Saturday, November 19, 2016

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway:She Runs Away by Jessica Calla

Today I have the honor of hosting Jessica Calla for the release of her follow up story featuring the luscious Ben in, She Runs Away!

Keep reading because there is a chance
to win a $25 Amazon gift card!
TitleShe Runs Away (Sheridan Hall Series, Book 2)
Author: Jessica Calla
Genre: New Adult
Release date: November 15, 2016
PublisherBookFish 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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What I thought about She Runs Away

I wasn't sure about how I was going to feel about this title.  This is the first book I've read from this author, and it's the second in a series.  I'm very happy to say that I enjoyed She Runs Away and that this book works as a standalone if you are interested in trying it out.

Ben and Meg have some not-so good history after Ben dumps Meg for another student in their early days in Sheridan Hall. When she finds out she matches Ben in a Valentine's matching experiment, she runs away so he doesn't find out that their questionairre answers make them a good match, even though she's really attracted to him. She can't take that chance with her heart again.

When Ben realizes his 95% match didn't show, he works with a friend to try and find out who she is, although he does realize he still wants Meg. He tries to convince her to give him a second chance, only she's not going for it even though she really likes him. Ben doesn't give up and it's a slow dance for these two to get together and I really enjoyed that part of the story. Ben is so sweet, it's impossible not to love him.

In addition to her being Ben's match, Meg is keeping other secrets. Her father is a famous athlete and she's keeping that from her friends and especially the guys. When a relative she thought was dead re-enters the picture, she could be in trouble. Ben isn't about to let anything happen to Meg and that becomes a major source of conflict between them. 

I really liked this New Adult title. I thought it captured college life quite well.  I liked that there were multiple facets to the story too -- the romance between Ben and Meg, Meg's home situation and then there's the loss of their friend and roommate, Frank which I assume happened in the previous book.  There's a lot about Frank in this story, and what happens to him is the impetus for some of Ben and Meg's decision making. Sometimes the references were just too many and got on my nerves a little.  That's really my only complaint about this story. Your mileage may vary, as they say.

Overall, I recommend this title to readers looking for a sweet college romance with a light sports theme.  It works as a standalone, but I'm finding myself looking at my reading schedule to find time to read the first book in this series.  I liked these characters, and I want more!

ARC provided for review. 

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About the Author
Author Pic She Laughs in Pink Jessica Calla

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 ( She loves to make reader and writer friends.

1 comment:

Jessica Calla said...

MARE! Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind review and post for SHE RUNS AWAY! :)