Title: Running on Empty (Mending Hearts ~ Book 1)
Author: L.B. Simmons | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: January 4 2013
Length: 292 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Adorable, one of my favorites.
Point of View: 1st person, following Alex
My Rating: 5 Stars
I feel like I have been truly blessed with some amazing books over the last few weeks. Running on Empty was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Enjoyable, swoonworthy, and loveable. It exceeded my expectations in every way.
I fell in love with every single character in Running on Empty. Alex was a strong and independent woman, and Blake? Holy butterflies. He was amazing. From the moment he pulled up on his motorcycle to the very last page, I was in complete fangirl mode. Alex's friend, Harlow, had me laughing several times... but the stars of the show? Nycole, Kyndall and Rylie, Alex's three beautiful little girls. They were beyond adorable. I laughed with them, I cried for them... I just fell in love.
This is truly a story of friendship, heartache and coming to peace with loving again. I think some may say that the feelings that Alex develops toward Blake, could be misconstrued as a bit 'insta love'. But, what you have to realize is that they were best friends for years before Alex married her first husband, Derek. So no, I didn't get an insta vibe at all. That initial bond between the two of them was started way before they meet up again now. It was lovely to see that rekindled friend turn into a deeper affection. Blake never pushes Alex, and allows her to work through the emotions she is feelings.
There is a novella, Recovery, which has already been released. Don't worry, there is no cliffhanger here, the novella is simply taking us beyond their initial happy ever after. We will get to see that it's not always rainbows and butterflies after the final page is read. I have no doubt they will be left in wonderful place, but I really look forward to seeing them come together and working through their new relationship.
I think it will be most interesting to see the girl's reactions. They fell in love with Blake, but will it be the same when he isn't the fun slumber party Blake, when he is actually having to take the role as step-father. So yes, I am really looking forward to Recovery. I just hope that because it is a novella, there is still plenty of room for an amazing story.