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Runaway Groomsman

By: Meghan Quinn
Narrated by: Samantha Brentmoor,Alastair Haynesbridge
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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author Meghan Quinn comes a heartfelt romantic comedy about new beginnings and finding the romanticized happily ever after in the most unlikely of places.

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?

©2022 Meghan Quinn (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

“A diverse cast, solid friendships, and some laugh-out-loud moments only enhance proceedings. This is sure to please.”Publishers Weekly

“The supporting characters give this slow-burn romance from Quinn (The Reunion) a healthy dose of humor and heart and make this story one to include in all romance collections.”Library Journal  

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Wholesome Small Town Romantic Comedy

Well this was not what I was expecting from Meghan Quinn. It's nothing like the previous books I've read from her but damn if it's not the sweetest goddamn small town romance. If you want a true slow burn romance this is the one for you. Not only do our characters have a second chance romance but we get such an adorable friends to lovers plotline too. It was a bit too much of a slow burn for me but if you want a true swoonworthy, romantic gesture, cinnamon roll love interest you gotta check this one out.

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✅ Second chance romance
✅ Small Town
✅ Notebook vibes with the romantic plot being paralleled with the elder generation romance
✅ Home repair
✅ Friends to lovers
✅ Small love triangle
✅ Quirky side characters
✅ Grand gestures
✅ Cinnamon roll book bf
✅ Laugh out loud moments
✅ SLOW BURN

If you're looking for a hotter read like some of her other books, this isn't it! This is much more wholesome and romantic than smutty. The story is much more about these two souls finding each other through their own trials and tribulations and the sexy time is only one scene and very minor. But I will say it was such a cute read. Definitely, romcom gold with so much heart.
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Runaway Bride but make it a groomsman

The concept of this book was so fun - as someone who loves the movie Runaway Bride, this was such a fun take on it! Sawyer escapes his (former) best friend and ex-girlfriends wedding and lands in a small town to escape, where he re-meet ours FMC, Fallon.

🌟 small town, slowburn romance
🌟 sweetest MMC (such a cinnamon roll) and a hard-working, family loving FMC who is working to revamp her family’s vacation resort
🌟 great supporting characters that added a lot to the plot - you will all love Sully,Fallon’s grandfather.
🌟lots of fun and witty banter that will have you smiling and laughing

This was a slow burn for sure, but it will have you swooning! Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It starts out with a bang and then slowly builds from there. I really liked our MCs, the family elements and secondary characters. The romance slowly built over the course of the story and I enjoyed watching it all unfold. My only hiccup was that I was not a fan of the conflict and felt the storyline with Fallon’s boyfriend dragged out a bit too long.

If you’re looking for a heart-warming and sweet romance, then this is for you!

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Thank you to Netgalley and Montlake for an e-ARC of this book, all opinions are my own!

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ok

the book was overall ok, my problem is that the heroine pretends emotional cheating isn't a thing. Yes,the relationship with her ex should have ended long ago, but they were still dating while she was checking out and hugging the hero. Then she acts innocent like cheating is not in her character and the hero should know that towards the end of the book. Like excuse my language but she was eye F***ing the hero while she had a boyfriend. There is enough blame to spread around, she is not the only injured party.

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narration was great but story was too long

Way too long of a story and not much going on. Should have been cut in half. Narrators did a great job with a mediocre story

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Great thank crept for GD’s

Cute story, lots of angst (a little too much angst with Sawyer’s withholding) But it frustrated me that a good character with a good soul could drop so many unnecessary GD’s. It ruined him for me as a good guy.

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I liked it until I didn't and then I did again.

This was a cute story and I enjoyed most of it. However, there was a part of the story that was a bit rapeish. 😳 I know, but if a male character had done what Fallon had done I don't think people would have enjoyed that part of this light-hearted romance. It bordered on sexual assault. We need to respect boundaries and limits people set on their bodies for both sexes.

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Beautiful Story

I absolutely loved it. It was a sweet story with a slow burn. Clean. Funny. Touching. It really warmed my heart. Absolutely worth the credit.

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LOVE, LOVE LOVE ❤️

This was such a good story! I love the characters, the plot, the ending. This is the type of story I could listen to all the time, with more story than graphic heat.

The H was a good guy who had the appropriate amount of respect for a woman. The h was well rounded and kind, but not sappy, a pushover, or too introspective. She also was not week and did NOT do stupid things that would cause unnecessary drama.

This was just a really good story! oh, and Narration was PERFECT! Both of these narrators were new to me, so I will definitely be looking for more of their work.

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Trapped in Kanoodle

I only finished this book because I listened to it during a road trip and hadn't downloaded another book. I gave it 2 stars because it kept me awake.

The book is twice as long as it needs to be and the characters were not loveable. Despite the ridiculously long drawn out story we never figure out why Fallon is insecure, Jazz is clearly mentally unhinged and Sawyer definitely needed some therapy too. Thank goodness for Sully and the other secondary characters who add a bit of relief. I even fast forwarded through the cringy sex scene which was super rapey, but I guess it was supposed to romantic because the woman was the aggressor. Just overall bad book.

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Love it!

Very sweet story and a good listen. Made me think of caring for my mom and meeting my husband at the same time! Thank you!

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  • rebecca froggatt
  • 11-12-22

Too corny

I had high hopes for this book. There was the basis for a good story, but it just got too cheesy and predictable. Easy beach read.

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  • alina marcu
  • 10-20-22

AMAZING !!!

narrators were fantastic !! the story was amazing. I loved the characters and Fallon is one of my favorite heroine from MQ.

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  • Mrs. M. Worsley
  • 10-19-22

Just incredible!

A fantastic story, incredible narration and just .....AMASSING! Meghan has done it again. Please read or listen to this book it really is quite something incredible. The narration spot on!