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Caught Running

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  4,829 ratings  ·  436 reviews
Ten years after graduation, Jake "the jock" Campbell and Brandon "the nerd" Bartlett are teaching at their old high school and still living in separate worlds. When Brandon is thrown into a coaching job on Jake's baseball team, they find themselves learning more about each other than they'd ever expected. High school is all about image - even for the teachers. Brandon and...more
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published (first published December 1st 2007)
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Mar 04, 2014 Vilda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: CR readers and/or Roux & Urban fans!
'Jake pulled back just far enough to rest his forehead against Brandon's, and when he spoke he was still close enough that their lips brushed. "Are you asking me to stop?" he asked quietly, heart in his throat.
"Never," Brandon breathed without hesitation.'

I still can't believe I waited this long to pick this up, especially since I've absolutely loved these women's work so far. I guess I was a bit worried about the sports bit bothering me as a non-sports-fan, but I shouldn't have. It was writte...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
First read in March 2011

I really enjoyed this story!
I can definitely recommend it, but I would have loved an epilogue!

I've decided I need to reread this one, so here it goes.
Update, I have decided to rate it higher a 4.45* for sure, but the ending still feels a bit rushed or incomplete.
Jake was a great sports talent, unfortunately his body took a beating with all the sports and surgeries and now he is a coach at his old highschool and in constant pain from all the abuse his body took over the...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This book was everything I have come to expect from Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. It was sweet, very sexy, low angst, and a lot of fun. Jake and Brandon were just delicious. However, I don't typically connect to sports books as well as other genres of M/M so I didn't feel quite as invested with this story as I would have liked. Still, it was a great read to break me out of a bit of a slump.
4 Stars - He was around the corner, and after looking for a bit more accurate, he was the one you wanted. Two lucky birds with one stone!

This book has been in my iPad for a while and eventually I figured it was time to read it (before I start with the Cut & Run series by the same two authors). A good decision - happy again, another (strong) 4-star from me.

In the initial chapters there was a lot about baseball and procedures at the High School where the two main...more
Kaje Harper
If I had known nothing about this book, and had no friend reviews to go on, I would have gotten halfway through the first chapter and given up on it. And that would have been a shame, because it's a very good book.

The best thing anyone could do for newbies coming to this book would be to post a warning - "Many unexpected POV shifts ahead; pay attention to names and be prepared. In the first nine pages, the POV shifts back and forth between the two MC's at least 10 times. Sometimes it's hard to f...more
Heather C
Such a sweet story! I really enjoyed this one, especially since I read it following a really angsty book. This was just a happy, sweet little story about Jake the "Jock" and Brandon the "Nerd" falling in love. No angst and lots of hot sex.

I must add that the wacky POV shifts were annoying and confusing, but it didn't take away much from me enjoying the book.
Mark ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
I enjoyed this book immensely. Jake reminded so much of my P. E. teacher in school who I also had a healthy respect for if not slightly overpowering and scary. Just never thought that he may have had a softer side too.

I loved the way the author built up the suspension in the beginning of their relationship with both guys being unsure and second guessing themselves all the time. This would be totally natural in a situation where being gay could be construed as not an option. It is only the proce...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
01/18/13: Revised rating after a couple of years of reading m/m: from 4 to 3.

First: this is a beautiful love story! It was really difficult to put the book down to do the ordinary things in life, because the two main characters, Jake and Brandon, are adorable and the way they fall in love was exciting.

I couldn't give 5 stars because of three issues:

- the point of view is changing from Jake to Brandon from paragraph to paragraph and sometimes it's difficult to understand whose thoughts we are rea...more
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This book thoroughly irritated me, most of the time.

The MC's whined too frequently about not knowing if one felt the same way, or if he was even gay - which really worked my nerves for the first half of the book.

In the middle there was just a lot of hot, steamy scenes.

Towards the end, they wouldn't publicly come out, which pissed me off.

Two and a half stars because some of it was actually able to hold my attention. And because I liked the writing style.

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This is a book I absolutely loved. The story between Jake and Brandon feels absolutely real. They ignored each other when they were at school, because one was the star of the football team, the other one was the "nerd", the studious one.
Years later they are both back at the very same school, both teaching. The occasion to finally get to know each other comes when Brandon, who is the science teacher, has to take the job as coach for the football team. The more they know each other the more they f...more
I loved it...loved Jake and loved Brandon. I loved the sweetness and playfullness and I loved reading a book with little to no angst. Don't get me wrong, angst can be good, but it was nice to read something, well, nice!
One more book from these excellent authors that I love!

This one, however, requires so much attention, because the characters POV is constantly changing... but it has become a very interesting reading.

Jake and Brandon are adorable! Their attraction begins and it´s a while until they figured out how in love they were with each other. And it was sexy, hot, beautiful and sweet! Without drama and without angst... just perfect!
I just reread this book. Not sure why I rated it 4 stars before. Perhaps because then I was in 'action' period. I preferred books that have 'some actions' in their plot. Not 'action' in terms of thriller or fighting, but some 'movements' in the plot. Today, I prefer simple plot but done nicely. Just like this book.

The story is what the blurb (and many reviewers) already said.

So, let me go to the reasons what I liked when reading it, beside its simplicity.

- Camaraderie between Jake and Brandon

3.5 Stars

What's unique and enjoyable about this story is that there are no heavy conflicts that needed to be overcome. It focused heavily on relationship development and dealing with life in general.

But make no mistake, the pain that stems from Jack and Brandon's unfulfilled dreams were heart breaking enough to satisfy any craving for angst. Adding a large dose of good humor with hot sex and we have ourselves and enjoyable read. The humor is indeed a signature style of the author as evident in h...more
A sweet read without undue angst. I liked both the characters, and their relationship. I did think things would have been better without the cheerleading coach, and the drama she brought. She just felt like one of those "evil" female characters too many m/m novels seem to think they have to have. A very shallow, and thin character that didn't add anything to the story. The assistant coaches were fun. I admired how much the main characters were dedicated to the team, and to their students, and ne...more
Sandra ♥'s way too many M/M books
5 stars. I love these 2 authors writing together. OMG so good! I am a huge sports fan so reading about sports doesn't bother me and there is a lot of that in here. FYI for those of you that may get bored easily. This story felt just so real, 2 guys from high school who we’re from socially different sides of the school that knew of each other, come together later in life and learn they really aren’t all that different. These 2 men are wicked sexy! And their assistant coach’s we’re hysterical and...more
I was in the mood for a sweet m/m romance that is light on angst, a bit steamy and just something that would put a smile on my face, and that's exactly what I got when I read this book.

Brandon was adorable! He's shy, an introvert, thoughtful, a bit withdrawn into his own shell and he's just an all round sweetheart. He was a nerd in school and I just fell in love with him straight away. I ache to have a Brandon for myself.

Jake captured my heart right along with Brandon. He's more broody and has...more
Aves Raggiana
What a charming little book! Caught Running is that quintessential sandbagger of a book, the kind one picks up with very low expectations and puts down a few hours later, happily surprised and thoroughly entertained. I opened the pages of this book expecting a quick and breezy but easily forgotten read. Here I am. the following day, writing this review, after having spent almost all night dreaming about about Jake and Brandon, replaying parts of their story in my mind, reciting much of their dia...more
Oh dear! How is it possible that the same writing team of this book is the same writing team that guided me (happily) through Cut and Run as well as Sticks and Stones? In the course of 3 years these two authors have developed so quickly and deeply as a writing duo that I look forward to the next opportunity to read about Ty and Zane in Fish and Chips. I have no doubt it will be witty, charming, interesting and ultimately very rewarding.

But this is a review of Caught Running, a work they complet...more
2.5 Stars

Well, 2.5 stars surprises me because I love when Urban and Roux team up. But this one was ... ugh. I liked the characters well enough and the romance was sweet, so it wasn't a total bust. But the pacing and switching POVs gave me a headache ... and whiplash.

This one was underwhelming because:
1) It was sloooooooooooow. It felt like the slowest burn ever. The story moved at a snail's pace for me. Slogging through the minutiae of Jake and Brandon's day-to-day lives was painful and, at time

It was ok.

Considering this is an Abi Roux book, I found it pretty tame...both in storyline and in the steam-factor. No shocks or twists and turns. No tragedy or trauma. Nothing blowing up. No shots fired. Just a really nice relationship built between 2 former classmates (1 a jock, 1 a nerd) who now work together and fall in love.

Sweet...but a tad bit boring. I do like Jake and Brandon a lot though!

Kindle Alexander
i loved it! loved the style of writing, loved the pov shifts almost every paragraph. i loved knowing what everyone thought, as it happened. even misty's pov. it's become my favorite style of writing, you see this a lot in role play writing, but it hasnt switched into books, until now! its wonderful. thank you for recommending it!
Mal {Waiting for Immortal}
4.5 stars! Very sweet - much more..innocent than Cut and Run.
Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
I enjoyed it mostly because of the dialogs. They were sweet and funny. I loved both characters. This is how I pictured them in my mind:



I liked the fact that they were not playing any games, they were honest with each other. It is something I usually miss in F-M romance novels.
So here there was no angst or too much machismo - just two people falling in love.
I enjoyed the side character - Troy. He is a funny guy and I wish there was more of him.

Because the plot in this book is almost no...more
Jane (PS)
I found this a very sweet love story. I loved the characters interactions - between themselves and with outside parties. (The other two coaches were a hoot.) Brandon and Jake's relationship was slow to develop and therefore much more realistic. I liked the fact neither H/H were TSTL, which often happens to create conflict in a 'sweet' romance. There were no amazing feats of strength, no need for incredible deductive skills, no excessive drawn-out sex scenes - just straight out relationship devel...more
Brenda (b)
Quite simply this is a love story – there's no suspense, no danger, no major conflict – just two guys discovering a new phase of their lives and I found it very heartwarming. I really liked Jake and Brandon. They felt like real, caring people. They never expected to be attracted to each other and their feelings surprise them both. It's a bit like a reunion plot because they knew each other in high school, but they didn't truly have much contact with each other then. My main complaint is that the...more
Angela Bee Bee
adorable, these guys jump in and just love it...could have been longer and deeper, the sex was good open honest trusting. smart, well written, but several threads not jonathan gay? will they live together? will the school find out? how do they/the kids feel about the secret?

head jumping typos.

Eta: my dad read this and liked it, thought it was sweet. We talked about how gay men communicate/gives signals they are gay. In this one, i think it was when he put his feet in...more
I can't believe it took me so long to download this book. As a fan of the "Cut & Run" series I should have realised before now just what a great read this would be, and I wasn't disappointed.
So....there's not so much by way of action in this novel, it is not after all a "Cut & Run" but still a touching love story.
As a non American I found the sports related passages difficult to understand, but this didn't detract from the great, emotional love fest.
Loved it.
Tina "coffee and books"
This is the perfect example of a book that completely caught me off guard. Everyone talked about how good it was and I thought "eh, I'll give it a whirl". I loved it! I love Jake and Brandon. Heck, I even loved Troy. This book was honest and sweet and funny and emotional and everything you could possibly want in a love story.

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Madeleine Urban is a down-home Kentucky girl who’s been writing since she could hold a crayon. Although she has written and published on her own, she truly excels when writing with co-authors. She lives with her husband, who is very supportive of her work, and two canine kids who only allow her to hug them when she has food. She wants to live at Disney World, the home of fairy dust, because she be...more
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