Monday, July 22, 2013

ARC Review: Runaway Groom by Sally Clements

Runaway GroomFrom the blurb:

Life is good for fledgling dress-designer April Leigh. She couldn’t be happier that her sister has found a new love, and is excited about her very first commission, June’s wedding dress. When April discovers June has invited runaway groom Matthew Logan to the wedding, she has to intervene. Matthew’s presence will ruin everything – her father hates him, and just the sight of him in the church might give her mother a heart attack.
Matthew Logan has no intention of going to June’s wedding, but when intriguing April arrives on his doorstep, he can’t resist getting to know her better. When a disaster forces them together neither can deny the passion that combusts into a red-hot affair.

Discovering the truth about the past shifts April’s feelings from lust to love, but bitter experience has taught Matthew to guard his heart.

When it looks as though Matthew will lose her forever, will he fight or flee?

Sandra's rating:

This was a cute little romance, albeit with a somewhat stilted and purplish writing style. The premise is a good one - jilted bride (June) getting ready to get married again, invites her runaway groom (Matthew) to her wedding. Bride's sister (April) thinks this is a bad idea, and secretly seeks him out to talk him out of going. Falls for him, and vice versa. Should make for a fun, quick summer read, right?


The love scenes were okay, full of lust but somewhat devoid of emotions. The hero is commitment-shy. The heroine is a doormat in the shadows of her sister's light. The sister is a selfish, self-centered and narcissistic bitch, who takes advantage of her sister, and the lies she told seven years ago, and I didn't buy her wedding day apology. The main characters were fleshed out well enough, but Matthew's inner thoughts weren't male-sounding enough for me.

Other than June, the supporting cast weren't fully fleshed out, and some weren't even in the book at all, other than being mentioned. While they weren't necessarily missed, I had wanted there to be a bit more in depth exploration of April's father, with whom she seemed to have a good relationship. April's mother is almost an afterthought.

What I did like and believed was the attraction between Matthew and April, and the path their relationship takes through the book. The ending was a wee bit over the top, but it fit with the rest of the book and Matthew's character to go for what he wants once he's gotten over his fear of being tied down. There's also some growth to April throughout the book, as she removes the scales on her eyes and begins to see her sister for what she really is.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, one I breezed through in a few hours, so if you're looking for a book to take to the beach with you, this might be one to consider.

I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley. A positive review was not promised in return.

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