Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2018
One moment. A chance meeting of gazes through the church window pane with someone familiar who radiates intrigue. Independence. It’s the final push Naomi needs to realize…she’s boring. A blonde, cookie cutter, well mannered trophy wife-to-be. How can she expect to lead a fulfilling married life when she’s never lived?
Special Forces diver Jason Bristow needs a beauty pageant coach. Not for himself—although the tattooed bruiser could definitely use some charm. For his little sister who he has returned to St. Augustine, Florida to raise. When a beautiful southern debutante lands on his doorstep, she awakens a hunger that won’t be ignored. If only she wasn’t planning on winning back the ex-fiancé she left at the altar…
Despite the potential for ruin, heat continues to build between Naomi and Jason beneath the sultry Florida sunshine, consuming them both. But they’re on borrowed time…and it’s about to run out.
Every time I open a Tessa Bailey romance, I know I’m in for a wild and dirty ride, in all sorts of deliciously decadent and maybe even dangerous ways, and in Bailey’s newest release, Runaway Girl, Bailey’s heroine, Naomi Clemons, is in personal crisis mode, wondering who exactly she is and who she’ll be if she goes through with her ‘big day’ and what Naomi realizes is that she needs to find her own identity before she can give herself to someone else.
There’s so much more to Naomi, beneath the surface, than readers realize, and while some readers may have preconceived notions about her due to her ‘runaway bride’ antics, there’s a depth to this prim and proper former beauty queen, and as Naomi grows into herself and figures out what she wants and needs out of life, we witness a woman of great strength as well as one with so much love to give to those she cares about that readers can’t help but admire and adore her, especially when she and Jason finally give into what’s been brewing between them.
Special Forces diver Jason Bristow is a Tessa Bailey alpha male, through and through, and just like many of her other heroes, Jason’s protective nature and his need to give his little sister everything he can is what forces him to make some interesting choices, which is how a certain runaway bride enters his and his sister’s lives.
The sexual tension and instant chemistry between Naomi and Jason sizzles from the pages, and as they get to know one another better, as well as learn who they are themselves and what they’re made of, their flirty banter and teasing ways turn into so much more than either of them thought possible.
I throughly enjoyed witnessing Naomi and Jason’s growth throughout the course of the story and they definitely burned up the pages of the story, proving that no one can resist a dirty talking alpha. But I have to say, for me, Birdie was quite the scene stealer. I adored her and how she reacted to things and what she brought out of her brother and Naomi.
A need for help and self discovery becomes something essential for both Naomi and Jason and instead of running away or avoiding, they run towards each other and the life that’s waiting for them to reach out and grab it.
4.5 Poison Apples
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.