“He runs from the altar—and finds love in the place he least expects.”
RUNAWAY GROOMSMAN, a brand new, heartfelt romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn about new beginnings and finding the romanticized happily ever after in the most unlikely of places, is Now Available in all formats! Dive into this slow burn romance with “a healthy dose of humor and heart” (Library Journal). One-click your copy today!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Runaway Groomsman by Meghan Quinn
Published by Montlake on October 11, 2022
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
Hollywood screenwriter Sawyer Walsh knows a good love story when he sees it. But when it comes to real life romance, he’s a mess. That’s how he finds himself standing at the altar…as his ex-girlfriend ties the knot with his very famous best friend. The pressure, the resentment, the media coverage—it’s all too much—and before he knows exactly what he’s doing, he’s making a run for it, leaving a shocked congregation and flashing cameras in his wake.
Needing to lie low amid the media fallout, Sawyer lands in the charming town of Canoodle, California, where he crosses paths with Fallon Long, who runs the Canoodle Cove Cabins, a family-owned business and Sawyer’s new short-term residence. Overwhelmed with renovations and her long list of responsibilities, Fallon is struggling to make ends meet while attempting to bring the cabins back to their original glory. So when Sawyer arrives, she is grateful for the income, but immediately writes him off as just another vapid Hollywood hack, until he begins to prove her wrong at every turn.
As Fallon comes closer to saving the family business, an undeniable bond forms between her and the handsome screenwriter. But the pressures of her family obligations and Sawyer’s notoriety might prove to be too much for anyone to handle. Could Canoodle be the setting for a new romance—or is true love just a Hollywood cliché?
This was a much slower burn romance than most of Meghan Quinn’s self-published novel. But not in a bad way necessarily. Just a warning if you go in expecting all the steamy times to start up right away like they often do in her books. This is a more traditional contemporary romance, which makes sense as it is a traditionally published title.
You can still expect the humor though that Quinn always brings to her stories. While it might be a teensy bit tamed down, it still is there and had me laughing out loud as usual. I loved how the little town was set up to almost perfectly be a Hallmark movie type of town. I loved that Sawyer was a screenwriter who noted all those things in all his interactions with others and places. It was so much fun how the author wove little bits and pieces from her books throughout the story. Some as possible movies Sawyer had written, one of our favorite baseball players from her Brentwood Boys series, Maddox Paige, and even Port Snow, which had its own Hallmark movie type of experience within that series.
The characters were so much fun too. I loved Fallon’s best friend, Sawyer’s brother, Fallon’s dads, Fallon’s grandpa Sully, not to mention all of the colorful characters of the small town. The back story on how Fallon and Sully had actually met before he showed up in town drunk after his ex’s wedding was unique and I like that we had that instead of him just being a stranger that showed up out of nowhere. It made the story have its own uniqueness.
All of the parts with Sully hit me in the heart, I know I’m going to be dealing with more and more of this with my stepdad, and also watched my grandmother go through this many years ago as well. I was younger at the time, and it wasn’t anything I could be a part of like Fallon was there for Sully, but it still hit me and made have all the feels with this. We got to a part where all I could think was that things were going too well and I didn’t want to know what bad thing was going to happen, but when it did, it was not something I was happy how it went, but it made sense with what Sawyer had gone through.
Another wonderful story from Meghan Quinn. And oh how much fun this would be as its own rom-com movie!
Samantha Brentmoor and Alastair Haynesbridge narrate RUNAWAY GROOMSMAN, and their performances are stunning! Don’t miss this audiobook sure to tickle your ears and heat you up today!
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.
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