Monday, August 21, 2017

Release Day Review: Runner (The Runner #1) by Karma Kingsley

RunnerTitle ~ Runner (The Runner #1)

Author ~ Karma Kingsley

Publisher ~ NineStar Press

Published ~  21st August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





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.


Jane’s Review

Alex Banez is the top runner on an LA film set and at first glance appears to be absolutely dedicated to his job and making it further up the ladder on his own. He is fiercely independent and manages the diva requests he encounters daily in his stride. He seemingly takes care of everyone else's needs but not his own. When the enigmatic, executive producer, Atwell Richards turns up on set, everything Alex is about is thrown off kilter. Atwell wants Alex and he always gets what he wants.

I found Atwell Richards a hard character to like. He is a dichotomy, he admits to being totally possessive and controlling and wants to ‘own’ the things and people he wants. He's used to getting his own way in life but  does possess some level of self awareness of his overbearing, controlling nature. At other times he seems deeply loving and caring and these two sides of his character seem to jar constantly. I found him to be a bit too conflicting, veering from first being domineering and controlling in a BDSM-like way, to almost losing his grip on reality and going so overboard in his need to control Alex and then sharply veering back to being loving and kind and wanting to take care of things. His absolute control of Alex was a bit disturbing and had Alex skipping work and doing things that weren't previously in his character.

Their relationship is about trying to find a balance between Alex being independent and not wanting Atwell’s help and Atwell going over the top in his need to give Alex everything he thinks he wants. Atwell's friend Alissia is great at reminding Atwell he has to stop being so overbearing and bringing his behaviour back in line. This is never more apparent than when Alex’s wayward brother reappears back on the scene and gets Alex back involved in a life he thought he'd manage to leave behind. Here we get a glimpse of Alex's tough childhood and background and see why he has some issues. There are a lot of issues touched upon, being in foster homes, drug running and drug taking and eating disorders etc., but not a lot of time or detail are dedicated to them. Alex wants to help his brother much to the chagrin of his sister and Atwell, but it's only after he puts his life in danger trying to help Alessandro that Atwell realises that the only way to hang on to Alex is to accept that he will always want to help Alessandro and that he should offer his help to both brothers.

This story does have some very sweet, loving scenes and hot sex with just a bit of light BDSM. If you like reading about two flawed characters trying to make each other just a little bit better then this might be right up your street.

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Connect with Karma Kingsley

Karma is a wine-enthusiast, feminist, activist, humanitarian, vegetarian, and just all around liberal and that often seeps into her writing. She loves any place with white, white sand and blue, blue water and an endless supply of prefix-mo drinks (Moscato, Mojito, etc.).




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