The Wedding Audition: Runaway Brides #2 by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock

Today I have 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 The Wedding Audition, and then check out the other post today for How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days, and don’t forget to check out the other tour stops where you can see what others thought about this new series!

The Wedding Audition

The Wedding Audition is the second novella in the Runaway Brides series by the author duet of Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock.  At just under 150 pages, the prequel and this first novella are the perfect afternoon escape, with plenty of romance and clever characters to enjoy.

There’s plenty going on in this story, perhaps a touch too many elements that add potential for tension and conflict without really needing to be there.  But, I digress.  Annamae is a reality television star who just made a huge gaffe on national television, breaking up with her baseball player fiancé.  The pressure from the story and celebrity chasers is never ending, so she heads out to take some time for herself and deal with some long-standing family issues.  She’s searching for her father, and planning to use the time to decide what it is that she really wants.

Wynn is an undercover police officer hiding out in protective custody in Alabama. When Annamae arrives, the constant threat of a media circus is not a welcome sight.  And, in his situation, Wyatt is not even considering a relationship, long or short term.

With plenty of concerns surrounding Wyatt’s safety should his hiding place be discovered, Annamae’s crazy relatives and her never-before met Grandmother, it barely seems as if they have time to find the threads of romance.  But, even as Annamae starts to discover what is truly important in her life, she and Wyatt find a connection that is unexpected and solid.

While the pacing was a bit fast and the relationship seemed to be in fast-forward, there was solidity to the development of the characters and their connection, even if the issues of media and danger from cartels fell by the wayside.  It was a quick read that was easy to follow and brought a smile.

The Wedding Audition: Runaway Brides #2 by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock

Title: The Wedding Audition
Author: Catherine Mann, Joanne Rock
Series: Runaway Brides #2
Also in this series: How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Tule Publishing
Published on: 5 April 2015
Source: Author via Tour Company, Publisher
Pages: 146
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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The tabloids call her the Hit and Run Bride after reality show star Annamae Jessup walked out on Atlanta's favorite baseball player on cable television. Eager to escape her notoriety, Annamae takes a road trip to find the grandmother she’s never met and winds up discovering a whole lot more than a band of back woods relatives. There's no escape from reality TV, even in Beulah, Alabama, population 3000.

The last thing Wynn Rafferty needs in his new life is a spoiled television princess who can’t even know his real name. He’s in temporary witness protection as an apple farmer after his undercover work put his life in danger. He needs to lay low until the heat dies down from his last case— even if he sucks at growing apples as badly as he sucks at relationships. But Annamae turns his new town into a media circus, unwittingly threatening the lives of him, her and most of Beulah. Wynn is an expert at keeping the world at arm’s length, but when it comes to Annamae, the only way he can keep her safe is too keep her very, very close.


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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


Have a fling, Annamae.

            She didn’t want her grandmother’s voice in her head right now. Not when Wynn looked at her like she was even more appealing than the strawberry pie she’d made. Yet she kept remembering Hazel Mae’s matter-of-fact prescription for getting over a bad breakup. Have a fling!

            “What are we doing?” she heard herself ask, then winced since she sounded incredibly clueless. “I mean—I know where this is going. But—”

            “I know what I want.” Wynn’s hands moved to her shoulders. “I’m one hundred percent clear on that. But I should make a run around the perimeter of the fences. Scan the camera feeds just to be safe. That’ll give you enough time to decide if we want the same thing.”

            She opened her mouth then realized she had no idea what to say to that. She closed it again.

            “But would you consider giving me five minutes to persuade the outcome of your decision before I go?” His palm shifted so he cupped her chin, his thumb running along her lower lip in a way that inspired wicked, carnal thoughts.

            Her eyes fluttered for a moment before she realized how easily she played into his hands. Instead, she gave his thumb a bite.

            His dark laugh didn’t sound at all deterred. “That works, too.”

            Her cheeks burned. “I have no idea what you mean.”

            “I hope you’re here when I get back, Annamae. I can’t wait to find out what a lie you’ve been living with this whole good girl thing.”

            He strode away before she’d even caught her breath, the taste of his thumb still salty on her tongue.

            Bagel barked at him as left, as if asking him to come back. If Annamae weren’t careful, she’d be panting after him soon too.

            Oh wait, she already was.




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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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