Thursday, September 5, 2013

Running Back to You Review


Juliette Fletcher is a girl with a plan. Not one to sit back and wait for life to happen, she moves back home after graduation and begins to carve out a life for herself.

Evan McGuire is desperate for a fresh start. His career in the NFL depends on it. Years of partying and carefree living have caught up with him. After buying a beach house in need of renovations, he begins to rebuild his life and his reputation. 

What Evan doesn’t expect is a chance meeting with Juliette out on an early morning beach run with her dog. A strong mutual attraction draws them together, but fear of scaring her away keeps Evan from revealing his true identity. Evan finds himself in an unfamiliar situation – forced to work harder than he ever has before to prove himself worthy of her affections. 

Tragic misunderstandings and unexpected obstacles threaten to derail a fragile relationship. Someone is watching, waiting, and tormenting Juliette, desperate to destroy everything. Can they find the strength to overcome jealousy, insecurity, and fear before it’s too late?

3 Stars
Running Back to You started off a bit slow for me. However, about 1/4 way through, it began to pick up and I began enjoying it and anticipating what was to come.
The story is about Juliette (Jette) and Evan trying to navigate through a new relationship that seems to have so many things working against them. They run into each other several times before they actually “start dating.” They build up their relationship a bit before they fall in love, although they obviously had chemistry and were drawn to each other from the get go.
The author did a good job with the supporting characters. She brought each of them to life and each one had different and distinct personalities. I think she does an exceptional job of breathing life into all her characters.
There were several times that I got frustrated with the story. Mainly I got frustrated with Jette. I just did not really relate to her very well. I’m a sports lover, so to read about a character who did not like or approve of sports was difficult for me.  There were many times that she brought things on herself, and had to “figure it out” by taking a breather. I wanted to jump into the book several times just to shake some sense into her. Evan is a hot, sweet, patient guy who obviously loves and cares for her, but she just keeps freaking out and making crazy decisions.
It looks like there will be a second book in this series, Running Home to You. Although I could not relate to Jette and found her a bit much at times, I did enjoy the overall story and I like the author’s writing. There will be a 2nd book in this series, Running Home to You, and I’m sure I’ll be picking up a copy to read where the author will take the characters next.

This book was a 3 star read for me. I liked it, but it’s not one that I just loved. The story appealed to me because the blurb portrays a strong woman and a football player being the main two characters. I love an independent woman and I can’t get enough of football players. The story was pretty good, and I liked the idea of it. The main characters were both well written, but I did not connect with either of them. 

Juliette or “Jette” was probably the hardest person in this story for me to like. She was the heroine, and while I did love that she was a baker and moved across the country to begin her life post college, I just did not really connect with her. The way she thought about sports was honestly probably one of the hardest things for me to understand. I know there are probably many girls out there just like her who literally know nothing about sports and do not like them at all, but it’s just not something I can idenitify with. She over-thought things and I felt we got a little too detailed into her thoughts at times. 

Evan McGuire was definitely the hot football player I wanted, but he was so cheesy at times. I loved that he played football and that he was protective and possessive of Jette. He was definitely hot in the bedroom. That is where Evan absolutely worked for me. 

Over all, this story was just too sweet. They fell in love too quickly, and while I know that happens in a lot of books it didn’t work in this one. There were times when they were supposed to be flirting and the banter was supposed to be witty, but it just wasn’t there for me. It all seemed young and childish to me. The romantic gestures were cheesy, not swoon-worthy. 

The book was well written for the most part. The sentences were choppy at times but not enough to take away from the book. The characters grew and changed throughout the book. It held my attention for the most part, and at times it I definitely needed to know what happened. This book is not poorly written I just did not really like the characters. It’s too sweet, too much cheesy romance. While it sounded like something I would love from the blurb, it was just not what I expected.

Suzanne Sweeney is a graduate of Georgian Court University where she studied Elementary Education and Sociology. For some time now, she has been sharing her love of literature with the young minds who sit before her in class each and every day. After years of teaching the art of writing, Suzanne has finally taken her own advice and put pen to paper in order to produce her debut novel, Running Back to You. She writes what she lives, residing in the community she loves with her family who provide a constant source of inspiration and support.

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