Runner (Tosh’s Review)

Title: Runner
Author: Parker Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, attempted rape, PTSD, OCD, acceptance, new beginning
Page Count: 197 pages
Reviewed by: Tosh
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear and always running. When he buys a remote tract of land, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world and attempt to establish some peace. For ten years he believes he’s found a measure of comfort, until the day a stranger begins to run on Matt’s road.

He returns every day, an unwelcome intrusion into Matt’s carefully structured life. Matt appeals to the local sheriff, who cannot help him since the jogger is doing nothing wrong. Gradually, after tentatively breaking the ice, Matt begins to accept the man’s presence—

But when the runner doesn’t show up one day, it throws Matt’s world into chaos and he must make the hardest decision of his life.

I enjoyed this book. It is a book about picking up the pieces of ones life and learning to live again instead of hiding away.

That is exactly what Matt has done for so long now. He hid in plain site in his home outside of town where no one would boher him. After a traumatic event when he was sixteen years old, Matt pretty much closed himself off to the outside world. In all honesty he is scared of even the shadows. He has wrapped himself up in fear for so long that when someone he has never met before starts running along the road towards his house he closes himself off. He freaks out and he calls his brother the sheriff to see if he can get the man to not run on the road near his house anymore.

But to his bewilderment his brother is no help. Instead he encourages him to go out and meet the stranger and if he does he will not bother him anymore about being so remote.

Matt steps up to the challenge and does meet the man that keeps running near his home. But he freaks out not long after meeting him and has a panic attack. Matt honestly believes this will be his last encounter with the man named Charles but little does he know there will be many more encounters and a lot of changes coming his way.

This book is a book about someone who feels broken and picking up the pieces of his life to figure out what he wants his life to be. I really enjoyed the journey. It was a great read.

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Galley copy of Runner provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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