~ Synopsis ~
I had the perfect life.
Beautiful and loving husband. Three gorgeous little girls.
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?
~ Review ~
Alex is a single mother of three beautiful little girls. When her girls lost their father, her youngest was just a baby than. After losing her husband Alex was broken, she lost the love of her life and thinking that their is no second chances in life she created little happiness along the way just for her girls. She made sure she did everything she can do to keep her daughters happy, fulfilled their hearts desires and kept herself happy tried so hard to hide her pain from them little did she know that they notice it. Her girls tried as much as they can to keep her happy in their own way. When she realizes that they know she tries VERY hard as much as she can to shield them from it. When she has time on her own she knows that she isn't really happy but only is trying for her daughters, who mean the world to her.
Enter Blake her closest childhood friend he comes into her life again. He comes and things start changing and Alex doesn't like that obviously. He represent a form of help because when he comes is when she needs it. Desperately. She hates help. She hates asking for help or even taking what's offered. Blake being the very patient guy he is and knows her so well (even better than she knows herself) even after all the time they have been apart. So sees right through her. Right through the anger, right through her pushing him away. He shows her to be happy again make her feel things she didn't think she would feel again. She is cherished, taken care of after awhile for once someone is thinking of her and its not Hallow.“You go on, each day, as though you’re happy and at peace with your life. Or at least trying to convince yourself that you are. But you also go on, each day, not really living.”
“I feel safe. I feel protected. I feel relief. I feel scared. I feel vulnerable. I feel desire. I feel… Everything.”
The fear of heartbreak and potential loss from hurting her girls with the pain again she rationalizes that she is protecting them when a little part of her knows that she is protecting herself, she is scared so she fights her feelings for Blake. Fights it fiercely.
This is a heartwarming story if second chances at love again. Will Alex keep fighting and lose the best thing that is happening to her again because of her fear or will she embrace it. Or will she be too late.
"You’ll never have your happy ending unless you’re brave enough to open the book and start your story.”Running on Empty is the journey of Alex who had lost everything and was only left with her girls, she lost the sparkle in her eyes, the joy of life and the love for living. It's a journey of finding herself once again. Second chance at that perfect life again. Read it and see for yourself if Alex is brave enough to open the book and start her story. Or not.
~ My thoughts ~
I really loved this story. Really much. It was really well written for a debut. There were its intense moments, where I wanted to cry with Alex and when I wanted to shake her for stop being stupid. I love her daughters to bits. They are so CUTE. So loving and so naughty that was an ingradient Alex needed in her life. They kept her happy that way. While she revolved her life around her kids she stops caring about her own. Thankfully for Hallow, Alex was taken care of in a good way. She just need a spark to ignite in her life. Put it on fire and wake her up from zombie living of life. It's a beautiful story. I finished it in one sitting. So go on, GET YOURS!
My verdict?! 4.5 Heartwarming Stars.
**I was honoured in getting an ARC of RoE and very happy to be part of her blog tour.**
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