Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review ~ "Running on Empty" by L.B. Simmons

Title: Running On Empty (Mending Hearts #1)
Author: L.B. Simmons
ISBN: 9781481901901
Release date: Jan 9, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Buy Links: Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback | Powell's Books

I had the perfect life.

Beautiful and loving husband. 

Three gorgeous little girls. 

Successful career. 

The only thing missing was the white picket fence.  I really wanted that fence. 

Three years ago, I lost that life.  I lost my husband.  And I lost myself.  But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness.  I’ve made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that’s all that matters. They are my world.  I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse.

But then he came back into my life. On a freakin’ motorcycle.

There’s no way I’ll let him turn my life completely upside down.  Absolutely no way. 

The question is…

How long can I keep pretending that I’m happy with my life being right-side up?

"You'll never have your happy ending unless you're brave enough to open the book and start your story."
Oh my... This is one of those times when I'm sure I won't be able to find the right words to describe how amazing the story is. I laughed, cried, smiled, fell in love, enjoyed every second of it, and it left me wanting more!

Alex is a widow. Her husband Derek died in a car accident three years earlier, and left her with their three daughters. She's alive. He's not. But Alex is not living, actually. She's just going through the motions, and running on empty. Although her best friend Harlow and Derek's parents are there for her, she is struggling, and trying to stay strong and do it all on her own. There were times when I wanted to shake some sense into her, but I really loved her character.

Blake, on the other hand... What a perfect hero! Alex and Blake were inseparable as kids. It all changed once Derek entered the picture, and it seemed like their friendship went up in smoke. Blake left town after high school, but he's back now, and things are about to change... for all of them.

Blake is one of those guys you can't help but instantly fall in love with. He's incredibly kind, charming, compassionate, caring, funny... He's every girl's dream come true. Or he should be, at least. What he's definitely NOT is bad boy. But, that is just a huge plus here. Trust me...

Running On Empty is an incredible, heartbreaking, highly emotional story. It's a story about love, friendship, loss, forgiveness, second chances, and life. I can't even begin to describe how much I enjoyed reading it. The ending was just... amazing! There are only two things that could have made it even more perfect – a proper (longer) epilogue, and Blake's POV.

Still, I highly recommend this book, and hope you won't miss it. Especially since there's more of Alex and Blake in Recovery (Mending Hearts #1.5).

This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews

The Romance Review


  1. Great review!I want to read this now! Just brought it on kindle!

    1. Thanks, Crystal! Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!
      Oh, and read Recovery right after you finish it. It. Is. Awesome. :)


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