Book Reviews

Running to You by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-March-2018

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

Two strangers who seem to have very little in common at first glance are the main characters in this heartbreaking story about becoming who you want to be, learning what’s really important in life, and finding the love you’ve always wanted and never thought you could have. Billy Joe is on the run from his past and a family who has taught him nothing but hatred, and he is determined to put that behind him and define a new life for himself and his young son, Tyler. Carlos has been kicked out of his home for being gay, put himself through school, but still has not found the man he wants to share his life with. Both men have decided to run toward a better future – and when that turns out to be each other, they finally have a common goal.

Billy Joe grew up in Mississippi, in a tight-knit community where people’s value is determined by the color of their skin. His father is one of the worst bullies around, and when Billy Joe witnesses something horrific (what it is exactly remains somewhat of a mystery for quite a while), he decides enough is enough. Not just for him, but he wants Tyler (the result of a mistake, as Billy Joe thinks of it) to have a better life and to grow up with people who are more tolerant than Billy Joe’s family.

Carlos, of Mexican-American descent, has enough willpower and determination for two men, and he has managed to get an education and a decent job as a librarian based on hard work and stubbornness. He wants to help Billy Joe but is not sure how to do that with the cute guy seeming to almost fear him.  Carlos being who he is remains undeterred, helps Billy Joe find an apartment and a job, and soon manages to start a real conversation as well.

Billy Joe and Carlos both tore at my heartstrings. They mean well and are good guys yet have been treated badly by their families. They have struggled so hard to build a life and are ideally suited to supporting each other. The physical attraction between them is strong, but Billy Joe has a few of his preconceived ideas to overcome before they can open up to each other. As for their families? Most of the time I wasn’t sure which one I despised more. It was beautiful to watch Billy Joe and Carlos band together and support each other when it was needed most!

If you like emotional stories about characters who have to fight hard for their happiness, if you want to watch two strangers figure out the direction of their life together – despite the odds, and if you’re looking for a read that might just make you cry as well as smile, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. As far as I’m concerned, it’s well worth all the nail-biting I did while rooting for Billy Joe and Carlos to get their happy ending.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/61167 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-March-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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