Title: Running To You
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication date: March 13, 2018
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
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.
Andrew Grey always manages to pull at my heartstrings in so many ways. This book is no exception, the story of Billy Joe, Carlos, and Billy Joe’s son, Tyler is so moving.
Billy Joe is raising his son in Mississippi, in a town where his father has a lot of influence...too much influence. One night, after witnessing something he can’t unsee, Billy Joe packs up Tyler and sneaks away from his parent’s house like a thief in the night. He has reached his limit and knows that in order for Tyler to stand a chance of being a good person, he must go. This was tough for me, as a mom and grandparent, I couldn’t imagine ever putting my child in the position to make this choice. You come to see though that Billy Joe had no choice, he had to flee.
Carlos is living in Pennsylvania, working as a librarian at a college in town. One snowy night, he stops to help a stranded stranger stuck on the side of the road. Billy Joe is cautious of strangers, especially with Tyler around, but cannot deny the help he is offered. Carlos sets them up with a temporary place to live after getting to car working. Carlos seems almost too good to be true, but his willingness to help Billy Joe is simply Carlos being Carlos. As these three slip into a nice routine and start getting to know each other, their pasts come calling. Now we have to see how much they are willing to stand up for themselves and for each other.
This really is a great book, though some of it is hard to read. Andrew Grey does a great job of showing us both the best and worst of humanity in Running To You. This story is so relevant to our world today, I found myself comparing some of the bully tactics used here to ones we see every day on the news. That’s something I love about this book, while some of the characters may be a bit extreme, unfortunately, I can recognize them. The relationship between Carlos, Billy Joe and Tyler is all that you’d come to expect and is full of everyday moments that feel so authentic. I highly recommend this book, it’s a really good read.
A little instaloveish, but written really well! <3
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