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Runaway Groom

(Watkins Pond #1)

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  43 reviews
He’s ready and waiting. She’s wanting…but wary.

Watkin’s Pond, Book 1

The groom is back in town.

Abigail lost her best friend years ago when he ditched her at the altar like a loaf of stale bread. Now he’s back and determined to do whatever he has to—even lie, apparently—to get under her skin. Although he makes her hormones rev to life in a way that no one has since he left,
ebook, 132 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Samhain Publishing
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Dec 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Not even twenty pages into the book, and I already wanted to punch the daylights out of Braxton. My god the letters that he sends Abby! Let me just quote one line from the letter that he sends her , “If you ever get the stick out of your ass and take a moment to answer me, know this: I still love you, even though you are kind of dragging this out longer than I thought you would.” And this is after he left her at the altar to face all the repercussions alone and went on a merry tour all over the ...more
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Favorite Quote: “Happy Birthday, assmonkey.”

Abigail had her whole world planned out until the love of her life left her standing at the altar on their wedding day. Now, ten years later, her runaway groom has come home. He wants a second chance but Abigail has closed that chapter of her life.

Braxton Dean left town and his best friend when his fears got the best of him. He regrets his disappearing act and after spending years trying to f
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
2 Stars!

Maybe it's because of the string of bad books I've been picking up, but I couldn't enjoy the novel as much as I would have loved to. It has a lot of potential to be fantastic, but for me it seems like it's only part of something great.

The plot is somewhat interesting. I couldn't get into it too much when it took a The Notebook twist with the letters. As for the storyline overall, it felt like it only told certain parts of an epic romance. There'll be chapters that focus heavily on on
Sep 26, 2013 marked it as to-read

I think I need a copy of this now. It's a very interesting concept, I think.

Personally I don't think I would forgive him but it would be fun to see him attempt--and fail--to get me back.
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Wow, a book with a man groveling, a woman who’s wary of him since he left her standing at the altar, a small town full of little-old-ladies with nothing to do but put their noses in other people’s business and 2 friends that will do whatever it takes to make their friends happy. What an amazing, well-written novel Runaway Groom was. Filled with love, laughter, tugging of heart-strings and humor.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: january-2014
Unfortunately this Book didn't live up to the hype for me. Too many unanswered questions and lack of detail. There wasn't enough of the story to actually have any feelings for the H/h. (view spoiler)

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Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while you read a book that just makes you go aww. This is one of those books. You fall in love with the characters and want to see them succeed. How can you not forgive and love a guy who writes love letters over a 10 year span even though he receives no response. I melted into a big puddle of goo. Can’t wait to see what happens next at Watkin’s Pond.
Heather Long
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It had moments where I wanted to growl at the characters, but damn if they didn't make me laugh, and sigh. ...more
Harlie Williams
You know the best part of reading a new book in a series? You get a feel for the town, the secondary characters and try to figure out who the author has planned to write about next. I have some thoughts but you need to read this book to find out. The worst part of reading a new book in series? I did not want this book to end.

Braxton stole my heart from the first page. Literally the first page. In fact the first word… *sigh* I’ve never known a hero in a book to be this romantic. At the same time,
Victoria Rainey
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Abigail has a lot on her plate after her best friend left her at the altar. Her grandmother got sick and died and now her mother is sick. Abigail is also still very upset at how her ex-fiancé left her without a word.

Braxton Dean is back in town and wants to fix the mistake he make years ago by not marring Abigail when he should have. All of the woman he dated over the years have never matched up to her. Braxt
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
The good and the bad.

The Good: The ways he tries to win her back. His letters.

The Bad: He left her at the altar. He wasn't man enough to discuss this with his best friend (Abby, the woman he was supposed to love and marry). He left for 10 years before he came back to town and try to work things out with her. He almost married, twice to other women. Which he backed out of just before the wedding.

I don't see a good enough reason to forgive him.
JoAnne Kenrick
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this small town romance so much. Ms. Nelson writes with such style and finesse, and has a unique voice. Runaway Groom is a quirky and sexy small town romance that captured my heart right from the first sentence to the very last. FIVE STARS for Virginia Nelson' s Runaway Groom - think Sophie Kinsella but for grown ups who like their stories a little on the saucy side. ...more
Adriana Caceres
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story... Complete review available on the Sarah says read romance blog.
Carol Blackman
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-book-list
Cute and short, and the idea of more than 3500 letters is the most romantic thing ever
3.5 stars

Really not much to say. Sweet story but nothing terribly exciting.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finished within a few hours and I wouldn't have changed a thing. No chapter went to waste in this story but it packed a punch. I teared up feeling the pain of being left at the altar to think of never hearing from the boy with all of her first's. I laughed at all his crazy antics to get her to talk to him. I began feeling each fear illustrated both in Abby and in Brax. And I swooned at each and every letter written in this story. It was well-paced and fit all the details perfectly to give so muc ...more
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: Jan 21
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher

The groom is back in town.

Abigail lost her best friend years ago when he ditched her at the altar like a loaf of stale bread. Now he’s back and determined to do whatever he has to—even lie, apparently—to get under her skin. Although he makes her hormones rev to life in a way that no one has since he left, she is equally determined not to fall for
Christi Snow
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I read the two books in this series out of order, because I received book #2 for review. But after reading it, I had to grab the first and I really liked it too.

This book is a heartbreaking story. Abby and Braxton were best friends from toddlers on up. It just made sense that the two of them fell in love, too, and were planning to be married at age 20. But at the last moment, Braxton panicked and fled without a word, leaving Abby sure that he was dead or hurt somewhere. She found out
Sassy Moms Say Read Romance
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I loved this book… Let me just start off by saying that Virginia Nelson did an excellent job of bringing us the emotions that can only be felt by someone who’s loved and lost and is weary of giving the person who hurt them a chance. But the overall feel of this emotion I had during this story was laughter…

Braxton left Abby ten years before at the altar, but it was something he regretted the whole time. When he returns to the small town where they grew up he does everything in his power to
Heather in FL
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a cute story of second-chance love. Probably closer to 3-1/2 stars. Braxton and Abigail grew up together as best friends. When puberty hit, they were it for each other. Braxton proposed, the wedding date was set when they were twenty, and then he didn't show up. And Abigail didn't hear from him again. Sure, he came home from time to time, but not understanding why he left, she couldn't bring herself to try to talk to him.

Ten years have passed and Braxton is back to stay. And he's back t
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ah, Braxton.
How I wanted to hate you. On behalf of myself and every other woman who has been left or thrown to the side. You being Abby's best friend just made it seem all the worse. I was right there with Abby as she slapped your face and gave you many tongue lashings. You're such a douche nugget--I don't see how you can redeem yourself. Seriously you left with no word or anything and after 10 years (a whole freakin' decade) you come waltzing back into her life expecting her to be happy to see
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Braxton Dean ran out of their wedding, Abigail lost not only her fiancée but her best friend. Never hearing from Braxton in those years, Abby has done her best to move on but there is a part of her that still has feelings for Braxton now that he has returned.

�Braxton wasn't expecting a warm hug and forgiveness from Abby, at least not right away. He did write to her almost daily, but she never responded. Braxton is back now and plans to win Abby's heart once more but this time he doesn't pla
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it

A cute read. It was short, simple and enough to make you giddy. It didn’t wow me though, I was hoping for more explanation on the male protagonist’s side but it was a kind of read that is worth reading when you want something light, fast and cute. :)


** Also posted on my TUMBLR account & AMAZON
Christine Alibutud
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
3 out of 5 stars for this book!

I was kind of excited to read this before I did, since the blurb was kind of interesting and it piqued my interest!!

However...... I was kind of disappointed that it did not reach my expectations, nor my interest to continue reading it (so DNF).

But yeah, it still receives 3 stars for me since I did read some funny moments (and I just love funny moments).

Anyway, it was just an okay read for me.
Robin Shawn
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a short and sweet story. I loved the use of the letters. It made what Braxton did more bearable. This wasn't the greatest thing I've read, but I thought the writing was good and I really like the H/h. I'll definitely be reading more books by the author. ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
~ 2.5 Stars ~
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved it. Funny, good story, great characters and soooo romantic with little spicy scenes ;)
PD: I loved the letters
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