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Running in Place

(Mending Hearts #2)

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****NA Contemporary Romance, can be read as a stand alone. Due to theme of Child Abuse, Explicit Language, Mild Violence, and Sexual Situations - Recommend Readers 18+******


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
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Paperback, 273 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published October 2013)
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~ Becs ~
Reaching toward him, I run my fingertips down his cheek and then trail them gently across his
lips as a single tear runs down my face. “I would rather have one night with you, than to live the rest of my life with the possibility of never being able to experience loving another person the way that I love you.”


Holy Moly!! This is one of the best books I've read this year. If you enjoy a book that packs an emotional punch, a book where you can really feel soul deep the emotions of the central cha
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Victoria S.
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Utterly Breathtaking, Writing at its Finest! 5 Stars doesn't do it justice.

I have to say I was eerie when I finished Recovery and read the sneak peek to Running in Place. I had expected the follow-up in this series to be about Harlow & Trace. I had no clue who Tatum and Noah were. Holy Heart Fluttering Swoonattack of a read! If you thought Alex and Blake's story was heartwarming, while I love that couple dearly, Tat
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Luciana
Feb 11, 2013 marked it as to-read
Does anyone know who this book is about?! Are we going to get some more of Alex and Blake's relationship or maybe Harlow and Trace's? I really hope it's about Alex and Blake!!!
Asia
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the previous books but this one was much better. I love Tatum and Noah!
Cristina
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
L.B. Simmons has given me a book that I absolutely, hands down, ENJOYED. It has everything you could possibly want, a good amount of angst, the push and pull is perfect and the steaminess will make your toes curl!

There were moments throughout the book where I was told things versus being shown but I was able to overlook that as the story had me hooked. Tatum and Noah were so perfect together, nothing else mattered and if it meant I was told a few times…so be it!

This is the story of a very broken
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Annie
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading this book early. And it was with great pleasure!
While reading Tatum and Noah's story I felt an array if emotions. My heart swelled with love and broke with sadness. I cried, smiled, laughed and fell in love with them. Unlike the other 2 books in The Mending Hearts series (Running on Empty and Recovery) this book has more raw emotion to it. While still a beautiful love story it deals with some serious issues that are absolutely heart wrenching. My personal opinion i
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Bj
Oct 12, 2014 marked it as to-read
Free on Amazon as of 10/12/14.
Tessa Teevan
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
BEAUTIFUL! I loved this book!!
Autumn Review
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure I could love another couple more than I love Alex and Blake, but Tate and Noah won me over. Another great book to this series!
Heather
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to reading RUNNING IN PLACE since August, when I spent the day by the pool in Vegas with L.B. Simmons. While we sunbathed and had several cocktails, I got the layout of what the story was going to be about. Never did I expect the story that unfolded before my eyes when I finally had the book in my hands. The emotions that I felt tore through my body like a tidal wave. My heart broke for Tatum and Noah. These two individuals have been to hell and back and all I wanted ...more
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Running In Place by LB Simmons
4 stars!!

“Your soul provides the air, now all you have to do is jump. Soar, Tatum. I love you. Always. ~ Noah”

Having read the first book in this series Running On Empty I thought I knew what I would be getting, but this book is a totally different cookie. It is raw, emotionally powerful and very all consuming. The prologue pulls you in and you know that this is going to be one of those books that chews you up and spits you out at the other end.

In this book, it is no
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Kendall {Book Crazy}
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, blog-tours, arc
This is one of my absolute favourite series' and I had the honour to be on the Blog Tour for the first book and the novella and now I have the honour to be on the Blog Tour for this book, which is freaking amazing! I knew that this book wasn't going to be about the main characters in the first book and the novella and that it was going to be about secondary characters from those books, which made me really excited! This author's writing is so beautiful and it just sucks me right in! I honestly c ...more
Book Drunk Blog
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
*received ARC for honest review

4.5 Stars:

I think the best way for me to start this review is to first tell you the moral of this story- you must first know and love yourself before you can love anyone else. Great moral, right?

Tatum is this gorgeously broken girl. She is beautiful, funny, smart and witty but she is also very unsure of herself. She doesn't know who she is or worse why she is. She has been told nearly her whole life how much of a disappointment she is, how ugly she is and what a ho
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Kendra
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This. Book. Gosh... so good! Ok, so first let me say that L.B. Simmons is one of my most favorite authors. I adore her & her books! To be a first time author she has knocked it out of the ballpark with her latest book in this series. The story of Noah & Tatum is amazing and these characters elicit such emotion from you as a reader. I felt their anger, hurt, grief, passion and love, but the chemistry between these two is... wow! People.... peeeee-puuulllll... they are hawt :)

I love these
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Kathy Ann
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Tatum O'Connell is misunderstood. She is viewed as a party girl yet she is really just a broken girl grasping at straws to find her way in life. Noah Reese is also misunderstood. He is viewed as no less than perfect, yet he is tired of living his make believe perfect life. Both of them have issues stemming from the loss of parents and lack of love in their lives. They're each living half a life... Together can they make each other whole?

This was a beautiful story of love conquerin
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Trisha ❊ Devoured Words
WOW. WOW. WOW.

Beautiful book. I am SOOOO in love!!!

Noah -sigh-

MUST READ!!!!
Ena May - Swoon Worthy Books/Enticing Journey Book Promotions
So this is my very first L.B. Simmons read and where the heck have I been? I loved Running in Place that I will now go back and read all her previously published books.

Running in Place is a book about just that. Feeling like you are constantly running in place and never really going anywhere. Due to circumstances beyond her control when she was just a little girl she is now all grown up but lost and alone. Having nothing to show for her life she doesn’t know how to let the past go and grow and
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Vilma Iris
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Achingly honest and deeply heartfelt. A story of pain and survival… of two broken souls finding hope in each other despite the darkness that consumes them.

4.5 stars.

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“Broken hopes and expectations can leave very, very broken people. So after a while, you learn not to aim so high because when people fail you, you land hard and there’s only so many times a person can be shattered beyond repair.”


The first thing that struck me about this book is just how honest it came across. I felt it full of
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Natasha is a Book Junkie
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
“I would rather have one night with you, than to live the rest of my life with the possibility of never being able to experience loving another person the way that I love you.”

There are authors whose writing is so clearly a direct reflection of the steadily joyous outlook on life that runs through their veins, and after three instalments of this marvellous series, I am convinced that L.B. Simmons’ books are akin to happy pills. This is a story that excited me, elated me, made me hope it woul
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Lauren ♥ Inked in Chapters
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
You can read this and other reviews at Madison Says

It is no secret that I have a girl crush on L.B. Simmons. She is fan-freakin’-tastic, both as an author and as a human being in general. I stumbled upon the first book in the Mending Hearts series, by chance. Thank the Lord above for the recommendations Amazon gives. It’s though that first book, Running on Empty, that I was introduced to Alex and Blake. *sigh* I have said it once and I’ll say it again, I might even scream it from my roof top, Bl
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Kim
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, 5-stars
"Broken hopes and expectations can leave very, very broken people. So, after awhile, you learn not to aim so high, because when people fail you, you land hard and there's only so many times a person can be shattered before they're beyond repair."

Tatum O'Connell is lost, angry, and lacking direction. She suffered during her childhood, but no one understands. She has made poor choices and now she is left feeling alone, working for her brother, and a college drop out. She is out of control. She can
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Christina Rodriguez
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
"Hopes and expectations can leave very, very broken people. So after a while, you learn not to aim so high because when people fail you, you land hard and there’s only so many times a person can be shattered before they’re beyond repair."

(Thank you to Brandee's Book Endings and L.B. Simmons for providing me with an ARC of Running In Place)

My goodness! I didn't even fathom how much I would LOVE Tate and Noah's story. I've read the previous books in The Mending Hearts series and thought: "Yeah th
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Wendy LeGrand
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Running in place tells the story of Tatum O'Connell, who is introduced briefly in L.B.'s book, Recovery. She is the younger sister of Trace O'Connell, a 23 year old woman who appears to be happy and is always smiling, but under the surface is a broken, lost little girl. She's out of control, getting drunk in her brother's bar every night. Her relationship with her brother Trace is virtually non-existent so he enlists the help of Noah Reese to keep an eye on his sister. Tatum can't seem to stand ...more
Stephanie
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
See full review at www.stephssweetreads.com

This book spoke to my heart in more ways than one. I'm not gonna get too heavy on you, but I will say, I found myself looking at my own life situations with a certain family member and re-evaluating how to move on and forward. So for that L.B., I have to say thank you for opening that part of my broken heart to allow healing of my own.

Running in Place is the perfect book. It has angst, second chances, courage, romance, unconditional love and healing of
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Jennifer Diaz
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta
I just have to say I sooooo loved this book!!! You have Tatum. She looks perfect, but on the inside its another story. She drinks and parties to cover her insecurities but there is one person that can see through it all, Noah. Sigh.... Noah, Noah, Noah... what’s not to love about him. He is perfect. He is smart and sexy and is getting ready to head to college to be doctor. Just like his father. So he thinks...


We start with Tatum in a relationship... and not in a good way. She is with a loser an
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Blushing Reader
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

Star Rating: 4 stars

Heat Rating: Sizzling!!



**Running in Place is a stand-alone book and can be read out of order**



“Broken hopes and expectations can leave very broken people. So, after a while, you learn not to aim so high, because when people fail you, you land hard and there’s only so many times a person can be shattered before they’re beyond repair.”


L.B. Simmons does it again! She delivered a story that packs a powerful punch and really tugs on the reader's heartstrings! I enjoyed getting to
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Stacia
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 c
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Nicole
4 STARS

Well I thought this was fantastic. I liked The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller but this, this was so much better.


Noah
Admit it. At least one of your book boyfriends, past or present, was a bad boy. They’re irresistible. What I have not ever had was a book boyfriend who was a ‘good boy’. Where’s the risk in falling for the straight-laced, studious, white-picket-fence-2.5-kids guy? Well, now I have one. Noah Reese.

I know a lot about you because I’ve been watching you for a very long time. At
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The Book Trollop
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What can I say...
I love a good book with damaged characters who eventually find themselves and can be realistic at the same time!
Running in Place had all of that for me...
plus some pretty sweet lyrics that made me swoon!

This book made me pay attention from the very beginning and I could not put it down until I was done with the last page.

It was so moving and yet so realistic that I could believe it happened to someone..

This book starts off with Tatum's letter to her father and with a beginnin
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Sarah
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
*received ARC for honest review

I think the best way for me to start this review is to first tell you the moral of this story- you must first know and love yourself before you can love anyone else. Great moral, right?

Tatum is this gorgeously broken girl. She is beautiful, funny, smart and witty but she is also very unsure of herself. She doesn't know who she is or worse why she is. She has been told nearly her whole life how much of a disappointment she is, how ugly she is and what a horrible per
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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. In
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Other books in the series

Mending Hearts (3 books)
  • Running on Empty (Mending Hearts, #1)
  • Recovery (Mending Hearts, #1.5)
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