Blog Tour + Review - She Runs Away (Sheridan Hall #2) by Jessica CallaFriday, November 18, 2016
Title: She Runs Away (Sheridan Hall Series, Book 2)
Author: Jessica Calla
Genre: New Adult
Release date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: BookFish Books
Cover Artist: Anita Carroll at Race-Point
After tragedy strikes New Jersey University's Sheridan Hall, freshman quarterback Ben Riley’s stable, normal life is turned upside down. Sidelined from playing the game he loves and on the verge of losing his scholarship, Ben wants nothing more than to escape the chaos of college and return home to rural Pennsylvania and his family.
Yet, there’s something that keeps him from running. Or someone. A cute blonde he had a chance with but blew off for all the wrong reasons.
Megan Smith has secrets. Secrets that have burned her in the past. Secrets she’s unwilling to share with anyone at Sheridan Hall—especially Ben, her sexy, rough-around-the-edges floormate who broke her heart in a matter of days after moving into Sheridan. Meg decided early on that it’s easier to live life on her own than to share her secrets and let people in.
Meg runs, and Ben follows. But sooner or later, the clock on their chance at love will expire. With inner demons dragging them both down, they must find a way to stop running and trust one another or risk losing their perfectly matched love forever.
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of She Runs Away courtesy of the author and the publisher. Thank you, Jessica and BookFish Books for the amazing opportunity!
Once again I fell through the rabbit hole and was whisked into the lives within Sheridan Hall.
She Runs Away is a gripping story that gets you emotionally invested to the point where getting up for mundane chores were not an option - I finished it in one happy sitting.
After She Laughs in Pink comes the anticipated sequel to the series which picks up from the aftermath of the tragedy that struck Sheridan Halls, this time through the point of views of Megan Smith and Ben Riley who both have something to run away from. I personally am looking forward to this book because I needed a happy ending for Ben, especially for what happened in SLIP.
Ben and Megan are a catastrophe waiting to happen. Intense and unavoidable. Although Megan is Ben's ninety-fiver in the ACME matchmaking test, but Ben doesn't know that and Meg intended to keep it that way. So she bolted. For every time she was dealt with a handful of difficult cards, she ran because that's the only thing she knew, and Ben would chase after her. Every.single.time. But will Ben ever catch up? or will Megan finally stop?
To be honest, all these running made me mentally exhausted, whew! But I wouldn't have it any other way. The pent up frustration of having to deal with their explosive chemistry to Megan's hot and cold tug of war with Ben had me scrolling through the pages with such ferocity, Calla's writing has a way of driving the mad reader out of me because I couldn't get to the ending fast enough. I could never hate on Meg because I somehow see bits of myself in her character, therefore I understand her struggles as she embarked on the journey of self-discovery. Meg was also afraid of a future with Ben because he represents the promise of stability.
On the other hand, Ben and his hero complex just made me want to be a damsel in distress.
"One thing I know about Ben, from Juliet, from November with Frank, is that he saves people."
I love Ben's persistence and determination, the fact that he did not give up on Meg time and time again just solidified my opinion of him, he's almost perfect. Ben always asked the right questions that forces Meg to confront her fears.
Calla really outdid herself, she made me fall in love with an entire floor of college students with her writing. She created a home and welcomed the readers into the family, I love the sense of familiarity!
So here I am now, still reeling from the aftereffects of the book while waiting for the next book to come out - and I got a good feeling of who it's going to be!
Jessica Calla is a contemporary romance and women's fiction author who moonlights during the day as an attorney. If she's not writing, lawyering, or parenting, you'll most likely find her at the movies, scrolling through her Twitter feed, or gulping down various forms of caffeine (sometimes all three at once).
Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She recently became the oldest marketing intern ever at BookFish Books. A Jersey girl through and through, she resides in the central part of the state with her husband, two sons, and dog.
Find Jessica on Twitter (@jess_calla) or at her website (www.jessicacalla.com). She loves to make reader and writer friends.
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