Review: Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne (I Do, I Don't #2)


Note: This ARC was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.

While I do have a basic idea of what The Bachelor--as well as similar matchmaking shows--is about, I've never seen a single episode. I guess a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm a cynical romantic who wonders if the people who join shows like that are in it simply for the sake of attention or trying their hand on a career in the entertainment industry or if they truly believe they're going to find the love of their life while competing with a bunch of other hopefuls for an ounce of affection. But yeah, I pretty much knew what shows like this entailed, so I thought I had an idea how Runaway Groom, the second novel in the Lauren Layne-penned I Do, I Don't was going to play out. Single guy marooned on an island with a host of single ladies hoping to snag a ring and a promise of a happily-ever-after via a wedding? Check. Single guy forced into servitude, erm, becoming said bachelor on a matchmaking show called Jilted? Single girl forced into joining said show in order to bring in more publicity for her business? Check. The two people who never wanted to be there anyway falling for each other? Maybe. Xes and Os.

Lauren Layne added her own creative twist to the whole bachelor dating scenario, and made so much more of a fresh read, thank goodness! After all, there's already a well-worn script that stories like this follow, but Layne isn't much of a follower. If anything, this author makes it a point of doing her own thing and doing it so well that her fans and readers can't help but fall in love with it. In Runaway Groom, Gage Barrett and Ellie Wright find themselves thrown together out of necessity, but love often comes to those who aren't expecting it in the form of a famous actor who has more to him than his reputation may make you believe or in a snarky businesswoman who's looking for a regular guy and an ordinary white picket fence backdrop. These two were well-matched and there was definite chemistry from the get-go. While I may have liked the first book, Ready to Run, I absolutely loved this second one, which is also why I'm rather sad that the series isn't going to continue. I had high hopes for the third book, Just Run With It, but it's a no-go according to the author. For now, five stars go to Runaway Groom. ♥

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Read my reviews for the I Do, I Don't series:


Ready to Run (book one) - four stars - My Review

Runaway Groom (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)

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Date Read: 08 February 2018

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