Thursday, July 25, 2013

Steph's Sweet Reads - Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons


So it's been a couple weeks since I have made it on here...I have been swamped with orders lately! Whew!  But in between all the orders, or more realistically, at 3am, I read. LOL  I still have SO many books to share with you on Sweet Reads, bare with me...I'm reading and making cookies as fast as my eyes and hands allow. The latest book to share with you is Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons.  To say that I loved this book is quite an understatement, in fact I hope my review gives it justice!  So without further ado, I give you...

 
Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons
 
Synopsis:

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?
 
Sweet Reads Review:
 
I am so in love with this story! L.B. did an AMAZING job!  This book is about love lost, best friendships, family importance, forgiveness and second chances.  I mean, hello...sounds perfect, right? YES!
 
Alex Meyer is a widowed woman of three quirky, beautiful girls.  She lost her husband in a tragic car accident, leaving her broken and a single parent left to pick up the pieces and be strong for her girls.  The only way she has been able to get through her life since is because of her best friend Harlow.  EVERY woman should have a best friend like Harlow.  Lord, this woman stole my heart.  She doesn't hold back and will tell you things you don't want to hear and will kick your ass when it needs to be kicked...all because she loves you.  It hasn't been easy these last three years for Alex and she is so scared to move on, thinking she is dishonoring her marriage with Derek.  But on a fateful drive to work one morning, her future walks right up to her without her even knowing it.
 
Enter Blake Morgan. Doesn't his name just ooze sexy?  I thought so too! He is tall, dark and VERY handsome.  Alex and Blake have a history that goes all the way back to when they were kids.  They were best friends before her and Derek got married and the moment Derek stole her heart, she dumped Blake to the curb. Once he comes back into her life, she begins to remember what a great friend Blake really was, this also surfaces feelings of guilt of how she treated her best friend.  As the story progresses they begin to heal the wounds of a broken friendship. What I love about this process is L.B. didn't rush it.  I seriously could not get enough of the interactions between these two!
 
Not only is the interaction with Alex great, but Blake's friendship with the girls blossoms into the sweetest of relationships.  They are so young, yet so smart in the way they see the world.  They know how much their mom has hurt the past few years and having Blake in her life has really lifted some heavy weight off her shoulders, even evident to her daughters.  Getting the green light from the girls, Alex soon can't hold her feelings for Blake back any longer. She's loved him her whole life, how can she not open her heart up again to him?  
 
The evolution of this love story is beautiful.  It's real, it's raw, it's soulful and deeply emotional.  I found myself laughing out loud, tears falling down my face and serious aggravation with some of these characters.  I am a true believer in life that everything happens for a reason and you are in the right place that God needs you to be, this story was exactly that for me, and affirmation to that truth.  So thank you L.B. for writing such a beautiful story of life, love and forgiveness. 
 
Favorite quote:    
 
"You'll never have your happy ending unless you're brave enough to open the book and start your story."
 
Sweet Rating:
 
 
 
And now for the stuff you've been waiting for....COOKIES!

 
 

 
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Make sure to get your copy of Recovery, the follow up novella of Blake and Alex's story!


Up next on Sweet Reads, Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan.

29 comments:

  1. Prettiest cookies in all the world! <3

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  2. LOVE!!!
    As always the cookies are amazing and what a great review!

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  3. Awesome review! Cookies look yummy :-)

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  4. loved the review! love your cookies! love l.b.Simmons!

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  5. Awesome review!!! Great giveaway!!!

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  6. Sugar cookies w/ icing are the best cookies.

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  7. Those cookies look yummy. I love your review. Adding Running on Empty to my wishlist. Thank you! Have a Happy Day

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  8. Love the quotes you picked for the cookies! Plus, they look absolutely delish! Running on Empty is an awesome book! Great review! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Tess xx

    Raffle name: Tess Halim
    Email: tess_halim (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  9. I LOVE THOSE COOKIES! and this book!

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  10. I have this book and havent gotten to read it yet but I want to so bad!

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  11. Love me some L.B!!! the series is amazing can't wait for book three!!

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  12. Talk about best of both worlds... Cookies and Books... OMG HEAVEN!!! LOL

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  13. I'm not sure what I would be happier to win the book or the cookies they look amazing I try to enter all your giveaways so I can win your cookies fingers crossed today will be the day :)

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  14. Can't wait to read this! Oh! And your cookies are GORGEOUS!

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  15. Awesome! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :) I'd love to win some cookies and this book!

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  16. Thank your for the giveaway! This book to read list for awhile now, Cant wait to read it with some delicious cookies!

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  17. Those are SUCH beautiful cookies! Seriously, I love them! Thanks for the chance! (:

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  18. I Love your cookies!! (from one baker to another). I am over here drooling on the screen and keyboard, but yet my brain is telling me they are too pretty to want to eat!
    Also I loved your review, this is one of my favorite books :)

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  19. I love this book and your cookies look AMAZING! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Coolest giveaway by far...i am such a cookie monster lol

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  21. Awesome giveaway!!! Books and cookies...that's all this gal needs!

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  22. How long will the cookies last if I just want to look at them for awhile?! =D

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  23. Great review. Love the cookies....My son wants to eat COO-key's all the time.

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  24. Steph,your reviews make me want(and buy) all the books!! Great review..and, as always, great cookies!! Thanks!

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  25. Sounds like a great book, and the cookies look delish, hope I win!!!!
    Kelley Perone

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