THE RUNAROUND: A Single Dad Romantic Comedy (CAROLINA CONNECTIONS BOOK 6) By SYLVIE STEWART – Review by Karyn Taylor

The Runaround (Carolina Connections #6)The Runaround by Sylvie Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Runaround is a single dad romantic comedy by Sylvie Stewart and is the 6th book in the Carolina Connections Series. This is the 2nd book that I have read by this author having previously read Then Again which was part of the Juniper Court Series. When reading this book I didn’t realise that it was part of a series set around a group of friends but thankfully each book in the series can be read as a standalone.
In this book we get Jax and Ari’s story, and what a great story it is. This story will make you laugh so much and also move you to tears in parts too. I absolutely loved both Jax and Ari. Ari is just a total badass woman who takes absolutely no crap from anyone. She’s just awesome. Jax on the other hand has just discovered he is the father of a 14 year old daughter he knew nothing about and he’s struggling to cope.
For me the star of this book is 14 year old Lola. At the beginning she hates Jax and is a typical monosyllabic teenager but as the story develops she realises he’s not the complete a-hole her mother made him out to be. The interactions between these 2 are amazing. Seeing the turmoil going through Jax’s head trying to cope with this new relationship, the love he has for Lola and how he sabotages his relationship with Ari thinking it’s the best thing in the long run. Also seeing Lola turn from this sullen, angry teen into an amazing young woman is also wonderful to read. Her growth throughout the book was written so well by the author.
I realise that I’ve focussed on Jax and Lola and not really much on Jax and Ari but I can assure you that their story is wonderful and you will love it.
Added to this are their group of friends, whose stories have been told in previous books in this series who really add so much to this story. I’d love to read some of their stories too.

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