Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Runaway Groomsman by Meghan Quinn

“He runs from the altar—and finds love in the place he least expects.”

RUNAWAY GROOMSMAN, a brand new, heartfelt romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn about new beginnings and finding the romanticized happily ever after in the most unlikely of places, is Now Available in all formats! Dive into this slow burn romance with “a healthy dose of humor and heart” (Library Journal). One-click your copy today!


Hollywood screenwriter Sawyer Walsh knows a good love story when he sees it. But when it comes to real life romance, he’s a mess. That’s how he finds himself standing at the altar…as his ex-girlfriend ties the knot with his very famous best friend. The pressure, the resentment, the media coverage—it’s all too much—and before he knows exactly what he’s doing, he’s making a run for it, leaving a shocked congregation and flashing cameras in his wake.

Needing to lie low amid the media fallout, Sawyer lands in the charming town of Canoodle, California, where he crosses paths with Fallon Long, who runs the Canoodle Cove Cabins, a family-owned business and Sawyer’s new short-term residence. Overwhelmed with renovations and her long list of responsibilities, Fallon is struggling to make ends meet while attempting to bring the cabins back to their original glory. So when Sawyer arrives, she is grateful for the income, but immediately writes him off as just another vapid Hollywood hack, until he begins to prove her wrong at every turn.

As Fallon comes closer to saving the family business, an undeniable bond forms between her and the handsome screenwriter. But the pressures of her family obligations and Sawyer’s notoriety might prove to be too much for anyone to handle. Could Canoodle be the setting for a new romance—or is true love just a Hollywood cliché?

Samantha Brentmoor and Alastair Haynesbridge narrate RUNAWAY GROOMSMAN, and their performances are stunning! Don’t miss this audiobook sure to tickle your ears and heat you up today! 

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Slow-burn perfection! Runaway Groomsman is full of laughs and lots of heart, the yummy kind of story that you can just envision watching on “Lifemark” or “Movieflix.” (IYKYK!!)

Sawyer is a screenwriter who makes his living writing feel-good romcoms, but his life is more like a Greek tragedy lately. And when his ex-girlfriend (an actress) marries his ex-best friend (an actor), the dude has a meltdown of epic proportions. During the ceremony. At the altar. As his double-finger kiss-off becomes a viral gif, Sawyer ends up hiding out in the quirky mountain town of Canoodle to bury his head in the sand as he’s become a bit of a laughingstock back in Hollywood.

One of the first people Sawyer meets in Canoodle is Fallon — a former nurse with whom he had one horrible blind date a year ago. At the time, Sawyer was drowning in sadness and anger because his girlfriend cheated on him with his best friend, but all Fallon remembers from that date was what a jerk the guy was. And to make matters worse, Sawyer has zero recollection of who Fallon is when they first cross paths. Still, she takes pity on the drunk fool and lets him stay in one of the cabins at her grandfather’s crumbling resort.

But Fallon has a lot more to worry about than a guy she had one date with not remembering her. She’s the caretaker for her grandfather, Sully, who has Alzheimer’s, and she’s desperately trying to renovate the resort so she can continue her grandparents’ legacy. While Sawyer is hiding out and trying to come up with a new movie concept to save his career, he begins spending lots of time with Sully and unbeknownst to Fallon, begins doing renovations at the resort under her grandfather’s watchful eye. And the more time he spends “not being friends” with Fallon, the more Sawyer realizes he blew his chance with a fabulous girl… because she now has a boyfriend, Peter.

As Fallon and Sawyer become more than “not friends,” it’s clear that there is so much electricity between them. Fallon is broken up with Peter before anything happens between her and Sawyer, but you have to read through more than half of the book to get there! And because Sawyer doesn’t want to ruin the second chance he’s been given, he becomes the swooniest of book boyfriends as he courts Fallon. Along the way, Sawyer finds his muse again and discovers that the best thing that ever could have happened to him was running away from Hollywood.

There are so many wonderful Easter eggs sprinkled throughout this book that I loved as a long-time reader of Meghan Quinn’s. I loved all of the side characters, especially Fallon’s sarcastic BFF, Jazlyn. I know there is a story coming for Jaz and Sawyer’s brother, and I can’t wait to see how their romance unfolds! This book is a Montlake release and definitely does not have the spice level that MQ’s indie books like Royally Not Ready has, but it is a super sweet and heartfelt story about love, inner peace, acceptance, and family.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.


USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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