Monday, February 18, 2013

Blog tour stop: Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons

Title:  Running on Empty

Author: L.B. Simmons

My Rating: 4 Stars

Purchase: Amazon Kindle 

Synopsis: I had the perfect life.

Beautiful and loving husband.Three gorgeous little girls.
Successful career.

The only thing missing was the white picket fence. I really wanted that fence.

Three years ago, I lost that life. I lost my husband. And I lost myself. But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness. I’ve made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that’s all that matters. They are my world. I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse.

But then he came back into my life. On a freakin’ motorcycle.

There’s no way I’ll let him turn my life completely upside down. Absolutely no way.

The question is…

How long can I keep pretending that I’m happy with my life being right-side up

My thoughts:

First of all, I have to say that I am fairly certain that the author was hiding in a corner of my house somewhere when she wrote a good portion of this book.  I swear I lived through parts of it...all you would have to do is change her three daughters to three sons. I was able to connect with the book on so many levels and the book was a good change of pace from what I had been reading.  If it weren't for a few small things, this book would have been 5 stars for me.

Alex is a strong single mother of 3 that has been through a tragedy that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.  This tragedy has left her a shell.  Devoting all her time and energy to her children and not thinking of or spending any time for her. 

Blake is a good looking former classmate and used-to-be best friend of Alex's.  A chance encounter on the highway brings him back into Alex's life. Blake proves to be amazing but there was something about him that just wasn't completely believable to me.  Possibly it was his willingness to drop everything to help out a girl that dumped his friendship long ago.  I would have thought there would have been a bit of resentment in there.

I also found the book lacking on the steam level.  That is probably just a personal preference but I just kept waiting for things to steam up and was a little disappointed they didn't.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable book.  Solid character develpment, lots of tear-inducing emotion, great supporting characters, and a nice HEA. I would recommend this book for lovers of chick lit and those looking for a book that will both make them laugh and cry.

In honor of the blog tour, Running on Empty is on sale for the month of February for only $1.99!  Pick up your copy today!

Stop by the following other blogs during the Running on Empty blog tour.

FEBRUARY 1: Natasha is a Book Junkie

FEBRUARY 2: My Secret Romance Book Reviews

FEBRUARY 3:  The Phantom Paragrapher
FEBRUARY 4: Sugar and Spice Book Reviews
FEBRUARY 5: Shh, Moms Reading
FEBRUARY 6: Enchanting Havoc
FEBRUARY 7: Little Pink Cupcakes
FEBRUARY 8: Three Chicks and Their Books
FEBRUARY 9: Devoured Words
FEBRUARY 10: Candy Coated Book Blog
FEBRUARY 11: First Class Books
FEBRUARY 12: Flirty and Dirty Book Blog
FEBRUARY 13: Have Book Will Read
FEBRUARY 14: Into The Night Reviews
FEBRUARY 15: Whirlwindbooks
FEBRUARY 16: Book Crush
FEBRUARY 17: The Book Whisperer
FEBRUARY 18: Buried in Books
FEBRUARY 19: Novel Girl
FEBRUARY 20: The Indie Bookshelf
FEBRUARY 22: Angie’s Dreamy Reads
FEBRUARY 23: Becca the Bibliophile
FEBRUARY 24: Sweet and Sassy Reviewz
FEBRUARY 25: Novel Seduction
FEBRUARY 26: Megan’s book blog
FEBRUARY 28: Book Bitches Blog