It’s HERE! The first in Lauren Layne’s new I Do, I Don’t Series is available and you can read all about it here with a review and excerpt, check out the other review tour stops to see what everyone else thought, and then enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win $25.00 Starbucks Gift Card. But first
Ready to Run
Bringing me the same feelings and laughter that Walk of Shame brought, Lauren Layne again shows her ability to combine sexy, flirty dialogue, real emotions, a touch of pop culture and characters that you want to add to your group of friends. Luke is from a small town in Montana, gaining notoriety because of his running away from not one or two, but three women at the altar. Dubbed the Runaway Groom, he’s just trying to live his life out of the spotlight. But, he’s refusing to answer calls and questions about his last-minute cold feet, and simply wants to be left alone.
Jordan works for a studio, one that wants to produce a “bachelor-like” show, using Luke as the prize. Since Luke won’t answer her calls, it is up to her to head to Montana with her friend and co-worker Simon, and get Luke to follow them back to film. Not difficult, but pulling this self-defined city girl out into the wide open spaces is proving to be the key to opening her own personal Pandora’s box, where she’s stuffed her own issues and memories of her small-town upbringing, and moved beyond her roots.
Jordan is very bold, brash and determined: like other Layne heroines she uses humor, pointed comments and has a running interior dialogue that never fails to amuse, even as it dances about her own real issues and concerns, showing readers the vulnerabilities. Simon, as a road-trip sidekick is adorable and clever: never missing an opportunity to lighten Jordan’s mood, redirect her focus or even simply be there to listen. And then we have Luke. Silent (like a stone) Luke who won’t be swayed by constant pestering, offers of cash and stardom, or even the repeated appearances of Jordan in his life, his town, HIS places. Sure, she’s cute and clever, and everyone (and he realizes Everyone) in town finds her intriguing, and they even are starting to fall for her attempts to ingratiate herself with the town in an effort to get him to cooperate. But really? He wants to ignore her and her effort, as easily as he ignored the offer but there’s something about Jordan that he can’t ignore.
Oh there is drama, and issues that pop up but this is really the tale of Jordan and Luke overcoming their own issues, discovering what is important to each of them, and working together to overcome it all for a future together.
Title: Ready to Run
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 22 August, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.
Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.
Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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