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Military Men #1

Run to You

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There's nothing like fleeing Miami to ruin a girl's day. Stella Leon's bartending gig was going fine until gorgeous ex-Marine Beau Junger decked her mob-connected boss, spirited her out of the city, and claimed that Stella's half-sister--the one with the perfect life--sent him. Now Stella has no choice but to go along for the ride... and seduce Beau's military-issue socks off...

The Marine Corps was Beau's escape from his old man's legacy of naval heroism and serial philandering, but no amount of training could prepare him for the day he looked in the mirror and saw his father staring back. The answer: swear off meaningless sex. Oh, and find a way to make Stella Leon quit being so damn hot...

384 pages, ebook

First published April 30, 2013

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Rachel Gibson is a New York times and USAToday bestselling author of 22 books.

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Profile Image for ✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝ .
493 reviews272 followers
September 5, 2013


Run To You is beautiful hot and sexy love story with Beau, ex-Marine and Stella, a smart-sassy woman!

Beau is the man on mission to re-unite Stella to reunite her with her long lost sister, Sadie (from Rescue Me). Travelling from Miami to Lovett, their journey and adventures begins.

Get ready for one hot, spicy and steamy ride. I adore Rachel Gibson! But I do wish this book was longer <3

My Beau:

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My Stella:

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"Can we do that some more?"
"Are you sure you're up to it?"
"Oh yeah"
"Then we're going to do that all night long"

"If you wanted sleep, you shouldn't have woken the beast"

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A perfect evening read filled with all the fun you need!

**ARC provided by publisher**
Profile Image for UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish.
1,166 reviews1,600 followers
November 20, 2015

Full review now posted...

4 fun, romantic, sexy stars!

"I'm an idiot. I thought love happened like bullets and flashbang." He waved the smoke away. "I was wrong. It happens one smile at a time. One beautiful, torturous smile at a time. One look into your eyes. One touch of your hand. The sound of your laughter." -Beau

Run to You is the fourth book in Rachel Gibson’s Lovett, Texas series, and I find I’m becoming quite fond of her writing. It’s got that small town, down home feel, but the pace of this story is anything but slow.

There's nothing like fleeing Miami to ruin a girl's day. Stella Leon's bartending gig was going fine until gorgeous ex-Marine Beau Junger decked her mob-connected boss, spirited her out of the city, and claimed that Stella's half-sister--the one with the perfect life--sent him. Now Stella has no choice but to go along for the ride... and seduce Beau's military-issue socks off...

The Marine Corps was Beau's escape from his old man's legacy of naval heroism and serial philandering, but no amount of training could prepare him for the day he looked in the mirror and saw his father staring back. The answer: swear off meaningless sex. Oh, and find a way to make Stella Leon quit being so damn hot.
My review…

I really enjoyed Run to You. For the record, I read it out of order and while I wasn’t lost at all, I do wish I had had the background stories so I could understand the players better.

Beau is a great hero, in more ways than one. He’s got that … charisma… that magnetism that draws people to him while, at the same time, warning them off. He’s had it tough growing up, but the Marine’s toughened him up and made him take a good long look in the mirror and realize he’s not the man he could be. In fact, he’s destined to be the very last man on the planet he would want to be – his own father.
Stella was fun, albeit at bit annoying at times. But to be fair, I tend to favor the heroes in my romance reads and get peeved at the heroines who don’t fall into line tout de suite. But that’s my problem and, in the end, I really did enjoy Stella’s spunk and her relationship with Beau.

The bottom line…

Rachel Gibson is a name I’ve seen around my friends’ reviews quite often, and I’m glad I finally gave her a try. I enjoyed the Lovett, Texas world she has created and look forward to reading more in the series!

My thanks to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of this ARC.
Profile Image for Heather T.
1,026 reviews53 followers
November 28, 2013
I love Gibson and her hockey boys. I even love her with her silly cheesy series, but I spent a lot of time with raised eyebrows while reading this one.

There was a lot of really odd quotes. I don't know if they were meant to be sexy or funny, but there's a lot of comments that just came across as awkward.

"For the record, I'm clean as a monk."
"Me too."
"I know."
"How?" He was so annoying. "Are you a super secret spy and undercover gynecologist?"
"My face was closer to your muffin than your gynecologist. ...I would have noticed."
"You checked me out?"
"Of course. A guy can't be too careful what he puts in his mouth."

While it's wise of him to double check, I felt like that was something I didn't need to know. I was also stopped in my reading tracks by the sentence:

"I'm going to eat your little hot pocket"

That's one of those things that is going to pop into my head every time I'm in the freezer aisle at the grocery store. I get that hot and pocket weren't capitalized, but that's where my mind went.
I feel like I spent more times feeling awkward than into the book. It won't stop me from reading Gibson, but I had been excited going into this book and was left with an ehh.
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2,105 reviews148 followers
May 26, 2023
As an older Rachel Gibson, I love this traditional romance. Guy meets girl, girl gives guy a hard time, girl throws a spammer in the works and guy is blindsided by love. It works for me. It is a great story and had a lot more depth than you would expect. The audio narration by Tanya Eby is wonderful and adds a lot to the story.

Stella Leon working as a bartender in Miami. She knows the father she never really knew has died and the half-sister who didn't know about Stella wants to meet her and has sent a hot former Marine to fitch her. And, he shows up just in time to cause a big blow up with her mob related boss. Ooops. Stella isn't at all sure about this meeting but since she needs to exit Maimi, fast, she goes along with it.

Ex-Marine, Beau Junger has spent his life trying to be the opposite of his promiscuous father. He has tried to conduct his affairs without hurting anyone but found himself not liking how his sex life was going and decided to take a break until he could have a real relationship with a woman. This job with Stella is trying his resolve in more ways than the sexual one. She is really hot, opinionated and can hold her own with him.
Profile Image for Jacob Proffitt.
2,941 reviews1,553 followers
October 19, 2017
While second in a series, the first seems kind of inconsequential (and way short). Also, I don't recognize any of those names, so I'm thinking they're likely only tangentially related?

This story had some stand-out moments and leads I really liked, though the theory was often better than the reality. Stella turned out way better than I expected up front. She's a bit old to still be finding her way in life (28) so the initial assumption is that she's a flake—an assumption that isn't helped by her being a bartender in a Miami glitterbar. It takes a while to figure out (though not spoiler timeframe) that she has been directionless but not really flaky. Yeah, she isn't sure what and where she wants to end up, but she's taking the very reasonable route of trying stuff out and learning what she's good at vs. what she likes doing. I liked that about her and I particularly liked that she eventually takes setbacks in stride and comes out stronger.

Beau is less of a win, though I like the framework. He's the one where the theory (big, strong, capable Marine at the top of his form) doesn't quite play out in reality. Yes, he is all those things, but he's also pretty out-to-sea much of the time and he's emotionally constipated enough to give him a rougher road than if he'd just let himself care. I wanted to warm to him more than I did is all I'm saying. And not least because his constipation meant pain for Stella and that sucked more than a little.

That said, I enjoyed their story and the banter was often fun. Add a couple laugh-out-loud moments and this is a 3½ that I'll round to four.

A note about Steamy: Stella has an interesting take on sex that makes her technically a virgin (explicitly saving herself for love and marriage) though she pushes that definition enough that I'm counting all three explicit sex scenes as full-on sex scenes. And no, I'm not going to spoil how the technicality plays out. It's the middle of my steam tolerance, at any rate. After consideration, I'd just as soon that the whole technicality thing hadn't been a part of the story. It was part of the theory/reality split where it sounds good in framework form but it plays out about like any other romance that has explicit sex.
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940 reviews110 followers
September 20, 2013
Sadly, I am very torn, I am really not sure how to rate Run To You. I am a HUGE fan of Rachel's, heck I own 90% of her books. Just not sure if I am liking the new style of story telling, she has taken on. Run to you felt as though it was missing something, I'm not sure what though. I know that may not be very helpful for those looking to see if they should read this book or not, and for that I am sorry. Run To You left me missing and craving the older writings of Rachel.

What I loved:
* Beau! Hands down Beau ruled this story. LOVED him to death. I love a strong silent type. Beau's best feature was the fact that he didn't have to say a lot to get his point across, but when he did I found myself cracking up and giggling like crazy. This bad boy always had a witty come back. I couldn't eat his dialogue up fast enough, and for me, I wish there had been more.
*Stella was a quirky fun heroine. She was laced with sassiness and uncertainty. I can't think of a moment in the book where I didn't like her or felt as though she wasn't relatable. On an individual level I adored her, and I think she brought a lot to the table when it came to offering Beau connectable love interest. I enjoyed the fact that while she was uncertain, she wasn't so beaten down that Beau had to build up her entire self-esteem, she just need an added push and to know someone had her back.
* I know a few readers struggled with the lack of actual conversation between Stella and Beau, (a good chunk of their interaction were inner musings) surprisingly this worked for me. Mainly due to the main characters, as I said Beau was a man of few words. So if Rachel had him carrying on and on I don't think it would have fit his character very well. I really enjoyed the mixed POV's between them. It's always interesting to see romance blossoming from a man's inner workings.
* The sex scenes for the most part were up to par and hot as hell. There was no doubt once Beau decided to make his move, that he was sex on legs! Holy hell was that man creative with making "no penetration" intriguing and captivating.

What I struggled with:
* The sex talk. This was my biggest issue. I am not saying this to attack the author or her work (just not quite sure how else to explain it), but it sometimes resembled a cheesy 70's porn film. Which surprised the heck out of me, I kept thinking there was no way Rachel Gibson wrote this. I have never ever come across one of her males and their dirty talk and been disappointed. Moreover, I have NEVER once skimmed a Rachel Gibson book until now.

I am going to provide a couple examples, for those of you who are avid Rachel Gibson fans I think you'll get what I am trying to say.
Example 1:
"And, I'm going to eat your little hot pocket..."
What?! Who in the heck talks like that in real life? My children eat Hot Pockets for lunch. Yeah definitely not something I want to picture associated with my vagina.
Example 2:
And, then we had this one...
"My face was closer to your muffin than your gynecologist."
Really?! I don't know about other woman but for me talk like this just. does. not. work.
No lie, it takes me right out of the scene and leaves me skimming any other future scenes.

* I really needed a bit more development regarding the characters AND the plot, not sure if I wasn't quite feeling it because I didn't read the first book in this series, but Run To You just didn't hold the same appeal with character chemistry as her previous couples. These two just didn't do it for me. As fun fast friends with benefits, yes, but as soul mates not so much. Again, I just can't quite put my finger on exactly what it was that was missing, as the couple individually had great dialogue, wit, and gravity that pulled you towards them. I just know for my own personal pleasure and enjoyment I needed more oomph; I needed back the old recipe Rachel uses to create her world of characters that I can get lost in and lose time. When it came to the plot well let’s just say it had a few potential gripping plot lines that should have glued me to my seat, but those just kind of fell flat since they didn't really take off and go anywhere. Honestly, it wrapped up way to nicely, without any real drama or angst. To many questions left unanswered, leaving me unfulfilled at the end.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, and often times funny. Definitely not a favorite or one I would go to back to as a comfort read. If you are a Rachel Gibson fan, I would definitely recommend it, as it isn't a bad book. However, if you are a first time reader of hers, I would suggest maybe holding off on Run To You. Maybe try out some of her previous books; such as her Chinooks Hockey team (my favorite out of this series is Rob and Kate from The Trouble With Valentine's Day) or Writer Friends (my favorite from this one is Lucy & Quinn from Sex, Lies, and Online Dating) series.

Thank you, edelweiss and Avon, for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Run to You in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Author 15 books596 followers
August 7, 2019
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Run To You is the sequel to Rescue Me, where after Sadie Hollowell’s father died, she learned that she has an illegitimate half-sister. Sadie wants to make things right, and at least meet her sister, so she has her fiancé hire an old ex-military buddy to find her. Blake gives his twin brother Beau the details.

That’s where this story picks up.

Stella, or Estella Immaculata Leon-Hollowell, has always known about her sister, but she just assumed Sadie wanted nothing to do with her, just like their father. But she was wrong, and Beau tried to show that to her, and let her know that her sister just wants to meet her, anything else is between the two of them.

Stella, though, likes bartending in the crappy dive bar, and though she won’t admit it, she is secretly afraid. What if Sadie meets her and doesn’t like her?

But things spiral out of her hands as Beau decks her boss for getting handsy with her. Her boss has mob connections, and he is pissed. One thing leads to another, and Beau is driving Stella to see her sister.
This romance was. . .interesting. The sense of humor was there, but I had a hard time believing Stella was a virgin at 28 (because of the way it was written, not because I don't believe there are 28 year old virgins out there). I felt like it came out of nowhere. Then 40 year old Beau is a born again virgin, tired of his man-slut ways, and waiting until he falls in love.

I liked the banter, but the main plot was originally keeping her safe from the mob, but that sort of went away, and the whole plot was their sexual tension. It was good, and I liked it and all, but parts of it were silly and unbelievable.

***ARC courtesy of Avon Addicts
Profile Image for Lauren.
2,275 reviews162 followers
May 16, 2021
Rescue Me
3.5 Stars

Series note: Book #1 in the Military Men series as well as book #3 in the Lovett, Texas series. This is a direct continuation of book #2 in Lovett, Texas although much of the story takes place on the road.

An entertaining romance although the on-the-run plot could have been better developed.

Stella and Beau's opposites attract romance is fun, and the road-trip trope provides a good backdrop for it. She is cute, adorable and looking for "the one" while he is stoic and broody with commitment issues. They have great chemistry and the conflict at the end is believable and well-established by their individual backstories.

Nevertheless, Gibson lays the basic foundation for an intense and suspenseful chase scenario involving the Russian mafia that never fully materializes, which is disappointing.

Overall, this is an enjoyable read recommended for fans of Rachel Gibson, but there are better books for readers new to her works, such as Sex, Lies and Online Dating or Simply Irresistible.
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Author 6 books117 followers
April 10, 2019
Benim için çerezlik bir kitap gibiydi. Ancak çok tatlı bir hikayeydi. Aslında 4 verebilirdim ama sonu çook aceleye getirilmişti. Biraz daha okumak isterdim.
Profile Image for Claire.
2,308 reviews702 followers
March 27, 2014
2.5 - Beau Junger Stars.

Run To You was what I would term as an ok read, it didn’t blow me away but I didn’t hate it either, the cover is totally misleading seeing as Beau is blond haired, grey eyed and ripped, and Stella is a olive skinned Latina, but hey ho I can live with that.

I had a few laughs with the Queens at the bar where Stella Initially worked, I mean who doesn’t want to have a friend called Anna Conda, and watch acts with names like Lady Gay Gay, Him Kardashian and Devine Boxx...

Things went a bit south when it comes to light that Stella is a . But I decided to carry on as; in the main I was still enjoying it, especially as I love a book with a “Road Trip” theme. Sadly as the book progressed, my annoyance with Stella increased, and it was actually pretty obvious that there is a ten year age gap between the two of them by her behaviour and reaction to things...

Rather than swear Stellla says - Holy frijole guacamole... A LOT, which again got really annoying as the story progressed, especially when it was used in the bedroom.

Beau, well he is a different story altogether, and is what kept me reading too the end. I absolutely loved him, a blunt, straight-to-the-point, sexy ex-Marine. I love a guy who although is ornery and difficult to get along with, has a soft and squishy centre and that is Beau to a Tee! Oh and he has a twin *swoon*. The language used at times really didn’t seem fitting for the character we are led to think of Beau as, and if I am honest I can’t really see any guy using the words “Muffin” or “Hot Pocket” in any context, let alone sexually.

This is the fourth book in the Lovett, Texas Series, and my first Rachel Gibson book, would I read another book from this author...Yes, but I don't think it would jump to the top of my TBR on its release day, more of a filler when I am undecided as to what I want to read next.

ARC provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Profile Image for Sheryl C. Nash.
1,714 reviews430 followers
June 22, 2013
Well... this was just... not what I expected... gotta say I feel pretty let down... the story seemed to jump around a lot, which left me confused. And I kept getting Stella and Sadie (her long-lost sister) confused... maybe it was the fact that they both had names that started with S. I don't know. All I know is that I waited a year to read a new Rachel Gibson book and I walked away very disappointed . Although I did like Beau :) He was kinda cute; in an ALPHA-A-HOLE-MAN OF FEW WORDS-TOUGH GUY way!

I will write my full review closer to the release date.

*ARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Avon*

Profile Image for Cheri.
507 reviews73 followers
August 8, 2017
This is the first book I have read by this author. It was ok and likeable. I liked the characters and the humor. What it lacked for me was substance. There was very little of a plot. I won't say I will never read her again. I will probably give her another chance sometime in the near future.
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711 reviews
October 14, 2013
2.5 stars really. This was just ok. I'm a huge Rachel Gibson fan. She's an autobuy for me. I haven't loved her last books, but I'm such a fan she'll have to really write some trash before I fire her. :)

That being said, this just didn't work for me. I feel like this book had so many great ideas. Virgin h and celebate H. Cute idea for something different. But it never went anywhere. Twin alpha bros who do NOT want to end up like dad. Beau's brother is clearly dealing with PTSD and addiction. Beau is a control freak especially with his own emotions. But that didn't go anywhere either. It just fixed itself. Then Beau and Stella do end up having sex and Beau's reaction is completely out of place and quite stupid. Cue big fight and separation. Then suddenly he realizes he's in love with her and they have their happily ever after. Nope. Sorry. I didn't buy it. I wanted to like that it wasn't insta-love, however the big HEA happened after knowing each other 8 days and then a 5 day separation. So it was insta-love. I never bought the he even liked her all that much, let alone forever love. I think he was just horny because he'd gone too long without sex. Darn. Guess I'll wait for RG's next book and hope for better.

All that being said, I still maintain that RG is a contemporary romance queen. Her ok book is a lot better and more fun than a lot of other junk out there.
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4,946 reviews18 followers
October 21, 2013
Rachel Gibson is one of the contemporary romance authors who I read religiously. She is maybe not one of my favorites but she is a good author.
I don't know what happened in this book. For me, it was actually a "Did not Finish." I gave it a hundred pages. Didn't like Stella (whiny, annoying), didn't like Beau (stoic, but not in a good way) and couldn't figure out why I was still reading the book. This is the point where I usually flip to the end of the book and see if the ending is worth wading through the rest of the book.

I would so recommend not starting with this book if you're new to Miss Gibson. The Chinooks series is sooooo much better, especially See Jane Score. Will I keep reading Rachel Gibson? Of course. One bad book isn't going to put me off an author. I just may not read the rest connected to this series.
Profile Image for Beth.
3,129 reviews262 followers
September 4, 2013
Run to You picks up after Gibson's Lovett, Texas book Rescue Me. Sadie Hollowell discovers she has a sister her father never told her about and is now sending sizzling hot retired Marine, Beau to make first contact.

The first contact doesn't go so well...
Beau finds Stella working a bar in Miami and he just happens to visit on drag queen night. After being man handled by her sleazy boss, Stella is unexpectedly rescued by Beau who happens to break her bosses nose (not knowing her boss was a mafia member).

On the run from the mob, Beau tries different modes of transportation to get Stella to Sadie. All the while the sexual chemistry becomes a powder keg waiting to explode. Beau has more issues than Stella with her take things head on attitude. Each time an emotional wall is broken it seems it pops back into place. Stella being a 28 yr old virgin waiting for her perfect man and Beau being a 38 yr old celibate waiting for the right woman only hypes the sexual tension.

I found this story LOL funny, I completely LOVED Stella's sense of humor even in the toughest situations.

Rachel Gibson writes characters that you want as your friends and drool worthy alpha males into heart warming stories that will titillate your mind and senses.

I received this ARC copy of Run To You from HaperCollins - Avon in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 24, 2013.

Written by: Rachel Gibson
Follows: RESCUE ME (Lovett, Texas Story)
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: Adult
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1,990 reviews194 followers
September 2, 2014
Meh, What a disappointment. I did not believe these two where really together at in point in the book. The story was cheesy and the virginal "I'm saving myself for marriage." was just a waste of words. This couple threw that vow ou and got down on their knees super fast. It was cheesy, alien cheesy. This couple were way out there beyond a realm of a reality I could believe in. is it possible that I fell asleep or into a wormhole while munching on my cheese and crackers ? When did all this love connection happen ? They were at a drag bar, blink, they were traveling cross country, blink they were visiting each others forbidden sections, blink they where engaged. (did you picture angel statues there ? ) 8 days, that was eight days, had to be the wormhole effect.

Negative Nancy here has another nasty thing to gripe about- the narrator; did the publisher listen to her do a male voice ? These macho GI Joe types guys sounded like they had the mumps and a bad case of constipation. It was terrible if you don't get my in your face meaning !
Profile Image for Miki.
1,136 reviews
January 16, 2014
This is it. The end. I am done with Rachel Gibson. Her last few books have been pretty bad, but this one just capped them all.

Beau and Stella meet, dislike each other, have sex, decide that they are soul mates. In eight days. Stella has been a "virgin" for 28 years, deciding to save herself for "the one". Her interpretation of that state is pretty loose, as she apparently has done EVERYTHING short of actual vaginal sex. (Beau, at least, is pretty impressed with her skills.) Beau himself is celibate at the moment, as he is tired of meaningless hook-ups. This state of affairs (pun not intended) doesn't last long, as they meet, then greet - in a manner of speaking.

The rest of the plot is as thin as cellophane. Stella's sister, Beau's brother, the Russian mafia, Miami thugs, and the entire population of Lovett make brief appearances here and there, but leave no lasting impression.

A waste.
Profile Image for LaFleurBleue.
841 reviews37 followers
June 29, 2016
A bit short, especially
However this worked well as a short light and heartwarming romance. The whole story took place over about 2 weeks, however I was quite convinced by Stella and Beau's relationship. Other friends and family members' interference in their relationship just added a pinch of salt or rubbed the salt in where it might hurt. Both characters were really likable, their flaws realistic and their twisted sense of humour funny to me.
I read that book right after an awfully cheesy romance to try to find my mojo back and see whether Rachel Gibson, even though her latest books disappointed me and I stopped then putting her on my auto-buy list, was still better than other authors. She is and I had a much better time reading this book than many others. Back to auto-buy probably
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375 reviews4 followers
September 27, 2013
Reluctantly, I have to agree...disappointing...

This wasn't my favorite book of Rachel's. I thought some of the story was a little redundant and over written, and the characters weren't all the believable... The book is an Ok read but not even close to her previous books :(
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471 reviews45 followers
August 25, 2013
Stella is working as a bartender in a Miami nightclub when a stranger saves her from her boss’s unwanted advances by knocking said boss out. The trouble is that her now ex-boss is connected to the mob and he and his goons aren’t prepared to forget Stella and her hero so easily.

Ex- Marine Beau is sent by an old friend to find Stella to reunite her with her long lost sister, Sadie. Stella has known about her older sister her whole life; she has always known Sadie was the one her father loved, while Stella was the one he ignored. Traveling from Miami to Lovett, Texas with the sexy Marine while she gathers her nerves turns out to be more than she bargained for.

I practically adore everything Rachel Gibson writes and this book is lovable. It felt shorter than most of her books, of course that could be due to the fact that I couldn’t put it down and ended up reading it in one night. I liked the tough Beau and the awkward Stella. I liked how their views on life and love were very much the same even though they both have very dissimilar backgrounds. I liked the fact that they really got to know each other in the few days they were alone together in cars and hotel rooms. They learned to read each other fairly quickly and all of it was endearing.

This book wasn’t the deepest of reads, but it was definitely satisfying. It kept me turning the pages long after my body begged for sleep and it has me yearning to read Blake’s story and catch up with Sadie and Stella and Lovett, Texas, quicker than I am sure Ms. Gibson can write. It was fast paced and tender hearted and left me smiling.

Cherise Everhard, August 2013
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Profile Image for Heidi Rice.
Author 464 books388 followers
November 3, 2013
While this won't get into my top three Rachel Gibson books, Run to You was still a hot, sassy, exceptionally cute read. Beau Junger is a super-alpha hero but with enough smarts and humour to make him pretty darn adorable (and he has a certain skill in bed which will make most readers quiver uncontrollably... Well, it did me anyway... OK TMI!!). And I really liked Stella too, her insecurities, her quirky sense of humour, her desperate attempt to stay positive in the face of one major league life FUBAR. Also it's all written with Gibson's fabulously fluid, funky voice. And I'm always happy to return to Lovett, Texas. The small town with the mostest (hunky men wise). I'm assuming that Beau's twin Blake is gonna have a story too which I'm now looking forward to big time. So why only four stars... I guess just occassionally I found the balance between internal thought and dialogue tipped into a slower pace than I'm used to from Gibson. During their road trip it felt like Stella and Beau were spending a little too much time thinking about their conflicts and not quite enough showing them. But this is a minor criticism - maybe I didn't devour this book at the breakneck speed of my Gibson favourites, but I did still devour it.
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2,070 reviews144 followers
March 22, 2014
3/5; 3 stars; B

An entertaining follow up to Rescue Me. The humour was good, I particularly liked the image of Stella listening to her music, singing her heart out, playing her game on the ipad and Beau having smoke coming out of his ears.

I liked the character of Stella but I am thoroughly sick of the taciturn hard ass ex-soldier stereotype. This book could have been better if there had been a bit more character development or if book 3 and 4 had been combined. There wasn't really enough meat there for a full book IMO.
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192 reviews2 followers
September 27, 2013
This book was one of the worst books I've ever read. It was stupid. Just stupid. Instead of wasting your time reading it, spend some time re-reading some of her excellent books instead: See Jane Score, The Trouble with Valentines Day, I'm in no Mood For Love, Tangled Up In You, Not Another Bad Date. Heck almost any of her books except the last two and her Lola Carlisle book. This is killing me, she was my favorite author for years.
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413 reviews51 followers
October 3, 2013
The narration was great and the story was too. That is until it ended an hour too early. Lots of good build up – so much potential and then it all just ends. I felt like we had turned to abridged format all of a sudden. A B- for the content. An A- for Tanya Eby's narration.

Up side? We finally get a top notch narrator who understands romance for a Gibson book!
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422 reviews36 followers
August 11, 2015
Yine bir Rachel klasiği. :D
Her ne kadar sonu yarıda kesilmiş gibi bir his verse de - ki Rachel'in genel özelliği,insan bir epilog falan yazar yahu *-* - okurken çok eğlendim.
Ama ben Blake'in hikayesini de çok merak ediyorum!!!!! Onunda kitabı olmalı. :3
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482 reviews11 followers
August 10, 2022
Kom bij me, van Rachel Gibson is het eerste boek van deze schrijfster dat ik heb gelezen. Ik ben sinds de vertalingen van de New Adult boeken van J. Lynn en Colleen Hoover best wel verslaafd geraakt aan het New Adult genre. Nu vallen de boeken van Rachel Gibson misschien meer onder de erotische categorie, maar daar ben ik het niet helemaal mee eens.

New Adult noem ik ook wel eens 'Fifty Shades' voor jongeren. Wat New Adult voor mij onderscheidt van veel andere genres is dat er best wel heftige of moeilijke onderwerpen aan bod komen in de boeken. Ook in dit boek was dat het geval, alleen lag er niet zo veel nadruk op.

Het verhaal gaat over Stella die ’s nachts door haar baas van de nachtclub waar ze werkt wordt lastiggevallen. Plotseling verschijnt haar redder in nood die haar daarna nieuws brengt waardoor haar hele leven op de kop wordt gezet. Ups en downs, ijskoude opmerkingen en hete daden wisselen elkaar af in het verhaal.

De snelheid waarmee de aantrekkingskracht tussen personages in een New Adult boek zich ontwikkelt is voor mij niet altijd even geloofwaardig over, maar dat weerhoudt mij er niet van om deze boeken te lezen.
Ook in ‘Kom bij me’ was dit weer het geval, maar de rest wordt op zo een goede manier beschreven dat ik elk woord geloof.
Wat ook meespeelt is de snelheid waarin het verhaal zich af speelt. Dit komt mede doordat een aantal verschillende perspectieven zich niet altijd even consequent afwisselen, wat absoluut niet storend was. Hierdoor is het echt een boek wat dient als heerlijk leesvoer!

Een nadeel dat niet afwoog tegen de rest van het boek, was dat het eind van het verhaal ineens was afgelopen waardoor het een beetje afgeraffeld leek. Ik heb me nog niet georiënteerd op andere boeken van Rachel Gibson, dus ik weet niet of er nog een soort vervolg op is zoals bij J. Lynn vaak is. Maar dit boek heeft me ervan overtuigd om zeker meer boeken van Rachel Gibson te gaan lezen.

Het boek krijgt van mij vier sterren door de snelheid van het verhaal, de eigenwijze personages en de spanningen in het verhaal.
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