Thursday, July 6, 2017

Run Away with Me by Lily Harlem

When Jude is offered a lift to anywhere on the back of a handsome stranger’s Harley, he throws caution to the wind and jumps on for the ride.

Jude has a boring office job in a sunny but deadly dull Californian town. The highlight of his day is sitting home alone with pizza and beer. So naturally, when Neo wants to take off into the sunset, with Jude in tow, he doesn’t argue.

Neo makes up his own rules. Deciding quickly that Jude is the mate for him, he breaks into a beautiful beachside home pretending it’s his in order to impress the sexy man he’s picked up. He’s hoping things are going to get hot and sweaty between them real quick.

But the cops are onto them, and as Neo makes a run for it, Jude is hauled off to the police station. It’s not looking good, what started out so promising has now left a bitter taste in Jude’s mouth.

Will Neo come back for him? And if so can he explain why whenever the huge black dog is around, he’s not? And can he really throw his life into the air and see where it lands? These are all questions that Jude’s mind, body and heart need to know the answer to.

Reader Advisory: This book contains MM sex and anal sex.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Having read numerous other stories by Lily Harlem, I was excited to start this book. However, I have to say that it really just didn't work for me. The relationship is rushed, the feelings are rushed, everything is just WAY over the top and unbelievable. I mean really, who would just drop everything for someone they know absolutely nothing about? Even if they hate their lives, it's just... strange.

I will say that the hotness between characters was definitely there and that is the only saving grace for me. I hate to not be able to give an author I absolutely adore a good rating, so this hurts to say, but this was just not good.

Lily Harlem is a new-to-me author, with an easy-to-read writing style which had a swift pacing. I enjoy novellas, because I don't necessarily have a lot of time on my hands to sit down and read a day's worth of hours to fit in an entire story. I appreciate what a novella is and don't judge it against what it isn't.

Run Away with Me was a quick read, taking me a little over an hour. The blurb truly does sum up the total of the story. Jude is leaving work and meets a strange man, and runs away with him, with the naivety and lack of self-preservation of a person taking candy from a stranger in a van.

To be honest, even at the pacing a novella must be due to length, Run Away with Me was probably one of the most instantaneous books I've ever read. Instant attraction. Instant trust. Instant sex. Instant connection. Jude instantly leaving everything behind in the blink of an eye. No background. I didn't know anything about the narrator with the exception of what was happening in the now, and it was all on the surface, showing/telling nothing beneath.

While entertaining if belief was suspended, if I took more than a minute to think about what was on the pages, doubt crept in. I recommend reading at a rapid pace, taking the book at face-value, and not expecting it to be anything more than as advertised. A quick novella, featuring MM situations, shifters devoid of paranormal world-building, without much substance.

I'll say this is all on me, reading a book that isn't my cup of tea. I won't judge a novella against longer books, or those not in its genre. I also won't rate a book based on the fact that I hoped it would have more depth. Even listed as erotica, I did expect a plot. Run Away with Me used its plot as a vehicle to drive straight into sex, and that's not the type of reader I am. If you are, no doubt you'll enjoy this quick, sexy escape.

Lily Harlem lives in the UK with a workaholic hunk and a crazy cat. With a desk overlooking rolling hills her over active imagination has been allowed to run wild and free and she revels in using the written word as an outlet for her creativity.

Lily's stories are made up of colourful characters exploring their sexuality and sensuality in a safe, consensual way. With the bedroom door left wide open the reader can hang on for the ride and Lily hopes by reading sensual romance people will be brave enough to try something new themselves? After all, life's too short to be anything other than fully satisfied.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Run Away with Me (Redwood Shifters #1) by Lily Harlem to read and review.

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