Running Away by Jen Andrews
Nearing age thirty, Jeremy James is cruising along in life, doing as he pleases. No girlfriend, no wife, no drama. Women go as easily as they come, but inside, he feels something’s missing. After the birth of his niece, Hannah, and a not so gentle nudge from his sister, Zoey, Jeremy decides to make a change in his life and settle down.
Then he meets Teagan Donnelly.
And she wants nothing to do with him.
Teagan has recently come out of a three year relationship with a man who cheated, shamed her, and berated her for her weight and life choices. The once secure yet spirited woman cannot figure out what Jeremy wants with her.
For Jeremy, it’s plain and simple. He wants Teagan to stop running away and give him a chance. But for Teagan, taking a chance with Jeremy means she could lose herself all over again.
Author’s note: While this is book four of the Just Say Yes series, it can be read as a standalone. This book is a spin-off from Andy and Zoey’s story, which takes place in books 1-3. Characters from the first three books will be mentioned throughout, but Running Away is written in such a way that there are no questions as to who everyone is. If you’d like to delve deeper into the James family dynamic and the wonderful characters, I recommend reading the first three books.
Review by Ashley
I absolutely adored Andy and Zoey's journey in the Just Say Yes series so when I learned that Jen Andrews would be adding to it I knew it was going to be a must read for me. You don't have to read the other books either as this is a standalone tale. But I enjoyed seeing Andy and Z again, even though this book doesn't focus on the journey of their relationship.
I loved Teagan. She grew so much in this book. As life kept throwing her one curve ball after another she really came into her own. I found her sense of humor and kind, giving heart to be her biggest strength and weakness at the same time. She was selflessly devoted to her work and put her patients above everyone, even herself. Thankfully, she got the gutting slap in the face she needed to start to make some changes in her life. And when another blow comes her way she decided it was time to return to the place that she knew and loved the most, home. When the stars align and fate brings Teagan and Jeremy together for the first time, it is the most unlikely of circumstances. Yet neither can deny the instant connection they felt. Jeremy knows he wants to pursue this for some reason he can't explain and takes action. Too bad his attempt it thwarted by someone with their own agenda.
I really liked Jeremy and Teagan together. They just fit. There was a lightness to them that wasn't present without the other. The ease with which they opened up and shared with each other just showed how comfortable and connected they really were. The scenes with Nanna melted my heart. But of course, nothing good in either of their worlds can last. The scheming of others works to tear them apart. UGH! I wanted to jump into my book and wallop Cammie (you will too). This time Teagan had been pushed too far and in turn, Jeremy really spiraled out of control. There was so much back and forth between Jeremy and Teagan that I really didn't know what was going to happen. But I like that everyone that was involved in their relationship from Andy to Reese (Teagan's best friend) was part of it all. It took some tough love on Andy's part for him to wake up and see that he couldn't keep living in the same self destructive ways. And it took another heartbreak for Teagan to open her eyes as to what she really wanted for her future. I love how big she went for it. She knew it was all or nothing and played her best hand. I loved that she stunned Jeremy stupid!
Jen Andrews nailed it with this book. Running Away was such a fun and heartfelt story. There were the big moments that made me want to either strangle or hug someone. But the real charm of it came in the small moments. The neighborhood runs, the hilarious wake up from Reese and Teagan, the bond of friendship, the unconditional love between family and a white picket fence.
About the Author
Jen Andrews was raised in a small town in Northern California, and still lives in the same county where she was born. She is a self-proclaimed music and lyric addict. She grew up in a ‘car family’ so her life has been spent around old hot rods. She and her husband, Jake, even have a few of their own. In her spare time, Jen loves to travel wherever she can. She finally lived her dream of traveling to New Zealand to see her favorite rugby team, the All Blacks, play. Jen loves to do photography as a hobby and continues to write.
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