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Running from My Heart

(Rock Bottom #3)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  36 reviews
"Holding onto the past can hurt more than letting it go."

People say six years is long enough to mourn the death of his husband but for Ross Miller, the pain is as fresh as if it happened yesterday. He’s left his glittering Hollywood life behind, yet guilt still dogs his steps, no matter how far he runs. Trapped by his past and needing to escape his well-meaning friends, h
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published October 6th 2019
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Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Full review tomorrow when I'm at the laptop.


This book is about loss. It is about stored up guilt and untethered emotional pain. It's a masterful demonstration of how two people can suffer the same paralyzing loss and yet deal with it in drastically different ways.

But, ultimately, it is about the resilience of the human spirit, our need to connect and to find meaning in our experiences.

It's a love story wrapped in slightly prickly wrapping paper, it might burn your heart a wee bit but the
Felice Stevens
Oct 06, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-book
If you follow me on social media, it's no secret how much I love the characters of Ross and Arden. To me, they're my most real characters—ones I'd like to have as personal friends and meet for coffee. I have had a hard time letting them go to move on to the next book.
I wanted to share a little excerpt from the beginning of their story for you ahead of release. I hope you enjoy it.
Running From My Heart will release in Kindle Unlimited. The first book, Broken Silence, will be on sale for only .99
Losing someone you loved dearly and your whole life could be devastating. Unfortunately it happened with Ross and Arden. Running away from their life, they met in the middle of a nature where once they're expected to find peace.
Almost like love at first sight (or grumble), Ross and Arden found their life's back in each other's hands, rearranging back their shattered life back to (almost) normal.

Once again, this book hit close to home for me, and Felice wrote it like I wanted it to write down. Th
Funzee Shu

“Life took away the love I never planned to lose, but it also brought me you....The love I never thought I’d find again.”


I always curious about Ross's story since his first appearance as Foster best friend back then. The sadness and mysterious vibes he gave had raised my curiosity right away. Made me wondering, what story he has? And my heart instantly feels, it must be the heartbreaking one…

I’m fully aware of what kind of story I will put myself into this time when I started this book, b
Kat E.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An all-encompassing tear jerker, that is melancholy at times and very sentimental. It was wondrous to find a cautious joy start to emerge from the pages as the story progresses.

Ross Miller, a talented producer, is still mourning the accidental death of his beloved husband six years ago. He carries a huge guilt that is greatly misplaced. Arden Wainwright, a successful novelist, has no reason to enjoy life anymore after the death of his husband and young son. His sorrow has gutted him, causing his
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
Running from My Heart is the third book in the Rock Bottom series by the talented Felice Stevens. I'm a new-ish fan of Felice's and I’m so glad I finally started reading her books. I'm hooked on her writing and her characters and I won't be missing another one of her books. We've met Ross, he's Foster's best friend. I loved Ross! He is sexy, smart and snarky and I knew his story was going to be heartbreaking, funny and hopeful. Ross lost his husband six years ago. Since then he's been running, h ...more
Amy Dufera
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Running From My Heart is the perfect reminder for why I love Felice Stevens' writing. I haven't read one of her books for a while now, but this one has inspired me to check out the ones I've missed, especially the first two books in this series.

Wow. This story is a beautiful and powerful tale of survivor's guilt and drowning in one's grief. It's an amazing story of survival.

Ross and Arden are two men who are both staggering in life, each having experienced life changing losses. They are two succ
Dawn Nicole Costiera
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Running From My Heart by Felice Stevens is love story shrouded in sadness, despair and grief, but also filled with so much hope and love. We first met Ross Miller in Broken Silence. He was Foster's tragically heart broken best friend. (It is not necessary to read Broken Silence first, but I highly recommend it. It's a great book.)

6 years ago, Ross suddenly lost the love of his life. Since then he's been running from real life and his heart. Ross puts on a brave face for the world, but inside he
Ross and Arden have both loved and tragically lost (and yay for two MCs in their forties). For years they have lived day-to-day, grieving and cutting themselves off from life in their own ways. A chance meeting that doesn’t make the best first impression is the catalyst for them developing a friendship based on common ground. As the two grow closer, their beliefs that neither of them could ever love again start to slowly crack.

Despite their similar pasts, the two are very different in their pers
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I haven't read the other books in the Rock Bottom series, but I had no problem reading Felice Stevens' Running from my Heart as a standalone. It centers on grief and starting over, and I was really excited to read this one. I can't say that it left a lasting impression, however.

Ross and Arden have both lost people very important to them, and to hide and/or heal they escape to remote cabins. This is my pure catnip, and I loved this part. To me, there's nothing better than close proximity
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary, m-m
Running From My Heart is the third book in the Rock Bottom series but can be read as a standalone. I haven't read any of the others, and it certainly didn't have an impact on my enjoyment of it.

Ross and Arden are both drowning in grief, but dealing with it in very different ways. Arden has shut himself away from everyone and everything, whereas Ross is King of the One-Night-Stands. They are doing what works best for them. But then they meet in a grocery store and both their lives change for the
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a roller coaster ride. Felice Stevens at her best. From the first until the last page, the emotions keep pouring out. From heartbreaking and bittersweet to uplifting and hopeful, she takes the reader through all the highs and lows in this slow-burn romance in which two men grab their chance of a second love.
Ross and Arden are beautiful characters. Broken, flawed, real. Both early forties, both widower, both hurting. But they handle their grief differently. Whereas Ross is outgoing,
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story of Ross and Arden finding love again. Ross lost his husband in a tragic surfing accident, and Arden's husband and son were killed by a drunk driver. Ross and Arden had each spent the last several years grieving, unable to get over the loss of their loves. Meeting in the Adirondacks, the men did not experience love at first sight, but they did connect in a way that neither had done with anyone else. Watching the walls come down and their hearts begin to slowly heal, made me incr ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge Felice Stevens fan and books like this are exactly why she’s one of favorites! I felt absolutely consumed by Ross and Arden and their story!

Both Ross and Arden have suffered horrible losses, both men having lost their husbands due to accidents, Arden also lost his son in the accident that killed his husband. They know loss and pain, it is what they live. Both men retreat to the mountains, running from the pain and the memories. It’s purely coincidence that they end up neighbors and it
Nile Princess
DNF @ 47%. I don't really feel anything for this couple, sorry. I don't know if it's because their heartbreaking losses are so unrealistically similiar, or if the whole thing is too depressing, but while I appreciate the fact that they've both lost spouses and are clawing their way back to sanity, I don't FEEL anything for them. And that sucks, because I was so looking forward to Ross's story. I had the same issue with this book that I had with Book 2, and that is that the conversations are so s ...more
Jenn's Book Obsession
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
★★★★★ FIVE STARS!!!

Oh Felice! It's no wonder why I'm such a huge fan of this amazing talented author. The depth of emotions Felice poors into these characters and this story is astounding. Dealing with grief in their own way, Arden and Ross's journey is so emotional and the feelings come off so raw, so broken and vulnerable.

A heartbreaking and captivating read that gave me all the FEELS. This was definitely a story that had me in tears. Arden and Ross are both mourning and struggling with how t
Undoubtedly one of the most moving love stories I’ve read this year. Ross and Arden’s journey is all about love, love lost and new love found, and it really resonated with me. Arden’s loss especially hit me very hard. The sorrow and grief both MC’s are struggling to overcome is almost palpable and seeing them find the strength to live and love again after such heartbreaking loss was incredibly touching and inspiring.

I liked that the author didn’t rush the healing process and that Ross and Arden
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How do we continue on after the most devastating loss and pain? What could life possibly hold for us without the other half of our heart by our side? Don't miss out on the incredible journey of recovery, healing and rediscovering love and joy that is Running from My Heart.
Felice Stevens has gifted her readers with two of the most memorable characters I have ever read. You will not soon forget Arden and Ross. They will remain with you long after you finish the last page.
In Arden and Ross we have
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreakingly Good...

I absolutely loved Ross and Arden’s story. I found myself pulled into their story from the start, reaching for the tissues and I didn’t want to put it down. There was so much feeling in their journey. I loved that Ross didn’t give up on being friendly with Arden, even when Arden didn’t seem to want to be bothered. Ross helped Arden see there was still light in the world, and he didn’t need to hide anymore. In turn, when Ross hit his rock bottom, Arden was right there to p
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ross and Arden are both running from the pain and grief that has followed like a black cloud for years. Both have known great loss, but each has dealt with his pain in different ways. Ross forces a bright smile and hides his pain behind a cavalier attitude and humor. Arden has closed himself off and wallows in misery. They find themselves as neighbors in the Adirondacks, where each is taking a break. Over time, they get to know one another and become friends. They share their stories and common ...more
Maria R.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I've been waiting for Ross' story and it was everything I hoped it would be. Wonderful MCs, natural flow of relationship development, romantic, healing and comfort, and passionate. I typically stay away from romance reads about finding love after loss of spouse....there is usually too much grief and guilt that detracts from current if there is a competition between last love (that can be memorialized as too perfect) and current love. That was not the case with Running
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always say that Felice Stevens has a way of making me feel things that not many other authors can. I've been hooked since my first story. In Running From My Heart, she not only had my emotions in a knot in the first few pages, but she continued to throw some curve balls that had me an emotional wreck. Arden and Ross are two broken men but together they discover that they can love again. They are broken down and beat up. They have both dealt with the tragedy of losing their husbands in differen ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
This book is about loss and grief as much as it is a romance. Ross is a retired director who lost his husband in a tragic accident the day they had a fight about their futures. Arden is a writer who hasn't managed to write a word since his husband and son were killed in a car accident. Both men are still grieving years after their losses when they end up living in neighboring cabins in the country.

At first, when they meet, Arden isn't interested in having a new friend. That seems to change quick
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, series, reviewed
Arden lost his husband and son. Wanting to be alone in his pain he rents a cabin on a lake. Ross lost his husband, also wanting solitude, has rented a cabin on that same lake.

Two men, unable to let their pain go, both just existing until Ross decides the guy next door needs help. Arden just wishes his annoying neighbor would go away. They slowly bond over a pair of Ospreys and chocolate croissants. The tentative friendship becoming something important to their hearts. They slowly open up about t
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A touchingly beautiful story...

..of love 💘 first found, then lost, and rediscovered again. This story is so strongly written. It delves into the hearts of two men who are struggling with their grief over their loved ones tragic deaths. Ms. Stevens has written from the heart in how Ross and Arden have drifted aimlessly through their lives before connecting in the Adirondacks on a lake's shore, sharing an osprey pair raising their chicks, connecting and sharing their lose, and eventually giving an
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great add to the series. Ross and Arden are a emotional journey from start to finish that you won't be able to put down! One thing that makes a love story real for me is the struggle; realistic situations that make you rethink your life and finding happiness. Both Ross and Arden have personal demons to fight but they aren't alone. I loved how each of them was there for the other when they needed it most. Sexy and sweet their chemistry is perfection. I voluntarily reviewed an 'Advance Aut ...more
Jennifer Reilley
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is now my favorite Felice book ever and I have read every single one (even listened too). For me, she will have a hard time topping them.

This book surly pulled at all of my heart strings. These two men were so lost, lonely, and drowning and nothing could help them until a meeting in a grocery store. LOL.

Ross surly knows how to push himself onto Arden to try to crack that hard shell. Arden definitely wanted to be left alone to continue to drown.

What they didn’t realize is how special
Katie Townsend
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Running from my heart was such a Incredibly beautiful but emotional story

Ross and Arden stole my heart so much

My emotions were everywhere one minute your in tears the next your laughing it is such a special story I loved every moving powerful and meaningful word even though my heart broke at times it also put my heart back together again

I wanted to hug both Arden and Ross they were such strong and inspirational characters I couldn't help but love them their story will definitely have a strong
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book

Life is short and you aren't promised tomorrow, I know what that truly means. Felice characters portrayed such real emotion and turmoil of a life left behind when a loved one passes away in heartbreaking true reality. This story of love lost and how time can heal is a tribute to how strong the human spirit can be in survival and regaining normalcy after a tragic loss.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book, full of emotion

This was a wonderful journey of finding yourself and love again when you thought you were lost. Arden and Ross both were dealing with tremendous loss, guilt and sadness and found each other at the perfect time to help each other heal and learn to love again. Really enjoyed it!
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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two) of red wine. She’s

Other books in the series

Rock Bottom (3 books)
  • Broken Silence (Rock Bottom, #1)
  • Imitation of Life (Rock Bottom #2)