Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Running Back to You by Suzanne Sweeney

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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?

Julie says:

Running Back To You is one roller coaster of a ride.  If you’re wanting romance, it’s there; a little humor, it’s there; and hot chemistry, this is the one for you.  Plus, add a little twist and you will be hooked.

Juliette (aka Jette) has returned home to New Jersey after graduating college in Colorado. She has a degree in baking and bartending and I love to bake so I really enjoyed that part of it as well.  She is going to be living with her best friend, Auggie, while finding a job and getting used to her new life.  She has been raised by her mom and has no relationship with her dad.  She is trying to avoid having any relationships because she has issues with trusting men.

Evan is a NFL football player trying to leave his past behind him.  He has had bad relationships and just wants to return home and live quietly in his beach house, while maintaining a low profile.

Jette loves to run on the beach with her dog Maddy and even Maddy plays an important part in this book.  Maddy has never cared for men and when she runs into Evan, Jette is expecting the worst and she is pleasantly surprised.  Jette is making her way back up the beach and has an accident and guess who saves the day?  Hot and sexy Evan!!

Once meeting, they feel an instant chemistry and I am loving it!!  Jette doesn’t want to feel anything because she doesn’t think she can trust another man and Evan decides not to reveal his true self.  Little does he know that once Jette finds out, and not in a good way thanks to Auggie, that she runs the other way.  Evan has to do what he feels he must do to break through her protected heart.
                    “I’ve never wanted someone the way I want you.” - Evan

So while she decides to give Evan a shot after learning the truth, she finds his past can really come back to haunt him and put her in danger.  This book has the twists and turns and makes you want to read more to find out who or what is putting them in danger.  Evan knows what he has to do but will it be enough to save Jette, or even himself?
                         “I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of you.” – Evan

I love to see how insecure Jette is and how her character really develops throughout the book.  Evan is one hot and very romantic guy and leaves me swooning during the whole book.  He will stop at nothing to get what he wants and prove his love for her by even the simplest of ways that will leave you pulling for them to be together.

Running Back to You is one I would definitely recommend.  However, I do feel like the middle of the book was a little slower to me, but this does not keep me from encouraging others to read it.  I give this book 4 stars and look forward to reading more from Suzanne in the future.  And once you see Evan and Jette together, you will too!!

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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, Point Pleasant, with her family who provide a constant source of inspiration and support.

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