Review: The Wedding Audition by Catherine Mann, Joanne Rock

Posted April 4, 2015 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

The Wedding AuditionTitle:  The Wedding Audition
Series:  Runaway Brides #2
Author:  Catherine Mann, Joanne Rock
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 7, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

The tabloids call her the Hit and Run Bride after reality show star Annamae Jessup walked out on Atlanta’s favorite baseball player on cable television. Eager to escape her notoriety, Annamae takes a road trip to find the grandmother she’s never met and winds up discovering a whole lot more than a band of back woods relatives. There’s no escape from reality TV, even in Beulah, Alabama, population 3000.

The last thing Wynn Rafferty needs in his new life is a spoiled television princess who can’t even know his real name. He’s in temporary witness protection as an apple farmer after his undercover work put his life in danger. He needs to lay low until the heat dies down from his last case— even if he sucks at growing apples as badly as he sucks at relationships. But Annamae turns his new town into a media circus, unwittingly threatening the lives of him, her and most of Beulah. Wynn is an expert at keeping the world at arm’s length, but when it comes to Annamae, the only way he can keep her safe is to keep her very, very close.

Read on for my thoughts on The Wedding Audition.  No true spoilers, promise.

Annamae knew in her gut that getting married tomorrow was the wrong choice.  She wasn’t happy, these weren’t pre-wedding butterflies – these were full blown bats and they were telling her to stop, don’t do it.  So she bailed, right out of the beauty salon’s bathroom window.  During her escape from Atlanta she is adopted by a stray pup, buys a red beetle Volkswagen and heads for Beulah, Alabama.  Her biological grandmother lived there and Annamae needed answers that only she could give.  She was looking for freedom, peace and if that meant hiding for awhile – so be it.

Wynn had been on his old apple farm for quite awhile now.  It was as secure as he could make it, with fences and cameras and alarm systems in place.  He was in hiding, if not in plain sight, at least in a small southern town where no one really knew who he was.  Just that crazy guy who is antisocial and has the worst luck with his apple trees.  And he needed to keep it that way for a few more weeks.  He was a cop, a cop who needed to hide out so that he didn’t get his head blown off before the trial that would send a mobster to prison for a very long time.  He just had to stay alive, unnoticed and hidden for a few weeks.

What he didn’t need was a runaway reality show star at his front gate pestering him to rent his carriage house.

Annamae and Wynn are both in hiding.  Not only from outside influences, but from themselves as well.  This time spent together will show them a future that neither one thought possible.  If they are brave enough.

I enjoyed The Wedding Audition very much.  It’s a relatively short, fun, sexy and entertaining read.  Not too complicated, but with a plot that keeps moving at a fast pace.  I recommend this one for those that love the happily ever after for two unlikely people who for some reason are just right for each other.

*I received an e-ARC of The Wedding Audition from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*


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