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
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.
"You'll never have your happy ending unless you're brave enough to open the book and start your story."
And now for the stuff you've been waiting for....COOKIES!
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.