New Release Book Review (+ Author Giveaway): RUNAWAY GIRL by Tessa Bailey

Title: Runaway Girl
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2018


It’s Naomi Clemons’s big day. Her dream wedding. And she’s outta here.

One moment. A chance meeting of gazes through the church window pane with someone familiar who radiates intrigue. Independence. It’s the final push Naomi needs to realize...she’s boring. A blonde, cookie cutter, well mannered trophy wife-to-be. How can she expect to lead a fulfilling married life when she’s never lived?

Special Forces diver Jason Bristow needs a beauty pageant coach. Not for himself—although the tattooed bruiser could definitely use some charm. For his little sister who he has returned to St. Augustine, Florida to raise. When a beautiful southern debutante lands on his doorstep, she awakens a hunger that won’t be ignored. If only she wasn’t planning on winning back the ex-fiancĂ© she left at the altar…

Despite the potential for ruin, heat continues to build between Naomi and Jason beneath the sultry Florida sunshine, consuming them both. But they’re on borrowed time…and it’s about to run out. 

My Thoughts

RUNAWAY GIRL by Tessa Bailey was so, so good! We met Naomi in Getaway Girl when she was running from the altar but apart from that drastic action, we were clueless as to why. Well, it’s Naomi’s turn and we get a fabulous story about a woman unshackling herself from expectations and taking time to discover who she really is.

I loved Naomi. Her self-awareness is acute and her introspection is painful to read. She knows she’s been raised to be a society wife but beyond this no one seems to care anything about her; she has a duty to perform, and she better well do what’s expected. So often I wanted to reach into the pages and just give her a hug. She definitely needed them.

Jason Bristow has his own demons to tame. He is a military man, eager to get back to his job. However, a family tragedy sees him looking after his younger sister, Birdie, until she finishes high school. He is doing his best but even he realises having the best of intentions doesn’t translate to successful actions.

Jason and Naomi cross paths when she answers his advertisement for a beauty pageant coach for Birdie.  In addition to coaching, Naomi finds herself living on the same property as Jason and Birdie, so they get to see each other often.  And heavens, does it get hot when these two get together; the attraction is beyond palpable! Jason and Naomi are such opposites in so many ways but they just fit. I love these two together and was more than happy to keep cheering them on until they get their happy ending.

I highly recommend this book.  

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Author Bio

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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