On The Run: Finding Home Book One by Jacey Davis

Aiden doesn’t have friends. How can he when he can’t tell them who he is or why he may have to leave one day? This is what happens to you when you live your life On The Run.
From the blurb:


I’ve spent my whole life running. I don’t know how to do anything else. I don’t know stability, I don’t know how to trust, I don’t know how to love. I’ve never been able to truly call somewhere home. Any time I’ve let my guard down, even just the tiniest bit, it’s ended up biting me and causing me to run…again.

I’m so tired of running, and maybe, just maybe this little town in Colorado will be the place I can settle down. I know that’s just wishful thinking though. A happy life, a stable job, even a home is just not in the cards for me, and it’s pointless to even hope for it.

But since the moment Max walked into the coffee shop with his son, the man has somehow managed to get his hooks in me. And the more I get to know the two of them, the harder it is to keep up the walls I’ve built to protect myself. I just know if I let Max in he’ll be my downfall, but I’m starting to think he might be worth it.


Ever since I discovered I had a son a year ago, he’s become my world. My sole focus has been on him and proving that I can be the father he deserves. I certainly don’t have time for a relationship. But the guy who works at the cafĂ© intrigues me. Under that polite smile and customer service friendliness, there’s a storm brewing behind those brown eyes, and I'm desperate to know the real Aiden. As hard as I try, I can’t seem to get him out of my head.

So when my son takes matters into his own hands and tries to set Aiden and I up, of course I can’t say no. But Aiden is hiding secrets on top of secrets, and his walls have walls so thick, I’m not sure if I can break them. Aiden makes me want to try though. All I want to do is give Aiden a safe place to land, if he’ll let me. And then something happens that changes everything, and I must make a decision. Fight for Aiden with everything I have or let him go. I’ve never been very good at letting things go, though, and Aiden’s worth risking it all for.

On The Run is an MM romance with adult themes and explicit scenes and is intended for audiences 18 and over. Content Warning for abusive parent, on page violence and torture (not between the MCs), parent with serious illness with MC as primary caretaker, and kidnapping. Please see front of book for a more detailed content warning.

Lori C's Review:

Aiden and Pops have finally settled. They both have good jobs, Aiden is in school, but Pops is sick. Cancer. They can’t seem to get a break. Aiden meets Max and his son Grayson at work and they become friends. Before they can get too close, the devil, in the form of the abusive sperm donor, returns to wreak havoc on Pops and Aiden’s lives. Max knows something is wrong, he can feel it, but will he be able to save Aiden before it’s too late?

It is really hard for me to write a review with no spoilers. This book had me hooked so quickly. There was so much going on and I loved it! I hated having to put it down to do adult activities throughout the day. It has everything I really love in a story: a happy ending, well thought out characters, a suspenseful storyline, and obviously romance. If I had to find some words to describe to story, I would say I felt like I was being pulled between heartbreak and hope. Hope for Aiden to find happiness and love, for Pops oh for Pops, and Max as well. The evil side of me was hoping for revenge as well!! I feel like the trigger warnings need to be paid attention to, because it might be tough for some readers with a DV background to handle parts of the story. This is my first Jacey Davis book and color me intrigued. I love series reads and Max’s best friend Bronx will be the next book Running to You. I hope to be able to read that one as well. I want to see where Ms. Davis takes this series.

Rating: 5 Stars

SNik's Review:

First in series (Finding Home). Age gap. Hurt/comfort. Found family. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

Aiden is a survivor, even though he’s only 21, he has been on the run for almost his entire life, never making friends or having relationships, it’s always been just him and Pops. Max is a single dad and much older than Aiden but that doesn’t stop the attraction between them and even though Aiden fears the connection, a friendship inevitably gives in to a heartfelt connection. Max is a helper, he is committed to being a friend and support for Aiden even if he doesn’t know why Aiden is so fearful, he admires and appreciates Aiden which turns into love. As Aiden leans into the comfort Max gives him they are able to share pieces of themselves and Aiden is so desperate to hold on to what he is building with Max. 

Both Aiden and Max are caring and thoughtful and giving so they are very sweet and swoony when together and Aiden’s circumstances are definitely heart wrenching. Luckily there are so many people willing to help, and Aiden and Max can finally allow themselves to be safe and happy together. 

A story that is gripping in it’s emotionality that had me tearfully waiting for their HEA.

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

I.. don't quite know how to type up this review, there are so many things I enjoyed while reading so.. I'll just mention those. 

First and foremost the characters were very well written, they had good backstories that made sense and we're well thought out, all of the background characters needed to be in the story to help not only move the plot along but to also break up the heaviness of the book.

I do have to say that you should really read the trigger warnings, cause I feel as though this book may be triggering for some people to read. Because it's written so well, that also means it's very heavily detailed, meaning when Aiden's psychotic dad torture him and his pop's it's almost graphic because it's so well written. 

Aiden is a young adult trying to figure how to live while constantly looking over his shoulder, he's also trying to take care of his pop's. His pop's has always taken care of Aiden, now it's his turn. He wants to have friends and get to know other people, but he can't. If he gets to complacent that will be when his 'dad' comes back.. He thought he could just avoid all relationships and connections with everyone but his pop's... Until..

Max and his adorable son Gray show up at the cafe Aiden works at and clips his world around. Max is a single dad who got the shock of his life when he found out he had a son. But with the help of his supportive family along with his best friend Bronx's help, he figured out how to build a relationship with his son. He thought it might be too soon for a relationship but when Gray plays Cupid for him, he realizes that there's something about Aiden that just draws him in. 

Aiden's character said he was drawn to Max like a moth to a flame. The darkness inside Aiden was drawn to the lightness emanating from within Max. And I would have to say that the same could be said if the roles were reversed.

These two men fell for each other, even when Aiden was fighting against it. He didn't want Max or Gray to get hurt because of him. But sometimes you can't fight love, love prevails.

I was a emotional wreck while reading this book, I felt a kinship with the characters and my heart hurt while reading about everything Aiden and his pop's went through. And Jacey kept me on my toes cause I just knew something was going to happen and it did... :'( 

But as much as it made me cry, I do think it was necessary to the storyline to have that happen. This book is so good, and I'll definitely be re-reading this in the future. 

I highly recommend you to get your own copy, you won't regret it. Just... Make sure you have tissues nearby.

Rating: 5 Stars

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