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Ready to Run

(I Do, I Don't #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,615 ratings  ·  401 reviews
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: firefighter Luke Elliott, a known player who’s left not one but three
ebook, 215 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Loveswept
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok

Well color me surprised.

While I didn't enjoy I Knew You Were Trouble, I loved Walk of Shame so I went into Ready to Run with high hopes (and a bucket of organic butter popcorn). I mean this is THE Lauren Layne, one of the most prolific and undisputed queens of the romantic comedy genre.

Well, color me surprised.

The plot itself was fine; Luke, a runaway groom who'd jilted 3 brides and, Jordan, a reality show executive, hell bent on getting him signed as the next bachelor for a reality sh
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

What a fun, fun, fun read!! Did I mention this was a whole lot of fun to read?

Lauren Layne has this fabulous ability to write the wittiest, sexiest romances along with irresistible characters you just want to plop yourself down with and have a beer or glass of wine and a plate of nachos. I have read and totally enjoyed many Lauren Layne books, but this one steals the show (pun intended).

Luke Elliot, a local Montana firefighter, is a notorious runaway groom. So far three would be brides
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Her heart recognized him—her soul knew this man because somehow he’d wiggled inside her and occupied every corner of her that mattered.

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The ”I DO, I DON’T” series is off to a very good start with READY TO RUN. Although I am not a fan of reality shows, especially “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”, I found this story to be a fun, sweet, and sexy read. The Heroine is a “City Girl” with a big heart and the Hero is just downright sexy and c
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lauren Layne Fans, Romance
4 Everything is Not as It Seems Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free It's Live !!!
I cannot keep up! Lauren Layne is a Writing Machine and she keeps putting out books with a culturally media savvy eye. As the blurb so aptly states... think The Bachelor meets the Runaway Bride and you have an idea of how this book should feel. With the solid crafting Layne does... this read was easy to pick up, dive in and enjoy.

With the Layne touch to this premise, there is chemistry, plot points and emotional questions wh
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4 stars!

Review, Excerpt and Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.

Ready to Run is a cute and fun small town romantic comedy that will make you grin and laugh at the witty and effortless banter, swoon at the sexual tension, and maybe even tear up at certain events in the story. It had a wonderful pace and a slow burn I enjoyed immensely.

Jordan Carpenter, a New Yorker with more small town in her than she cares to admit, flies with her friend and company lawyer Simon to Lucky Hollow, Montana to try to conv
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

♬ ♪ Where is the magic ho ho ho where iiiiiiiiiis the magic eh eh eh eh where is the magic ha ha ah where the fuck did the magic goooooooooooo

I thought for sure
I'd fall in love
Without pressure

But who are you
I don't know you
Are you done yet

- I just don't care

And apparently I can't fucking rhyme eitheeeeeeeeeeeeer
And this book wasn't even a disasteeeeeeer

But I can't feel any connectioooooooooon
Another borefest in my collectiooooooooon

♬ ♪ Where is the magic ho ho ho where iiiiiiiiiis the
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

✮✮✮ 4 STARS ✮✮✮

“I don’t care how much money’s on the table. I don’t care if your ‘handpicked’ women are all Victoria’s Secret models with degrees in neuroscience who run charities in their spare time. I’m not, nor will I ever be, interested in being a part of your show. So you can prance your high heels and your tight ass right back to New York City and leave me and my town in peace.

Jordan is a heroine with a history we only learn about rather late in th
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 - "Even Jimmy Choo can’t disguise your roots." Stars!

Lauren Layne begins her new I Do, I Don’t series with an opposites attract romance, when big city girl Jordan travels to the wilds of Montana, to try and lure fire-fighter Luke to sign up to be the lead in a new Bachelor type reality show.

I’ll be honest and say me and Ms. Layne have hit the skids in 2017, everything I have read by her so far this year has been underwhelming, underdeveloped and pretty mediocre, something that has come as a bi
Reality TV Producer Jordan Carpenter is pursuing a lead for her new concept show, Jilted. Firefighter Luke Elliott has been to the altar three times and walked away at the last moment. When Jordan shows up in Lucky Hollow, Montana to convince him to be the first star, all he sees is a fast-talking city girl who’s meddling in business he’d rather have left alone.

I questioned my judgment in deciding to read this book, my first by the author I heard so many good things about, as I’m not a fan of r
Happy Book Birthday!!

A great blend of fun and sexiness to kick off a series you won’t want to miss.

Lauren Layne has a wonderful way of writing a story with good balance between delightful fun and hotness that grabs me from start to finish. I haven’t missed a single one of her books and I don’t plan on doing so because I know I’ll be getting an enjoyable escape every single time. With this first book in her I Do, I Don’t series, Ms. Layne sets the stage for an amusing and addictive series abo
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This romance was just charming! I am not usually too eager to read wedding themed books but I like Lauren Layne's writing enough that I knew I had to read this one. This was a really fun premise with most of the wedding talk being about a groom who had a history of leaving his brides at the alter. Throw in a reality show wanting to capitalize on that and and you have a great set up. This was just a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed ev
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'City meets Country' Stars!
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Since this baby is LIVE today, it's a great day to post my review! I was lucky enough to read this during last weekend and I have to say I am pretty exicted about this new series! You probably know my infinite love for all things Lauren Layne so, of course, I really enjoyed reading the journey to love between this couple.

Ready to Run is the first installment in Lauren's new series called I Do, I Don't. She d
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Jordan is working for a NYC reality TV-show. She's responsible for finding a suitable candidate for the first season of JILTED. A show just like THE BACHELOR, only with runaway grooms. Guys who've come close to being married before, but instead of getting married ... they left their future brides standing at the altar!
And Luke from Lucky Hollow, Montana is just such a guy. He's been almost-married THREE times!
The sexy firefighter would be the perfect guy for Jordan's show, but the poor guy doesn
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed Ready to Run by Lauren Layne.

The writing was well done, the storyline held my attention and kept me turning the pages late into the night. I just didn't want to put it down.
I found Jordan and Luke likable, funny, endearing, passionate characters and loved watching their relationship develop.
They made me laugh, they made me swoon, they frustrated me a little and then they made me fall in love with them and their beautiful, heartwarming love story.


Overall, Ready to Run is
Geri Reads
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
You can always count on Lauren Layne to deliver a well-written and heartfelt romance between two very different people.

In this Runaway Bride meets The Bachelor love fest, Lauren Layne ventured into something she's never quite done before--a small town romance. And I dig it.

Jordan Carpenter is a producer of a new show called Jilted. Jilted is basically The Bachelor for runaway grooms. She's tasked to rope in Luke Elliot as the first runaway groom to be featured in the show. The problem is Luke
Ready to Run was a really cute book. It's about Luke, who has left the alter three times, being "convinced" by Jordan, who drove to Montana to talk to him, to join this reality show called Jilted. Their first meeting doesn't go has planned.. which was predictable.. because what guy or person would want to join a reality TV show because of that reason?

Of course Jordan is determined to get Luke to join - however, he is stubborn as a mule at this point. Somehow Jordan starts developing friendships
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“That is one hot firefighter… Every last one of them belongs on a naughty calendar.” She gave him a look with a raised eyebrow. “If you don’t get ahold of yourself, they’re going to have to turn the hose on you.”

He’d spoken with his mother just yesterday, and she’d launched into a fifteen-minute description of an article she’d read about how men’s reproductive systems age just like women’s and if he was going to give her grandchildren, he’d better get on it. He’d claimed a fire e
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Some books are just flat out fun and this gave off a seriously entertaining vibe right from the start. From the awesome cast of characters to the animosity and flirting, this just checked every bell and whistle for a great story. It had an awesome HEA that left me with a big ol' smile on my face! Loved this!

Luke and Jordan have excellent chemistry mixed with some friction and it was just down right amusing to watch them butt heads and see those sparks fly and build. I was excited while reading,
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-f-romance, arc
Ready to Run follows Jordan Carpenter, a producer for a show called Jilted. Jilted is an upcoming show; it's about men who have left women at the alter looking for love, a.k.a. The Bachelor with a twist. When she finds the perfect candidate in Luke Elliot she decides to drive to Montana to convince him to join the show.

Luke has left 3 women at the alter, and as you could imagine, he wants no part in TV show that would air out all his dirty laundry. He loves his small-town life and his career as
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn’t feel the chemistry that I wanted and didn’t get the swoons as I hoped. Still, I finished it in a night, so that’s gotta say something about the ease and enjoyability of this book.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute romance. Our hero is a hot firefighter with the reputation of leaving three different women waiting at the alter. Enter our heroine who is a producer for a reality tv show. Her job is to ‘produce’ the needed fella for a new show. The plan is to convince our hero to find love on a ‘bachelor’ type show.
But, getting him to the alter is a different battle than expected. Lots of twists and turns on the way to Happily Ever After.
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️

This book, this story, put a big ole smile on my face. From the first page until the last, this sweet, romantic, happily ever after love story was addicting.

When the sexy, once small town, New York girl, turned reality show recruitment coordinator, Jordan Carpenter meets her objective, Luke Elliot, the sexy, fire fighter, 3 time runaway groom, there are sparks, annoyances, irritations that all mix together for a wonderful enemies to lovers story.

Luck Hollow, Montana oozes charm and a sense of h
Jacob Proffitt
This is extremely short and not at all up to Layne's usual high standard. Jordan is obviously at something of a crossroads with her life, ready to figure out what she really wants in a home (town, rather than domicile). She grew up small-town but has experienced enough of New York to feel comfortable there and to finally make a choice (leaving her small-town in the first place was reactionary, though justified). So I can see why she'd be interested in Luke as the small-town guy everyone knows an ...more
4.5 stars.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Any book written by Lauren Layne is a no-brainer automatic YES read for me, as I love her writing so much.
She especially has a talent for these fun and lighthearted romances-and this book is a great start to the series.
Loved the storyline- about a reality TV producer seeking out and falling for her would-be star, a Montana heartthrob who wants absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming show. Which is sort of a hybrid version of "The Bachel
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Ready to Run is the first book in a new series by Lauren Layne focusing on runaway grooms. Guys that just can't seem to commit for one reason or another...until that special someone comes along and changes their skittish ways.

Luke Elliott is infamous about leaving not one but THREE fiancées at the altar. When word gets out about this, Jordan, a TV producer, comes up with a great new idea for her show Jilted. Kind of like reality TV The Bachelor, where he has to choose between all these beau
[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]
I honestly read playboy firefighter in the synopsis and couldn't click that 'request' button fast enough. I had really high expectations for this book, and it definitely didn't disappoint. It's got the hate-to-love trope which I absolutely love. And then the small-town romance which I'll never get over. Falling in love with this book was a no-brainer.
I honestly wasn't a big fan of Jordan's at first. I understand her going
nick (the infinite limits of love)

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Lauren Layne fangirl, but this year her books and I have not been getting along all that well. I held out hope that Ready to Run would change that for me, but unfortunately it didn’t. Ready to Run, while it possesses quintessential elements that make Layne’s novels very readable, is also bland in other ways. Perhaps the biggest issue for me here are the characters. Normally, this author writes compelling voices whose happily ever after you root for. Neither Jordan
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Ready to Run was absolutely adorable and so much fun! It reminded me all over again why I fall so hard for Lauren Layne books. I always want to be bff with the girl, I fall madly in love with the boy, and there's a group of friends that I would love to have in my life. Plus the pages are filled with fabulous banter and a storyline that captures my heart. It always makes for the perfect romance book that I can easily get lost in. So if you adore small town charm, a couple that goes from hate to ...more
h o l l i s
I almost filed READY TO RUN into my 'your hero is my zero' shelf but.. said hero wasn't quite that terrible. But it was a close call.

"These people already adore you. I know, because I asked."
"I've barely even talked to them."
"Yeah, but they can smell your small town roots."

Wow, so, I completely did not expect to be so unmoved by this story. It's got a great premise and it surprised me by the direction it went. Which, I mean, sometimes surprises are good. And this one was. However it was e
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