“Sometimes, when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, what you’ve really hit is the foundation for the next chapter in your life.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Montlake in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I’ve been meaning to try one of Meghan Quinn‘s books for a while now, and I couldn’t resist Runaway Groomsman when I read the blurb. There was something about the Hollywood angle and small town setting that hit the mark for me, and I liked the promise of Fallon and Sawyer as main characters. I’ve been looking forward to read it, and now that I did I’m happy to say that I’ve found a new romance author to follow. This was such a fun, touching and mainly uplifting slowburn romance!
The story starts with a bang, and it sets the tone for the rest of the plot. I really liked the contrast of the Hollywood screenwriter suddenly finding himself in a small town… Especially with the town itself sounding so charming. Canoodle makes for the perfect backdrop of this story, and I loved the many discriptions of the town, its quirky inhabitants and the cabins itself. I also liked the importance of the cabins to Fallon, and the focus on family and working to keep memories of the past alive.
There was just something about both main characters that made me root for them. Sawyer has a rough start in Runaway Groomsman as he keeps getting himself in awkward situations… But the way he acts and interacts with Sully as well as Fallon soon won me over. Talking about Sully, I could really appreciate how the alzheimer element was incorporated into the plot, and how the different characters all tried their best to help him. Fallon makes for a great main character too, and I like how driven she is and how she isn’t afraid to fight for what she believes in.
That said, I wasn’t too much of a fan of the love triangle (especially since Fallon stays with her boyfriend for more than half of the story), and this did made me like her a tiny bit less. I also could have done without the drama close to the end of the story; I don’t think it was necessary adding the conflict after such a long building up of the romance. The slowburn romance was definitely very slow indeed, and I know this might bother some people… I personally didn’t mind, and the story had just the right amount of steam for me.
I really liked the writing style and the banter incorporated into the dialogues, and the secondary characters were brilliant. I had so much fun reading this story, and what I liked is that Runaway Groomsman had a great balance of the light and fluffy with more serious topics. This story definitely ended up being a hit for me, and I can’t wait to try more of her books soon!