Monday, February 19, 2018

Review - Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne @_laurenlayne @readloveswept

Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne
Series: I Do, I Don't #2
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Date Read: February 15, 2018
Length: 240 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it. And now the chase is on!

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

My Review

I loved this book!  I am really kind of surprised about that to be honest.  I don't like television shows like The Bachelor at all.  I think they are kind of dumb and cannot understand why anyone would subject themselves to participating in something like that.  So why would I want to read a book based on the same kind of thing?  It is simple - Lauren Layne wrote it so I want to read it.  I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about it though.  It actually turns out that this book is one of my favorites Lauren Layne books.

Gage and Ellie both end up on the reality show, Jilted.  Gage is a famous actor that ends up on the show after losing a bet.  He has left two women at the alter so he is the perfect man to fill the role for the show even if he is less than excited about it.  Ellie wanted on the show so that she could promote her company.  She hatched a plan with her friend and business partner that it would be good for business if she could wear the designer t-shirts that they sell.  It turns out that Gage and Ellie seem to be the only two people that don't want to be on the show even though they are doing a pretty good job of faking it.

I loved Gage and Ellie together.  They have such wonderful chemistry with each other and I really felt their connection.  I loved how they interacted with each other and I think that the parts of the book that they were alone with each other were the only times either of them really showed their true selves.  I really enjoyed getting the chance to be in each of their heads so that I could really see what they were feeling.

I had really wondered how a romance could be set on a reality show like this.  It is not romantic to see the romantic interest spending time with other women.  I liked that the relationship between Gage and Ellie happened when the cameras were off.  Yes, there were a few situations that made things uncomfortable but I felt like both characters handled themselves well and it really helped them to realize what they were feeling for each other.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  I read this book with a big grin on my face the entire time and there were a few scenes that really had my heart beating like crazy.  I had a fantastic time watching Ellie and Gage find their happily ever after and look forward to more from Lauren Layne soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
About the Author

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like you really liked this one. Awesome review!

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  2. Neat how, in spite of the setting, you were able to love it. I've had a few surprise me like that and make me hesitant to say 'never'. :)

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    1. I am really amazed by how much I enjoyed this one, Sophia Rose!

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  3. Books that you unexpectedly love are the best! I haven't heard of this one, so thank you for sharing! It sounds wonderful! My mom is obsessed with The Bachelor, but like you, I never got into it. I think this book might be worth the risk. ;)

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. My love for this one was definitely a surprise. I think it was the right book at the right time.

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  4. Lauren Layne books have worked for me in the past, and I even gave Blurred Lines 5-stars, which I rarely do for contemporary romances. You have me very excited to read this. The premise sounds really fun and the characters sound fabulous. Great review.

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    1. I think that I have given 5 stars to her books twice now. This one was definitely a favorite.

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  5. I was a bit nervous about this one too but you convinced me that I need to grab this one up!!! Great review.

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    1. I was a little worried about this one but it worked out well for me. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it.

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  6. That's great you really liked this one, since you don't watch these type of reality shows. I like how the two MC's don't actually want to be on the show, but find love anyway!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I had such a good time with this one and it was a lot of fun to watch this couple steal time together.

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  7. I'm in! I actually really enjoy the Bachelor (which is weird because I'm normally not a fan of trainwreck TV) so a book in this setting sounds awesome!

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  8. I'm not a fan of reality dating shows either, but this one sounds fun. I love the fact that they are not looking for love. This would be something that I would love to read. Great review! ~Aleen

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    1. I really did have fun with it. I hope you get the chance to read it, Aleen!

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