Title: Run To You
Series: Risking it All #1 - Standalone
Author: Rachel Lacey
Release Date: August 30, 2016!

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 . . .
Run to You by Rachel Lacey is a fast paced, heartwarming romance that I really liked. It was my first read by this author and once I started, I couldn't put it down. I instantly loved the characters, the small town feel, and the steamy build that Ethan and Gabby had going on. It was good! Really good! The writing was great. The plot was sweet. The characters even sweeter. And overall this was a pleasing, fun read. 

Gabby is spending time (the summer) in the town of Haven. She needed an escape after a brutal break up that left her living with her parents! Actually, she just needed a "life" break. Time to figure out who she is and what she wants. She's rented a house in Haven, and as a gaming code writer, she's able to take the time without worrying too much. 

Ethan is about to open a business called Off-the-Grid Adventures! It's an extreme sports facility that would offer zip lining, rock climbing etc etc. He's a man with a plan. And that plan includes his friends Ryan and Mark. They are all in business together. 

Ethan and Gabby meet when Gabby accidentally wonders onto Ethan's property. Unfortunately the meeting is less than graceful as Gabby is in the process of being stung by a nest of Yellow Jackets. But Ethan Hunter has been living in the town of Haven forever, he knows the outdoors well, and he comes to Gabby's rescue easily. It really is a very cute set up to a first meeting.

From there, Ethan and Gabby take off (with the help of Ethan's matchmaking Grandma, Dixie, of course)! And things become complicated in ways they never expected. 

Run To You is addicting. A sweet romance that is PERFECT for a lazy Sunday or even an afternoon at the pool. The feels are sweet. The characters fun. And the story line is heart tugging. Ethan is the perfect alpha hero -- sexy and easy going, but under all that is a man who is hiding from the world. And Gabby .. well, she finds so much more than just herself in Haven. 

Overall, like I said, I really liked it. Quick. Easy. Good.  I would absolutely recommended it to those looking for a happy read.

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“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.

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.

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  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting RUN TO YOU today!

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