Runaway Love Story by Sadira Stone

Runaway Love Story by Sadira Stone
The Book Nirvana 2
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (391 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

She hates average…he’s as average as they come.

High school history teacher Doug Garvey is trying to enjoy his last few weeks of summer vacation, but receiving his final divorce decree hits him harder than expected. After a brief fling fizzles, he fears love just isn’t in the cards for him. If only he could find someone who’s real, someone interested in something beyond herself…maybe a new running partner who can keep up with his more carnal appetite. When sexy, straight-talking Laurel runs across his path, he dares to hope again.

He’s done with social-climbing posers…she’s ambitious and has big dreams

Fired from an art gallery, Laurel Jepsen shelves her pursuit of an art career in San Francisco to help her beloved great aunt Maxie move into assisted living. While out on a morning run, she’s harassed by a group of teens until a tall, broad-shouldered hottie steps in, pretending to be her boyfriend with a kiss that makes her wish it were true. But she’s only passing through, not looking for a relationship.
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Their fierce chemistry burns up the sheets—and the couch, the shower, the forest—but falling in love would ruin everything. Laurel can’t stay in Eugene, and he can’t leave. Doug’s only hope is to convince her the glittery life she’s after could blind her to the opportunities already in her path.

When life drops something so vivid and sparkly into your much too staid life but then she tells you there’s an expiration date on her stay what else can you do if you’re a competitive person? Challenge accepted.

Laurel Jepsen was born to be a part of the art world. She’s tried her hand at just about every type of traditional art…and failed. So now she’s helping out a precious aunt who inspired her love for all things bright, beautiful and bohemian. She expected to spend a couple of months in small town Eugene and then escape to San Francisco. Fate has other plans and I could tell right away she was going to fight it and lose. It was going to be best failure yet.

Be prepared to shed some tears if you’ve ever had the pleasure/heartache of helping an aging parent or other relative with early signs of dementia. Oh, then there’s that whole thing with Laurel and her relationship with her dad, hearing about her mom’s past. That was tough to witness but necessary. This book is full of feels!

It’s not all sad tears, though. Actually, I was smiling a whole bunch. Aunt Maxine is such a precious and fierce little lady. It was easy to see why Laurel loved her and why it hurt so much to watch her give up her independence as her health declined.

It was great to read a story where the guy wasn’t super model gorgeous. As an aside, after meeting the hero from the first book in this series, Nick, it proved that Ms. Stone can certainly give her readers the super hot guy. I’m already planning to go back and grab his and Clare’s story.

Doug certainly isn’t hard to look at but he’s also very real world kind of guy. Early in the story, and their courtship, I was looking forward to the point when Laurel would give in to the attraction and give him a real chance. When it happens, it’s pure romance at its best.

Laurel is seriously talented but good luck trying to convince her. This is one single minded, stubborn heroine if I ever read one. If I didn’t like her so much, I would have wanted to smack her with a convenient piece of art. As it turned out, I liked her a lot. She might be a bit hard to steer in the right direction but she’s loving, loyal and so very good for Doug. Don’t give up on her when she gets a little crazy.

This book was just the right length. Even after nearly 400 pages, I didn’t want it to end. No unnecessary filler. Just a good steamy love story.

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