Book Title:I Run to You
Genre: Women's Fiction
Release Date: July 2, 2014
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Alyssa Bennet had been living life on autopilot, never taking chances or the time to figure out what she wanted in life. A broken family and lonely childhood had failed to show her the true meaning and depth of what love can be.
But all that changes on her 25th birthday.
Alyssa suddenly realizes that it’s up to her to take charge and choose the direction of her life.
Landon Daniels, Alyssa’s best guy friend is always there for her whenever she needs him. But when life takes a drastic turn with an unexpected diagnosis, her relationship and feelings for Landon become too complicated to face. Alyssa is forced to rely heavily on the only two people she’s ever been able to trust, her best friend Anna and her beloved Nona. As they always have, they help Alyssa sort through the mess that has become her life.
At her time of deepest despair, Alyssa finally begins to learn what true love really means. But her old feelings of inadequacy quickly creep back into her life making her doubt she can ever have happiness.
Will Alyssa be strong enough to face her fears and run toward the only man she’s ever loved, or will she destroy her chance completely?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember; journals, poems, and short stories. I always wanted to write a novel and started several over the years, but for some reason I could never see them through to the end. Until Eva came along.
I was abandoned as a child, at about the age of 2 or 3 which I strangely never gave a lot of thought to. Then I became a mother. When my youngest child was about 2, I watched him sleeping one night as I often did. But this night, I was gripped by this heart-wrenching realization that he was about the age that I was when my parents left me. Something stirred inside of me, and eventually Eva was born. “Leaving Eva” began as a story of a girl who was heartlessly abandoned, and then her story took on a life of its own. It was no longer the story that I began, and it became something else entirely.
I am happy to have finally gotten in touch with my inner Author. She’s always been there lying dormant inside of me, reflecting in other parts of my life. But now she is awake and alive, shining through me every day.
I am very fortunate to have a wonderful supportive husband, two beautiful children, and an incredible family. I have a career that is rewarding and challenging and I get to work with amazing, funny, talented people every day.
Writing has been an escape, a refuge, and an outlet for me. I feel so lucky to get to channel my energy and my creativity through my writing.
I hope that my readers will continue to stay with me through my journey as I grown and evolve. I am so grateful for the support I’ve received and the amazing people that I’ve encountered along the way!
Landon’s voice came bellowing into the bathroom. “I’m in your room, Kit. Where are you? Stop hiding!”
I opened the door and peeked out. He was standing in the middle of the room holding a hot steaming carry out cup from my favorite coffee shop and staring at the bathroom door. “Oh, there you are!” he said and he broke into a huge smile.
For a moment, I was frozen. It had been weeks since I’d seen him and suddenly, it felt like years. I felt my heart stop at the sight of his strong, broad shoulders and perfectly beautiful face. I was struck with the realization that he was standing in the middle of my bedroom.
“Hey,” I said. I opened the door a little wider, embarrassed. I felt almost naked in my favorite boy shorts and tank top, and I looked around desperately for a robe. I grabbed one off the floor and wrapped it around me as far as it would go, hoping that my face wasn’t too red.
“Hey!” he said his voice a welcome sound to my ears as he sat on my bed and patted the space next to him.
“So, what are you doing here?” I asked slowly sitting down next to him. I gratefully accepted the hot cup from him and enjoyed its warmth. I felt awkward, our friendship foreign and strange to me suddenly.
“First off, I’ve missed you. I’ve been trying to contact you, and you’ve been avoiding me. You can’t go from talking to a guy every day to ignoring him completely for over a month.” He wasn’t asking me a question... yet. He looked at me, his smile was gone, and his face serious. “I’m upset about this, Kit. What’s going on?”
His eyes were a beautiful brown, deep chocolate, with long dark, gorgeous lashes. His lashes were the kind that girls would kill for—thick and luscious. My breath caught in my throat, and I took a sip of my coffee forgetting how hot it was.
“Shit! I mean, dammit.” My tongue was burning, and I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to feel anything on the tip of my tongue for days.
Landon laughed in spite of himself, and then tried to look serious. “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine,” I mumbled. “Thank you for the coffee.”
“It’s your favorite. I thought you might need it. Now what’s your story, Alyssa?” I knew he was serious because he was actually calling me by my real name. I could see that he wasn’t going to let me off the hook.
“I’m just not feeling well, that’s all,” I said as I avoided his eyes.
He pulled me as close as he could and put his arm around me. “I know you’re not telling me the truth, woman. There’s more to it. I know you pretty well, remember?”
I took a deep breath. I knew he wasn’t going to let me avoid him any longer, and I had to admit that I missed him. I missed my friend.
“Fine.” I pulled away, distancing myself as I sat cross-legged on the bed, but facing him. I grabbed a pillow and hugged it for comfort. I told him everything, watching his face carefully for a reaction.
Let me start by saying that I really loved Landon in this book. To me, he's the one that makes this book worth reading. I had a difficult time connecting with Alyssa's character. She's got issues and can't see past them. Alyssa's issues stem from her childhood, and really continue on well into the book. Finally, when she makes a decision for herself and goes against what everyone else tells her, that's when the real hard healing begins. I know that Alyssa didn't intentionally harm anyone, but damn she was really good at pushing people away. Total defense mechanism, and I get it, I really do. But damn, she's harsh. I knew from the first interaction with Landon that he was in love with Alyssa. She was just blind to that because of the relationship she was in at the time. I really loved how Anna and Nona were there for Alyssa through pretty much everything. I loved that through everything that happened, Landon didn't let Alyssa push him away. He would give her time and space, but always went to her or was there for her when she needed him. There were also other elements going on throughout the book, and I will say that I did really love the way that things ended up.