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!
“Romantic comedy at its finest . . . Readers will not want to put it down.”—USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog
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.
Praise for Runaway Groom
“Lauren Layne gets the red rose for this one, and fans of The Bachelor will fall in love with this thoroughly charming story.”—Kate O’Keeffe, bestselling author of One Last First Date
“It’s the perfect beach read—or snow day read, if you’re stuck in cold weather like me!”—All About Romance
Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order:
I WISH YOU WERE MINE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
I THINK I LOVE YOU
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED
The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
4 1/2 Stars!
Gage lost the bet and now he has to go on the reality TV show "Jilted" as the Runaway Groom ... okay, it might be true - twice. But he's a Hollywood actor, he can get through this, even though the series promises a wedding at the end of the season. Elle let her business partner talk to into being a contestant on this ridiculous reality TV show to market their new business, a clothing called High Tee. But once Elle gets there, all she wants to do is go home ... she thinks it's ridiculous that they expect movie star Gage Barrett to fall in love and get married to one of these contestants. All she knows is that it isn't going to be her and she tells Gage at her first opportunity just that. But all that does is peak Gage's interest and the last thing he wants to do is send her home.
I was really surprised by this book because when I first started reading it, I thought it was going to be a little chessy ... but it was far from it. Even though it followed the premise of The Bachelor, it gave you a little insight to behind the cameras. I had to laugh at how honest Elle was ... she just said what she was thinking and didn't care about the outcome. And Gage ... how could you not fall in love with him. He was just trying to make the best out of a bad situation. If you are looking for a romantic comedy ... I highly recommend this book.
I received an ARC copy courtesy of The Smitten Word in exchange for a honest review.