Running Home by T.A. Hardenbrook



*This novel is intended for 18+ for mature content. Strippers,porn, drugs,law enforcement, and of course romance are all included in this package!

Carmen always had a wild streak about her while growing up in this small town. Everyone use to say her only saving grace in this world was her best friend Walker who tried to keep the flighty girl grounded. But life was too big for her to live in this one stop light kind of town; she had dreams and wants that could take her anywhere but staying there. Anything was better than being stuck in the perpetuating cycle of being born and dying in this hell hole she called the reality of a small town girl.

Walker was the only anchor that could hold her home, she lived for that boy. So how do you explain to someone that staying there would only suffocate the possibilities of making a better life for oneself? Running away was the only option, and leaving a piece of her heart with him would keep her strong out in the real world, at least she hoped it would.

After years of trying to make it on her own, struggling through life and trying to stay clean, the only reality she sees at surviving now is going back to the place she tried so hard to break free from. Unsure if her old life is willing to accept the choices she has made, the lone thought that matters to her is hoping she still has the only man she has counted on her entire life in her corner. You can always go home, but will they be willing to take you back?


Angela’s 4 Star Review

You can always go home, but will they be willing to take you back?

Carmen Westin comes from two parents who were drug addicts they dropped her off at the age of eight with her grandparents in South Dakota. Carmen was raised by her grandparents she always wondered if her parents would come back for her….they never did. She grew up resenting them and vowed never to turn out like them. Carmen is just waiting to graduate and hop a greyhound bus to Hollywood and see her name in lights. The one constant person in her life has been her best friend who she secretly loves Walker Mason, he has been there through thick and thin.

Walker Mason the local super hero who would go on to join the sheriffs department after graduation. Best friends with Carmen since the age of eight, never once doubted her ability to succeed in life even when she claimed she was domed. He has loved her since he laid eyes on her in the third grade and is afraid to tell her. He’s the only person in the world who has seen the real Carmen. After ten years of devoted friendship he was finally going to loose his best friend to the lure of the Hollywood lights.

Part two of the book continues over a course of 6 years with Carmen’s life in Hollywood and Walker as he tries to move on back home without his best friend. While in Hollywood she starts off as a cocktail waitress in a local strip club, she’s living with three other roommates and is not making enough money to support herself. She then decides to try her hand at stripping figuring there will be more money involved. After this things start to turn out pretty good for her….sort of speak. I could go on but I’ll stop I don’t want to spoil anymore I feel as a reader you should experience Carmen’s journey with her.

As for Walker he does what everyone expected him to do after graduation he goes on to the Academy and joins the local sheriffs department. He still has not been able to move on from Carmen. Until he sees a broken down car on the side of the road and he meets Sadie.

Will Walker finally move on with his life and open his heart again with Sadie? Will Carmen make a name for herself in Hollywood or will her big dreams just be that?

Running Home was told in dual POV it helps you get a better understanding to what each person is going through in there lives.

I loved this book and there were times my heart broke for both Carmen and Walker….especially Carmen she went through so much in her life I just wanted her finally be happy. The author did an excellent job writing these characters you really feel for them.

“Carmen, you are so beautiful. I want you and only you… Please tell me you want this too? I’ve wanted you for so long now; I don’t think I can stop if you don’t say no right now.”

“I can wait Carmen, and I will wait. Once we have you fixed then we can try again. Take all the time in the world, I’m not going anywhere.”