ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.
ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.
Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellow jackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital “hot,” and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there’s nowhere to hide from Ethan’s sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.
At the center of the town’s matchmaking is Ethan’s grandmother, who’s convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there’s serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won’t fool just the entire town – they might fool themselves too . . .
“I’m glad you brought me out here.” Gabby stepped over a tree root, lifting her skirt with her free hand so that she didn’t trip.
Ethan squeezed her left hand. “Me, too. The rock face is right up this way.”
They came around a corner and the path opened up to a big rock looming at least thirty feet into the air. There were some creases and cracks in it, but how anyone could scale it with only their bare hands—or why they would want to—was completely beyond her. “You can seriously climb that?”
“I can climb it. Ryan can kick its ass, though.”
“Okay then. Show me.”
With a cocky grin, he reached up and hooked his hand into a crack in the rock. He pulled himself up, his biceps flexing most impressively as he climbed. Holy shit, that was sexy. Soon she was left with nothing but a view of his very fine ass. And by the time he’d reached the top, she was so turned on, she could hardly stand it.
“So?” he called from the top. “You going to join me or what?”
“Not a chance. But I will enjoy watching you climb back down.”
“Gotta give the lady what she wants.” His fine ass reappeared over the edge as he started back down. He took his time on the descent, and if she wasn’t mistaken, he might have reached for a few hand and footholds that made him flex his muscles a little more than was strictly necessary.
“You’re a show-off,” she said when his feet were back on solid ground.
He was a bit out of breath, his bronzed skin glistening with sweat, trademark smile still in place. “No clue what you’re talking about.”
“No? You really needed to reach all the way to that notch?” She gestured above them. “Instead of the one closer to your shoulder that maybe wouldn’t have shown off your lovely biceps quite as well?”
He flexed for her. “What, these old things? And for the record, I totally needed the leverage.”
“Mm-hmm.” For some reason, she put her hand on his biceps, and oh crap, that was a mistake. His skin was hot beneath her fingers, and his blue eyes blazed into hers.
“Killing me, Gabby,” he murmured. “Killing me.”
His words sent a bolt of red-hot desire right through her, and she must have made a sound because Ethan sucked in a breath, his gaze locked on her lips. His hands settled on her hips, burning into her skin through the thin fabric of her skirt.
I love a small town story with sub-plots that mean something. That enhance not only the story they’re in, but also the series as a whole. Rachel Lacey did this very well with Run to You. She introduced into the picture future heroes without them encroaching into what the book is really about … Gabby and Ethan 🙂 And she also intertwined stories like that of Ethan’s grandmother into their story that added meaning to their story .. so basically no fluff 🙂 I love that. I love that a lot!!
I also LOVE the fake significant other trope, because that always works SO well doesn’t it?! lol Let the games begin … Ethan needs to appease his grandmother and make her feel like he’s happy and content and in love with someone. Gabby is going to be that someone. Now Gabby just got out of a bad relationship and has sworn off men and neither of them were looking for HEA …. but we all know how that works 🙂
I have to say that there’s nothing really new in the story-line or tropes of this book, but I still enjoyed the heck out of it. Maybe it’s because Rachel is a new-to-me author or maybe it’s because it’s been a while since I read this type of romance, but I had a smile on my face the whole time I read it. From their first meeting to their eventual realization that they were it for each other, I was captivated. I had fun reading it. It warmed my heart. It was sweet. It was everything it was supposed to be. And I like Rachel’s voice and style. THAT didn’t feel like I’d read before. THAT is what added the wow factor for me. So all in all, great small town, feel good book. There’s really nothing not to enjoy.
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