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Maggie Walker yearns for the one thing she’s never truly felt: love. After years of rejection and abandonment, the shy and timid Nurse found that running felt right and provided her with the solitude she needed to avoid the haunting memories of her past.
Keeping to her routines and having complete control of her life, made things easier, but not more exciting. When chance steps in, it throws the unexpected in her path in the form of a handsome stranger named Charlie.
Charlie Hennings lives under the pressure of expectation. When forced to follow in his father’s footsteps as an FBI Agent, he left behind part of himself and the chance to embrace his dreams, which included settling down and starting a family.
When his latest endeavor lands him in an undercover position in Brown County, he never expects to find the one person he couldn’t live without, who also ironically ends up being directly connected to his current assignment.
Throughout their journey, Charlie makes it his personal mission to help Maggie break out of her shell and convince her that she deserves all the love in the world. But when Charlie’s lies are brought to light regarding his job, will it destroy everything they’ve been working toward?
Can Maggie overlook his deceit and let herself experience these new feelings of love or will she just runaway from it all?
**This book is intended for a mature reading audience and isn't suitable for readers under the age of 18.**
Runaway Love is the second book in Amber Nation’s Brown County series. While this book can be read as a stand alone I highly recommend reading the first book, Not Alone, before starting this one. Runaway Love is the story of Charlie Hennings and Maggie Walker. Now we first met Charlie in Not Alone where he played a very important role but we didn’t get to learn very much about him at that time. Maggie was also very briefly introduced in Not Alone.
Everyone thinks that Charlie Hennings is just a bartender and bass player for the band The Nation’s Capital, but that is not all there is to him. See, Charlie is really an undercover FBI agent who is on assignment in Brown County. Charlie is working to take down a man who deals in drugs and trafficking women. Charlie is one of the good guys. But, Charlie wants more for his life. He wants a wife, children, house with the picket fence and all, but he knows that he cannot have any of this as long as he is following his father’s dream for his life. Charlie knows that he is going to have to take control of his life before he can have any of those things, but first he has to solve this case.
Maggie Walker is an amazing nurse who loves and respects each and every one of her patients. She is quiet and shy and doesn’t really have any friends. See, Maggie has never had anyone in her lifer to love her except for her best friend Gio and her brother Mason. But now she can’t count on her brother anymore because he has turned into a monster just like their father was. Maggie doesn’t believe that she is deserving of love.
When Charlie first sees Maggie he is instantly attracted to her, but it is much later before he finally gets the chance to ask her out on a date. Maggie is beyond shocked that this hotter than hot man has expressed interest in her!!!!
“I’m a twenty-four year old virgin who hasn’t even been kissed, held hands with a guy, or even been on a date. I’m unlovable, God chose me to be born into a loveless family with a loveless future.” ~Maggie~
Charlie is simply amazing in his quest to win Maggie. Between the unconventional dates and the super cheesy pick up lines that sound so sweet and funny when coming from him, it is not long before he has brought Maggie out of her shell and won her heart.
“Can I have directions?”
“What? Directions? To where?" She asked incredulously.
“To your heart…Open your heart and let me in Maggie.” ~Charlie~
“Oh sweetheart, you wound me. I hope you know CPR…”
“Well, of course I do. What kind of a nurse would I be if I didn’t? But, why would you want to know?”
“Because Mags, you take my fucking breath away.” ~Charlie~
But, there is still the fact that Charlie is hiding a secret from Maggie. Will their new relationship be strong enough to survive this deception? Will Charlie catch the man he has been chasing for over a year?? Will Charlie be able to finally live his life the way he wants, instead of living for his father??? Will Maggie finally see that she truly is worthy of being loved???? Or will she runaway from it all?????
I am a huge fan of Amber Nation and her Brown County Series books. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Brown County Series; I love these characters and can’t wait to see what she has in store for them next!! I give this book 5 stars!!!!!
I am a wife, mother of two beautiful girlies, an avid reader, and a new Romance and New Adult author.
I was born and raised in Southern Indiana, but resided in Texas for five years while my husband was in the US Army. It was definitely a journey, but I am so glad to be back in my home state.
Whenever I'm not doing my motherly duties or at the soccer field I absolutely love to read whenever I have a moment to spare. My kindle is never far from my side.
My love of reading increased about a year ago and due to my love of books I decided to try my hand at writing. Already having a set of characters screaming to get out, my story took over and came to life.