Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Review & Tour: Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

Title: Runaway Groom
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Adult
Series: I Do, I Don't (Book Two)
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisFor 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.

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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 signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she's written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAY, New York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Perfect. This book was perfect.

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Gage can't believe he's been roped into doing a reality show which will lead to an engagement with one of these women. What are the chances that his true love is really among the twenty-some ladies waiting to fight for his attention? Yeah, practically zero. But he's stuck in a contract and willing to play along until the end, where he has no plans to marry any one of them. Until he meets contestant #21...

Ellie only agreed to her best friend's scheme to put her on this show for one reason: to promote their new t-shirt company. Schmoozing some Hollywood A-hole isn't on her to-do list. She just needs one episode where she can show off her clothing and market the brand. Then she'll do anything to get the man in question to send her home. Unfortunately, she's the only honest woman among the bunch and Gage seems to like that about her. So much for her plan of being the first woman eliminated...

I loved this book. Absolutely adored it. From the amazing characters to the way in which it was written, I soaked up every word of this. It's actually tougher to write a review for a book I really liked than it is for one I had problems with. Since I had not a single issue with this story or anything I could imagine changing, this will just be one giant praise after another. So prepare for that. And sorry *not sorry* in advance.

The whole idea of the book is what first drew me in. A man who doesn't want to be on a reality show to find love is matched with a woman who doesn't want to be there either. Sounds like a lot of bickering on the way and I just love a couple with fire. There definitely was a spark between this pair, from the very first moment they met in the 2-minute introduction portion.

Gage was an easy hero to fall for. He had a strange history with engagements and almost-weddings. I'm usually lukewarm to playboys, but he genuinely seemed to want to find someone. He just didn't expect to ever find her there, in the most fake environment known to man--reality television. I think the whole love-when-you-lease-expect-it scenario was done well here.

And Ellie. Oh, Ellie. She made me laugh so many times. Poor Gage just didn't stand a chance in the beginning. She really didn't want to be there and it showed. I loved this woman from the first page. Her humor and bravado was impressive. There is usually at least one thing that annoys me about a female lead (whining, crankiness, etc.), but I can't think of a single thing I would change about this chick.

The romance was spectacular. The chemistry was explosive and the stolen moments made my heart race every single time. I stayed up until 7 am reading this book. Yes, people. All night. The name of my blog isn't just a cute phrase. If a book is good, I just can't put it down. And this one was. So prepare yourself if you're like me. Once you start it, you won't be able to put it down either. Plan your meals and bathroom breaks accordingly.

In closing... 
I haven't read anything else by this author yet, but now I just have to. Five suns!

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