up?

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Leigh Songstad
...There will be tears. There will be laughter. But, in the end you will definitely walk away with a few great one liners. Alex is a pro! And so are her daughters.

I loved this book. LOVED! Alex Meyer is a woman I could see myself hanging out with and drinking a beer. She is witty, smart and a devoted mother. A must read. 5+ Stars for Running On Empty.
Goodreads - Lisa Kane
...Ms. Simmons' novel is organic in nature. The rekindling of these two individuals is gradual, not forced. Blake has genuine feelings of affection for Alex's daughters, who are precocious and adorable. Alex's witty banter between herself and her best friend and business partner, Harlow, are laugh out loud funny. This is not a sweaty, steamy novel. It is mellow and angsty and cool as a summer breeze. Enjoy this one, it will refresh your soul...

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CreateSpace Publishing
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

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L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.
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Running on Empty 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
RomanticReadingEscapes1 More than 1 year ago
his is one of those unputdownable books that I HAD to put down just to regroup and gather my emotions and thoughts.  It took a few days to even sort out my thoughts to attempt a review of this one because my emotions have run so high for days after reading it.  I can't possibly write anything on this page that will convey the feelings I felt while Reading Running on Empty.  I laughed out loud.  I cried sad tears.  I cried grieving tears.  I cried happy tears.  And then I hit that *squee* moment with flowing tears of joy.  This is a book of heartbreak and hope.  Friendship and love.  Strength and survival. This book touched me in so many ways, I had to stop and ponder on things I didn't want to ponder on.  It hit a little too close to home for me, but more importantly...it made me "feel."  It gave me "hope."  Aside from the personal identifications and connections I felt, I must say that this book is a beautifully written and heartfelt story with exceptional characters and plot.  There's no other feeling like the fear of loss so deeply that it can shatter your every being, and this is what Alex experiences...pure fear of losing someone she loves.  The more I read of this book, the more I connected and identified with Alex, especially when it pertained to Derek.  Everything written about Derek had me so torn up and in tears filled with memories.  And then that happens.  The familiarity of it.  The emotion in it.  The hope it garners.  I felt so deeply...deeper than before in my reading.  I had such a lump in my throat, but received such hope from this book as I realize that I have been running on empty, myself.  I love everything about this book.  The sad and grieving memories it brought me, because those memories reminded me of happier memories.  The sobs and lump in my throat.  The stabbing pain in my heart.  The squees, smiles, laughter, and tears of joy that ensued.  And the hope that showered me in the end.  I simply "felt" it all.  This is an exceptional debut from L.B. Simmons that I will take with me for a long time to come, and I feel will be the catalyst of my book hangover for a while.   I realize this is a short review and not to par with other reviews I have done, but I don't think I have ever spent days trying to piece together my raw emotions prior to writing a review before, only to come up with empty words that cannot do a book justice.  There are so many positive things that I want to say about this book, yet my feelings over ride my vocabulary and I can only surmise with...Well done, Mrs. Simmons.  Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Read it in less than 24 hours because i couldnt put it down, found myself laughing and crying, i fell in love with all of the characters!
LauraMomma3 More than 1 year ago
L.B.Simmons hit it our of the ballpark with this book. The 80's movie references were fantastic, Adventures in Babysitting, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink...I related and just seeing those titles brought back memories of my own. I could picture the specific scenes that were written. I also really enjoyed all of the "Notes to Self." "Note to Self: Two inches away from Blake Morgan's face is some kind of equivalent to the Bermuda Triangle." The characters and the story sucked me right in. Alex and Blake are so sweet together and the way he cares for her shot him right to the top of my "book boyfriend" list! :) Nycole, Rylie, and Kyndall stole the "show" at times with their one liners and crazy, kid antics no tot mention the way they instantly fell in love with Blake! "He reminds me every day that when you're running on empty, you won't ever get where you need to be. Both in Life and Love. (And sometimes Suburbans...)" This story had everything I enjoy in a great book...LOVE, laughter, sadness, angst and so much more!! "I love you infinity." I love you infinity times infinity." Running on Empty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read from Simmons. A great read, looking forward to reading more from her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved everything about this book. I experienced an entire array of emotions while reading it - I laughed my butt off and I cried. It was an emotional journey, one that I loved taking – from a tragic loss, to a beautiful friendship, to crazy, funny kids, to falling in love, again. I fell in love with the characters in this book – LB’s writing made you fall in love with them. I absolutely loved how each chapter ended. Every chapter ending I would reread..not because I didn't understand it or found it confusing (far from it), but because I found each chapter ending so profound. I reread each one and just say “Wow”. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this debut from LB and am ready to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written- a wonderful story about love, loss, friendship and family.  The book will make you laugh, cry, and laugh some more. As a mother, I've seen my own children do some of the same crazy antics that the young girls do in the book.  And everyone needs a Blake in their life. He is a swoon worthy book-boyfriend! The book is clean, but sexy. I love a hot romance and this does not disappoint, but it does leave some of it to the imagination-a refreshing change :) Highly recommend!
AvaGirl More than 1 year ago
Loved it! A tale of restarting life after the death of your spouse. From the first several lines, L.B. Simmons hits what it is to be a single mother, raising 3 little girls. (I laughed at toothpaste after reading this) I loved Nycole, Kyndall and Rylie. I felt bad and ached for Alex, whose character is strong, witty and funny all at once. Blake.. Oh Blake.. I loved you the moment you stepped off your motercycle. This was a refreshing read for me and I look forward to reading more from Mrs. Simmons!
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons is a powerful read. It is a second chance loves story, but so very much more. Bring your tissues, because ALL of the emotions are here. And now I have a new respect for butterflies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was OK, their reunion happened too fast. Too silly and sappy overall for me. Probably won't read author again.
ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
This book is really well written and a very good story line. I did wish Alex was a a little less self centered, however it did seem to work with the story. Just be prepared for your emotions to be all over the place, and I think that is a great credit to L.B. Simmons to write a story that can do that to a reader.
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BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
"You'll never have your happy ending unless you're brave enough to open the book and start your story." Okay, I will always give y'all a tissue alert when it's warranted. In this case, I feel it's only fair to warn you that you should not read this without a box of tissues if you're even remotely hormonal! ; ) Running on Empty is gonna be hard for me to review. This book...it's...I mean...hmm...it's hard to find words. I absolutely, totally, completely, 100% LOVE this book! Alex Meyer...wow, she's been through so much. I admire her strength and tenacity to get up every day...to continue going through the motions even though she feels she'll never be truly happy again. I completely understand her need for control of everything after having lost so much. And I admire her courage in finally letting those walls fall away and claim love and happiness...a second time. Blake Morgan...ah, I have a new book boyfriend. ;) He's the epitome of the perfect man. He's been in love with Alex for twenty years. He's patient, kind, compassionate...HOT! And he steps into Alex's and her daughters' lives without hesitation. It takes a special man to take on three little girls and he does it fearlessly. Nycole, Kyndall, and Rylie are Alex's daughters. They each made me laugh, sigh, and cry. Nycole is so intuitive, smart, and not at all afraid to tell her mom what she thinks. Kyndall is an in angel in her honesty and creativity. And Rylie is just a little pistol! The girls reminded me so much of my own daughters, I couldn't help but love them. And Harlow Reed...every woman needs a BFF like her! She's the glue that holds Alex together and the comic relief to remind everyone not to take life so seriously all the time. Running on Empty is a tale of second chance love. I happen to love this type of story. Watching Alex and Blake find their way back to one another through the inevitable pitfalls was so fulfilling. Both Alex and Blake have built protective walls around their hearts. It takes time to break through them. It helps they've known one another almost their whole lives. The memories ease them back into a comfortable peace as they work on learning to love. That this story takes place in my native Texas (and even in my current home of Colorado) added another pleasant aspect to the story. Having grown up near Waco, Ms. Simmons' descriptions of places, the weather, etc., felt familiar and helped add to my connection to these characters. Running on Empty made me feel so much. I love a book that can do that. My emotions ran the gamut from excitement, anticipation, sadness, anger, elation. (thus the tissues) I can't enough good things about this book. If you haven't read it yet, GO. NOW. But remember the tissues.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
When I heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. A woman who lost everything and a man who was willing to wait years upon years for her? That sounded like I’d struck gold. Unfortunately, not everything that glitters is gold. This book was not for me. The characters were overly dramatic—so much so that I could not connect with them. Let’s start with Alex. She’s a woman with three kids and a widow. She’s gone through a lot. And yet--she completely overreacts to everything. One more than one occasion, she blows up the circumstances to an unnecessary degree. She gets extremely mad when someone tries to help her. Over-the-top mad. Every time she overreacted I felt the need to just tell her that she’s an adult and not a teenager. Even at the smallest things, she’d act like it was the biggest betrayal in the world. She was extremely stubborn, not even accepting help when she obviously needed it—and when it would benefit her children as well. And then there’s Blake. His reactions were a bit more reasonable, but sometimes I felt like he shouldn’t have forgiven Alex as quickly as he did. And he had to forgive her a lot. I understand that he’s been in love with Alex since they were teens, but he still shouldn’t have just forgiven her so easily. Alex’s three little girls were, I think, my favorites. They, at least, reacted appropriately for their ages. And then there’s Harlow… Don’t let me get started on her. I felt like she should have been the one Alex should’ve been mad at the most near the end. Some of the things she said about Alex (though she was just looking out for her) were something I’d be angrier about than Blake. Apart from that, Harlow was okay. This book feels like it would’ve been better if the characters were teenagers, since that’s how they acted all the time. I didn’t feel like most of what they did would have been the reactions of an adult, but that’s just me. Though the plot was a good one, the characters’ actions ruined the book for me and I couldn’t really connect with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fun, unique, quirky and engaging! Great sense of humor! I loved it and look forward to reading more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am giving this 3 stars instead of 4 because I had a hard time getting into it. The first couple of chapters I just struggled to keep going. I would put the book down and come back later, but couldn't sit and read for very long unlike most books I read. However, after a few chapters, I couldn't put it down. I loved the story and the characters and would recommend it, but just don't give up if you also struggle with the first few chapters. Stick with it and it iwll be worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cute. Frustrating as hell at times, but ultimately, so cute. Anyway, the entire time I was reading I had the OneRepublic song "Feel Again" in my head. Sums it up perfectly, I think :).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was amazing. I couIdn't put it down. Loved the relationship between Alex and Harlow... an example of true friendship. Blake really was the "perfect" man for Alex, almost immediately seeing through her facade. Yes, I cried when Alex flashed back to Derek's accident and laughed out loud at the girls antics! I found this book to be poignant, charming and witty. Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story, really wished that it had not ended would have loved to see more of the happily ever after...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed continuously throughout this story, but at the same time there were several points that made me cry. The internal commentary made this book, along with the conversations between mother and daughters and to her friends. I truly enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book great story and if you are like me keep the tissues near
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read lately. Lots of laughter and tears (happy and sad tears). I highly recommend this book to anyone. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't care for this book at all. The main character was supposed to be grieving still, but other than not dating anyone and not filling up her gas tank, she didn't seem to be mourning the loss of her husband. She was shallow and flaky. I agree with another reviewer that many things that were supposed to be funny in the book did not strike me as the least bit humorous. I won't be buying book two. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this. Can't wait for L.b Simmon's next book!