on December 7, 2013
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Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Series: Mending Hearts #2
****NA Contemporary Romance, can be read as a stand alone. Due to theme of Child Abuse, Explicit Language, Mild Violence, and Sexual Situations - Recommend Readers 18+******
Some call me a party girl. People see me as happy, full of life, with absolutely no cares in the world. They see what I want them to see. But no one knows me - really knows me. Not even Noah Reese. Mr. Perfect is always watching me, most likely judging every single imperfect thing I do. But, if Noah wants to keep an eye on me, that’s just fine. I definitely don’t mind. I just hope he doesn’t have any plans to save me from my new-found life of self-destruction because in order to save me, he will have to see me…
And I’m never going to let that happen.
Perfect. That’s me. That’s the only acceptable way to be, according to my father. Perfect grades. Perfect manners. Perfect athlete. Perfect SAT scores. Perfect college. And recently, I was accepted into the perfect med school. My future has already been mapped out for me and there’s nothing that can change that. Not even Tatum O’Connell. That girl is out of control, yet for some reason, I can’t seem to keep my distance from her. I watch her closely, hoping that one day she’ll let me in, but watching her lead her life down the dangerous path she’s on right now isn’t easy…
I have a feeling I’m about to find myself swept away by the hurricane that is Tatum O’Connell.
“Two fleeting souls,
Too slowly drawn,
Impatient fate calls.
The jolting collide intertwines their lives
And splinters their walls.”
“Catalyst” – Noah Reese
Firstly, RUNNING IN PLACE is part of the Mending Hearts series, however it can be read as a stand alone. I have read all the books in the series so far and they are all great, but this one takes the cake. It is by far the best and my favorite. L.B. Simmons is master at writing sweet, loving, and emotional stories.
This book focuses on Tatum and Noah. They are absolutely perfect for each other– kindred spirits, such sole mates. They are two broken and vulnerable individuals struggling to overcome losing a parent and child abuse. Their journey together begins as coworkers whom pretend to despise the other, but are secretly intrigued by the other. Soon, they learn to become friends, then more. Slowly, they help each other mend and heal their broken spirits.
I fell in love with Noah pretty much at the beginning and that love grows more throughout the book. He is such a good guy whom stands by, protects, and sticks up for Tatum when no one else really understands what she’s going through inside her mind. He’s understands because he’s going through the exact same thing, but only worse.
RUNNING IN PLACE is a perfect example that the hero doesn’t always have to be a bad boy to capture my heart. That’s exactly what Noah does in this book– he captures my heart. I leave you with a melt-your-insides-until-they’re-mush quote from Noah.
“Thank you, Tate. You’ve revived a part of me that I thought I’d lost forever. Your heart, your compassion, your strength, just…you. You inspire me to be a better person, to be a better man.”
NOTE: I originally posted this review on Goodreads earlier this year before joining Lit Slave. ~Bethany
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