He’s on the hunt for a fresh start. She’s trapped in a nightmare she can’t escape. Can love help them make a break for freedom?
The money was supposed to save me...until it got me shot. You don’t steal from Marlo Sloan.
But it led me to her.
Annie’s kind. She’s fierce. She’s making me want to be the man my grandpa believed I could be. A Barrett - strong, dependable. A hero.
Danger is coming. It’s inevitable.
I should split before it catches up with me.
But how can I leave Annie and her little brother with their psycho father?
I want to steal her away from this nightmare. Take her to the ranch where I know she’d be safe. But I’m a runaway thief, and the ranch is no doubt a desolate wreck.
She deserves better than that.
I have to tell her the truth. Which means she’ll never look at me the same again. I could lose her over this, when all I want to do is keep her safe.
Grandpa always said, “Barrett boys do the right thing. They don’t cut and run. They stand. They fight to protect the ones they love.”
I was raised to be a Barrett boy.
It’s time I start acting like one.
The Runaway is the first book in a thrilling YA romance series. If you like fast-paced action, redeemable bad boys and romance that will steal your heart, then you’ll love Jordan Ford’s compelling novel.
"Wow, what a fabulous, powerful, well written story this is. It's full of action and caught my interest from the beginning. The story line kept me intrigued and I wanted to know what would happen next. I couldn't put the book down. I was "Just one more chapter" till the end. This author knows how to pull you in and keep you hooked. I don't think my heart went back to its normal beat until the end of the novel."
5-star Goodreads review from Nana Pickrell
Average rating from 31 members
You’re telling me this doesn’t even come out until November and then I’m going to have to wait for book 2? Ugh. This was such a great story. The characters were amazing and the plot line was so perfect. This was so incredibly well written and kept me hooked throughout the whole book. I can not wait for more in the second one.
The Runaway is a great start to the Barrett Boys series! Michael and Annie's story captured my attention from page one and had the perfect amount of action and suspense throughout. I loved the teaser at the end. I can't wait to read The Fighter (Barrett Boys #2) to see what kind of trouble Deeks has gotten into!
The Runaway is a fun and angsty book about young 20 yo Michael who has had a tough life. He has gotten involved with a group of gangsters but regrets his decision. He makes a run for it and ends up in Buckland Falls, Oklahoma, where he meets Annie, a young waitress, who has had a tough life of her own. This book is a clean YA romance with a lot of angst. The relationship between Michael and Annie seems to progress quickly and emotionally. They have many people against them but are two very strong characters. I would like to give this book four stars for incredible writing and an engaging plot.
The ARC for this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book! I thought the writing style was great and I felt like the words flowed nicely. I like that the story was told through the multiple perspectives of the main characters, Annie and Michael. Annie is a strong character with a troubled home life and a mouth that gets her into trouble more often than not. Her world is changed the night Michael shows up at the diner she works at when he's passing through town. He passes out at closing time from the loss of blood from a bullet wound and Annie helps him get patched up and gives him a place to recover. There are many secrets uncovered throughout the course of the book, and the relationship that blossoms between Annie and Michael is great. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
This was such a pleasurable, surprising 5 star read for me. The Runaway drew me in, swept me up in the emotional angst, made me swoon with the sweet, clean YA/Contemporary romance, and held my attention with the "back story" of all five of the Barrett Boys eventually coming back together. The Runaway was about 20 year old Michael and 18 year old Annie. Michael comes from an unpleasant background and is on the run from some bad guys. Annie is living with her abusive stepfather and working her butt of to try to escape the judgmental town with her younger brother, Jackson. When Michael comes into town and passes out from a wound in the diner, Annie knows in her gut and hearts she has to help him. What follows is a poetically beautiful story about overcoming obstacles, standing strong against tyranny (a bit dramatic lol), and experiencing young love. Michael is the broody, quiet night and Annie is the outspoken, brilliant day. Dusk and dawn, the two are drawn to each other and the sweetest romance blossoms. Through painful experiences, lies, truths, drama, a bit of action, a CRAZY climax, and a fulfilling conclusion that leads into the next story, The Runaway was a pleasant surprise that has me very eager for the rest of the series. ARC generously provided to me by Forever Love Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Holy criminey this book was good. For a while now I have been in a reading slump, and I think this is just what I needed. Annie and Michael’s relationship was so heartwarming that it made me gush whenever they were in the same scene. Their combined love for Jackson was absolutely amazing. This book reminded me a lot of the play Waitress, and throughout the whole thing I had the soundtrack on repeat through my head. Full of vibrant descriptions and heart crushing words this story will enrapture you and leave you wishing for more. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book. January seems too far.
Wow. There is something about Jordan Ford's books that always just touch me so deeply. Her writing just sucks you in and makes you feel all the feels. The characters just make you sympathize with them and relate to them. The romance is always a bright spot in her books and is totally clean and sweet and perfect. The plot line itself kept you in suspense with action and sweet romance and touched on many subjects including death of a parent, abuse, and others. Jordan Ford writes with such depth that really makes you feel all the feels and connects you to the story. I've read all her books to date, and I think this might be one of her best honestly. I'm so excited for the rest of this series to come out and would definitely recommend this book without a second thought.