Run Away With Me by Mila Gray

Run Away With Me

Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more, a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them. Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small...

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Run Away With Me Reviews

  • Jen (in her Unicorn Bubble)

    because her books contain emotional stories and the characters always find a way into my heart.

    And that's exactly what happened when I read this friends to lovers romance.

    because her books contain emotional stories and the characters always find a way into my heart.

    And that's exactly what happened when I read this friends to lovers romance.

    Emerson Lowe and Jake McCallister had been best of friends since third grade. But just when their friendship started to turn into more, something horrific happened - trigger warning for

    . It left Em's life in shambles and Jake moved away with his family. He left right when she needed him the most. Yet seven years later, he came back. And that's where the story begins.

    We got to see how they were the bestest of friends. And we watched as their friendship started to turn into something more. Those moments were so sweet and adorable. But then we also got to witness the horror unfold, along with the aftermath. And that gutted me to the core. But

    , and it helped me feel as though I knew the both of them inside out.

    It was if I was right there with them, feeling everything that they were feeling. And while Em felt like a bff, I loved listening and watching everything Jake did. I fell incredibly hard for him. He was such a kind hearted, good man who was also at times fierce and protective. So of course

    I found my heart shattered again and again. There were quite a few times that

    And once I got to that point, it felt as though my emotions were always on the edge, waiting to tumble-down into an abyss. But then something would happen that would pull me back into the light and my heart would beat with joy again.

    It was rounded out with fabulous friends and a home life and parents that also pulled at my heart. So

    I hope you love them just as much as I do!

    PS Each of these books can be read as a standalone.

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  • Annie

    I need this book in my life right.now. also ICE HOCKEY PLAYER GIMME

  • Teresa

    Mila Gray is quickly becoming one of my favorite romance writers...she just does everything so well and she is able to write about some heavy topics with grace as well. This story was everything I needed at the time I read it and I was not disappointed...I just wish that I knew more about hockey :)

    Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the ARC!

  • Sam Kozbial

    When I saw this book, I immediately knew I had to read it. I had enjoyed the previous books in this series, and couldn't wait to see what sort of "Come Back to Me" story Gray had in store for me.

    Pro: This is a friends-to-more and sort of second chance romance, which are among my favorite kinds of romances. Although the sparks were just starting to fly, when their worlds were shattered, Em and Jake still held a piece of each other in their hearts for the years they were apart. I couldn't help bu

    When I saw this book, I immediately knew I had to read it. I had enjoyed the previous books in this series, and couldn't wait to see what sort of "Come Back to Me" story Gray had in store for me.

    Pro: This is a friends-to-more and sort of second chance romance, which are among my favorite kinds of romances. Although the sparks were just starting to fly, when their worlds were shattered, Em and Jake still held a piece of each other in their hearts for the years they were apart. I couldn't help but ship them.

    •Pro: Jake, Jake, Jake. Jake had so many great qualities. I loved how he wanted to make things better for people, and he understood what they needed in order to feel good about themselves. He was very giving and so persistent. He was tender, caring, and a rather wonderful hero. However.....

    •Con: Jake made some bad choices. Notice the use of the plural there. For someone, who was very dedicated to his sport, his academics, and doing kind things for others, he just kept getting into one thing or another, which could have cost him his future. I just kept shaking my head.

    •Pro: I liked that flashbacks were used to help us understand what happened. I found it more meaningful to get the story from 13 year old Em and 14 year old Jake. It wasn't colored by life experience or time that way, and since that was their last impression of each other, I think it was a great choice. I always love when they are interspersed throughout the story as well, because it keeps us wondering. I wanted to know why Jake left and what happened to Em, but as I got those answers, more questions arose, which were eventually answered in strategic parts of the story.

    •Pro: I totally loved Toby, and the role he filled in the story. I thought Shay, Em's best friend, and Em's parents were great too. Em had not had it easy, but she had some great people on her side.

    •Con: Jake's "troubles" crossed into OTT (over the top) territory at one point. I think, at one point, I stated, quite loudly, "You have got to be kidding me. " However, when I saw the big picture and figured out what Gray was trying to accomplish, I dismissed my initial feelings, because it did serve a purpose.

    •Pro: I appreciated that Gray didn't make it easy for Jake to re-enter Em's life. Given the way he left, the lack of communication, and the betrayals she had suffered, it made sense that she was wary. She made him earned it, and gosh darn it, Jake rose to the occasion.

    •Pro: The camping trip!! I am a hopeless romantic, so that stretch of the books like oxygen for me. Absolutely fabulous!

    •Pro: I feel like my luck is going to run out soon, because I have been on a roll with endings. Add this to my list of fabulous endings, because I had closure, Gray gave the characters a promising future, and I found tears of joy in my eyes.

    Overall: A touching and heartfelt story about friendship, love, and healing. I experienced my romance trifecta: I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and best of all, I was left with happy tears in my eyes.

    *I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.

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  • Madison

    3.5 stars

    I'm a huge fan of Sarah Alderson's Hunting Lila series, but this is the first time I have read any of her Mila Gray books. She brings to this story the same level of detail and complicated human relationships. There is no shortage of tension, both romantic and dramatic, as the characters fight for each other and themselves.

    Emerson's whole life shattered when she was a teenager. In one day she lost her sense of trust and safety, the support of her community, and her best friend, Jake. N

    3.5 stars

    I'm a huge fan of Sarah Alderson's Hunting Lila series, but this is the first time I have read any of her Mila Gray books. She brings to this story the same level of detail and complicated human relationships. There is no shortage of tension, both romantic and dramatic, as the characters fight for each other and themselves.

    Emerson's whole life shattered when she was a teenager. In one day she lost her sense of trust and safety, the support of her community, and her best friend, Jake. Now, seven years later, she is still living in her small island hometown, running her parent's adventure store and trying to outpace her memories. Until Jake, now a hulking ice hockey star, walks back into her life. He wants to be friends, wants to erase the past, but Em knows having Jake in her life again just might shatter her world all over again.

    I do love a good best-friends-to-more romance. And this one was particularly tortured. Through the chapters, which alternate between Em and Jake's perspective, and the flashback sections, I started to piece together the details of their history and relationship, and what happened to Em seven years ago. It is a heartbreaking story, but sadly all too common a situation. Em is understandably antagonistic towards Jake when he suddenly reappears in her life. It takes perseverance for him to slowly break down her walls, as well as understand everything she went through. However, I like that this book also portrays the impact everything had on Jake. It doesn't excuse some of his more volatile actions, but it does provide a realistic explanation. I liked that this book was equally about the survivor of an assault as well as the impact it has on their loved ones. That being said, I was hugely angry at some of Jake's choices and saddened by how easily the consequences were swept away. It's probably bad when you want one of the main characters to end up in jail, right? But one punch can kill, people, and the sooner we get behind that and stop supporting violence, for any reason, the better. Sorry, rant over now.

    The romance is equal parts sweet and steamy. This is clearly a new adult romance and suitable for mature readers. Em and Jake have a strong relationship that, while it takes some time to mend, has an easy camaraderie, as well as a potent chemistry. There was also no shortage of drama. I did find some of the events in the second half of the novel slightly over the top and it did seem like a certain court scene was highly unrealistic, but overall I enjoyed reading this new adult contemporary novel.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

    Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog

  • Amy

    4.5 Stars!

    Words can not even express how excited I was to get my hands on this book. I fell in love with the cover the moment I saw it and I got a hold of the synopsis and said “Yep, this is the read for me”.

    Run Away With Me follows the story of Jake and Emerson. Jake and Emerson have been best friends for as long as they can remember, so it should be no surprise when their feelings begin to grow and change into something more. Only fate had other plans and ripped these two young lovers apart; f

    4.5 Stars!

    Words can not even express how excited I was to get my hands on this book. I fell in love with the cover the moment I saw it and I got a hold of the synopsis and said “Yep, this is the read for me”.

    Run Away With Me follows the story of Jake and Emerson. Jake and Emerson have been best friends for as long as they can remember, so it should be no surprise when their feelings begin to grow and change into something more. Only fate had other plans and ripped these two young lovers apart; forever changing their worlds. It will be seven long years before Jake and Emerson are reunited. Their past is painful, but the memories are unforgettable. Will Jake and Emerson be able to move on from their heartbreaking past? Will Jake and Emerson finally act on the feelings fate cheated them out of? There is only one way to find out.

    Run Away With Me is my first book by this author and I can promise you it won’t be my last. I found Run Away With Me to be incredibly well written and it is the kind of story that captivates you from the very first page. The characters are real and raw and had depth. I thought they were easy to connect with and found myself desperately wanting to know more about them.

    Run Away With Me was such an unexpected read for me. This story was written with so much heart and soul, I didn’t expect it grab my heart the way that it did. Jake and Emerson’s story gave me all the feels and took me on one amazing ride. I am so glad I decided to pick up this book and am looking forward to reading the previous books in this series. This author is definitely one to keep an eye out for.

    *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    is a beautiful story of love, friendship, and healing. I immediately connected with Emerson and Jake. They have a rich history and a chemistry you can’t deny. I loved getting to see them rekindle their friendship, and seeing each character healing from different wounds. But, there were a lot of sideplots that really distracted from Em and Jake, and their storylines. Like a lot of them. Don’t get me wrong, they certainly elevated the drama, but I would have liked a more

    is a beautiful story of love, friendship, and healing. I immediately connected with Emerson and Jake. They have a rich history and a chemistry you can’t deny. I loved getting to see them rekindle their friendship, and seeing each character healing from different wounds. But, there were a lot of sideplots that really distracted from Em and Jake, and their storylines. Like a lot of them. Don’t get me wrong, they certainly elevated the drama, but I would have liked a more singular focus. While I do wish there were a few less sideplots, this story does not lack heart. It definitely takes you on a healing journey with Emerson, that is beautiful to see.

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  • Amanda Hanson

    I was all set to give this book a scathingly disappointing review until I read the author's note at the end. Now I feel all lukewarm about it. But I think that's okay. I think (hope) a lot of my issues will be taken care of in editing before the book is officially released in November.

    I really loved Jake and Emerson. Their chemistry and history were real and believable, and their relationship was so sweet. They are both the main plot of the story and also not, and that is where the root of my p

    I was all set to give this book a scathingly disappointing review until I read the author's note at the end. Now I feel all lukewarm about it. But I think that's okay. I think (hope) a lot of my issues will be taken care of in editing before the book is officially released in November.

    I really loved Jake and Emerson. Their chemistry and history were real and believable, and their relationship was so sweet. They are both the main plot of the story and also not, and that is where the root of my problems lie. I like when stories - especially romances - are complicated, but this was overly so. There were so many side-plots and characters to keep track of, and we had to constantly be thinking about both past Em and Jake and current Em and Jake along with past and present versions of other characters. That in itself is a book. And then! There's all of Jake's hockey stuff, and Lauren, and the really stupid reason he went back to Bainbridge Island in the first place, and all of it fell flat for me, when put together. I read both of Mila Gray's other Come Back to Me books, and they left me all achy on the inside. This one didn't.

    On top of that, there were some kind of important editing errors that need to be corrected - most importantly, Rob and Reid, the Walsh brothers, are constantly confused and seemingly used interchangeably in scenes. It didn't work for me, and I hope a copyeditor catches all of that. There were other similar mistakes that come with getting an early copy of the book, which is fine, usually. But these were so severe that I was taken out of the story.

    And! It also didn't seem like the author knows the ins and outs of hockey to the point of being able to write a character who plays. Again, it took me out of the story.

    But, in the end, I did enjoy the book, and the author was writing from the heart. I could tell. I liked the story. And I really REALLY liked Jake. So, three stars it is.

    Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way.

  • Stacee

    3.5 stars

    I had enjoyed the other two books in this series, so I downloaded it without even reading the synopsis, but I wish I had.

    I really liked Emerson and Jake. They're both really good people and they're both struggling over a traumatic event.

    . I loved seeing them reconnect and find the balance be

    3.5 stars

    I had enjoyed the other two books in this series, so I downloaded it without even reading the synopsis, but I wish I had.

    I really liked Emerson and Jake. They're both really good people and they're both struggling over a traumatic event.

    . I loved seeing them reconnect and find the balance between what happened in the past and starting a future.

    Plot wise, it's a lot of drama. Besides The Event, there are a lot of moving pieces in the form of jealous exes and wannabe boyfriends who do everything and anything to instigate. Throw in a few fights, a court case, and miscommunications and it all makes for a lot of push and pull. As things were revealed, some of it felt like drama just for the sake of drama. There were some sweet moments and I think that's a lot of what kept me reading. That, and I was hoping Em would find some sort of justice.

    Overall, it was a good story and I loved the characters, but the plot left me wanting.

    **Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Lena ♫ ♪

    I honestly think Mila Gray can do no wrong. RUN AWAY WITH ME hooked me from the first chapter until the very end. The characters were easy to love and relate to, and oh my goodness- their tension? Sa-wooooon! I just kept waiting for Emerson to either beat Jake up or get together with him already.

    There are loads of YA-NA novels out there, I'll give you that. The thing about Mila Gray's book, especially this one, is it has the perfect amount of angst, swoon, and tension without having too much sex

    I honestly think Mila Gray can do no wrong. RUN AWAY WITH ME hooked me from the first chapter until the very end. The characters were easy to love and relate to, and oh my goodness- their tension? Sa-wooooon! I just kept waiting for Emerson to either beat Jake up or get together with him already.

    There are loads of YA-NA novels out there, I'll give you that. The thing about Mila Gray's book, especially this one, is it has the perfect amount of angst, swoon, and tension without having too much sexuality or too little. It's basically the perfect chocolate cake- delicious without being extremely heavy and light but delectable enough to make you wanting to go back for more.

    Though I've only read COME BACK TO ME, I felt RUN AWAY WITH ME still read well as a standalone rather than a companion. I'm not sure if I missed anything since I didn't read THIS ONE MOMENT, but it didn't feel that way. With Emerson, she's always wondered why Jake left. With Jake, he wants to rekindle or at least be friends with his first love. You question what happened, all the why's and whatnots until you finally, FINALLY figure out why. Honestly, I stopped trying to predict what happened, because I kept being wrong.

    In the end, I would recommend this to all contemporary fans and anyone who just wants to sit down with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.


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