Monday, March 3

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway- RUNAWAY LOVE by Amber Nation

Title: Runaway Love (Brown County)
Author: Amber Nation
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
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Maggie Walker yearns for the one thing she’s never truly felt: love. After years of rejection and abandonment, the shy and timid Nurse found that running felt right and provided her with the solitude she needed to avoid the haunting memories of her past. 

Keeping to her routines and having complete control of her life, made things easier, but not more exciting. When chance steps in, it throws the unexpected in her path in the form of a handsome stranger named Charlie.

Charlie Hennings lives under the pressure of expectation. When forced to follow in his father’s footsteps as an FBI Agent, he left behind part of himself and the chance to embrace his dreams, which included settling down and starting a family. 

When his latest endeavor lands him in an undercover position in Brown County, he never expects to find the one person he couldn’t live without, who also ironically ends up being directly connected to his current assignment. 

Throughout their journey, Charlie makes it his personal mission to help Maggie break out of her shell and convince her that she deserves all the love in the world. But when Charlie’s lies are brought to light regarding his job, will it destroy everything they’ve been working toward? 

Can Maggie overlook his deceit and let herself experience these new feelings of love or will she just runaway from it all?

**This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for readers under the age of 18.**

My Review

Maggie is a twenty-four year old woman who has spent her entire life fighting for everything she has. Growing up with no one to love and no one to love her, she focuses on her academics so she can get into a good school and live out her dream of becoming a nurse.

Why does she want to become a nurse so bad? Well, it has always been something she was interested in but at fifteen she was hospitalized after being brutally beaten by her own father. Her nurse acted as a mother to her more in two days than her own mother did in all of her fifteen years.

“She cared about my safety. She was sweet as could be and doted on me like a loving mother should, I had never felt that kind of love before, and here I got it from a stranger who didn’t know me from Adam. She made such an impact on me that I knew, I just knew that one day I was going to become a nurse so I could return the favor to people who needed it.”

Maggie is quiet and shy. She doesn’t have any friends. She walks with her head down to avoid contact with people. She has never been all that comfortable around people except her best friend Gio and her brother, Mason. The Mason she knows now is different than the brother she once knew. He has turned into the one man they have both hated their entire lives…their dad. He’s mixed up in some crazy stuff and implants himself back in her life, taking control of her home and her actions.

Charlie is a good guy. Everyone in town knows him as the local bartender except a select few that know who he really is. He is living a life that was chosen by his father. A life that will never allow him to be the kind of man he wants to be. He wants a wife, children, a home, and a stable career. But right now, Charlie is on a mission to take down a man who has created a life of destroying others. He doesn’t have time for relationships but when he finds out the woman he has been lusting over for a month is none other than the sister of one of the men his is after, he can’t stay away. But he can never tell her the truth about who he is, at least not until it is safe for her to know. But secrets and lies have a way of coming out and can destroy the one good thing you think you have in your life.

I’m a twenty-four year old virgin who hasn’t even been kissed, held hands with a guy, or even been on a date. I’m unlovable, God chose me to be born into a loveless family with a loveless future.

That is how Maggie sees herself so when Charlie expresses interest she is caught off guard and unbelieving. But after a couple encounters and a date he has wooed her over with his cheesy pickup lines:

“Oh sweetheart, you wound me. I hope you know CPR…”

“Well, of course I do. What kind of a nurse would I be if I didn’t? But, why would you want to know?”

“Because Mags, you take my fucking breath away.”


“Can I have directions?”
“What? Directions? To where?" She asked incredulously.
“To your heart…Open your heart and let me in Maggie.”


I inched even closer to her mouth.
“Yes, Charlie?” 
She barely said on a whisper.
“Can I borrow a kiss, if I promise to return it?”


Together, Charlie and Maggie find exactly what they have been missing in their lives. He has found a woman who he can’t live without and has him rearranging his entire life to create the kind of life he wants to live, he just hope Maggie will be the one to live it with him. And she has found love. Yes love, a feeling she never thought she would be lucky enough to feel and she has it in spades. She has also found family in a wonderful group of friends. They may not be blood but they are the best family she could ever ask for.

It only took twenty four years and Maggie is finally happy, well that is until her brother’s ‘boss’ enters her life to settle his debt and she finds herself in a world of trouble. On top of that she finds out the about who Charlie really is and about his past.

“I feel used and deceived, Charlie. After everything I went through as a kid, I have NEVER EVER felt as betrayed as I do right now. So thank you for just proving my point that I have never been and never will be loved.”

Will she ever be able to forgive him or has the damage been done and it’s too late to get what they had back?

“I didn’t mean to break you Maggie. Please believe that I never intended on hurting you. I promised you that I would always protect you from danger and I failed, I couldn’t even protect you from myself.”

I enjoyed this story very much but I think it had a lot of potential to be more than it was. Maggie was….idk…to honest? If that even makes sense. She barely knew Charlie and has always only relied on herself, so I found it hard to believe that the first time she is ‘threatened’ by her brother’s boss she calls Charlie and confides everything in him. Especially since they have only spoken a couple of times before and only for a few minutes each time. And she was way too open. She shared her past and fears with no hesitation.

I really did feel the connection between Maggie and Charlie at first but it felt like we were never given a chance for that connection to grow at a good pace. It seemed like they were only together a very short time…no time to really get ‘invested’ in them and then all of a sudden time skipped like six weeks. That happened several times though out the book and I think it took away from the story in some ways. But by the end of the book the connection feeling between the two was back.

This is a shorter simple romance and even though it kind of deals with heavier subjects it still has a light feel to it. It’s a book about growing, belonging and discovering life and love.

★★☆ 3.75 Stars ☆★★

Reviewed by Alissa Evanson

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About the Author

I am a wife, mother of two beautiful girlies, an avid reader, and a new Romance and New Adult author.

I was born and raised in Southern Indiana, but resided in Texas for five years while my husband was in the US Army. It was definitely a journey, but I am so glad to be back in my home state.

Whenever I'm not doing my motherly duties or at the soccer field I absolutely love to read whenever I have a moment to spare. My kindle is never far from my side.

My love of reading increased about a year ago and due to my love of books I decided to try my hand at writing. Already having a set of characters screaming to get out, my story took over and came to life.

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