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Running to You

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Home, love, and possibilities he never imagined are waiting for Billy Joe to claim them. But first he needs to escape the horrors of his past.

A twisted act of cruelty and prejudice drives Billy Joe from his Mississippi home, and he makes it as far as Pennsylvania—where his car breaks down just as the year’s first snowstorm blows in. Fortunately, Carlos is there to lend
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Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
I loved this story, it's well written and the double point of view is good. I loved that the drama was around the characters and not between them, and they were very sweet and caring toward each other.
This book was my first by this author, and I'm gonna read others!
Karen
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some times you have to walk away from what you don't want, in order to walk towards what you do want...

After witnessing Billy Joe an act of cruelty and prejudice that has Billy fearing for his life, he realizes that home is not the place where he and his young son would be safe...no, he needed to run...to run far and fast if he was going to keep himself and his little boy safe. So that's what he does. In the middle of the night Billy Joe packs up their lives, takes his boy and quietly gets the
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Serena Yates
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, read-2018
Two strangers who seem to have very little in common at first glance are the main characters in this heartbreaking story about becoming who you want to be, learning what’s really important in life, and finding the love you’ve always wanted and never thought you could have. Billy Joe is on the run from his past and a family who has taught him nothing but hatred, and he is determined to put that behind him and define a new life for himself and his young son, Tyler. Carlos has been kicked out of hi ...more
BWT (Belen)
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, mm-fiction
Well written, with a lot of emotions driving the plot forward. I liked the dual POV, and how Carlos and Billie Joe supported each other so much.

3.5 stars
Dylan
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

TW: Homophobia, Abuse

Although this had a lot of instalove and the writing had a few flaws, i still super enjoyed this.

(Representation: two gay mcs, latino love interest, interracial relationship)
BWT (Belen)


Running to You is one of my favorite Andrew Grey novels and it has a very compelling story.

Billy Joe comes from a small Mississippi town and has been closeted knowing his family and their cronies would never accept him. After he witnesses a horrific crime, it propels him to run from his family and the only life he's ever known in order to protect himself and his two year old son Tyler.

After breaking down in Pennsylvania, Billy Joe and Tyler are rescued by Carlos, who not only gets Billy Joe's c
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Jenny Wood
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, this one was a gut punch.

It’s hard to believe that people ever acted the way they do in this book, and it absolutely blows me away that it still happens, today. Billy Joe has grown up with white supremacist parents, his entire life. Hearing and living with that hate, and what was worst, he knew that he was a part of that, because he himself, was someone his parents would hate, if they knew…. One night, after following his father to a rally, he see’s something awful happen to a friend that
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Jay
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kebb, mm-romance
Running to You by Andrew Grey is a story where love is found for two men (and a child) whose histories are full of hatred, discrimination, prejudice, and even dark and unforgivable actions. With Running to You, Andrew takes us on a journey full of strength, perseverance and determination to make a better life.

Billy Joe knows that he cannot stay in his Mississippi hometown under the roof of his white supremacist family. He longs for a better life for himself and his son. After witnessing a horri
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Becky Condit
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always said it’s better to run to something rather than run from something. And such is the case
here.
Billy Joe has grown up in a hate filled home where his father and mother are modern day Nazis and so
intolerant that they cannot see the other side of any argument. What they don’t realize is their own son
is someone they preach hatred of and consider his kind an abomination. When Billy Joe secretly
witnesses his father and his clan murder someone Billy Joe knows is a good man he realizes i
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Ali
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, holiday-mm
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Review:

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

This was a wonderful story. Billy Joe flees his hometown with his son after witnessing something horrible to allow them to make a better life for themselves. Carlos is drawn to the man with the guarded eyes and the adorable little boy.

Billy Joe lived his life under his father’s bigoted rule but after a horrible realization escapes with Tyler. Carlos has lived without his family for years but made a new one wit
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Happily Ever Chapter
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
The cover intrigued me because it's different from the covers Mr. Grey usually has. The synopsis grabbed and held onto me.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person

Billy Joe takes his two-year-old son, Tyler, from their Mississippi home (that they shared with Billy Joe's parents) in the middle of the night, fleeing for their safety and a better life, after witnessing a horrific event.
An early snow
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Earlyn
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Acceptance

Billy Joe is running away from his homophobic and racists family. Determined to make a better life for his kid.
Carlos left his family as they could not accept him being gay.
At the start I was hooked. I wanted to know where the book was heading. For the first few chapters I could not wait to turn the page. Then for me it went down hill.
Yeah Billy met Carlos but it seemed that they both settled. I did not feel the spark and frankly it got boring.
Good plot but poorly executed.
Nerea
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5*
Billy Joe is witness of something dangerous so he decides to take his son and go away from his parent house in the night. After some days in the run, his car has a mechanic problem so there is Carlos. He help him with the car and also finding a place to stay and a job.
Ok, this is basically the plot. Then their families appears with drama but nothing really happens... I found out a bit bland this plot.
Must recognize that Andrew Grey writes the best cute kids ever! Tyler is lovely *w*!
Mercedes
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
3.5 stars
Nice comfort read, nothing to overt think. Just enjoy like a cup of cocoa.
Natosha Wilson
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartbreaking read with a happy ending. Life is not easy when you have bigoted parents that also believe they are better then any other race, religion, or sexual orientations. That is how Billy Joe grew up.

Billy Joe is from a backwards town that still believes in white supremacy and his father is one of the leaders. So Billy Joe knows he would never be able to be the person he truly is while living there because his father would most likely kill him for no other reason then to rid the
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Heather Martin
**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by DreamSpinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

This book is another example of the talent and skill that is Andrew Grey. The way this book starts will have you on the edge of your seat, even though you don’t know what’s going on, you know it’s bad. Billy Joe grabs his son and disappears into the night. The story of what happened unfolds throughout the book, but you get pieces until you know. And
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Bo
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stressed Into Love

This one has a number of Andrew Grey hallmarks: Beautiful language and coherent writing, unusual plot, a couple of interesting and terribly broken MC's, and--increasingly in Grey's work--a totally scene-stealing child, this one a nearly three-year-old toddler named Tyler.

Tyler's daddy Billy Joe (oh come on, and they're from Mississippi!) escapes his father and mother (stereotypical bigots) and takes Tyler on the road after witnessing a cataclysmic event that we are not privy to
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Claudia Lezár
PLEASE READ FIRST MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings (thanks to amazon I had to change it again and 'upgrade' it a little bit.):

5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow-
Away-book like 'Liberty' from Seth Kann ing,
'Save that he kids' series from EM Leya or
'Jesse's Smile' from Angelique Jurd), it's like
an A+

4* - very good and will be often reread and is a
WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises
(like most of Andrew Grey books) it's like an A

3,5* - a really good book, which will
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Cathy Brockman
As usual Andrew Grey wrote another beautiful romance.
Billy Joe was raised in a white supremacist family in Mississippi one night he sees something that makes him certain he needs to get out of there. He doesn't want his son raised with that attitude. He gets some supplies, silently packs up his son and slips out in the middle of the night heading as far as he can. He ends up in Pennsylvania in a snowstorm and his car dies. A nice man stops and helps him get it going and finds him a place to sta
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Crownoyami
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, so a couple of things about this book. It wasn't my favourite by Andrew Grey, I'm not saying it was bad, because it wasn't, but I've read other works by the same author that were better. That being said, I loved how this story gripped you right in the first chapter. In mere moments of reading, you're already invested in Billy Joe and trying to figure out what he saw which made him take his son and run away from home as far and fast as he can. As I went on through the story I found myself w ...more
Marie
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
How do you learn right from wrong if you were raised to hate nearly everyone? Where do you do when all hope for acceptance is gone? This is a story about the power of family to destroy and the power of family to help heal. Whether you are into m/m or not, this title tackles a lot of really hard topics that all boil down to who we choose to allow ourselves to be. Grey has a few books like this that really make me think of him as an activist for basic human decency and compassion. This is def. a t ...more
MarjanJM
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 * The best book by Andrew Grey I read so far.

Many things in this book felt real. Even the sex felt more real than in many other books I read so far. Dear mr Grey , thank you for that.

1 think that what, for me, adds to the feeling of real, is that the story takes you by the hand and shows you how the lives and the relationship develop. It doesn't just jump from highlight to highlight, from drama to drama, it shows the little things,

The main characters support each other, defend each other, a
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Donald
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Solid

Just another solid wonderfully written story from one of my favorite authors— Andrew Grey. I almost expected more menace from the white supremacist grandfather and would have loved an epilogue to see this couple and the button-cute Tyler somewhere on in their family-building; but those are quibbles. Despite never knowing if Tyler gets his puppy...I know Carlos gets his man!
Tena
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars - This is a nice, fairly straightforward, comfort story with some danger/threat to the MCs. For me, however, it was just a little flat. The level of horror/distress regarding what Billy Joe experienced didn't feel like it was maintained throughout, just kind of fading over a relatively short period of time. Otherwise, it's nice to see that Carlos and Billy Joe end up making a warm, loving family with Tyler.
Beth
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice “family you make” story

This is a nice story about leaving family that won’t accept you and finding and making your own family who does. There’s also the message of rejecting hate and being yourself no matter what others believe and standing up for yourself and for what you know is right. Empowerment and acceptance is a strong message here. The MCs are likable and it’s nice to see them get their HEA.
Selina Durio
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW!

All I can say is WOW! This book included so much familial drama with the same basis, but different forms that my head was spinning. Because I have a weakness for books that include children, this book was even more appealing. What I loved most was that Tyler was given his own authentic voice. Often children are written in the periphery and not made true characters in the story. Great read.
Shannon
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotional story

This is an emotional story which touches on serious issues. Billy Joe had to leave his home in fear in the middle of the night with his young son. A chance encounter has Carlos offering to help them since not too long ago he was in their shoes. The connection between Billy Joe and Carlos is slow building due to trust issues but the friendship they eventually have is solid and leads to a new family, strength, a beautiful love, and HEA.
Cara
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the humble characters who were very deserving of the happiness they found with each other. I loved the adorable toddler Tyler.

I disliked the slow paced plot that made the second half of the book feel bogged down in senseless daily life details.I kept waiting for something more exciting to happen, but it never did. This book could have used more humor and fewer preachy life lessons.
Mike
A decent but not overly compelling gay romance for me. The characters are interesting but the family conflict a little over the top, the “meet cute” and the sudden life together a little too pat, and the chemistry a bit too weak to raise it above the level of sweet and enjoyable gay romantic fluff for me.
Tom Jewell
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What's not to love

Every once in a while you just need to read a book that warms you from the inside out . Too many of us have lives like what is in this book and you can only hope to have the ending but this one does
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