Review: Bride on the Run by Catherine Mann & Joanne Rock (Runaway Brides #4)


Note: This ARC was provided by Tule Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When listeners call in and ask radio personality Serena Allen for advice regarding their love and sex problems, she gives them what she believes is the best piece of wisdom she can. Without any actual follow-up, she has no clue if the advice worked or didn’t. So, when she finds herself face-to-face with Boone Sullivan and discovers that he’s the ex-fiancé of the reality TV star she advised to break things off two months ago, she’s stunned when he tells her that he wants her to publicly admit she made a mistake.

Boone didn’t expect to be fascinated by Serena, but soon enough, they’ve got the press hounding them and a would-be stalker harassing Serena. When Boone learns that Serena is actually Valerie Dimitri, granddaughter to a convicted mob boss and on the run from her ex-fiancé, he decides that the best thing for her would be to stay with him in order to protect her, though, spending more time around her wouldn’t hurt either. Theirs appears to be destined as a temporary fling but will there be a happily-ever-after for the baseball superstar and mob princess if they remain steady long enough to figure it all out?

Bride on the Run is the fourth release in the Runaway Brides series from Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock and brings all four stories full circle with this one about baseball player Boone Sullivan and bride on the run Valerie Dimitri. Boone was originally introduced in the prequel, which is now listed as book one, as the then-fiancé of Annamae Jessup and Valerie was introduced in book two but as Serena Allen, a radio personality who advises Annamae to end her engagement to Boone if she feels she isn’t ready to marry him and has lingering doubts. I’ve always wanted Boone to have his own story told, especially since he’s always seemed like a nice guy who certainly didn’t deserve to be so publicly dumped by Annamae, but I was surprised when I found out he was being partnered with Valerie/Serena. Of course, theirs is an interesting tale, because of what happened with Annamae so seeing these two fall in love seemed improbable but love has been known to defy logic and common sense countless times before.

I didn’t feel the same kind of spark between Boone and Valerie as much as I did with the other lead characters in the first three books. There wasn’t this connection I felt to either of them until I reached the last quarter of the book. Still, the idea of the All-American baseball star falling in love with a woman who had ties to the mob was something that kept my interest going until I finished reading the book. It was nice to have majority of the other lead characters from the first three books included in this story, albeit in mostly minor roles. All in all, this quick read is something you’ll want to check out if you’re a fan of the Runaway Brides series. Bride on the Run gets 3.5 stars out of five. ♥

Release Date: 16 June 2015

Date Read: 12 June 2015

Learn more about Catherine Mann here and Joanne Rock here.

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