Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

Title: Runaway Groom
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: I Do, I Don't #2
Main Characters: Gage and Ellie
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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: 
Reading this book I had a first...this was the first time there was ever a point where I stood up and cheered while reading a book. (I kind of love that...it was a fun moment in the story.)

So, this whole story is fun. Ellie got wrangled into doing this show based on the Bachelor called Runaway Groom. She and her best friend own a T-shirt company and figure this is a great way to advertise for the company...wearing the T-shirts on national TV. What they don't plan on is the connection that Ellie finds with movie star, Gage.

Gage didn't particularly want to do the show either, but he lost a bet. So, he's trying. But he's intrigued by Ellie, who really doesn't seem to like him or any of the ideas surrounding the premise of the show. In other words, she's completely different from every other contestant trying to vy for his attention. He's intrigued by that at first, but as the show (and the book) progresses, he finds an ally in her in the show. She doesn't have any intentions toward him, so he convinces her to help him with the game...and a friendship develops. 

I really, truly enjoyed this story. It was fun and entertaining and I loved how things developed between Ellie and Gage. It felt very natural and real (well, as real as a hollywood-created setting in a fictional book can feel). I loved them together. It was an interesting premise and I'm so glad I got to read the book. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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