It's Naomi Clemons's big day. Her dreamwedding. And she's outta here.
One moment. A chance meeting of gazes through the church window pane with someone familiar who radiates intrigue. Independence. It's the final push Naomi needs to realize...she's boring. A blonde, cookie cutter, well mannered trophy wife-to-be. How can she expect to lead a fulfilling married life when she's never lived?
Special Forces diver Jason Bristow needs a beauty pageant coach. Not for himself—although the tattooed bruiser could definitely use some charm. For his little sister who he has returned to St. Augustine, Florida to raise. When a beautiful southern debutante lands on his doorstep, she awakens a hunger that won't be ignored. If only she wasn't planning on winning back the ex-fiancé she left at the altar…
Despite the potential for ruin, heat continues to build between Naomi and Jason beneath the sultry Florida sunshine, consuming them both. But they're on borrowed time…and it's about to run out.
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About the Author
Tessa lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am staring at my screen trying to figure out how this book flayed me open and applied a balm to my soul. Jason and Naomi are the story I always hoped for from Tessa after Getaway Girl, yet not knowing I needed it. The tension from the first moment Naomi is in front of Jason had me and would not let me go. I was so on board for this book and Naomi's story. We needed to know what happened to our blonde, southern belle and good golly Miss Molly does Tessa Bailey deliver. Her ability to bring these characters to life and ingrain them in your psyche is unmatched. Naomi is impossible not to love and root for. She is so kindhearted and focused on finding her inner-self after realizing that she didn't really know who she was. She knew who her mother expected her to be... but that didn't feel right anymore. Especially not after seeing her cousin walk into the church on her wedding day. There are so many sides to Naomi that I feel people can connect to and want to follow her journey and see her succeed, that you are just not able to stop reading. I lost sleep reading this because I just had to know what happened next. Jason... Jason in a wetsuit... Jason stripping out of said wetsuit... Jason just being his Pouty Man Bearish self... Jason destroying any semblance of self control as you read this book... Jason showing up in all his Alpha glory... This was heaven when it comes to alpha goodness. Jason is a Special Forces diver that comes home on leave to take care of his younger sister after tragedy strikes. His sister, Birdie, enters a beauty pageant she has no hope of winning. Enter in Naomi, who has made her life as a pageant queen. A pageant queen that's in dire need of a job and no real skill set. Total Meet Cute. Jason and Naomi are fire. Actual fire! Their chemistry could burn down Birdie's high school lab. Tessa has a gift for dirty talk and causing your fingers to burn while reading her books. She also has a knack for warming her readers hearts with giving us as true of love as you can find. Runaway Girl is a Runaway Hit!
Runaway Girl follows Naomi as she "runs away" from her wedding to the future mayor of Charleston. Her world just closed in around her and she needs to escape. Usually, this isn't my favorite type of story-line. I generally like to see characters realize their relationship is a mistake before they get to the alter but I think Tessa does an excellent job of getting into Naomi's head and her escape is understandable. Naomi just drives until she reaches St. Augustine, Florida and decides to hide out there while she sorts her life. In Florida, she meets Jason and his sister. Naomi has realized she has very little real life skills but the pageant scene is one she's familiar with and Jason is looking for a pageant coach for his sister. Like all of Tessa's books, the chemistry between Jason and Naomi is scorching. I've never read an author more consistent with reading and capturing searing passion than Tessa Bailey. While they do fight their attraction, Jason and Naomi quickly heat up the pages. Both characters know their relationship is temporary and both need to determine what to do with their lives and face it but in the mean time, they burn up the sheets! There's other unique and enjoyable moments in the book, including a freeing nude parade (which I totally googled and then accepted I'm nowhere near brave enough to attend). But my favorite aspect of this book is that Naomi and Jason grow during it. They grow into each other and they grow into who they are meant to be in life. This was an uplifting read and I loved every minute of it.
This is not a book to be read with someone looking over your shoulder! Good story a great fantasy.