With Stewart’s signature lightness and humor, The Runaround is romantic comedy done right. There is some fantastic banter and great chemistry between our couple. And while neither Ari nor Jax has the type of personality I typically seek out in my romance novels, I still rooted for them to find happiness.
The story follows Jax, a carefree and charismatic guy who tends to steer clear of commitments. Last year he exchanged some heavy flirtation with Ari, a feisty and independent woman who has a reputation as a bit of a maneater. They both expected to have a steamy (and short term) fling, but Jax ghosted on Ari before things got to that point. Turns out he discovered that he has a teenage daughter he never knew about, and his life has changed drastically over the last several months. Now that his daughter is looking for some singing lessons, Jax knows it’s time to seek out Ari again – because she’s the perfect woman for the job. But what was once a simple flirtation becomes more complicated when Jax lets Ari so deeply into his life.
I really love Stewart’s writing style, and this book is certainly no exception. These two are no strangers to connecting with people, so their flirtation and banter were the best parts of the book. I personally don’t love characters who treat sex as an exchange of Os, so the fact that both Ari and Jax do made it difficult for me to connect with them on certain levels. It’s a great story though, and beneath all of the humor is plenty of depth. These two grow and change throughout the book, ultimately becoming better versions of themselves together. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Men are good for two things: orgasms and reaching the wine glasses on the top shelf.
ARI: I’ve always said boyfriends are like martinis; they’re lots of fun at first, but the longer you hang out the bigger headache they’ll give you. The last thing I need is the messy complications of love when I’ve got so many balls in the air and so many goals yet to accomplish. Jax Crosby thinks he can tempt me to take a walk on the scary side and he’s using his daughter to reel me in. But he doesn’t realize that giving yourself to someone else means losing the one and only thing that belongs to just you.
JAX: I like to stay two steps ahead; that way, I’m never surprised. But even I didn’t see this one coming. Congratulations to me—I’m a freakin’ dad. Now I’ve got a teenage daughter who hates me, an ex who wants to cut things off my body I’m not ready to part with, and an attraction to a curvy songbird that couldn’t have come at a worse time. But I’ve never met a situation I couldn’t handle, and I’ve never let a female get the best of me. So why do I have the feeling Ari Amante might be one more thing I never saw coming?