Runner

Author

Parker Williams

Genre

Contemporary

Publisher

Dreamspinner Press

Release Date

July 28th, 2017

ISBN/ASIN

9781635338119

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Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear and always running. When he buys a remote tract of land, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world and attempt to establish some peace. For ten years he believes he’s found a measure of comfort, until the day a stranger begins to run on Matt’s road.

He returns every day, an unwelcome intrusion into Matt’s carefully structured life. Matt appeals to the local sheriff, who cannot help him since the jogger is doing nothing wrong. Gradually, after tentatively breaking the ice, Matt begins to accept the man’s presence—

But when the runner doesn’t show up one day, it throws Matt’s world into chaos and he must make the hardest decision of his life.

4

Great

Book Cover

  • Well-done^

Engagement

  • Eagerly awaited after I put it down for a few hours

Likes

  • Matt has such a good support network
  • Matt has the best brother ever; most would have given up on him by now, but he hasn't...
  • Matt's cab ride was super awesome...
  • That the story is set in Maine, where everything interesting happens (according to Stephen King, anyway)
  • Matt's visceral response to creepy teacher dude had me cheering
  • Matt didn't miraculously use 'the power of love' to get over (eye roll) his mental illness
  • That Charlie understands and doesn't pressure Matt to have sex with him; he realizes that sex is not the be-all, end-all in a relationship
  • That Matt is as voracious a reader as me :)

Character Depth

  • Chest deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy

Grammar

  • Very few/no typos

Sex Scenes

  • Decently hot^^
  • Decently sweet^^

Dislikes

  • Although the story was especially memorable, I couldn't remember Matt's name to save my life, so in order to stop calling him MC I had to look it up
  • …even though he and Charlie were being shady
  • …but it felt SO unlikely and fast; he hasn't gone anywhere in years and he suddenly can make it past his yard, much less to the hospital to see Charlie? No
  • Matt's been intentionally alone for 10 years, and when faced with losing Charlie or taking care of him, he's suddenly okay with having Charlie in his space constantly
  • There's a bit of insta-love

Emotional Depth

  • Moderately emotional

Content Warnings

  • Non-con (attempted, major, one, past)

^ The cover definitely fits the theme of the story, and the layout is well-done.
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^^ There were only a couple of sex scenes in this book, but I’m fine with that in this case due to the previous trauma. This book was mostly focused on Matt healing mentally, and Charlie healing physically – any more sex would have cheapened it, I think.

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