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Book Review – Running in Place (Mending Hearts #2) by L.B. Simmons

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I recently read The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller and was in a bit of a book rut so decided to give another L. B. Simmons book a go. It’s probably not great to read two intense books by the same author so close together but I neeeeded something to drag me out of my book hole! The synopsis sounded good to me, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Tatum O’Connell:
Some call me a party girl. People see me as happy, full of life, with absolutely no cares in the world. They see what I want them to see. But no one knows me – really knows me. Not even Noah Reese. Mr. Perfect is always watching me, most likely judging every single imperfect thing I do. But, if Noah wants to keep an eye on me, that’s just fine. I definitely don’t mind. I just hope he doesn’t have any plans to save me from my new-found life of self-destruction because in order to save me, he will have to see me…
And I’m never going to let that happen.


Noah Reese:
Perfect. That’s me. That’s the only acceptable way to be, according to my father. Perfect grades. Perfect manners. Perfect athlete. Perfect SAT scores. Perfect college. And recently, I was accepted into the perfect med school. My future has already been mapped out for me and there’s nothing that can change that. Not even Tatum O’Connell. That girl is out of control, yet for some reason, I can’t seem to keep my distance from her. I watch her closely, hoping that one day she’ll let me in, but watching her lead her life down the dangerous path she’s on right now isn’t easy…
I have a feeling I’m about to find myself swept away by the hurricane that is Tatum O’Connell.

“Two fleeting souls, 
Unknowingly tethered.
Too slowly drawn,
Impatient fate calls. 
The jolting collide intertwines their lives
And splinters their walls.”
“Catalyst” – Noah Reese

 First off let me just say how nice it was to not be dealing with a bad boy! Noah was just lovely from start to finish. He was absolutely a good guy and never strayed from that. Don’t get me wrong, he had issues of his own to work through, but there weren’t many ups and downs from him. He was stable and consistent all the way through, more or less. There was a moment there where he needed to spend some time on himself, but it wasn’t done in a horrible or mean way that left feelings of discord between the characters. There was heartbreak, sure, but never a feeling of “oh f-ck you, you complete assh-le!”. Ahem.

Tatum was a complicated character who managed to rise above her personal circumstances. There’s not much more to say about her other than that I enjoyed watching her story unfold and loved the way she grew over the course of the book.

Unlike TRoAM this felt a tiny bit same, same. NA fiction can sometimes get a bit like that. It’s easy to see how far L. B. Simmons has come as a writer between this book and The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller (not to keep going on about it or anything!). She has truly developed as a writer and story teller so I can only imagine what her next book will be like. It’s a must read for me!



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