Updated: Aug 23, 2021
Ready to Run
by Lauren Layne
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Stand alone in I Do, I Don't series
Jordan Carpenter thinks
she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: firefighter Luke Elliott, a known player 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.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Rom-Com Feel Good
This is another quick read while I lay in bed with world's most annoying cold. Ready to Run is the first book in the I Do I Don't series, a series about grooms and brides who left someone at the alter. While it is a series, it seems like they are going to be stand alone books.
Ready to Run is cute. Not in a bad way. It has this Sweet Home Alabama vibe to it (although very obviously a very different story), and I ended the book with a smile on my face. But it is just ... cute. Good story, but I doubt I would ever reread it.
The romance itself is sweet. Small town - turned city girl Jordan is forced to hunt down Luke, a man who has left three women at the altar, and therefore a perfect candidate for a new reality series she is working on called Jilted. The premise: the runaway groom gets to know 24 women, and at the end, married one of them live on TV.
Cheesy, I know.
Luke is very much against signing up for the show, and Jordan is convinced she can convince him ... so she rents a houses for the month and pretty much gets all up in his business. Well, not just her. The whole town does. They welcome Jordan with open arms, and encourage her to not give up on him, much to the chagrin of Luke. Soon, not only is Jordan drawn back to small town charms, but the attraction between Luke and Jordan intensifies until they start sleeping with one another.
It all goes to hell when Jordan's bosses, accepting the fact that Luke won't do the show, let Jordan know that Luke's third bride, the mysterious Eva, who Luke refuses to talk about, contacted the station and is willing to confront Luke, in front of cameras, and be on their spin off show. Luke accuses Jordan of sleeping with him to soften the blow, which breaks her heart, because at this point she loves him.
When she goes to tell him she quit her job because she refuses to work for people who thinks this is okay, she walks in on him finally admitting to his friends what happened with Eva. He caught her the morning of their wedding in bed, with his best friend. His best friend, who dies in a fire before he could patch things up with him. He ends up pushing Jordan away completely, and by time he figures out what he wants, she is gone. Not back to NYC though. But to her hometown, the place she had avoided for twelve years, as it reminded her of the most painful thing she has ever gone though; the death of her family. Luke, knowing that she mentioned wanting to visit home and find closure, hunts her down. Standing in the yard of where her childhood home was destroyed by a massive tornado, he declares his love and proposes. Eight months later, they get married.