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Runaway Groom

(I Do, I Don't #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,386 ratings  ·  343 reviews
For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it. And now the chase is on!

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brid
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Published January 30th 2018 by Random House Publishing Group
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I’ve had my fair share of kisses in my life, with a lot of decent ones, I’d thought at the time, but kissing Gage is on a whole other level. The man knows what he’s doing because I feel like the only woman in the world—the only woman in his world.

This is why I will always be a die-hard Lauren Layne fan! So far she has knocked it out of the park with this series!! RUNAWAY GROOM was a funny, sexy, and fabulous good time! The I DO, I DON’T seri
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4.5 stars!

Review and Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.

Runaway Groom is a fun and romantic getaway filled with all the drama and craziness you can expect from a reality dating show, characters that will charm your pants off, and a chemistry that starts with a sizzle and ends with a bang.

After losing a bet with his best friend, Hollywood actor Gage Barrett is now the first bachelor in the new reality show Jilted, because apparently having a runaway groom finally get married shoots the ratings sky hig
4 Stars

As a popular movie star, Gage Barrett is practically a household name. After losing a bet during a drunken night in Vegas, he’s also the next star of TV reality show, Runaway Groom. Though not happy about the situation, Gage figures he’ll spend a few weeks in beautiful Hawaii with twenty women verging on crazy and NOT marry any of them before he hits the road and returns to his normal life. Sounds like a solid plan.

Ellie’s not looking for a husband, just a little promotion and hype for th
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lauren Layne Fans, Romance
4.5 Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner Stars
* * * *1/2 Spoiler Free- It's LIVE!!!
Qualifying Statement For Me...Lauren Layne is Back!!! Full Throttle in this entry for her I Do, I Don't Series. I am talking the Layne who made you want her next entry to all of her series back. The fun banter back, the sexy times back and all the other smart, put together moments she knows how to do.

Now you could say to me, what the hell are you talking about ... Lauren Layne has never gone away... and that may be tru
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 You have Avocado Eyes Stars

This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

I received this audiobook for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

The Bachelor scenario isn’t one of my favorite tropes.  Twenty some odd chicks all vying for one man's attention. *gross* I hate almost everything about that situation.  I do admit I’ve been sucked into a few of the reality shows like it, like Outback Jack
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

I was really in the mood for a fun, lighthearted, yet sexy romance, and this one filled the bill.

It was a fast paced read that totally held my attention, as Lauren Layne books always do!

Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
1.5 stars. I should have remembered that the mere concept of the Bachelor made me itch, and thus prevent myself from setting my eyes on Runaway Groom. As much as Lauren Layne tries to reassure us - and oh boy she does try - we're still very much reading about some generic white dude and his I'm above all this and I'm so different woman while his televised harem is outdoing itself with catfights and pissing contests. So what if the narrative makes fun of Reality TV shows? Self-awareness is not en ...more
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4.5 'All the bases' Stars!

And.. are you surprised? I am sure you are NOT. Because, once again, I enjoyed the heck out of reading a Lauren Layne novel! Many of my friends were raving about Lauren’s newest release and being the massive fan that I am of this woman, I knew she would not disappoint me. And she did not! Of course, we just got another pure LL piece of writing to love.

Runaway Groom is the second installment in the I Do, I Don’t series but it can be read as a standalone novel. The only t
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I loved this book! I am really kind of surprised about that to be honest. I don't like television shows like The Bachelor at all. I think they are kind of dumb and cannot understand why anyone would subject themselves to participating in something like that. So why would I want to read a book based on the same kind of thing? It is simple - Lauren Layne wrote it so I want to read it. I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive ab
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Runaway Groom was hilarious, sigh worthy, crazy at times and so much fun! If you're a fan of the Bachelor, Bachlorette or Lauren Layne, then I have a feeling you're going to absolutely love this book! Back before I had kiddos, I'd get together with friends, make dinner and we'd eat, talk and laugh while watching those shows. So when I heard that this book was going to be about a Bachelor-esque reality tv show I was sold. I forgot how much I missed this type of drama in my life and I found myself ...more
h o l l i s
Contestant number six told me (and the rest of America) that her hobbies include Brazilian waxes and flossing, and so help me God, I don't even know if she was talking about her teeth.

The Layne I so quickly grew to love is back! I've had some mixed results with this author's last few releases but RUNAWAY GROOM is everything I've come to expect when I pick up one of her books but still done new and fun and exciting. Oh yeah, sexy, too.

"If they try to kill you with a pineapple and dump your body i
Ever since reality TV invaded our airwaves, the hope of finding true love has inspired countless shows. With Runaway Groom, Lauren Layne puts a fresh spin on the trope with the absolutely unputdownable tale about a reluctant playboy actor and equally wary T-shirt entrepreneur.

After losing a bet, Gage Barrett finds himself in a Hawaiian resort filming a reality TV show where runaway grooms are paired with hopeful brides. Well, almost all of them are hopeful except Ellie Wright. She wants nothing
nick (the infinite limits of love)

It’s no secret that I love Lauren Layne’s books. What might come as a surprise though, is that I’m secretly a fan of The Bachelor. So you know I had to read Runaway Groom when I found out it combines two of my favorite things: Lauren Layne’s writing and a The Bachelor-esque setting. I absolutely devoured this book. It had everything that I love and want out of a LL book. Honestly, I’m in awe at how this author just continues to impress me.

You guys. This ship. I will 100% go down with it. I loved
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seductive, amusing, and undeniably addictive!

In this latest novel by Layne, Runaway Groom, she sweeps you away to a tropical paradise and onto the set of the reality TV show Jilted, a Bachelor-type show where Gage is reluctantly the new bachelor up for grabs, Ellie is determined to be sent home first after shamelessly plugging her t-shirt company, producers are hoping for as much drama as possible, and eighteen other women are committed to marrying the man of their dreams.

The characterization is
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

I was one of the few noncrazies in the early stages. One woman carried her pet turtle strapped to her chest. Another woman was stressing about whether the producers would want to count her dual personalities as one contestant or two.

Twenty-one. My life has come to this— being known as a number. I’m surprised they don’t tag my ear.

They’ve told me to pace myself, but that started to get hard when contestant number six told me (and the rest of America) that her hobbies include Brazi
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
For my taste, this book is too mild/ tame in every aspect. The characters are likeable without any development. There is that insta lust/ insta love. The progress of the story and plot is standard. Bit boring to my taste.

I usually like Miss Layne works. However this book is ends up on my mediocre shelved.

3 stars
4.5 stars

So much love for Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne.

I found the storyline entertaining, it was well written with smart, likable and relatable characters who I easily connected with and couldn't get enough of.

Ellie and Gage are going down as one of my fav couples. From the moment they set eyes on each other I felt their connection. I loved their banter, I loved their honesty, they had amazing chemistry and I loved watching them fall in love.
Seriously I can't find anything I didn't love abou
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne is book Two in the "I Do, I Don't" series. This is the story of Gage Barrett and Ellie Wright. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book.
Gage ended up on a reality TV series sort of like the bachelor. Ellie was talked into doing the relality tv show by her friends. Ellie goal was to get some attention to her businesses and assumed the bachelor would vote her off pretty quickly. But Gage has taken a liking to Ellie and Ellie is finding tha
I'm seriously falling in love with another series. Runaway Groom was a fantastic step up from the first book of this series. It was hilarious, hot, and such an enjoyable read.

This book is about Gage and Ellie. Sounds like a match made in heaven right? Well Gage is a hot commodity in the acting world. However, he finds himself on those terrible reality shows all because he lost a bet to a friend. It's sort of like the Bachelor (which is a show I honestly despise!) and of course he has to marry t
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Which is the real Gage Barrett: the silver-tongued charmer out to fall in love for the sake of ratings, or the guy in the cleaning closet whose avocado eyes hinted at dark secrets?”

Oh, how I have been waiting to get my hands on this book! After falling in love with Ready to Run, I couldn’t wait to get to get my hands on the next book in this fun I do, I don’t Series. And I gotta tell you, Runaway Groom does not disappoint.

Runaway Groom is smart and quick witted. The story-line is entertaining a
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet and funny romance. Excellent for when your in the mood for something with no angst, no dark forces of evil, no complications.
Yes, yes, yes.

The last couple of books I have read by Lauren Layne didn't really do it for me. They were okay, just not the sexy, witty, charming, glamorous novels I have come to expect from her. I was starting to worry that either I had gone off her writing, or that (even worse) she had started to write books that were just too similar to her other ones.

But, against my instincts I really enjoyed the first book in this series so I pre-ordered this one and - good choice.

Gage Barrett is a bona fid
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the kind who scoffs at reality-tv series like The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, I surprised myself even by jumping into Lauren Layne’s ‘Runaway Groom’, then spent all night reading it, at the expense of sleep. Needless to say, it was engaging enough where I found myself saying ‘just one more chapter’, though that went on and on until I hit the sugary sweet epilogue.

Avid fans of this type of reality shows probably need no introduction to the plot at all—which I don’t need to go into here—but it’s
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: f, net-g, romance
Interesting premise that should to appeal to legions of romance reality show fans, but I could not enjoy it.

I thought that both hero and heroine were not likable, and there was too much emphasis on the heroine 'not being like other girls' (even though both characters claimed to not believe that, and 'seemed' to care for other people, their actions and comments proved otherwise).

Add the snarkiness between the women on the show, and the utter ickiness of the characters, and this book was just not
This was too cute. And it was so easy to read, like I started this morning and it's 3 pm and I couldn't put it down. I'd love to see this made into a movie, I would totally go watch it. ...more
patrick Lorelli
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A fun story about an actor Gage Barrett, who has twice walked away from the altar which is explained. He is having drinks with an acquaintance in Vegas and after having too many he agrees to a bet and loses. He is now tied to a new show which his so called friend, acquaintance just happens to be producing. Titled runaway groom. During the first round in which there are cut downs before the show moves to Maui, he is actually attracted to a women named Ellie. She was put in for the show by her fri ...more
Nicole P
Lauren Layne is another favorite author of mine. Every time I read one of her books I'm left feeling happy and content. I've never watched the Bachelor but from this series I might just start giving it a chance. LL has put a twist on the show by having runaway grooms/brides try to find their one true love.

Gage Barrett, Hollywood's heartthrob and playboy, finds himself on the losing end of a bet and on a reality show. He is going to spend a month in Hawaii with 20 (very interesting) ladies, on th
Book Lover
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gage Barrett is a movie star and used to being in the spotlight. However, when he loses a bet to a friend, he is even more under the microscope. He has signed a contract to be on a reality show to find his one true love.

The descriptions of the women trying out for the show had me cracking up. The lengths some of the women who made it on to show went to in order to gain Gage’s attention!

Ellie Wright’s best friend signed her up to be a contestant on the show. They have a t-shirt company they are t
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a nice romance book!

I loved how the heroine had a good personality, and her priorities straight. The fact that she wanted to promote her business was a plus for her! Also loved the chemistry between her and Gage, and how the relationship grew slowly, rather than instalove. And the author had me worried about the ending!!

Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was such a fun read! It had just the right amount of snark, fantastic characters, and a wonderful HEA. It was super sweet and full of so much heart. Excellent read!

Ellie and Gage were awesome together. I loved their animosity, verbal sparring, chemistry, and their simmering sexual tension. I loved this crazy situation they were in and their attitudes about it. Seriously, so entertaining! I loved learning Ellie and Gage’s back stories, watching their guards come down as they get to know each
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Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Hot Asset, Hard Sell, and Huge Deal in her 21 Wall Street series, as well as her Central Park Pact series. Her books have sold more than a million copies in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is bas ...more

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