Running Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Narrated by Carly Robins and Alexander Cendese
First in a series of interrelated standalones. Romantic Comedy.
It’s been a long time since I read an Aurora Rose Reynolds book. When I saw the $1.99 audible upgrade, I jumped on this baby! Running Into Love is lighter and fluffier than the Until Series, but I truly enjoyed listening to every second. My 3 hour drive took 4 and I didn’t care, in fact, I didn’t want to get out of the car because I didn’t want to stop listening.
I thought it was because my navigation kept interrupting me, so I listened to the first chapter like 5 times thinking I missed something. Fawn, the heroine, was jogging through central park…
“I see a woman running toward me with her eyes closed and her hands in the air, waving from side to side. Jesus, what the fuck is she doing? I don’t even have a chance to get out of her way, and before I can prepare, she’s running into me at full speed and we’re both tumbling toward the ground.”
So since Levi, the guy, is a NYC cop, I figured she’s running away from a bad guy maybe? Uummm, no. They NEVER SAID why she would run in New York City with eyes closed and arms in the air. I guess it kind of illustrated that Fawn is quirky and fun and klutzy, but honestly, that was the only thing that really bugged me in the book. I still listened to the entire thing with a smile on my face.
Turns out Levi is Fawn’s new neighbor! He is a homicide cop in New York. Coincidentally, Fawn’s dad is the same on Long Island, so she has grown up in the life, and she gets it, and I really liked that she knew how to help and be there for him when he needed it.
At first it’s just friends, she seems completely oblivious that her neighbor has a thing for her. And he is an awesome neighbor, especially walking her dog in NY at night (which would include picking up poop!). Speaking of the dog, Muffin was the third MC in this story, and I totally loved the rescue. Another thing I loved is that they both had great families! She has two sisters and very close parents, and his meddling family was awesome as well.
“I don’t want to let you go.” he says, and I know in that moment I could get lost in him.
Levi is a cop, with some major alpha tendencies, but he isn’t the caveman type alpha Aurora usually writes, and I admit, I missed it a little. Still, he was a definite alpha.
“No one has ever kissed me the way he does. No one has ever made me feel the way he does–like he’s marking me, claiming me as his.”
There was some good sexy times, but not too much, and for me there was nothing memorable about it. The first time was actually really disappointing. He put her on top and told her he wanted her to control how she wanted it. For me, I like my alpha to lose control and not hold back. That would have been a turn-off for me with a guy.
Still, all-in-all, this was a fun, sexy, sweet and cute romance with lots of great family moments.
- I listened to the whole thing with a smile on my face.
- OMG, I freaking LOVED the dog.
- She was one of 3 sisters from Long Island! MEEE TOOOO!
- It was a light, fun listen with very little angst.
- I loved all the family and holiday scenes.
- He thought she was “adorable” or “cute” a LOT, but it made the story both adorable and cute.
- A little mystery was thrown in that made the story more exciting.
- WHY was she running with her eyes closed and her hands in the air?
- He made her be on top and control the sex the first time.
Carly Robins can be a bit nasal and can grate on some people’s nerves. I like her for comedy though, so she worked. I really enjoyed Alexander Cendese, but wasn’t thrilled with how he did her voice. It wasn’t awful though and I got used to it.
The Down & Dirty:
Running Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds was a fun, light, cute listen that I didn’t want to end. I smiled the entire way through. I admit, it was kinda cheesy at times, she was too “cute”, but I still loved the listen. Their first meet still puzzles me, but the adorable dog in the story makes up for most anything. We also have lots of close family which is a lovely treat, especially when so many of the characters in books nowadays come from horrible backgrounds. It’s nice to see characters with close, supportive, meddling families. This actually felt more realistic than many books I read. I will absolutely be grabbing the next listen in the in the Fluke of My Life Series, Stumbling into Love, when it releases in January.
Rating: 4.25 Stars, 4 heat, 4 Narration