Title: Running To You
Author: Andrew Grey and Jack Richmond (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 17th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Home, love, and possibilities he never imagined are waiting for Billy Joe to claim them. But first he needs to escape the horrors of his past.
A twisted act of cruelty and prejudice drives Billy Joe from his Mississippi home, and he makes it as far as Pennsylvania – where his car breaks down just as the year’s first snowstorm blows in. Fortunately, Carlos is there to lend a hand.
Carlos is no stranger to hardship. His family rejected him for being gay, but with determination, he put himself through school and became a librarian. Carlos sees the same willpower in Billy, and he wants to help Billy and his son succeed in a new life that is very different from the one they left behind.
With his support, they start to adjust, and before long, both men want more than encouragement from each other. They want the chance for a future together, but their families have other ideas…and Billy’s will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Running to You is one of my favorite Andrew Grey novels and it has a very compelling story.
Billy Joe comes from a small Mississippi town and has been closeted knowing his family and their cronies would never accept him. After he witnesses a horrific crime, it propels him to run from his family and the only life he’s ever known in order to protect himself and his two year old son Tyler.
After breaking down in Pennsylvania, Billy Joe and Tyler are rescued by Carlos, who not only gets Billy Joe’s car to work, but finds them a furnished apartment to stay in temporarily and then recommends Billy Joe for a maintenance job at the University where Carlos works as a Librarian.
What began as an accidental meeting turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to them. Carlos and Billy Joe quickly fall for one another recognizing a kinship in each other and a need for family and love.
Running to You is well written, with a lot of elements driving the plot forward. I liked the dual POV, and how Carlos and Billie Joe supported each other so much.
The narration by new-to-me narrator Jack Richmond was okay, and he does provide character voices, which makes it easy for a listener to follow along, but he needs to work on his pacing and timing, and work on his pauses. This is one of those rare times I had to speed up the narration to 1.15 times the regular pace.
I think this audio would appeal to those who like less of a “performance”, and more of a straightforward narration of the text without a lot of emotional embellishment.
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