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

 Synopsis:

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

Stacia Says…

After reading Running on Empty and Recovery by L.B. Simmons and loving both of these books, I was excited to read anything else that she wrote. I wasn’t disappointed by Running in Place; she has written another beautiful story.
In Running in Place, we meet Tatum O’Connell, little sister to Trace O’Connell who has was mentioned in both previous books. Tatum on the outside appears to be a party-girl who doesn’t follow through with anything and pretty much doesn’t care. She recently dropped out of college, she dates a loser who treats her bad, and she works at her brother’s bar to repay him for damages she caused. However, on the inside Tatum is broken; she suffered the physical and mental abuse of her alcoholic mother for years, just waiting for someone to save her.
Noah Reese is the new manager at Trace’s new bar and appears to be “Mr. Perfect.” But, appearances can be deceiving. Noah is actually living his life for everyone but himself. When Tatum and Noah’s worlds collide will they be able to put aside their own self-doubt and let themselves love and live for once?
“You are the light that led me out of my darkness.”
I loved the dual points of view in this book. In Tatum’s chapters, we get to read snippets of her the journal she started at age 6 after her dad died; she writes these journal entries as letters to him and they are just heartbreaking!
“I thought mommies were supposed to love their babies, Daddy. If this is love, then I don’t want it. It hurts too much.” -Tatum age 7
In Noah’s chapters we get to read portions of songs that he writes, because if he could live his life that way he dreams, he would write music for a living. The songs he writes are just beautiful.
“Out of control, 
The gauntlet was thrown, 
Our bodies connected, 
Our souls were sewn. 
This shouldn’t be happening, 
Not like this, 
Our destiny now altered, 
Jarred by a kiss.” 
-Noah “The Kiss”
Noah and Tatum have you rooting for them to work past their demons and find love throughout the book. I loved how we get a glimpse back into the lives of all of the characters from Running on Empty and Recovery. I am still dying for Harlow to get her own book- she continues to be a hilarious character who isn’t afraid to say what is on her mind. I can’t wait to see where these characters end up in future books.

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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?
Well…
This is our story.
 

Author Bio:

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.

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