Run to You: Risking It All #1 by Rachel Lacey

Run to You: Risking It All #1 by Rachel Lacey

A new to me author with a new series on the blog today. Please welcome Rachel Lacey with the first in her new Risking it All series. Read on for my review and excerpt and check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title. Then be sure to check out the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Run to You

Who doesn’t love a meddling grandmother, smack in the middle of a small town romance? I knew I couldn’t resist, and I’m glad I read this one. Hiding from life, notice and her abusive ex, Gabby has taken refuge in this smcoall town of Haven to regroup and recover some of her old self. Ethan has lived in Haven with his grandmother Dixie since he was 12, when his father killed his mother. Dixie – well, she’s just a pistol – into everything and desperate to see her grandson settled and happy, she’s not taking her new diagnosis or requests to settle very well.

But when Gabby is attacked by hornets, only to be rescued by ‘the hottest guy ever’ the potential here seems to spark off the pages.  See – Gabby realy isn’t all that sure about a relationship, and Ethan is busy fighting City Hall (literally) to get his Sport Adventure business off the ground – he’s not got the time for a ‘relationship’, but Dixie won’t stop pushing.

So, together they explore a ‘relationship’ even if it’s mostly for show. And while the establishment of the relationship isn’t anything new, the characters make this one sparkle. Gabby is far from the shrinking violet, even with a rather careless and clueless family or abusive ex. She’s not willing to take anyone’s guff lying down, and her loyalty to those who she befriends is solid and shows her determination.  Ethan’s careful management of his grandmother, the worry and care he shows even with her driving him to distraction shows a side that isn’t evident to all.  With Dixie wanting to be ‘in the know’ with her curious mix of grandmotherly care, matchmaking and general busybody, she’s just a star.

A wonderful story that is full of lightness and heart, sure to please romance readers who want a fun and light story.

Run to You: Risking It All #1 by Rachel Lacey

Title: Run to You
Author: Rachel Lacey
Series: Risking it All #1
Also in this series: Crazy for You
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Forever
ISBN: 1455537543
Published on: 30 August, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 368
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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 . . .

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.



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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.

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About Rachel Lacey

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.

2 responses to “Run to You: Risking It All #1 by Rachel Lacey

    • I’ve had a lucky summer – just when the blehs are ready to sneak in – something cute and sweet like this one pop up at the right time. Thank you for the opportunity!