Eh, Slightly Better Than The First ^^Review Running Home To You

Posted May 22, 2015 by Keionda Lei Lewis in Blog, New Adult Romance, Romance ♥, Swoon Worthy / 24 Comments

Genres: Fiction, General, Love & Romance, New Adult




 Author: Suzanne Sweeney

Genre: New Adult Romance 

Pages: 389

Release Date: February 14, 2013



Juliette Fletcher thought she had it all – a strikingly handsome man who adores her, a new business venture with her best friends by her side, and a dream house right on the beach. But appearances can be deceiving and everything comes at a cost.


Evan McGuire has just survived a vicious attack that almost ended his professional football career. He’s on the mends now, trying to piece his life back together again, and build a life with Juliette.

But Evan’s erratic behavior has Juliette worried. She must figure out how to save her struggling restaurant, her fragile friendships, and her now unhealthy relationship with the man she loves. Juliette and Evan find that they’ve placed their trust in the wrong people and the price they pay for that mistake may ultimately cost them everything.

Running Home to You is the second book in the Running Series




                                                                                                                                                                                         SOOOOO, those of you thats have been following my blog ALREADY know that i was so not a fan of the first book in this trilogy. BUT… well. I still oddly enough wanted to read this one because I have the annoying tendency to want to finish something once I’ve started.

So yup! Yup! Let’s get started. 😉


This beginning painstakingly painful to get through. Maybe it had to do with the lack of plot twists and suspense. It could also possibly have to do with the fact that I couldn’t connect with the characters.

But I’m a survivor and I will not quit. I will not give in.

*Plays Destiny’s Child ‘I’m a survivor’ in the background*

 Given the fact that this book was hard to read, netherless my fellow book devoures, I have BIG news. This news is so big, I don’t think you’ll be able to handle it all at once.

I’m going to finish the last book in the series but this will most likely be my last time reading anything by this author.

With that being said, I think it’s totally sexy when a guy shows his jealousy.

                                      *wicked smile forms on face*

 Believe me, I understand that Jett and Derek have this weird relationship where they, and I quote, harmlessly flirt with each other’ but umm, HELLO Jett.. obviously you have a boyfriend and obviously that boyfriend is going to get ticked off if you flirt with other men right in front of him.


                                 WHY YOU NO PUT UP BOUNDARIES?!

                                                    Like, just tell him “you no touch me, kay?”

That was it and it could have simmered down all of the problems with Evan and Jet.

In the last book Evan was held against his will by a HELLA.CRAZY. celebrity.

And now this has left him…Well… screwed up for lack of a better term. Now he is suffering from said event and is suffering with these symptoms:

●Spurts of anger

●Insane jealousy

●Anger issues

●And a heap of other really unpleasant things.

 Yeah… so Jett had had a lot to deal with. My heart still hurts for him. Like guys, it’s so sad. This book is a real heart tugger.

Not to mention Auggie, Jett’s bff had an accident so nooww, he had problems on top of everything else.

                *Rips a handful of Kleenex out if box and wipes  nose.*



Jett- A tad bit naive but come on guys, she is REALLY going through it in this book. Like for realz, for realz. She has to slip on some size XXL girl panties to get through this.

Evan- MAN. MAN. OH. MAN. Evan, my dear. Bless your heart. I understand you’re going through a rough patch in life right now. Just please know that I trust that in the end you’ll make the right decision.

Auggie– Still wish I had him as a best friend. He’s so strong and ALWAYS, ALWAYS there for Jett. Even with his accident he found a way to be there for her. Such a good friend, ya’ll) 😉

RYKER- This dude here… I had my misgivings about him in the beginning and never, NOT ONCE, (Okay maybe once) did I trust him. He had many redeeming qualities about him that had me changing my mind. 

But at the end of the day I WAS RIGHT, to not trust him. 


Untitled6 Although slow in some parts, I did like the way the mystery was added to the story in just the right moments to make me wonder. (I wasn’t overly excited to find out what would happen so I was kind of… semi-anxious?) If that made any lick of sense.

Untitled6There are a TON of sweet moments between Evan and Jett. In the first book I wasn’t convinced they should be together mainly because when they met, it was all like:

                              “I love you. We’re SO meant to be together. Ohhh yeahhh.”

Eh, nah. 

Untitled6There were moments I totally swooned on Evan and it was in such moments I forgot about how slow the book was. This was probably the main reason I continued with the series.


888I still feel parts were really slow throughout the entire book due to the lack of plot and feels.  (Also the lack of plot had me like…. Okay?? Problems didn’t come to a head until the very end. (annoying BTW)

888I still hated the fact that I couldn’t connect with the main characters. 


I did have my misgivings about the first book in this trilogy but I HAVE to say that this one came around for me. I’m slightly anxious to read the final book, completing this trilogy!:)



                                                      Over To You:

Have YOU ever had a book that just didn’t sit right with you but you decided to read the next one in the series anyway?? 




24 responses to “Eh, Slightly Better Than The First ^^Review Running Home To You

  1. Red Iza

    So you were right to persevere, then 😉 To answer your question, no, I’ve never persevered myself – there are so many books to read !

    • It’s always a pleasant surprise to continue a series to find it actually gets better. I’m glad I gave this one a try although it was still a tad bit slow. 🙂

  2. This sounds like an incredibly painful book to have to try to read,lol. Sorry, but it sounds like it all over the place and there’s no real emotions or attachments goin on here if this person is flirting with others in front of their bf. That drives me nuts, I can not stand cheating.

    • The chick wasn’t cheating per se but COME ON she was flirting with another guy right in front of her boyfriend. That ANNOYED ME. Just like you said. Ugh. I can’t stand cheating in a book either so I try to stay away from books like that. 😉

  3. Enjoyed your review! You put so much into them. Fun and still informative.

    He sounds like he has a case of PTSD from his experience based on what you are saying so yeah, he’s going through some tough stuff and its always hard on the near and dear too, but revving up his jealousy? Hmmm. Good on you for giving a series a fair chance to grab you.

    Yes, I have many times kept going when a book wasn’t a total hit with me. Sometimes that pays off nicely and other times, not so much. I do this because I know that I’m a mood reader and I can get a wild hair up my nose especially about heroines. So, if I didn’t like a heroine who I know is not the heroine of the next book, then yes, I have no trouble grabbing the next book.

    The tricky ones are when I’m not connecting with the writer’s style or its an Urban Fantasy with the same set of main characters. I might try the next one to see if things smooth out for me.
    An example of a series that I’m glad I kept going is Laura Wright’s Cavanaugh Brothers series. The first book I really struggled with something to do with her writing, but I kept going. Whatever it was in the first book was absent in the second and third ones. I ended up loving the series and I eagerly await the next installment.

    Now on the other side, I have Robin D. Owens’ Ghost Seer series. I am three books in and I still haven’t relaxed into her writing style yet. I like, but don’t love the books yet there is something in them that keeps me reading.

    • This is actually a very interesting prospective Sophia. I had this happen to me to in which I couldn’t connect with the writers’s style. So I forced myself to read the second and third book in the series and was pleasantly surprised that the writer’s writing had improved like A LOT. 🙂 (And thanks Sophia, I totally forgot what the name of his condition was–PTSD)–.Thanks girl. hehe It was really touching and a tad bit…depressing to say the least. 🙁

  4. I’m always so anxious when I need to read last books in a series so I hope the next one will be good! It sounds like an interesting saga. thanks for the review

    • Me too Melliane! (I always have a hard time spelling your name for some reason.) hehe And I’m always anxious because we want so much to happen and our expectations are always high. What if it doesn’t end in the way we want it to? Dilemmas. Dilemmas.

  5. Interesting. I don’t think I’ve seen this one before. I’ve had that happen too where a book didn’t quite do right with me but I just couldn’t NOT pick up the next in the series and see what happened. Crazy how they can get under your skin like that. lol

    • Right, Anna?? I mean, I’ve invested all of this time in this series so I can’t just NOT read it. It’s just the book lover in us that makes us want to prevail and read them all. 😉 Glad we have that in common. 🙂

  6. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this more than the first book. Often when a book doesn’t sit right with me I drop the series and won’t read the next book. Sometimes when it was a 3 star where I see potential and have reason to believe the next book might be better I continue.
    It’s hard to enjoy a book when you can’t connect to the main character and it can be annoying when all the problems aren’t solved until the end. It does sound like there were some nice things in this book as well.

    • There were some good moments and those moments made me fight to continue the series. I just wanted to see how their story ends so…. I’m a fighter and going to stick with it. 🙂

  7. Kudos to you for sticking with the trilogy. I have a hard time reading a sequel if I don’t enjoy the first book. Glad you liked it!

  8. ¡Hola!

    Your review really made me chuckle. IT seems we really have some kind of “different” style. Me likes!
    I haven’t read any of these books yet but I may check them out still.

    • Hola guapa! ♡♡
      I’m so glad to find someone with a different style like me. So refreshing and makes me feel less like an odd ball all by my little lonesome. Tee hee and I say you should definitely give them a try chica. ♡♡

  9. Aww, not sure I’d want to witness all the flirting when the girl has a boyfriend 🙁 There’s just something about that that really irks me. Even if it’s just flirting, it’s just wrong! 🙁

    And I guess I have wanted to read sequels of books I wasn’t particularly fond of. I’m reading the white rose right now, sequel to the jewel which I HAAAAAAAAATED, but read the sequel for curiosity’s sake (read: regretting it).

    Faye at The Social Potato