Thursday, September 3, 2015

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway: Running Away (Just Say Yes #4) by Jen Andrews

Title: Running Away
Series: Just Say Yes #4
Author: Jen Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: August 26, 2015
Review Source: eARC
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.

Running Away by Jen Andrews is definitely on the top ten list for emotional trauma for 2015. Seriously. Running Away is an extremely well-written. heartfelt novel that was gut wrenching, and a once in a lifetime love between main characters Jeremy James, and Teagan Donnelly. I could not set this book down once I started it, and finished it in record sped of 5 hours in one sitting. Jen Andrews did such an amazing job bringing two broken characters to life in this novel, that I really cannot wait to read what comes after this.

Teagan Donnelly has had enough of being broken hearted. Walking in on her boyfriend, Gary, of multiple years together with her best friend in their bed sends her over the edge. Realizing that he isn't what she wants - or has wanted for a long time for that matter - she is told by Gary to pack her thins, and get out by the time he returns home from work. Already having the start to a crappy day, Teagan packs her things, all the while wondering where in the world she went wrong. Moving in with her only friend left in Denver, Reese, she figures this may be a good beginning to her new start.

As always though, something happens in her already shattered world, and she must make the move back to Sacramento California where her Nanna has had a stroke, and is placed in a home where she will received round the clock care. Leaving her life in Denver behind, Teagan begins anew with a new job at the hospital, new friends, and her family. She doesn't tell them of the things Gary did, nor does she want to; she was never really that happy with him, and she doesn't want her family to worry about her.

Enter Jeremy James. Oh, Lord. I have an ex by the name of Jeremy, and I originally balked when I first read his name. There was no way I could go on through this novel with that name constantly invading my thoughts. I am SO glad that I pushed through it though. There were some absolutely great, and caring moments throughout the book that made Jeremy show Teagan that he did in fact care, and love for her in more ways than one. Jeremy has done his wrong in his life, and with Teagan and he has to prove to her that he is what she needs; after all, he needs her in his life because he feels incomplete without her.

Things take a turn, and wow. Let me just say that you HAVE to pick up this book. My reviews for the other books in the series, The Reason, Just Say Yes, and Beautiful With You, will all be posted on Goodreads as well as Amazon this coming weekend. This is one author you do NOT want to miss out on.

Now, I was taking her wishes seriously and moving on, quitting my “path of self-destruction” as Teagan had called it. Well, if I was on a path of self-destruction, Teagan was the fucking tour guide. Yes, I was angry with her, but I’d finally accepted that we were over.

I was tired of being miserable. Tired of not sleeping, and tired of being in my house alone. As soon as I’d gotten home from the funeral, I’d packed all of my clothes and personal shit I used every day, and had gone to stay at the apartment above the shop.

Since the apartment was fully furnished I hadn’t needed to bring anything from my house. All the furniture and everything else could stay there for all I cared. Which, in turn, made me feel extremely guilty after all the work my sister put in to making my home perfect.

With the apartment being quiet and containing nothing familiar to me, I’d finally started to relax for the first time in months. The place held no reminders of Teagan, no reminders of Cammie, and no reminders of the house that I loved so much but which I knew I wouldn’t be going back to.

I had tried to live a normal life. I had tried to make a home. I had tried falling in love and making a life with someone.

I had fucking failed.


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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