Title: Run to You
Series: Risking It All #1
Author: Rachel Lacey
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: 30 Aug 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.
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 . . .
Run to You is beautifully romantic and on a subtle level empowering, showing you really can have it all. Finding the place you belong and the people you belong with as well as the pursuit of your dreams all wrapped up in a stunning small town.
Told in third person narrative with alternating focus, the use of the third person allows the introduction of pivotal players for later books in the series.
Run to You focuses on Ethan and Gabby. Ethan has returned to his hometown to pursue his dream of opening an outdoor adventure centre as well as help care for his ailing grandmother. Considered a hometown hero because of his successful sports career, Ethan tends to keep people at a distance. Haunted by events from his childhood and witnessing the abuse his mother dealt with. Ethan carries the emotional scars deep in his psyche preventing him from embarking on a meaningful relationship. Drawn to Gabby on a fundamental level, Ethan is catapulted into a relationship with her in order to ease his Grandmothers concerns for his future. We all know how quickly the ‘fake’ can turn real if only the barriers can be overcome.
Gabby has her own demons, having escaped to Haven (it lives up to its name) in order to take control of her life. There are hints of an abusive relationship in her past, crossing over the plot threads with Ethan’s background. I adored Gabby in all her quirky awkwardness, she is giving, compassionate, selfless and loving to the core. It is easy to see Ethan and Gabby are perfect for each other from the beginning. The story is fast paced and emotionally intense on a number of levels, through laughter and tears I desperately wanted Ethan and Gabby to reach the point where they could pursue their happily ever after together.
The friendships within Run to You added to the overall heart warming atmosphere of the narrative, as well as laying the foundation for the rest of the series. I, for one, cannot wait.