Runaway Groom

Book two, I Do I Don't Series

25 women want to coax Hollywood's most notorious playboy down the aisle.

Except the one he wants.

It’s flawless contemporary romance — witty, sexy, heartfelt and hugely entertaining.
— USA Today
Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne










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no, e-book only


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“Romantic comedy at its finest . . . Readers will not want to put it down.”

—USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog


full description

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 brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

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“If you’re a fan of Lauren Layne, The Bachelor, or witty contemporary novels, this book is for you. It’s the perfect beach read—or snow day read, if you’re stuck in cold weather like me!”

—All About Romance


Excerpt from Runaway Groom

The silence stretches on, and though it’s not unpleasant, I’m increasingly aware of how much trouble I’ll be in if we’re caught. Our contract says we’re not to try to spend time with Gage when the cameras aren’t around. And though it occurs to me again that violating the terms of the contract might be the fastest way to get a ticket home, I don’t really want to go home because I got kicked out.

“I understand about LeAnn,” I say, standing and tugging at the zipper of my hoodie. “But you’ll send me home next round, right?”

He stands as well, studying me. “That’s what you want?”

I nod. “I’m not cut out for the camera or this fake falling-in-love thing. I want something real, with a real guy.”

He blinks, and I could have sworn I hurt his feelings. “I’m real, Ellie.”

“You’re Hollywood,” I correct.

“You’re right. Which equates to no brain, no substance, and I just bleed air, right?”

I feel a sting of regret. “That’s not—”

“Forget it,” he says, pushing past without looking at me. “I’ll send you home next round. Guaranteed this time.”

“Gage, wait—”

He slips out the door without a backward glance, the sound of his tennis shoes growing fainter and fainter until they disappear altogether.

I take a deep breath and reach up to flick off the light. I wait for the sense of relief. The next invitation ceremony is tomorrow, and I’ll be going home.

I have what I wanted.

But the longer I stand here, the more I have an annoying prickle of a feeling that this isn’t what I want at all.

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Runaway Groom is such a fun, witty and laugh-out-loud kind of romance. I think readers will enjoy this addition to the series.”

—Smitten by Books


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“I was absolutely obsessed with Runaway Groom, reading it in one sitting. I literally couldn’t put it down because I had to know how it would all shake out.”

—Kimberly faye Reads


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note from the author

Originally, a third book in this series entitled Just Run With It was listed Amazon and GoodReads. That book was removed from Lauren's schedule to make room for the fifth book in the Oxford series. There are no current plans to continue the I Do I Don't series.