Wednesday 4 September 2013

Blog Tour - Running Back To You by Suzanne Sweeney


Juliette Fletcher is a girl with a plan. Not one to sit back and wait for life to happen, she moves back home after graduation and begins to carve out a life for herself.

Evan McGuire is desperate for a fresh start. His career in the NFL depends on it. Years of partying and carefree living have caught up with him. After buying a beach house in need of renovations, he begins to rebuild his life and his reputation.

What Evan doesn’t expect is a chance meeting with Juliette out on an early morning beach run with her dog. A strong mutual attraction draws them together, but fear of scaring her away keeps Evan from revealing his true identity. Evan finds himself in an unfamiliar situation – forced to work harder than he ever has before to prove himself worthy of her affections.

Tragic misunderstandings and unexpected obstacles threaten to derail a fragile relationship. Someone is watching, waiting, and tormenting Juliette, desperate to destroy everything. Can they find the strength to overcome jealousy, insecurity, and fear before it’s too late?




Suzanne Sweeney is a graduate of Georgian Court University where she studied Elementary Education and Sociology. For some time now, she has been sharing her love of literature with the young minds who sit before her in class each and every day. After years of teaching the art of writing, Suzanne has finally taken her own advice and put pen to paper in order to produce her debut novel, Running Back to You. She writes what she lives, residing in the community she loves, Point Pleasant, with her family who provide a constant source of inspiration and support.





I received an ARC copy on behalf of Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review.

I'm rating this book a 3.5. I had high hopes for this story, being that I'm a sucker for a chance encounter with a swoony male athlete leading to a romantic, steamy relationship. But it fell flat to me and many aspects of this relationship seemed forced. The steamy scenes were very good!

Juliette (or Jette, as her friends call her) has her first run in with (very swoony) Evan on a beach while out for a jog with her dog. They have a few more chance encounters over the course of a few days which ultimately lead to them testing the waters of a relationship but she soon finds out that he's keeping a very big secret. When his past is revealed, Jette immediately ends the relationship without allowing Evan to explain.

My main issue was that I had a hard time connecting with Juliette. My problem with her was that she seemed very wishy-washy in every situation, always second-guessing her own decisions, but easily jumping to conclusions when it came Evan and his past. Also, her inner dialogue seemed to drag on at times and I found myself skipping parts.

I actually connected with Evan from the start. His actions and dialogue were very good. He was a pretty well rounded character and I was intrigued by him.

'I never thought I would feel this way. I never thought I would WANT to feel this way.'

He had me swooning at times and his scenes kept me interested in the story. Who doesn't want to read about a hot guy who isn't afraid to show his girl how he feels about her?!

I felt that Jette was overly dramatic and went from one extreme to another in terms of her emotions. One minute she'd be ending her new relationship then all of a sudden she'd declare her undying love and move in with Evan. I was very confused by Jette through most of the story.

Mind you, there is a dramatic/suspense aspect to this story in that Jette is being stalked. She has every reason to be on high alert through a good portion of the story. When this situation is resolved, the story eventually wraps up with a good outcome for all the characters.

I think the author has a good writing style that was easy to follow, although at times, I felt the book was a bit long.

Overall, I'm rating this a 3.5 because of the writing style, swoon-worthy male lead and steaminess!
- Review by Molly 



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