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[Excerpt] Running to Stand Still by Lauren Rosolino

Running to Stand Still (Benson Family #1)

by Lauren Rosolino
Expected publication: August 26th 2016
Genre: NA Romance
Collin was who he was: simple and easy.

Me? I was jagged and complex. I wanted everything.

And despite how he made me feel--safe, it was clear to me that we'd never work out in the end.

That divide between us would always be there.

Because I'd never ask him to give up on the things he wanted.

And while I sometimes wished I could be that person, I wasn't.

Just seven more months. Then Jamie Benson can leave this goodbye town behind her and start her new life in Chicago. She can leave this place of broken glass and cracked sidewalks and rusted fences. This place that holds nothing good. She can leave the ghosts and spinning rooms and shattered promises in her rearview mirror and never look back.

But all the stories she’s been telling herself are threatened when, one night, while tending bar at her father’s hole-in-the-wall dive, she meets Collin—a boy who is good and honest and sincere in a world where everything is harsh and cold and detached. A boy who makes her feel safe. A boy worth staying for.

Will Jamie be able to untangle the truths from the lies? Or will the sins of the past swallow her whole?


There was just something about her.

It struck me when I saw her, slamming the door of an old Jeep Cherokee shut.

I pulled into the small back parking lot of the bar as she started walking towards the door, dark hair blowing behind her.

I had to hit the brakes when she stepped in front of the truck.

She looked up at me and paused. For a moment her eyes looked clouded, as if she was lost in her thoughts. But then they went clear, sharp, gleaming back at me in the beam of the headlights.

She turned her gaze toward the door and continued to walk forward, her black Moto boots coming down purposefully in the snow.

I saw her and I understood, in that way you feel something deep in your bones, that I wanted to know her. But something more than that, like I wanted to shield her, protect her, from whatever forces she was fighting, which was odd, because she didn’t look like the kind of girl that needed anybody to do anything for her.

I watched as the back door slammed shut behind her. Above the door was a worn and battered awning that read Charlie’s Place—Liquor, Spirits & Good Times.

I pulled into one of the last remaining spots and parked, drumming my fingers against the steering wheel. I shook my head, trying to clear my mind, then shut off the engine and got out. She was just a girl, and I was just a guy. And whatever the hell had just happened . . .

It was nothing.

About the Author

Author of The Charm Necklace and Running to Stand Still. Writer of stories about finding beauty in brokenness.

She is a storyteller. Adventuer. Partner. Coffee drinker. Magic believer. Rebel with a gypsy soul. Lover of the woods and books, the woods and walks.

Born and bred in Detroit, Lauren grew up reading Harry Potter, watching Gilmore Girls, listening (and dancing) to a lot of music, and wondering why people do what they do. She graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in Psychology. Lauren lives with her husband, dog, cat, and bunny in Charleston, South Carolina.

To find out more and read her blog, Wonderstruck, visit

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[Excerpt] Running to Stand Still by Lauren Rosolino Reviewed by Nickle Love on 8/04/2016 03:38:00 PM Rating: 5

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