Saturday, November 2, 2013

Blog Tour: Running in Place by L.B. Simmons

Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for Running in Place
by the fabulous L.B. Simmons.

Running in Place is book #2 in the Mending Hearts Series and can be read as a stand-alone.

Book Title: Running in Place (Mending Hearts Book #2)
Author: L.B. Simmons

Tatum O’Connell:

Some call me a party girl. People see me as happy, full of life, with absolutely no cares in the world. They see what I want them to see. But no one knows me - really knows me. Not even Noah Reese. Mr. Perfect is always watching me, most likely judging every single imperfect thing I do. But, if Noah wants to keep an eye on me, that’s just fine. I definitely don’t mind. I just hope he doesn’t have any plans to save me from my new-found life of self-destruction because in order to save me, he will have to see me…

And I’m never going to let that happen.

Noah Reese:

Perfect. That’s me. That’s the only acceptable way to be, according to my father. Perfect grades. Perfect manners. Perfect athlete. Perfect SAT scores. Perfect college. And recently, I was accepted into the perfect med school. My future has already been mapped out for me and there’s nothing that can change that. Not even Tatum O’Connell. That girl is out of control, yet for some reason, I can’t seem to keep my distance from her. I watch her closely, hoping that one day she’ll let me in, but watching her lead her life down the dangerous path she’s on right now isn’t easy…

I have a feeling I’m about to find myself swept away by the hurricane that is Tatum O’Connell.

“Two fleeting souls,
Unknowingly tethered.
Too slowly drawn,
Impatient fate calls.
The jolting collide intertwines their lives
And splinters their walls.”

“Catalyst” – Noah Reese

I know that I'm not going to give this book justice in my review. It's not possible and I haven't been able to form coherent wording every time I've tried. Please bear with me...

Tatum has been through a lot and because of this, she faces demons every day of her life. She's wild, afraid of facing her past but desperate to be loved, she just hasn't realized it yet.

Noah is 'the' guy. The guy we all wish we'd met first. He's hot as sin, loyal to a fault, compassionate and has eyes for Tatum and Tatum only but has his own demons to overcome.

While reading this book I was faced with several different emotions all at once. Several that actually hit close to home. I laughed and I cried and then I cried some more. How is it that L.b could capture so much vulnerability and rawness into Tatum's character as thoroughly and honestly as she did? It was real and true and I felt every bit of it. 

This book is about finding yourself and being loved for your faults and all. Being able to deal with your past and learning to let go and most importantly loving unconditionally.

I'm a fan of L.b's and read everything that she writes. There's always been an honest quality to her writing that seeps into each and every page which is what makes her a superb writer. Grab it, read it and love it. It's a no brainer!

5 Fabulous stars!

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Other books in the Mending Hearts Series

Running on Empty (Book #1)

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? 

Recovery - a Novella (Book #1.5)

I have the perfect life.

I’ve finally found my happy ending.

I fought through the loss of one husband, lucky enough to be given a second chance at a lifetime of happiness. Settling into our new lives, however, may not be as easy as it seems.

What really happens after the fairytale ending? What happens after the prince rescues the princess? After he sweeps her off her feet and carries her off into the sunset? Do they truly live happily ever after?


This is our story. 

L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.