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Running on Empty

(Mending Hearts #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,686 ratings  ·  645 reviews
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 t
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published January 4th 2013 by L.B. Simmons
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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing


HEY...HEY YOU!!! YES YOU...Please read my review because I'm in LOVE with this book and I want you to read it. SERIOUSLY....I absolutely loved and adored it!!



Hehehehe.....ok! I'll stop swooning now.

What do I think about this book??? Wellll

I LOVE seriously, deliriously love it AND guess what?? It had NO sex and I still loved it BIG TIME!!Yip, I know!!!! To me that says somethin
~ Becs ~
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
We currently have two free Kindle books of Running on Empty to giveaway at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

Beautiful, heartfelt contemporary romance.

Running on Empty is quite a departure for me as a reader and a reviewer. I'm heavily into erotic romance and this one is very low on the steam factor but it had something a little extra special that held my attention - it had a truly awesome hero. Yes, I am now a total Blake-fiend!

From that very first moment that Blake walked up to Alex on the side of the
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Running on Empty is a great emotional read. A story about loss, love, friendship, and second chances.

Alex is a 33 year old widowed mother of 3 wonderful and rambunctious girls. She has spent the last 3 years of her life as a shell of her former self. Ever since her husband Derek died, she hasn't been able to really live.
Blake was Alex's best friend as a child. They were always together and could talk about anything. Everything changed between Blake and Alex when Alex met Derek in her early teens
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 to 4 Stars

Running on Empty tells the story of a widowed mom, Alex and her three adorable young daughters’ and their second chance at love and happiness.

Alex is stuck in the motions of day to day living since the death of her husband three years ago. The author’s depiction of Alex’s love and banter with her girls is realistic and for me relatable (I’m a mom of two daughters) while her quest to keep herself and her girls from never being hurt again seems impossible but it is understandable
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“I love you, Alex. I loved you when we were kids… and I’ve continued to love you every day since.”

Have you ever read a book that made you feel like you’re indulging in a warm bubble bath, all your senses being spoiled, serenely happy and without a worry in the world? This is that book. It will warm your heart in so many wonderful ways you’ll never want to leave the delightful world of Alex, Blake, Harlow and the three munchkins that steal the show every chance they get.

Alex is a youn
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

I really loved this book. I felt connected to this book and I felt her pain. In some way it felt like I was reading a book about my parents and me as a child.

I lost my father at the age of 9 and we are 3 girls. And believe me when I say 4 women in one house….. Disaster but in a good way. And today my mom and sisters are my best friends in the world.

I loved, Nycole, Kyndall and Rylie. Rylie was die cutest of them all.

I laughed, I cried and I fell in love with Blake Morgan. Well who wo
Kelli C
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 Heartfelt Stars!

Running on Empty is a really beautiful second chance romance with a truly amazing man whose unconditional love is one for the ages.

Alex is a widowed mom of 3 who is living day by day. Her life is a bit of chaos, but IMO she seems to be handling it in stride. She lost her husband tragically and she has yet to truly love on. Her girls are her sole purpose and quite honestly, even with the ups and downs, her heart seems full. Of course it's not hard to see what has been mis
Rain ~miss kinky knickers~
"You'll never have your happy ending unless you're brave enough to open the book and start your story."

Oh my... This is one of those times when I'm sure I won't be able to find the right words to describe how amazing the story is. I laughed, cried, smiled, fell in love, enjoyed every second of it, and it left me wanting more!

Alex is a widow. Her husband Derek died in a car accident three years earlier, and left her with their three daughters. She's alive. He's not. But Alex is not li
Zoe and the Edge
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, dnf
I tried. I may come back to it.

I don't think there's anything wrong with this book per se...but everything that happens just felt like the old same old. There are just too many good books out there for this story to compete. The writing felt detached, I wasn't feeling it. The funny bits aren't funny and the sad bits aren't sad.

Alex still has some measures of pride left but she knows when to let go. She's happy and she thinks that her girls are it for her. So when Blake turns up, she's all.

“I do
Jan 27, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaway-copy


**Thank you to L.B Simmons for a copy of Running on Empty and to Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews for hosting the giveaway!**
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Fred by: Jennifer Roberts-Hall
You know that kind of delicious aniticipatory feeling where you're going to sneeze but it's just not quite happening yet, it's building and building, so ticklish that it's almost painful, but fun, too? That's how I felt about Alex coming to her senses and realizing what the hell she was doing in this lovely sweet and emotionally satisfying read that nonetheless made me want to reach in and slap some sense into this charming and believable MC. Mr. Swoony-boots (aka Blake), is a wonderful and cool ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
”You’ll never have your happy ending unless you’re brave enough to open the book and start your story… Are you brave enough to start your new story, Alex?”

Alex runs out of gas the day Blake Morgan rides into town. Alex can’t believe her eyes; she hasn’t seen Blake since they graduated high school. Alex and Blake used to be best-friends but that all changes when Derek comes into their lives, without a second thought Alex leaves Blake behind.

There is something about Blake that
Heather Gunter
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I figured L.B's book would be good but I just never imagined how good. She blew it out of the park and completely blew my expectations. I have thought about this book all day long.

Alex is a widow and a mother to 3 spitfire little girls (who completely remind me of some other children I know) and takes place 3 years after the death of her husband Derek. She has never moved on from his death, loving him completely still and hanging on to dear life. However, she is a quick witted loving mother who
Fiction And Fashion Book Blog
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brittany's Review: 4.5 Stars

Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons sort of snuck up on me. I receive emails from Amazon all the time telling me about books that are just like the ones I've bought, or books I most definitely will "love". Most of time I skim them, roll my eyes, and delete.

Well, while wasting a couple minutes waiting for a meeting to start last week, I opened up my trusty Amazon email and found Running on Empty and I'm super glad I did. Running on Empty is a boo
Lisa Kane
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
There's a threshold I can't seem to cross. Is he worth the gamble? I know nothing is guaranteed in this lifetime.

L.B.Simmons' Running on Empty is a warm, heartfelt expression of second chances and redemption. I received an advance copy of this novel to review and what a delight to read it turned out to be! Alex is a widowed mother of three young girls, devastated by the death of her beloved spouse Derek. Blake is her childhood friend who she seemingly left in the dust when she became smitten wi
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What I feel for this book is exactly what I felt after I was done with More Than This. I find it has a promising start and very likable characters but then dialogue ruined it.

The whole dialogue was a bit childish for a 30-year-old with two kids and a grieving widow. Not that I'm stereotyping but I didn't feel Alex's maturity through her conversation and thought process. If this part of the book was written a bit differently then WOW! I bet that would have been a 5-starer for me. There's nothing
Luna Chulhan
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: puppy-love
This book should have been right up my alley. I was feeling for a romantic sweet love story that swept me off my feet and put me in a good mood. For many this book is it but for me it was ok.
1. the Hero is amazing to the point of being a panzy. He was all ways there in the wings I was more in love with the Derek cause he went after what he wanted instead of accepting fate. A man who makes his fate is sexy.
2. The heroine is a b*tch, a bit of a user, and inconsiderate. Worst of all its not li
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The author sent me a copy to read as a beta awhile ago for an honest review.

I loved this book. This book had a lot of emotion in it, then angst, the love, the worry the main character had it all. I cried when the characters cried, I felt what they felt. While there were some formatting issues, I *loved* Simmons development of the characters (the daughters are a riot!). I can't wait until I can read it again when it's been all cleaned up. What a GREAT book, and I encourage EVERYONE to r
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely love this book. I love Alex, and I think I actually felt every emotion she experienced. Blake is loving, caring, and completely drool worthy. Harlow is a witty, sarcastic, breath of freash air. The girls are so believable with their energy, fighting, and quirky humor. LB has successfully written well rounded characters that the reader can't help but fall in love with. Running on Empty is a story about second chances not only in love but in life.
Jena Eilers
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very good book..I laughed and cried. This book is full of emotion. The interactions between Alex and her daughters are incredible. Really funny stories between them. You will fall in love with the characters. I want to hang out with them! Ready for book 2 from this author!!
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jointly reviewed for Totallybookedblog.

Jenny: 4.5

Jenny: What an absolutely delightful read this was Gitte! I enjoyed every minute of this book.

After reading a gut-wrenching book and then not connecting with a couple of others I had previously picked up, this book was just what the doctor ordered! It was such a beautiful heart-warming story and really did give me the reading experience I was looking for at the time. There were so many things I loved about this book. It was moving, it made me laug
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Jenny: 4.5

Jenny: What an absolutely delightful read this was Gitte! I enjoyed every minute of this book. After reading a gut-wrenching book and then not connecting with a couple of others I had previously picked up, this book was just what the doctor ordered! It was such a beautiful heart-warming story and really did give me the reading experience I was looking for at the time. There were so many things I loved about this book. It was moving, it made me laugh, I had a bit of a cry and I
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

This review was posted at Under the Covers

I’m going to be totally honest here about a few things. First, my reason for purchasing this book was solely because I’m a cover ho and I just loved the cover.

The story hooked me from the beginning because it was bittersweet. It stirred up emotions of the what ifs that I think everyone probably has, and some that might be more personal for me. I felt bad for Alex because, even after three years from her husband’s death, she seems to be having a
Brandi Money
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Okay - Rylie, is there anything you want to bring with you?" She walks over to Blake and grabs his hand. "Just Blake!" ❤❤❤❤❤

It's taking me a while to review this book. I can't seem to find the right words. Nothing seems adequate so here goes nothing....

Love, loss, friendship, and second chances --it's all wrapped up in this beautiful book! This story is genuine, heart-wrenching, overwhelming, touching, romantic, funny, scary, real...very REAL.

The author does an outstanding job with the charact
Leigh Songstad
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This is the first book I've reviewed and I am so proud Running On Empty is my first. L.B Simmons hit this one out of the park.

Alex Meyer is the widow of three wily children. They're her world and everything she does is for them. When Alex loses her husband, Derek she questions her ability to move on and let herself love again. Time passes and while her heart still belongs to Derek, a childhood friend rolls into town (sexy as hell on a motorcycle) *sigh and causes Alex to question her feelings a
Daisy Sloan

Oh My Goodness!

This is a bring your own box of Kleenex book. I cried and cried. It was wonderful, it was sad, it was sweet, it was bittersweet. It broke my heart and filled me up at the same time.

Growing up Blake and Alex were best friends. Then Derek moved to town and Alex left Blake behind. But Blake continued to love Alex. He never stopped. He walked away from Alex and left her to Derek, because he loved her.

Three years ago Derek died and left Alex with three beautiful girls. She’s been
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Running on Empty is an AMAZING read! I have not read a book like this is a long time. When you live in the world of YA like I do you tend not to read outside the box but I am so glad I did. I as a mother of three and raising them on my own can relate to this story on so many levels.

Alex is happily married and has three daughters when her husband dies. She is left devastated beyond belief and has no idea what she is going to do and how she is going to survive this. But like all mothers Alex picks
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The story is touching, funny and really heartfelt. L.B.'s writing style is beautiful and I loved the characters. I actually read the whole thing in two sittings which is saying a lot. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! Loved it..... Full of emotion. Gave me some belly flip flops. Just a fab story and beautiful writing. X
Oct 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Boring with absolute no chemistry . Also I could not stand the heroine , I would hate her if I was Blake actually....
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After graduating from Texas A&M University, L.B. Simmons did what any biomedical science major could do. She entered the workforce as a full-time chemist. Years later, never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined herself a USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance author as well.

What began as a memoir for her children, ended up being her first self-published book, Running on Empty. Initia

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