How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days: Runaway Brides #1 by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock

Today I have the first two installments in a new series from author duet Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock. As part of this tour, I have reviews, excerpts and a tour wide giveaway for some pretty awesome prizes. If you have a US address, you can win a Great Escape Pack including a heart-print tote, a scarf for going incognito, and cute dark sunglasses. If you are International you could win a print copy of Catherine Mann’s RESCUE ME and Joanne Rock’s NIGHTS UNDER THE TENNESSEE STARS.  So, be sure to read on to find out about How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days, and then check out the other post today for The Wedding Audition, and don’t forget to check out the other tour stops where you can see what others thought about this new series!

How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days

The first in a new series by the author duet of Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock is a quick-reading novella, which manages to pack in a whirlwind romance, instant affection, a slow realization and a touch of drama from the past.  Grady and Melanie have known one another for a very short while, and this is essentially the story of confidence facing off against insecurities.

Grady is a baseball player who not only wants to be married, but is certain that Melanie is the woman for him.  Steady, fairly constant and wholly supportive, he knows what Melanie doesn’t – he’s good for her and she for him. On the other hand, Melanie’s past traumas and family issues with alcohol and broken promises, and she doesn’t believe that anyone can or will make a promise that sticks.

Together the dynamic between the two is clever, with small reveals of past history and insecurities as Grady struggles to convince Melanie to take a chance, a big huge whopping chance on him and the surety of his love and affection.

Cute, quick reading and well- paced, the characters arrived with solid development and voices, and their interactions felt real and plausible.  A wonderful introduction to a series about reluctant brides, who can resist the romantic pull of a whirlwind, meant to be sort of story?

How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days: Runaway Brides #1 by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock

Title: How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days
Author: Catherine Mann, Joanne Rock
Series: Runaway Brides #1
Also in this series: The Wedding Audition
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Tule Publishing
Published on: 5 April 2015
Source: Author via Tour Company, Publisher
Pages: 69
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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He thought their love was a grand slam, until his bride calls foul…

After an impulsive courthouse wedding with one of baseball’s rising stars, Melanie Webb wonders if she’s fallen victim to lust at first sight. She hardly knows Grady Hollis, the Atlanta outfielder who swooped into her Florida hometown and charmed the socks—and more!—right off her. She couldn’t resist when he proposed under the stars right on the outfield. But when the aftermath means moving to Atlanta and following him around the country for his eight-month a year travel schedule, she gets cold feet.

But Grady has never been a man to give up on a dream and Melanie is everything he ever hoped for in a woman. He knows if only he can persuade her to come along for the ride, he’ll convince her that their forever can be something special… with a love every bit as fiery as the passion.

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A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company, Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt


“Official?” Melanie squeaked, her voice a breathless rasp with panic and form-fitting shapewear squeezing the ever-loving life out of her.“You make a better Mrs. Hollis than I could have ever hoped for.” Grady’s blue eyes went darker. Serious.Any other woman on the planet would have swooned at the declaration. She felt her throat close. Her skin itched like she might be getting hives. Had she really just married a man she’d known for the extent of one spring training season? Yesterday, she kept thinking he’d back out of it before they really said “I do.” She’d counted on it even, not packing up all her old apartment, certain he wasn’t really serious.

How many pro ball players had she seen come and go from Kissimmee, flirting with the local girls for a few weeks before heading back to their real lives?

“I–” She couldn’t breathe. Or think. Or even begin to imagine how she could carve out a life at his side when major leaguers lived on the road for the better part of eight months each year.

Had she used this marriage and this great guy as a means to finally escape Kissimmee? Her troubled family that she hadn’t even invited to the wedding? She clutched her little bouquet of peonies tighter. They’d cost more than her dress, but Grady had surprised her with the flowers. Insisted.

Guilt surged faster than Grady’s fans after a win.

“You deserve much more,” she rasp-whispered, an underwire support jabbing her left breast like an accusing finger. “I’m so sorry.”

He frowned. His hands lifted to cup her shoulders.

“What are you talking about?”

Wasn’t it obvious? One of baseball’s hottest rising stars had just eloped with a glorified temp worker who was so deep in a panic attack she couldn’t draw a full breath.

Her eyes stung as she thought about all the ways she was about to hurt him. But wasn’t it better for him to find out now what a mess she was inside than later? The marriage could be annulled. Right?

Behind them, the judge cleared his throat.

“Your paperwork?” Craggy Face lifted the certificate off his desk and waved it meaningfully in their direction. “And tell the next couple they may step forward, please.”

Melanie didn’t bother answering. As soon as Grady turned to retrieve the papers, she sprinted out of the Wedding Room as fast as her pink high heels would take her.


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About Catherine Mann

USA Today bestseller and RITA Award winning author Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets).

Catherine is an active volunteer with an animal rescue, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering over 200 puppies, ill dogs, and dogs with service/working potential.

About Joanne Rock

Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The author of over seventy novels enjoys writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms-- fits her life outlook perfectly. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

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