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Peek Inside Running On Empty

Nothing is ever simple with Fairstein. Ronnie’s boss at the Blarney Stone bar and café, owner Ted Saltzman, is a lot less convinced that another Fairstein show is just what Ronnie needs, particularly when he’s head over heels about Ronnie.

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Ronnie Ventura has every reason to distrust Fairstein Productions: she’s had run-ins with their shows before. But Fairstein’s newest reality show offers Ronnie a chance to redeem herself from looking like a blonde bimbo. All she has to do is win a modified triathlon. Simple, right?

Except this is Fairstein, and nothing is ever simple with them. Ronnie’s boss at the Blarney Stone bar and café, owner Ted Saltzman, is a lot less convinced that another Fairstein show is just what Ronnie needs, particularly when he’s head over heels about Ronnie himself. But she’s determined, and he’s a man in love.

Ted becomes her running coach, which fans their budding romance to a fever. But can Ronnie’s newfound confidence stand up to the usual Fairstein plots? And can Ted find a way to keep his true love in Salt Box if Hollywood tries to steal her away again?

Each book in the Salt Box trilogy is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.
Book #1: Finding Mr. Right Now
Book #2: Love in the Morning
Book #3: Running on Empty

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633292
Series: Salt Box Trilogy, Book 3
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 300
Imprint: select contemporary
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: boss and employee, overcoming odds, redemption

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By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews September 21, 2016

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

*While this book is the third story in a trilogy, it can absolutely be read as a standalone. However, I think you would get a better feel for the characters if you start with the first book.

Running on Empty is the last book in author... ...more

By Liz September 27, 2016

5***** Equal parts lovely and steamy novel

**I read this with my KU subscription**

I should rate this book as five stars only for having me read about something I totally despise and never watch – reality shows. I couldn’t put it down! LOL
But it deserves the rating for so much more than that. I sky... ...more

By LJT November 21, 2016

4.5 Stars!

If you are a reality TV fan, you will love Running on Empty by Meg Benjamin.

After a couple of stints on reality TV, Ronnie Ventura settled into the small town of Salt Box, Colorado. She fell in love with the area while filming one of Fairstein's TV programs. Ronnie loves her job as a wa... ...more

By Book Gannet October 23, 2016

I’ve been waiting for Ronnie’s story all through this series and it definitely lived up to my expectations. Ronnie is still sweet and smiley, but she’s come a long way since those naive (and slightly annoying) days of Finding Mr. Right Now. She’s grown up, wised up and found a back bone across th... ...more

By Mave October 03, 2016

A few months ago I have read the first book in this series and I was very curious to see a story with a protagonist that I had found a little irritating, Ronnie. She's changed a lot and it was enjoyable to be with her.
Ronnie is a veteran of a reality show, when the show was over she has asked Ted... ...more

By Paula October 24, 2016

Running On Empty (Salt Box Trilogy) by Meg Benjamin is the insider’s look at reality shows. Fairstein Shows have not been so glamorous or kind to Ronnie Ventura. It makes you wonder why she wants to try again this time in a modified triathlon. Makes me tired to think about it.

I enjoyed the growt... ...more

By Paul December 12, 2016

A refugee from reality shows settles in a mountain party town, only to have another show draw her back in. She’s a sweet girl who doesn’t want to be thought of as a bimbo, but she is mostly too naïve for her own good. And of course there’s a guy she wants but is too scared to tell, and the same w... ...more

By Marcia December 11, 2016

This is the third book in the series. I did not read the previous books, nor have I ever watched a reality tv program, which left me at a disadvantage. To understand who was who, I had to look at the reviews of the previous two books. There should have been more revealed about them, since they we... ...more

By Neil February 06, 2017

I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

I found this to be a light easy read.
A great holiday read. ...more

Review Posted at HarlequiJunkie.com

Signing a contract with Fairstein Productions to do another one of their Reality TV shows was supposed to be Ronnie Ventura’s chance to prove she’s not the blonde bimbo the company made her out to be when she took part in her first reality TV show. Certainly, th... ...more

By Camille January 20, 2017

I really enjoyed this book! It was an engaging read with a unique plot. I look forward to reading the previous ones in the series. ...more

By poppy November 16, 2016

Just loved this book read it one night didnt want it to end a great series if you get the chance give it a read you wont be sorry ...more

By Megan November 23, 2016

A great read! 100% recommend! ...more

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Meg Benjamin

About the author

Meg Benjamin

Meg Benjamin spent twenty-plus years teaching writing and Web design in South Texas before pulling up roots and starting all over again on the Colorado Front Range. Her comic romances are set in the Texas Hill Country and the Colorado Rockies, which has given her the chance to sample some great wine and some wonderful food (research—it’s all research!). Her new Brewing Love series for Entangled has also given her the chance to get some experience with the wonders of Colorado beer (more research, honestly). Although she now lives in the foothills of the Rockies, Meg travels back to Texas regularly to visit her sons and her twin grandchildren. She and her hubs love to travel the back roads of the Rockies and you can find see pics of their adventures on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Meg’s books, check out her website. Meg loves to hear from readers; contact her at [email protected]

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