Book Title: Running in Place (Mending Hearts #2)
Author: L.B. Simmons
Genre: New Adult
Release date: October 24, 2013
Some call me a party girl. People see me as happy, full of life, with absolutely no cares in the world. They see what they want 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 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...
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
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"With my arms open wide, I'm going to take the leap of faith and pray that the fall doesn't kill me"
L.B. has really out done herself with this story. It has just the right amount of love, emotion, life lessons, and a heartfelt story.
It has been a while since I connected with a character as much as I have with Tatum. She was very well rounded. I didn't sigh with frustration or roll my eyes at idiotic behavior. She took me on her journey and let me experience it right alongside her and I just got her flaws and all. Noah - the perfectly imperfect boy who discovers himself and ends up ALL MAN! He is so swoon-worthy. I want Noah!!!
Together Tatum and Noah help each other mend some of the shattered and broken pieces that plague both of them since their childhoods. They each deal with their problems in a similar way. Tatum journals and Noah writes lyrics. Tatum's journals have so much sorrow and depth, they ear your heart out. Noah's lyrics are beautifully expressive and full of hope. Both the journals and the lyrics give the story so much character and add so much to the story.
But... it doesn't matter how much you love someone. You cannot fully accept that love until you learn to love yourself.
I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this story. It was perfectly balance with hard hitting emotion and some light hearted parts as to not overwhelm the reader, which I appreciate. Ohhh...and our beloved characters from running on empty and recovery are never too far. It's so nice and refreshing to see them. This story is one not be missed. Add and read it right away!
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Although Running in Place is part of the Mending Hearts Series it CAN be read as a stand alone.
**But, we recommend you reading Running on Empty and Recovery as well**
Running on Empty (Book #1)
I had the perfect life.
Beautiful and loving husband. Three gorgeous little girls.
The only thing missing was the white picket fence. I really wanted that fence.
Three years ago, I lost that life. I lost my husband. And I lost myself. But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness. I've made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that's all that matters. They are my world. I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse.
But then he came back into my life. On a freakin' motorcycle.
There's no way I'll let him turn my life completely upside down. Absolutely no way.
The question is...
How long can I keep pretending that I'm happy with my life being right-side up?
Recovery - a Novella (Book #1.5)
I have the perfect life.
I've finally found my happy ending.
I fought through the loss of one husband, lucky enough to be given a second chance at a lifetime of happiness. Settling into our new lives, however, may not be as easy as it seems.
What really happens after the fairytale ending? What happens after the price rescues the princess? After he sweeps her off her feet and carries her off into the sunset? Do they truly live happily ever after?
This is our story.
L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.
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