Review: Bride on the Run by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock

Posted June 16, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Bride on the RunTitle:  Bride on the Run
Series:  Runaway Brides #4
Author:  Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 16, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing, Southern Born
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Valerie Dimitri is on the run from her former fiancé who’d only wanted to marry her for her family’s questionable criminal ties. She also has the perfect cover with an assumed name and a thriving call-in advice show, “Sex Talk with Serena”, until one messy call blows up in her face. When she counselled “Anna J” to break up her with her boyfriend, she had no idea that she was telling a local celebrity to dump the hometown hero ballplayer, Boone Sullivan.

Boone has discovered Valerie’s real identity and he’s determined to expose her secrets… and maybe more. What he didn’t expect was to be blindsided by a crazy attraction to the buttoned-up lady with the sultry voice and a hidden past. He had carefully plotted his revenge, but soon all he can think about is how much he’d like to take Valerie as very own his stand-in bride.

Read on for my thoughts on Bride on the Run.  No true spoilers, promise.

Sometimes you know it’s not right, but you continue on the path because you just aren’t sure if that “feeling” is nerves or some kind of cosmic shout out to pay attention, girl.  For Valerie it was something as simple as a pinky ring.  Sunlight shining on a pretentious pinky ring.  Enough to halt a walk down the aisle, enough to hug her dad tight and whisper a quick fear, enough to hear his love and support say run, baby girl, run.  And she did, as fast as her high heels would carry her, as far as her dad’s Harley could take her – straight into a new life and eventually into the arms of a man she could trust with everything.

Bride on the Run is the perfect storm of stories.  You have a mafia family connection that you’ve tried to outrun your entire life.  You have a new identity that places you in the public eye through the radio, but you stay hidden from sight behind an assumed name.  You dish out advice on sex and relationships, at times based on not only your profession but your personal life experiences.  You have the misfortune to tell another bride who is questioning her own upcoming wedding – to run too.  Then the jilted almost groom, a very famous, in the public eye almost groom tracks you down, demanding an apology and more – and you discover that because of this famous, annoyed, handsome ballplayer you have been ousted and the need to run once again is very real.

Valerie and Boone’s story is funny, charming, full of danger, suspense and second guesses.  The action is fast paced and engaging.  The story never slows down, not rushed, but in constant movement, with another surprise around every corner.  It was the perfect touch to see Annamae and Wynn again.  They belonged in Valerie and Boone’s story too and they fit in just right.

I loved Bride on the Run from the first scene to the extremely satisfying ending.  I can highly recommend this novel to anyone who appreciates a very good love story.  This is one story that I will revisit again.  Pick this one up, sit back and enjoy the ride.

*I received an e-ARC of Bride on the Run from the publisher and NetGalley in exchangefor an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

*Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.*

Bride on the Run & the entire Runaway Brides series is available for the Kindle


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