Runaway Groom by Sally Clements – Review

July 19, 2013 Review 1 ★★★★

Runaway Groom by Sally Clements – Review

Runaway Groom by Sally Clements – ReviewRelease Date: June 7, 2013
Title: Runaway Groom
Author: Sally Clements
Pages: 185
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: Seven years ago, Matthew Logan ran out on his wedding to June Leigh.

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?
4 Stars

I love it when I find a self-published novel that I can’t put down.

I’m the type of person who skims the jacket copy because I hate spoilers. They’re always written so as to reel you in without giving anything away, but sometimes the level of detail given is too much for me and it gives away key plot points. Because of that, I actually misunderstood what this book was going to be about. I thought that Matthew and June (the bride to be) were going to re-kindle their romance from long ago making a love triangle with her current fiance.

I was definitely wrong – and I’m glad I was! This book was so much better than the book I imagined. That’s what happens when you skim!

The circumstances that brought Matthew and April together were sweet; the circumstances that kept them together proved that Matthew was a kind and generous man.

I loved watching April and Matthew get to know each other.

April was the kind of girl you want to be your best friend. She’s the baby sister, and it shows. She’s successful in her own craft, but she still lets her big sister take advantage of her and talk down to her a bit. It made me root for her and want to take her under my wing.

Matthew is pretty much the stereotypical perfect man in a romance. He is handsome, rich, kind, and generous. He has a perceived flaw, which is to be expected, but he has a secret that, when revealed, make him an even better catch than you’d expect.

It’s all very formulaic, as one is accustomed to from a good romance. And that’s exactly what you get with Runaway Groom – a good romance. I’d love to see more of these two in the future.

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