by Lauren Layne
(I Do, I Don’t #1)
Released from Loveswept
August 22nd 2017
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: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.
Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.
Add it to your GOODREADS TBR list!
by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I’m a huge Lauren Layne fan. Her books are always on my auto-buy list. READY TO RUN, the first book in her I Do, I Don’t series did not disappoint me. I love the take-off on the Bachelor and one of my favorite movies, Runaway Bride.
Poor Luke Elliott, he didn’t know how ready he was for his life to be completely intruded upon and turned upside down. He especially didn’t expect all of his friends and family to join in on the plot. But Jordan Carpenter, or “City” as he calls her does a fine job of working her way into his somewhat reclusive world. After three fiancée’s he never made it to the altar with, he’s been keeping to himself. Publicizing his heartache on national television is the last thing he wants to do. Jordan, however, he’d really like to do her.
This book has a great storyline, characters, dialogue, and setting. Ready to Run is an excellent read I highly recommend.
~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
the hot blonde.
was all tight jeans, high heels, and confi-dence. And hot. Very, very hot.
under his breath, and Luke’s gaze flicked to the man beside the woman. Tried to
place him. Couldn’t.
wore light-purple shirts and white pants with the same easy comfort that Lucky
Hollow residents wore jeans and flannel.
around here. Not by a long shot.
woman, and Luke assessed that the woman was calling the shots.
she hadn’t once wavered in her approach.
face matched the body. Wide blue eyes, full lips, sassy shoulder-length blond
hair that was just tousled enough to make a man wonder how it had gotten that
way—to want to be the one to muss it.
Charlie whistled and muttered under his breath. “She just checked you out,
flattered. It hadn’t been the assessment of a woman checking out a man so much
as a predator evaluating its prey.
. . . something.
the second her blue eyes locked on his, Luke felt a little jolt of awareness
and was irrationally annoyed. It had been a long time since he’d been quite so
aware of a woman.
chemistry was almost the perfect combination of pain and pleasure. A subtle
punch in the gut that you wanted to experience again and again.
hard time getting past the pain part. The shitty parts had outweighed the good
parts just one time too many. Now he mostly settled for casual hookups with a
divorcée a few towns over who was even less interested in com-mitment than Luke
pretty, bold woman in high heels.
she had a slightly off-balance look, as though she too had felt the annoying
zip of arousal when their eyes met, but she recovered quick-ly.
face, she stuck out her right hand. “Luke Elliott. I’m Jordan Carpenter. This
is my colleague, Simon Nash.”
equipment and extending his own right hand toward hers even as his brain caught
on her name. Familiar, and . . .
hand back, but just barely. Instead, he gritted his teeth, gave her hand a
perfunctory shake, and then fixed her with a glare. “You’re wasting your time,
Ms. Carpenter. And mine.”
get my emails.”
his hands in his pockets. “Just like I suspect you got the message that I
didn’t want to be a part of your show.”
and back again. “Show?”
grin telling Luke that this damn woman had already spilled the beans on why she
was here. “Luke’s gonna be a national heartthrob.”
in the purple shirt.
companion, but all three firefighters did.
smile that probably had him making friends easily. Luke didn’t want a new
his shitty romantic past for the sake of TV ratings.
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The Love Unexpectedly Series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME
The Sex, Love & Stiletto Series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
The Oxford Series: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS | I WISH YOU WERE MINE | SOMEONE LIKE YOU | I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
The Redemption Series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED
LAUREN LAYNE is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.
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