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Runaway Love Story

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  13 reviews
She hates average...he's as average as they come.

High school history teacher Doug Garvey is trying to enjoy his last few weeks of summer vacation, but receiving his final divorce decree hits him harder than expected. After a brief fling fizzles, he fears love just isn't in the cards for him. If only he could find someone who's real, someone interested in something beyond h
Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published June 24th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press
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Charlotte O'Shay
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow this author can write! I was immediately immersed in to the lives of Laurel and Doug in Runaway Love Story, a vibrant, steamy romance with realistic dialogue and a relatable cast of characters.

Doug and Laurel have a lot in common from their enjoyment of running to their tall and lanky bodies to their less than successful love lives.
Doug is a sympathetic protective hero. He’s a sweetheart divorced because his grasping ex only appreciated his very well endowed body not the man -a high school
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Laurel, Runaway Love Story’s heroine, is a free-spirit who wants to be an artist. Her plans are derailed time and again by her own lack of commitment and tendency to run away when things don’t go her way. Her plans are again derailed, this time by outside forces: her aunt, Maxie, is 90 years old and suffering from memory loss. Maxie has mentored Laurel and paid her college tuition, so Laurel “owes” her. So Laurel returns to Eugene, OR to help Maxie move into an assisted living facility. Laurel e ...more
Peggy Jaeger
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When an author’s debut book is a 5 star read, you are always a little nervous about their sophomore attempt holding up and living up to expectations.
No worries with Sadira Stone’s second book, RUNAWAY LOVE STORY. It’s as fabulous as her first novel, THROUGH THE RED DOOR.

Runaway Love Story deals with free spirit and wannabe artist Laurel, and down home good guy and teacher, Doug (whom we first met in TTRD). When Laurel comes to Eugene to help her great aunt move to an assisted care facility, she
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
** I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **

3.5 stars, but I'm leaving it rounded down to 3 -- This book was actually quite short, but it felt like it kept dragging on with all the back and forth between Laurel and Doug. To me, Laurel wasn't a very likeable character. I know she had history and a reason to be so skiddish, but the hot and cold with her relationship with Doug drove me crazy. Maxie was my favorite part of this book and I loved all the parts of the bo
Laney Kaye
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Running is not my thing.
Well, let's be honest here; physical activity is not my thing.
So I admit I was a little dubious diving into this story...I mean, it seemed there was a chance it would extoll the virtues of jogging, and make me remember I should be actually DOING something, not sitting reading.

Um, not so.
I sat.
I read.
In fact, I devoured the entire book in two sittings.
This is such a lovely, believable story with the characters masterfully drawn, dealing with their real-world problems
Susan Swiderski
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This second book in the hot-hot-hot Nirvana series brings some characters back from book one, and it also takes readers back to Clara's oh-so-special book store, but I'm pleased to say it works beautifully as a stand-alone. No need to read the first book. (But you should!)

The romance and super-steamy sex is just as hot as in the first book, but I've gotta say, my favorite character in this book is outspoken ninety-year old Maxie, a colorful old gal with a zest for life and a bevy of young artist
Cay Scheumack
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laurel goes to Eugene, Oregon to help her Great Aunt Maxie pack up her house for a move to retirement home. Aunt Maxie is a ninety yr old artist who has helped Laurel through college and trying to find her artistic side she so wants. Laurel has lots of baggage regarding family and life in general. On her first day in Eugene, she meets Doug, a tall, beanpole, bald male, who is a runner, teacher and coach. She gets back to Maxie's after a run, and Maxie doesn't know who she is. Doug takes over and ...more
Tena Stetler
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the sizzling Nirvana Series. I loved it. I won’t recap the story, you can read the blurb. I will tell you that the author writes with humor, Great Aunt Maxie was fantastic along with her group of artsy friends. I laughed out loud so many times at her antics.
The relationship between Laurel (city gal) and Doug (country guy) is not as different as they appear. Laurel is so sure of what she wants that she completely overlooks the promising future that is right in front of
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Wow! This tender story – not to mention very steamy! – is a great read. I’m encouraged to take up running again… *Grin*. I love how the bookstore returned along with the small town and familiar cast from book 1. Maxie is, of course, my favourite character. Lots of tension, working out what dreams truly are, and great worldbuilding.

BTW, I received an ARC from the other and this is my honest opinion.

Another great book by Sadira Stone. I recommend this to everyone who loves romance, books, running
Trully Sunee
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aunt Maxie is a hoot! She gives you an experience of fun, smiles, and surprises as her great neice Laurel comes to stay with her for the summer.

Laurel meets Doug while running and going to stay with her great aunt Maxie. She finds out they have lots in common that amuses her and rattles her to her core.

How can a temporary situation become a longer one in love? Is it meant to be? Will the art world with her friends in San Fran be what makes Laurel happy or will she be able to love being where she
Laurie Ryan
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series, so had to read this one. It didn’t disappoint. First, I’m so glad Doug got his story. I fell for him in book one. Second, Laurel is both strong-willed and unsure of herself, both of which make her an endearing character as she sorts out the direction her life will take. Doug’s the perfect, patient foil to her plans. The chemistry between them is immediate, strong, and sexy, even if life throws curve balls at them right and left.
InD'tale Magazine

“Runaway Love Story” is a fun, light read, perfect for lazing on summer vacation! Laurel and Doug are characters with just enough depth to make readers care about them, and the plot is interesting enough to keep readers turning pages.

Read full review in the 2019 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a pleasant surprise and much better than I expected. I started off thinking this story was going to be more on the wholesome side. Thankfully, it wasn't, though a bit embarrassing when it comes to "size." Glad to have reviewed this from NetGalley.
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Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. But it wasn’t until her 50s that she tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance and cozy mysteries from her home in Washington State. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, p ...more