Synopsis from Goodreads
Can two people perpetually moving in opposite directions ever end up in the same place? Or will love just keep giving them the runaround?
Webb Bryant is intimately acquainted with every type of trouble there is. Trouble is all he’s ever known and the only constant in his life.
Webb’s a man constantly on the move. He’s a drifter. A wanderer. He bolts from one bad choice to the next, never able to put enough distance between himself and the ghosts from his past. He lives hard and fast, until everything comes to a screeching halt the moment he lays eyes on Tennyson McKenna. The stunning woman appeared out of nowhere to save the day, and Webb’s been unable to forget her. The leggy, blonde forest ranger might very well be the one person in the world important enough to finally keep him in one place. Only, Ten isn’t impressed by Webb’s knack for finding trouble. And no matter how hard he tries to shake it, he can’t escape his bad habit of falling into the deep end of questionable decisions. When his newest brush with trouble gets Webb in way over his head, Ten jumps after him into the dangerous waters. It’s possible they’re going to sink so fast they both might drown.
Tennyson McKenna makes it a point to be diligently cautious in all aspects of her life. She learned the hard way that leading with your heart instead of your head gets you nowhere.
Ten’s a woman stuck in a frustrating rut. After a string of failed relationships lands her back home, a pit stop to mend her broken heart becomes a hole she’s lost the will to dig herself out of. Coasting through her days was easy until Webb Bryant crash-landed in her path, complete with bullets, blood, and a grin far too charming for his own good. Webb is anything but safe and predictable. He’s everything Ten swore she would never gamble on again, but it’s impossible to ignore the way trouble follows him around like a shadow. And every single time Ten pushes Webb away, she finds herself chasing after him before he’s gone for good. When Webb’s past finally catches up to him, Ten has to decide if she’s brave enough to put her heart on the line for a man who might be gone tomorrow.
Wow, there is SOOOO much going on in the pages of Runaround. Not only do we get to delve deeply into the defining characteristics of both Tennyson and Webb but we also get to uncover the events that have contributed to the pair developing the characters they have.
I adored the way in which Jay personified Trouble, and how well that personification fit into the narrative. It truly felt as if Trouble was an entity determined to drag Webb under at all times.
It was a difficult journey for both Webb and Ten, having dealt with major issues within their lives they both have a veritable suitcase of emotional baggage. No matter how much they like to think the negative events are firmly behind them without dealing with the ramifications the underpinning emotions find a way to break free. Especially when the ghosts of the past are intent on disrupting the present.
While the plot could have been far-fetched, the delivery was ingeniously well crafted, making the plot believable and realistic in its place within the chaos of Webb’s life.
There are carefully placed introductions to some of the characters in Jay’s new series; Loveless, Texas 😍 Which leave you desperately curious to get to know them better. As well as a tempting connection between Webb’s brother, Wyatt and the delicious Sheriff. I’m rooting for Wyatt to find his own HEA with Jay’s help of course 😉
Webb and Ten are extremely complex characters with different layers they present to the world depending on the situations they find themselves in. However, together they are able to embrace the events that have shaped them both without letting it define them. Each becoming the person they most want to be with the encouragement and support of the other. 💕
The emotions literally pour from the page – if you’re looking for a story that will make you feel all the feels then look no further because Runaround delivers a smorgasbord of feels 💖