When a post showed up in the Sweat Pink Ambassadors Facebook group about a romance book involving a runner, I immediately reached out. Despite the fact that reading has been something I’ve been fairly behind on lately, this book sounded exactly what I needed to kickstart my non-stop reading obsession from last year. In Her Eyes by Wesley Banks did not disappoint.
In Her Eyes Synopsis
When Ben Wilder is given a second chance he focuses on the one thing he’s always been good at: running. After walking on to the University of Florida Track and Field team he begins to quickly move up the national rankings, paving a path towards the NCAA Championships. Everything is going the way he planned, until the day he bumps into Casey Taylor.
New to Gainesville, and focused on her first year out of medical school, Casey is initially hesitant to let Ben into her life. The truth is she’s worried about letting a guy near the one thing she loves most: her daughter, Emma. After one fun and fateful night Casey can no longer bury her feelings behind these excuses, and takes a chance on a guy she is slowly falling for.
Casey’s relationship with Ben starts to gradually build into a love that she has never felt before. But more importantly, Emma has taken a particular liking to Ben. As they all spend more time together Ben is forced to confront painful memories when he starts to notice something hauntingly familiar about Emma.
A local journalist soon uncovers the secret of Ben’s past their lives begin to converge on a single promise that Ben Wilder has long since made: to never give up…no matter what.
My Thoughts On In Her Eyes
I’m always a sucker for a good (but calm) romance novel. In Her Eyes fit my requirements exactly, plus it involved a runner… you really can’t go wrong there.
When I first started the book, Benson (also known as Ben) was not my favorite person. Something was odd and he seemed like he was going to be incredibly grumpy for the entire book. Very quickly his mysterious side turned out to tell a lot more of a story than I thought would come out. Around 50% of the book I knew the chances of me going to bed that night without finishing the book were slim. The more Ben’s story unfolded the more I needed to read about it.
With that being said, Casey’s story wasn’t all that light either. Early on there is something lightly mentioned about her daughter Emma and health problems. Yet, it isn’t until the very end of the book that the entire story comes out. I loved this, even though I kept thinking I missed it. When the full story came out, I loved the book even more.
One of my favorite parts of the book is how Ben told his story through running. Each race we learned a little bit more about his personality and his past. When a reporter gets involved more of the story comes out.
As I mentioned, I like books with a “little bit of romance” but not so horrible that you can’t read full parts of the book. Casey and Ben’s relationship was light and friendly with just a little bit of extra. In my opinion, that is the best kind of romance novel out there.
In Her Eyes was a wonderful quick read and I would definitely recommend it, even if you are not a runner!
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book for review, all opinions are my own.
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