Friday, September 9, 2016

BLOG TOUR, 4 1/2 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Run to You (Risking It All #1) by Rachel Lacey


Risking it All #1
Rachel Lacey
Releasing Aug 30th, 2016


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 . . .

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I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Okay...the way these two meet is both hilarious and adorable. I mean I wouldn't want to be attacked by yellow jackets, but if a guy like Ethan was around I'd probably be okay with it. Haha. 

Gabby has moved to Haven to get away from her life. Luckily she has a job that she can do anywhere and when she rents a small cottage away from everything, the last thing she expects is to come across the handsome Ethan while she is taking a walk. But it is her lucky day because when the yellow jackets attack, he is there to take care of her. Ethan has returned home to open up a zip line/rock climbing/all around adventure experience with some childhood friends. He isn't looking for a relationship (he's not a relationship kind of guy), but Gabby has definitely grabbed his interest. 

When Ethan learns that his grandmother (who I absolutely adored!) doesn't have much time left, he tries to give her one of the things she has been wanting to see...Ethan start to settle down. Ethan truly likes Gabby and does want to get to know her, but that is it. So he suggests that they start "dating". Gabby agrees and while they both start off on the same page, the more they get to know each other, the more they realize that there is way more to their fake relationship. 

I really enjoyed this book. Ethan and Gabby genuinely enjoyed each other's company which made everything they did that much more enjoyable. Their relationship was sweet, loving and playful. And Ethan helped Gabby get over some of her fears while she helped him, in more ways than he ever thought possible. 

I'm looking forward to the rest of this series. In this book we meet Ethan's longtime friends and business partners, Mark and Ryan, and I loved them! And if you are paying attention we get a few clues as to who they will be paired with and I can't wait to read their stories!

“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.

Don't miss ROCK WITH YOU, 
a Risking it All Novella

Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.

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