“Lauren Layne gets the red rose for this one, and fans of The Bachelor will fall in love with this thoroughly charming story.”—Kate O’Keeffe, bestselling author
I Do, I Don't - Book 2
Releasing Jan 30, 2018
For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it.
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.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I was a little reluctant to begin reading this book because I wasn't able to finish Ready to run. This one though was more suited to me and I enjoyed it a lot! Our hero, Gage, lost a friend to friend and he is forced to star in a reality show where he will have to choose one woman to be his bride. Ellie, our heroine, was also forced to join the show by her friend in order to promote her T-shirt business. I still find weird Ellie's T-shirt company and I cannot get over it. It's what bugged me the most in this book. Ellie wants to be eliminated from the first round, but due to various reasons ends up staying and she reluctantly starts bonding with Gage while helping him to find out the woman to marry and avoid the crazy ones.
I liked Ellie and Gage. They were good characters (Gage more than Ellie) and they had good chemistry, which made the whole 20 women courtship bearable. Honestly, Gage was very upfront about everything and with the exception of some comments he made about the other women been hot, he had eyes only for our Ellie and that made me happy. He is my favorite character in this book. His actions were justified and he won me over even when he did explain them to Ellie. It didn't have all the drama I was expecting and I was thankful for that. I also liked some of the other contestants.
Overall, the book was good and I liked it, so I think you should also give it a chance.
Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she's written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAY, New York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.