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On the Run

(Whispering Key #2)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  690 ratings  ·  110 reviews
I was supposed to be partying with a bunch of celebrities in paradise this week, okay?

But then I made one teeny, tiny error in judgement before leaving New York, and suddenly the paparazzi expected me to give a command performance as “the other man” in their straight celebrity “outing” of the week.

Um, no, precious. So much no.

Instead, I did what any self-respecting, secret
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published December 11th 2020 by May Archer
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I skipped the first Whispering Key book for some reason, but On the Run works fine as a standalone. I wasn't expecting much more than an easy read, but this story is surprisingly funny, romantic, and tender.

When I say funny, I mean I laughed out loud multiple times, almost falling off my elliptical at one point. Toby (aka, Trey) is a sassy little whippet with a smart mouth. After the debacle at the airport, I was sure Toby would annoy me, but he didn't. I wish he'd been honest with Beale f
This was super cute and classic May Archer. Light and fun. The town of Whispering Key is becoming as nosy and quirky as O’Leary though and since O’Leary is already my maximum level of quirk, I’m hoping this town doesn’t go past that. Lots of insta lust which isn’t my favorite but is not a deal breaker. Insta lust can be realistic. There was also not quite insta love but definitely fast love which isn’t my thing but I know this going into May’s books so that’s on me. This one seemed extra fast th ...more
Florence .
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 soul mates stars

I don’t really know how to explain my feelings about this one, I started adoring it and then I got to about 45% and one chapter I was loving it and the next one I was really annoyed with it and it stayed that way for a while. But thats on me, i’m so grumpy and picky lately that one little thing that bothers me makes me irrationally angry. Then I got to 75% and I was really mad about what happened because it didn’t need to happen, if only they just talked it would have fixed e
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

Finally a book that held my interest!

Really enjoyed this one. It was a nice, easy read. No crazy drama. Lots of LOL moments. Some good steam.

Definitely going back to read book 1.
4.5 stars rounded up!

A wonderful follow up to the first book in this series, a sort-of, kinda spin-off from Archer's Love in O'Leary series.

This time, the spotlight is on Beale, who is very much a gentle giant, and Toby, Mason's best friend who lives in New York.

After Toby is tricked into looking like he was giving famous rockstar a blowjob (that rockstar being Jay, Beale's brother Rafe's ex brother-in-law) for a picture to sell to the tabloids for money by a guy Toby knew, Toby knows it's only
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been having a streak of bad luck with books. I was starting to question myself, if I was maybe being too something. That I was the reason I wasn't connecting to these books.

I found out yesterday that this was out and knew this just might be the cure I needed.
I fell in love with May Archer's O'Leary and its inhabitants earlier this year, I followed Mason's journey to Whispering Key in August and eagerly awaited the next installment.

Nevertheless I doubted and questioned myself. Was I going to
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it

I'm not quite sure how to rate this one. It was going to be a 3-star read for me, but somewhere towards the end I had to rethink that. I'm happy that Beale got his own book, and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw who the other MC was. I didn't entirely love this, though. The whole 'crazy small town' thing tends to be a bit too much in Archer's books. This was pretty silly in parts, though probably slightly less so than the 1st book. Also I didn't really end up completely "feeling" Toby's
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

May Archer does it again. Another wonderful small town romance that brings all the smiles and all the feels.

Toby needs to go into hiding to avoid outing a celebrity and unmasked his own hiding occupation as a gossip columnist. His only option is to turn to his only and best friend Mason at his new home in the small town of Whispering Key Florida. Except Mason isn't home and his house sitting is a handsome horoscope believing giant of a man Beale. Ne
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars
This book surprised me. It starts out over-the-top and full of shenanigans with poor Toby's whole life blowing up and him running away to Florida to hide with his best friend, but finds even more problems and craziness there. It is funny, silly, and Toby is a hot mess.

Enter, Beale, the incredibly tall, adorable, sweet, zen, virgin looking for his soul mate. These two play off of each other so well. Beale is Mr. Positive Energy and Toby is Mr. Doom and Gloom. It's fun and crazy and then
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can never wait too long to read May's books. I have a soft-spot for OTT, snarky floof. This was perfect for me in that there just aren't enough that hit the spot for me in that way and the authors that do can only write so fast and the timing was perfect. I love serious and hurt/comfort and political intrigue, etc. but if I could read this type of idyllic sweetness and light all day, every day I would. OK, that's not true, I would probably get sick of it kind of quickly but it's so nice when i ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a solid May Archer read. Likeable characters, goofy townspeople, improbable plotline, HEA.
Jacqueleen  ♡
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORED this book so hard!! When I found out it was Beale's book, the sweet cinnamon roll of a Goodman brother I may or may not have squealed in delight. I loved the bits of him from book 1, so I couldn't wait to see what the universe had in store for him. I was not expecting a man like Toby, and to be honest neither was Beale.

Toby is Masons best friend from college. He finds himself in quite the predicament back in the city and winds up heading down to good old Whispering Key to hi
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This was missing something.
I can't put my fingers on it but it took a while to get into both MCs. The chemistry was lacking and Toby was too noisy in my head. It goes with his personality but he was chattering about every damn thing.
I get how opposites attract because Beale is more calm and at peace and that's the direction of this story, but dang all I can think of is how Toby will drive Beale mad in the long run.
Overall it was good to be back in whispering key and check in on everyone.
I ho
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, ku-borrow
4.5 stars

This was hysterically funny and very cute. Toby and Beale’s romance weaves around the island residents shenanigans. Warm & fuzzy without getting sappy. #TeamTeale
Amy Stauffer
We all fell a little bit in love with Beale in Off Plan. He has such a big heart and is full of good energy—how could you not?

Toby’s life is a bit of a mess. With nowhere else to go, he decides to hide out on Whispering Key, with his bestie, Mason, a.k.a. Loafers. Only he’s not home. Instead, he finds himself shacking up with Beale. After a few mishaps, and a misunderstanding with Beale’s brothers, the two find themselves in a fake relationship. The truth of their relationship isn’t the only thi
Anne Barwell
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
This is the first solo book I’ve read by May Archer, and it won’t be the last. I loved this fun, quirky, opposites attract, fake boyfriend (yeah right) contemporary romance.

I loved Toby’s non-stop, zero filter narrative, which I thought reflected his personality, which is very different to Beale’s more laid back, in tune with the universe approach to life. I thought having quotes at the beginning of their chapters was a nice touch. Although not exactly another character, Aunt Hagatha comes acros
Mari  Cardenas
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5+ Stars!!!

This is book 2 in the Whispering Key series and while it can technically be read as a standalone, I suggest reading them in order for maximum enjoyment.

Beale was a sweetheart and Toby was quirky and sassy and I absolutely loved them together. Despite being so different from each other, they just work so well together and I could practically see the sparks whenever they were close! I just adored the progression of their relationship and how they brought the best out in each other.

On th
Amy B.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it

Whispering Keys is the new O’Leary, with loving townspeople who are WAY too into each other’s business; while at times O’Leary got to be ridiculous, I find that the natural remoteness of the key lends itself to this type of community- they only have each other to rely on, so of course everyone knows everyone.
This is an opposites-attract between Beale, an astrology-loving teddy bear made of muscles and tanned skin, and Toby, a dramatic city boy writer. Toby is escaping a scandal in NYC an
Ana  Nimity
Big swoony sigh!
I knew when I read Off Plan that I'd love Beale's story, and May did not disappoint. All 6'6" of Beale is solid and good and kind. Toby is...snarky and prickly and a marshmallow underneath. The romance is a slow burn but their chemistry sizzles from the start, and yet it's also achingly sweet. The townspeople are somewhat less chaotic in this book than in the first, and their supportive nature shines through, making them more endearing than frustrating.

I loved every bit of this
Stephanie Carvalho
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
So much fun! This books made me giggle from beginning to end: I love the way May tell stories, and with Toby and Beale is not different! Small town romances are one of my favorites, and this book gave me that plus lots of laughs and humour. There is a little angst in the story, the kind that will make you wanna jump and slap someone, and on the next moment kiss and hug them. And in the end, the perfect and sweet HEA the couple deserves.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series is such a comforting read for me. While maybe not as funny as the first one I still really enjoyed it.
Opposites attract is one of my favorite tropes, and it’s done very well here. Also Beale has a dirty mouth and I loved that!
Book two in the series. On its own I think I would have loved this one more. But after reading book one, book 2 was a half step down. I loved Beale, and Toby was fun. However, there seemed to be parts that felt forced. But there were some hot sexy mm times, a little drama, and a sweet HEA.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this more than I expected.
blue night
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Totally enjoyed this ridiculous book. The sad part was made me really sad. That rarely happens in this genre, and it wasn’t heavy handed. The self sacrificing attitude just really got me this time.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Msr Archer never disappoints me!!

I was so excited about reading Toby’s story. I’ve been waiting for it since I first read the first book in this series, and finally my dream came true!! I enjoyed every single moment, even the ones that made my heart ache, and I didn’t expect anything else from this author. I’m starting to believe that there’s nothing written by Mrs Archer that I don’t love, actually there isn’t. The way the characters feel so real, so human, and so much more than just fictional
Shannon Mae
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You know how people write that a book is funny? And you’re like ok, I guess it was humorous, but it wasn’t THAT funny...

Well, this book is HYSTERICAL. Like can’t-stop-giggling, choking-on-your-tea, people-giving-you-crazy-looks kinda funny. There was a point where I actually had a coughing fit from giggle-snorting while drinking (because obviously even while choking I had to KEEP READING), and my partner actually worried for my health. (Or maybe my sanity, but I digress.)

I loved this. Both char
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second book in the Whispering Keys book stands on its own but you’ll enjoy it so much better if you read book one first. There are several references to hints from the first book that, knowing the background, will allow you to appreciate this book even more.

This book centers around Beale, one of the Goodman sons, and Toby, Mason’s best friend who arrives on Whispering Key looking for his best friend because he has found himself in a predicament he needs help escaping. A series of madcap occ
4.5 stars! *Le Sigh* I just finished May Archer’s On The Run (Whispering Key #2/KU) and I’m happy sappy. I knew Beale’s story was going to be amazing, and May did not disappoint. I’m not going to lie, the fake boyfriend trope is not my favorite but that aspect really doesn’t take center stage yet works so well in this tale. It’s really about 2 completely opposite men who find themselves in a precarious situation, roll with it and unexpectedly fall in love, as one does on Whispering Key. What I l ...more
Rock N Read
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a difficult one for me to rate and review. So let's break it down.

Things I loved:

+Beale. The cinnamon roll teddy bear virgin? Yeah, that was my instant draw towards this book. The reason I kept turning the pages. I loved everything about him; from his beliefs to his heart to his dynamic with his brothers.

+The quirky small town. Just like book 1, the small-town dynamic with crazier townsfolk is something I really enjoy. Was some of it over-the-top? Of course, but if you've ever been to a
Juniper Greer-Ashe
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel draws upon some delightfully familiar tropes in the best possible way: there’s opposites attract, as introspective, crystal-loving, one-with-nature Beale and extroverted, snarky, city-dweller Toby have absolutely nothing in common, at least on paper. There’s the fake boyfriend arrangement, helpfully cobbled together by fate and the active imaginations of the people of Whispering Key. There’s a murder cat, who lives in the guest house with the murder-microwave and the murder-pool (I’d ...more
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