Series: I Do, I Don't #2
Published by Random House Publishing Group on January 30th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
I may not watch reality dating shows, but I’ll read anything by Lauren Layne. She actually makes the idea of watching a season of The Bachelor or Batchelorette enticing. With Runaway Groom she gives us the dynamic duo of Gage and Ellie.Two characters who end up a part of reality TV Show “Jilted”. Neither are their by their own volition, but especially not Ellie. So the first challenge we get to see is of Ellie as she tries to negotiate herself “off the island” so to speak.
Movie star Gage find himself weeding through a group of contestants who have various motivations for contending for the position of Mrs. Barrett. While Ellie is anxious to make her stay on the show a short one, her candor gives life to her time in the role and she becomes somewhat indispensable to Gage. But Gage comes with some romantic baggage that would make anyone shy of a real relationship – not that they have one, cause that would be against the rules. I so love their banter and the way they just seem to understand each other.
Runaway Groom is captures all the silliness of a Reality data show. The potential brides are into high drama; catty, shallow and crazy. It’s a fun and all to fast read with perfectly placed “invitation” chapters that provide for great sequeways forward. If you are a fan of any of the romance, bride and groom reality shows, I urge you not to miss out on reading Layne’s “behind ” the scenes look.