REVIEWED by Jen B.
SERIES: The Runner #1
AUTHOR: Karma Kingsley
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
LENGTH: 216 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2017
BLURB: Alex Banez is a runner for a Los Angeles film set. When he has a chance encounter with executive producer Atwell Richards, he finds himself falling fast and hard. Atwell is rich, powerful, gorgeous, and everything Alex never thought he would have. But Atwell also has a dark side and an inflexible need for control that threatens to suffocate everyone around him.
Alex has to figure out if he can love Atwell without losing himself.
This turned out to be a bit different than what I was expecting. The blurb pretty much tells you the gist of this story. Alex is low man on the totem pole paying his dues as a runner on the movie sets, hoping to one day direct his own movies. Atwell is a successful director already and takes an immediate shine to Alex. It takes some convincing for Alex to give in and go on a date with Atwell, and Atwell makes it clear he has “quirks” that Alex must agree to if they can have a relationship.
Atwell’s “quirks” are that he is a controlling alpha in all aspects of his life, but most importantly, in the bedroom. Alex decides he will be able to adhere to Atwell’s requirements, and the two carry on. Before very long, instalove takes over, and the rest is history.
If you like arrogant rich guys falling in love with submissive not so rich guys, then you will probably really enjoy this. Unfortunately, I had some trouble connecting with these two as a couple. The names kept throwing me off, as literally every name starts with an “A,” from Alex and all his siblings, to Atwell, and a few others here and there. And Atwell felt like much too formal of a name.
But, the story is kind of sweet and heartbreaking at times with Alex getting a break and finding love and Atwell meeting his match. I think this is an interesting story in that it is a bit different and doesn’t follow all of the usual cliche’s. While I was not wowed by it and had my own issues, I thought it was an enjoyable afternoon read.