I said I was aiming to have a triple header and here I am, with the third post just in the nick of time to claim a three day run. I would have had this review posted much earlier but I’ve had a marvellous day out in Cardiff with my fiancé and step daughter. It ended up working out well though because I’ve enjoyed binging the end of this book this evening.
This book was a completely random choice, thank you to Kindle Unlimited. I was browsing through the books available and Runaway Groomsman by @meghanquinnbooks was one of the first that caught my eye. And so here we are.
Sawyer is a Hollywood screenwriter so he knows a good love story when he sees one. It’s a pity that his real life love life doesn’t live up to the romances he writes in his movies. He finds himself at the wedding of his ex-girlfriend and best friend and when it all gets too much for him, he makes a run for it. Leaving behind a media storm and lots of shocked friends and colleagues.
Sawyer finds himself in the small town of Canoodle and makes the local family run business of Canoodle Cove Cabins his temporary home until everything dies down. Fallon is in charge of the business and she’s struggling to keep it afloat. The cabins are in desperate need of renovation and she hasn’t got a clue how she’s going to save the business. When Sawyer arrives, she’s grateful for the small bit of income he’s providing whilst he’s a guest, but she immediately writes him off as a Hollywood hack.
That is until Sawyer starts to continuously prove her wrong and Fallon is forced to admit that first impressions shouldn’t always be trusted. The two form an undeniable bond but are Hollywood romances for real life? Or are they just for movie screens?
General Thoughts 🤔
This was just the kind of book that I was looking for when I was scrolling through Kindle Unlimited. Something very easy going, not complex, maybe a bit of cheese and if I was lucky a little bit of smut thrown in for good measure. Runaway Groomsman delivered on all of those things and I really enjoyed reading it. I was surprised by how many times I laughed out loud reading this book but there were truly some fantastic one liners in there that had me cracking up.
Of course, the ending was as predictable as any romance like this, but it’s what I wanted. I wanted a happy ending and by the time I’d grown to love these characters, I was just as thrilled about their happy ending as they were.
Obviously I fell in love with Sawyer. What an absolute dream boat he was. He was so thoughtful and courteous, Fallon basically had no choice but to change her mind about him. I don’t think he would have left Canoodle knowing that she had a negative opinion about him. The one flaw of Sawyer’s in my opinion was his insistence of holding out on any sexual activity. I don’t know how Fallon coped with that because I was getting frustrated by it as a reader.
Another character I loved was of course Sully. He was moody and irritable and sometimes rude, but he was loveable and an old romantic. I think he played a big part in Sawyer and Fallon forming a friendship. The relationship between Sawyer and Sully was so sweet and their banter really made me laugh, I could have read more scenes with the two of them.
Writing Style ✍️
There were no fancy writing styles in this book and so what? I’d argue that the plot was potentially on the weak side, but I liked it regardless. It was a little bit like when I indulge in reality TV; I know it’s not good for my brain, it’s more like a comfort blanket. The story didn’t move awfully quickly, but I was ok hanging out with the characters.
I enjoyed the multiple POVs and I’d probably say that I liked Sawyers chapters the most. His sarcastic tone and colourful language at certain times was what had me laughing.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
This was such a pleasurable book to read. It was one of those stories that I really didn’t have to think too hard about. I could let my brain turn off, spend time with some likeable characters and get swept away with a romance. Yes, it was cheesy, yes it was a bit cliche and yes I liked it anyhow. I love having Kindle Unlimited so I get to read books like this that I probably wouldn’t ordinarily read. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more from this author when I need a bit of cheesy, romantic escapism.